I thought this would be more of a filler book since a major arc just ended in the book before it and aMorganville Vampires, why are you so addictive?!
I thought this would be more of a filler book since a major arc just ended in the book before it and at first, it did seem that way. However, yet again, one thing ended up tying in with an on-going story and more major developments have occurred.
I'm sure that part of my enjoyment of this one is that there was just so much Myrnin. I can never get enough of Myrnin.
So, an ex of Shane's comes back around, but not for the reason we would all think. Granted, she does try to make waves in that way. Luckily, that wasn't too dragged out. What she was actually up to was much worse. Her helpers were just as bad. Especially the one that had really set things in motion.
All I'm saying is, be wary of computers with attitude and years of unrequited love....more
As the orphaned nephew of the king, trusted companion to his cousin, and second heir to the throne of SkalaSynopsis:
A trick of magic, a twist of fate.
As the orphaned nephew of the king, trusted companion to his cousin, and second heir to the throne of Skala, Prince Tobin’s future is clear. But not as clear as the spring in which a hill witch shows him his true face--and his secret destiny....
Now Tobin carries a burden he cannot share with even his closest friend, Ki, his squire. He is to rule--not as he is but as he was born: a woman. Given the shape of a boy by dark magic, Tobin is the last hope of the people of Illior--those who desperately seek a return to the old ways, when Skala was ruled by a line of warrior queens. They still believe that only a woman can lift the war, famine, and pestilence that have run rampant through the land since the king usurped his half sister’s throne. It is these outlaw wizards and witches who protect Tobin--and it is for them that Tobin must accept his fate.
With the unsuspecting yet fiercely loyal Ki at his side, Tobin must turn traitor against the only blood ties he has left. He must lift the masks of Skala’s rulers to show their true colors--before he can reveal the power of the woman within himself.
Wow. Things are really ramping up. Tobin knows the truth about himself, but is forced to continue hiding it. And things are getting weird for him. He starts developing feelings for his dearest friend, but can't do anything about it. Ki obviously likes girls and as far as Ki knows, Tobin is a boy and can't return those feelings. It was sad watching Tobin struggle with that. And to struggle with what to do every time his friends teased him about girls....more
Under the rule of a usurper king, the realm of Skala has suffered famine, plague, and invasion. But now the time for the rightful heir has coSynopsis:
Under the rule of a usurper king, the realm of Skala has suffered famine, plague, and invasion. But now the time for the rightful heir has come, a return to the tradition of warrior queens. And the Lightbearer’s prophecy is to be upheld at last: so long as a daughter of the royal line defends and rules, Skala will never be subjugated.
Now a mystical fire has burned away the male body known as Prince Tobin, revealing Princess Tamír, a girl on the verge of womanhood–and a queen ready to claim her birthright after a life in disguise under the protection of wizards and witches. But will her people, her army–and the friends she was forced to deceive–accept her? Worse, will the crown’s rival heir, friend to Tobin, turn foe to Tamír, igniting civil war in a fierce battle for Skala?
This was a good end to the triad. I liked Tamir a lot despite how stubborn she could be at times. The romance aspect was a lot more prevalent in this book compared to the first two (book 1 has none at all and in book 2, her feelings for Ki start to develop). At least the romance issues seemed to come up at appropriate times. It hurt to see how sad she was at first because Ki couldn't return her feelings at first. In the end, they ended up happy, though. I was glad of that.
The book pretty much picks up where book 2 ended. Nalia is married to Korin and sees Niryn for who he truly is, finally. We learn more about what he's put her through since then. I couldn't help but feel sorry for her. She was nothing but a pawn and Korin obviously didn't love her. He had flashes of kindness toward her throughout the book, but it seemed must of that was due to Niryn's influence. Not to mention his nightly "duty." I felt sorry for that girl, but she was strong. In the end, (view spoiler)[it was her that took care of Niryn. What a way for him to die. I wanted something a little more climatic, but he deserved that and she deserved some vengeance, so good on her. (hide spoiler)]
It seems that despite the revelation of Tobin as Tamir, the binding between her and Brother wasn't completely severed. He was still around haunting her, calling for her to avenge his death, but Tamir had no idea why. As far as she knew, he'd been born stillborn, so what was there to avenge. She eventually learns the truth after going to Afra to see the Oracle and man did she get pissed. Brother gets pissed, too since she doesn't avenge him the way that he wants and continues to torment her. Instead, she sends Iya away. Iya does make her keep Arkoniel at her side, though. That turns out to be a good thing, at least. I was disappointed that (view spoiler)[we don't actually find out what happened to Iya. Did Brother kill her or not? Did she just go off somewhere to die or did she keep traveling until she was too old to? Iya was already pretty old as it was, but she just disappears and we don't find out what actually happens to her. (hide spoiler)] We did finally get a resolution to the whole Brother issue as well as the issue with Ariani's ghost thanks to a male witch that was guided to Tamir and Arkoniel by Lhel and the Mother. That guy came in handy. Thanks to him, Tamir and the others were reunited with some of their Companions from Ero. Some of those reunions were joyous, but others were bittersweet. At least the ones that I wanted to stay alive did. Except for one. I hate that he got away, but it seems he must not have made any trouble, though he didn't get the opportunity.
