Category: Fantasy


!!Teaser post!! Crane by Stacey Rourke

Posted 17 June, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Fantasy, Paranormal, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

 Howdy! 

We have some fun things for you today. As part of the blog tour, we’re pleased to give you some deadly goodies from:

Crane by Stacey Rourke

(Legends Saga Book 1)
The Horseman is unending,
his presence shan’t lessen.
If you break the curse,
you become the legend.Washington Irving and Rip Van Winkle had no choice but to cover up the deadly truth behind Ichabod Crane’s disappearance. Centuries later, a Crane returns to Sleepy Hollow awakening macabre secrets once believed to be buried deep. What if the monster that spawned the legend lived within you?Now, Ireland Crane, reeling from a break-up and seeking a fresh start, must rely on the newly awakened Rip Van Winkle to discover the key to channeling the darkness swirling within her. Bodies are piling high and Ireland is the only one that can save Sleepy Hollow by embracing her own damning curse.

But is anyone truly safe when the Horseman rides?

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How about an excerpt?

The plush terry cloth robe slipped from Ireland’s shoulders with a whispering caress before pooling in a heap around her ankles. Marble tiles chilled her bare feet as she stepped into the walk-in shower. The tips of her fingers slid across stainless steel. With a flick of her wrist, the trio of showerheads flowed to life. Welcoming heat came at her from all angles, pulsating over her curves with a rhythmic seduction. Ireland turned, a groan escaping her as the streams massaged all the right places. Steam rose, fogging the handle and creating a cloud of humidity that hugged her frame. Tipping her head back, she let the droplets rain down on her face and across her closed lids. Her lips parted, welcoming the rush of warmth that flooded between them. Until it assaulted her tongue with a rush of coppery warmth that clamped her throat shut with a wretched heave. Her hands cupped to catch the droplets, her eyes widening as thick crimson pooled in her palms, seeping between her ivory fingers. Formerly white tiles were now smattered and smeared with blackish-red gore that sprayed from the nozzles. Ireland threw herself from the shower, her feet slipping beneath her. She reached out to steady herself, but found nothing to hold on to. Nothing there to pull her back from the brink, except her own need for self-preservation … and a shadowed silhouette in the corner. Instinctively, she covered herself with her arms. Squinting, she craned her neck to see the figure that was slowly turning to face her.

Mason?” Her voice echoed around her before she could even speak it.

He stared straight ahead with fixed, unseeing eyes. Blood trailed down his face from various points of origin, soaking the front of his shirt. “Cloak of night, brings Horseman’s plight. His pricy toll, will be a soul.”

Mason? Are you okay?”

A hard blink and his eyes found focus on her. A desperate panic flared his nostrils, forcing his breath to come fast and ragged. “Help me, you have to help me,” he pleaded, his teeth pink with the blood that streamed past his lips.

Her trembling hand reached for him, then recoiled at her own inept state of confusion. “H-how? What do I do?”

You have to save us,” Mason’s words became more garbled by the fresh rush of gore that bubbled up the back of his throat. His once handsome face contorted in rage. Leaning forward he balled his fists and screamed with a force that bulged the tendons of his neck, “Save us!

 

About the author:
There is nothing worse than being put on the spot and asked to talk about yourself. For me it brings back that inevitable moment in a new school when the teacher would ask me to stand up, introduce myself and tell the class something about myself. I was always worried I would blurt out something stupid that I would get teased for. Something like, “My name’s Stacey and I like pickles!” Then for the rest of the school year I’d be known as the Pickle Girl and let’s be honest, no one wants that. So to avoid such a faux pas I will simply say that I love to write. It allows me to get my crazy out just enough that I can function as a normal member of society.

 

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4 stars to City of Heavenly Fire (Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

Posted 2 June, 2014 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last instalment of the internationally bestselling The Mortal Instruments series.

Erchomai, Sebastian had said. I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat him – must they journey to another world to find the chance?

Review:

Let me just clear this up: I was going to rate this book 3.5 stars. That was before the epilogue. I’ll just call this my “disclaimer” 😛

So the end has come, and I guess we all knew it would happen. Would Sebastian aka Jonathan Morgenstern win the war? Would he rule all of hell and earth and whatever else he was planning?

