A new series from Schwab and it yet again does not disappoint. It's another post-apocalyptic society but with a major difference, monsters really areA new series from Schwab and it yet again does not disappoint. It's another post-apocalyptic society but with a major difference, monsters really are lurking in the dark, and they're created from our darkest deeds. It's a phenomenal new book with a new take on the world and a Cerys throng moral centre. Can't wait to read the next book.
So let's have a look at the blurb. There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.
Ok so I got a bit confused at the beginning of this novel so quick rundown. The world is inhabited by three different kind of monsters: “Monsters, monsters, big and small, They’re gonna come and eat you all. Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw, Shadow and bone will eat you raw. Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly, Smile and bite and drink you dry. Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal, Sing you a song and steal your soul. Monsters, monsters, big and small, They’re gonna come and eat you all!” Monsters are created from our our worst sins such as murder, massacres and assault. When someone commits such a crime it taints their soul and a monster is born out of their actions. That should help a bit, the rest you will pick up on the way but persevere and the world will soon take shape and make sense.
Right so you know about the world but what about the characters. The story focuses on two teenagers; Augusta and Kate, each the child of a leader, one on the south side and one on the north. Kate's father rules the monsters and sells protection to those with the most money no matter what sins they may commit. Kate hadn't been shipped all around the country to boarding schools when all she wants is to be at home and have a family. Kate pretends nothing scares her, that's she tough, a threat, everything her father is hoping it will make him notice her. The problem is she's fighting a losing battle. Her father doesn't even notice her but she's determined to change that no matter what it may take.
August on the other hand is part of a family that believes in cosmic balance. Those that do wrong deserve the monsters but everyone else deserves protection. August is determined to be good, to make the world a better place, to get rid of the monsters inhabiting the world. The problem is his family want to keep him a secret. When he's finally allowed out into the world it's to become a spy but he still gets to be free, to see life. He finds a kindred spirit in Kate trying to be something she's not, but neither can deny who they really are.
This book is truly amazing. It's totally new and I absolutely loved it. I'm a fan of post-apocalyptic YA but they've sort of become really predictable and boring. This did have a bit where I thought I knew what was going on but Schwab would never allow us to guess the end. You have to read this book. A bit tough at the beginning where you're not sure what's going on but persevere and you will be glad you did....more
***** NO SPOILERS FOR A GATHERING OF SHADOWS BUT MAY CONTAIN SOME FOR A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC *****
Lila and Kell are back and just in time for the mag***** NO SPOILERS FOR A GATHERING OF SHADOWS BUT MAY CONTAIN SOME FOR A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC *****
Lila and Kell are back and just in time for the magical and olympics. More magic, more mystery, more characters, and my favourite, a lot more of Prince Rhy. Usually sequels can't live up to the original book and the anticipation but this has by introducing us to a whole new side of Red London, and it is AWESOME!
Ok so what's happening since the fall of the Dane twins? It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell's possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland's dying body through the rift – back into Black London.
Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games – an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries – a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.
And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.
Ok so quick look at Kell since I've fully reviewed him once before. In this book we see a different side to Kell. The restless, agitated, not in control Kell. The reckless Kell and the lost. Kell has always had a little trouble with his place in the world and feeling he is a possession but now he's tied to Princess Rhy it gets worse. He has to tiptoe around for fear of hurting the person he loves most and it makes him constantly on edge. He's now trapped to one place, trapped to Rhy and to a life where he doesn't fill he fits in.
Lila on the other hand is flourishing. Out of her grey world and into one full of possibilities. She's found her place as a thief in the night, the haunted spectre of ships leaving death in her wake. The problem is that she's starting to feel happy and like she belongs and unlike Kell she desperately wants to run away because when you start to belong and care you can only be let down and hurt.
In is book we FINALLY get to learn a little more about Princess Rhy. His involvement in Astrid's plot to take over, his nightmares and his heartbreak and past. Rhy is very good at covering his emotions but he can't hide from Kell now that they share one life. Rhy is actually really self-confident. He doesn't believe he deserves a place in this world and he hates that he's become his brothers prison. Rhy is so isolated, just like Kell and he's been so let down in the past but unlike Lila and Kell he refuses to accept being tied down in a prison and he's not afraid to let people in.
And our new great character Alucard Emery. He is awesome! I'm so glad we got introduced to a new character one firmly tangled in Rhy and Kell's past as well as Lila's present. Alucard is running away but at the same time escaping his prison of a life and finding adventure. He's not afraid to go out there and find happiness. He's made his own family on the sea. The thing is though that Emery has so many faces it's hard to tell which is his real one and why he wears so many. It is undeniable though, he is powerful , self-assured, a little arrogant and the best privateer ever. He offers a glimpse into Rhy and Kell's past and Lila a look at herself.