Honestly, quite a bit happens in this last book. It's not my favorite in the series, but it was a good ending, I think. I'm glad the battle was saved until the end, though I would have liked to see Tamir and Ki get married and have their first time together. The epilogue made up for it a bit, at least. The journal page of Arkoniel's that Nysander found was sweet and gave a nice summary of how things ended up. It seems Skala has had years of happiness and Tamir's line continues to rule. Tamir got a happy ending, so that was what matters most to me.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
When young Alec of Kerry is taken prisoner for a crime he didn’t commit, he is certain that his life is at an end. But one thing he never expSynopsis:
When young Alec of Kerry is taken prisoner for a crime he didn’t commit, he is certain that his life is at an end. But one thing he never expected was his cellmate. Spy, rogue, thief, and noble, Seregil of Rhiminee is many things–none of them predictable. And when he offers to take on Alec as his apprentice, things may never be the same for either of them. Soon Alec is traveling roads he never knew existed, toward a war he never suspected was brewing. Before long he and Seregil are embroiled in a sinister plot that runs deeper than either can imagine, and that may cost them far more than their lives if they fail. But fortune is as unpredictable as Alec’s new mentor, and this time there just might be…Luck in the Shadows.
This was a pretty intriguing story. From the start, I was fascinated by Seregil. That is one interesting man....more
In this mesmerizing follow-up to "Luck in the Shadows", Seregil and his companion, Alec, attempt to erase an ancient evil from their land. ThSynopsis:
In this mesmerizing follow-up to "Luck in the Shadows", Seregil and his companion, Alec, attempt to erase an ancient evil from their land. The danger unfolds as a raging battle results in the reincarnation of an old god bent on destruction. Now, an age-old prophecy points to Seregil's continued role in stopping this threat, even as it leads him on a deadly journey of terror and intrigue.
Awesome sequel. The world has been well established and it turns out that picking up that "coin" in Luck in the Shadows was just the right thing for Seregil to do, according to prophecy. Of course, the fallout that comes from that one action does not seem entirely worth it in the end to our heroes. Oh yes, they did succeed in the end and they basically saved Skala and who knows however much else of the world from serious evil, but there was so much loss! And a loss so big that it nearly breaks Seregil for good.
I loved this book. For whatever reason, I enjoyed it much more than book one. I'll probably have to read book one again to determine if maybe it was jI loved this book. For whatever reason, I enjoyed it much more than book one. I'll probably have to read book one again to determine if maybe it was just bad timing that made me not like it that much.
Anyway, in this book, Elena learns that there are more supernaturals out there than just werewolves when it is discovered that some humans are hunting them down and kidnapping them. At some point, Elena becomes one of the kidnapped and meets a whole slew of crazy assed humans with their own motivations for kidnapping supes. From a Doctor that wants improve humanity, to a middle aged woman going through a fulfillment crisis, and a crazed geek that wants to hunt the strongest supe, Elena has her work cut out for her.
The stupid bitch Bauer does something dumb and injects herself with Elena's saliva, thinking becoming a werewolf will give her power and make her a happier person. Then, when she doesn't like the way being a werewolf makes her feel, she blames what happened to her on Elena. I hated Bauer after that. She deserved what she got. I couldn't feel any pity for her. Elena warned her and she warned everyone what would happen once Bauer changed. No one listened and the only likable person working at the compound ended up dead for it.
