The book does start a little slow, but as the plots come together you will quickly get to the point where you don't want to put it down. It is definitThe book does start a little slow, but as the plots come together you will quickly get to the point where you don't want to put it down. It is definitely an anti-hero story as Locke is a thief. I loved the Gentleman Bastards and the world was very vivid (although no place I would want to visit). The interludes were interesting as well and I really enjoyed learning the back story.
I like that the main story arc is wrapped up and you could easily stop here if you wanted, but I enjoyed the characters and writing enough to check out the next one. (view spoiler)[Plus I really want to meet Sabetha (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>...more
The series was enjoyable, but it started off great and ended just good. There was a lot of repetition and I don't think I've ever seen one character gThe series was enjoyable, but it started off great and ended just good. There was a lot of repetition and I don't think I've ever seen one character get kidnapped so many times before. Yelena continues to learn about her power as she and Sitia face another threat. While I enjoyed the story overall, I still had lots of issues with it. I'm going to be a bit specific, so they will be under the spoiler tag.
(view spoiler)[ * The traitor was pretty obvious early on and I didn't understand why no one considered him. * Why was Valek deferring to Yelena all the time? He is older and wiser, so why did she have to do all the planning? * It was strange to spend all of book one creating Ixia and then barely spend any time there for the next two books. * I wanted more of a payoff at the end. I wanted both countries to realize they each had strengths and weaknesses and maybe take the better parts from each other to improve. * Why was Cahil allowed to get away with his crimes with no punishment? * How many ways was Valek disobeying the Commander and did the Commander know about it? (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
It was good to catch up with Yelena and see what happens once she goes to Sitia. I really liked this book and probably the only thing that would haveIt was good to catch up with Yelena and see what happens once she goes to Sitia. I really liked this book and probably the only thing that would have made it better was more Valek (but it is totally understandable why he isn't in this one as much).
What I enjoyed: * Seeing Yelena continue to grow. * The differences between Sitia and Ixia. * Valek. * Kiki was an awesome addition. I'm not much of a horse person, but I'd change for one like her.
What could have been better: * I still don't understand the magic system of this world. In fact, I'm now even more confused than after the first book. * Goel. Why would the school keep such a mean and belligerent person on staff? I also can't believe Yelena's luck to make an enemy so quickly again....more
I love the idea of re-working tales. This is a good anthology, with more good stories than mediocre and lots of twisty endings.
The Poisoned Chalice byI love the idea of re-working tales. This is a good anthology, with more good stories than mediocre and lots of twisty endings.
The Poisoned Chalice by Brian Stableford - **** Cool concept. Love the idea that a minor character trait (resistance to peeking) leads to an all important mission. I did feel sorry for poor Umsonofer though for what he had to go through to accomplish his mission.
Battle of Wits by Mickey Zucker Reichert - **** I love how the unicorn outsmarted her author.
The Hero of Killorglin by Fiona Patton - *** Was a bit confusing at first figuring out the characters. Nice tale of a heroic dog and an annoying cat.
Goblin Lullaby by Jim C. Hines - *** Interesting tale about how Jig survived infant-hood due to a bet.
Crumbs by Esther M. Friesner - *** New take on Hansel & Gretel. The poor witch was only trying to make some money. Nice ending.
Fellow Traveler by Donald J. Bingle - ** A minor magician travels with barbarians to stay safe by convincing them he is much more powerful and his lies come back to haunt him.
Food Fight by Alan Dean Foster - *** A man hears food talking to him and goes to a psychologist. Has an interesting twist.
Moonlighting by Devon Monk - ** A pixie gets upset that the house is too clean and he doesn't have enough to do, so he ends up getting seen by the child and given Barbie clothes and has to find a new position.
The Rose, the Farmboy and the Gnome by Phaedra M. Weldon - *** After Jed steals a magicial gnome, he is forced to use it for a wish to save his own hide. It doesn't work out exactly as planned.
A Day at the Unicorn Races by Christina F. York - ** Bubbles, a unicorn jockey is having feeling for Al, but doesn't want to give up racing.
Dragonslayer: Being the True and Terrible Tale of a Fearsome Meeting Between a Man and a Monster by Jana Panniccia - ** Hamster makes a living by showing people the cave of a dead dragon, but this newest tour group is going to cause some trouble.
The Murder of Mr. Wolf by Josepha Sherman - *** Investigating the murder of Mr. Wolf leads Beau Peep and Marie Gobeur in search of many fairy tale residents with motive. A nice twist at the end.
New Yorke Snow by Suzanne Sizemore - *** Nice twist on Snow White. Love the unicorn.
Meet the Madfeet by Michael Jasper - *** Started slow but the end was worth it. A wizard is sent to help the Madfeet defeat a dragon.
Finder's Keepers by Jenny Wurts - *** Taffire, a runt wyvern goes on an adventure to hell when he pisses off an imp who is trying to steal his master's spell book.
Is This Real Enough by Lisanne Norman - *** A lot of characters and a bit confusing, but a fun idea using MMO players....more
I'm upset that I've had this book since mid-Dec and just now got around to reading it. I'm also upset I don't have the rest of the trilogy yet.
So youI'm upset that I've had this book since mid-Dec and just now got around to reading it. I'm also upset I don't have the rest of the trilogy yet.
So you're a convicted murdered, if your choice is death today by hanging or death at an undefined time by poison, which would you choose? Yep, Yelena chose the same as most of you and so begins a new way of life as a poison taster.
What I enjoyed: * The characters. Yelena, Valek and the Commander are all fascinating in their own way. Even the supporting characters are interesting. * The political system was interesting. Going from a corrupt monarchy to a "fair" dictatorship means lots of changes and not all of them are for the best. * The intriguing look into training someone to be a poison taster.
What could have been better: * I would have liked to understand more about the magic system of this world. I'm pretty sure that is coming in the next book though....more
I was thrilled to learn this book existed. I loved Howl's Moving Castle and was happy to see Sophie and the gang would be showing up. I wasn't disappoI was thrilled to learn this book existed. I loved Howl's Moving Castle and was happy to see Sophie and the gang would be showing up. I wasn't disappointed. This was a delightful romp starring another young girl coming into her magical powers and helping to set things right in the kingdom. Charmaine is a bookworm who has been sent to look after a distant relative's house who also happens to be a wizard. She manages to poke her nose into everything which leads to some interesting adventures. I highly recommend this book. You don't have to read Howl's Moving Castle first, but why shouldn't you check out that gem anyway....more