The premise of a story with goblins piqued my interest, and Tyger Tyger ended up being a very enjoyable read. I loved the use of mythology and histori...moreThe premise of a story with goblins piqued my interest, and Tyger Tyger ended up being a very enjoyable read. I loved the use of mythology and historical fact in this book. There were problems however; for example, some of the characters’ development left a bit to be desired and some events (one in particular) were treated rather cursorily and with surprisingly little emotion. Aiden’s character kept things entertaining and by the end of the book he might have been my favorite character. I will likely read the next book to see where the author takes the characters within this enchanting universe. (less)
Tracy Rozzlynn’s writing style overall was easy to read. The book could have used a bit more polishing, but it was easy for me to forgive since I was...moreTracy Rozzlynn’s writing style overall was easy to read. The book could have used a bit more polishing, but it was easy for me to forgive since I was sucked into the story. Brett starts her new life on a planet called Verita, having been trained as a biologist while in stasis during the 300-year journey. I shared her anticipation leading up to exploration of the new environment. The strange, unknown new world premise appeals to me. The author’s vivid imagery brought Verita to life. Romance abounds, and suspicion creeps in that there’s more going on than meets the eye.
The mysteries of Verita kept me interested. With so many questions left unanswered, I will be eagerly awaiting the next book in this series. I received a copy of this ebook through the LibraryThing member giveaway. (less)
As a fantasy lover and a person with a soft spot for ancient civilizations, this book seemed right up my alley. Having some preexisting knowledge abou...moreAs a fantasy lover and a person with a soft spot for ancient civilizations, this book seemed right up my alley. Having some preexisting knowledge about Mesoamerica (I took a course on it for my major in college- anthropology), it was entertaining and novel to recognize familiar facts here and there, packaged within a highly engaging plot and artfully combined with fantasy elements. It was a very refreshing change of pace for me.
The more I read of this book, the harder it was to put down. At first, I was wary of whether I'd like the murder mystery angle with fantasy (I generally don't read much mystery), but a little bit into the book and I was won over. The multiple genres coalesced nicely. I became immersed in the setting (the city of Tenochtitlan), the complexities of interactions between the gods and mortals, and in the mounting revelations of what's at stake. I appreciated the impressive level of detail and research that went into the writing of this novel and it was a treat to read the author's reflections about that process at the end. (less)
Events were wrapped up neatly at the end of Servant of the Underworld and a year or so later Harbinger of the Storm begins with the death of the Rever...moreEvents were wrapped up neatly at the end of Servant of the Underworld and a year or so later Harbinger of the Storm begins with the death of the Revered Speaker, leaving the Empire in jeopardy. Political intrigues only impede a timely resolution to the Empire’s problems.
The parts of the book that really shined for me were the action sequences, dealings with the gods, and rich setting details. The overall reading experience was great, though at times for me the investigation dialogs and political intrigue were tedious. This, however, wasn’t something I experienced in the latter parts of the book. I really enjoyed that Teotihuacan was used as a setting, and part of me wishes it could have been more than a cursory visit. Teomitl was one of my favorite characters, owing in part to his awesome granted abilities. I look forward to see how de Bodard continues to develop his character in the next installment of Obsidian and Blood as well as his relationship with Mihmatini, whose role in Harbinger of the Storm left me wanting.
I particularly enjoyed reading a story set in the Aztec Empire, a subject I was previously only acquainted with in the academic realm (a course on Mesoamerican Archaeology and here and there in other anthropology courses). The artistic license the author uses mingled with the historical setting and fantasy elements were a treat to me. I found myself transported into the mystical pre-Columbian world. The world building was skillfully done.
Overall I enjoy de Bodard’s writing, a minor gripe being that the many errors were slightly distracting. If you enjoy high-stakes fantasy with a superb historical setting, intrigue, blood, magic, and mystery, this certainly is a book (and series) you should pick up. If you lose track of the names or have difficulty, it would be worth referencing the extras sections in the back of the book for the list of characters, terms, and concepts as well as the pronunciation guide. Awaiting the third book.
Sincerest of thanks to Aliette de Bodard and the Goodreads First Reads program for the copy of this book. (less)