Lately I've been reading a lot of fantasy and its fantastic! This book goes right up there with tReview originally posted at The Couch Potatoes Digest
Lately I've been reading a lot of fantasy and its fantastic! This book goes right up there with the best fantasies! I instantly fell in love with this book and I can't wait to read more. I love the idea of the parallel Londons and the magic was amazing! If you've read my previous reviews, you could probably tell that I really love books that involve magic and fantasy so this one dragged me in. I also have to say how awesome this cover looks!
This world building was absolutely amazing! Schwab gives us so much details and I know of a couple of books that have really lacked in this department, however, Schwab does this perfectly. I love the idea of the parallel Londons, Red, Gray, White, and the now destroyed Black. White London is possibly the strongest remaining London, but nobody actually knows this because it has almost been destroyed by Black and the people living there live in poverty. Red London is the second strongest and the people their live in luxury with no problems. Grey London is like the normal human realm, with no magic. If you read this book, Kell describes the Londons very well, comparing them to a book. I took a test that determines which London you would probably reside in and I got Red London! This is what the site said "Congratulations, you whimsical creature, you belong in the vibrant city of Red London, a place where magic lives in everything. Take a stroll through the Night Market, and pick up a sea stone or a fire maker or a mask for the prince’s ball." (link here) The magic was also so exceptional and I love the idea of the Antari, the few that can travel between the Londons and use all forms of magic. Towards the end of the book I couldn't sit still. I was squirming in my bad with anticipation.
I love Kell. I love how caring he is to Lila and that he would protect her from everything. He came back when she was in trouble even when he had no idea who she was and even though she robbed him. One of the coolest things about Kell is his ability to use all five of the elements, earth, water, fire, air, and blood or bone. Also, he has this incredible jacket which has about 8 or 9 known coat in one. Kell states that he often loses some of the coats and that he actually doesn't know how many coats there actually are. I love the relationship that Kell and Lila have. They make me laugh when they are together. They're so cute together. I also love Lila so much. She's so strong minded, intelligent, and cunning. She's one of those 'take no bull' kind of girls and I love it! She has to go through such hardships and it pains me. However, she's still able to survive and act like nothing effects her. She's amazing at hiding her feelings and what she's thinking.
Then there's Rhy, the gorgeous and flirtatious prince who is Kell's brother in every sense but blood. He's a real sweetheart and really loves Kell and is constantly worrying about him. Holland, the evil Antari that is being held hostage by the White rulers. And then finally, the evil Astrid and Athos Danes, the rulers of White London. I don't like these people at all. They're sneaky, conniving, and evil people.
Overall, this book was incredibly fantastic. This is probably one of the best books of 2015 so far and I highly recommend that everyone go check this book out! I instantly fell in love with this world (or should I say multiple worlds), its characters, and its magic, both good and bad. Now I have to wait for what feels like forever for the next one and I can't wait!!...more
Completely amazing! If I could I would give this 10 stars. One of the best books I've read in a while. The series is also one of the best! I highly hiCompletely amazing! If I could I would give this 10 stars. One of the best books I've read in a while. The series is also one of the best! I highly highly recommend that everyone reads this series!...more
Theses novellas are amazing! I love the world of this series and all its mystery, power, and people. TOriginally reviewed at The Couch Potatoes Digest
Theses novellas are amazing! I love the world of this series and all its mystery, power, and people. The Assassin's Blade follows a few adventures that an assassin, Celaena Sardothien embarks on. Through the novellas we learn a great deal about Celaena and many of her traits. We meet multiple characters, like Sam Cortland and Arobynn Hamel, and we learn a lot about who these people are. The cover is also absolutely beautiful! I was drawn immediately into the action, and this was a fascinating glimpse of a young heroine who will grow and learn throughout these five novellas, until we meet her in the first novel in the series, Throne of Glass.
In The Assassin and the Pirate Lord we are introduced to Celaena, a 16 year old assassin. She is the best and most feared assassin of her Guild after her master. In this novella she is sent to an island run by pirates in order to claim something for her master without realizing what she really was there to collect, slaves. With the help of the assassin she despises the most in her Guild, Celaena will try to find a way to free the slaves and get away with it too. As the first novella, the very beginning story of Throne of Glass series, this was a good one. The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, has successfully rocked my expectation for the series.
