I received a copy from NetGalley a couple months ago. My dissertation struck shortly after, so it was very slow reading. Sorry NetGalley :(
This is theI received a copy from NetGalley a couple months ago. My dissertation struck shortly after, so it was very slow reading. Sorry NetGalley :(
This is the sequel to Seraphina, which I enjoyed because dragons are my guilty pleasure. There were a few things I'd forgotten between Seraphina and Shadow Scale, but I was brought up to speed nicely without having past events hammered over my head fifty times, which many authors are guilty of. >> The beginning was slow because it was about 80% Seraphina pining over Lucian and trying to forget her love for him for the sake of the queen, and I was worried the rest of the book was going to be "Woe is me, I am such a martyr!" Fortunately, that didn't happen. After the first few chapters, the pace picked up a bit, and then the book actually started.
Although some Lucian-pining still occurred throughout, it was dampened by the Immediate Conflict, in which Seraphina is sent on a quest to gather the other ityasaari, find her uncle, and help both Goredd and the Comonot stay alive and in power. This is no small task, and it takes her and her group of travelers through many other kingdoms -- some of which are friendly, some of which are not.
The quest starts off as something manageable and, over time, turns out to be only a small part of something much more sinister. There are epic travels, epic battles, friendships made and lost, and of course love*.
So although the book started off like it would be a huge disappointment (I think the first book suffered from this as well), it ended up being extremely satisfying and action-packed, and once again I am pleasantly surprised by another good dragon book on the shelves.
[Spoiler]*For awhile, I thought Jannoula was totally going to confess her love to Seraphina, because nobody in books hates somebody else that much without having firstly been in love and felt like they were slighted. Instead, it was Queen Glisselda who confessed her love for Seraphina, and it was all very sweet even though it would never work out. I kind of wish it could have. But still, yay representation![/Spoiler]...more
Some old information, some new. Definitely a good look at the evolution of the human body (and bodies in general) and how it relates to our current liSome old information, some new. Definitely a good look at the evolution of the human body (and bodies in general) and how it relates to our current lifestyle. Light-hearted, filled with anecdotes, jokes, and silly diagrams, this book is good for just about anybody....more
This book is totally ridiculous. Everyone is an asshole -- everyone -- and I kind of love it. Though... you woulWHAT NO HOW COULD YOU END LIKE THAT
This book is totally ridiculous. Everyone is an asshole -- everyone -- and I kind of love it. Though... you would have to be seriously, seriously fucked up to plan as intensely as Amy does. I mean, everything: even down to saving Nick's semen? idk about that. She changes her plans too often (even if her plan has a backup plan which has backup plan) to make that seem like an option. And wasn't it really old by then? Or maybe not. I don't remember the timeline for that part.
I feel manipulated and don't know who to trust and tbh I have no idea how people could live like that and usually I hate feeling manipulated, but this story was so much in my brain that I'm making an exception.
This was one of those series I always meant to read as a kid but never got around to. I wasn't sure if it would still be awesome as an adult, but theThis was one of those series I always meant to read as a kid but never got around to. I wasn't sure if it would still be awesome as an adult, but the answer is: YES. VERY YES.
It's talking animals, which sounds cheesy at first blush, but it is so awesome. The moles are the best. At first I had no idea what they were saying, but after reading it aloud, it was just brilliant. Moles are the best. Bats are a close second. And Martin. Oh, Martin.
Also there is a surprising amount of death and treachery and war and things that I really would not have expected in a "kids" book.
Interesting premise, but I think trying to incorporate the Cthulhu mythos almost limits the story too much? I appreciate the feminization of the loreInteresting premise, but I think trying to incorporate the Cthulhu mythos almost limits the story too much? I appreciate the feminization of the lore and the lesbians (yes moar!), but the story itself was sort of... well. Overall it seemed to fall just a little short of my expectations: for example, there were several instances of foreshadowing that never really amounted to anything, and I'm not sure if I was just reading too much into things or if those things got picked up and then discarded without really being addressed again.
Zollicoffer was probably my favorite character, and I sort of wish the book was just about him because ohhh, Zollicoffer... you so crazy >>...more