I'm not going to do a full review for this, but I just wanted to say that I thought this book was kinda weak compared to the first three, which I thou...moreI'm not going to do a full review for this, but I just wanted to say that I thought this book was kinda weak compared to the first three, which I thought were fantastic. But it was still fun to hear Jinni's story, even if it was somewhat odd.
I'm looking forward to book 5. Can't wait for Hook and Peter and, I can't remember her name now, but Betty's best friend and Hook's aforementioned soul mate.(less)
I received an arc of this book from Netgalley on behalf of Harlequin.
First of all, I didn't finish the Iron Knight. I know, I know. Please refrain fro...moreI received an arc of this book from Netgalley on behalf of Harlequin.
First of all, I didn't finish the Iron Knight. I know, I know. Please refrain from throwing things at my head! When I finally got around to starting The Iron Knight, I was just in a funk. So I got to the river and that was about it. I had a friend tell me the rest. Now, had I known that J.K. was planning on this spin off, it might have spurred me on to finish The Iron Knight. But, I didn't know about The Lost Prince and when I saw the title on Netgalley, I was a bit dumbfounded. BUT SO EXCITED! I was thrilled that she chose to write a series for Ethan. And I loved the character she made him become.
Now, because I didn't read all of the Iron Knight, there were things in this book that completely knocked me on my bum. Like Keirran, for instance. Didn't see that one coming. I did, however realize who the forgotten were based on my friends description of the ghostly fey that you encounter in the Iron Knight.
All in all this was a very strong book. Definitely strong enough to be a part of the Iron Fey series. SO, if you asked yourself, 'will Julie Kagawa be able to pull this off?' The answer is most definitely YES!
This book was wonderful in that it combined new and old characters. Those who love the Iron Fey can enjoy appearances by all your favorites, including the Iron Queen, Ash, Puck and Grimalkin. And it was great to see them all again. We also get to meet some new characters, which makes the book that much better.
The story was wonderful. There was lots of excitement, romantic tension and sword fights.
I enjoyed Ethan's narration so much. He's very funny and snarky, but he can be so sweet and at the core he's really a wonderful guy. His and Mackenzie's relationship was really cute and paced well. It was interesting to pick up with him as a young man when we hadn't seen him for so long. And of course you barely recognize him as the little boy whose sister rescued him from the Nevernever. But his journey is a great one and we get to see him grow and strengthen and learn a lot about himself along the way.
This is a great start up to this Iron Fey spin off. It was strong and a joy to read and it sets up for a wonderful new series. I would definitely recommend it and I'll be waiting impatiently for The Traitor Son.(less)
This book is difficult for me to rate. I didn't hate it, but didn't love it either. I had some serious problems with the MC and that really ruins a bo...moreThis book is difficult for me to rate. I didn't hate it, but didn't love it either. I had some serious problems with the MC and that really ruins a book for me. I don't have to love the MC, but I at least need to find some way to identify with her so that I can, in my own way, empathize with what she going through. This was not so much the case with Mira.
My second biggest offense with this book was that it took all of two seconds for Mira to 'fall in love' with Felix. And I'm reading this and wondering how she can be in love because she knows NOTHING about him. So he was nice to you, whoopie!! Is that all it takes? Apparently it is. Because she was so in love with him that she was seriously stupid and made horrible choices. Not only did I absolutely not identify with her ignorance, I pretty much wished that the book was about ANY of the other characters because she bothered me that much.
What I liked about this book was the overall concept. A little town where fairy tales come to life. Where babies are either cursed or blessed at the births and grow up to be either sleeping beauties, or prince charmings, or beasts. Then the must live out their lives waiting for the curses to be fulfilled and eventually broken. The ideas in this book were interesting and I love fairy tales so it was easy to fall into the story. I liked that the book didn't follow only the happy tales. The fairy tales were less Disney and much more akin to the Grimm brothers. Which made it better than if it had been all light and fluffy.
Overall the book was worth reading. I don't know if there will be a sequel and if there was, I'm not certain that I'll read it. I would say that if you enjoy fairy tales, you will at least get something from this book. I stand by my earlier frustrations, however. And I think if this book had centered around Blue or Viv, heck, even Rafe...I would have liked it more. I hope that if there is a sequel that the author will do some serious work on Mira.(less)
Moon Spell was surprisingly good. It's actually one of my more favorite in the werewolf genre. I liked that it wasn't just about werewolves. There are...moreMoon Spell was surprisingly good. It's actually one of my more favorite in the werewolf genre. I liked that it wasn't just about werewolves. There are several different races and even some greek mythology thrown in.
Caia, after years of being seperated from her pack, is finally going home to a group of people she barely remembers. Both of her parents are dead and the hunter who killed them has finally been taken out and Caia is finally safe. But, things aren't as clear as Caia thinks they'll be. Soon she begins to realize that there are secrets in the pack and many of them about her. When she begins to discover the truth about who she is and the circumstances surrounding her parents' death, she realizes that she been lied to by the people who are closest to her.
I really loved this book. It was well written, fun, exciting and incredibly hard to put down. I would recommend it to any PA lover.(less)
In a nutshell....amazing! Like all her books, this one blew me away as well. The more I read from Laini Taylor, the more I'm convinced of her brillian...moreIn a nutshell....amazing! Like all her books, this one blew me away as well. The more I read from Laini Taylor, the more I'm convinced of her brilliance and genius. Silksinger was a great follow up to Blackbringer. It also left an open end for another sequel which I am eagerly anticipating. Loved being back with Magpie and the crows, and Talon, of course ;) I also greatly enjoyed the new characters. Whisper and Hirik were great characters. The story was great. Everything was great!!! I never have enough good things to say about Laini Taylor's novels, I hope everyone reads them and appreciates the creativity and originality of these books.(less)
I already knew that I loved Laini Taylor's writing. Her prose is wonderful. The worlds she builds in her novels are extremely detailed and imaginative...moreI already knew that I loved Laini Taylor's writing. Her prose is wonderful. The worlds she builds in her novels are extremely detailed and imaginative and her characters are the kind you can easily fall in love with.
Blackbringer was no exception. Again, I have been utterly captivated by one of Laini's novels. Her approach to faeries was creative and unique and fun. She creates wonderful heros and great dilemmas.
The story behind the Djinn and how they created everything was really interesting. I loved the concept of the 'tapestry'. I thought the author did a wonderful job giving descriptions of all the different beings. From the faeries to the devils, I was able to paint the pictures in my mind and fall right into the world of Dreamdark.
Much like the worlds she creates, Laini Taylor's characters are also elaborate and beautifully written. I thoroughly enjoyed Magpie and the crows. Magpie was a wonderful character, she wasn't overly complex, but there was so much to her that you didn't see at first. I though she was well balanced and natural. Talon is probably my favorite character in this novel. I loved his overall story and the way he handled himself despite his disability.
And overall, I just really enjoyed the writting. I think Laini Taylor weaves her own bit of magic when she writes and I always come to enjoy her novels. I would highly recommend this book and I'm very excited to read the next book in the Dreamdark series. (less)