**spoiler alert** "A young queen stands barefoot on a wooden block with her arms outstretched."
Not the best first line. But I still hold true to the i**spoiler alert** "A young queen stands barefoot on a wooden block with her arms outstretched."
Not the best first line. But I still hold true to the idea that the first line sets the tone of a book. This book was "okay." I liked it. It is not the most amazing book I have ever read but I did not feel as though I was sloughing through it either. I thought it was enjoyable.
The concept is interesting. The concept of royalty plotting against one another to gain the crown is nowhere near a new idea. However, usually, they move against each other in secrecy. In this storyverse, the Queens are expected and encouraged to kill one another.
Three young Queens are born and the ruling Queen (the mother) is then exiled. The triplets grow together until about the age of 6 when they are dispersed to the lands in which their powers will be cultivated. The mother always knows the power in which the girl is gifted. From then on, the Queens are trained in their powers and taught to abhor their sisters as two must die so the one can be the true, ruling Queen. Oh, did I mention all of the killing starts when they are 16? SIXTEEN!
Unfortunately, things are not going as planned. Two of the Queens have not yet received their gifts and have been attempting to trick others into believing they are powerful.
As every good epic needs, the story is full of daring escape attempts, suitors from the mainland to win the Queens' favor to become King-consort, betrayals, religious rule and persecution, and a welcome group of sidekicks.
Though I enjoyed the story, I did not think the Queens were developed enough as characters. I found myself being more empathetic toward Queen Arsinoe's best friend Jules, and Queen Mirabella's friend, Elizabeth. I liked the Queens just fine. But I felt they were a tad bit stale. That being said, I also recognize that each Queen is trying to present a particular persona and the people around them do not have much of a sense of their personalities either. Maybe in the next book in the series, we will gain more from them as people, instead of whom they present.
I will say, I did not see the ending coming. If ever there was a twist in a book, this one is a true contender. The hook and cliffhanger will leave you salivating for the next book. ...more
I will admit. I like my fantasy books. I have enjoyed my fair share of Anita Blake, Rachel Morgan and yes...even Edward (don't pretend you don't knowI will admit. I like my fantasy books. I have enjoyed my fair share of Anita Blake, Rachel Morgan and yes...even Edward (don't pretend you don't know who I'm talking about, I know you know!). So when this book was gifted to me I was pretty excited to read it.
This book is unlike any other vampire book I've ever read.
Let me give you a bit of a run down. The book is told in two different parts. One part is the story/adventures of the main dude, Cal Thompson. The other part is a Biology lesson. The two parts are told in alternating chapters. Each Biology lesson leads into something that's going on with Cal. It was pretty neat actually. I learned a lot and was incredible grossed out at many times during my time with Cal and these lessons.
The Biology lesson chapters mostly dealt with parasites. They were very cringe worthy chapters and I find myself making a disgusted face while thinking and writing about this book.
The premise of this book is that Cal catches this parasite. He goes on to explain the lore surrounding vampires and why they fear things like garlic and crucifixes. Reading these explanations definitely made me question everything that I've ever known about vampires and their history.
I thought the book was a super fun, fast paced read. There were a couple points where I thought the story lagged a bit, but all in all I thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn't feel put off by Cal's personality at all. However, I can definitely see how this would be a book geared toward teenage boys. The gross parasite talk would probably be better received by the rebellious teenage male.
So...if you are looking for a quick, high energy read with some Scientific EWWWWW factor thrown in, I would suggest you pick up this book. ...more