Vin is a street kid in a thief crew who sometimes uses a bit of Luck to persuade situations to go well. Kelsier is a man with many secrets, the only kVin is a street kid in a thief crew who sometimes uses a bit of Luck to persuade situations to go well. Kelsier is a man with many secrets, the only known survivor of the Lord Ruler's worst prison: the Pits, and the leader of a team of thieves who have an insane job to pull off: bringing down the Empire. Kelsier and Vin are also the only 2 members of the team who are Mistborn: able to use all 10 basic metals to manipulate the world around them, a magic called Allomancy.
They're not in it alone, nor are they in it just for the money (there's supposed to be a vast store of atium--a rare and extremely pricey metal--in the Treasury.) They want to bring about a better life for the thousands of skaa--peasants treated as slaves--throughout the Empire. Kelsier has personal reasons for revenge. Vin...well, she may just be along for the ride at first, but as she experiences trust and acceptance for the first time in her life, along with training in Allomancy, she becomes a pivotal player. If only they can bring all the pieces together at the right time to make it work. Otherwise, they'll all be dead.
It's been awhile since I've had an epic fantasy book like this that I could really get lost in. Strong characterizations, cool magic system(s), and exciting plot. I'm hooked! Bring on the next!
There are fight scenes and some bloody executions. No bad language or sex scenes....more
Carlo is a dreamer, and to his extremely practical and punctual accountant of an uncle, that means he is a disaster. He mixes up accounts because hisCarlo is a dreamer, and to his extremely practical and punctual accountant of an uncle, that means he is a disaster. He mixes up accounts because his head is filled with tales of wonder. He goes to run errand and doesn't come back for a long time. Then in a short period of time, everything comes to a head: Carlo finds an ancient treasure map inside a secondhand book that was given to him, and his uncle kicks him out.
Carlo decides this is the perfect opportunity for him to see the world and yes, find some treasure! Off he goes on his big adventure. Along the way, he collects a few companions, who (mostly) help him on his way. He also makes some fearsome enemies. He may even fall in love. As for the treasure...well, that remains to be seen.
4.5 stars. Lloyd Alexander is a master storyteller. Carlo is a character with a lot to prove--pretty much everyone back home thinks he's a fool. As he goes on this journey, he figures out who he really is and what he really wants. In short, he grows up. The villains and plot are a bit predictable, but no less entertaining for all that. As for his companions, it was worth reading the book just to see how many names of veneration Baksheesh the camel-puller could come up with for Carlo: "Paragon of Perseverance" and "Ocean of Gratitude," were among my favorites. ...more
Early and Jubilation (Jubie) live with their mom and dad in a happy home full of words, love, and fun. Then their dad disappears one day. No-one seemsEarly and Jubilation (Jubie) live with their mom and dad in a happy home full of words, love, and fun. Then their dad disappears one day. No-one seems to believe that he wouldn't just leave. Then their home is broken into and Summer and the kids are threatened. They have to leave for a shelter.
As the family adjusts to life without their dad and shelter life, they each must hold fast--to hope, to the truth of what they know about their dad, and to each other.
Balliet weaves a powerful tale, of a family experiencing loss, the power of language and words, and the thin thread that many other things hinge on--and what happens when that thread snaps.
While it still had elements of a mystery, this was a change of pace from her series where the kids solve mysteries together. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
As far as read-aloud potential--I think it would be great in another couple of years. I'm sure it would open up many good discussions. ...more
Rose lives with her dad, and a stray dog he brought home for her as a gift. She has Asperger's and loves homonyms. She struggles in school, and she stRose lives with her dad, and a stray dog he brought home for her as a gift. She has Asperger's and loves homonyms. She struggles in school, and she struggles with her dad, too. He doesn't always know how to handle her outbursts, and often spends his time down at the bar. Her uncle helps out where he can, but sometimes his help causes her dad to lash out even more.
Then one stormy night, her dog Rain (Reign, Rein) gets lost. Rose is desperate to find her dog, but her dad doesn't seem to understand how important it is to her. So she starts to search by herself, and recruits her uncle to help, as well. Soon even her classmates are caught up in the missing dog story. Rose slowly begins to makes some connections beyond her family. Those connections will have to be enough to see her through the tough decision she has to make when she does finally find Rain.
Heather and Picket's peaceful world is turned upside down when their home is overrun by wolves. Danger looms around every turn. Even when they reach aHeather and Picket's peaceful world is turned upside down when their home is overrun by wolves. Danger looms around every turn. Even when they reach a safe haven--for the time being--they have to face hostility from the inhabitants, as well as they after-effects of their traumatic escape. Then they find out about their family's role in some of the key events of the past. Suddenly, the hostility and anger makes sense. Now they have to figure out what to do about it and how to redeem the family name.
Rabbits with swords. If you liked the Redwall series, this one will be right up your alley. It is much shorter than those, by the way.
It had more depth than I was expecting. Heather and Pickett both grow and change, as do several other characters. It had moments of suspense and tension, interspersed with more ordinary problems to face. It came to a satisfying conclusion. Now I'll have to get my hands on the next....more
The MacGregor and Campbell clans have been feuding for 8 years now, with no end in sight. Then, with the help of a traitor, the MacGregors capture theThe MacGregor and Campbell clans have been feuding for 8 years now, with no end in sight. Then, with the help of a traitor, the MacGregors capture the leader-elect of the Campbell clan--Niall Campbell. However, a debt of honor must be repaid, so rather than killing him, Anne MacGregor and Niall Campbell are married--or "handfasted," a trial marriage of 1 year. The new bond between the clans is a weak one, at best, as the Campbell's think Anne's a witch (she's a healer) and she meets with hostility on almost every side. Of course, there's also the traitor still to be dealt with--if Niall can figure out who he is.
If you want a romance that hits all the clichés, pick this one up. Strong, hairy, brooding hero who is secretly vulnerable; Slim, beautiful, fiery, sassy heroine who won't be told what to do; healer persecuted as a witch; etc. It's clean-ish: only kissing, but lots of talk of burning desire and such. ...more
All Milo wants is a cozy Christmas with his parents in their Smuggler's Inn of a house. Usually, that's what they get anyway. For some reason, though,All Milo wants is a cozy Christmas with his parents in their Smuggler's Inn of a house. Usually, that's what they get anyway. For some reason, though, more and more guests keep coming this year. Not only that, many of the guests seem to recognize each other--and not in a happy way, either.
Before long, some of the guests' personal items go missing. Tempers flare. The cook's daughter, Meddy, and Milo decide to investigate while playing a role-playing game. There is much more to this Christmas gathering than meets the eye.
I liked this one. The house itself is as much a character, in some ways, as the guests. I liked Milo's friendship with Meddy and his relationship with his parents. Weaving in the story of Milo's adoption and how that makes him feel adds another interesting layer to it all. Well done. ...more
I haven't read this one since I was kid. It was charming. The 4 children take such good care of each other. Reading it with an adult's perspective, II haven't read this one since I was kid. It was charming. The 4 children take such good care of each other. Reading it with an adult's perspective, I appreciated how their survival still made sense. They weren't just on their own foraging in the woods. They did a little foraging, but mainly Henry, the oldest boy, is a hard worker and gets a job--the money from which he uses to buy food for them. The oldest girl is able to tend a fire and cook the food.
The doctor and his family watch over the children and are there for them when things go downhill. Their grandfather is kind and willing to give them time to get to know him.
Yes! My kids were all enthralled. I can see many games of "Boxcar Children" in our future. Also, this is one I can see us re-reading at some point. ...more