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)
The ravaged continent of Genabackis is a terrifying new empire, the Pannion Domin, that devours all. An uneasy allliance resists: Onearm's ar...moreSynopsis:
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. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
In the vast dominion of Seven Cities, in the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha’ik and her followers prepare for the long-prophesied uprisin...moreDescription:
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.(less)
Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and increasingly bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer extraordinaire, is trapp...moreSynopsis:
Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and increasingly bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer extraordinaire, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.
Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain, shallow, selfish and self-obsessed, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.
And Logen Ninefingers, an infamous warrior with a bloody past, is about to wake up in a hole in the snow with plans to settle a blood feud with Bethod, the new King of the Northmen, once and for all - ideally by running away from it. But as he's discovering, old habits die really, really hard indeed...
...especially when Bayaz gets involved. A bald old man with a terrible temper and a pathetic assistant, he could be the First of the Magi, he could be a spectacular fraud, but whatever he is, he's about to make the lives of Glotka, Jezal and Logen a whole lot more difficult...
I found myself liking this quite a lot. It was incredibly easy to read and I ended up seriously liking the characters of Glokta and Logen. Jezal I didn't care so much about. He's such an ass, but perhaps love will get him to be a little less of one. Who's to know, though, considering the woman he falls so hard for isn't all that great of a person herself. I enjoyed the POVs from Major West as well. I was shocked by something he does to his sister, though. That was awful. I was feeling pretty bad for him up until then. I'd probably have wanted to hurt her, too, though. I get how she was feeling. She may as well have been invisible in Adua being that she isn't of noble blood, but she was acting a fool, too. Still, he had no right to do what he did and it was a bit of an extreme reaction, even with everything else that was going wrong in his life.
Glokta was my definite favorite. So cynical, but damned smart. I loved his inner observations. He better watch his back, though. Arch Lector Sult wants power and he'll steamroll over anyone to get it. I don't doubt that he's been setting people up left and right to get what he wants. I like that Glokta doesn't seem to be doing what he's doing out of some need to grab as much power as possible, though. Yes, he tortures people for a living. After what he went through, you'd think he would hate anyone that used torture in any capacity, but all it seemed to do was make him extremely good at his job. And good at it he is. I honestly believe the man is completely loyal to the crown (despite the fact that the king is a fat, lazy idiot), but he will look out for himself should it come to that. Hell, he doesn't even know why he tortures people. He's always asking himself "why do I do this?" and yet he continues to do it. I hope he finds an answer to his question. Also, I'd like to huggle him. He'd probably beat me with his cane if I tried, but I'd try, anyway.
Then there's Logen Ninefingers. A Named Man from the North. The book starts off with him nearly getting himself killed by Flatheads aka Shanka. He manages to survive, and believing his friends all dead, he decides to head South after speaking with some spirits and discovering that a Magus is looking for him. He goes and finds the guy and ends up traveling with him even further south to collect some more people to travel even further south. Logen is a bit out of his element during all of this, but he sticks with it. He doesn't really want to know what's going on, but it beats staying in the north where an old friend turned enemy is now calling himself a king and would likely take his head as soon as he saw him. Turns out, too, that Logen is quite the killer. Bloody-Nine he's called and I'd thought I'd seen him fighting pretty damn well earlier on in the book. Then the Practicals tried to kill him at the end and I really saw who Bloody-Nine was. A well deserved name if ever there was one...
I also found myself really liking the characters of Bayaz the First of the Magi, Dogman and Black Dow. These are some men with a lot of blood on their hands and still they're trying to help people in their way. Even if those people don't want to take them seriously.
I really enjoyed the way the storylines of the main characters converge after a while. I was wondering how they had anything to do with one another, but it seems that they do, indeed. The fact that they can't stand each other just makes for more fun reading. The writing style of this book is light and can actually be pretty funny at times. It doesn't take itself too seriously, even with the dark moments and scenes full of blood, death and torture.
I'm looking forward to continuing the series. Will Glokta uncover secrets of the Arch Lector's? Will Logen, Ferro and Jezal be able to help Bayaz put a stop to Khalul the creator of Eaters and the shadow Emperor in the south? Will Jezal be less of an asshole? Will the Union beat back the Northmen and get Bethod out of Angland? Will Dogman and the others ever learn that Logen isn't dead? So much to look forward to.(less)
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 set...moreI 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.(less)
For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art—and he is the city’s most accomplished artist.
