Having read “Martuk…the Holy” I was very excited to hear that Winn was coming out with a series of short stories that elaborated on certain characters...moreHaving read “Martuk…the Holy” I was very excited to hear that Winn was coming out with a series of short stories that elaborated on certain characters from the book and delved deeper into the mystery that is Martuk.
The Wounded King touches on several generations of Kings and their reign in the ancient city of Uruk, a place immersed in blood rituals, old magic, and the darkest of evils. The Wounded King watches as the same darkness that ruined his grandfather, and then his father, now threatens his very soul as well. There is also his meeting of the “Old Woman, or Ancient”, another character that readers will be craving to learn more about.
I thought that this was the perfect side story meant to enrich the tale of Martuk and it’s intriguing cast of characters and yet it was written in a way that it could completely stand alone. The story of the Wounded King as a young man and what he witnessed as he ascended to a cursed throne was both enthralling and dramatic. Those who have not read Martuk…the Holy will be itching to find out more, and those who have read the novel will be excited to learn more about the story of those characters that helped shape the mysterious life of Martuk.
Winn has a unique style of writing that is not only dark and horrifyingly descriptive, but intensely alluring. The way he combines words to form such powerful images in the mind of the reader is extremely captivating. From the very start of this story I was cringing at the vivid and terrifying world that Winn had created but I couldn’t pull my eyes from the pages for even a moment as they fought to keep up with the trip that my mind was taking.
This was another exciting creation from Jonathan Winn and I’m sure it will be one of many more to come that will soon be among the “Must Read” collections of other truly great authors. (less)
I just finished reading Martuk after starting in on it just 17 hours ago. I did sleep 4 hours before hungrily snatching it up again to finish it. That...moreI just finished reading Martuk after starting in on it just 17 hours ago. I did sleep 4 hours before hungrily snatching it up again to finish it. That is how much I enjoyed this book. I was so pleasantly surprised with this novel, not really knowing anything about it when I made the purchase. I simply bought it because it was recommended to me and Jonathan Winn is a new author so I wanted to give him a chance, and I am so happy that I did.
I'll start with what little negative I could find because I want this to be a helpful review, not only to the readers but to the author as well. The beginning of the book seems like a chaotic dream and left me confused on more than one occasion as to whether I was reading about the present, past, or another dream. I soon decided that this was what the author was going for. I believe he was trying to make it seem just as a dream would...chaotic, and constantly shifting.
I stuck in there and sure enough the layers started to become clear and I couldn't help myself but smile at the genius of it all. My only other comment which, while not meant to be, but could construed as negative, is that it seemed in the first half of the book almost everyone could read thoughts. However, I was not sure that it was an actual gift or if these characters were just very intuitive and I was simply reading too much into it.
That being said, had it taken me longer to read the book I would have most likely forgotten all about those slights and they in no way altered my enjoyment of the book, thus the five stars. Now the positive, although I don't think I have enough space...
This book brought me back to my youth and the stories I had read and learned about the biblical times. To me this was a wonderfully fantastical version of such an ancient and popular story and it re-introduced old characters in a new light. Anyone with no imagination might take affront to this tale and how it differs from the classical version of Christ and what we have all read and know but I found it to be quite fascinating.
The way Winn spun Martuk into the old story was masterful and anyone who knows the scriptures will be at the edge of your seat like I was trying to figure out what influences this character played on those events.
The characters were great, especially Martuk himself. I found myself wondering what he looked like and maybe would have liked a better description of him but then it left more to the imagination and added to the dark mystery that surrounded him.
I could ramble on forever about this book but I don't want to give any more away then I already have.
I leave you with one quote from the book that I just loved and would have used in a query letter to an agent to grab his/her attention.
"Two generations had passed since he stumbled to his death. Two generations since Mary, my Mary, had urged me to 'go and be well'. Two generations since I had killed Judas with a kiss." (less)
I stumbled across this book and loved the cover art so I read the summary and it grabbed my interest. I am so happy now that I picked it up because I...moreI stumbled across this book and loved the cover art so I read the summary and it grabbed my interest. I am so happy now that I picked it up because I absolutely devoured it.
