This was a fun and lighthearted fantasy. Tarnamell (Tarn), king of the ancient dragons, wakes after being asleep for over a thousand years. T3.5 Stars
This was a fun and lighthearted fantasy. Tarnamell (Tarn), king of the ancient dragons, wakes after being asleep for over a thousand years. The Shadow is defeated, but not without loss. Friends, lovers, and soldiers have long passed. Tarn finds himself lonely. He seeks out to learn more of this new world and to gather a new hoard. This is where he meets the desert spirit, Alagard (Gard). He is feisty and has youthful quality about him. Tarn wants nothing more than to have Alagard and his desert as part of his hoard, however Alagard is fiercely independent and protective of his desert and is adamant that this never happens. Even though there is a romance in the story, it takes a back seat to the fantasy/adventure plot, but it's intertwined in a way that makes sense to the story.
While traveling with a caravan of merchants, Tarn discovers that the Shadow has returned. Tarn not only needs a new hoard, but is now on a mission to find the shadow and destroy it. The story was on the simplistic side as far as the main conflict goes. Even so, I loved Tarn's voice and all the side characters in this. They were unique and strengthened the story.
I rounded down because there were several parts of the book that dragged and bored me. The other reason is I thought the ending was anticlimactic. (view spoiler)[ There was a huge build-up of Tarn coming face to face with the Shadow, but then there wasn't much of a battle. Tarn was hurt and Gard came to the rescue. Meh, it was over too fast and everyone went on their way. (hide spoiler)]
Everything was tied up too neatly and it was hard for me to accept it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Lying With Scorpions picks up right where book one ends. Adrastes is on his way to claim the throne of Dalman with Kendras at his side. Adrastes and tLying With Scorpions picks up right where book one ends. Adrastes is on his way to claim the throne of Dalman with Kendras at his side. Adrastes and the Scorpios are walking into a mess of trouble. The fear of political power games, the lies, conspiracies, assassination attempts, revenge, betrayal, are all very real threats. This is a journey that both Adrastes and Kendras have to take, both together and separately. Adrastes was born a leader but he now needs to figure out how to become a King that the masses will follow. As leader of the Scorpions, Kendras has to learn to trust his decisions while trying to deal with his past and how he and his men fit into Adrastes' plans. He is pulled in many directions. You can feel the war within himself and his struggle with his feelings for Adrastes.
Now on to the details. Where the first book takes off from page one, this book has a slower pace. In fact, the beginning was too slow for my liking. Adrastes' political dealings dragged a bit and Kendras' inner thoughts were a little repetitive. I wish he didn't doubt himself so much. This got annoying at times. I was hoping that he found that inner strength sooner.
Around 40% the book changes. We get the action and tension akin to the first book. There are twists and turns and unexpected reveals. The emotional impact of the second half of the book hits hard.
Book two brings many new characters, plus more of my old favorites and some romance! I was so happy when Widow came into the picture. I love all his craziness! Of course Selvan also has a very special warm place in my heart. He is always there when Kendras needs his calming presence. I wish we saw more of Kendras with his men, especially Selvan. I love him.
Voinov brings great characters to this series. He deals with race, gender, and sexual identity like no other. My favorite new character was Amrash, the Jaishani Ambassador. There's a deadly quiet, mystery, and power that surrounds Amrash. Then there's Runner, the new badass female Scorpion recruit. I can't wait for this to be explored more.
Finally, there's Graukar, the Commander of Eagle’s Test. He's wise and passionate and in many ways brings a very real threat to Adrastes. At first, I thought Graukar could have his own agenda, which I liked, but then it seemed like his character flattened out. It's funny because he brought so much to Kendras but I lost the mystery behind him. I really hope there's more to him in the next book because I really like him. (view spoiler)[He wouldn't have stepped back from this if it destroyed him, or Graukar, or both of them. It felt rather like two fires uniting and eating into each other -- they ceased to exist, yet flared higher and brighter than they would have on their own. And there was glory in burning. (hide spoiler)] Beautiful!
Never kneel and mean it. If you have to crawl, be the scorpion under the rock — ready to strike at the hand turning the stone.
Kendras must now find his own path. I can't wait to see him become the leader he was meant to be! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This is the first non-contemporary I’ve read from Harper and I was very happy with it. She created a vivid world filled with magic and darkn3.5 stars
This is the first non-contemporary I’ve read from Harper and I was very happy with it. She created a vivid world filled with magic and darkness. There was just enough of the magic/history/politics to get a good feel of the world, however it could have used more background/details on the sorcery and mages. There were a couple of parts that dragged, but for the most part I enjoyed the story.
First and foremost this is a story about Lyon, breaking through his stone walls (both physically and mentally), and reclaiming his life. Not always by choice, but nevertheless, he finds strength. I loved how the romance didn’t overshadow his PTSD or that he suddenly becomes healed by love.
I really liked all the characters, especially Tobin. He was understanding, tender and patient. Yes, he was just about perfect and that might irritate some, but it didn’t bother me one bit.
It was a wonderful story of friendship and courage. ...more
This was a very good ending to a fantastic series. I enjoyed every moment. Hale brings the world of Basawar alive and takes us on an magica 4.5 Stars!
This was a very good ending to a fantastic series. I enjoyed every moment. Hale brings the world of Basawar alive and takes us on an magical adventure through twists and turns, slowly revealing one surprise after another. Everything was described in stunning detail, from the language, the atmosphere, the culture, and the setting.
The structure of the book made everything seem new and exciting. It had me at the edge of my seat anxiously awaiting more answers. Hale cleverly brought two separate timelines into one.
In the final book, I loved (view spoiler)[ how Ravishan and Kyle became one. Amazing idea. In Kyle's mind he could never live up to Ravishan or people's expectations so I was ecstatic when this happened. My only complaint was I thought a little more could have happened with Laurie. Her death seemed anticlimactic, especially considering everything she went through. (hide spoiler)]
This was a journey that brought fantasy, politics, religion, magic, and love all together in one beautiful story.
Highly recommended for fantasy lovers.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more