Fitz has survived his first hazardous mission as king’s assassin, but is left little more than a cripple. Battered and bitter, he vows to abaSynopsis:
Fitz has survived his first hazardous mission as king’s assassin, but is left little more than a cripple. Battered and bitter, he vows to abandon his oath to King Shrewd, remaining in the distant mountains. But love and events of terrible urgency draw him back to the court at Buckkeep, and into the deadly intrigues of the royal family.
Renewing their vicious attacks on the coast, the Red-Ship Raiders leave burned-out villages and demented victims in their wake. The kingdom is also under assault from within, as treachery threatens the throne of the ailing king. In this time of great danger, the fate of the kingdom may rest in Fitz’s hands—and his role in its salvation may require the ultimate sacrifice.
She fucking did it again. Wrenched me all around. Made me smile. Made me shiver. Made me cry. Made me pissed the hell off. Made me happy. Freaking Robin Hobb jerking 'round with my emotions!
Dear Author, First I didn’t see the body through all the rain and darkness but when I drew near I saw him. Thought he was dead with all the blSynopsis:
Dear Author, First I didn’t see the body through all the rain and darkness but when I drew near I saw him. Thought he was dead with all the blood. But he wasn’t and I considered for a moment to end the job because really… it would have been a mercy kill. He wouldn’t survive those injuries and even if he did he would be a vegetable. I mean… look at that head wound! But something in the way he was dumped on the back of my property in his ripped police uniform and the word FAG scrawled on his chest made me help him. So now I’m here. His guardian angel, kind of ironic considering what I did in the past. I watch over his recovery, standing in the shadows where no one can see me. The docs don’t think he will ever walk or speak again. The massive head trauma caused too much damage but I think he has a strong will. I saw his eyes. There is still life and reason in him. And I will help him to get back on his feet and will wait for the day when he thanks me with his own voice. As soon as he’s strong enough I’ll bring him home with me where he can heal because he has no one else. And after that? I’m going after those fuckers who tried to off him. Because they know he is still alive…
Photo Description: In the center of the photo is a dark-haired man sitting, head down, with his arms around his knees. Behind him is another man, blond and muscular, with his arms wrapped completely around the other man’s body. Their faces are hidden, but the impression is one of protectiveness and affection.
This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love Has No Boundaries" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.
I really enjoyed this short story. It wasn't very long, but it felt like it packed a lot in without feeling rushed. I really, really love Justin and Shawn. Della and Margot are pretty awesome, too. This was a really moving read to me for some reason. It just worked for me. This is definitely a story that I'll be reading again....more
Oriha's TV career is just kicking off, and a live performance with a pair of pop-idol rivals will surely boost her popularity to even greaterSynopsis:
Oriha's TV career is just kicking off, and a live performance with a pair of pop-idol rivals will surely boost her popularity to even greater heights! But when the studio and cameras suddenly go dark, Oriha discovers she's been upstaged by an armed and angry terrorist group whose plan for "reform" involves executing the idols one by one. But Oriha isn't ready to make her final bow just yet!!
This was an interesting volume. We get to see Oriha at work as an idol, only as soon as the TV special gets going, the power shuts off and Oriha gets a bad feeling, so when the two idols she was performing with take off backstage, she follows them. Good thing too since the guys that have taken over won't hesitate to kill idols in order to get what they want. And what they seem to want is Black Label.
We do get to see Oriha in action while she's on her own, but now Arashi and Mikoto are being deployed based on a communication Dr. Mochizuki received from Oriha. It seems some things about Black Label's past may soon come to light.
We did get see a flashback to when Oriha's mother was still alive. Was she a Black Label member or did she just work at the hospital? I'm pretty sure she was a doctor at some point, but not everyone at that hospital is who they seem to be on the surface. Perhaps in the next volume, we'll learn what Saori's dream that Oriha is determined to see through was. There's a reason she became an idol and a reason why she joined Black Label. I want to know why. Oriha might want to watch her back, though. That security guy looks like he may be a double agent....more
Mikoto is crippled during an operation, but is saved at the last moment by the sudden appearance of the masked vigilante-"Fever." But rescueSynopsis:
Mikoto is crippled during an operation, but is saved at the last moment by the sudden appearance of the masked vigilante-"Fever." But rescue isn't on this black-clad beauty's mind; she's looking for revenge. Not every crime fighter shares Black Label's scruples, but more than her ruthless methods, it is Fever's true identity that proves the bigger shock to Mikoto...
