I think this has to be one of the best books in the series. I was not a big fan of her last book, Seawitch, it felt slow and plodding and while it int...moreI think this has to be one of the best books in the series. I was not a big fan of her last book, Seawitch, it felt slow and plodding and while it introduced two new fantasy "creatures" to the lexicon it had a very side show feel to it. On the other hand Possession was a great book to read, maybe I just like my mysteries a bit more on land or more tangible but Possession hit all the right notes for me.
A woman approaches Harper, in Phoebe's (Harper's old friend) bookstore, her sister is in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) but has been convulsively painting eerie scenes over and over again. When Harper goes to see the woman she gets paint lobbed in her eye disturbing her ability to see the normal but realizes the woman is possessed by a ghost, and many ghosts stand around her. Harper's investigation turns up 2 other cases of PVS, something that is incredibly rare, and realizes there is something darker going on.
But as she tries to tackle this Quinton's father rears his very ugly head and tries to use her to make Quinton "fall back into the fold" something Quinton has vowed not only not to do, but to bring his father and his father's cronies down.
Between the two plots the book moves at a good pace and not only do we see Harper grow, but we watch her fail and get back up and try again, one of the things that keeps me coming back to the books. She is a very realistic heroine not all kick ass and full of it and herself, or so unsure of herself that she can't move forward, and Quinton is an enigma that I have enjoy learning about.
It took me a few days to get over the end of this series, something that only the best series or the best books can do. And although I'm sad to see th...moreIt took me a few days to get over the end of this series, something that only the best series or the best books can do. And although I'm sad to see them go I'm more than pleased at the way Ms. Buroker finished it all off, all the niggling little threads tied up, monsters from the past that haunted our protagonists dreams brought back and vanquished, characters from tie in novels making their appearance with all their quirks, and of course love both real and unrequited ... Well that would be a spoiler so I will just say read the book.
The book is once again told from Amaranthe's and Sicarius' point of view and while a great portion of the book takes place with them separated after the circumstances at the end of the last book, it wasn't as distracting for me as it seems to have been for other readers. I didn't read the book for the romance that underpinned the tale, but it did give some non-action related drama. And action aplenty there was with all of Ms. Buroker's great attention to detail and place. The story veered all over Stumps from train to plane to steam lorry from rooftop to submarine to barracks to warehouse to palace and pretty much everywhere in between. There is much introspection both on Amaranthe's and Sicarius' part and we see the human side of Sicarius, vulnerable due to love of Amaranthe and Sespian but still the deadly side of him as he is twisted and used and the fine amalgamation of both as he is restored to being his own man. There are emotional highs and lows that go with all of the action. Some moments that made me smile and a few that made me cry but they all come together to make an excellent ending to the series.
Definitely a favorite book and series. Not every book was great bit the overall concept and execution over the seven books was a winner for me.(less)
A new start to a dark urban fantasy series filled with your usual mash of characters - a brooding mage, poorly understood by his fellows, in unrequite...moreA new start to a dark urban fantasy series filled with your usual mash of characters - a brooding mage, poorly understood by his fellows, in unrequited love with the lovely woman or in this case elf that works for him, the hulking friend who is wise and loyal beyond his looks and those who oppose him and want to see him taken down. I wanted to really like this book but I just couldn't, unlike some books I've read it didn't hook me and I didn't try to find extra time to get a few pages in here and there.
