The Broken Heavens
The Dhai nation has broken apart under the onslaught of the Tai Kao, invaders from a parallel world. With the Dhai in retreat, Kirana, leader of the Tai Kao, establishes a base in Oma’s temple and instructs her astrologers to discover how they can use the ancient holy pl ...more
The Broke ...more
A book published in 2020
A book with a 3 word title
A book with at least a 4 star rating
Previous categories I completed but that still apply
A book with a map
A book that passes the bechdel test
It also passes the Mako-Mori test and the Vito Russo test.
This also satisfies my personal challenge of reading more LGBTQIA+ books this year.
This is one of my favorite authors and this series has been amazing. However, I feel like this book was a little disappointing ...more
As the book opens, we’re presented with what feels like a smaller, more intimate tale, one that is focused on a few key players and a pair of key conflicts – Lilia and the Dhai versus Kirana and the Tai Mora – but (of course) it’s not that simple. Lilia is just as much in co ...more
If you haven’t read the first two books in this series, let me sell you on them: Hurley has created a world in full of different cultures which break gender binaries, heterosexual norms, patriarchal social systems, and embrace complex (and frequently polygamous) family units. Oh, and the novel takes place on a hostile world (the plant life actively tries to eat people) orbiting a bin ...more
The most disapointment in this book is it character. I must say the main character of this series, Lilia, to me is not a strong lead at all. By strong charac ...more
I have come to trust Kameron Hurley to deliver. This is especially true of the World Breaker Saga , where each book is stronger and clearer than the previous ones.
I think I'll need to reread The Mirror Empire now that I have a better understanding of this universe. ...more
Disclaimer: This is disorganized word vomit disguised as a book review in which I repeatedly wonder why I didn’t just reread the first two books before starting this one. Anyway, onward …
At last, Book 3 !
Bodies raining from the sky, dismemberment, and pulsing flesh-temples! And that’s just the beginning.
After being tortured by several publishing delays, finally getting my hands on this book was amazing and I dived right in.
Several chapters in … I was less enthusiastic.
This isn’t to say th...more
There are quite a few POVs in this trilogy, and Hurley pulls it off flawlessly. This is a series about paralle ...more
Hurley has written about having messages about creating a better world in her fiction, and this came through in ways I was not expecting at the close of the series (a lot about choices and the multitudes we contain). I agree with other reviews that draw a similarity to ...more
This book also barrels down towards a finale and is mostly plot plot plot accidents plot. Worldbuilding is limited to essentials a ...more
Kameron Hurley has created a fantasy not in one world but many, since the rifts allow passage from one alternate reality to another.
Hurley has densely packed this book, from top to bottom, with so many little worldbuilding details that I'd be shocked if you could hold it all in your head. But that's why we're reading Hurley, right? RIGHT.
This is a fitting conclusion to the Worldbreaker ...more
After really enjoying The Mirror Empire and being very disappointed with Empire Ascendant - I expected both books to be 5-star reads for me - I was still curious about the finale but very apprehensive about it. And ever since it came out, I wanted to read it in theory, but not... in practice.
And, yup... Not even 2 chapters in I realised I completely lost interest in the (shallow) characters, their (even more shallow) relationships and their (view spoiler)[everyone who's died is alive aga ...more
I don't know. Perhaps it was just me not connecting fully with the book; I am struggling with novels in general.
On the very much plus side, it was ...more
I did not like the weird "this jista goes here, that one there" and the "key, guide, etc" thing the surviving characters had to rag tag team up to do leading up to the end. It was tedious. However, the ending itself was just so fantastic ...more
As a note, I would recommend reading the books together. Taking a long break and reading many books in between made it much more difficult to put the pieces of what was happening back together.
I had a lot of feelings about this book, the opening was a little slow (especially since I had forgotten some of the characters and backstory) but it picked up quickly. The pacing was very well done.
I ended the book/series with quite a bit to process and t ...more
This book picks up a year or so after the events in the previous book, and people are settling in for the long ha ...more