This volume brings us the conclusion of the "Fever" and Kabuto Gang storyline. We finally find out what's been going on behind the scenes, but I still think there's more to it. The guy that was giving Fever her missions gets exposed as well. Granted, he kind of exposes himself, but I don't think he expected to die there. Well, at least, he may actually be dead. I wonder about that. Fever's body wasn't found, either. Anyway, what I most want to know is how that guy knew about Black Label and just how much did he know. How is Inunaki mixed up in this? He used to be in Black Label and some of the members don't trust him much, but he gives Dr. Mochizuki information from time to time.
At least Mikoto gets some closure here with regards to her brother and her family with the last head of the Kabuto Gang dying. She nearly gets herself killed by going it alone. If Fever hadn't shown up when she did, Mikoto would be dead. However, she ultimately survives because Arashi and the others show up as well. How that girl ever thought she would end things all by herself is beyond me. It really gets to her when Chikage tells her that they're the same. For a while there, Mikoto was acting like a spoiled brat. She gets her act together, though. Hopefully she'll behave going forward.
It looks like the next story will be about Oriha based on the extra case at the end of the book. I'm looking forward to it....more
When a black-label target recognizes Mikoto on an extermination operation, Arashi is troubled by the realization that he knows little of hisSynopsis:
When a black-label target recognizes Mikoto on an extermination operation, Arashi is troubled by the realization that he knows little of his teammate's past. But as Arashi's unsympathetic attitude only widens the distance between them, Mikoto finds herself confiding in another-a new student, Chikage, whose burn scars are proof that her childhood holds painful tragedy as well...
This time around, Arashi, Mikoto and Oriha come into contact with the firestarter while on a mission again and she gets away once more. Mikoto is frustrated and wishes the girl had a black label so she could kill her. Little does she know...
When one of the guys Ampoule One is meant to take out recognizes Mikoto, Arashi tries to ask her about it, but she tells him it isn't any of his business. It doesn't stop him from trying to find out, but she won't tell him. Not until she meets a new student at their school and ends up opening up to her. So when she goes home and finds Arashi there and tells him about he past, she isn't happy with Arashi's reaction. Maybe he didn't handle it well, but I don't think he was saying he doesn't care about her past, just that she should move past it in order to be strong for others going forward. It doesn't go well at all and she gets pissed. Enough to kick him through a window and give him the snub at school.
Arashi is curious about Mikoto's new friend, though. Something about her eyes doesn't sit right with him. A good thing, but I doubt he'll figure it out any time soon. Mikoto is likely to find out before he does. Especially now since Mikoto and Chikage look to be about to go after the same gang....more
This one is a bit different from the first book. There are a variety of short stories that take place after the events of book 2 told fromMy Thoughts:
This one is a bit different from the first book. There are a variety of short stories that take place after the events of book 2 told from the POVs of different characters. Notably, these are Sin, Boyd, Carhart and Kassian. Some of these stories were awesome and sexy. Others were insanely emotionally painful.
In the beginning of this book, Sin and Boyd are still not back together and Sin is pissed about Boyd's sexcapades with Kassian. Boyd still wants to be Sin's friend, but things are awkward between them sometimes. So Ryan gets the brilliant idea in enlisting Boyd's help to get Sin into the dating game. That shit hurt to read. Whether Boyd was sleeping with Kassian or not, it boggled my mind that Ryan thought getting Boyd to think of people Sin could start fucking would be an okay thing. Don't get me wrong, Sin had every right to try to move on now that he was feeling so much more mentally stable, but asking one ex-boyfriend to think up potential lovers for the other? So wrong. I tried not to be mad at Ryan over that because his heart was in the right place, but seriously?! Sin did manage to hit it off with someone, though. Much to Boyd's dismay. But he kept quiet about it. Kassian knew he was jealous, but Boyd was determined to not get in the way of Sin's happiness if there really was someone out there better from Sin than he was. Little did he know, Sin would have rather been with Boyd.
