Just listened to the beginning of this here at Forgotten Classics(first 11 mins are kinda introduction about the author and stuff) and suddenly I' Just listened to the beginning of this here at Forgotten Classics(first 11 mins are kinda introduction about the author and stuff) and suddenly I'm so very excited about it! Soon!
This was an action-packed novella and definitely worth the reading but nothing crucial plot wise concerning the series.
The main character is Jehrid Al This was an action-packed novella and definitely worth the reading but nothing crucial plot wise concerning the series.
The main character is Jehrid Al Bera, lately known as Tower Lord of the Southern Shore. We met him for the briefest of moments in Tower Lord when Frentis and the woman (view spoiler)[failed to kill him (hide spoiler)].
The tale here takes place at the mid-point of the timeline described in Blood Song. We learn more about Jehrid's origins and meet several other interesting characters, including Master Sollis, but contrary to my believe when I started the novella, this is not a story about the famous Sword Master. He is present the entire time but as a secondary character.
All in all, a good read which I recommend to all fans of the series but you won't lose anything if you don't read it....more
Before the Epilogue I was thinking this deserves 4 stars if only because of the amazing main characters and their relationship.Buddy read with Gavin
Before the Epilogue I was thinking this deserves 4 stars if only because of the amazing main characters and their relationship. After the Epilogue - I'm not so sure anymore. Leaving it on 4 stars for now. Full review to come.
February 27, 2015
A fantasy romance! Count me in! And some reviews say the cover is ugly but I love it! It was actually the cover that got me interested. I was just grabbing some eBook freebies from Amazon and spotted this by chance. God moves books in a mysterious way! ^_~ ...more
I just learned this but it's quite unique so I want to start this review with it. The way The Last Abbot of Ashk’lan was published is awesome. The story came out as a reward for solving Brian Staveley's The Last Abbot Scavenger Hunt. You can found the entire chronicle of the treasure hunt here: https://bstaveley.wordpress.com/the-l...
This is a nice short story about Akiil, one of the more interesting side characters from The Emperor's Blades. What happened with him during the events at the end of the book? Did he make it? Did he die heroically? Did he sell out his monastic brothers?
It's tense and touching at the same time. Not missing one of the things I love in these series, the curses! Yes, the awesome curses:
"....praying to a variety of gods that the miserable, overarmored son of a bitch would get the holy fuck out already so Akiil himself could come down and be gone before the entire ‘Kent-kissing kitchen collapsed into a pile of rubble."
Alrighty, then! Jay Kristoff does not believe in happy endings. I get it now! What is it with male authors I read lately who love to brake yo 4 STARS
Alrighty, then! Jay Kristoff does not believe in happy endings. I get it now! What is it with male authors I read lately who love to brake your heart at the end of their stories?(Pierce Brown, I'm looking right at ya!) Am I drawn subconsciously to such endings? Hmp ...
Praying for Rain is the story of Miho who meets Rei, the boy with a voice, "soft and edged with a smile, as if he has just finished laughing." And they fall in love. Young and beautiful love.
Miho can listen to the thoughts of animals in her head. She can reach out into the minds of the beasts. She can talk to them. But she and the ones like her are considered as ‘Tainted’ or ‘Impure’ by the Imperium. They hunt and burn the ones who possess the Kenning.
All this in a dying world where "there are so many of us here, and so little remaining of anything else. No birds in the sky or fish in the bay. No cats or cows or pigs or pigeons. Just people and the world we have destroyed, stained blue-black by the machines we have created. And still, we think only of ourselves. No matter if these are the last free birds left in the city. No matter if those eggs are the last they will ever lay." It's a steampunk world with greasy water and blood-red air vibrating with the songs of engine and propeller. Harsh, yet fascinating with its Asian vibe.
The story is beautifully melancholic with a heartbreaking end. A perfect introduction to the Stormdancer world. I loved the writing!
I know Praying for Rain has little to do with the plot of Stormdancer itself but now I can't wait to meet Yukiko and her griffin in book #1! A GRIFFIN! Huzzah!