I found myself admiring Elena much more in this book as opposed to the first book. Even though she ended up getting herself captured, I didn't feel that she made any stupid moves this time around. In the first book, she ran off doing things on her own and made a lot of bad situations worse. This time, she used her head a lot more. She held back when she needed to and acted when she could. Even when she left Savannah the first time, I didn't rebuke her for it. Under the circumstances and with her limited knowledge, she really had no choice. At the very least, I know she cared a bit about the little girl. She was determined to help her. She even worried about her. After this book, I feel that Elena's actually a pretty good character. I was definitely happy to see Clay and Jeremy again. I love Jeremy.
I enjoyed meeting the new characters as well. I like Paige. She's a bit cocky and has some growing up to do. Now with her situation with Savannah, she'll pretty much have to do that. I see the next two books are from her POV. I'll likely read them at some point. Overall, I have to say, I really did love this book....more
In this volume, Izark and Noriko learn about the world of light and it makes it seem more likely that Izark could become a force of good rMy Thoughts:
In this volume, Izark and Noriko learn about the world of light and it makes it seem more likely that Izark could become a force of good rather than evil. It's thanks to Dr. Clairgeeta that the two of them now have some hope for their future.
They begin to travel towards Ennamarna in search of more knowledge about the world of light and in hopes that they will meet up with Duke Jeida and the others again. It looks like Ennamarna is in danger of being taken over by the military of Donya, though, so their plans need to speed up a bit. Luckily, they get there and the reunion is a happy one, but the plan is for Izark to stop them somehow.
What they don't know is that Rachef is met up with Tazasheena in order to track down Izark and Noriko. I'm not sure why he went himself, but I wouldn't be surprised if he plans to take the power of the sky demon for himself somehow and double cross that evil spirit that has been giving him power. I don't put it past him to try to kill Noriko himself, either. They believe that with Noriko dead and out of the way, Izark will lose his free will and transform into the sky demon as a force of destruction to be used by the evil spirit. I think that spirit is planning to take Izark's body over for himself. Based on what they learned from Zena, there is also a world of darkness and that seems to be the place the evil spirit lived when he was alive.
This could go anyway now. I'm worried about what will happen, but I'm hoping that Izark and Noriko will get to be together in the end....more
In Ennamarna, Izark is able to hold off the army from Donya and saves the city from being taken over. Things start to go wrong when RachefMy Thoughts:
In Ennamarna, Izark is able to hold off the army from Donya and saves the city from being taken over. Things start to go wrong when Rachef kidnaps Noriko, though. He thinks that by having her with him, he can find the thing that he has always lacked. What he doesn't realize is that what he lacks is love and you can't force a person to give that to you. So when Noriko rejects him, he gets pissed and hacks off some of her hair. Tazasheena is upset that Rachef won't see her as anything other than an underling and goes to set Noriko free. Only, I don't think she realized that Noriko would be able to synchronize with the chimos and get away. True, it could have killed her, but thanks to the spirits and Irk, she's able to survive, though she is really weak right now.
It isn't long before Rachef, Gorya and Keimos come after them, though. Izark heads out to confront them and gets drawn into a fight with Keimos. Keimos is really looking rough these days. All he continues to care about is defeating Izark and now he looks like a monster.
Izark is determined to not be taken over by the sky demon. I hope he can keep in control. Will Noriko be able to help him?...more
The End is here! The darkness that has pursued Noriko and her tortured warrior Izark descends full force as their corrupt enemies in the goveSynopsis:
The End is here! The darkness that has pursued Noriko and her tortured warrior Izark descends full force as their corrupt enemies in the government stage a last coup. With Noriko bedridden, Izark must fight alone, but help may come from an unexpected source.
Still, even if they survive, the prophecy can no longer be avoided. The time of the Sky Demon has come--and no one is ready for the final revelation. Will Noriko truly be the death of her first and only love? Find out all the answers and much more in the incredible conclusion to this epic manga.
This is the last volume of the series. I've both dreaded and wanted it. Dreaded it because the series is over and wanted it because I wanted to see Noriko and Izark overcome the prophecy that said they could only be a force for evil and destruction. The really were able to do it, too. They've even opened the doorway to the world of light. It was a really good ending. Everyone is working together to oust the corrupt officials from their positions in the various countries that the characters come from.
It's kind of a shame what happened to Rachef, but I think that in the end, Noriko and Izark got through to him. Perhaps his soul will find peace.