A little part of me hoped he’d redeem himself. But alas it was not to be. I won’t say any spoilers, though that is going to make reviewing damned difficult because SO much happened.

I’ll get the negatives out of the way. I felt for the first half or three quarters of the book not a lot actually HAPPENED. Oh don’t get me wrong, lot’s went on, people did stuff and said stuff that were both bad and good, but the phrase “you say a lot without actually saying anything” comes to mind. Lots went on but not a lot actually happened. As in, I felt like I was being dragged around a playground for hours until suddenly there was a bump in the road. I dunno, bad analogy. Edit: I just remembered to add there were a couple of continuity problems and also the pacing…I don’t know if it was just me, but it felt off.

Then about half way, things started to get real. The ‘gang’ as I like to call them, travel into an unknown realm, which is basically…hell. They roam hills and vast desert, and encounter demons. This was the most interesting bit in this section for me, when they first arrive, and they each fall into a dream where their hearts desire come true. Although it’s not really their desire, as they each find out. I thought that added a nice twist, as opposed to just entering hell and it being a bit anti climactic.

As much as I hated Sebastian…I still kind of liked him. I understood (although not in a personal way) that he just, ultimately, wanted to be loved. The problem was, he didn’t understand that that other person needs a good reason to love back and it can’t be forced. He thought by threatening and practically forcing Clary to love him, it would happen. Which is what made me like him, despite the crazy shit he did, he was deep down lonely.

Now, we all knew that two new characters (well a whole family, really) would be introduced into this book. Emma and Julian being the centre pair. I understood why Cassie did this, because of her releasing a new Shadowhunter series in 2015. But…now here’s where my opinion might be unpopular. I didn’t particularly like how much they were in it. I get that you can introduce them, maybe have them in a couple of scenes, but in my view, that should have been it. They took up too much room and imo were quite boring. I felt zero feelings towards them, and it really bugged me. More because I had to drag myself through the long chapters they were in just to get to good stuff. I realise that I don’t have to read the next series, and I may not, but for an end of series book for the characters we already know and love, adding these new people for as much as she did, was a bit unnecessary.

Shoot pellets at me if you like.

Magnus as always was someone I hoped survived. Although in contrast to other books in the series, his part wasn’t that big. The wolves seemed to be more of a focus, which I guess yeah is okay, but I’ve never been a big lover of werewolves (long story) and so this put me off, but I was sad when a certain thing happened. Actually, two certain things, but that’s unrelated to the pack. *remembers not to spoil*

Onto the epilogue and this is where the dull parts of the book are redeemed because what happened at the end of the book broke me. I was sad, no tears though. Just…sad. Until epilogue and dammit, you got reminders of the Herondale family and a certain blue eyed boy and I’m like “WILLLLLLL I MISS YOU!!!” but yknow, that’s another story. Literally. hehe.

I just loved (and hated) all the references to the characters in TID and especially mentions of  certain ghost in the London Institute. (if you’ve read that series, you’ll understand.) but this is what made me cry. In some ways, I felt a stronger attachment to them than the Mortal Instruments crew.

I guess there’s not much else I can say. I enjoyed this book…well, most of it. Despite the whines and complaints, it was a good ending to a very good series. I’m glad nothing major happened, although some things were pretty scary. There were so many laughs, which was nice, it lightened the tension, and many twists and turns.

Looking forward to what Cassie next has in store for us…

Kat

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4 stars to Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Posted 15 May, 2014 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Reviews, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them.

And its snap split the world in two.

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living – one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying.

Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel – a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness.

This was not that world.

 

Review:

I was completely blown away with how GREAT this book is. In fact, I’d go as far as say it trumps the first book by miles. I read it faster, that’s for sure. And that usually only happens when the story flows well, the writing is great and I get sucked into the world of angels and whatever else there are.

I instantly felt bad for Karou. She’d lost her family, the only people she loved and could trust and after finding out Akiva was connected to destroying their world, she couldn’t bare to be in his presence. I wanted to hug her and also…maybe slap her? I mean, come on! Give the guy a break.

