It's been a while since a series has engaged my attention the way this has. I don't think I would ever have expected the way it will go. I can't waitIt's been a while since a series has engaged my attention the way this has. I don't think I would ever have expected the way it will go. I can't wait for the end of the trilogy. I have very high expectations. ...more
I am speechless and disappointed in myself that I did not read a single review about this book and that merely by chance I started reading it.
The QueI am speechless and disappointed in myself that I did not read a single review about this book and that merely by chance I started reading it.
The Queen of the Tearling is a great fantasy book. It starts with Kelsea, whose nineteen birthday has allowed her to ascend to her rightful throne. The first years of her life were spent with her foster parents, Carly and Barty Glynn, in the forest learning everything she would need once she became a queen. She describes herself as “tall, but dark in coloring, with a face that could charitably be described as plain.”
I loved how she describe herself as honestly as she could. I find so often a lot of protagonist are gorgeous and they know it, but Kelsea is too modest to describe herself in a flattering way. And I think that perfectly describes her character. Even though she suddenly becomes the queen of this poverty-stricken country she always puts her people first. She is brave, selfless and even though she has her childish moments, she knows when to stop and always does what needs to be done. She is so honest with everyone, its impossible not to relate with her.
And I absolutely loved her.
I loved all of the Queen's guard and how they pride themselves in guarding the queen, especially Mace with his fierce personality.
Also The Fetch, of whom I won't say more other than I love him and his little band of renegades and I can't wait to learn more about them. And if you want to learn more you will definitely need to read the book.
The only thing that I am not exactly sold on, is the idea that the Tearling is a weird dystopian society from the future. But still I have great hopes from future books.
Needless to say I loved everything about the book. Kelsea reminded me of Katsa, from the Graceling series.
It is a great fantasy read with lots of adventure. There are assassins, magic, thieves and cunning cold Treasurers. If that's not enough to tempt you into reading I don't know what else I can say. ...more
NASA finds an alien ship in space and for the next decades they start creating a recon mission to visit the ship and find information about this alienNASA finds an alien ship in space and for the next decades they start creating a recon mission to visit the ship and find information about this alien society and why they left the ship abandoned. They decide to send a group of six people, one of them world renowned linguist Jane Halloway to figure out the alien language. They travel for several months toward the location of the ship and despite believing to be abandoned when they are about to dock everything lit up. And there's a voice in Jane's head when she steps into the ship.
This book started really strongly for me. It had basically everything I loved Aliens, NASA and secret languages. I loved the first half so much, I read it basically in a a couple of hours because I was so excited. I loved the flashbacks of how Jane was recruited, and of her early life. And I loved the tension when they got in the ship and they were hesitant because they didn't know what they would find. I also really like those first explorations, but after that everything went downhill for me.
The presence in the ship, Ei'Brai, speaks through the mind and I just wasn't into the mind games that followed.
Overall, Fluency it's a great sci fi book with a lot of suspense and tension. If you are into that kind of stuff, go ahead you'll love it. Unfortunately, not exactly my cup of tea.
For those who are unaware of this series: Miles Vorkosigan is a short officer who usually is looked down uponThis series just keeps on getting better!
For those who are unaware of this series: Miles Vorkosigan is a short officer who usually is looked down upon because of his appearance, but what people don't know is that he also accidentally became a mercenary captain and goes along with his fleet to war torn planets to save the day. He is hilarious and his quest in life is to be appreciated for the brilliant mind that he knows he is. That is a very simplified plot to get you on the series. If you want to start from the beginning I recommend: The Warrior's Apprentice
The series as any great sci-fi book has great technology and there are a lot of space traveling involve.
If this doesn't make you want to start the series right away I don't know what will. ...more
This started as the most ambiguous of the novellas. It starts strangely with Miles been thrown into prison, but it quickly unravels into this engagingThis started as the most ambiguous of the novellas. It starts strangely with Miles been thrown into prison, but it quickly unravels into this engaging story.
Sadly, unlike Labyrinth there are no genetically modified teenage werewolves, but there is an overzealous prophet and a Chosen one. ...more