Lord of the White Hell - Book One (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
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
Most of the time when I read things author's tend to go on one of three lis...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
The book follows the basic trope of the...more
First of all, I fell right into the world that the author created. It was exotic and different but the details she had made it feel quite real, both the cultures of the Cadeleonions and the Haldiim.
Then I fell in love with her characters. Kiri, Nestor, Elezar, Javier, the Scholar brothers, even...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 !!!
Anyway, I say that LWH is sakto be...more
Kiram is the first full-blooded Haldiim to...more
However, I more than for...more
I should say, that I was not a fan of the main couple, and I think Javier would be better off with Elezar, who is infinitely less high maintenance to Kiram. But that silliness inside, the world-building in here is as gorgeous as Wicked Gentlemen. The handling of the various religious sects and convoluted history is crisp and the settings completely immerse you in the c...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?"
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.
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
Lovely prose, fleshy characters, engaging plot - a simply wonderful tale that I will be revisiting over and over again.
(more on the review of Book...more
This is the first “long” work I’ve read by Hale, but I’ve been really impressed with her novella con...more
I'm revieving both books as a one because the story goes through the both books without any smaller conclusions. The end of the first book is just end of a chapter and the first chapter of book two is the next one. Besides as I picked the second book up immediately after finishing the first it would pr...more