I think the way the issue of Noriko's family was handled well. I never would have thought of that outcome. The only thing I would have liked is to maybe get a glimpse of their future. I'd love to see these two as parents. Overall, though, I'm quite pleased with the way things turned out....more
Acclaimed author Kresley Cole introduces a sizzling new series with this tale of a fierce werewolf and a bewitching vampire—unlikely soul matSynopsis:
Acclaimed author Kresley Cole introduces a sizzling new series with this tale of a fierce werewolf and a bewitching vampire—unlikely soul mates whose passion will test the boundaries of life and death.
A mythic warrior who'll stop at nothing to possess her...
After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.
A vampire captured by her wildest fantasy...
Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents—until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae—and their notorious dark desires—ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.
An all-consuming desire...
Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?
I absolutely loved this book! It came as quite a shock to me because I was convinced that I wouldn't after reading reviews months ago where people said that the hero may as well have raped the heroine. Plus, I was expecting a whole lot of sappiness. Now, there were some scenes where what Lachlain made Emma do were questionable, but not so that it made me feel uncomfortable.
I will say, Kresley Cole sure knows how to write some overbearing alpha males, but man can they be sweet. Like Nikolai, Lachlain had his issues with his mate, but when he finally realizes that she's worth getting past his issues for, he had a tendency to try to forbid her from doing anything even a little dangerous. I get that, really I do, but I couldn't blame Emma for her frustration over it. I still thought it was sweet, though. Lachlain is certainly not perfect, but that is one smexy Lykae!
Emma was so timid in the beginning, but her sassy side came out soon enough. She was terrified of so much and considering how guarded she'd been, there really wasn't much of a reason for her not to be such a scaredy cat all the time. Unlike her Valkyrie aunts, Emma had never gone hunting for vamps or ghouls. Annika had promised Helen that the Horde would never get Emma and so, she never did much of anything save for that she took night classes at Tulane. So the fact that she'd gone to Paris on her own to learn more about her parents was the bravest thing she'd done. Until she met Lachlain, who despite hating her initially, insisted she was his mate and that she travel to Scotland with him.
I really loved watching them get closer. Though they had a tendency to take one step forward and then two steps back for quite some time before they finally accepted that they were meant to be together. Too bad outside forces were like, "Hell no to that!" The Valkyrie show up to take Emma back, but then some vampires show up and decide Emma has to go with them. And she does. And commences with some badassness. Although, that scene was powerful in more than one way. I was glad she got to have that moment. I actually felt sorry for the guy. Even after what he'd done. Insanity is not fun times, apparently.
I was happy to see Nikolai and Myst again, too. I smirked when Nikolai talked his way into being allowed to marry Myst. The Valkyrie can't touch him now. I really loved the way he and Lachlain tolerate each other, too. Speaking of which, I hope Garreth can convince Lucia to be with him. After what he went through, he deserves some kind of consideration...
I've a feeling this series is going to be one of my favorites. Why the hell had I avoided it for so long?!...more
Oh man! Damn that ending! Now I HAVE to see what will happen next.
I found myself drawn into this book despite wondering if I would like it at all. ThoOh man! Damn that ending! Now I HAVE to see what will happen next.
I found myself drawn into this book despite wondering if I would like it at all. Those mean girls were some grade A bitches. I seriously wanted Monica and Gina dead.
Bet if Claire's parents found out about this crazy assed town, they'd wish they had sent her to a further away school like MIT. Now she's stuck living in a town with vampires and in the house of a dead boy. Who now seems to be twice dead. Poor Michael. He did not deserve that.
And so that's why Shane came back to town. He sure has plenty of secrets.
In this volume, Sakuya manages to rescue Aine from his half-brother and send the guy packing. I don't care if Ralph suddenly wishes someonMy Thoughts:
In this volume, Sakuya manages to rescue Aine from his half-brother and send the guy packing. I don't care if Ralph suddenly wishes someone would love him the way Sakuya and Aine love each other, I'll always hate that guy.
Things start looking up for our couple with Ralph gone. They're feeling kind of happy. Sakuya even puts Aine on a cock diet when she has writer's block until she gets her mojo back. It works oh so well, too.
Next thing you know, Sasaki tells Sakuya that he can't refuse the request for him to do a mini-series co-starring with an actress that he has a past history with. At first, Aine is insecure about it, but the more time she spends with Sakuya, the more she's beginning to truly feel comfortable in their relationship.
