Continues the series fairly well; is still a middle book.
Although it does have second-book-in-a-trilogy syndrome, clever structure prevents the reader from caring too much.
In theory, this book was perfect for me; in execution, not so much.
Fantasy adventure romance, including (which I forgot to mention in the video) a girl who pretends to be a boy for [x very good reason], which is kind of my Kryptonite.
An interesting take on the classic portal fantasy trope; mostly recommended, with some big reservations.
My second video review is of the first half of The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss. I am really not into it, so convince me to keep going, if you’re a fan.
Shadow and Bone & Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
So. Pretty. And there are major clues to plot points hidden in the drawing, but they really only make sense once you’ve read it, so they don’t spoil anything. Basically, it’s perfect.
The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.
Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?
The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.
But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him? Continue reading
The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson
It’s consistent with the others, but icier.
Jacket Copy (May Contain Spoilers):
The epic conclusion to Rae Carson’s Fire and Thorns trilogy. The seventeen-year-old sorcerer-queen will travel into the unknown realm of the enemy to win back her true love, save her country, and uncover the final secrets of her destiny.
Elisa is a fugitive in her own country. Her enemies have stolen the man she loves in order to lure her to the gate of darkness. As she and her daring companions take one last quest into unknown enemy territory to save Hector, Elisa will face hardships she’s never imagined. And she will discover secrets about herself and her world that could change the course of history. She must rise up as champion-a champion to those who have hated her most. Continue reading
Kushiel’s Scion by Jacqueline Carey
It’s a consistent look for the covers, although I find it a bit odd that Phedre in a sexy pose is on the cover of this one, considering it’s mainly about her stepson. I mean, Phedre was already on the covers of all three of her own books, so now that this is Imriel’s book, whither the beefcake?
Imriel de la Courcel’s blood parents are history’s most reviled traitors, but his adoptive parents, the Comtesse Phèdre and the warrior-priest Joscelin, are Terre d’Ange’s greatest champions.
Stolen, tortured, and enslaved as a young boy, Imriel is now a Prince of the Blood, third in line for the throne in a land that revels in art, beauty, and desire. It is a court steeped in deeply laid conspiracies … and there are many who would see the young prince dead. Some despise him out of hatred for his birth mother Melisande, who nearly destroyed the realm in her quest for power. Others because they fear he has inherited his mother’s irresistible allure – and her dangerous gifts. And as he comes of age, plagued by dark yearnings, Imriel shares their fears.
At the royal court, where gossip is the chosen poison and assailants wield slander instead of swords, the young prince fights character assassins while struggling with his own innermost conflicts. But when Imriel departs to study at the famed University of Tiberium, the perils he faces turn infinitely more deadly. Searching for wisdom, he finds instead a web of manipulation, where innocent words hide sinister meanings, and your lover of last night may become your hired killer before dawn. Now a simple act of friendship will leave Imriel trapped in a besieged city where the infamous Melisande is worshiped as a goddess; where a dead man leads an army; and where the prince must face his greatest test: to find his true self. Continue reading