An amazing sequel the only problem is that the third book isn't out for a while so we have to wait. It's agonising! I must say though I know it will be good as Scwab has a way of making each book capable of standing on its own whilst creating a phenomenal series with twists be turns, and nothing you can guess....more
The threesome has split up. One to save the Garde currently fighting for their lives in Spain, the other too retrieve John's chest and exact a littleThe threesome has split up. One to save the Garde currently fighting for their lives in Spain, the other too retrieve John's chest and exact a little revenge. The 7 Garde are starting to find each other and together they can save the world but the mogadorians aren't going to make it easy.
The Mogadorians who destroyed the planet Lorien continue to hunt down the Garde, the small group of Loric survivors who have taken refuge on Earth. The Garde must come together. They are Lorien and Earth’s only hope.
During the dangerous mission at the Mogadorian base in West Virginia, John found and rescued Nine. But even with their combined powers, special abilities known as Legacies, the pair barely escaped with their lives—and they lost Sam in the process.
In order to save our world and their own, John and Nine must join forces with Six and Seven who have been battling the Mogadorians in Spain, and who are now trying to locate Number Eight in India.
Power in numbers will save us all.
So that's the blurb but what about the characters. We've already met four, six, seven and ten. So let's have a look at number nine and eight. Number nine is a wrecking ball in sort of human form. He's absolutely out of his mind but totally awesome. He's been locked up with the Mogadorian's being tortured, watching his only father figure die. When John accidentally finds him and sets him lose he is unrestrained. He has no restraint though, no moral compass, he just kills without regard or remorse. Most of the Garde try to protect humans but nine isn't like that, at least not the part he shows.
Let's take a look at number eight, the boy who fashioned himself a God. Unlike the rest of the Garde he's not that hard to find but the Mogadorian's haven't got to him. It's because he's surrounded by devout followers who will do anything for him. He uses them to keep himself safe but he doesn't like it. Eight is so free, he's the complete opposite of number nine. Instead of being grounded and death he is free and life. He takes pleasure in little things because he thinks he won't be around for long. He treats every day like he could die and it's inspiring.
The Garde finally come together, well most of them at least, and they finally start to become a team. I love it, this is what I've been waiting for since the beginning of the series. I don't think it's going to be this smooth though. Bad feeling something is going to happen, something awful. Can't wait for the next book though. ...more
The second book in the Lorien Legacies and equally as good as the first. I actual started reading these books because I liked the movie so I thought iThe second book in the Lorien Legacies and equally as good as the first. I actual started reading these books because I liked the movie so I thought i'd give it a go. I'm a little older than this book is recommended for but I still loved it. A whole world, culture and war is created that is entirely believable and the characters themselves are equally interesting. Usually with a book involving so many main characters it can be difficult for it to flow but this book manages it well whilst retaining each characters unique personality.
I've seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened in Ohio. John Smith, out there, on the run. To the world, he's a mystery. But to me . . . he's one of us.
Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has changed us—if we all still believe in our mission. How can I know? There are six of us left. We're hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another . . . but our Legacies are developing, and soon we'll be equipped to fight. Is John Number Four, and is his appearance the sign I've been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who may be strong enough to bring the six of us together?
They caught Number One in Malaysia. Number Two in England. And Number Three in Kenya. They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio—and failed.
I am Number Seven. One of six still alive.
And I'm ready to fight.
So I look at number 4 (John) in my review of the first book along with number 6. This book focuses more on number 7, Marina. Marina is very different from the other Garde we have been introduced to so far and it may be her upbringing. Most of the Garde spent their lives running and fighting. Marina has spent her life hiding in a monastery, watching the person who is supposed to teach her to fight, withdrawing so far into herself she's denying her very self. Marina wants to fight, she doesn't want to hide but she knows she can't do it alone. She knows she's different, embraces it to a certain degree but she desperately wants her guardian, her guidance and if her guardian won't help her she will find someone who can. She's so kind and non-judgemental and a true protector, probably on of the best Garde so far.
Ella is a little orphan who really connects with Marina. Marina becomes her big sister, looking out for her and in return Ella helps Marina find her courage to be who she was always supposed to be. Ella is a game changer in the entire series so i don't want to spoil anything so I will just leave it there.
Great series of books with an amazing story, completely original. The world and the war created is amazing and the more we learn about it the better it becomes. The fact that this world and the future of a ransacked planet rest firmly on the shoulders of six children who have the hopes of millions on their shoulders. The thing is though they will fight for us, even if we aren't very grateful. Can't wait to read the next book,I am going to whizz through this series....more