And here we are folks, finally in my digital and physical hands is the first (of seven) books about the Rivven (aka the Amaranthine).This is my choice
And here we are folks, finally in my digital and physical hands is the first (of seven) books about the Rivven (aka the Amaranthine). Since the blog post that Forthy first made mention to when this arrived I have been EAGER to read.
Having had Forthy's fanfic writing in my life since my early 20s, this leap into original fiction was well done.
Echoes of familiarity will pluck at attentive fans as several pieces are adapted from her popular fics. Hisoka-sensei being the most obvious, but the story pace and the telling of it are far better indicators.
Tsumiko is passive at first - having lived her whole life in a secluded school (Saint Midori's) first as a student and later as a teacher, she had no reason to expect that would change. And yet....well fate has a way of finding ways for all of us to be useful in much more interesting ways.
Argent, both by virtue of inhabiting several of my favorite character traits as well as being who he is, was a lot of fun. Of the Fox Amaranthine clans, he is as scornful and mischievous and frustrating as he is elegant and caring and resourceful.
There is much in this Tale which is not pretty. There's a sort of...dark undertone that while never graphically shown is frequently spoken of in regards to just how far beings will go in cruelty when they have the power to do so and the knowledge its against someone powerless to prevent it.
Rape is discussed, as well physical abuses and emotional abuses. Again not graphically, but the emotional (and physical) consequences are part of the story.
While some of the world confused me, by in large I really enjoyed the world built here. Because of Tsumiko's seclusion we are introduced as she is, giving readers a chance to catch up as she has to. In some cases this is vexing - I'm still hazy on much of Amaranthine political structuring. In others it's fascinating as Forthy blended many different myths, legends, original ideas and fact to create some unique customs.
This is a slow burn story of acceptance, respect, love, and understanding. Tsumiko is not perfect nor is Argent always in the right despite his situation. They both have to learn to let go of preconceptions or expectations.
I will say thank God that for once things worked out for Falada. This was supremely short however. I greatly enjoy K. M. Shea's books aMostly enjoyed!
I will say thank God that for once things worked out for Falada. This was supremely short however. I greatly enjoy K. M. Shea's books and writing, which this book (book one in a shared universe alongside five other authors) demonstrated quite well.
Humor, charm and quickly plotted this book didn't take me long at all to fall into. It just didn't feel like enough time was given to everything to fully flesh out. There's quite a bit of exposition to explain how the end resolution came together (though some of it was obvious, even if you didn't read any version of this fairy tale before) and we're told more than shown the romance that occurs.
In all however I'm interested to see how the other five books tie in together and as always Shea's writing leaves me feeling positive and happy....more
All right so this is more of a 3.5, but edging close enough to 4 to make it worth noting as such.
Overall I enjoyed this. Morgan is brash and recklessAll right so this is more of a 3.5, but edging close enough to 4 to make it worth noting as such.
Overall I enjoyed this. Morgan is brash and reckless and committed and thoroughly frustrating but she gave as much as she got.
The guys were mostly ok - somewhat broadly written til closer to the end, I'm not completely sure how I feel about them all falling for her (view spoiler)[seriously I'll eat a shoe if Draven doesn't wind up her mate and I'll lay odds on Atlas too (hide spoiler)] but whatever.
The world building laws are confusing for me. I'm not sure if it's because Morgan lived in such an intense state of denial it felt like a physical wall so I lost track of immutable laws....or it was haphazardly written. I'll go with the former though since she was seriously in denial.
The plot though lost itself. The killer angle is thrown to the side as Morgan goes from n00b to elite trainee to I'm not sure but somehow every time she coughed she was in mortal danger and cut to shreds. By the 75% point she ruined all 4 of her outfits. Timing is wibbly wobbly but the action is pretty fast and engaging so it's easy to ignore.
Interested to see where it goes from here, but a bit wary too....more