I have had this in my TBR pile for years, but for a number of reasons I never got around to read it until now. After reading it, I am sorry I waited f...moreI have had this in my TBR pile for years, but for a number of reasons I never got around to read it until now. After reading it, I am sorry I waited for so long.
I don’t read many post apocalyptic novels, but I liked this one. Ms Ware has created an intrested world. The cause of the post apocalypse felt unique, and I liked how more and more was revealed through the story. One thing I liked was that the world was dangerous, and how everything was focused on survival, no matter the consequenses.
I liked the characters. It was intresting to get know them, and to see how they thought and reacted to the story that unfolded. I liked how the characters backstory was gradually revealed, and how it affected the plot. It was fascinating to see the world through Elliot and his friends bewildered eyes since it didn’t look like it used to. I liked the fact that despite how it affected them, Elliot and his friends were Alpha males, yet they also cared. Elliot had been an doctor, and he was still a healer at heart. I liked how he was willing to sacrifice himself if necessary.
Jade was intresting. She had a hard past, but it had also shaped her into the independent woman she was. It was intresting to see how her and Elliots relationship formed amid all the other things that occured.
The plot was complex and fast paced. The complexity was one of the things I liked with this book. The events moved fast, but everything was connected to the characters past and the history of the world. It was intresting to see how the romance between Elliot and Jade started to form during all the action. I liked how they were forced to trust each other, or they wouldn’t survive.
But the romance was also one of the weak points for me. I couldn’t feel any spark between Elliot and Jade, there were simply too many other things going on. Another thing I struggled with was some of the revelations at the end. They simply felt too far fetched for me. On the other hand, there had to be something unique to affect the world so drastically…(less)
Heart of Briar wasn't my favorite Laura Anne Gilman novel, but despite that I squeed and requested Soul of Fire when it appeared on NetGalley. And aft...moreHeart of Briar wasn't my favorite Laura Anne Gilman novel, but despite that I squeed and requested Soul of Fire when it appeared on NetGalley. And after reading it I am glad I requested it.
It is was intresting read about Jan's and her friends search for the queen. How they followed every lead, and got more and more desperate. But it was also intresting to see how that forced them to think out side the box, to disobey. But I liked the fact that I could sense a friendship between them, even if it in some cases wouldn't last for much longer than it took to find the Queen.I appreciated to get a glimpse of how life was at the Queen's nascent court, and how her allies slyly manipulated her to their own gain. Those glimpse gave tantialising insight into how their species thought, and their opinion about humans. Nalith, the Queen were creepy, but then all Preters gives me the creeps. I am fervently glad that Preters doesn't exist. The book also revealed exactly how far the Preter Court were prepared to get Nalith back.
The setting shifted between the Farm, the Queen's court and the Preter Court. I really appreciated all the detail and careful work Ms Gilman has put into creating the settings. All of the showed how unique and different the factions were. All of them, their motivations felt believable.
The biggest problem I had with this book was that I didn't feel an sense of urgency as they raced against time to stop the Preter Court. But despite the lack of urgency, I closed the book with a craving for more stories set in this world which is a sign of Ms Gilman's greatness. I have spent some time thinking about the issues I had with this duology, and the conclusion I have come to is that is a duology that you should read back to back really appreciate it. (less)