For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never...moreSynopsis:
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.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Arden Lesstymine (known to everyone as Trouble) likes attention as much as the next girl, bu...moreSynopsis:
When you're a witch named Trouble, chaos follows.
Arden Lesstymine (known to everyone as Trouble) likes attention as much as the next girl, but this is getting ridiculous. When an insane stranger is murdered at the inn where she works, Trouble becomes the next Soulbearer for the disembodied god of chaos, Loku. Yes, it comes with the ability to channel the god's limitless power, but at the cost of her sanity -- literally. Now she has a sexy but cynical knight claiming to be her protector, a prince trying to seduce her to his cause (and his bed), and a snarky chaos god who offers a play-by-play commentary on it all, whether she wants to hear it or not. To make matters worse, a necromancer wants to capture the soul of Loku for his own dark purposes, and the only way he can get it is by killing her first.
I found this to be quite enjoyable. Not sure if I want to rate it a three or a four, though.
The book starts things off right away which I appreciated. There was no long drawn out intro showing how Arden is mistreated, but we get to see enough of it to know that she is treated badly because of her looks and the magic she wields. In this kingdom, to use magic is to forfeit your life as using magic in Ranella is against the law. Everyone in the little village of Wallus thinks Arden is a witch and have nicknamed the girl Trouble, little do they realize just how well she lives up to that name and just what she is.
Too bad for Dev he gets to find out the hard way why the girl is called Trouble and he doesn't hesitate to call her that despite how many times she tells him she hates it. Unfortunately, they're stuck together and Trouble's life gets complicated from here on out. Turns out that the god of chaos, Loku has decided that Trouble is his new vessel. Weirdly, though, he seems rather protective of her even though he teases her like crazy. I liked him, though. He tells the truth and is pretty funny to boot. I like Dev despite his constant need to push Trouble away. Maybe if he explained, she wouldn't be so willing to fall into Prince Kell's arms.
Granted, even with the way Dev kept his distance, I still found Trouble to be quite fickle. True, you can care for two people in different ways, but she just kept going from one to the other swinging like a pendulum. It was driving me a bit nuts. It was worse because she knew who she really wanted. She knew the whole friggin' time. Maybe she was acting that way because her whole world basically got scraped and nothing would ever be the same again and she needed some kind of companionship. It was still annoying because she'd spent her whole life trying not to end up following her mother's path and she went down sooooo easily. At least she didn't give in completely. I'll give her that.
Prince Kell seems to be a nice enough guy, too. I believe he genuinely did fall for Trouble and wanted her for more than what he could get out of her. I just didn't want her with him, so his pursuit of her annoyed me. At least he isn't completely useless, but I could have done without him.
I would have liked for Sulaino to have been a bit more of a threat. He was creepy, yeah and he was obviously evil, but after the fight at the end, it felt to me that he wasn't really ever that much of a threat. I know why Dev was holding Trouble back from taking him on, but if he had just let her deal with it sooner, they may not have ended up stuck in Ranella for so long.
At least at the end of the book, Dev seems to have finally gotten it through his thick skull that he can't just push Trouble away and wait until they get to Gravaria to try to pursue something. He's basically tossing her into Kell's arms with the way he's acting. It seems like he's made his mind up to do something about it. Guess I'll find out what that is when I read book 2.(less)
I have to hand it to Karen Chance, she blew it out of the water with this one. Man I love this book and am already dying for the next Cassie book and...moreI have to hand it to Karen Chance, she blew it out of the water with this one. Man I love this book and am already dying for the next Cassie book and then the next Dory book. Karen Chance, I love you!
This book picks up not too long after the events of Death's Mistress. And it starts off right in the thick of things. There is much character development here. So many revelations and so many changes.
I don't even know what to say because there's so much that could be spoiled.
I will say that we get some glorious pay off of built up sexual tension. A relationship moves ever closer to repairing past hurts (view spoiler)[loved those scenes where Mircea got emotional while explaining why he had separated the two halves of Dory's mind from each other, the memory Dory stumbled into of the time she spent in Venice with Mircea when she was a child, Mircea going into Dory's mind to save her and allowing himself to be so badly hurt, Dory's reactions during that and after it as well (hide spoiler)]. I hope they continue to get closer. Though there are some things Mircea really still needs to tell Dory about. Such as his relationship with the Pythia (view spoiler)[who Dory unknowingly meets in this book and they make horrible first impressions on one another (hide spoiler)]. That shit was funny.
