**spoiler alert** That book was quite a pleasant surprise, because every time I read a book by an author I didn't read before I feel like playing "Rus**spoiler alert** That book was quite a pleasant surprise, because every time I read a book by an author I didn't read before I feel like playing "Russian roulette". Sometimes you win, but most of the time you lose. This is - fortunately - one of the former cases ;)
First of all, I really liked the cover design with it's moody and dark setting and the story holds true to this impression. In fact, there are two storylines, divided by seemingly a few centuries, but nevertheless, they are both part of the same story, which will apparently intertwine within the third book. However, this is also one disadvantage, because you have to read all parts in order to connect both storylines and this will surely not appeal to everybody. So beware! If you prefer a straight-forward storytelling, then this maybe isn't your idea of a good book.
I like how these stories are connected. Not only by recurring characters but there are also some memorable scenes, when Haph, one of the wizard's apprentices, reads about the resurrection of magic in his history book and wonders about the 1st magician and his heroic deeds and quests. This stands in contrast to the POV of Sadima, a peasant girl, who's in the centre of this movement and she has - surprisingly - a different opinion about Somiss, the "hero" who "single-handily" resurrected the magic for the common good of all people *g*. I'm sure you know the old saying by Churchill: "History is written by the victors". This surmises the gap between reality and heroic fiction very well and kept my smiling throughout the book.
As you have surely guessed by now, Somiss is the villain in this trilogy and has an agenda of his own there magic isn't for everybody, but only for a selected group i.e. the rich of the country. He uses people like toys and discards them as soon as they aren't of use anymore. Moreover his actions become more and more eratic and he has a cruel character as well. However, he has a strange relationship with Sadima, who herself is in love with his slave Franklin and his slave, too. Franklin himself, reciprocates this feeling, but he feels like he's the only one who can guide Somiss and tries to channel is actions and keep him in line. Sadima, meanwhile starts to hate Somiss more and more, but knows if she leaves them, Somiss will punish Franklin for her actions. You see, it's all rather complicated, but also interesting. Moreover, in the other timeline a battle royal is pitched by a considerably few-centuries-older Somiss that only one or no one of the 10 apprentices will become a magician and the rest will die. Haph, a teenager, who's thrown into this situation by his father who sees him as expendable 2nd son is one of the contestants and he becomes gradually aware that he doesn't want to die and finds his will to succeed if only to kill his father or finally redeem himself as a valuable son.
So if you like a story one can think about and multi-layered characters and you don't mind a dark, gloomy setting and that you have to read it through to the end of the 3rd book in order to connect both storylines - go for it!!! :D...more
An entertaining holiday read, but I was laughing so much while reading it, because the storyline is just too stereotypical! This story is a mix of theAn entertaining holiday read, but I was laughing so much while reading it, because the storyline is just too stereotypical! This story is a mix of the fairy tale "Cinderella" with the american view about dirty sex i.e. S & M. Simply hilarious - but also entertaining ;D...more
I had high expectations after reading the synopsis and I must admit I love the cover too, but in the end, the storyplot doesn't fit t2,5 stars (sigh).
I had high expectations after reading the synopsis and I must admit I love the cover too, but in the end, the storyplot doesn't fit together and is a very odd mix of science fiction/romance/mystery/growing up story. The science fiction plot is interesting for sure, but this part seems very flat and not well constructed compared to other YA novels of the same genre. Also, my main critisism: the characters were too predictable. Either they were really good or really bad and even the character revalations to show that not everyone is as s/he seems weren't a surprise. Furthermore, it puzzles me that Allison doesn't reveal her unique genetic disposition immediately to Dr. Minta. She surely would have been able to leave the mental institution earlier and go back to her family. Maybe my expectations were simply too high........more
**spoiler alert** Maybe I should have read "Angel-seeker" after "Archangel" instead of this one, since it appears to be written according to the same**spoiler alert** Maybe I should have read "Angel-seeker" after "Archangel" instead of this one, since it appears to be written according to the same plot: there's a reluctant Edori girl who already is romantically engaged with another man and then is told by the next Archangel that she is to be his "Angelica" and he sweeps her away with him. Then there's the obligatory beautiful human girl (in this case the sister of the Archangel, Miriam) who's life is about to change as well. The only interesting and original figure was the extrasamarian Jossis, who had to witness the destruction of his comrades in their spaceship in order to save Samaria and himself. One can easily relate to his emotional turmoil, however the love story between him and the Archangel's sister is just too much to bear. Miriam got on my nerves!!! However, I really want to read the other parts and see how the series processes....more
Bittersweet ending. Although this seems to be a children's tale, I felt sad for the main character in the end. There's no death or murder or3.5 stars
Bittersweet ending. Although this seems to be a children's tale, I felt sad for the main character in the end. There's no death or murder or violence but it centers on self-preservation versus the common good. A difficult choice.... ...more