The Vir Requis are a race of men that have the magic of dragonblood flowing through them and they have the ability to shift into dragons at will. The story starts out with a great battle that would be the last stand of the Vir Requis against the humans who hate them. The story follows a young Vir Requis that barely survives that battle and is now hunted by the villain of the story who loathes dragons with every fiber of his being because he was born without the power.
I fell in love with the dragons and their personalities and I hated the villains. The story kept me at the edge of my seat because every time you thought something would finally go right for the "good guys" it would all come falling down on their heads and you would despair again. The story pulled on all of my emotions. The world was vast and vibrant. The creatures were unique.
I longed for more detailed aerial combat but that is just a personal preference and it in no way altered my enjoyment of the story. It was fast paced and flowed perfectly.
I think Arenson did a fantastic job and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. (less)
Another fantastic journey with Saraqael’s Daughters
After reading the first two books in the Daughters of Saraqael series I couldn’t wait to start this...moreAnother fantastic journey with Saraqael’s Daughters
After reading the first two books in the Daughters of Saraqael series I couldn’t wait to start this one and follow Sky and Caleb along their journey. I thoroughly enjoyed discovering what new and fantastic surprises Thomas had woven into this story and was overjoyed with how everything turned out.
This book was masterfully written and will appeal to so many of your senses. As I followed along, grinning all the while, at the romantic and witty dialog between the characters I was always wondering when one of those blasted Mercesti were going to jump out from the shadows and just utterly ruin everything. I was also ridiculously happy with the ending. I actually got Goosebumps several times throughout reading this, and I love that. Even when I thought the ending was going to turn out just how I thought it should, and was excited at that, Thomas threw in a twist that sent my brain sprawling only to regroup even more elated than before.
Raine Thomas spins a tale so enjoyable and easy to read that you would be doing yourself a disservice by not picking it up immediately. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Defy, and I have no doubt that it will be as good, if not better, than the others.
I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a great fantasy. (less)
After reading Becoming; the first book in The Daughters of Saraqael trilogy, and getting to know the three sisters, Amber, Olivia and Skye, I was so e...moreAfter reading Becoming; the first book in The Daughters of Saraqael trilogy, and getting to know the three sisters, Amber, Olivia and Skye, I was so excited to read Central and learn more about the second daughter, Olivia, and her budding romance with James along with the suspense of knowing that something was coming for her.
As a huge fan of action and brutal fight scenes, I was surprised how this book, which has a little less than what I am used to in a fantasy, kept me locked in, to the point where I gave up several hours of much needed sleep two days in a row just to finish it. I think that is a testament as to how good of a story teller Raine Thomas truly is.
The romantic side of me just ate this book up. I loved being there as these girls, Olivia especially, learned more about this new world that they are in and are able to impart their emotions onto an otherwise emotionless society to the point where everyone is falling in love with them, myself included…
The dynamics between the characters, mostly Olivia and James in this book, is just so real. It’s kind of like the fantasy of love, meeting that One person that was meant for you, that everybody dreams about and only few of us have. It was just a joy to read.
Each of the main characters have such strong and admirable qualities and the ability to shore up each others weaknesses.
But don’t let me fool you into thinking this is just a romantic fantasy. There is some really good action and I think it is intertwined perfectly into the plot. A shadow of suspense lingers throughout the book so you will find yourself not only giddy with the joy of following the budding relationships forming between Olivia and James, but also wondering when the bad stuff is going to happen and really hoping that it doesn’t because you just want everyone to live happily ever after without interruption.
Your going to find it hard to stop smiling throughout this book, it’s that good. I strongly recommend it and I cant’ wait to read the next one. I think Skye is going to be my favorite girl! (less)
Becoming was such a great book. I originally purchased this book because of an ad that caught my eye and now I am so glad that it did.
This novel had...moreBecoming was such a great book. I originally purchased this book because of an ad that caught my eye and now I am so glad that it did.