For those who like drama heaped upon drama this book has it in spades and it was one of those things that made it mediocre for me. It seemed everywhere Gage turns there is trouble. Trouble from the mages - trouble from Trixie, even though she doesn't mean it, trouble from the local gangs, that somehow, up to this point have left him alone and trouble from the guild and the enforcers that control his trade. I found it hard to comprehend that Gage had run a shop for so long running under the radar only to have everything explode on him in a week and then have 60 percent of it all cleared up in one or two nights. Maybe I'm getting burnt out on the genre but this just seemed like something very middle of the road for me it wasn't a bad book, it was written well, the fight scenes were well done as was the unveiling of the overall story, but it just didn't keep my attention enough to want to read any more in the series.(less)
A novella apparently set in the world of Elantris. Shai is a forger, someone who's talent at creating stamps that rewrite the history of an object, or...moreA novella apparently set in the world of Elantris. Shai is a forger, someone who's talent at creating stamps that rewrite the history of an object, or more disturbingly a person. These stamps are more correctly called soul stamps because in this world everything from a person to a window, has a soul. Shai has been caught thieving (something else she is good at) at the imperial palace, betrayed while exchanging a priceless painting for a forgery. Schedule for execution she is given a sudden reprieve by the arbiters of the emperor, the 5 most powerful people in the empire, the emperor's advisors. There was an assassination attempt on the emperor and empress and although the emperor lives his soul has been severely damaged, if not destroyed and in exchange for her life Shai is charged with making a new soul for the emperor, something that should take years that she has to do in 100 days. Not only does that seem impossible but she has to plan her escape as well, because she know they won't let her leave alive once she is done.
The novella follows Shai as she weaves the intricate magic to create the soul stone and the elderly arbiter Gaotona, who was the Emperor's best friend. As in every novel that I have read of his Sanderson creates an utterly engaging and believable magic system and world with enjoyable characters and plot. I found it hard to put the novella down and wished there was more, maybe we will meet Shai again, I wouldn't mind seeing what she does next, but until then I need to finish Elantris.(less)
Okay, while this certainly wasn't a great book, and might be argued whether or not it was really a "good" book it did bring a lot of the plot elements...moreOkay, while this certainly wasn't a great book, and might be argued whether or not it was really a "good" book it did bring a lot of the plot elements that CH had developed to an end. And for that alone, the fact that so much was resolved this gets a 3 star rating. I think that so many people had so much invested in Eric that any book that showed him in less of a light than the early Sookie books did was going to annoy and alienate them, for me it wasn't that Eric was perhaps, sold into slavery, it was the fact that Eric was in a way emasculated in the final three books that irritated me. Also that Sookie was turned from a carefree (okay airhead) waitress with an amazing ability that she had a hard time dealing with, to what amounted to a bitter woman finding fault with nearly everyone and everything that didn't live just to serve her needs, that has been a constant source of irritation in the later books. Really how much can one person do to sabotage their own life and loves? As for who she ends up with... well I don't know what books people have been reading when they say they were shocked and surprised but I saw that coming from 10 books back, maybe even 12. Still I'm glad that I read the book (although some of it was only skimming it was pretty ho hum reading) and more over I'm glad I can put Sookie to rest knowing that finally she made a good choice.(less)
Just when it seems that Corine has lost everything, her father, her power and her love, it seems that fate will give her one last chance to be happy,...moreJust when it seems that Corine has lost everything, her father, her power and her love, it seems that fate will give her one last chance to be happy, but, as always for Corine, it will not be easy. After all she has to try to part the curtain between the worlds to get Chance back, save Booke, not become a pawn in a brewing war between the "angels" and the demons, figure out how not to be drawn back into Sheol to pay off a debt to the demons, and help Kel break his bond of servitude. Oh, and of only is she on a timeline, but since she's been back everything is making her ill.
I really enjoyed this book, I was not sure I would after the events of the last book (the trip to Sheol, her being possessed by the demon queen, freeing and then losing her father and Chance's sacrifice) but Ms. Aguirre comes through, deftly weaving all the hanging plots into one fine ending. (less)
Celia Graves has got problems, she's half vampire due to an aborted attack by a blood sucker and she's also part Siren a princess no less, and both of...moreCelia Graves has got problems, she's half vampire due to an aborted attack by a blood sucker and she's also part Siren a princess no less, and both of those things makes her one of the least liked people by the police in Santa Maria de Luna, California.