The two of them still have some miscommunications here and that hurt to read. They were longing for each other and they just wouldn't come out and SAY it. Drove me nuts, but they did finally get past that and got to where they needed to be. It was such a happy thing and they were having a good fucking time. Until it's revealed that Boyd has to go on his first ever solo/valentine mission. It didn't end with them fighting, thank goodness, but now more than ever-they want out. I want that for them, but I don't see how it's possible at all.
In the meantime, we get some POVs from Kassian. Some, while he and Boyd are still doing the casual thing and some after that. Kassian really starts to deteriorate over this book. He and Sin finally seem to come to some kind of an understanding, though. It takes one hell of a knockdown-dragout for it, though. And then Sin basically assassinates Kassian's character. Kassian admits that there was some merit to what Sin had to say at least. After that, they kind of bicker like siblings. Kassian's alcohol abuse gets worse, too. And it seems that he wants someone to love him. But he's afraid of that. Here's hoping he picks himself up in the future.
The really dramatic POVs actually were Carhart's. Emilio basically comes in and hurricanes up the man's life. And Carhart lets him. Until he discovers something that becomes the last straw. I could see it from both of their sides. Emilio has an obsession. A rather unhealthy one. That obsession's name is Zachary Carhart. Emilio loves Carhart. I really believes he does. The thing is, Emilio is such a sociopath that he would tear Zach's entire world down just so he could have him to himself. There are times where Carhart seems too harsh on Emilio and I wanted him to quit hurting the man's feelings, but Emilio always lashes out so much worse. I like Emilio. He isn't bad all the time. But he is not the best person where Zach is concerned. In some ways, Zach and Emilio's relationship is way worse than Sin and Boyd's ever was.
I am loving this series even though it puts me through one hell of a wringer. Emotional, it scares me, but it can also make me smile and laugh. These books are long as fuck, but sooooo worth it. Now I'm jumping right into the last one because I must KNOW....more
How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember?
Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor wSynopsis:
How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember?
Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor with no memory of his past—a gun, a sword, and a piece of paper with his name on it the only clues to his identity. Since then, he’s discovered he’s a powerful sorcerer and has used his magical abilities to become a successful thief for hire.
But those who stole his memories aren’t done with him yet: when they cause a job to go bad and threaten a sixteen-year-old girl, Nate swears to protect her. With his enemies closing in and everyone he cares about now a target for their wrath, he must choose between the comfortable life he’s built for himself and his elusive past.
As the barrier holding his memories captive begins to crumble, Nate moves between modern-day London and fifteenth-century France, forced to confront his forgotten life in the hope of stopping an enemy he can’t remember.
I seriously enjoyed this book. It was awesome and I am totally a fan of Nate's.
When we meet Nate, he's on a job to steal a book. He doesn't know why someone would pay so much for a book, but it doesn't matter, because that's what he does. Nate steals things. At least, that's what he's been doing for the last ten years because he can't remember what he was doing before that. The only thing he does know about himself is that he's a sorcerer and his own name. It doesn't take too long after that job is done for things to start getting weird.
When some random blonde woman brushes his hand, Nate has a dizzy moment and not too long after, he discovers that he's a pretty damned good fighter. He had no idea that beating someone near to death wouldn't bother him in the least. The fact that it doesn't bother him barely even bothers him. Giving his friend Holly's brother a beat down like that gives him motivation to try to find out who he used to be, though. Turns out, it isn't so easy. At least, not until he gets another job.
On this job, he ends up face to face with someone that used to know him. And then he ends up face to face with that someone's exploding head. Before long, he's waking up and being given directions to go somewhere and save a girl. A girl that turns out to be his neighbor's daughter.
