This book thoroughly exceeded my expectations. I loved The Lost Prince, but I think it was still missing something that the original four Iron Fey booThis book thoroughly exceeded my expectations. I loved The Lost Prince, but I think it was still missing something that the original four Iron Fey books had. Then I didnt even give Julie Kagawa's Blood of Eden books 5-stars. I enjoy them but they dont even come close to how much I love The Iron Fey. But The Iron Traitor has everything that I ever loved about The Iron Fey.
The sense of adventure and of being on a mission was very strong in this book. Every step they took had a purpose. The story didnt wander around at all. Even if Ethan didnt always agree with their mission's purpose, and even if they failed in the end, it still took them somewhere important.
I really enjoyed getting to know all the characters better in this book, even Ethan. He was the MC so we got to know him pretty well in book 1, but I am really impressed with him now; with how loyal he is to Keirran despite everything (well, I dont know about after the ending, but we'll see), with how he treats Kenzie. The amount of romance was increased quie a bit from book 1. Ethan may be an asshole to most people, but really, he is a wonderful person inside who will always be there for you. Kenzie is pretty badass, and yeah, she reminds me of Meghan. :P Annwyl is a sweetheart and I cant blame Keirran for falling in love with her. I hope to see more of her in the future.
Then there is Keirran. *sigh* Keirran, Keirran. What can I say about you? Keirran is just what you would imagine the son of Meghan and Ash to be like. He is polite, kind, loyal, brave, fierce, unstoppable, loves passionately, and he is totally hot. Whatever is happening to him, I cant hold it against him. I feel so sorry for him, and afraid for him. I dont know what is happening to him, but it cant be the amulet that is stealing his soul, since he was acting strangely since book 1 when he did not save Ethan from the Forgotten. Although, perhaps the amulet is making it worse. It could have something to do with his parentage. The curse of crossbreeding Fae. It reminds me of Perry's family's curse in Under the Never Sky. I love Keirran and Ethan both for different reasons, and I cant really say which I prefer, but I really hope everything turns out ok in the end for both of them.
I love the fact that Ethan has developed his own group of friends and companions with their own strengths and resources, and he doesnt have to rely on his sister. But I also love the fact that Meghan and her friends are still around and willing to help if they are needed. Meghan wasnt in it too much, but I loved seeing Ash, especially in his role as a father. When he told Keirran that he understood how he felt, how he needed to do anything to save Annwyl, I nearly cried. Grimalkin was...well, Grimalkin. But Puck was in this the most out of the old characters and he was great. I couldnt help but smile the whole time he was around. And he risked his neck for Meghan's brother and son on more than one occasion. I cant help but wonder if he still loves her, or if he is just doing it for a friend.
The result of all of this is an incredible addition to The Iron Fey saga that did not disappoint me in the slightest and I cannot wait for book 3. I dont know if it will be the last in the series, but if it is, well, my heart is racing just at the anticipation of all that is going to happen in the book. I'm sure it will blow my mind!...more
This book did a great job of introducing the history in Destiny's Fire, and even setting up for the future of the series. But it is still its own ama
This book did a great job of introducing the history in Destiny's Fire, and even setting up for the future of the series. But it is still its own amazing story. The two novels dont depend upon each other and you can read one or the other on its own. But I would definitely recommend reading them both because they are amazing. I still slightly prefer Destiny's Fire because it is more my speed. I prefer the fun, fast-pace and the feel of YA romance. Also, Reese is more my type of guy. Astarte's Wrath was darker and felt more like a New Adult. I thought the characters were older and it wasnt until I was finished the book that I looked up how old Caesarion was during the events of the book, and he was 17. Something about the characters and the story made them seem older. I knew they were young, but I was thinking more like 19. Despite their young age and the mild sexual content, I am still listing this as NA.
"Hearing him refer to me as his intended opens my heart like the sea opens to the sky, and I am his."
