The Bitter Twins
Tormalin the Oathless and the fell-witch Noon have their work cut out rallying the first war-beasts to be born in Ebora for three centuries. But these are not the great winged warriors of old. Hatched too soon and with no memory of their past incarnations, these onetime defenders of Sarn can ...more
The Bitter Twins is the second book in The Winnowing Flame Trilogy. I enjoyed the first book, The Ninth Rain, very much, and although admittedly I loved the first book more, The Bitter Twins didn’t disappoint in delivering another great installment with high focus on characterizations, discovery, explorations, and revelations. The story picks up immediately from where The Ninth Rain left off. I’ve mentioned that in the first ...more
· Previous rating: 8 miserable stars.
· New rating: 10 stars. Because suddenly, I saw the light and stuff.
And the moral of this reread is: I already kidnapped all the scrumptiously delicious pets in this Slightly Very Good Book (SVGB) when I first read it, and safely stashed them away in my High Security Harem Zoo (HSHZ), so it is now time for me to ...more
Ever since I first read the Copper Cat trilogy, Jen Williams has been one of my favourite authors. It is no surprise then that I was very eager to read her next series – The Winnowing Flame trilogy. The Ninth Rain, being the first book in the new trilogy, lived up to my expectations, becoming one of my favourite books of 2017 and instantly propelling it’s follow up onto my most anticipated list. So when I was given the chance to be part of this wonderful blog tour I jumped at it and ...more
I am in awe with the direction the story took after the unexpected turn of events at the end of The Ninth Rain. Instead of suffering from the middle book syndrome, The Bitter Twins continued to captivate me with its eldritch worldbuilding and engaging characterisation. I had to keep this review a bit shorter than usual, as there’s simply too much potential to accidentally spoil the numerous surprises that I kept ...more
A very good book, just not as awe inspiring as the first one and definitely much slower paced. For the first two hundred pages nothing really happens and the group of good guys that were all together at the end of book one split up into a few pairs with each pair going their own ways and doing their own things. It's not until everyone is brought back together for the finale that things pick up again and I felt like maybe a hundred or a hundred and fifty pages could have been cut ...more
Similar to The Ninth Rain, The Bitter Twins is full of great dialogue that genuinely had me laughing out loud. I really admire the way ...more
Picking up with the cast as it was left at the end of The ...more
Loved Noon's and Tor's Pov - both for their mystery uncovering adventure and comic banter. Although I'm not a fan of her character Hestilion's Pov was very interesting due to the insight ...more
Suffice to say that this second volume picks up right where The Ninth Rain left off, and continues the story in the most absorbing, gripping, impossible-to-stop reading way. These books manage to be character-driven, action-packed, and thematic all at the same time. They explore the question, "What is the meaning and importance of connection? How does it inspire people to both good and ...more
This sequel bossed it fo' sho' (I'm down with the kids).
Laughs. Cries. Gasps. Growls. There's some of all of that as the Ninth Rain continues.
There's some surprising twists and HUGE b@stard betrayals in this book, with real curse moments where you want to throttle characters (in a way that is clearly intended by Jen Williams - shakes fist at her wordsmithing of my emotions).
Battles are present and frikkin cinematic and kewl. People get hurt and some even deaded. I was quite out ...more
This even thicker by 100+ pages so at 14.99 for Large format paper back not seen it in Hard back this not bad for hell lot .Started on day we lost Ken Dodd the funniest man on the planet Dark as ink dark as hell much creeper with hint of The Borg Queen .
A map,a journey & no idea what title means
I wonder what vol.3 will be called?
The Bitter Twins picks up just after The Ninth Rain left off, in terms of where we find our characters and just how much trouble they're in (yes, all of it, naturally). It's an epic sequel as war breaks out, with each side still far weaker than they'd like. Expect more unusual quests, some spectacular action sequences, plenty of opportunities to shout HESTILLION WHAT WHY NO and a slow build to a thought-provoking climax. The pacing is measured, but Jen Williams does a brilliant ...more
We continue where Ninth Rain ended with a small time gap. Hard not to be spoilery but we get inside info about the Queen and the Jure'lia! Very fascinating alien creatures with insect like ...more
Jen Williams continues to be among my favourite authors with her weird, diverse, and unique fantasy. I honestly loved everything about it. The beautiful, rich worldbuilding, the relationships between characters (Aldasair and Bern anybody?), the WAR BEASTS. I love it all, and there is not a single dull page to be found.
If you haven't read anything by Jen Williams yet, then why the hell not?
I WAS SO WRONG.
The Bitter Twins is an absolute bloody triumph. It is abundantly clear that the ...more
Jen Williams is a master at creating conflicts and it makes everything feel real. Characters have their disagreements and actually act like real people. Everything isn’t always peaches and ...more
I adore the war beasts, Minus Vostok and later Celaphon (it's not his fault what has been done to him and I feel so sorry for him but that thing in the end is unforgivable) . With Vostok I was frustrated. I was annoyed by how she looked down on everyone else, the Eborans, the other war-beasts for not remembering, and even Noon at times. Also she just kept on being "weapons" and telling everyone to listen to her but without giving the other war beats much ...more
I have been anxiously awaiting The Bitter Twins, desperately wanting to know what happens next in the story that Jen Williams so masterfully started weaving in The Ninth Rain. At the beginning of The Bitter Twins, Williams catches us up on where everybody is successfully without needing to do a recap chapter which I really like about the way she writes.
We move around the characters in this novel who are mostly separated fighting different ...more
One thing that I found in The Copper Cat books and that The Winnowing Flame has too is that Jen Williams manages to make you feel like you are in this warm blanket as you read of familiar characters that feel so close and real to you. This warm blanket ...more
There is some ingenious worldbuilding here, and Jen Williams's ...more
There's also a more desperate feel to the story now. The Jure'lia have returned, their ruins are waking up and piecing themselves back together and Hestellion has been kidnapped and taken aboard the Corpse Moon. The War Beasts have also returned but there are only a few of them, they have hatched too early and apart from the dragon bonded with Noon they don't have their ...more
So I bloody LOVED this book. It took everything I loved from the Ninth Rain (fantastic characters, wit, emotion, inventive world, GIANT BATS, slow burn everything-is-much-worse-than-it-seemed plot ...more
One of my favourite reads. Ever.
The Bitter Twins takes everything I loved about The Ninth Rain and cranks it up to eleven. 'The difficult second book' syndrome is something that is often spoken about in fantasy series, but The Bitter Twins, as the second book in the second series, proves that in Jen William's case, things just keep getting better and better. EVERYONE needs to read Jen Williams, and the Winnowing Flame trilogy proves her deserving place in the ...more
I don't know how Jen Williams did it, but she made this book exceed the first. UNBELIEVABLE. Such great talent! There was so much going on with this story. I died several times. I didn't know if I could take it anymore and carry on, but how could I NOT carry on?
So many questions still! I kept finding little crumbs I had to pick up and take back to the buddy read with me. Now it's a mad kefuffle to get the next book.