I enjoyed Steel Scars so much yesterday that I went back and read Queen Song, which I had completely forgotten to read in my blogging hiatus.
Queen SonI enjoyed Steel Scars so much yesterday that I went back and read Queen Song, which I had completely forgotten to read in my blogging hiatus.
Queen Song tells us the story of Coriane's rise to royalty as her family attempts to gain a more favorable position among Nortan lords, and Prince Tiberius (or Tibe as she comes to call him) begins courting her. But court is a dangerous place, and even the thoughts in Coriane's head aren't safe, turned into terrible nightmares.
This novella was beautifully written, and the underlying theme of mental illness was incredibly powerful. I spent the whole time I was reading wondering whether Coriane was just unstable or if Elara was actually manipulating Coriane's thoughts.
I honestly couldn't find a single thing wrong with this novella. I wish there was another one before Glass Sword comes out!...more
Instead of being told from Mare Barrow’s perspective, Steel Scars is told from the perspective of Farley (code name: Lamb), a Captain in the Scarlet Guard, which is fighting for equality for Reds.
In Steel Scars, the Scarlet Guard wants to extend its revolution from Lakeland into Norta. The story goes back and forth between Farley’s first-person POV and coded messages being passed between Farley and the Scarlet Guard as she sets up a web of contacts in Norta.
This novella was a great read, and I really enjoyed the background on the Scarlet Guard and Farley’s life. I give Steel Scars four out of five stars, and I’m really looking forward to the release of Glass Sword next month!
I’m not going to lie, I was kind of disappointed by Ruins. Now, this is probably partially (haha) because I loved Partials and Fragments so much, so tI’m not going to lie, I was kind of disappointed by Ruins. Now, this is probably partially (haha) because I loved Partials and Fragments so much, so the bar was set pretty high.
First complaint: The jumping around between different POVs made this book a lot harder to follow than either of its predecessors.
The plot, albeit slow to develop, was definitely still good. It did feel like there were too many plot lines crammed into this book — maybe this could have been a tetralogy instead of a trilogy? Overall, I really loved how Dan Wells made humans and Partials reliant on each other for survival, but I wasn’t a fan of how this was discovered/revealed.
Kira felt like a bit of a Mary Sue to me in this book. In my reviews of both Partials and Fragments, I had nothing but good things to say about Kira’s character development. But in Ruins, she sort of fell off the deep end for me. I found this smart, sassy, badass heroine to be a whiny teenager who for some reason had taken it upon herself to be the self-proclaimed leader of the human race and the savior of the world (cue: YA heroine syndrome). It was just kind of sad because I really liked Kira throughout the Partials Sequence, and leaving it on that note kind of left me with a bad taste in my mouth about the whole series.
I'll start off by saying that Snow Like Ashes left some pretty big shoes to fill, and although I liked Ice Like Fire, it didn't exactly live up to the precedent that was set.
After sixteen years of struggling to find herself among the Winterian refugees, Meira has retaken her homeland and claimed her rightful throne as the Queen of Winter. But while the Winterians have reclaimed their homeland, they aren't back on their feet yet. King Noam is demanding repayment for the support Cordell provided Winter against Spring.
While delving into Winter's mines for resources to pay Cordell, the Winterians accidentally unearth an ancient magic chasm. Theron tries to convince Meira that this is an opportunity to unleash the ancient magic and give everyone in Primoria equal access to use magic, but Meira only sees power that can be abused by someone like Angra again.
While it didn't quite live up to its predecessor, Ice Like Fire was still a solid followup to Snow Like Ashes. Raasch is a great writer, and I'm really looking forward to the next installment of this series. I'd give Ice Like Fire four out of five stars, and I would recommend it to high fantasy readers of all ages!