He didn’t single handedly destroy Karou’s former home.

Of course, now she’s run away. She discovers other chimaera that she thought were gone. Karou goes on a mission to build back an army and avenge Brimstone, whom had been killed.

This…not such a good idea.

I loved how the chapters didn’t seem to struggle, and I didn’t find myself pausing on the edge of boredom. Akiva and Karou are probably two of my favourite characters ever, and their strength and determination is one of the reasons.

We also see a LOT more of Mik and Zuze. I love these guys. They’re great.

I look forward to book three, and hope things work out. Because that was one hell of a set up for a battle at the end.

-Kat

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4 stars to The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted 20 April, 2014 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

 

 

THERE ARE SPOILERS REGARDING THE RAVEN BOYS!! 

 

Review:

The Dream Thieves continues on from The Raven Boys. Gansey and his friends are still searching for Glendower and Cabeswater is still as mysterious as it ever was. Also, it’s missing. Whatever happened to Adam in book 1, has changed things drastically.

This book is more about Ronan and his past. It’s nice that the chapters are split between different characters, but I find it confusing sometimes, especially when the chapters have no titles. And with the POVs being fairly…omnipresent, it’s hard for me to really get focused. But never-the-less I enjoyed this, despite it taking me a while. Ronan is such a deep and unknowable character in that there is so much about him that isn’t on the surface. He hides so much of himself from his friends and even his family. We find out he’s able to pull things out of dreams and this causes chaos with the ley line.  We’re introduced to his younger brother, Matthew, who is completely different from the hard as nails approach that both Ronan and Declan have. He’s relaxed and fun, but perhaps more ignorant to what is going on around him.

There’s certainly more of Gansey, which I will always love. I just love him. He’s just…*sigh* And his closeness with Blue (Or Jane…lol) is heartwarming. Adam and Blue never seemed to be a ‘couple’ so much as two friends with mixed emotions and never really paying much attention to each other until randomly they are together and start questioning things. But they’re only 15/16/17 or whatever and they act like it’s the end of the world if they don’t have boyfriends/girlfriends. It baffles me.

Anyway, Blues’ family  centre more in this sequel and also a man named simply ‘the grey man’ who seems to take precedence within the story. He’s been sent to Henrietta to find the Greywaren, which he doesn’t know what form it comes in, so that makes his task difficult. It was a little confusing with all the different names for things but I got there in the end.

Mr Grey became a character I could have gotten used to and maybe even liked. Creepy but with a sense of morality despite his job.

The final chapters are like something out of a movie, epic and frightening.

I can’t wait to read the 3rd instalment and find out if they get any closer to finding their King.

Kat

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4 stars to Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Posted 17 March, 2014 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

 

Review:

I love high fantasy, and especially the kind that isn’t overly complicated, although to say this was easy to understand would be pushing it. It wasn’t.

The characters were engaging and I found I liked Celaena a lot more than I expected to. She’s an assassin but she has a heart and you see that throughout the book. I was expecting all hard edges and and no time to be nice, but with the Prince Dorian continued to beat down her walls, it was hard not to see that she is indeed a human being and she isn’t a complete monster.

Chaol, the Captain of the Guard, is as mysterious as they come and at first I quite liked him. I could see a love triangle coming from a mile away, though. Not that I don’t like them, because I do. But I’d already decided I liked Dorian; charming, witty, sly, sarcastic, sexy…Yes I wanted him. More precisely, I wanted him and Celaena to be one. But that was difficult with the assassin taking part in a challenge to become the Kings Assassin. Several trials would put 20 odd assassins down to four, and she would be expected to defeat them all.

I could see how much Chaol was starting to like Celeana more, however, and this concerned me. I just…didn’t connect with him like that. He was more “friend zone” than “love interest” in my opinion and I kept on hoping for Dorian. At first I saw some light at the end of the rhetorical tunnel, but it was not to last. I won’t say much more, because this is definitely worth the read and I want you all to see for yourself just how well written and captivating the world is.