This novel had such an interesting plot and it was so refreshingly different from anything that I have read. I absolutely loved the idea that Raine Thomas came up with.
The book starts out following a teenage foster child named Amber and the struggles she has faced growing up because of a strange occurrence that keeps happening to her every three years. The problem is that every time this happens it grows steadily worse.
As the story progresses from a budding romance between the two main characters, (who realize that something is amiss and there are strange powers afoot) to the unexpected transformation to an entirely new world that was masterfully created, I found that the helpless romantic inside me couldn’t stop smiling at the dynamics between Amber and Gabriel, and the other part of me that craves action and suspense was quickly satisfied.
I simply devoured this book and slumped down in my seat in terror when I realized that it was over. But alas, there was hope! There are two more books in the trilogy! I immediately purchased the next book, Central, and I am loving it after the first chapter.
Raine Thomas has created a truly remarkable world, and characters that you will quickly fall in love with. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to be taken away to a new and different world, and has even a single romantic bone in their body.
After reading the prequel to this book, An Oath of the Blood, I couldn’t wait to delve right in.
Once again, I am so happy to have stumbled onto these...moreAfter reading the prequel to this book, An Oath of the Blood, I couldn’t wait to delve right in.
Once again, I am so happy to have stumbled onto these stories. The characters are so real and the dynamic between their relationships is just so fun to read. I find it so easy to relate to all of them on so many different levels which is great. Even characters with amazing fantastical abilities are still “human” at the core and experience the same emotions that we all have.
This story picks up several years after the first book ends and I think the timeline is perfect. Even though I had just finished the first book a little over a week ago, Zambito does a great job of reiterating key points from the last novel to bring the reader up to speed without slowing down the pace of the story. The new characters and problems that she introduces are just as interesting and amazing as in the first book. I found myself falling in love with a certain five year old little girl as if she were my own.
The action is great. The world, as amazing as it was in the first book, still held many new wondrous things to discover this time around. Zambito does a great job describing every character and place in vivid detail.
I loved the plot changes. The deception was great. I am often pretty good at reading into where a story is going but this book moved along so fast and had me so intrigued that I didn’t even have time to consider what was going to happen and found myself shocked and surprised on many occasions.
This book will make you cringe, laugh, cry and tingle with excitement. Anyone who loves a good fantasy novel needs to pick this up. But read the prequel first!
I will be gnawing at the bit waiting for the third book to be released. (less)
What a great freaking book! I have to say it has been a very long time since I read a book and got goose bumps!
I really enjoyed this. What a great st...moreWhat a great freaking book! I have to say it has been a very long time since I read a book and got goose bumps!
I really enjoyed this. What a great story with such interesting and fresh characters. I knew after the first few pages that I was going to love it. The dynamics between the characters was just perfect. I have not enjoyed a book this much since I read my first books by R.A. Salvatore.
This story has everything! It made me laugh, pissed me off, frustrated me, gave me hope then shattered it, tickled my romantic nerves and made me remember the feeling of first love, and damn near made me cry! Almost...I’m not metro.
I felt as though this book was everything that a good fantasy novel should be. I honestly can’t find one negative thing to say about it. Again, what a great story, and I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes fantasy, or heck, just likes a well written book!
(view spoiler)[ The part that gave me goose bumps was the end when Starr screamed out Ravener’s name. Oh! There they are again…goose bumps. And the water shifters…brilliant! I must say that I was hoping for a more drawn out battle between Adrian and Beck, even if it had ended as it did just before Adrian got the better of Beck. But I was still elated when I was finished and can’t wait to read the next book of the series.(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)](hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
The swordplay is always great. The characters are always so interesting and fresh. The action is so...moreThis was one of my favorite series' by Salvatore.
The swordplay is always great. The characters are always so interesting and fresh. The action is so gripping. I found myself screaming at the end of the last book, so pissed off at how it ended. Not because it was bad but because certain characters that I thought for sure would die, ended up surviving. But the best parf about all of that is that is was so unpredictable.
I love Salvatore and I will probably read his books countless times throughout my life.(less)