Throughout the book, we get flashbacks of Nate during 15th century France and his run in with a long-time enemy of his, Mordred. We find out through these flashbacks just what it is that Mordred is up to and it isn't good. Too bad present-day Nate isn't working with a full set of memories. He ends up running around a lot without knowing what to do. It becomes a close call in the end, but thanks to the sacrifice of a friend, he's back in action and kicking ass. Some bad guys get what they deserve, too.
There isn't much by the way of romance in this book, but Nate does get it on a few times. It's a shame he had to leave Holly behind, but that was probably for the best. I'm really looking forward to seeing what kind of trouble Nate finds himself in next. I want to get to know him more. Nate's pretty badass, but not so much so that he comes off as invulnerable. He's also a killer, but he isn't an asshole. I like him a lot and have a feeling that he'll become one of my favorite male characters....more
Dwelling in the land of Ada and defending magic users called the Jin, Fen Jacin-rei is a trained assassin and an Untouchable, one whose mindSynopsis:
Dwelling in the land of Ada and defending magic users called the Jin, Fen Jacin-rei is a trained assassin and an Untouchable, one whose mind hosts the Voices of the Ancestors, spirits of long-dead magicians. His fate should be one of madness and solitude, yet Fen Jacin-rei desperately clings to his sanity and ferociously protects the family he loves. But how does Fen do it? Kamen Malick has every intention of finding out.
When Malick and his own small band of assassins ambush Fen in an alley, Malick offers Fen one choice: join us or die. Determined to decode the intrigue that surrounds Fen—and to have the Untouchable for himself—Malick sets to unraveling Fen’s past while Fen delves into the mysteries surrounding Malick.
As Fen’s secrets slowly unfold, Malick is drawn into a crusade that isn’t his, one surprisingly similar to his own quest for vengeance. Yet irony is a bitter reward when Malick discovers the one he wants is already hopelessly entangled with the one he hunts.
This book had actually caught my eye a few months ago when I was looking for more M/M to read. I think that I had ended up putting it off to read right then because the rating here isn't as high as I liked. However, I've been on a M/M fantasy binge these days and figured this would fit right in. I was right and I ended up loving the book.
I seriously love Carole Cummings writing. It really paints the world she created for this series quite vividly and made me fall in love with Malick and Fen both instantly. I know some people have issues with the flashbacks at the ends of chapters, but I liked them. They led up to present day revelations and made things make so much more sense. All of the revelations we got in this and I just know there are still more secrets to be uncovered.
I really like the characters in this book. Malick is easy to love. So much deeper than he lets on in the beginning. And he pays attention--once he stops thinking with his cock, anyway. I think he understands a lot more about Fen than the others give him credit for. I understand why he's turned away from what he is as well. I hope he doesn't end up in a bad place while trying to save someone that very likely cannot be saved. It wouldn't be all that difficult for Malick to lose his heart--literally and figuratively--with Fen involved.
Fen is tragic and I do love me a tragic hero. His life hasn't been so great, but he has the love of his brother, mother and little sister. And he loves them all so much. Probably even that little prick Morin. Part of Fen's problem is that he loves too much and too deeply. It's the thing that makes him so easy to manipulate and those that would do it have no issues with doing it. The only one it seems to bother to treat him that way is Malick. Fen has a lot in his head and a lot on his plate. It's no wonder he's stressed out and tries to close everyone off. The sad thing is, is that he needs others and it pains him that he does.
Asai is a douche. I think that in his own way, he does care about Fen, but those feelings are not something he can let get in the way of what he really wants. And what he really wants is not everything he says he wants. In a way, it is that, but it's also more than that. I was dying to know what he was up to, but when I found out, I was still shocked. I wanted to smack the shit out of him. Especially for the way he was using Fen in order to do it, the bastard. He'd kill Fen's whole family to get what he wants. The man is a manipulative douche. I love every time he gets thwarted. I can't wait for him to get what's coming to him.