I found the intricacies within the story, the tunnels and the secrecy with which the Kings Castle kept, and the magic that is contained within. Celeana discovering new things made me feel like I was experiencing the wonder with her, and I didn’t want to stop reading.

This isn’t just a story about letting down defences and finding reasons to love,  it’s ultimately  a story about a girl who endured a childhood full of heartache and torture, and is finally finding a  life for herself, and a way to escape the pain in what ever way possible.

 

-Kat

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4 stars to Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Posted 24 February, 2014 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Darkness never dies. Alina and Mal are on the run. Hunted and haunted, but together at last, they can’t outrun Alina’s past or her destiny forever. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and he needs Alina to realise his dangerous plan. There are others who would like to use Alina’s gift too. And as her power grows, somehow, she must choose between her country, her power, and her love – or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

review:

Wow, and I thought Shadow and Bone was intense. The Darkling is as dark and deep as ever and Alina and Mal are on the run this time. They thought they could escape forever, though. They can’t.

It’s weird. I both like and hate the Darkling. His past is really vague and it’s like he’s evil just for the sake of it, but still, he’s a really intriguing character. He honestly thinks Alina is meant to be with him. But personally, I prefer Mal. Things get a bit rocky for their relationship but I can see things from her point of view. She thinks she’s going crazy, and to tell someone she loves is beyond frightening. She feels like if she says it out loud, it’ll be true.

I thought this book delved deeper in to the story line and I completely loved the new additions: Sturmhond. Holy crap, I love this dude! I mean, he turns out to be way more than first impressions show and in a way he is far more complex than anything I’d have imagined. I instantly liked him.

And there are others, like Tolya and Tamar, who become Alina’s guards. They’re fun and fresh, but also you can tell they have secrets.

There were so many twists and turns I couldn’t put this book down and I am bouncing with excitement for Ruin and Rising. It comes out later this year as far as I know. 🙂

Kat

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YA BOOK RELEASES 2014

Posted 10 January, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Dystopian, Fantasy, Mature, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

WELCOME TO 2014!

Once again we find ourselves in another year and more wonderful books to anticipate! Here is our list for the first half of the year  (January thru June) of books WE think you should check out!

JANUARY

  • 28th

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3) by Veronica Rossi

FEBRUARY

  • 4th

Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Alienated (Alienated, #1) by Melissa Landers

Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine

  • 13th

Vengeance (Fracture #2) by Megan Miranda

  • 25th

Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood #1) by Victoria Scott 

  • 27th

Evertrue (Everneath #3) by Brodi Ashton

 

MARCH

  • 4th

Let the Storm Break (Let the Sky Fall, #2) by Shannon Messenger

Death Sworn (Death Sworn #1) by Leah Cypess 

Panic by Lauren Oliver

Dangerous by Shannon Hale

Half Bad (Half Life Trilogy #1) by Sally Green 

Sing Sweet Nightingale (The Dream War Saga #1)

  • 11th

Ruins  by Dan Wells (USA release)

  • 18th

Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam 

APRIL

  • 1st

Illusion (Chronicles of Nick, #5) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

  • 29th

Sweet Reckoning (The Sweet Trilogy, #3) by Wendy Higgins (USA RELEASE)

The Taking (The Taking #1) by Kimberly Derting

MAY

  • 6th

The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass 

  • 13th

Free to Fall by Lauren Miller 

  • 20th

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes 

Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

  • 22nd

Sweet Reckoning (Sweet Evil #3) by Wendy Higgins (UK RELEASE)

  • 27th

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

JUNE

  • 19th

Ruin and Rising (Grisha Trilogy #3) by Leigh Bardugo

We may add more as the weeks go by so make sure to keep checking back!

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4 stars to School’s Out – Forever by James Patterson

Posted 23 December, 2013 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Middle Grade, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride and the other members of the “Flock”–Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel–are just like ordinary kids–only they have wings and can fly. It seems like a dream come true–except that they’re being hunted by half-human, half-wolf “Erasers” who can fly, too.

