Anne Bishop spins quite an elaborate new world in this book. Set in an alternate version of earth, there's enough similarity to make it familiar but iAnne Bishop spins quite an elaborate new world in this book. Set in an alternate version of earth, there's enough similarity to make it familiar but it's the strange that hooks you in. When humans started to spread across the world they found that something/someone was already living there. The Others are strange and powerful and view the humans as smart meat. An uneasy truce has been established with the humans useful to the Others until they step out of line. Meg is on the run and finds herself in a Courtyard of the Others. She manages to get a job and stay there knowing that someone is looking for her. She's seen her own death but is finally starting to live as she gets to know the Others.
This book has the potential to be riddled with cliches that have been dogging (no pun intended) the shifter/werewolf/vampire paranormal genre. Somehow, Bishop sidesteps them all and manages to deliver a quite unique spin on the genre and manages to keep her supernaturals creepy and scary through the whole book. The plot moved a little slowly in the start as the world building took first place but once engrossed I had to know more about the world and about what was happening. There's enough in this book to keep someone reading and enough not said, in that typical show don't tell, that I need more of this world.
Bishop's dialogue is always tight and sassy in places and was something I thought may have been unique to Blood Jewels. It's not. Characters are witty without looking like they're comedians and "human" enough that they're not always making the right decisions but the ones they feel they need to make.
I can't wait for the second book in this series to come out. I look forward to it. I also wouldn't mind the chance to pick it up at Howling Good Reads. ...more
What an ending to the Sookie Stackhouse books! It's so bittersweet. I would read these as long as Harris wrote them but it is time. I would love an epWhat an ending to the Sookie Stackhouse books! It's so bittersweet. I would read these as long as Harris wrote them but it is time. I would love an epilogue or a wrap up on the universe. I still have so many questions about the characters but I'm happy.
I'm impressed that Harris took a step back to a smaller scale but still twisted and loaded plot. There was plenty to keep the book moving and plenty to look forward to. I did feel that a few characters were brought in just so we could see them one more time but you get that. I love this series. I love this ending.
I am glad that Sookie will be happy in the end. ...more
I have found parts of this book to be a bit beyond belief. This is an epic and the plot twists are amaziI love this series.
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I have found parts of this book to be a bit beyond belief. This is an epic and the plot twists are amazing. I find myself loving the smaller things though. When certain battles don't go how I think they will or a certain army rolls up at the perfect time, well, isn't that a bit too convenient? It's like Martin has built the perfect war in a sense. It is full of chaos and full of luck, but sometimes places that we're expecting to fall, should fall.
Winter is coming.
I've especially enjoyed Arya and Daenerys' arcs. They're both strong girls.
I want to write more but I don't want to spoiler. I hate spoilers. I do think that bits are amazing, bits are farfetched, and bits are so beautifully written I could read them over and over again!...more
This story is epic. Seriously beyond words. The character list is huge. The intrigue so imaginative and yet sI loved this book from the first chapter.
This story is epic. Seriously beyond words. The character list is huge. The intrigue so imaginative and yet so real. The dazzling descriptions of the countryside left me wanting to be there.
Lord Eddard Stark is the Lord of Winterfell, whose house motto is Winter is coming. The summer and winter seasons don't behave like they do in our world. Winter can go on for years at a time and is a dark time for the realm, whereas summer brings warmth and prosperity. Winter has become synonymous with dark times and trouble and even war.
When Lord Stark is asked to become the King's Hand, he doesn't know if he can afford to take the position. The previous Hand died suddenly and it seems the intrigue is still going. Lord Stark goes to King's Landing and takes up the position. Things are not as they seem.
The plot intrigues kept building up and up until I could barely bring myself to read them. Martin doesn't pull punches. Your favourite characters are never safe.
I read till the end almost in tears at the pain of the characters. I was willing to slap sense into a few and murder a very select few. I couldn't believe how emotionally invested I was becoming. Their faults and triumphs are so much more real for the writing style and the game of thrones they're all playing. Everyone wants a piece....more