Fantasy

The Gathering Storm (Daughters of the People #6)

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Summary:

Born a Viking and an immortal warrior of the People, Sigrid Glyvynsdatter has spent her entire life chasing wars and men, not necessarily in that order. Now one of the People's leading geneticists, she longs for the thrill of battle and the spoils of war. Even her work on the recently discovered Bones of the Just isn't enough to break the routine boredom she's fallen into.

Until Will Corbin snags her attention with a stolen kiss.

Will has been watching Sigrid from behind the bar of his parents' pub since she walked through its doors two years ago. In a fit of exasperation, he dares to kiss the woman he's wanted for so long, risking her wrath and his life.

But will that one kiss lead to something more, or will the forces aligned against them destroy the fragile attraction stretching between Will and Sigrid before they can fall in love? (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Please note: I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the author and I voluntarily chose to write a review

Review:

In this much-awaited book we finally get to find out (some!) what happens next in the world of the People and what is yet to come with the Shadow.  Will is one of the characters I was hoping would end up with a happy ending and I was happy to hear that he was the focus of this book along with Sigrid.  Sigrid is an interesting character who has been a daughter much longer than many and in an interesting way has a both more and less flexibility because of it.

I found this book to be a little less intense than some of the previous books, but that is partially in the nature of the topic being based locally for the People.  This was a book that had a lot of setup for the next books to come so it will be particularly interesting to see what happens as they start to bring the different stakeholders together.  All in all it was wonderful to be thrown back into the series and I cannot wait to hear what happens next!

Warning: Contains violence and repeated sexual content.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Fans of kickass women and the series – start at the beginning though!

Want to read the whole series?

Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles #1)

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Summary:

Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.

Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This was a wonderful reminder as to why I love Tamora Pierce so much.  She’s so wonderful at making the ordinary extraordinary and giving clear insight into the day-to-day experiences of the characters.  It was interesting to hear her write a male character for the first time (in the Tortall realm) although I can’t say that I found any significant difference to her other books. 

Numair as a child is unusual and it’s interesting to see how different he is than the adult he becomes.  Of course, being a story about his early years, there’s a ton of foreshadow - particularly when it comes to characters and how their relationships intermingle.  The main reason this book didn’t hit five stars for me is because there wasn’t much of a conflict, climax or resolution.  Instead, this was a book of setup around Numair and who is about to become.  We know what will eventually happen (to some degree) in the next book, but this was the foundation for that to build upon.

Warning: Contains violence.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Fans of the Tortall realm, but if you’re not familiar with the series, I’d recommend at least reading the “Wild Magic” books before diving into this series.

Want to read the whole series?

  • The Exile’s Gift (The Numair Chronicles #2)

Captain Marvel: Earth's Mightiest Hero Vol. 1

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Summary:

Carol Danvers has a new codename and is determined to prove herself the best of the best! She's forging a new future for herself as Captain Marvel, but finds that she still can't walk away from a challenge from her past! It's a firefight in the sky as the Banshee Squadron debut - but who are the Prowlers, and where has Carol seen them before? Witness her in blazing battlefield action that just may change the course of history! Then, the Avengers' new Captain Marvel meets their old one - Monica Rambeau! But what's Monica's problem? Can they resolve it before a threat from the ocean depths attacks? (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This was a random pickup for the second-hand store, but I really enjoyed it! I wasn’t familiar with the character of Carol Danvers so it was interesting to see a different one of the Avengers and hear some of the abilities associated with her.  I loved that she was a badass heroine with some awesome female mentors in her past as well.

If I had the chance, I’d definitely pick up additional books in the series in the future!

Warning: Contains violence.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Comic book fans!

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6)

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Summary:

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica-the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both-and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.  (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This was a beast of a book, but I didn’t find it dragging on or repetitive.  There are some parts that perhaps could have been shortened, but overall I enjoyed the character development and the slower pace of relationships building.  Chaol and Yrene deserved the time to develop more as authentic characters as themselves rather than the side character they somewhat were relegated to up to this point.  (And if you hadn’t read the novellas you wouldn’t know Yrene at all!).  It was a bit of fresh air after the intensity of Aelin and crew in the series as well.  I went to an author event with Sarah J. Maas and she actually said she found it therapeutic to have a bit of a different change of pace for her as well!

Two of the things I really liked about the book was Maas’ thoughtfulness in the world-building and creating a place that had a taste of authentic history interspersed with the fantasy world.  She also made some very conscientious choices in disability representation.  Diversity in writing shouldn’t be something that needs to be called out and I appreciate that Maas always makes it a matter-of-fact item rather than something that’s supposed to be novel and controversial.

All in all, this was a fantastic continuation of the series and I cannot wait for the final book in the series!  Considering I wasn’t sold on the idea of this “distraction” book, there are a lot of things that are tied together well and set up a lot for the finale!

Warning: Contains repeated violence and sexual content.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Fans of the series otherwise I think you’d be fairly lost

Want to read the whole series?