[Disclaimer: I read this book twice in beta and was sent a copy by the author when it was finished. My opinions are my own.]
***There are no spoilers i[Disclaimer: I read this book twice in beta and was sent a copy by the author when it was finished. My opinions are my own.]
***There are no spoilers in this post, unless you have not read book 1, in which case what are you doing?? Go read it now!!***
In the second installment of the "Runemaster" series, Maya and Tor are dealing with the aftermath of the accidental murder of Tor's uncle Nils. The book picks up almost immediately after the last book ended, with Maya worrying that the police are going to figure out she killed Nils, and come after her. Not to mention her brother is still in the hospital and not progressing with his recovery, she has a final project for her degree to work on, she's finally engaged to Tor, and they make the discovery that Nils had kids, one of whom makes contact with Tor regarding the will.
On top of all of that, there's a frost giant who keeps showing up in the driveway demanding the gold plaque that Tor won't give back, Tor is still a were-bear, and Maya is finally confronting the memories that can unlock her heritage and her powers. And Nazis! *dun dun dun*
Let's get one thing straight: This series is fan-freaking-tastic! I loved reading it all three times, and even in my final read I discovered new things and saw some minor changes that really illuminated the plot. I always have fun reading about Maya and Tor, they are a great couple of characters. And the addition of Joel, Tor's cousin, was a great way to show how Maya is becoming entrenched in the magical world. His disbelief was once hers, but now she's so involved that it's like she was never a "normal" person. Her heritage is even more engrossing, because we finally learn where she's from and how she got her "disease."
Obviously it's not true urban fantasy, and the author says as much in the note at the beginning. It doesn't really fit into any one genre, at least not completely. I consider it simply fantasy set in the modern world (which I normally don't like to read as much, but I find this set wholly entertaining). The writing style is pretty easy to read, because you can end up reading a huge chunk of the book and not realize how much until you check your page count! And it never gets boring. I highly recommend this series (definitely start with book 1, Sorcerer's Luck) to anyone who enjoys a fun but intense story about magic, runes, old gods, and some spicy romance....more
This was a surprisingly awesome read! I picked this up at a tag sale along with the other books in the trilogy and I was pleasantly surprised at justThis was a surprisingly awesome read! I picked this up at a tag sale along with the other books in the trilogy and I was pleasantly surprised at just how great it is. I am also amazed that we never stocked this at the bookstore when it was still open. If I had known about it back then I bet I could have helped a lot more tweens and teens get interested in fantasy! Recommended for anyone who loves a good adventure fantasy full of absurdities and hope....more
This is a book I've been dying to read ever since it came out, which is strange because it's non-fiction and I'm primarily a fiction reader. But I reaThis is a book I've been dying to read ever since it came out, which is strange because it's non-fiction and I'm primarily a fiction reader. But I read about it in a CNN article one day, and thought it sounded interesting, and since then I've been thinking about it and wanting to get it, but never actually doing so.
Well, now I have a copy and I'm so glad I do. Rebecca Skloot tells the tragic story of this family so well that I almost forget it has a lot to do with science. The humor in the characters despite the horrible things that have happened to them makes the book a great read. I love the timeline and how she doesn't tell it in a linear fashion or all about one side. Going between the researchers, the family, Henrietta, and other people's stories, you get a real feel for what Henrietta helped achieve, despite her non-consent, as well as the ethical struggles her family and the researchers faced.
The discussion in the afterword about the ethics of tissue research was very thought-provoking and it led me to question my own beliefs that I had previously held. I liked that Skloot did not inject her own opinion into any of this book - she wrote the afterword by presenting both sides, and her narrative throughout the rest of the book, while colorful and full of emotion, was no more clouded by judgment of what the family was, is, and will be. She never offered her own commentary on the state of the family, nor did she suggest that what the researchers did was necessarily wrong. But you get the feeling that she became very attached to the Lacks family, and did what she could to put the family at ease and help them achieve the closure they were so desperate for.
I am so glad I read this book, and now know a lot more about tissue research as well as the woman whose cells achieved so much after her death....more
I still cannot believe I had never heard of this series before. It is such a wonderful set of books full of the qualities that make up the best of fanI still cannot believe I had never heard of this series before. It is such a wonderful set of books full of the qualities that make up the best of fantasy: a "quest," tension, magic, duels, battles, intrigue, double-crossing. This book was more brutal than book 1, and so is more suited for teens than younger kids. But oh, I loved it! ...more