You learn your wisest lessons from your enemies. Assuming, of course, you survive the encounter.
Kendras is a casualty of war: injured, pennil...moreSynopsis:
You learn your wisest lessons from your enemies. Assuming, of course, you survive the encounter.
Kendras is a casualty of war: injured, penniless, and quite possibly the last surviving member of the only family he's ever known—the elite fighting force known as the Scorpions. When a steel-eyed stranger offers him medicine and shelter in exchange for submission and a secret task, Kendras has no choice but to accept. He is a Scorpion; he’ll do whatever it takes to survive.
But his true goal is to rebuild the Scorpions. Neither Steel’s possessive nature nor Kendras’s shattered foot can keep him from finding the last of his brothers... or the mysterious leader of the Scorpions, a man who held Kendras’s heart long before Steel tried to take it for himself. The goal is simple, the situation anything but. To rescue his leader and escape from Steel for good, Kendras must fight through a morass of politics and intrigue, where enemies are allies and even allies have hidden agendas.
Based on the description, I hadn't realized that this is actually a fantasy read. There isn't any magic, but it definitely has the setting and grit of a fantasy.
Things start right off with Kendras separated from his fellow Scorpions, not knowing if they or their officer are still alive after a battle for the city of Fetin. Not long after he's dropped back in Dalman in a whole lot of pain, he's picked up by a man named Steel who wants him for some task, but who also wants to sleep with him.
For a good deal of the book, Kendras is waiting for his foot to heal while trying to gain his strength back and thinking of how he can get away to find his comrades. He does find them again, only to realize they'd basically been wiped out save for himself and three others. He then gets called into Fetin because they want him to rescue the officer from the ocean priests of Dalman and bring him back to Fetin. Kendras has no idea why, but I figured the guy must be important. Turns out he was and political intrigue soon follows.
There's a decent amount of sex in this book. Not too much and there were some hot scenes, too. Mostly, I enjoyed this because I was curious as to where things would go. I was surprised by the turn it took at the end. I expected it to be a bit darker, but I know that all of the fighting isn't behind our characters. Now they have to build an empire. I'm hoping that things continue to work out for Kendras and Adrastes. Kendras has loved that man a long time, so I want him to be happy. He deserves it. As for the Scorpions, they've got a new officer now, so I definitely want to see them get back up to fighting strength.(less)
Superior Glokta has a problem. How do you defend a city surrounded by enemies and riddled with traitors, when your allies can by no means be...moreSynopsis:
Superior Glokta has a problem. How do you defend a city surrounded by enemies and riddled with traitors, when your allies can by no means be trusted, and your predecessor vanished without a trace? It’s enough to make a torturer want to run – if he could even walk without a stick.
Northmen have spilled over the border of Angland and are spreading fire and death across the frozen country. Crown Prince Ladisla is poised to drive them back and win undying glory. There is only one problem – he commands the worst-armed, worst-trained, worst-led army in the world.
And Bayaz, the First of the Magi, is leading a party of bold adventurers on a perilous mission through the ruins of the past. The most hated woman in the South, the most feared man in the North, and the most selfish boy in the Union make a strange alliance, but a deadly one. They might even stand a chance of saving mankind from the Eaters. If they didn’t hate each other quite so much.
Ancient secrets will be uncovered. Bloody battles will be won and lost. Bitter enemies will be forgiven – but not before they are hanged.
I hadn't meant to put finishing this off for so long. I think that by the time I'd reached the end of it, I must have needed to take a break from so much Epic Fantasy since it'd been all I'd been reading for two months and I set it aside and just never picked it back up. Not because there was anything wrong with it. There wasn't. I actually loved it more than the first book.
The journey is finally underway and the traveling companions couldn't stand each other any less. Some of them get a little closer during the journey, but there's always that wall. I was just happy that Jezal finally started to learn some respect for Logen. I hated the way he kept looking down on him, but his character seemed to have the most development in this book. Made him a lot more likable. And Ferro isn't so bad once you get to know her a little better. It seems in the end though, that all that journeying didn't pay off. I'm still wondering wtf has gotten into Quai. He's been acting really strange and I don't trust him. I'm not so sure I care much for Bayaz anymore, either. His temper is ugly.
I still very much like the chapters from Dogman's POV. They managed to get the Union to allow them to help, but lose one of their own in the mess. That was sad. Then there's West. He did something really unexpected and I can't be mad at him for that. Still, I'm conflicted over his character.
Glokta remains my favorite. His inner thoughts still amuse the hell out of me. He's gotten himself into a bind with Valint and Balk, though. I really hope he survives to the end. And gets rid of Arch Lector Sult somehow. I hate that man. I'm interested in seeing how he plays things out.
