Lord of the White Hell (Lord of the White Hell #1)
Kiram Kir-Zaki may be considered a mechanist prodigy among his own people, but when he becomes the first Haldiim ever admitted to the prestigious Sagrada Academy, he is thrown into a world where power, superstition and swordplay outweigh even the most scholarly of achievements.
But when the intimidation from his Cadeleonian classmates turns bloody, Kiram unexpectedly finds
The scene is deftly set by the author. The world building around this renaissance fantasy is rich with crisp, clear detailing. As a new student at the Sagrada Academy, Kiram initially struggles to find his way through the upper crust...more
The book follows the basic trope of the...more
I loved the developing, intense relationship between Kiram and Javier and also thought there was a good balance between the characters and the world building, which was new and exciting.
Well done Ginn Hale and thanks for such a great read !!!
The story is based upon characters with different backgrounds falling in love in a world that frowns upon their relationship. Well, it’s a world that frowns upon everything, really. So, Kiram is the first student of the Haldiim to be admitted into the prestigious Sagrada Academy,...more
'Nestor shot Kiram a puzzled look as if he was reassessing Kiram's intelligence. "He's terribly fond of you. Haven't you noticed?"
I don't know why I waited so long, I'm so glad I read this book! :))
It's all there: interesting, detailed world with its own nations and history, gripping story, lovable characters, a bad guy behind the scenes, fabulous writing and storytelling, just everything I want in a fantasy novel.
Why "only" 4.5 stars? IMHO the cut off of part one came in strange place. Gladly, I've already purchased part two and can read on. :)
I've read this last year just before the first semester started and I really loved the book and I've read the book again for the 3rd or 4th time (I lost track)just as the second semester is nearing to end.
This will always be one of my best MM Young Adult read. EVER. The world and the characters the author created is just purely awesome. I loved every word of this book.
The writing is great. Witty and Funny. I really laughed hard reading this to the point where eve...more
This is the first “long” work I’ve read by Hale, but I’ve been really impressed with her novella con...more
First off, this book has a lousy title and a lousy cover. Sad, but true. Second off, this really isn't a complete book -- as any reader can easily tell upon reaching the "end". "Book One" and "Book Two" are obviously constructed as a single story, even more so than a typical duology or trilogy. So be forewarned -- don't plan on getting a satisfying, completed story arc if you just re...more
My one criticism is that it's overly drawn out and too detail-heavy in a lot of places, so it can be a bit slow at times, but the plot/conflicts, the characters, and the world-building were all great.
Like her book Wicked Gentlemen , there is not really much by way of hot physical action, but it's not really a YA, either, despite the ages of the MCs.
I'm also not sure I can see a great solution to the problems of a relationship forming between the two MCs, but...more
In the prestigious Sagrada Academy, an accommodation problem is solved when techno-genius Kiram, a new student hailing from the heathen Haldiim who don't believe in demons and hell, is put in the room and care of Cadeleonian noble Javi...more
Don’t make the same mistake as me and start this one without having the next book on hand, because I guarantee you will regret it.
It’s not so much that this one ends on a cliffhanger per se, but the whole “Book one” and “Book two” designation is a little misleading. Lord of the White Hell is ONE book, that has been broken down into two parts, so you’re only getting half the story in this one.
And while I’m on that trail o...more
I love the description and prose. It conveys the story, actions, and characters really well. I love the main character, Kiram, and can really relate to him. The other characters are also well noted; Nestor is easy to love, Atreau and Elezar grew on me, I hate Ignacio but you're supposed to hate him, I wish there was more of Blasio, and Javier is arrogantly sexy. I particularly find Fedele...more
Kiram is the first full-blooded Haldiim to...more
Most of the time when I read things author's tend to go on one of three lis...more
That said, I enjoyed the rich world bui...more
Now, Ms Hale may have taken some inspiration from that series but her world-building is so rich as to dispel any further charge as ridiculous. Her setting is complex and multi-faceted, so rich in fact that it is surprising she is willing to abandon it after only a two-volume series which...more
The romance was built up nicely, and I thought the conflict that the two characters faced in their relationship made so much sense based on the society they both lived in and the personality of the characters. So when they did something...I was not scratching my head trying to understand. They were well developed and their motivations made sense.