Ayako, on the other hand, is soooooo not happy with Aine hanging around Sakuya all the time. She basically sics her assistant on Aine to try to get her thrown off the set of the TV shoot and then has her dig up information on Aine's background. Of course, she ends up discovering Lucifer's best kept secret. What does this mean? Blackmail of course!...more
As a budding poet and lyricist, Aine is on her way to an audition one fateful afternoon. Absentmindedly stepping into the street, she barelySynopsis:
As a budding poet and lyricist, Aine is on her way to an audition one fateful afternoon. Absentmindedly stepping into the street, she barely avoids getting struck by an oncoming vehicle. Not only is the cute teenager lucky to be alive, but her brush with death turns out to be a date with destiny. The driver of the car just happens to be Sakuya, the charismatic and fabulously handsome lead singer for a band called Lucifer. In short order, Sakuya and his crew compose a song using Aine's lyrics. The tune proves popular with the band's fans and Sakuya decides he wants a relationship, both professional and personal, with Aine. There's only one small requirement: The lyrics Aine writes must be erotically charged. And guess what? Sakuya fully intends to introduce the young and inexperienced girl into the world of sensual delights. Does Sakuya actually care for Aine, or is she just another sexual conquest for him? Will Aine fulfill her dreams and become a professional lyricist, or has she simply sold her soul to Lucifer?
In this volume, we find out the origin of Sakuya's blue eyes and a little bit about how sad his childhood was. We also meet his half-brother. That man is awful. I hate him. There's nothing redeemable about him. He just keeps escalating all because he wants to keep his power. As if Sakuya would want anything from that family, anyway!
We actually get a love confession right at the very beginning of this volume as it picks up right where volume 1 leaves off. Aine and Sakuya fall pretty hard and fast for each other, but they still have a long, hard road to walk what with Sakuya being a big name rockstar and Aine is the band's secret lyricist. Things get difficult for them when Ralph decides he wants to steal Aine away from Sakuya and he does whatever he can to get her away from him as well as away from Lucifer. Really, the guy is just a dick.
Meanwhile, Aine and Sakuya do end up deepening their relationship. They are pretty sweet and cute together. Not to mention hot. I love it when they're all over each other. I just hate that people keep trying to use them against each other.
As a budding poet and lyricist, Aine is on her way to an audition one fateful afternoon. Absentmindedly stepping into the street, she barelySynopsis:
As a budding poet and lyricist, Aine is on her way to an audition one fateful afternoon. Absentmindedly stepping into the street, she barely avoids getting struck by an oncoming vehicle. Not only is the cute teenager lucky to be alive, but her brush with death turns out to be a date with destiny. The driver of the car just happens to be Sakuya, the charismatic and fabulously handsome lead singer for a band called Lucifer. In short order, Sakuya and his crew compose a song using AineÅfs lyrics. The tune proves popular with the bandÅfs fans and Sakuya decides he wants a relationship, both professional and personal, with Aine. ThereÅfs only one small requirement: The lyrics Aine writes must be erotically charged. And guess what? Sakuya fully intends to introduce the young and inexperienced girl into the world of sensual delights. Does Sakuya actually care for Aine, or is she just another sexual conquest for him? Will Aine fulfill her dreams and become a professional lyricist, or has she simply sold her soul to Lucifer?
I remember when I first started this series way back in like 2005 or something. I was shocked by how racy it was! At the time, I was still new to reading manga and didn't really realize just how many different genres it covered because I was so used to the usual shoujo. I didn't realize then that the stories could be on the more adult side outside of yaoi, yuri and hentai. I know better now, but reading this again does bring back memories of when I was such a newb to this subculture.
Just in rereading this volume, I've already realized how much I've forgotten about this series. The last volume of this came out in the states way back in 2007 (seriously?!), so that means it's been seven years since I've read it. That's somewhat surprising and somewhat not. I've read so much manga since then, it isn't even funny, but this one was one of the earliest series I'd ever started collecting so it's on the special side to me.
I'd seriously forgotten just how bad things got for Aine immediately after she met Sakuya. She was bullied brutally. In more than one case, she's really lucky that Sakuya showed up when he did. Aine isn't totally kickass in this volume, but she does have her moments. I love the way she took charge over the concept for Lucifer's new music video despite not realizing that their manager is just trying to find whatever method he can use against her to make her feel pressured into quitting as the band's lyricist. I'd really forgotten that that guy is a dick.