In Book 2 of the series, the Flock members are taken under the wing of an FBI agent and try to live “normal” lives by going to school, making friends–and continuing their relentless search for their parents. But the Erasers return, forcing the Flock to abandon their search and make their escape once again. The voice inside Max’s head keeps telling her that it’s up to her to save the world, but this is especially challenging to do when she is faced with her ultimate match: a newer and better version of herself, Maximum Ride II.

Review:

After the immense start of the Flock’s journey to freedom in The Angel Experiment, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the sequel.

As is it, I was impressed and somewhat enjoyed this more. There’s far more action, more drama, and plenty of funny moments.

I love Max and Fang mostly, but Nudge and Iggy I’m learning to like more. I’m not sure how I feel about the rest.

And although Ari is the bad guy, it’s annoying how he’s supposedly so “misunderstood”. At seven years old…I mean, he thinks by attacking and trapping Max, he can get her to LIKE him? Eh no. If anything, he’s making an idiot of himself. So Ari did get on my nerves a lot. But enough about him. How about the fact the Flock get to go to School? A real school, that is.

After an incident leaves Fang badly injured, the FBI find them and Anne, a pleasant yet sketchy (according to Max’s inner gut feeling) woman, is kind enough to let them stay with her, in exchange for information. Things become too peaceful, and of course, life is never peaceful for runaway bird kids, right?

Insert education, mischief and Erasers, and you have your self a disaster in the making. They discover answers to mysteries, and a cloned Max decides to take over the gang. Things are not going well.

There were a few editing errors, and annoyances, but over all it’s a cracking read and I can’t wait to read the third book.

Kat

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5 stars to Over The Rainbow by Brian Rowe

Posted 8 October, 2013 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Zippy Green never meant to fall in love with a girl, but when she does, her ultra-conservative father tries to send her to anti-gay camp. At the Kansas City airport, however, she hides inside a giant suitcase and sneaks onto an airplane headed not to the camp, but to Seattle, where her online love Mira lives. Halfway through the flight, the plane barrels out of control and crashes into the ground, knocking her unconscious.

When Zippy awakens, she finds that most of the passengers have vanished. She doesn’t know what’s happened, but she’s determined to find out. She begins a quest on foot toward Seattle, and along the way, she meets a teenager with a concussion, a homeless man with a heart condition, a child without a shred of bravery, and a terrier named Judy. Together the group discovers that more than two-thirds of the world’s population have mysteriously disappeared. But that’s only the beginning…

All Zippy wants is to find her Mira, but before she can she has to contend with two outside forces. The first is her homophobic father, who does everything in his power to keep her from the girl she loves. And the second is extinct creatures of all shapes and sizes, including living, breathing dinosaurs, which have replaced the missing population.

 

Review:

OVER THE RAINBOW was a fantastic read! The heroine Zippy (short for Zipporah) had so many things to overcome both internally with her sexuality and externally with half the world’s population being replaced with dinosaurs. And still, she handled it all with her own special awkward charm and that adorable quick wit that made her character so endearing.

Zippy’s voice captured me from line one. “This isn’t me.” I could feel her conflict already. By the end of chapter one when she does something so crazy awesome in order to get away from her horrible father at the airport, I was totally invested.

I loved how the author made so many parallels to the Wizard of Oz. Zippy’s main goal and desire was so simple—meet, in person, the girl she’d been talking to and fallen for online—but everything that happened in between amped up the complexity. I was thrilled each time a new character was introduced, because I wanted to see how they compared to the scarecrow, tin-man, and cowardly lion. Absolutely brilliant.

Through the entire book I kept guessing how it would end, but with each new character that was introduced, my guesses changed. After all the injustice Zippy suffered, when she finally had to make a choice, she showed such grace and maturity.

This is a young adult read that should not be missed! The author pitched it as The Wizard of Oz meets Jurassic Park. Love that!! Also, this story was a Kickstarter project, which I thought was awesome! I wish I had known about it then, because I would have totally backed it!

The story can definitely standalone, but I really hope that Brian gives us more of Zippy and Mira’s adventure because they rocked!!

A few of my fave lines:

You’ve always been an ellipsis with a question mark at the end.
“Freak out? Why would I freak out? There’s just a goddamned dinosaur on the car!”
Life, if only for a moment, was perfect.