I never would have realized just how many hands are involved in what's going on in the overall plot. There are a lot of players here and Malick is pretty resentful of it all, but he can't really do anything about it. He's as stuck in all of this as Fen is. I'm going right into book two to see if vengeance is served. I sure hope so. And I wouldn't call this a romance, yet. I think it may yet get there, but no, not quite yet... I really want to see that develop....more
After witnessing a mob hit, surgeon Jack Francisco is put into protective custody to keep him safe until he can testify. A hitman known onlySynopsis:
After witnessing a mob hit, surgeon Jack Francisco is put into protective custody to keep him safe until he can testify. A hitman known only as D is blackmailed into killing Jack, but when he tracks him down, his weary conscience won't allow him to murder an innocent man. Finding in each other an unlikely ally, Jack and D are soon on the run from shadowy enemies.
Forced to work together to survive, the two men forge a bond that ripens into unexpected passion. Jack sees the wounded soul beneath D's cold, detached exterior, and D finds in Jack the person who can help him reclaim the man he once was. As the day of Jack's testimony approaches, he and D find themselves not only fighting for their lives... but also fighting for their future. A future together.
I enjoyed this one more than I expected to. For some reason, the cover always made me avoid this one when I went looking for M/M books to add to my TBR. I don't know why because I knew it was a fairly popular book with M/M fans and the story sounded right up my alley. Well, I finally bit the bullet and read it and I'm glad that I did.
The story takes a while to get off romance wise, but we start the actual story right where it needs to start. I enjoyed watching Jack get under D's skin. The slow build to their involvement with one another was actually a bit refreshing considering in most of the M/M books I've read, not much time passes before the guys are hot and heavy (nothing wrong with that, my favorite couple was this way, after all). It was just nice seeing things this way for a change.
I liked that the story had plenty of action as well considering the subject matter. There were times where it started to feel like it was dragging a little. I can't think of anything specific that I think should be removed, but there were some moments where it just felt like the book was longer than it needed to be.
I very much enjoyed the supporting characters of Churchill and Megan and think they were a good addition to the story so that it wasn't just D and Jack 24/7. There was quite a bit of angst, though. Normally, that isn't a problem for me since lord knows my most favorite couple (Ty & Zane) know how to angst things up quite well. There were just some points here where I wanted D to just come out and say he loved Jack and not agonize over it so much, but I understand why he couldn't. He had a long way to come back from before he could be a normal person and tell someone that he loved them. His frustrations and Jack's actually make a lot of sense in the context of the story.
I'm looking forward to reading the web stories on Ms. Seville's website and I hope she releases some more books whether about D and Jack or another couple in the future....more
The ravaged continent of Genabackis is a terrifying new empire, the Pannion Domin, that devours all. An uneasy allliance resists: Onearm's arSynopsis:
The ravaged continent of Genabackis is a terrifying new empire, the Pannion Domin, that devours all. An uneasy allliance resists: Onearm's army, Whiskeyjack's Bridgeburners and former enemies - forces of Warlord Caladan Brood, Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii mages, and the Rhivi people of the plains. And the Crippled God intends revenge.
Ripped apart. That's what this book did to me. True, for most of the book, our characters are marching. They're marching against a horrible empire, but it takes them forever to friggin' get there. However, along the way, many revelations come to light. We learn a whole lot about Silverfox. We learn some things about Onearm's Host. Some characters come together in love. Old gods descend and new ones ascend. Really old gods return and take their rightful place. Really, the gods are really involved in this book. They were in the first one as well, and a bit in the second, but really involved here. And well they should have been considering the threat was mostly to them. It just affects everyone else as a side effect.