Just back from a mission gone bad in the jungles of Mexico, she is asked to not only guard one of her cousin Sirens (another princess) at her wedding, but also be in the wedding as one of the seer's has forseen that there will be multiple attacks on this princesses life and that of her fiance's that only Celia can prevent. Add in other attempts at Celia's life by the police who think that, despite all she has done to help the people of Santa Maria, she is insane because of her partial vampire status and should be killed, and the ex girlfriend of her boyfriend who suddenly pops back into his life I had a good time reading this book. Celia is evolving, she is strong yet is beginning to learn that her boundaries have definite limits that can be pushed but not shoved, her friends are loyal and yet not without their own issues which adds an other dimension to the books. I'm looking forward to what comes nex.(less)
This is the penultimate book in the Joanie Walker series, and while the series has had its had its ups and downs I will be sad not to have any more to...moreThis is the penultimate book in the Joanie Walker series, and while the series has had its had its ups and downs I will be sad not to have any more to look forward to. The last book had Joanne in Britain, fighting "The Master" the evil being/force that has been behind all of the chaos in Joanne's life, and although it cost her the soul of her mother, that evil was damaged, badly, and Joanne has finally learned to combine her warrior side and her shamanistic side. Not only that but she's met and learned to love her mothers family, people she never knew existed. But then the call comes from her former friend and now FBI agent Sara that her father is missing and she needs to go back to a place she left 10 years before, the only place she and her father called home, and the place where her son, Aiden, who she hasn't seen in all those years is, Qualla Cherokee, NC.
But there is more than just her father being simply missing, also missing is Lucas, Sara's husband, and father of Joanne's son, and we finally learn the story of what happened, although much of it was hinted at in Demon Hunts. The mountains are crying, there is a nothingness eating at the heart of the land and when Aiden, who's potential is enormous but untrained and brash in a 13 year old gets in its way, Joanne knows that it is the Master trying to get at her yet again. Fighting suspicion and out right hostility she must battle not only the "Master" but the townspeople and the government to try and set things right and save her son, her father and hopefully Lucas.
This book was more cohesive and the story moved ahead smartly, something that some of the previous books did not do as well, and I would be remiss in saying that part of the reason I marked this as a favorite was the presence of Morrison and the strong steadying force he is to her, and the fact that they are finally a couple. My only gripe - by the time most people turn 28 a person 10 years older is not "old" and the way she keeps on bringing that up is in fact "old".(less)
This is a traditional fantasy novel, swords, sorcery, betrayal, with great world building and character development. There is no sense that you should...moreThis is a traditional fantasy novel, swords, sorcery, betrayal, with great world building and character development. There is no sense that you should know the world before you delve into it and the author reveals information about it as you go along which is quite a relief from being plunged into a book and having to figure out who is who and where and what.
The book starts with a man being led onto a ship to be taken someplace where he is to battle a champion to the death, and from the tone of the crowd it is the man's death they are hoping for. The story unfurls as this man, Vaelin Al Sorna - The Hope Killer, Sword of the Realm, Dark Blade, Young Hawk among which names he is called, relates his story to the man traveling with him, a royal scribe for the empire that Vaelin has invaded and been made prisoner of. The story relates Vaelin's life from the time his father drops him off at the gates of the 6th Order, and he gives over his life to learning the sword and the ways of battle, up until his duel with the man they call the Shield.
This was the blurb for the book and it tells the bones of the story better than I could (although I wonder a bit at the religious faith part)
"An epic fantasy exploring themes of conflict, loyalty and religious faith. Vaelin Al Sorna, Brother of the Sixth Order, has been trained from childhood to fight and kill in service to the Faith. Ensnared in an unjust war by a king possessed of either madness or genius, Vaelin seeks to answer the question that will decide the fate of the Realm: …who is the one who waits?"