I have always loved history, and when I was younger I was fascinated by Egypt. I never studied it because I was just a kid, but I had Egypt themed bed sheets and little Egyptian figurines and posters. :P So I really, really enjoyed the setting and I really appreciate all the work Trisha Wolfe put into making this accurate. It really felt authentic and it made it so much easier to just disappear into the story. And the added fantasy elements just made it all the more amazing. I loved the world of the Kythan from Destiny's Fire, and I am even more familiar with it now and its just awesome. Although I feel like I should reread Destiny's Fire because it seems I dont remember it as well as I thought I did.
"Xarion's chest heaves. His bloodied face looks more beautiful than I've ever seen it."
The writing is top-notch and totally captivating, and the story has everything. So much intense action and violence, magic and mythology, romance and heartbreak, and great characters. Star was totally kick-ass! Caesarion was strong and sweet, and Phoenix was funny and loyal. I loved them all! Although I prefer Reese over Caesarion, I think I prefer Star over Dez.
And the ending was sort of perfect. I can think of ways I would have preferred for it to end, but the ending managed to evoke just the right combination of emotions for it to shake me without leaving me broken. I cried twice, but it was still sort of an HEA. You will just have to read it for yourself to find out. You wont regret it. And I cannot say enough things about how gorgeous the cover is. I absolutely love it! I don't know if the girl is a model or a drawing, but she is freaking gorgeous! Her hair is perfect and shiny, and her lips and her eyes, and the interesting necklace, balanced with the Egyptian background. Love it!
"You're home," he says, his voice stirring all my love. "You're my home."
And thank you so much to Trisha Wolfe for providing this copy of her book to me for review. I love you!...more
This book was amazing, and I did not doubt that it would be. I have only read one otheThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book was amazing, and I did not doubt that it would be. I have only read one other book by Crista McHugh, Tangled Web, but it was enough for me to know that I wanted to read everything by her. This wasnt quite as good imo, but that is just my personal preference. A Soul for Trouble was a bit more light-hearted than Tangled Web, and more of the typical epic fantasy, with wizards, princes, adventure, and romance. Tangled Web was an erotic court intrigue. But they are both extremely riveting, fast-paced stories with kick-ass heroines.
A Soul for Trouble has everything you could want in a fantasy, but its main focus is still the romance. There is a love-triangle between Arden, the barmaid who is suddenly the soulbearer for the exiled god of chaos; Dev, her sworn Elf protector; and Kell, the prince who is doing everything in his power to save her life from charges of witchcraft. I really loved Dev from the moment he appeared on the page, and I didnt understand why Arden took so long to warm up to him. She was mean to him and ungrateful for his protection. And I was like, "Bitch, he's amazing! Shut up!" Haha, I did love Arden too, though. But Kell? It took me pretty much the whole book to warm up to him. And in the end I was just agreeing with Dev--begrudgingly admitting that I would probably respect Kell if he wasnt trying to steal Arden. It reminded me a lot of the love-triangle in Throne of Glass. Powerful girl is wooed by prince's charms, while brooding friend who gives her strength is obviously the better choice. All three have their own POVs, as well as occasional chapters from the villain.
There is no explicit content in this book, and is fairly clean, although I would still categorize it as adult. I cannot wait to read A Soul For Chaos and hopefully see Arden and Dev's relationship develop further. I already bought book 2 and will be starting it immediately. :)...more
I enjoyed this book as much as the first one, if not more. I love a tortured hero. I jThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I enjoyed this book as much as the first one, if not more. I love a tortured hero. I just can't resist them. And Varian is so tortured! :( Poor guy.
It really pisses me off how the Na'Chi are obsessed with physical perfection and socially shun Varian because of his scar, even though he is their leader. Its so not fair. But thank goodness for Kymora! And not just because she is blind. She wouldn't have cared about his scar even if she could see it. She just loved him so much. She is just one of those people who can see the best in someone and never gives up on them no matter what.