I was ecstatic with the amount of Marlowe scenes in this book. I love that curly haired vamp something fierce. No, he isn't nice to Dory, but after the events in those last few chapters, it seems he realizes he's going to have to reevaluate his opinion of her. I never knew Marlowe could be such an emotional dude, though. He had plenty of reason for it, so I won't hold that against him. He worked his ass off. Love ya, Marlowe <3
Ray was back and in fine form. He was incredibly helpful this go 'round and really smart, too! That didn't stop him from being great comic relief, though. I hope KC keeps him around for a while.
Of course, my other favorite, Radu was around a lot, too. I love him so much. He was great and he was all about protecting his family.
I wonder if I should feel slow for not seeing the villain coming? I never thought it could have been that person. Talk about having people fooled! He got what he deserved, though. Speaking of villains, I'm still not sure where to place Aesbrand and his mother. They did something helpful this time, but will they ever continue to go after Aidan? Or will they not bother now since surely the Savresti king has to know they snitched. They might want to hide out for a while.
Anyway, I completely loved this installment and was reminded all over again why I love KC's book. They're so addictive and packed with action, humor and sexy.
Omg, KC! Gimme dat Cassie Palmer #6!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
So sweet! A look at how Pritkin came to own the house that he lived in with his wife. It was short and to the point and gave a little more interest in...moreSo sweet! A look at how Pritkin came to own the house that he lived in with his wife. It was short and to the point and gave a little more interest into our favorite war mage.(less)
Awwww! I love seeing Kit during his early time as a vamp! He was so different from the Marlowe we get to see in the Cassie and Dory books. He was ador...moreAwwww! I love seeing Kit during his early time as a vamp! He was so different from the Marlowe we get to see in the Cassie and Dory books. He was adorable. He kept getting his ass kicked and his balls seemed to be in constant danger! I am not surprised that Marlowe would be attracted to a feisty type like Gillian. She sure was the epitome of a fiery red-head and then the way she robbed him at the end! Too funny.(less)
This one was even better than book one. I can't believe how all those storylines came together.
Of course, there was more sexy fun times with D...moreOh, wow!
This one was even better than book one. I can't believe how all those storylines came together.
Of course, there was more sexy fun times with Dory and Louis-Cesare. Really sexy fun times. I expect them to do the full monty in the upcoming Fury's Kiss. They have serious chemistry and I can't wait to see them grow even closer. I really like them as a couple.
I still really like Dory as a character even when she's being stubborn as all hell and expecting angles in every dealing with Mircea. I still don't really blame her for this. Their entire relationship has always consisted of angles and half-truths, but Mircea seems to be making an effort towards something better. I wonder if his relationship with Cassie has helped with that. Speaking of which, Mircea was talking about Cassie with Marlowe right in front of Dory, but none of it made any sense to her. Plus, there's that memory of her mother she accidentally picked up from him. It still seems to affect him deeply. I have to wonder how it meshes with his relationship with Cassie.
I was thrilled to see more of Marlowe in this book. I love Marlowe even with his prejudices against Dory for being a dhampir. I see that a lot of people think he's a dick because of the way he treats her, but Marlowe is the way he is. He has a certain way of thinking and he's not likely to change it. I need to hurry and read his side stories to learn more about him.
I sure hope someone offs that Aesubrand soon. That guy is such a dick and he keeps sexually assaulting Dory while trying to kill her. Damned pervert. It's only a matter of time before he tries again.
And after a while, it didn't take too long to figure out who that killer was, though no one was going to suspect that particular person. There was no reason to. I can't remember at which moment it clicked for me, but it was something someone said. I think it was something Anthony said. That guy sure can take a beating, though!
But oh! There were some hilarious moments in this book. Especially once Dory met up with Raymond. I loved those scenes. I actually wouldn't mind seeing Ray show up again. He is a hoot.(less)
So I'm finally reading the Cassie Palmer spin-off and really enjoyed this first book.
Dory is pretty badass. She sure has a mouth on her, too. Not to m...moreSo I'm finally reading the Cassie Palmer spin-off and really enjoyed this first book.