A well written, well thought out book. I originally bought the book when it was an independently published kindle novel, but it has been picked up by penguin which picked up the rights to the next two novels in the trilogy and I was glad to hear that the author has turned in the edits for the second book "The Tower Lord" and hopefully we will see a publication date sometime soon.(less)
Hail and rejoice with cheese and cake for everyone! And get ready for another fun, thrilling and heartwarming romp with Verity Price, her Aeslin mice...moreHail and rejoice with cheese and cake for everyone! And get ready for another fun, thrilling and heartwarming romp with Verity Price, her Aeslin mice and the cryptids of New York. Oh, and Dominic and the Convenant of St. George. Verity and Dominic return in the second of the Incryptid books, and trouble is coming for the cryptids of New York in the form of 3 Covenant agents intent on seeing how Dominic's work toward a purge is going. But that isn't the only agenda and the cryptids of New York aren't about to take it lying down. The book is an absolutely fun read full of the humor and great characters that Seanan McGuire has introduced us to in this series. Not only do we have great interaction between Verity and Dominic but we have more of Istas, "Vengeance carnage is often satisfying, but it takes longer to perform properly than the kind which does not require a death to begin", her boyfriend Ryan and Sarah and the Dragons and the newest addition Kitty the Boogeyman who replaced her uncle as the owner of the club where Verity works.
The only downside was that the book ended, I wanted to stay in their world for longer but all good things have to end. I am eagerly awaiting the next incryptid book which will apparently be out Verity's older brother Alex.(less)
This series has had it's ups and downs but definitely more ups than downs and this is definitely one of the higher points of the series. A full review...moreThis series has had it's ups and downs but definitely more ups than downs and this is definitely one of the higher points of the series. A full review later.(less)
The next to last book in the series and I'm already sad that I won't be on any more hair raising/ hair brained adventures with Amaranthe, Sicarius and...moreThe next to last book in the series and I'm already sad that I won't be on any more hair raising/ hair brained adventures with Amaranthe, Sicarius and the gang after the next book.
Amaranthe and company are back in Stumps and things just seem to be going from bad to worse in the city. The gangs are preying on everyone, there are multiple contenders for the throne and Forge is up to it's usual evil. I think all the fans of this series has been waiting for these books told from Amaranthe's and Sicarius' point of view, I was worried that Sicarius would be a totally different character from his point of view but was pleasantly surprised (although I shouldn't have been) that he was almost as enigmatic and dry from inside his head as out. There was the usual action, crazy schemes from Amaranthe, deadly danger from the Forge and Nurian Shamans, treachery and underhandedness from those who were supposed to support their emperor, and crazy clothing from Maladyano. There is an urgency to some of this though, you know that things are winding up and it seems like everything is reaching a fever pitch with trials and tribulations galore from old and new enemies. I really couldn't get enough of the book and read it in just a day, but it was so worth being that absorbed.
There is a bad part of this book, and that is because it ended on a horrible cliffhanger. I didn't dock it any stars because I knew that was going to happen so I waited for the second part to come out before reading it, making it a seamless transition.(less)
In a way I am glad that I found this series as far along (this is the 5th book) as I did since the cliff hanger ending of the last book pretty much le...moreIn a way I am glad that I found this series as far along (this is the 5th book) as I did since the cliff hanger ending of the last book pretty much left me howling in frustration. I really hate cliffhangers and this was a doozy and I was immensely grateful that I could start reading this one immediately to follow up.
The book begins with the aftermath of the dirigible crash and Amaranthe's capture by Major Pike and the Forge and is told from both Amaranthe's and Maldyano's point of view. While Amaranthe is being tortured by Major Pike for the answer to one Very Important Question Maldyano has to take the Emperor where he wants to go and keep the group together, a job he most definitely doesn't want. It doesn't help that there is a new level of distrust of him by almost everyone's except maybe Basilard due to his families involvement in the coup of the capital. And of course there is Sicarius' promise to kill him if something happens to the Emperor. Just as bad is his sudden inanity around Sgt Yara, could it be the notorious woman's man has finally met his match - in an enforcer no less?
The book had less than the usual scheming on Amaranthe's part, mostly die to a large part of it she was being locked up in a kennel and being tortured. In a way it was a bit of a relief as much as I've grown to enjoy the twists and turns of her mind and her "burbling" of ideas it was nice to have things not be as fluid. The book also had more input from Maldyano than previous books did from their "other" voice, it kept things very fresh.
Although this book, like the others in the series, is branded as a mix of steampunk and fantasy it seems to be heavier on tue steampunk than the fantasy which is different but just as good.
Another great read in the series and now the long wait until Book 6 is out in the spring. (less)