Ok, so I might be slightly bias because I have loved most of the series. I love Patricia Briggs and I think she is a creative and interesting writer wOk, so I might be slightly bias because I have loved most of the series. I love Patricia Briggs and I think she is a creative and interesting writer who tends to avoid many of the 'traps' that some of the recent fantasy series have run into....like the bad guys getting bigger and badder and bigger and badder, until you run out of anything to face without it sounding kind of ridiculous.
Anyway, love the Mercy and glad to see Tad, Tony, and a few other old regulars getting some page time....more
I have friends who claim to not be fantasy readers, but continually end up loving and choosing a fantasy book as their favorite of the year. I alwaysI have friends who claim to not be fantasy readers, but continually end up loving and choosing a fantasy book as their favorite of the year. I always tell them that they should just get over themselves and admit to being a fantasy reader. Well, I'm kind of finding myself in that situation with military fiction and historic fiction fantasy. I pretty much loath historical fiction, though I love history. I, also, never thought of myself as a military fiction fan, but the last few I've read for work I have really enjoyed. Why this applied to His Majesty's Dragon? Well it fits in both catagories.
Set during the Napolianic Wars in a version of our world where the the British Royal Navy has the help of an airforce who ride dragons. Novik created interesting characters, both human and dragon, and maintained a nice balance between historic details and plot. One of the weaknesses I generally find in historic fiction is digressions on period details which intrupt the story. The parallel problem in fantasy is digressions on world building or mechanics of how the world works. Novak does a great job of giving enough detail through action, character attitude, and necessary dialog between characters to allow the reader to understand and feel the setting of the novel without bogging down the plot.
I finished this novel and promptply went to add book two, three, etc on my Nook wishlist. I was lucky enough to get book two on NY ComicCon! It's still in my to-read pile because of work obligations, but I'm still looking forward into reading more of this series....more
This book kicks off what will no doubt be a popular series in the wake of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series and his new Heros of Olympus series. TheThis book kicks off what will no doubt be a popular series in the wake of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series and his new Heros of Olympus series. The books and the movie have awoken an interest in mythology not only for the older readers. The Goddess Girls is aimed at tween girls and set in Mount Olympus Academy where Athena, the new girl, meets goddess girls, godboys, and some special mortals who get to attend school there.
It's a cute story with some fun characters and classic teen drama situations. Be warned though that historical accuracy and accuracy of the mythology takes a back seat to flirting, making friends, and making the books relatable to todays tweens. Zeus is Athena's dad and a grown up principal of Mount Olympus Academy, but Poseidon (his brother) is a godboy going to class with Athena and Aphrodite. Medusa gets her snakey hair from using a misspelled shampoo that Athena invented and the Trojan war is a class project in Hero Manipulation.
Overall, this is a cute read for your tween girls who maybe aren't up for the length of the new Riordan books or who like the mythology, but want a bit more girly slant and less action/adventure. Just be sure to back these up with some books of the actual myths and gods or goddesses....more