All about Books
This is the page where I will be discussing what I'm reading, reviewing those books and be open to suggestions to keep adding to my To Be Read pile. Honestly, I'm never going to get through that thing anyway, so the more the merrier.
The second and final book review of the night and then I'm all up to date before my holiday. Finally getting all organised!
Well, that was beautiful and dark and inspiring. Oh and I'll try, but there may be minor spoilers because I'm just going to gush about this book.
First off, I loved the idea of people's jobs being based on their eye colour and I've never heard of that before. I mean, it wouldn't be so good for me if I lived in Karthia because I have brown eyes...but at least I could hide in Valoria's workshop and help her invent things? Even if I might not be very good. The only other thing I'd be remotely good at, I think, would be as a beast master, because I have a degree with animals. That's sound logic. :)
I can't pick a favourite character, but I've found several new book friends. Speaking of her, I'm so glad Valoria wasn't the fantasy typical princess who expected things to be done for her just because she's a princess. No, she's an inventor who stays up way too late working, who truly cares for her family, her friends and her people. I'm possibly in love with her.
As the main character, Odessa resembled, like, an actual human being. She fights for what she thinks is right, she makes mistakes, she falls in love, she cares about people and she's amazing. Basically, I believed all these characters since they acted like real people, even the villains. The Shades were suitably terrifying and the action scenes were great.
Along with death and stuff, there was an important portion of the story that talked about addictions and how they affected a character. It wasn't glossed over and, along with other things in them, took several chapters. Karthia is also a place where people of all races and sexualities live there and are accepted. The main characters are no different. Odessa is on-the-page bisexual that is mentioned and who has healthy relationships.
It took me a while get my hands on a copy, but when I did, I became a seagull from Finding Nemo! :) Yes, I loved this book so much and am very excited for the second book, even if it is next year. The way this year is going (how is it July??), I'll be reading it before I know it!
All the best. Happy reading. :)
First of two of reviews today, a day late, but I go on holiday next week, so I'll get back to my schedule after I come back! Anyway, here we go.
That was both very intense and so much fun! Though I haven't read many of them yet, Age of Assassins reminded me of Robin Hobb's books. I'm looking forward to continuing.
However, I knocked half a star off for two reasons. Firstly, for a first book, the cast list was huge and some of the characters, particularly the young squires, sometimes became one character in my mind. This is simply a personal thing, though, so won't affect everyone. The other thing that confused me was the prologue. Half of it seemed connected to the main story as some backstory, but one of the characters never showed up after the prologue. A book 2 character maybe??
I can't not mention the mother-son bond Girton and his master had, as well as professional for their assassin jobs. Girton didn't have the best start in life, and I guess, given her job, I expected Merela to be harsh with him too or something, but she's pretty amazing overall. The other secondary characters, both good and bad, were also well rounded and felt like people.
For an epic fantasy, this was a great whodunit- or rather, who will do it? :) So much mystery, intrigue and drama, along with magic and fighting. The friendships Girton makes, despite never having that before, was great, as I really felt how nervous and conflicted he felt in that. Oh, and the animals. So many animals. And Xus, the horse belonging to Girton and his master, was rather temperamental and sometimes vicious. I loved him.
It was a relatively quick read and highly enjoyable. So yes, I will be continuing with the second book, Blood of Assassins. Hopefully I'll get it read after I come back from my holiday in time for the final book releasing next month. :)
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