Brilliant, as always! I'm so glad I reread the earlier books before diving into this new one because I feel like I'm able to appreciate it more. WillBrilliant, as always! I'm so glad I reread the earlier books before diving into this new one because I feel like I'm able to appreciate it more. Will try to write a fuller review at a later date.
Had so much fun reading this, I stayed up late to finish it. Blake is hilarious, he was exactly the same as how he was in Us. He's crazy but in a funnHad so much fun reading this, I stayed up late to finish it. Blake is hilarious, he was exactly the same as how he was in Us. He's crazy but in a funny way, and has a heart of gold. I liked that Jess is a different kind of heroine in the sense that it has taken her a while to figure out what she wants to do with her life. I would have liked her better if she had more character development, maybe if she learned to be more confident throughout the course of the story. It just felt like Blake's personality was the highlight of this romance. I also liked how close both of them are to their families, and of course I enjoyed the Wesmie cameos....more
This book is a quick read. The teasing and the sexual tension between the hero and heroine was fun at the start but the overall pacing/writing could hThis book is a quick read. The teasing and the sexual tension between the hero and heroine was fun at the start but the overall pacing/writing could have been stronger....more
Dark Moon Defender is the third book in the Twelve Houses series by Sharon Shinn. Reading order: Mystic and Rider, The Thirteenth House, Dark Moon Defender, Reader and Raelynx, Fortune and Fate. Should the books be read in order? Yes. Also, don't read any of the synopses of the latter books if you haven't read the earlier ones. They contain spoilery bits. Even the summary for this book has some spoilers. Dark Moon Defender is all about Justin, Tayse's fellow Rider. He's present in the two other novels and finally gets his own story (and romance!) in this one. Justin has been assigned on a spy mission. The king wants concrete proof that Coralinda Gisseltess, head of the convent of devotees of the Pale Mother, is committing violent acts against mystics. Mystics are individuals with magical abilities and Coralinda firmly believes that the Pale Mother, the moon goddess, hates magic. Justin settles down in the town of Neft as a stable-hand. He tries to keep a low profile so as not to attract attention. Without meaning to, he befriends Ellynor, a young novice at the convent. The companions from the earlier books - Cammon, Senneth, Tayse, Kirra and Donnal - drop by to visit Justin from time to time.
I feel like Justin's novel is different from the rest of the companions' because he's a King's Rider with no magical powers unlike the other mystics in the group. Justin and Tayse are two of the best Riders in the realm. Riders are skilled fighters, devoted to the king. For some reason, I wasn't as convinced of their incredible fighting skills as I'd like. I realized that it's mostly because the author tells the reader that they're excellent fighters instead of showing their prowess through the Riders' actions. It's different with the mystics because there are several instances for them to demonstrate their power. Maybe that's one of the reasons why I didn't like this book as much as I wanted. Also, it's the first book in the series where the companions spend time apart. Justin is all by himself so the story jumps from his point of view to one of the other characters. The scenes that I liked the most were the ones where they're all together. This storytelling format reminded me of Sharon Shinn's Samaria series and Justin's book, in particular, is similar to Angel-Seeker. Why? There's forbidden romance in both books and the characters need to sneak around in order to be together.
I did enjoy reading the book as a whole because we get to learn more about other aspects of the world - Ellynor's heritage and details about the convent when the story shifts to her point of view. It's funny because even though I had problems with each book in the series so far, the author has managed to make me care enough about the characters to continue reading about them. As such, I feel like this is a series that I can recommend to anyone who's looking to sink his or her teeth into a fantasy series that's easy to follow. I'm going to stick with the series until the end. I'm already in the middle of the next book, Reader and Raelynx, and I think it's more exciting than the other books because it's marked with climactic events that the previous books have been leading up to....more
I've heard good things about the Chronicles of Elantra series but I kept putting it off because I'm not a big fan of series that never seem to end. HoI've heard good things about the Chronicles of Elantra series but I kept putting it off because I'm not a big fan of series that never seem to end. However, the lovely Estara sent me a Kindle gift of the first three books after I blogged about this quote from the author. And I knew it was time to give the series a try since I already have copies.
I liked the characters and the worldbuilding and I didn't have any major issues about the story, but I found myself confused throughout most of the book. Like something would happen and I felt like I only understood half of the scene. I find it hard to explain why, maybe because I'm not that familiar with the world? Maybe this first book will be better as a reread. I'm still curious enough about the world to give the second book a try, maybe it will be easier to get into because I'm more familiar with the characters and the setting....more