Karen

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4 stars to Heir of Night by Helen Lowe

Posted 18 August, 2013 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Middle Grade, Reviews, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

If Night falls, all fall . . .

In the far north of the world of Haarth lies the bitter mountain range known as the Wall of Night. Garrisoned by the Nine Houses of the Derai, the Wall is the final bastion between the peoples of Haarth and the Swarm of Dark–which the Derai have been fighting across worlds and time.

Malian, Heir to the House of Night, knows the history of her people: the unending war with the Darkswarm; the legendary heroes, blazing with long-lost power; the internal strife that has fractured the Derai’s former strength. But now the Darkswarm is rising again, and Malian’s destiny as Heir of Night is bound inextricably to both ancient legend and any future the Derai–or Haarth–may have

 

Review:

Warning this  review may get complicated. 

I have not read fantasy, true fantasy, for years. Not since Garth Nix’s Sabriel, etc. I was a little wary because for years I’ve been reading YA paranormal/supernatural/dystopian, and real fantasy is heavy. And wow did I get a shock. Definitely not a light read. This book needed concentration from start to finish, and despite being ill for part of the time, I took stock of the situation and battled through. Much like the characters in this story, I did not give in.

And I actually enjoyed this. I have to admit, although I can’t skip over anything, I don’t think every word sunk in. I tended to just “get the gist” because some of the language used was…well…fantasy. Oldy-worldy language that used in complex cases was a bit hard to take in. That’s not to say there weren’t chapters that sucked me in and made me not want to stop reading, because many of the intense, plotting scenes were so good. I found myself emerged in the world and could easily imagine it clearly in my head. Which is hard sometimes when it’s so…complex.

There are soooo many characters in this that deserve their own credit, because they each contribute their own part. There are the occasional guards that you see but don’t necessarily see, but they still have their own background. And for this part, I’m afraid I need to consult the book for names because wow the writer of this must have had fun coming up with them:

Malian and Kalan, two of my favourite teens that despite their age, are far more mature than most 16/17 yr olds in general YA books. They’ve had to grow up so fast, and they’re only 13. It was actually quite sad how much responsibility was on Malian’s shoulders; she didn’t want it. But as Heir of Night, she was duty bound, and not only that, she is…I guess you could say “the chosen one” to defeat the darkness and bring back peace. Kalan I liked because he was a fairly unknown boy, and he was forced into something he probably still doesn’t understand, but he’s stuck by Malian, seeing past her title and supporting her through thick and thin. I wonder if they’ll fall in love….*wistful thoughts*

Nhairin and Asantir: two of the more prominent characters that will always stick with me. They had their battles, and they continued to fight. In the end Nhairin had issues, and she was one of those people I went back and forth on, wondering if she was good or bad. Asantir was strong, reliable, but determined. She took  “crap from no-one” as you might say.

Haimyr the Golden was probably my favourite, of all the individual people, he was certainly the comic relief from all the tension and fear that shrouded the House of Night (not to be confused with the series by P.C Cast. 😛 ) and I got excited when he appeared on the page.

Jehane Mor & Tarathan: These two were Heralds of the Guild but so much more. I just….*fangirls*

Then you have the Earl of Night. What an ass.

Anyway, this book is, despite being not all that long but still quite heavy in content (I could not imagine reading Game of Thrones now, knowing it’s twice the length and double the complexity) it was certainly worth the read. The worlds…the land that was imagined and created…so detailed. I admire anyone who can do that and have it make sense (most of the time, although admittedly I did get a little lost on certain details). So much goes on, and I mean SO much. There’s always something coming and you’re holding your breath because you just don’t know…what! The difference with a lot of books I’ve read: there was no holding back on deaths. This might be about two young teenagers on an adventure, but so many lives are lost and some I did not see coming. The action is great, and the powers that some wield…just extraordinary.

So overall a great read, and I look forward to the sequel, whenever that may be. If you want to know more, I say buy it! It’s definitely worth it if you love made up lands, imaginative scenery, in-depth characters and a story come to life.

 

Kat

 

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