I recieved this ARC from Netgalley and this is my honest review.
Clio is the youngest daughter of the Oracle of Sheehan. Sheehan is a dying city who1,5
I recieved this ARC from Netgalley and this is my honest review.
Clio is the youngest daughter of the Oracle of Sheehan. Sheehan is a dying city who is as good as conquered by the Morek empire. But its not what is on her and her older sisters mind as the book opens Ali,the sister closest in age to Clio is to become one of her mothers Vessels. emissaries of the Oracle who carry out her orders.
Clio has seen how changed and cold her other sisters have become and she knows she is next and as she is the daughter of the oracle she is never allowed to marry and have children of her own. Nothing can be changed no matter how she rails at her distant mother. But its too late and Ali accepts her destiny and draws away from her sister.Distraught over losing her only confidante she goes to find her old childhood friend Derik the son of the ruler of the city who she has not seen in several years.
Her mother and sisters have been betrayed by Mannix a foreigner who has killed the king of Sheehan and pointed the blame at the Oracle. That night her mother and sisters are killed and Clio inherits the Sight. Her black hair turns white and she know her mothers power werebefore she was skeptical about her mothers so called powers-now she knows just how real they are. She decides to go to Morek to try and save her sister but is too late and becomes trapped as one of the slaves that are to be sacrificed Riece is the young Commander who takes an interest in Clio but even if she starts to trust him she can never reveal that she is an Oracle because the reason Morek has no more Oracles is because she betrayed the city and caused the death of Rieces mother.
Then it became a love story and characters started saying things like"Join the club" and the plot lost its momentum and general epicness in the making.
I did like Clio ...at least the Clio of the first chapters a bit rebellious but likeable nevertheless but after she got to the city instead of a young woman with a glorious but heavy gift and purpose she is quickly reduced to a silly girl with a crush on a boy,a boy who while he didnt directly enslave her was her jailer. Oh but trust me he hates his job but hey at least he tries to treat the girls decently before they are taken away and killed.
This is why I prefer a honest villain as opposed to a hypocritical hero. -__-
Then of course there is the budding love triangle with Riece and Derik ,there is even a scene where the antagonist has the two guys captive and force Clio to decide between them.
Goodness gracious.Why would he even care? Not to mention that the antagonist and Clio had more chemistry than any of the other two. When will authors abandon the whole love triangle plot Lots of books that could have been decent and the ones that knows how to write a love triangle believable are very far in between. This book had a great plot and female protagonist but it took a trip down a cliff. ...more
Nihal lives in one of the many towers of the Land of the Wind. There is nobody like her in the Overworld: big violet eyes,requested ARC from Netgalley
Nihal lives in one of the many towers of the Land of the Wind. There is nobody like her in the Overworld: big violet eyes, pointed ears, and blue hair. She is an expert in swordplay and the leader of a handful of friends that includes Sennar the wizard. She has no parents; brought up by an armorer and a sorceress, Nihal seems to be from nowhere.
Things suddenly change when the Tyrant takes charge. Nihal finds herself forced to take action when she is faced with the most difficult mission a girl her age could imagine.
Fierce, strong, and armed with her black crystal sword, Nihal sets out to become a real warrior. Readers will be riveted as she forges her powerful path of resistance. ...more
Winter is as long as a year with us, and the snow piling up around the villages and castles in the mountains. But winter is coming to an end, the spriWinter is as long as a year with us, and the snow piling up around the villages and castles in the mountains. But winter is coming to an end, the spring is going on and the air loaded with expectations.
In the snowbound castle meet three young people. The daughter of the Wingmaster Arys, Princess Tamara which remains in bad mood, it seems, and the boy Armain drawn to both Tamara and the enigma of Arys. Tamara outbreaks worries of course her parents, but they refuse to understand what caused it. For them it is only important that she learn to fly, the day is near when the wings should be taken out of their houses and castles all families should initiate the great spring flight.
Everything is moving inexorably toward its resolution, and it can be hard because it means disgrace to the family if one of its children do not want to fly, while it is about the death penalty to fly for those who come from the wrong family, especially if she is a wing master's daughter....more
**spoiler alert** The maincharacter Satina is a goodmother on the run from the magical gangs that run things in the world where the book is set.
While**spoiler alert** The maincharacter Satina is a goodmother on the run from the magical gangs that run things in the world where the book is set.
While on the run she accidentally encounters another magical creature,Marten the Imp Skinner and follows him back to a village where she is surprised to learn hes accepted (or at least tolerated by the townspeople because he uses his abilites to help them (for the most of the time)
Satina contemplates staying around for a bit,maybe this is a haven for her kind?
Then suddenly one of the magic gangs led by Vane appears to take over the village,and she is only saved in the nick of time by Marten who sends her off to a friend of his who lives in a cottage just outside the village.She is sheltered by the old lady named Hadja who lives there who despite being full human has magical abilites too.
Now Satina and her new friends have to figure out a way to escape detection from the ambitious Vane and his gang and make them leave.
So now to my thoughs about this book.There were many things that were unclear about the world and its inhabitants.Things that I would liked to have gotten a more information about. Like for example what the history between the Starlight and Shades gangs were or even what the name of the land where the book takes place is called. This bothered me.
The writing seemed at times to be a bit clunky and not flowing so smoothly that I had to go back and re-read sentences to see what I had missed.And another thing I found irked me were the names. You have characters named Satina,Marten and Hadja and then you have a gargoyle named Henry of all things.
Oh and also-the villain Vane was also something of a cardbox cut out villain.
Now you might think I hated this book but I dont.I just expected to be more,well EPIC.
I actually liked the characters such as they were and it did have some witty dialogue and though I am not sure I would recommend this book but I do feel that the author has potential and maybe just need to refine her writing skills a bit more and flesh out her worldbuilding and supporting characters. It was just a shame that it faltered in those aspects because it could have been great.
**spoiler alert** I liked Martha Wells The Cloud Roads and decided that some day I would read her past books.
Khat the main character is an outsider in**spoiler alert** I liked Martha Wells The Cloud Roads and decided that some day I would read her past books.
Khat the main character is an outsider in the city of Charisat,his people the krismen were created/genetically engineenered to survive in the harsh desert called the Waste.
This causes him to be treated like a second class citizen by many,luckily he has enough survival skills for people who wish him harm to think twice before they try anything.
But other people seek him out because of his skill as a relic hunter of the Ancients artifacts.
One day he accepts an assignment to escort a Warden (a magic user) across the waste to one of the Ancients ruins.On the way they are assaulted by pirates,people who have been driven out of Charisat and turned to
The Warden is hurt and after removing the veil that most upperclass people wear Khat discovers that he is a she.She reveals her name to be Elen,apprentice to the Master Warden.
After they are joined by other wardens and travels back to Charisat,Khat is tasked by the Master Warden with finding two very important relics with the help of Elen.
Seems simple enough...if it werent for the fact that other people also want them...
I recognized many themes from the Raksura series and at times Khat reminded me of Moon in personality.
The author seems to be fond of the matriarchial society (used in the Raksura series) Here its just mentioned as being one of the reasons Khat left his fellow krismen.
Another thing I couldnt help but make a comparison with the Raksura series was how the author incorporated an agressive female,in a way to reverse gender roles maybe?
Khat is even taken advantage of a female character (view spoiler)[ not so much rape as he just lies back and let he have her way with him.Its not described in great detail. I was a bit disgusted by this...but it doesnt seem to be such a big deal with Khat.It just threw me off. (hide spoiler)]
I also wish that Khats relatives had gotten more than a walk on appearance,by the end of the book their relationship is still unresolved.