In my experience, which is limited so far, I admit. I will admit the book is full of a lot of arseholes that are evil! Meanwhile, Adare fights to secure a place in a misogynistic government. Of course, she only gets like 5 chapters out of the 50 in the book. It's light on the magic content, and this was both a good and a bad thing. I really hope I will enjoy the next two books in the trilogy! On one level or another we all acknowledge the very real and important ways stories permeate and shape our experience of the world. I had a huge review for this written and ready to go. Then something or someone violated the order.
There was almost always something of importance happening. Like I said, this is a book I really fell in love with. And I'll also say that I can see on some level that this book is well-written. The eldest, Adare, remained at court with her father and learned the ways of government. But I feel the same when I read the new testament and see the apostles asking questions from Jesus that a 4 year old would have the answers to - I feel like the reader's intelligence is being insulted, not only that of the characters. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. And Kaden, heir to an empire, studies in a remote monastery.
When the goodreads choice award nominees were finally presented last Nov. But stuff was constantly happening. Out of the three, she is best suited, trained and adapt for the throne, but she is a woman, and in this patriarchal society, she is blatantly overlooked. This one starts with the death of an Emperor and follows his three children attempt to navigate the dangerous empire form three separate ends of it. Alright I want to get some minor quibbles out of the way before I go into a detailed analysis of the major problems I had with this book and a lot of grimdark in general.
Plus the fact that out of the trio, Valyn have the most highlight here which makes his characters more developed compared to the others. It seemed like a good lesson for a Kettral, a lesson that could never be learned on the earth itself, not in a thousand days of swordplay and barrel drops, the kind of lesson that had to be bleached into the bone. Reread January 2015 Dropped 1 star from 5 to 4 Last year was a big fantasy year for me and my well of experience is bigger now. As a result it feels realistic and right. This world truly is a unique take on epic fantasy, and quickly became one of my favorite immersions. It packed a ton in and I never wanted to na.
Author by : John A. Will I read the second one? Begin with competent characters and develop them by slowly revealing key details about their past, so the reader feels like she's getting to know them. Falls into typical genre pitfalls regarding female characters. It was easy to follow and well written, the plot was interesting and I liked the characters. The story is adventurous and extremely twisty.
Action scenes were frequent and bloody. Original review January 2014 It is the hardest thing to write a review for a book you absolutely love. What is so strange about this is that the author seems to be making the suggestion that these two things are somehow equivalent. The characters, the world, the grittiness, and the fast-paced plots held my attention, causing me to stop looking at the clock as I desperately mined this narrative for the answers to all the questions my mind kept creating. Perfect for fans of J. What most infuriated me about this was that Lin is left feeling guilty and no one ever questions Laith's position.
Court politics can be fatal, but she needs justice. Where are the soldiers dying, not in an epic battle, but from infected scratches? For this review and more, check out my blog:. They're royal children who spent their lives taking orders and raised to understand that being a royal comes with a lot of burden, expectations and complications. As it turned out, there was a good reason, but I didn't know that then. Life in a training camp on the Islands is not sugar: the strictest regime, airtight testing, harsh, unforgiving teachers, the complicated relationship among cadets.
Get ready to scoff and eyeroll when a character neglects to notice a big fat whopping clue slapping him on the side of his face! Fantasy is my home in genre novels, I come back to it time and time again because it's comfortable, exciting, interesting, detailed and emotional. The middle sibling, Valyn, is training to This was a fairly standard fantasy story. Yes, oh shush, I'll review sensibly in a second. But then he unconsciously characterised her in sexist way that confirms the bias. But what bothered me most about this novel was its treatment of female characters.
This world felt so magical and new, the writing is suburb, the side characters are battling the main characters for space in my heart, the mystery is all consuming and makes this book impossible to put down, and the story was just downright good. Like, I'm here for Adare, and I'm rooting for whatever she has to do for her kingdom. Kaden should've been the star of the novel. It is also through her story that we get a greater sense of the world in which they inhabit, and where we discover that the plot that took down her and her brother's father was much greater and far more complicated. And it introduced a conflict that seemed so new and original and cool.