There's still Bethod and his damned Feared to defeat. What will Bayaz do now? Surely he won't still try to defeat Khalul? Will Ferro really try to go back south for vengeance? How will Jezal be received back home with his new looks? Will Logen ever be reunited with his friends? Will the king die and be replaced? Will Glokta find out the truth behind that murder? What about the Eaters? The Shanka? So much to wrap up.(less)
More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to inf...moreSynopsis:
More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings — merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.
As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students study the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing — kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery — one that will change Rithmatics — and their world — forever.
Bestselling author Brandon Sanderson brings his unique brand of epic storytelling to the teen audience with an engrossing tale of danger and suspense—the first of a series. With his trademark skills in world-building, Sanderson has created a magic system that is so inventive and detailed that that readers who appreciate games of strategy and tactics just may want to bring Rithmatics to life in our world.
Dude! This was awesome. This book was about a world in which people go off to fight a way against wild chalk drawings, the people called Rithmatists that are the most effective against fighting this wild chalklings and everybody else that isn't a Rithmatist and is basically ignored unless they're power in some other way.
Seriously. Chalk drawings.
And it's awesome.
Only Brandon Sanderson could write a book about drawing circles, lines and pictures with chalk and make it fun and interesting. The illustrations were a really nice touch.
Our main character, Joel, is not a Rithmatist. But he sure wishes that he were. It turns out that there's a reason as to why he isn't. Still, he studies as much theory about Rithmatist defense and attack tactics as he can. It won't get him anywhere, but he just can't help himself. It seems that it pays off in the end for him, though. He ends up getting to help figure out why Rithmatist students from his school have been going missing. What he discovers is huge. I did not see that coming. At all.
Brandon Sanderson has one hell of an imagination.
Where does he come up with this stuff?!
This is definitely a YA book, but it is fun. Our hero Joel comes a ways during the course of the events of the book. He's a nice boy, but he could be callous at times. He was often right more than he was wrong, though. I ended up liking him. He's smart and once you get to know him, he actually seems to be a good friend. I think he'd have been a bit of a better person in the beginning if someone had just befriended him. Which is why I'm glad he became friends with Melody. They had some aspects in common, just in opposite directions. And their personalities were quite different. But in the end, they make an incredible team.
I did not expect things to play out the way they did. (view spoiler)[And I certainly did not expect that the person Joel was so fixated on suspecting really WAS the culprit. Any other time, he wouldn't have been. (hide spoiler)] I can't wait to see how that plays out.
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Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the can...moreSynopsis:
Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.
Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet even as science and technology are reaching new heights, the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world. Out in the frontier lands known as the Roughs, they are crucial tools for the brave men and women attempting to establish order and justice.
One such is Waxillium Ladrian, a rare Twinborn, who can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will. After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax has been forced by family tragedy to return to the metropolis of Elendel. Now he must reluctantly put away his guns and assume the duties and dignity incumbent upon the head of a noble house. Or so he thinks, until he learns the hard way that the mansions and elegant tree-lined streets of the city can be even more dangerous than the dusty plains of the Roughs.
I wondered if I was going to like this book much because I loved the original trilogy and started this book right afterwards. When I read the first Mistborn book last year, I didn't know that Brandon Sanderson had announced around the time that he'd finished Mistborn that he was going to be continuing the series in that world, but with events increasingly further in the future. Once I found out, I had to see how he would handle it. Turns out, I was presently surprised.
The world of Scadriel is now more like the western age of our time. Trains have been around for a little while and motorized cars are starting to appear, though not frequently. Our main hero, Waxillium or Wax had left the City a few decades ago and was out bringing criminals to justice in what was known as the Roughs until tragedy struck and it drove him back home to take over his family's House, even though he was not comfortable about being back in the City amongst the lords and ladies while he tried to find himself a wife to get his family out of debt. And then his old deputy from the Roughs shows up and starts trying to get him to help to solve some mysterious thefts that have evolved into kidnappings. The plot turns out to be more than they'd originally thought and one of their own was involved.
It was quite fun to read. I liked Wax and Marasi, but Wayne stole my heart. He was just so much fun. Steris was stuffy, but in the end, I realized that maybe she isn't so bad. Beneath that sterm and businesslike demeanor she's still a woman and I think she's come to realize that there's nothing wrong with the rough side of Wax. I wonder whether it'll be her or Marasi he ends up with in the end.
Religion also plays a big part in this book as much as it did in the original trilogy as well. Some of the former characters actually end up as religious figures. And we all know who Harmony is, of course. Ironeyes, too. Matching the religious and historical names with characters from the original trilogy was fun.
The beginning of this book says that this is a standalone book and while the initial mystery was solved, there's still another avenue open. Will the real powers that be get caught? I didn't think there was going to be a follow up to this book, but I kind of hope that there will be. I want those people taken down. And I really want to know what was in the book Marasi was given at the end. Plus, I'd love to see Wayne again. He's awesome.(less)