Once again, we meet a lot of new characters and I knew they would somehow meet up with old favorites and man did they ever. I fell in love with some of these new characters. I hope to see some of them again and I will mourn the loss of others. I will definitely be mourning the loss of a lot of my favorites. One of my favorites, I thought was lost forever, but him, at least, I got back in another state. I wonder if I'll see him again. I can't be too sure, but if not, at least I'll know he's still out there somewhere in his new capacity. I appreciated getting to better know characters that were only seen as enemies of the Malazan's in Gardens of the Moon. This was thanks in big part to how amazing a man Whiskeyjack is. I love Whiskeyjack. (view spoiler)[That is one loss to make me cry over and over again. My heart broke during that scene. If only he'd let someone look at that leg! (hide spoiler)] Whiskeyjack gained himself a lover and a very unexpected friend. The friendship with Anomander Rake made me so happy even admist all of the darkness occurring elsewhere on Genabackis. There was a lot of pain and suffering here. A lot of it inflicted on one of my most favorite characters from book 1 that I had not expected to love so much. I knew he would come back in the series at some point, but I never would have guessed that it would be in the role that he played. He was so hurt, but he was rewarded, in the end. Thank goodness for that.
Another character I came to love was Itkovian, Shield Anvil of Fener. What an amazing person. His outcome was fitting, but I cried my eyes out. I'm just glad he was able to do what he was able to do. The two marines that followed Silverfox I also loved. As well as Trotts, Picker, Blend and Hedge of the Bridgeburners. Gruntle and Stonny the Daru caravan guards. It was awesome seeing the unexpected return of Kruppe. Murillio and Coll. I came to really love Korlat and Caladan Brood, too. As well as Tool, that rouge T'lan Imass. My favorite character of the series by far remains Quick Ben, though. I love that scheming ass mage. Him and his brain and his ego and that grin he wears when he's up to something. You and Paran did good, Quick.
The Mhybe frustrated me. I understood why she was running during those dreams, but I wanted to throttle her. I started out feeling awful for her, but quickly came to dislike her strongly. My feelings for her mirror my feelings for Felisin in Deadhouse Gates. She frustrated the living crap out of me. She finally did the right thing in the end, but she took she damned long!
Anyway, I was crying like a baby during the last 12% of this book. I'd cry and cry and then the action would move on, but then someone else died and was bawling all over again. I never expected to get so invested in the characters in this series. The gods interfere in their live so very much that it's insane. Most of them swear to good intentions, but they seem to make situations worse, more than not. Their help only ever seems to actually help when a human has bullied them into providing it-much like Quick Ben does to Hood and Paran's tirade to Nightchill.
There were some extremely disturbing scenes in this book. The Tenescowri... I need say no more. The amount of death didn't seem as bad as what happened on the level of Deadhouse Gates, but there was still quite a lot of it. Especially during the battle of Capustan and the liberation of Coral. The end of what happened at Coral was even more sad for me than what happened to Coltaine at the end of Deadhouse Gates when they finally make it to Aren.
I can't help but wonder if Fiddler and Kalam will learn of what happened to the Bridgeburners and Whiskeyjack...
I can't wait to read the next book. These books can be pretty black, but they aren't total despair. Toc and Gruntle's conversation after Itkovian's funeral, Quick Ben and Paran's visit to Moon's Spawn, Hetan meeting Onos Toolan and the epilogue in Darujhistan show me that. I have hope that they will hold out, yet. ...more
In the vast dominion of Seven Cities, in the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha’ik and her followers prepare for the long-prophesied uprisinDescription:
In the vast dominion of Seven Cities, in the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha’ik and her followers prepare for the long-prophesied uprising known as the Whirlwind. Unprecedented in size and savagery, this maelstrom of fanaticism and bloodlust will embroil the Malazan Empire in one of the bloodiest conflicts it has ever known, shaping destinies and giving birth to legends.
This was one hell of a wicked read. I cried. I despaired. I hoped.
But I kept getting punched in the face!
This book picks up some time after the events of book 1. Fiddler and Kalam are traveling with Apsalar and Crokus to supposedly take her home, but first, they have to make a pit stop. And they all end up on some insane adventures. Never saw that coming. Those journeys were quite enthralling, though. Just when I can't begin to see how so many storylines seeming to be so separate could end up being so entwined with one another. Book 1 was like that, too. Steven Erikson introduces these characters and have them wandering about and enduring battles and you're wondering what any of these people and events have to do with one another, only to have multiple elements converge and have their fates all wrapped up in one another, at least for a time.
