Thursday, 23 March 2017

Sins of Empire - Brian McClellan

An epic new fantasy series from Brian McClellan, set in the same world as his wildly popular Powder Mage trilogy.

The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place - a frontier destination for criminals, fortune-hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of a suppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires.

The insurrection that threatens Landfall must be purged with wile and force, a task which falls on the shoulders of a spy named Michel Bravis, convicted war hero Ben Styke, and Lady Vlora Flint, a mercenary general with a past as turbulent as Landfall's present.

As loyalties are tested, revealed, and destroyed, a grim specter as old as time has been unearthed in this wild land, and the people of Landfall will soon discover that rebellion is the least of their worries. 

My thoughts:
After finishing the last trilogy I knew I had to read more by this author, and I did not have to wait long for this new series. I dove in head first and it's just one of those books you want to finish in a day, not matter length.

This one takes place 10 years later in a new place, with new people, except for Vlora, we saw her in the last series too. But you do not have to read that one to enjoy this one. This is a new country, new people, new conflicts, and when old things are mentioned it just breathes life into the novel. Of course you should totally still read that other series cos it was awesome.

It's a nation ruled by a powerful woman, but there is unrest. The people who lived there before is looked down upon and they want more say in matters. We get to know this world via a Michel, a spy. I always like those to investigate things and try to find out more what is happening so I liked him. Then we have Ben Stryke who has been in a work camp and is trying to get his life together again. He had some secrets. And of course Vlora, a general who with her merchants are paid by the chancellor. She is strong, she is awesome and takes no BS.

Rebels need to be flushed out. Conspiracies to be found and then there are even more secrets. It takes place in this city and everything is just alive. He does political intrigues so well and there is always something happening.

Conclusion:
I am totally looking forward to more. He is a really good writer. I liked his style of fantasy.

Cover
Nice

Paperback, 604 pages
Published March 9th 2017 by Orbit
Gods of Blood and Powder #1
Fantasy
Own


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

An unwavering trust - LL Diamond

Two strangers with no one to turn to but each other… Fitzwilliam Darcy is in a difficult situation. His father is pressing him to propose marriage to the last woman in the world he would wish to take as his wife. With a fortnight to announce his betrothal, he makes the acquaintance of Elizabeth Bennet, who is in a predicament of her own. Could Darcy be willing to consider Elizabeth as a solution to his problem and to hers? And can Elizabeth ascertain enough of Darcy’s character to trust him upon nothing but a first impression? 

My thoughts:
This was different. It started at an earlier date and well some of the people that used to be nice were asshats. And of course there are some changes in Lizzy's family too, you will see.

Darcy's dad wants him to marry Anne and gives him two weeks. Then he meets Lizzy. And yes yes we all know they will marry cos he does not want to marry Anne. And well just say Lizzy needs to marry too.

So this book was about them getting to know each other. It had some ups and downs. Darcy is still Darcy. But they never had that drama in the beginning so they started off on a different footing. They liked each other and they fell in love.

But there are other kinds of drama. There is always Wickham, that SOB.

Conclusion:
I enjoyed it. 

Cover
meh

Paperback, First Edition, 452 pages
Published May 20th 2015 by Independent Publisher
Pride and Prejudice variation
Own


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The Heart of what was lost - Tad Williams

Following directly on from the events of TO GREEN ANGEL TOWER, the Norns and the Storm King Ineluki have been defeated at the Battle for the Hayholt; Seoman and Miriamele, the new king and queen, order their victorious armies to shadow the retreating Norns.

One of the enemy group is escorting the huge funeral cortege of one of their leaders, on their journey they become detached and trapped in the ancient fortress of Tangleroot on the frontier. As well as their dead lord, they carry a great magical artefact, a stone called the Heart of What Was Lost, one of the last relics of their ancient civilization. Soon the fortress is invested, the battle commences, and bloodshed and magic flow.

My thoughts:
I read Memory, Sorrow and Thorn ages ago. I really can't remember anything. Except for like 3 names and the cover of the last book.

This book takes place 6 months after that series ended and is a sort of conclusion to that series, but also a prequel to the new one. 

The bad guys are running back to the mountains and the good guys are chasing them...BUT, damn I rooted for the bad guys! Did I hate them back when? I have no idea. But here he made me sympathise with them. They wanted their land back. They wanted to protect their people. And if the humans won this last siege then everyone woman and child would be killed, raped and left to rot. The humans were angry and no, I did not see it from the perspective. I rooted for the Norns. I really liked how he did that. And I hope that in this new series I can still root for them, but I fear they might turn really bad and mad again.

Conclusion:
I really enjoyed this short book. And I must read the series that comes out this summer. I am def looking forward to it now.

Cover
nice

Hardcover, 210 pages
Published January 5th 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton
The Last King of Osten Ard 0.5, Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn #3.5
Fantasy
Library


Monday, 20 March 2017

Carole's Monday Review: The last gods of Indochine - Samuel Ferrer

Author:  Samuel Ferrer
Title: The Last Gods of Indochine
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 439
Published: September 20th 2016
Where I Got It: My Shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)

Jacquie Mouhot and Paaku the Lotus-Born are divided by six centuries but linked by a common curse. In medieval Cambodia, Paaku is an orphan whose community believes he may be a reluctant incarnation of a god, causing sectarian turmoil for the kingdom's leaders. Meanwhile, in 1921, Jacquie follows the footsteps of her grandfather, a famous explorer, to Indochina, where she becomes immersed in the tragedy of Paaku's history: a story simultaneously unfolding in the intertwined present and past, a story in which she still has a vital role to play.




I can't help but love books like these. Two different story lines, but ultimately connected. The past has a way of really playing a role in the present. Can't get enough of books like this!



But this follows Jacquie and Paaku. Jacquie is the granddaughter of an explorer and she decides to do some traveling. Paaku is a poor kid that is being forced into the world of politics and religion because they think he is the incarnation of a god. There is really a third character mixed in and that is Jacquie's granddad since we get a glimpse from his POV through diary entries. I think the blending of the three stories was done well. 



I felt bad for Paaku.



Jacquie was an interesting character, especially near the end. Did I like her? I don't think so, but she was interesting and complex. I really didn't except the big reveal at the end. 



It took a while for me to really get into the story. The first few chapter were meh, but it got better around halfway. Took a while, but once I was hooked, I was hooked. I finished the second half of the book within one sitting. 



Now..the ending was good, but I'm mad. HOW CAN LEAVE ME LIKE THIS!? I MUST KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT!!!!! GAHHHH! It was a very open-ended ending. I hope there is another book or even a short story that wraps everything up with a nice bow. Too much left unanswered. What is Jacquie going to do next? GAH! *shakes fist* BUT like I said...very good overall.



In the end, this was pretty good. It took me a while to really get into the story. A little longer than I like, but I held on and then at the halfway point I was hooked. The ending left me wanting more. The characters were interesting and complex. I didn't really connect with anyone. But I found them intriguing and that kept me going. I do recommend this for those that like historical fictions and complex situations and people. Out of five stars, I shall give this...mmmm....3 stars. Nearly a four.



About Carole the Reviewer

What is there really to say? I am of course a lover of books, poetry, movies, plays, and music. Nothing is better than enjoying a cup of tea and immersing yourself in another world and forgetting about the world for just a little bit. My cat and chinchillas keep me entertained over here in Michigan (the mitten state of the USA). I'm game for any genre of book or movie. You can find me over at Carole Rae's Random Ramblings.











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