Sword and Verse
"Days in the Adytum fell into a dreamlike pattern: we talked, we kissed, occasionally we even did our work.”
DNF - 50%
I forced myself to the halfway mark just so I could say I gave this book a decent chance to become good... but when someone was murdered around 50% through and it affected me about as much as if someone had coughed - that's when I decided it was time to move on to other things.
Sometimes when I don't enjoy a book I can still understand what the publisher was thinking - fantasies ...more
This book wasn't overwhelmingly romantic. The main character wasn't overwhelmingly stupid. I guess the word "overwhelming" is the key here, because it's what this book wasn't. It was completely underwhelming and mind-numbingly boring, and I think that's reason enough for my rating.
I didn't enjoy it. It was about a slave girl who's chosen for some reason to be a royal tutor, and all of a sudden the prince falls in love with her. Like wtf? I don't even know what happened. All of a ...more
Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: January 19, 2016
Rating: 5 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss
Summary (from Goodreads):
Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital ...more
I really appreciated the world!! It's all gods and temples ...more
Since I was a teen, I've loved fantasy novels. The really epic ones, with fierce, smart, flawed female MCs, beautiful world-building, and complex challenges. More than anything else, I think fantasy novels (by Tamora Pierce and Mercedes Lackey and Marion Zimmer Bradley and now Kathryn Purdie and KATHY MACMILLAN) have taught me how to be a good person in a difficult world.
But one issue I've had, one and off, is that I'm not particularly a physical person, and while I love fighting and ...more
“I never knew Tyasha ke Demit, but her execution started everything.”
This was an okay fantasy story, although I lost interest a little at the end.
Raisa was a bit of an infuriating character, because she kept making bad decisions. It seemed like even though she knew what she should and shouldn’t be doing, she kept doing these things anyway, and I just wanted to smack her ...more
This will probably be one of my favorite debut fantasies of 2016. The world building on display is simply phenomenal. The system of slavery in this world felt both heart breaking and authentic, and the places and people felt fully fleshed out and realized. Raisa is an utterly compelling heroine. I loved that she took time to grow into her strength and courage, to experience both love and heartbreak. She's one of the most relatable YA ...more
Raisa is raised as a slave in the palace, one of only two who are taught the language of the gods--writing--in order to tutor the prince and council him when he one day becomes king. But Raisa doesn't plan for falling in love with him, nor that he would return her love. Or that the slave resistance will pressure her to help them, even as it threatens ...more
so i'm going to throw in the towel for this book. unfortunately, this book was just too dull and there's instalove. i made it about 25% through and there is literally no plot yet. whatever hints of plot there are it's not compelling enough. the characters are also just so flat and too tropey. i did get this for review from epic read early readers group ...more
SWORD AND VERSE is a richly-imagined fantasy set in a world where words are sacred, and writing is permitted only to Scholars. Raisa is an Arnath slave selected to study the written language as Tutor to the Qilarite royals, whom she comes to know and care for despite the deep, painful divide between their peoples. ...more
Awesome story! Full review to come!!!
----------------- FULL REVIEW 12/31/2015
Sword and Verse takes readers on an unforgettable adventure. Not only is this book amazing from the first word to the very last, it is also unpredictable, and has the PERFECT romance.
When I first saw the cover to this ...more
This story was so unique. I loved the overall story and plot of this book.
This story tells of a unique kingdom that has conquered a people and outlawed learning to read and write. The levels of writing and who can read/write is complicated and different.
Raisa was from a conquered people that should’ve been extinct but she survived and is last of her “kind.” She doesn’t tell anyone of what she knows and who she really is. She is forced into servitude in the ...more
As you can tell from the synopsis, this is a world where only a tiny handful of people are allowed to be literate. (We won't even talk about how terrifying that is for me.)
Know what we can talk about? How awesome Raisa is. Her entire motivation is to help people, even when there's a major risk to herself and her own safety. (Well, that's her primary motivation. Her secondary motivation is to decode a ...more
I'm not entirely sure what the plot ofSword and Verse was meant to be. It had such promise. Promise of a revolution, of a slave fighting back for her people. Typically those are the stories that pull me in and make me fall head over heels, but in this case it fell flat. It just wasn't executed in a waythat was enjoyable for me.
The biggest problem with this book is that the main focus is the instalove and romance between Raisa andPrince Mati....more
I love what Kathy MacMillan does with the dilemma at the heart of this novel. Raisa's relationship with the prince isn't easy, and the leaders of the rebellion aren't always trustworthy. Raisa has to make a lot of difficult decisions, and the results didn't always play out as I expected them to.
I've been recommending this to my friends who love books like Graceling, and they're eager to get a ...more
I flew through this stunner in less than 24 hours because I couldn't put it down. The gods! The world! The romance! THE KISSING!
SWORD AND VERSE was an epic high fantasy filled with intrigue and power struggles and incredible characters. My favorite was actually Soraya, and I ...more
Sword and Verse reads exactly how I want historical fiction novels to read. There is a lot of information, a very detailed setting, but with twists that change the original story. I don't think that Sword and Verse is actually a historical fiction, but I really wish that more books from that genre were more like this one. Sword and Verse would have benefited from being broken up into two books so that MacMillan would have had more time and space to develop the plot and the characters. ...more
When I saw the gorgeous cover, with that prominent sword, I thought this might be one of those YAs with a lot of flashy blade-slashing and gory battle scenes that all become the same after a while. But I had hopes for something better.
My hopes were fulfilled. This is an intriguing story, set in a world built so well that it feels truly historical, with a reluctant heroine who has to do a hell of a lot more than step up to some pre-arranged "Destiny".
This heroine, Raisa, ...more
Okay, I'm not gonna lie, I finished this book on August 29, and since then I've forgotten a lot of details I wanted to talk about. I just forgot I hadn't written my review yet, sometimes I really don't like myself.
Let me start of with saying that I won an Advanced Reader's Copy over on twitter by Harper 360 UK and I am so, so ...more
The premise of this book is so unique and will appeal to teen who loves books, words and an unlikely love story. Kathy MacMillan has woven a wonderful story that demonstrates the power of language and communication, and the danger of limiting those within our world.
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Out of all the Harper Teen Winter 2016 books, Kathy MacMillan's Sword and Verse was my most anticipated 2016 debut. The synopsis called to me with its mention of a kingdom where reading and writing is illegal. It sounded unique and a book brimming with a ton of potential. Sadly though, the execution of the story was faulty and Sword and Verse ended up disappointing me.
There's a LOT that went wrong for me with Sword and Verse, but briefly, here are my main issues:
Number 1: The bland and ...more
Let me just start off by saying how much I love this cover. IT'S SO GORGEOUSSSS AHHH. The cover and the synopsis are what actually made me pick up the book in the first place. I loved the concept of this book!
The main character, Raisa, was pretty likable. One thing I loved about her was how she didn't just sit around and not do anything. She was took action, especially at the end of the book. She did whatever she could to help people and I loved that about her, even ...more
I will say that when I first saw this title on Edelweiss and read the synopsis, I wasn't really all that interested. But then I saw it popping up on my newsfeed through my bookish friends. And everything they were saying was great. So I went back and read the blurb again. And I decided it intrigued me and I wanted to see ...more