It's amazing that things can seem so confusing and disjointed for a great deal of the book, yet I can't-and don't want to-stop reading. I always have to know what these characters' purposes are. Erikson does not give us any frivolous POVs. Even when some of these characters make me want to hurt them badly. *cough*Felisin*cough* I was disappointed at first that so many of my favorites from book 1 would not be in attendance this time around. But some really good ones were introduced here. We did get to see some familiar faces, at least. Fiddler, Kalam, Apsalar and Crokus all make a comeback. We also saw Shadowthrone and Cotillion again, too and learned their true identities. Quick Ben even had a cameo, sort of. It seems that rebellion is popping up all over the place where the Malazan Empire has entrenched itself. Seven Cities rises up in rebellion and so much slaughter follows. It was horrible. Yet so gripping to read.
I came to love so many of these characters and their fates are appalling. I think I may see the return of them and damn do I hope so.
I'm not sure what else to say. I'm glad I continued on with this series and I'm going right to book three....more
Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shapeSynopsis:
Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soiless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.
It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.
One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.
I seriously loved this book. I didn't want to put it down. It had some intriguing characters and plenty of mysteries that needed to be solved. There's still quite a bit of story left to be told and I can't wait to learn it.
My favorite characters so far are Szeth, Kaladin and Dalinar.
I want to hug Szeth and make his life better. He's amazingly good at killing, but he hates it so much. It seems his people forced him to carry a Shardblade and do whatever he's ordered to by whomever has his Oathstone. Poor guy. When it comes out who's pulling his strings in that last chapter, I was shocked beyond belief. Why would that person be doing what they're doing? Why order Szeth to go after Dalinar next? Will Szeth be able to stop killing? Will he have to fight Kaladin? Will he ever get a chance to be happy? Please, don't die Szeth!
I liked Kaladin a lot, too. He hates lighteyes with a passion and I got that. I didn't like some of the things he would say, but I understood where he was coming from. Especially after what those flashbacks revealed. How awful what happened to him. I loved the relationship between him and Syl. And when it was revealed as to what she really was, that was pretty awesome. It seems Syl doesn't like Shardblades, though. Why not? Isn't that what the Knights Radiant originally used against Voidbringers? Anyway, I can't wait to see what Kaladin is able to do next. I'm pretty sure that there will be a confrontation with Szeth. That makes me afraid.
Dalinar is awesome. I hope Jasnah can help him figure out what's going on. He truly is honorable and I know he'll treat Kaladin and his men right. I hated when he was feeling so uncertain. He's obviously not a man used not making a decisive decision. He ended up second guessing himself. Right up until that last vision and that betrayal. I'm happy with the way he's going to do things from here on out. I just hope he keeps surviving. What will he do when he finds out the truth about Kaladin? Will he try to use him somehow? I can't wait for that to come out.
I didn't much care for Shallan, but her POVs are definitely important. I'm glad that she and Jasnah are headed to the Shattered Plains. There's a lot that they need to talk to Dalinar about regarding the Parshmen and Parshendi.
Honestly, there's quite a lot going on here and I'm not entirely sure that I'm right about what I think Dalinar is supposed to do. For some reason, people with abilities the Knights Radiant possessed so long ago. But would anyone want to be associated with Knights Radiant now? Everyone is so sure that the Knights abandoned them and refer to them as fallen, so why would anyone go about revealing such powers? Szeth obviously knows what he is and is quite awesome at utilizing his powers. Same with a certain someone else. Two others have no clue initially about what they can do. Is there some reason as to why they can suddenly do what they do? Why are the Knights Radiant making a comeback? Are there more Honorspren out there? What's up with spren, anyway? Will the parshmen rise up against their masters? Where did the Parshendi come from? How did that Herald make it back to the land of the living? What happened to the rest of the Heralds, anyway? What will happen to Vorinism when the world learns what the Heralds really did? The Knights Radiant were condemned, but the Heralds never were. Who is Wit, really? He knows so much, what's his part? So many questions. I'm so ready for book 2. ...more
I found this a bit slow to start at first. Especially after we got to know the main players in the Empire and then suddenly, there was a whole new setI found this a bit slow to start at first. Especially after we got to know the main players in the Empire and then suddenly, there was a whole new set in Darujhistan. I had a hard time connecting the dots at first, but then things started making sense and I just had to know how events would play out. I was very surprised by the way things turned out. I was hugely surprised the first time Whiskeyjack used that magic item and the conversation with Dujek revealed that they knew so much more than they lead their men to believe.