In the short, second novella, The Assassin and the Healer, we see Celaena preparing for her punishment, the trek through the red desert. The story mainly takes place in a bar and the back alleys of the bar and mainly told in Yrene's, the waitress/barmaid, POV. We find out that she used to be a healer and that she’s lost her home, family, and is losing sight of her dreams. This novella isn't really necessary, but it shows more character development and is an all-around good story.
My favorite novella out of the five was The Assassin and the Desert. I loved the story the most and I loved all the action and betrayal. This novella follows Celaena’s trek through the desert after betraying her master Arobynn and what she has to do in order to be forgiven by him. The Assassin and the Desert has more mystery, more friendships, more betrayal and more character growth. However, there is still some awesome fighting and world-building. We get to see the dunes of the desert, the ranks of the Silent Assassins (who were quite awesome), the city of Xandria, and much more.
In the fourth novella, The Assassin and the Underworld, starts off with Celaena returning from the Red Desert and Arobynn apologizing. Although we don't see Celaena leave yet, we see her more and more willing to leave. We also see Sam and Celaena start falling in love. The two of them are frustrating at times because they are fighting each other and not really saying what they feel. Celaena has limited experience when it comes to love, and doesn't know how to deal with her feelings of jealousy. Instead of reaching out, she lashes out at Sam. Sam is the one who changes Celaena and makes her want a bigger life than an assassin. He gives her the courage to stand up to Arobynn. We also learn a bit more about Arobynn and his relationship with Celaena.
In the fifth novella, The Assassin and the Empire, was heartbreaking. Celaena is now living in her own home, along with Sam, away from the Assassin’s Keep and Arobynn Hamel. However, not being able to leave in good terms with their old master, Celaena and Sam are struggling to get food on the table and their money is diminishing each day. Anxious to be free from Arobynn, Sam gets hold of a contract that could finally get him and Celaena away from all this, but this contract is very dangerous. This novella is filled with love, betrayal, and death. Celaena and Sam are doing their last contract in order to get some money that will help them move. Everything is going to plan, when suddenly, everything goes wrong. The ending is heart wrenching and you must read it! The ending of this novella leads right into the first novel, Throne of Glass.
These novellas have really made me fall in love with Celaena. I recommend them to everyone and I highly recommend that you read them before Throne of Glass. The Assassin's Blade was a quick read and exceptionally written....more
Let me start off by saying how awesome this cover looks! I love the imagery that the upside down crown with blood dripping down it sets. It's really awesome! Another thing is this synopsis! It immediately caught my eye. If you've read my previous reviews, you could probably tell that I really love books that involve magic so this one dragged me in. The synopsis is so enticing. Mare Barrow, a 17 year old Red girl suddenly wakes up in the palace of the Silvers, the people she hates the most, and discovers that she has awesome powers of her own. Based off of that I was already needing this book.
I really loved the world building. I loved the magic and the world that we find our characters in. My favorite thing has to be all of the different powers! If I was in this world, I would probably want the animos power, where I could command animals or Mare's power because her power, I feel, is the coolest and most powerful. That power just sounds awesome. There's also Silver's that could command water, the nymphs, those that could manipulate plants and earth, the greenys, those that have telekinesis, the telkys, and so many more! Not to mention that the Silver's have silver blood which would be pretty cool to see. Then there are the Reds. They are like normal humans, with no powers and red blood. They get treated like dirt compared to the Silvers and they are forced to fight in a war that the Silvers started a century ago.
I love the characters in this book, especially Mare. I truly feel bad for what she has to go through, being a Red. She has to deal with the struggles of losing her brothers to a war that they shouldn't be fighting, she has to deal with not having an apprenticeship, and not being able to provide for her family like her sister can. She also has to deal with the impending conscription because of her lack of a job. Even with all of these obstacles, Mare does not give up. She struggles through these things and tries her best.
I really love this book. However, I had a few issues with it that caused me to not give it 5 stars. First, I felt like the book really didn't start to pick up until the latter half of the book. The other issue is that it didn't really feel like a true fantasy book to me. Although there's magic and all these different names and places, it really didn't give me the fantasy vibe. Other than this, it was a great book!
The ending had me in jambles. I was freaking out and I was pacing the room while reading the ending. It was such a heart wrenching ending, and I found myself screaming "DO SOMETHING!!" And then the giant twists!! Now I must wait for book two!
Overall, this was a wonderful book and I really enjoyed reading it. You should all give this book a try and I hope you like it as much as I did!...more