Ini buku tebel pertama -engga tahu deh, kok di Goodreads jumlah halamannya cuma 320, asa dulu tebel nian nih buku dan tGw kasih lima bintang karena...
Ini buku tebel pertama -engga tahu deh, kok di Goodreads jumlah halamannya cuma 320, asa dulu tebel nian nih buku dan tulisannya super imut - yang dipinjam di perpustakaan SMA (sekitar 12-13 tahun yang lalu * buka umur*) dan selesai dibaca. Endingnya? Ini salah satu buku perpus yang ga pernah gw balikin ke perpus X))) *sungkem sama bu guru penjaganya*
Pertama kalinya baca tentang ibu hanoman yang hamil hanya karena makan daun yang udah tertesi sperma Batara Siwa (atau Wisnu? Lupa deh). Dipikir - pikir lagi, itu adegan yang emang watdepak sih :)). Tapi masih ingat betapa epiknya peperangan Mahabarata dijabarkan di buku ini. Cuma, kisah pendahuluannya banyak, dan suka bercabang nyeritain tokoh - tokoh penting lain.
Kalau ada yang bisa bantuin nyari buku ini, boleh lho :">. Buku "rampasan" yang dari perpus, kayaknya udah rusak dan ga tau dimana :P...more
After I read Dragon Bones (you can read my review here), I decide to continue Ward's journey in Dragon Blood. The book is not standalone, and r4 stars
After I read Dragon Bones (you can read my review here), I decide to continue Ward's journey in Dragon Blood. The book is not standalone, and reader must read first book first to understand the world of Hurog. I devour Dragon Blood, not care that I read this past my bed time and when I reach "The End", it's already 5 a.m. Oh, well, the day was Sunday, so I'm not feeling guilty to not sleep ;).
Is Dragon Blood deserved my sleepless night? I very much said, yes.
I already state in my review of Dragon Bones, that my pet peeves about fantasy is the first POV, and in Dragon Bones, Briggs not just have 1st POV, but also 3rd POV for some chapter. Dragon Blood follow the same formula, and because I already adapt with the writing style, I can read it smoothly. I did like Ward here, he's mature, his voice is finally a voice of man. His character development escalated after the end of Dragon Bones. Four years already pass, Hurog is cursed no more, and Oreg, the Hurog's ghost is not what he seems to be. I don't want to spoil, but for my enjoyment, finally we get the dragon. I love dragon! So much!!
Old characters from Dragon Bones make their entree again in Dragon Blood with much better development. I also like that finally there's a romance. Dragon Bones just have a hint of it, but this book have plenty. Not much, tho. I already guess that Ward will be paired with Tisala, a warrior girl that he met in book 1, and this Blood, their romance are blossoming. I like that Tisala is no mere flower, she's not fragile, TSTL and warrior to the bone. Sure, she has her insecurity because she's know that she's not pretty enough (did we all?) and also older than Ward. But Ward never care about that, he want Tisala and will never give up for them.
I agree with some reviewer that Dragon Blood is darker than Dragon Bones, even the mystery is not much like the predecessor. I cringe when read about Ward's imprisonment because King Jakoven deemed he not unsuitable to rule Hurog. What happen to Ward (and also Tisala at first), is awful, even Briggs didn't describe it graphically (which make me grateful). But the effect still there and Briggs didn't try to smooth it, because what Ward endure is what make Ward as he is. King Jakoven indeed is icky, and I don't know why Garranon can endure his time as King's lover for 20 years. With the story flows, the reason why Jakoven try to use a dangerous artifact to make havoc is quite sad. Briggs challenge her characters, especially Garranon, about if his feeling to his lover is merely hatred, or there's some love left in his heart for the mad King.
While the mystery is not much (like I said before), the writing go smoothly. I'm glad that I read Blood after Bones in no time, because my memory of Hurog's world building is still fresh. I still remember the politic of the five Kingdoms, remember the clans, nationality and also the religious system. I think that's the opportunity to read a duology back to back. You don't need to wait a long time to read the next in series.
Consider to read Hurog's duology if you want to read a fantasy that is light but will affect you in so many ways....more
I remember years ago I read Moon Called, since Indonesian publisher kindly to published that book. Why I said "kindly"? Because they decide t3,5 stars
I remember years ago I read Moon Called, since Indonesian publisher kindly to published that book. Why I said "kindly"? Because they decide to just publish 1 title and abandon others. Very typical *rolling eyes*. It been years, so I can't decide if I like Briggs voice or not. Beside Moon Called translated version is a mess, with so many typos and miss translation. I did remember that I quite enjoy the story but not interested enough to continue the rest, so I'm not into this "Mercy Thompson fangirling". Maybe later.
In a mood for a fantasy, I picked up Dragon Bones, the first of Hurog duology. It's perfect, tho. My schedule is pretty hectic lately and I don't have commitment for now to read long series (I see you Dresden Files!!). Dragon Bones quite taken me aback, because the story told from first POV, but some chapters have 3rd POV. This is make me annoyed a little bit. I don't really like first POV for fantasy, even it's light ones. Urban fantasy, I can take it. Pure fantasy? Not so much, since the scope is grand, and first POV is very limited. Which quite true in Dragon Bones, since Briggs need to write some chapter in 3rd POV. Annoyed me yes, but fortunately didn't lessen my enjoyment. I just need to adapt for this kind of story telling.
It take a time to sympathize to Wardwick, or Ward, the main character. I feel that his voice -I don't know,maybe this is just my feeling- sound like a girl, not a man he used to be. I feel like I read Briggs's voice, not Ward's. I also think he's too laid back at first, but I did appraise his development. Actually, I think Ward is smart. His life was hard, his father (already die in the start of the book) was temperamental, and temperamental is a tame word to describe Ward's father. Ward's mother lost totally to her medicine, left her children unprotected to her husband's wrath. Ward's brother, Tosten, try to kill himself and his sister, Ciarra is mute. With all that baggage and his effort to appear dumb, it's not easy for Ward, but somehow he manage to live thorough it.
It's difficult to read Dragon Bones at first, with the POV, and especially the names of characters, places, and magic structure. My head keep spinning and guess who is who. The religion system, the god and goddess make me a little bit confused sometimes. So, I guess even Dragon Bones categorized into light fantasy, readers need to pay attention. What make me keep reading is a mystery that surround Hurog and Oreg, a ghost that is Hurog itself. The mystery about Oreg and what is Hurog really engaging. Another characters like Ward's companion also quite entertaining. One of my favorite characters is Garranon, who is the high King's lover. Yes, there is gay character, but King Jakoven is very icky, and for me that still uncomfortable reading gay scene, the scene told in subtle way. Oh, I also like the twist that Briggs weave, especially about the villain. I can said, I didn't see that coming and poor Ward must bear the consequences. I also like that one of the villain is not two dimentional.
Since Dragon Bones is just duology, it's perfect if you want to read fantasy but don't want to read a long series. This book have magic, conspiration, mystery and even I have some pet peeves with this one, I will recommend this one. One thing again... not enough dragon, sadly :(. ...more