I'd also forgotten just how quickly Sakuya fell for Aine. I didn't remember that he wasn't just toying with her in order to get erotic lyrics out of her. He's actually quite the gentleman at times (though definitely naughty) and he can act like the kid that he still is. He'll need to be strong for Aine because this world is really new to her. Not to mention scary. Sakuya's fans are insane.
I'm not sure what made me want to reread this series again. I think it's because I was reading Midnight Secretary last week. I wanted some grownup manga to mix it up with all of the shoujo. Plus, I saw it on my shelf after moving some things around and only just remembered that it was one of the series I'd brought with me when I moved out of my parents place few years back. That must mean I'd been planning on reading it again at some point. Well, I guess now is that point....more
Ayako Sakura continues to behave badly in this volume. Sakuya and Aine put that bitch in her place, though. It takes some doing, but she fMy Thoughts:
Ayako Sakura continues to behave badly in this volume. Sakuya and Aine put that bitch in her place, though. It takes some doing, but she finally backs off.
Once she's gone, though, another obstacle pops up! A band that's beginning to do as well as Lucifer has one screwed up frontman. And this guy develops a liking for Aine. You'll have to read the volume to find out what his damage is, but this dude could be trouble. Sakuya even ends up in a fistfight with him!
Aine feels bad for the guy, but since I don't remember what's coming next, I hope she doesn't let him play her!...more
Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for magic…
One moment magic dominates, and cars stall and guns fail. The next, technologySynopsis:
Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for magic…
One moment magic dominates, and cars stall and guns fail. The next, technology takes over and the defensive spells no longer protect your house from monsters. Here skyscrapers topple under onslaught of magic; werebears and werehyenas prowl through the ruined streets; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds.
In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, she must choose to do nothing and remain safe or to pursue his preternatural killer. Hiding is easy, but the right choice is rarely easy…
It's been about two years since I originally read this series. I knew I'd forgotten a bit, but it turns out that I'd actually forgotten a lot. Now that book 6 is finally out, I really needed a refresher, so here I am re-reading the series from the start for the first time and enjoying it the same as I did when I first read it.
A lot of people tend to say that they have a hard time getting into the series because the first book bores them. There's a lot of world-building going on in this book and not much really happens, so the pace feels a bit slow. For me, though, I don't find it the least bit boring. I was riveted all over again despite all of Kate's bumbling about it. I think I liked it because Kate is trying to investigate for the first time. She's lost her last personal tie and she needs to make someone pay for that. She does her best, but man does she make some missteps and the whole time, the truth is right there in her face. I didn't fault her for it because she acknowledges when she messes up. But she always does the right thing.
I love Kate. I love the quips she makes. I love that she doesn't run away screaming even when she probably should. I'd forgotten how many injuries she tends to collect. She does have that personality trait that I find pretty much every UF heroine and hero to have of taking all responsibility for situations gone wrong and people dying onto her shoulders, though. Not every bad thing that happens is your fault, Kate. Maybe you should have figured it out sooner, but you didn't. Not your fault.
I enjoyed seeing Kate and Curran get under each other's skin all over again, too. They really couldn't stand each other in the beginning. They just clash and clash. But we all know they want to jump each other's bones. I'd actually forgotten how scary Curran could be when he's pissed off, too. I love it when his eyes flare gold. Man, have I missed that alpha. Curran is the reason I love werecats so much and was one of the first really alpha male characters that I fell for when I started in on UF in earnest. It seems that he still remains one of the top favorites even after all of the books that I've read since I started this series two years ago. Gotta love that Beast Lord.
I'm so looking forward to continuing my re-read of the series and I'm gonna jump right into it....more
Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits-talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead. The ghosts of tSynopsis:
Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits-talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead. The ghosts of the dead aren’t usually dangerous; they just like to talk... a lot. The undead are another matter.
Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires. But when the bloodsucking Mafioso she escaped three years ago finds Cassie again with vengeance on his mind, she’s forced to turn to the vampire Senate for protection. The undead senators won’t help her for nothing, and Cassie finds herself working with one of their most powerful members, a dangerously seductive master vampire-and the price he demands may be more than Cassie is willing to pay...
It's been two years since I originally read this. There's a lot that I've forgotten. Rereading this, I can understand why so many people have trouble with this book. There is a lot of info dumping about how the supernatural world works and what Cassie has been able to do with her abilities until now. The time jumping and body swapping can be confusing, but reading this a second time made it not so hard to follow this time since I already understood the way Cassie's power works. Still, I enjoyed this every bit as much the second time as I did the first time.