Dory is pretty badass. She sure has a mouth on her, too. Not to mention her issues with her family. I don't really blame her for them, though. It doesn't seem like she's ever had cause to feel that she was wanted or loved. Even with what Mircea says at the end. I want to believe he's being genuine there, but like Dory, after centuries of feeling like the black sheep of the family, it's not exactly easy to accept that Mircea always loved her and was proud of her.
Same goes for Louis-Cesare. I'd forgotten how Mircea and Cassie changed his past when they went back in time to save Radu and ended up in Louis-Cesare's and that other woman's bodies. I'd completely forgotten that Louis-Cesare hadn't had the best past, too since we don't see him in the main series again after the first book. It also made me forget how hot he was. Damn, that guy and Dory have some serious chemistry. The scenes where they kissed and then that scene when they were in bed? Whoa! *fans self* My favorite Louis-Cesare line: "I am possessed by an angel with ridiculous hair, flashing eyes and the devil's mouth."
It was pretty awesome how Karen Chance tied in the story with Dory's missing roomie Claire and the hunt for Dracula. I can't believe how that all turned out, though. Dory was so worried and all that time, Claire was barely in danger. And along came Caedmon. I'm sure he will be trying to sleep with Dory whenever he gets the chance, though I don't see him succeeding unless Louis-Cesare refuses to step up even though he and Dory seem to REALLY like each other. I now have two other favorite characters from this series as well. Stinky and Olga. Those two are crazy awesome.
I honestly couldn't blame Dory for her refusal to take on the assignment. I wouldn't have wanted to, either after everything she went through the last time. Especially since Louis-Cesare sure seemed to not want a damned thing to do with her in the beginning. Hell, right from the beginning that mission was going on. She was getting attacked by unknown fae, Drac killed her back-up before they ever reached her, then that damned Black Circle showed up trying to snatch Louis-Cesare and everything just kept going straight to hell. At least I got to see Marlowe, even if Dory did elbow him in the balls. And for Louis-Cesare's sake, I do hope Jonathon is really dead, but I wouldn't be surprised if somehow he wasn't.
I wonder if Dory will ever find out about Cassie and that it's basically Cassie's fault that Drac was let loose. I know that at some point in the main series, Cassie thinks Dory is Mircea's mistress, but don't remember if he told her that Dory is actually his daughter. He might have. I'm going to have re-read the main series soon. So much that I've forgotten. I'm looking forward to the next mission of insanity with Dory and Louis-Cesare. I wouldn't mind seeing Radu's silly ass again, either.(less)
Found myself liking this a lot. I liked Rogan. She was fiery. She did have the bad habit of doing the heroine runs off to take matters into her own ha...moreFound myself liking this a lot. I liked Rogan. She was fiery. She did have the bad habit of doing the heroine runs off to take matters into her own hands and causing nothing but trouble in her efforts. Still, she did good. She resisted Wolfe way too hard, though. So not necessary. I was as glad as he was when she finally came to her senses. Still, I did like her a lot. I really liked Wolfe as well. Pretty good hero. Not too much of the perfect guy thing going on that a lot of YA fall prey to.
Anyway, I really liked the other characters as well. Especially L. I'm glad to see that she will be the main character in the next book and that she will be working with Rogan as well. After reading Samantha Young's Lunarmorte series, I decided to check this out and I'm glad I did. I think I rather like her work and will be continuing on with this series.(less)
I liked Sabina more this time around. I actually found her to be justified the few times she lashed out at someo...moreWhat a pretty good end to this series.
I liked Sabina more this time around. I actually found her to be justified the few times she lashed out at someone. Considering the major things she learned, I really couldn't blame her. I won't mention them because they are some serious spoilers.
The mancy was as hot as ever. I love Adam. Gighul was his usual hilarious self.
I will say that the journey through Irkalla and that final showdown with Cain seemed a little too easy for my liking. I'd have liked something a bit more engaging, but I'm glad that it worked out the way that it did.
I enjoyed the series and look forward to whatever Jaye Wells writes next.(less)
Alrighty, this book was slower than previous installments up until the end. Man, that Cain is something else.
There was a lot of emotional conflict in...moreAlrighty, this book was slower than previous installments up until the end. Man, that Cain is something else.
There was a lot of emotional conflict in this volume. Sabina had a fight with just about everyone. I'm with Giguhl on Pussy Willow needing to get her act together. The Mac and Georgia thing was sad. I wonder if Sabina has that letter she promised to deliver. Just about everyone yelled their lungs out at Sabina at some point. The fights with Adam made me want to cry. Hopefully, this two will work out their issues.
