Lord of the White Hell, Book 1
Kiram Kir-Zaki may be considered a mechanist prodigy among his own people, but when he becomes the first Haldiim ever admitted to the prestigious Sagrada Academy, he is thrown into a world where power, superstition and swordplay outweigh even the most scholarly of achievements.
But when the intimidation from his Cadeleonian classmates turns bloody, Kiram unexpectedly finds
This was my first Ginn Hale and what a way to get introduced to an author!
If you're a fan of high fantasy and haven't yet got around to reading this, it is a must read. Lord of the White Hell has sensational world building that's an enticing blend of uniquely modern and historical, layered characters, a beguiling central relationship with a multidimensional plot too!
Typically YA is hit or miss for me due to unnecessary dramatics and teen angst, but there was none of that her ...more
Oh man, this is good, and fun, and got enough sanctioned violence to be so satisfying. Between the friendships, the curse, the power struggles, and the societal boundaries being trampled this has enough going on to keep interest. Basically, I highlighted stuff while reading, but couldn't be bothered to come here and update--no time. Later, chickadillas.
"He’ll make a better impression without a hell-branded duke flustering his little flock of hens.”
Overall, a high fantasy page t ...more
The scene is deftly set by the author. The world building around this renaissance fantasy is rich with crisp, clear detailing. As a new student at the Sagrada Academy, Kiram initially struggles to find his way through the upper crust ...more
“Kiram couldn’t help but think that the older man had taken a quick dislike to him. Probably because he was supposed to be a gifted thinker and he’d just fallen out of a carriage onto his face.”
Why haven’t I read or heard about this book before???? IS SO GOOD.
The story is very different and somewhat unique.
The writing is so good and funny, the description is amazing.
The friendships are so CUTE!!!!! 🤩
The romance reminds me a bit of Baz and Simon from Carry On, because they are roommates and the ...more
An a ...more
The book follows the basic trope of the ...more
I loved the developing, intense relationship between Kiram and Javier and also thought there was a good balance between the characters and the world building, which was new and exciting.
Well done Ginn Hale and thanks for such a great read !!!
If you like fantasy and romance, this is your book. I think it is my (new) favourite combination. Reading this was a bliss, heaven-like, being in my happy place, all the goodness.
This is me and these books:
Both parts—romance and fantasy—are equally great and satisfying, and I think that's pretty amazing and satisfying.
Let's start with the romance:
So, together these books are 700 pages, more or less, and this really is enough time for everything a romance should have to o ...more
The story is based upon characters with different backgrounds falling in love in a world that frowns upon their relationship. Well, it’s a world that frowns upon everything, really. So, Kiram is the first student of the Haldiim to be admitted into the prestigious Sagrada Academy, ...more
'Nestor shot Kiram a puzzled look as if he was reassessing Kiram's intelligence. "He's terribly fond of you. Haven't you noticed?"
Kiram and Javier are great characters, and the side characters were pretty well-developed, too. I loved the first part a little bit more than the second. The...more
Elisabeth: I’m so excited that Willaful is joining in our chat about Lord of the White Hell today. Say hi Willa!
Willa: Hi, everyone! I was wondering if you guys brought me in for this one because you know I love m/m romance in classic literature contexts. If so — well played! I was flashing back to Anne McCaffrey’s Harper Hall series, and other boarding school fantasies I loved as an adolescent. It’s all there: the strict class s ...more
This one grabbed me straight from the beginning. I loved the world-building, the characters, the build-up of the mysteries surrounding it all. For anyone who likes fantasy, this is really great. Sometimes, I enjoyed the story more than the building romance, which is good I guess (considering the low steam).
Maybe I would have wished for more of Kiram’s machinery genius to be on page, but I guess this story is mainly Javier’s in a way.
It was not perfect, and I had a bit of an “Eh?”-moment to ...more
In addition evil curses and the White Hell. An uncle and his friend, who are very worried.
And we have not yet come a step closer to the mystery of the White Hell ...
Arousal, repulsion, and jealous anger crashed through Kiram. He didn’t want to see this. He didn’t care if this was what it took to be a Hellion—to impress Master Ignacio or Prince Sevanyo or to convince all these C ...more
It hasn't the most convincing cover but for me it was the right book at the right time. Didn't know that my mind was set for fantasy until I started to read Lord of White Hell, didn't even know that it also is about a romance and at the beginning it doesn't look like it really does. There it got me with its rich but familiar world-setting, some kind of late medieval Andalusia with slight traces of steam punk and a promise of magic, a new-adult story set in an old fortress changed into a colle ...more
I've read this last year just before the first semester started and I really loved the book and I've read the book again for the 3rd or 4th time (I lost track)just as the second semester is nearing to end.
This will always be one of my best MM Young Adult read. EVER. The world and the characters the author created is just purely awesome. I loved every word of this book.
The writing is great. Witty and Funny. I really laughed hard reading this to the point where eve ...more
Lord Of The White Hell is a totally different universe of its own. It has magic, royalties, witchcraft, tribes, gods and so on and so on. Just imagine the vibe of Captive Prince [S U Pacat], the magical appeal of Hogwarts, put a pinch of Hugo and mix it with a tiny bit of the Hunger Games and you'd get the st ...more