I found myself still enjoying Cassie immensely. She's very practical and why she isn't always the brightest bulb in the room, I like her attitude. She won't just sit around waiting to be used. Before agreeing to do something, she acknowledges that it's preferable to losing her life. Cassie is mostly capable, but she's been thrust into a situation and some new powers that she has no idea how to handle. Because of that, I can't fault her for how she sometimes fails to pick things up. Though she does seem naive at times, despite thinking the same of others. She's quick to believe the sybil taken by Rasputin is acting under duress and not to mention taking Tomas in so easily before she'd gotten found. Other times, she can be somewhat cynical.
I enjoyed meeting the various characters all over again. Especially Pritkin. The first time I read this book in 2011, I hated Pritkin's guts. He was so judgmental and obviously knew nothing about how the vamp world worked. Plus, he tried to off Cassie. I didn't hate him this time through because I know how his character develops over the series and I'm madly in love with Pritkin. He's obviously a bit nuts, though. And seems to have a bit of a death wish. He's obviously on the powerful side, though Mircea seems to be able to match him well enough. Reading that scene again makes me wonder who would win if Mircea and Pritkin really went at it.
I liked meeting Mircea again, too. I remember that at the beginning of the series, I liked Mircea. That seduction scene and then the scene when he and Cassie went back in time helped quite a bit. Plus, for a vamp, he seemed pretty damned honest. I wanted Cassie to hook up with him. It's funny now the way I feel about their relationship. Still, I really liked Mircea in the beginning and I still do. He's pretty awesome and powerful and scary. A good guy to have on your side. Even if he doesn't quite tell the entire truth and has to follow orders someone else gives him.
And then there was Tomas. I liked him, despite his duplicity when he was living with Cassie. Then he had to go and pull the stunt he pulled. And when he told them why he agreed to it, I was with Cassie: how could he be that stupid?
Overall, I still find this a good first book in a series. I was hooked all over again. This series is definitely still a favorite of mine....more
Wow! Definitely a book of the high fantasy variety, but the characters were easy to relate to. And, despite some of my issues with changes to Vin's chWow! Definitely a book of the high fantasy variety, but the characters were easy to relate to. And, despite some of my issues with changes to Vin's character that seemed to happen a little too quickly, a little too easily, I loved this book.
So much happened and I have to say that the concept of Allomancy was just so very original. I'd love to be able to do some of those things. Especially since certain metals get ingested all the time. What a way to work that into building the magic system for this world. Those battles were all the more interesting for the use of Allomancy. Especially (view spoiler)[the battle near the end where Kelsier fights against the Inquisitor (hide spoiler)].
I loved Kelsier, Vin, Sazed and Elend. Dockson, too. I loved that we got POVs from nearly all of the characters. The truth of what was really being told in those parts at the start of every chapter was so shocking. They made me want to like the Lord Ruler. I was all "wow!" over what those words really meant. When Vin whispered that name near the end and that reaction happened, I was shocked. That had actually been a possibility for me, but I thought I had to be wrong. That was still a major shock for me. Not to mention all of the other major shocks. Those last few chapters were a whole lot of "omg!"
Anyway, I will definitely have to read the other two books in this trilogy. Things are a-changing, but there were still some secrets left undiscovered and questions unanswered. Vin did something everyone, herself included, thought impossible and quite a lot of the skaa saw her do it. I can only imagine that now she will have some uncomfortable times ahead.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Sometimes the price of destiny is higher than anyone imagined....
Dark Magic, Hidden Destiny
For three centuries a divine prophecy and a line oSynopsis:
Sometimes the price of destiny is higher than anyone imagined....
Dark Magic, Hidden Destiny
For three centuries a divine prophecy and a line of warrior queens protected Skala. But the people grew complacent and Erius, a usurper king, claimed his young half sister’s throne.
Now plague and drought stalk the land, war with Skala’s ancient rival Plenimar drains the country’s lifeblood, and to be born female into the royal line has become a death sentence as the king fights to ensure the succession of his only heir, a son. For King Erius the greatest threat comes from his own line — and from Illior’s faithful, who spread the Oracle’s words to a doubting populace.
As noblewomen young and old perish mysteriously, the king’s nephew — his sister’s only child — grows toward manhood. But unbeknownst to the king or the boy, strange, haunted Tobin is the princess’s daughter, given male form by a dark magic to protect her until she can claim her rightful destiny.