I loved all of the Bridgeburners. Can't wait to read about the next mess they get themselves mixed up in....more
For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art—and he is the city’s most accomplished artist.
For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you neverSynopsis:
For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art—and he is the city’s most accomplished artist.
For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he’s grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly—and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.
But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics—and cultivate a flair for death.
I loved this. It's not surprising. I love Brent Weeks's writing. I got started on this and didn't want to stop. I only did when I was in danger of passing out. What an interesting world this was. It started out pretty dark. It wasn't quite so dark once get past the beginning and Azoth's first kill and what happens to Jarl and Doll Girl, but there are some moments.
In the beginning, we meet Azoth as a scared little boy trying to look after his friends while living in the filth of the Warrens in Cenaria. He isn't the best person, but he tries. Too bad he and his friends are living under the thumb of a psycho. And this psycho turns out to be someone of some importance. He's a horrible person and I didn't feel sorry for him over what Azoth did to him. He deserved it.
I did feel bad for Azoth and everything that came of doing what he did. And for taking so long to do it. Rat was a terrible person and if he hadn't waited, Doll Girl wouldn't have gotten hurt. But he was basically 10 years old. You can't really expect it to be easy for a 10 year old to kill someone so much bigger than he is even if it is a horrible person they'd be getting rid of. Even if doing this one thing would lead him to getting what he wants most-to be the apprentice of the best wetboy around. Someone that could teach him to be strong and how not to be afraid all of the time.
Too bad he learns after a while that he really isn't cut out for the life of a wetboy. He's good at it. Really good at it, but he doesn't like what he turns into. But in the end, he really steps up. As Kylar Stern, he feels love and makes some friends. He has people he cares about, though he tries so hard to give up on love as part of the deal that he made with Durzo, but he just can't do it. Kylar does some things that don't paint him in the best light, but he does some good, too. I really, really liked him.
I liked Durzo, too, despite everything. He had some moments where he just seemed like a horrible person. It turns out that he had at least some reasons for doing what he was doing. I, like Kylar, believed him in the end when (view spoiler)[he told Kylar that HE was the one that cut Doll Girl's face in order to get him to finally kill Rat (hide spoiler)]. Turns out, he hadn't done that. He needed the ka'kari to bond with Kylar, though. Durzo was definitely a man of extremes. I could never really tell what side he was on, but it turns out he was doing the right thing all along. Except for when it came to the woman he loved. That whole thing with him, Momma K and her sister Vonda was a mess. (view spoiler)[And then he goes and dies without learning the truth that the woman he loved was actually the one to bear his child. Seriously, what a mess. (hide spoiler)] I'm glad that Kylar learned from their fucked up mistake. I hope he gets his chance to be happy.
I'm hoping Logan will survive as himself down there in that Hole, too. If anyone can do it, it's him.
There were so many plots within plots going on here and revelations left and right! It was all just so exciting. I do hope that Dorian knows what he's doing. He left Curoch there and now a Highlander has it (doesn't know what it is), but Dorian's father is there and he DEFINITELY knows what it is. And Kylar better watch his back. I don't think the Godking will let him get away with killing his son. They think that the Night Angel is possibly dead, but no body, no proof.
Honestly, there's a lot that happened in this book that I could talk about, but I won't since it'd tempt me to go too much into spoilers. All I really need to say is that this was an excellent read and I loved it....more