Honestly, it took a while for the story to really get going, but this book was more about emotions than action and honestly, a lot of things did need to get hashed out and dealt with. Maisie's issue was a big one and that went in a way I did not expect, but probably should have. The Orpheus and Tanith thing shocked me, too. In the end, the book ended up making me teary with the showdown near the end.
Rhea was awesome, yelling down Queen Maeve like that. Adam had his points of bitterness and said some hurtful things to Sabina, but he obviously cares and is willing to work on their issues as she is. I love that mage. I think I love mages (see Pritkin: Cassie Palmer series). Sabina still struggled with the two sides of herself, but I think she finally realizes that it's all or nothing. She can't be all vamp or all mage.
Now she is on a mission to stop A Bad Motherfucker. Is what Cain told her true or is he just teh crazies? I wouldn't be surprised if Lilth shows up in some way. And will Sabina finally learn what happened to her mother and father? Something that was said while Sabina was in the Liminal hints at an idea of what may have occurred. I'm looking forward to the 5th and final book in this series.(less)
Okay, so as I was reading this, I did notice the things that the people who had issues with this book were talking about. Sabina did have some really...moreOkay, so as I was reading this, I did notice the things that the people who had issues with this book were talking about. Sabina did have some really bitchy moments, but I thought she actually held her tongue when needed at most times. She did have the bad habit of forgetting that whole teamwork things, though. And it was stupid to rush off on her own at the end, there. I was glad she was found out as soon as possible even though it resulted in what happened with Maisie.
So now we know who the real Big Bad is and he seems like a doozy. Sabina finally admits her feelings for Adam and we get some progress on that point. Lavania was still a bitch, but we got to meet some new characters who weren't so bad. Of the bunch, Pussy Willow was definitely the best.
While I enjoyed the book, it did have some things that just didn't make sense. There was no need really for that extremely weird orgy scene. What was all of the about? And as much as I love Brooks/Pussy Willow, what was really the point of the drag performance scene? Plus, why do people keep blaming Sabina for things that aren't her fault? Like Zen did when Sabina accidentally raised that zombie. She hasn't had enough training to know that her Cthonic magic would have caused that to happen when they were trying to use the dead body to see if they could use Stryx to find Maisie's location. Or when Mac went on the attack over what happened to one of her performers.
While I think it took longer than necessary for them to find Maisie and I hate that Sabina fell into the typical "I'm the heroine so I will go it alone to protect my loved ones even though they will all hate me for it" routine and I feel that some aspects could have been done without, I really don't feel that the book was all that bad. Only two books left in the series, so I'm gonna go ahead with book 4 and wait for book 5 in June.(less)
I enjoyed this second book in Sabina's world. She leaves LA with Adam to head to New York to meet her long-lost twin and learn how to use her latent m...moreI enjoyed this second book in Sabina's world. She leaves LA with Adam to head to New York to meet her long-lost twin and learn how to use her latent magic. Sabina learns quickly that she can't handle things the way she usually does. The mages expect her to not feed from humans and if she does, she has to pay a blood tax to a guy who she knew when she was an assassin for the Dominae.
While in NY, multiple attempts are made on Sabina's life and while defending herself, she kills one of her would be assassins which results in losing the trust of the mages. This happens to be exactly what the shadows in the background want to happen. She later learns just who has been pulling the strings and attempts to help the mages when everything goes to hell and they get jumped by a mass of vamps and demons. During this, Lavinia somehow gets ahold of Maisie and once the dust settles, Sabina, Adam & Giguhl head off to rescue Maisie.
I was nice to see Sabina interact with Maisie and come to realize that getting help is not such a bad thing. Rhea helped a lot with this. That's a badass lady. Giguhl was great as usual and Adam is still so much love. Of course, Sabina still has a lot of room for growth. Not to mention having to deal with that whole prophecy fulfilling thing. I'm a little worried about how I'll like the next book. Some people really enjoyed it and some people seem to hate it due to the way Sabina behaves. I'm going to finish the series since mainly, it isn't all that long and I just hate leaving things undone.(less)
Our favorite war mage, John Pritkin is taking his bodyguarding duties all serious like when a huge explosion...moreNice short set in the Cassie Palmer world.