And Varian is the same. He thinks only of his people. He would do anything for them, and nothing for himself. He always thinks of them first to the point of it being damaging to his health. Only when he realizes that he might hurt them if he continues neglecting his own well-being does he do something about it. But to be fair, it is only then that he finds out there is something he can do for himself. They are really a power couple. The leader of the Na'Chi and the spiritual leader of the humans. Varian's strength and leadership and Kymora's altruism and faith. I think together they could accomplish anything. I just wish we could have seen more of what they could become.
I also love the world that this book is set in. It has interesting dynamics and I am anxious to see what will happen next. Will they be able to find peace with the rebels and the Na'Reish? The comfort they have found in Sacred Lake is so delicate and there are so many hurdles left to jump before they can completely relax and be able to live their lives.
I also actually really like their deity . She seems nice. :P I love the scenes when she actually speaks to Kymora, and I am so glad that Kymora decided to go for it, and follow her heart and her Lady's path. Its very brave and I am excited to find out how this series will tie up. I really look forward to read Allegiance Sworn and what new things it will bring us. It should be a completely new and exciting experience to see things from a Na'Reishi's POV and I am really looking forward to it. ...more
This book's best feature is easily the original story idea and unique combo of genres. It is in a post-apocalyptic setting, set in Toronto, Canada, apThis book's best feature is easily the original story idea and unique combo of genres. It is in a post-apocalyptic setting, set in Toronto, Canada, approximately 60 years after a cataclysmic war. But despite the futuristic setting, and even before taking Weaver's powers into consideration, it felt like a fantasy in theme, characters, and adventure. With the mysterious, seemingly all-powerful villain, who will likely remain faceless till the end of the series (which is fine, as long as he isnt Weaver's father :P); the boy hero who discovers that he has a power that is the last hope. And Weaver and his friends seem to all have a sense of duty and self-sacrifice in protecting the Shield, which is common in classic fantasy. I am not surprised to see in Najeev Raj Nadarajah's bio that he was inspired by many famous fantasy authors. But this was its own unique new world. Apocalypse by design, where dreams come to life, and fire ignites creatures of nightmare.
The writing style in this was extremely descriptive and had some beautiful imagery. I really enjoyed it for the most part. But sometimes it seemed a bit beyond YA, and a bit word-heavy. And the characters didnt talk like normal 16-18 year olds. It was too formal to seem natural. And some of the characters didnt have enough distinguishing characteristics to tell them apart. Most of them didnt stand out, and I kept mixing them up, despite remembering their names.
But Weaver was a great hero, with great potential. He accomplished much already, with the little knowledge of his power that he has. I cant wait to see what he will accomplish in the future. And I hope to see Toggen there in that future too. I had no problem remembering Toggen. He was a great character, and a great friend, despite denying wanting any friends. He was so loyal and noble, and stoic. Haha, great combo. I cant wait to see what he is capable of either. Considering what faces them in the Dream Eater, they have far to go and much more to do before they are safe and it could be totally epic. I hope it is. I look forward to finding out.
I would like to thank the author for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review....more
It took me a few days to get my thoughts in order on this. And I still dont really feel up to writing a full-length review, so I will quickly just menIt took me a few days to get my thoughts in order on this. And I still dont really feel up to writing a full-length review, so I will quickly just mention a few things.
I ended my review for Throne of Glass with the words, "...my opinion of Celaena has been tainted now. She better treat him [Choal] right." And this book did not make me like her any more. Perhaps I like her even less. She made a lot of bad decisions based on emotion and she just cannot think practically and she is never clear headed. I would not want to live in a world where the fate of anything rested in her hands. Plus, she did not treat Choal well, just as I had feared.
Also, nothing good happened in this book. It was suspenseful and unpredictable and well written, but it contained nothing but sadness. Everyone was just dying, being hurt, betrayed, seperated from loved ones. I am extremely emphatic so it's not hard for me to feel for characters, and the fact that all the sadness makes me nearly physically sick I think crossed a line. If there was only one more book I would just wait until it came out, ask someone if it had an HEA, then read it. But there are 4 more books, so I think I am gonna have to pass on this series, for my health and sanity....more