Only Tobin’s noble father, two wizards of Illior, and an outlawed forest witch know the truth. Only they can protect young Tobin from a king’s wrath, a mother’s madness, and the terrifying rage of her brother’s demon spirit, determined to avenge his brutal murder....
It took no time at all for me to get sucked into this story. Once Iya and Arkoniel had had their visions, I was hooked. I had to know how this was going to play out. Especially once they were making their way with Lhel to Atyion the night Ariani was giving birth to her twins. I just knew what they were going to do, but had to see it. They may have protected the girl child like they believed, but they created something quite unexpected that night. And then left the people of the house to deal with it. That was so wrong. At least Lhel stuck around to help as much as could be helped. It still left things in quite the shambles, though.
After everything went down, Ariani was quite mad and everyone was terrified of the ghost. Tobin didn't get to be child properly because of it. He was happy enough, at first, but he was frightened of his mother, the ghost would pinch him and push him around, his father was often away and he didn't get to do things other children did. They protected him as if he were glass. The funny thing about it is that most of the people in the house had no idea as to why. The household was mostly okay despite Ariani and her weirdness. She did suddenly start acting somewhat normal again at some point, though. I never did figure out what that was all about. Why did she suddenly want to be a mother to her remaining child? I understood her madness. What was done to the boy twin was horrible. I just wish she hadn't scared and neglected Tobin so badly. By the time she'd started coming around, it was too late. The king came for a visit and suddenly she was dead. (view spoiler)[I still want to know how she went out of that window. No way she jumped on purpose. Not with the way she screamed. I do think that she was going to jump along with Tobin, but it didn't work out that way. Who pulled Tobin back inside when he was about to fall? The only other one there was Brother and at that point, no way would he have saved Tobin. (hide spoiler)]
After that, things just kept falling apart. In his grief, Rhius let things deteriorate around the house and was away even more often. That last part was the king's doing. At least it was explained as to why. It sucks what happened to Rhius, though. I felt awful for Tobin, then. Everything changed after that. Suddenly, it was time to go to Ero and join the Royal Companions. That whole experience was a mixture of fun and teenage antics. Some of those little bastards were mean and Orun isn't the least bit trustworthy. I'm not sure what I think of Korin, yet. He seems nice enough, but he's a douche when he's drunk, which he often is. A few of them seem to be pretty nice, though. The rest of them can go kick rocks. Not to mention Niryn. I hate that guy for what he's been doing to wizards. It's because of him that Tobin has to live the way he does. Whispering things in the king's ear. The man is a snake. I'm hoping something bad happens to him. He has it coming.
In the end, Tobin learns the terrible truth and learns it in the worst way possible. Why they didn't foresee this possibility is beyond me. Tobin is a girl. OF course she was going to have a period at some point! Guess they thought the magic was strong enough to block it. Silly. It drove me nuts that the book ends almost right after the truth comes out. If I'd had to wait for the next release, I'd have been mad. I wasn't planning on reading straight through, but now, I have to. I'm excited about and dreading finding what will happen now.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Master spies Seregil and Alec are no strangers to peril. Their assignments, nightrunning for wizards and nobles, have led them into manSynopsis:/b>
Master spies Seregil and Alec are no strangers to peril. Their assignments, nightrunning for wizards and nobles, have led them into many deadly situations. But sometimes the greatest danger can lurk beneath a traitor's moon.
Wounded heroes of a catalysmic battle, Seregil and Alec have spent the past wo years in self-imposed exile, far from the bitter memories there. But as the war rages on, their time of peace is shattered by a desperate summons from Queen Idrilain, asking them to aid her daughter on a misstion to Aurenen, the very land from which Seregil was exiled in his youth. Here, in this fabled realm of magic and honor, he must at last confront the demons of his dark past, even as Alec discovers an unimagined heritage. And caught between Skala's desperate need and the ancient intrigues of the Aurenfaie, they soon find themselves snared in a growing web of treachery and betrayal.
I totally loved this one. The intrigue and all of the plotting. The secrets and betrayals. And the hearts of two of my favorite characters all mixed in besides. This series is easy for me to love. I knew that his journey back to Auranen would be difficult for Seregil and it so was. Nevertheless, he and Alec learned quite a bit about themselves while there. Not to mention getting into all kinds of trouble. Fortunately, things seemed to have worked out for now, but there remain characters that I just know are treacherous. I hope my boys don't have to suffer too much more in the future....more