It reminds me a lot of The Gentleman Bastards, but then again, Kaz Brekker's big story is a revenge plot - so it's a bit of The Count of Monte CristoIt reminds me a lot of The Gentleman Bastards, but then again, Kaz Brekker's big story is a revenge plot - so it's a bit of The Count of Monte Cristo as well. There's a lot more at stake too, with the abuse of the Grisha imminent at all times - magic users who can be super-powered by using a nasty drug, which also saps them of their will to live and makes them into pliant weapons that can be used.
The characters are great and nicely varied. They're more complicated people than they may at first appear.
The story ends in a great place to keep you in suspense for the next book....more
This was a really nice story about a girl who finds a ghost and learns a lot of things about herself as a result. The pictures were quite nice with aThis was a really nice story about a girl who finds a ghost and learns a lot of things about herself as a result. The pictures were quite nice with a cute cartoony style....more
**spoiler alert** Certainly, it is a novelty, a mystery set in an urban fantasy.
A changeling woman in a fairy world, a knight and a former detective,**spoiler alert** Certainly, it is a novelty, a mystery set in an urban fantasy.
A changeling woman in a fairy world, a knight and a former detective, October Daye is forced to solve the mystery of a friend's death by a binding spell, a geas that will kill her if she doesn't pull it off.
There were some good ideas here, but the execution felt very thin to me. Neither the fantasy nor the urban setting was as fleshed out as I'd have liked it to be.
October Daye herself was not the anchor she should have been. I guess it was only fair game for her to have a veritable harem of men after her since that's a mystery trope. But it's actually pretty annoying, though, especially when she seems to have very little charisma.
She's very inconsistent as a character, but that isn't helped by the fact that the novel covers a lot of ground. It actually takes place over more than 16 years as October is turned into a goldfish and abandoned in an ornamental pond while some unsavoury types kidnap the wife and daughter of her liege lord.
So I understand that she is depressed, having been forced to leave her human husband and daughter because of this long absence, although I feel that is poorly explained as well. It gets glossed over very quickly. At any rate, I think that explains why October feels so low and unattractive, but I do still think it's odd how easily she comes by her allies, anyway.
The conclusion got a lot more exciting, but was also fairly disappointing. She actually let the villain twirl his mustache and cackle about his plans for long enough that someone got killed because of it and thus let a teenager dispatch him instead of doing it herself.
It was novel enough that I might give the series a second chance, but it really wasn't great from start to finish. I do believe it was a first novel as well, though....more
This is one of the best Pratchetts I've read. Moist von Lipwig is an excellent con artist until Lord Vetinari gets his hands on him. When given a choiThis is one of the best Pratchetts I've read. Moist von Lipwig is an excellent con artist until Lord Vetinari gets his hands on him. When given a choice between annihilation and a job, Moist decides that becoming Postmaster General is not such a bad idea.
Moist learns along the way that although conning may be his vocation, its end results leave a lot to be desired.
The ending delivers nothing less than a beautiful punchline for the whole book....more
**spoiler alert** I liked Josetta and Rafe more than Zoe, I guess. At the end of the day, this book was just okay, same as the first one.
The whole pr**spoiler alert** I liked Josetta and Rafe more than Zoe, I guess. At the end of the day, this book was just okay, same as the first one.
The whole premise of the series is a bit flawed to me. People are supposed to fit into these elemental categories (air, earth, etc) and to share the same traits as other people like them. I mean, basically an ideological excuse for systemic prejudice?
The fun parts of this one were the invention of the first flying machines and Rafe's foibles in trying to learn to pilot them - without dying. The love story was interesting enough. The intrigue surrounding Rafe's past was good.
I guess I was satisfied by the political decision by the end of the book, sort of. Darien Serlast seems like a good king. Then again, all of the Primes deciding that changing the country's political structure is just too hard was a little . . .
Also, the solution to the problem of Rafe's safety was a bit extreme, but I think I mentioned I think Zoe is a scary human being from the last novel. I mean, sure, yeah, just flood an entire city. Or go ahead and mess with people's veins so that they'll implode if you don't like the way they behave, that's . . . cool, I guess . . .
I think it's absurd that Rafe just shrugged his shoulders and was totally all right with that. So yeah these Primes have disturbing amounts of power and the book sort of shrugs it off and acts like they're still cool and we should all still be friends, but they scare the crap out of me and I think they use their powers like reckless children and I think the novels try to normalize it and expect you to be okay with it. I am not....more
Thank goodness I really enjoyed this one. In fact, almost every story was good. The last two were a bit iffy for me. "Eric and Pan" was too obvious anThank goodness I really enjoyed this one. In fact, almost every story was good. The last two were a bit iffy for me. "Eric and Pan" was too obvious and heavy handed for me, while "The Empty Pocket" was completely nonsensical.
The rest of the stories were just as advertised - good brief romances set in dystopian worlds. Although, I guess, several of them suffer from a bit of heavy-handedness. I think it's hard to deliver a fully formed dystopian world in a short little package like this, so it's fair enough.
My favourites were probably "The Salt Sea and The Sky" and "Red."
"Now Purple with Love's Wound" reminded me of Mad Max....more
This is an excellent tale. A really original concept that is beautifully executed.
It is a post-apocalyptic story about a world that has grown far smalThis is an excellent tale. A really original concept that is beautifully executed.
It is a post-apocalyptic story about a world that has grown far smaller than what we are currently used to. In this world, the people believe in the magic of The Archivist, a girl (named Wasp) who can speak to ghosts, catch them, and 'kill them', while also learning whatever she can from them of the old world, the world all humans used to live in.
An angry bitter girl honed into a weapon against ghosts by the horrible Catchkeep Priest meets a soldier ghost from that other world. He's a strong ghost, so strong he can communicate to her about his life as a super-soldier bred to be a weapon in a massive civil war.
He is searching for his only friend, a 'colleague' of his who he lost. He can't remember all the particulars. She is searching for a way to own her own life.
Wasp will try to help him, because she has a sympathy for the dead that the priest hasn't been able to beat out of her and she will travel into the land of the dead with the ghosts she's hunted....more