Best book in the series so far! It had it all. Easy 5 stars! I finished it a while ago but RL(being very hectic) prevented me from posting accurate up Best book in the series so far! It had it all. Easy 5 stars! I finished it a while ago but RL(being very hectic) prevented me from posting accurate updates since I'm mostly listening to the audiobook and using the omnibus edition. I'll try to write a proper review at some point. ...more
A fantastic ending to an increasingly good series. In the last 20% of book #6 after every new plot twist andBuddy read with Desinka,Gavin,Conor
A fantastic ending to an increasingly good series. In the last 20% of book #6 after every new plot twist and mystery revealed I was thinking "There is more? Is this really necessary?!" I wondered how Sullivan will manage to get all the threads tied up. Well, he did it greatly and we have a satisfying end. Full review to come after Christmas day. :)
Just like the first book, Theft of Swords, Rise of Empire is two novels in one: Nyphron Rising and The Emerald Storm. Where the first two novels of the first Omnibus could survive as stand alone stories, tied together with similar backdroppings and continuing elements, Rise of Empire has moved deep into the connecting plot.
In Nyphron Rising, the newly formed Empire, which the Nyphron Church is running in all but name, would like to annex Melengar. Thrace, the young woman from the previous book, has been named the Heir of Novron and is rechristened as the Empress Modina. But Modina is a puppet, existing in a state of almost zombie-like shock. Sullivan reveals more about Royce and Hadrian and their backstories in this third novel and brings the princess Arista more into the spotlight. Arista in particular is becoming quite resourceful. I loved her new confident and becoming-pro "Art" personality. The assistant of the new Empress Modina, Amilia, was a great addition to the story as well. In short, Sullivan is beginning to expand his series from individual character sword & sorcery to larger scale stories, and I found this mix of traditional ingredients of epic fantasy with compelling storytelling to be very appealing. Rating: 4.5 stars
The fourth book, The Emerald Storm, takes its title from the ship on which Royce and Hadrian find themselves for much of the novel. Sullivan splits the time between the adventure at sea with the continuing development of the bond between Modina and her assistant Amilia, Modina’s emergence from her shell, and Amilia’s growing respectability in the court. Arista arrives with news that the true heir, (view spoiler)[Degan Gaunt (hide spoiler)], survives somewhere. This is a much darker book with bits of heavy foreshadowing. The final pages come much sooner than you expect, leaving you on a rather significant cliffhanger. It's good I can start the next book immediately. Rating: 4 stars
On a more personal note, it took me a lot of time to read this book. But not because it was not enjoyable! The reason was that I almost interrupted my reading because of another book I started unexpectedly and needed to finish faster. Despite this interruption or rather because of it I could appreciate the quality of Rise of Empire even more. I would define it as a comfort read. It's enjoyable and satisfying no matter when/how/how much you read it. Recommended! ...more
Fun and entertaining this read blends well-known fantasy tropes and new ideas and the result is somethBuddy read with Desinka and Gavin
Fun and entertaining this read blends well-known fantasy tropes and new ideas and the result is something quite unique, yet very comforting and readable! The second part Avempartha is definitely stronger than the first The Crown Conspiracy. For now I'm rounding the rating down to 4 stars but I might round it up to 5 after my full review is ready. I need more time to think all through. I'm still gushing about the ending now! So great!...more
I already know a lot about this book. That's the curse(or the blessing?) of starting a highly anticipated book not on its release date but 3 weeks later .... . I have stumbled upon friend's reviews/updates(some good, some disappointing) and that's probably better because I have adjusted my high expectations to ....well ....I'm not sure. I still hope to love this book.
Despite the fact that I know something about someone which saddened me a lot(trying to stay spoiler free here, duh!) and I'm not talking about precious people dying because I know there is a lot of this in the book too. No, I'm talking about something else. Anyhow....
Easy 5 stars! I finished the book several days ago but I'm still thinking about 10 July, 2015
First attempt for review, 25 September, 2014
Easy 5 stars! I finished the book several days ago but I'm still thinking about the ending and the wait for book #3 is gonna be a torture. I think I enjoyed this second installment in the series even more! Full review later....more