Winter is as long as a year with us, and the snow piling up around the villages and castles in the mountains. But winter is coming to an end, the spri...moreWinter is as long as a year with us, and the snow piling up around the villages and castles in the mountains. But winter is coming to an end, the spring is going on and the air loaded with expectations.
In the snowbound castle meet three young people. The daughter of the Wingmaster Arys, Princess Tamara which remains in bad mood, it seems, and the boy Armain drawn to both Tamara and the enigma of Arys. Tamara outbreaks worries of course her parents, but they refuse to understand what caused it. For them it is only important that she learn to fly, the day is near when the wings should be taken out of their houses and castles all families should initiate the great spring flight.
Everything is moving inexorably toward its resolution, and it can be hard because it means disgrace to the family if one of its children do not want to fly, while it is about the death penalty to fly for those who come from the wrong family, especially if she is a wing master's daughter.(less)
**spoiler alert** The maincharacter Satina is a goodmother on the run from the magical gangs that run things in the world where the book is set.
While...more**spoiler alert** The maincharacter Satina is a goodmother on the run from the magical gangs that run things in the world where the book is set.
While on the run she accidentally encounters another magical creature,Marten the Imp Skinner and follows him back to a village where she is surprised to learn hes accepted (or at least tolerated by the townspeople because he uses his abilites to help them (for the most of the time)
Satina contemplates staying around for a bit,maybe this is a haven for her kind?
Then suddenly one of the magic gangs led by Vane appears to take over the village,and she is only saved in the nick of time by Marten who sends her off to a friend of his who lives in a cottage just outside the village.She is sheltered by the old lady named Hadja who lives there who despite being full human has magical abilites too.
Now Satina and her new friends have to figure out a way to escape detection from the ambitious Vane and his gang and make them leave.
So now to my thoughs about this book.There were many things that were unclear about the world and its inhabitants.Things that I would liked to have gotten a more information about. Like for example what the history between the Starlight and Shades gangs were or even what the name of the land where the book takes place is called. This bothered me.
The writing seemed at times to be a bit clunky and not flowing so smoothly that I had to go back and re-read sentences to see what I had missed.And another thing I found irked me were the names. You have characters named Satina,Marten and Hadja and then you have a gargoyle named Henry of all things.
Oh and also-the villain Vane was also something of a cardbox cut out villain.
Now you might think I hated this book but I dont.I just expected to be more,well EPIC.
I actually liked the characters such as they were and it did have some witty dialogue and though I am not sure I would recommend this book but I do feel that the author has potential and maybe just need to refine her writing skills a bit more and flesh out her worldbuilding and supporting characters. It was just a shame that it faltered in those aspects because it could have been great.
**spoiler alert** I liked Martha Wells The Cloud Roads and decided that some day I would read her past books.
Khat the main character is an outsider in...more**spoiler alert** I liked Martha Wells The Cloud Roads and decided that some day I would read her past books.
Khat the main character is an outsider in the city of Charisat,his people the krismen were created/genetically engineenered to survive in the harsh desert called the Waste.
This causes him to be treated like a second class citizen by many,luckily he has enough survival skills for people who wish him harm to think twice before they try anything.
But other people seek him out because of his skill as a relic hunter of the Ancients artifacts.
One day he accepts an assignment to escort a Warden (a magic user) across the waste to one of the Ancients ruins.On the way they are assaulted by pirates,people who have been driven out of Charisat and turned to
The Warden is hurt and after removing the veil that most upperclass people wear Khat discovers that he is a she.She reveals her name to be Elen,apprentice to the Master Warden.
After they are joined by other wardens and travels back to Charisat,Khat is tasked by the Master Warden with finding two very important relics with the help of Elen.
Seems simple enough...if it werent for the fact that other people also want them...
I recognized many themes from the Raksura series and at times Khat reminded me of Moon in personality.
The author seems to be fond of the matriarchial society (used in the Raksura series) Here its just mentioned as being one of the reasons Khat left his fellow krismen.
Another thing I couldnt help but make a comparison with the Raksura series was how the author incorporated an agressive female,in a way to reverse gender roles maybe?
Khat is even taken advantage of a female character (view spoiler)[ not so much rape as he just lies back and let he have her way with him.Its not described in great detail. I was a bit disgusted by this...but it doesnt seem to be such a big deal with Khat.It just threw me off. (hide spoiler)]
I also wish that Khats relatives had gotten more than a walk on appearance,by the end of the book their relationship is still unresolved.
This is the book where we finally find out where Moon came from and the how and why of the never.How I have been waiting >_o
The book opens as Moon is starting to settle into his role as a consort and with the customs of the Raksura.He is still a bit concerned about him and Jade not being able to concieve a child yet. But otherwise things are good,the raksura court is thriving and the Fell are keeping away.
Then some visitors from another court arrives with a message that Moons birthcourt has been found and they want him back.
Moon isnt too happy about this since he feels that they abandoned him as a child and anyways hes happy enough where he is.
But in the end he is made to go there so as not to start trouble But he cant help but feel anxious about the way things are progressing,since the visitor also brought along a new young consort,as a replacement for Moon it would appear.
Even if Jade assures him she loves him and will get him back no matter what...he cant help but have this uneasy feeling that once again he is not wanted.
He arrives at Opal Night and finds out he has relatives and try to fit in until Jade can arrive and bring him home again.
But Opal Night as the court is called is harboring a dark secret...and the Fell are never too far away.
Last book I complained about Moon being so unrelying and unsure about Jades and the other Raksuras affection and support.
But I think I am starting to understand why he feels this way. After being rejected by so many people,trust is not something that comes easy for him.Even if he can turn into a winged being with claws you would just like to give him a hug sometimes.
Its saying something to the credit of the writer that she makes us believe in Moon being able to have these traditionally female traits and still be able to kick ass. Much to the astonishement of other Raksura. Male Raksuras are supposed to be shy and demure...and Moon is anything but.
And we also learn more about the Raksura and what makes them tick.
I feel that just because the Raksura arent human,I can accept some of their customs and how they feel. Even if some of their ways are a bit eyebrow raising.(view spoiler)[Some of them have a very liberal view on sex.Moon has an offer of sex from another consort.Dont worry he declines it.He doesnt even freak out...because obvioiusly...yeah they are a really "social" species (hide spoiler)]
The author brings attention to our prejudice with Moon having a conversation with Chime and some other Raksuras about a groundling mating costume.They all find it very weird.
Apperantly these groundlings have to go through a ceremony before they can get pregnant...and if they have sex before this ceremony no one else will agree to be their mate.
*hint* its old fashioned marriage.
Something that I didnt like though was the Fell reappearing again,dont get me wrong though they are good villains and truly horrifying,but I would have wanted more interaction between Moon and his relatives. I felt that having go off to fight against the Fell was a bit too similar to the last book (even if the Fells motives this time was completely different)
I hope there is a fourth book.I want to find out if Jade and Moon has babies...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)