Our favorite war mage, John Pritkin is taking his bodyguarding duties all serious like when a huge explosion happens and craziness ensues from there. I enjoyed reading this quite a bit. I've missed Pritkin soooooooo much. Love Cassie. Rosier continues to grow on me. Casanova needs to be slapped repeatedly. Rian is cool peoples. (less)
Cassandra Palmer recently defeated a god, which you’d think would buy a girl a little time off. But it doesn’t work that way when your new jo...moreSynopsis:
Cassandra Palmer recently defeated a god, which you’d think would buy a girl a little time off. But it doesn’t work that way when your new job description is Pythia—the world’s chief clairvoyant. Cassie is busier than ever, trying to learn about her power, preparing for her upcoming coronation, and figuring out her relationship with the enigmatic sexy master vampire, Mircea.
But someone doesn’t want Cassie to become Pythia, and is willing to go to any lengths to make sure the coronation ceremony never happens—including attacking her mother before Cassie is even born.
This is my favorite of the series. That is largely due to the presence of so much Pritkin. Nothing can go wrong when there is so much Pritkin. And we get to learn a lot more about him this time around, too. We get to learn quite a bit more about Cassie and Mircea, too. And I loved it all.
It's not that long after the events of Curse the Dawn and Cassie thinks she's got a well deserved break. Pritkin is still trying to kick her ass into shape, but at least she has her wonderful bathroom. Until she nearly drowns in her own tub. Things get crazier and crazier from here on in and at the end of the book, we learn some seriously startling revelations. And my lovely Pritkin sacrifices himself and makes me cry.
There are a lot of insane chases in this book. There usually are in any Cassie Palmer book, but the ante is upped this time around. I know some readers have a hard time following action the way Karen Chance writes it, but I like it. It's so fast paced and O M G. My mind is always blown with how Cassie, Pritkin and Mircea manage to survive a battle. Those three never cease to amaze me.
We learn that Jonas suspects that they are all in the middle of Ragnarok and by the end of the book, there's really no way to deny that. Especially not with the Spartoi showing up. That really makes things crazy.
And on top of that, Cassie is trying to establish boundaries in her relationship with Mircea. He gives her orders and expects her to follow them. I understand why he does it. He does want her safe. Though I do still wonder if politics are also a part of it. I think he does have her safety first and foremost in his mind, though. But for Cassie, she just can't live that way. She spent her childhood that way and she won't do it again. She explains this multiple times in the book, but I think it finally sinks in for Pritkin during the pizza parlor scene. I don't think Mircea will get it any time soon. The pain of what happened to his family so long ago is still fresh for him. For the family-minded Mircea, that's not really a surprise. I still think he needs to give a little, though. All he has to do is make what he wants Cassie to do and not an order and they'd probably be golden. He does admit that he loves her and I think that he does, but he has other responsibilities that come first. Not to mention the situations he's been dealing with when it comes to Dory. I still can't wait for Cassie to meet her. How fun that'll be.
We also see Cassie struggling with some of her interactions with Pritkin. She has to heal him again after he nearly dies in the process of saving her life. And damn, that was one hell of a sexy rescue. I love that scene. Definitely one of my most favorite scenes, ever. And made me fall even deeper in love him. That and when he explains exactly what happened to his wife and the demon parole sentence he's under. It made it easier to understand why he freaks whenever Cassie has to heal him or during that scene in his old room when Rosier first showed up in Embrace the Night. Pritkin is so celibate that it's scary. But you can tell he wasn't always that way. I love him for his loyalty to Cassie. How he so obviously cares and says what she needs to hear when she needs to hear it. I love that he saved her in the end by doing the last thing he ever wanted to do that resulted in the last thing he would ever want. Though I'm pretty sure it's not just the oath he made to serve and protect her as the Pythia that makes him risk himself so much. I think that the real last thing that Pritkin would ever want is to see Cassie die. Oh, Pritkin. *_*
Another favorite scene of mine is Cassie's fight with the Spartoi at the end. This is really the first time that she's truly been on her own in a fight. She had a bumpy start, but she did the damn thing in the end and kicked major ass. I felt proud of her. I'd thought that she accepted her power before, but she really seems to have now. Now, she finally believes that she deserves the power. That she didn't steal it from someone that would have been a better Pythia. Knowing what she knows now, she knows that there is no better Pythia.
I am SO ready for Tempt the Stars. I want to see Cassie kick some more ass and rescue my Pritkin!(less)