The stars askew review

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(Scene taken from chapter 2 with Kata, Dexion and little Henry. Is it me or my background skills are somewhat better? Still perspective is not my cup of tea xD)

The Stars Askew (Caeli-Amur #2) by Rjurik Davidson

31114185Rating: five stars

This book is a sequel to Unwrapped Sky (which I already did a review on). It takes place right after the events in Caeli-Amur and things are not going so well after the revolution. Houses have retreated themselves in villas and Varenis has cut all communication and exchange with the free city. In that context, one of the leaders of the rebellion, Aceline, is murdered and Kata investigates. At the same Maximillian has awoken and learns how to deal with a not so god Aya in his head and Armand is on his way to Varenis in hope to find a way to restore peace in Caeli-Amur.

I was so excited to read this book, I really enjoyed the last one. My only critic of the last book was that we don’t know that much on the world around Caeli-Amur but this second one clearly fills in the blanks (even though they are still some). We definitely learn a lot more in this book on the history and especially on Aya’s story because it was a point that was a bit blurry in the last book. We also understand a bit better how the world work and how everything relies on Varenis and we do see more of the outside of Caeli-Amur.

The plot is centered on the assassination and how everything is linked to it (no no this is not a spoiler I swear!!!). The writing is good and fluid which is pretty amazing because some of these fantasy books out there, especially high fantasy, have very heavy writing, you know what I mean?

Okay I have to speak about Dexion. Finally! A minotaur is almost a main character!!! I really loved how he was depicted, kind of brutish but wise at the same time, it was exactly how I thought a minotaur would be! And please his interactions with Kata are just so full of wits, fun and can they just please be together in the next book? One more thing I loved is to see that Kata created a sort of ersatz of family with Dexion and Henry, at the beginning of the book that scene just melted my little heart into a bit pile of honey.

Ho and yeah I still dislike Maximilian but that is personal xD but one character I did not believe I could like is Armand. In the first book he was only a secondary character but in this one we get his point of view and a bit more info on him. And without any spoilers I was very sad to see how he evolved.

Yep I did give it five stars and it totally deserves it because it is not getting enough hype and it was great. I do hope there will be at least a third book!

Hey everyone I hope you enjoyed the review, I might have a little hectic posting calendar in the upcoming weeks because I’m fully into writing my dissertation but I will post at least once a week 😉 Until then have a lovely week!! See ya!

Magic’s Pawn review

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Vanyel and Yfendes (sorry my bacground and horse drawing skills are not that good T-T)

Magic’s Pawn (book one of the Last Herald-Mage trilogy) by Mercedes Lackey

28759Rating: four stars

Vanyel ,the firstborn son of the strict Lord Withen, has always felt out of place in his home. Passionate by music and poor in anything warrior-like, he wants to become a bard but his father has other plans. Out of anger and dissatisfaction against his son, Lord Withen sends him to Haven in the care of his aunt Savil to learn how to be a proper lord. But Vanyel will uncover that there may be more to him than a simple want to be a bard.

I cannot say too much on this book without giving up major points of the plot. As you can all guess, it is a fantasy series that takes place in Valdemar (the land where most of Mercedes Lackey’s books are taking place). It is the first instalment in the Last Herald Mage trilogy that is centred on the character of Vanyel. The book is very fast paced and felt more like an introduction to the trilogy than a real first book (well at least until chapter 10).

I did read Mercedes Lackey’s works before with her Heralds of Valdemar trilogy and I remember really enjoying it. Her style is definitely a good start in the fantasy genre. AND I CANNOT BELIEVE NO ONE IS SPARING HER A GLANCE IN THE BOOK COMMUNITY!!!! Seriously (rant time sorry guys), all the booktube channels and book blogs I am following concerning fantasy books never talk about her! I always feel like they are redundantly blabbering about the same authors and when I do admit they are great as well (of course not for the ones I haven’t read, there I cannot say until I do read them) there is no reason to ignore Mercedes Lackey’s series. Because she did write many series and I believe, from what I read, that everyone can find one they like! Rant over moving on to the characters of the book (again sorry for it but it did annoy me).

 If you are not familiar with Valdemar, it is a land where magic is pretty common. Heralds are chosen by companions (horses usually white if my memory is correct) and are there to protect and care for the kingdom. They have certain Gift, basically powers, to help them. Some of them possess the Mage-gift which is the highest gift one can possess (I might do a full article on Valdemar if anyone is interested).

The characters in this book are very diverse (cannot spoil more sorry) and I especially liked Vanyel. He is a teenage boy with many emotional baggages and has to try to learn to live in society without shielding himself from others. On the other hand, I absolutely despised (strong words here to show hatred xD) Savil, for me she is self-centred and don’t truly care for her nephew and especially after the tragic events I was so angered by her reaction. Also I find her to be not consistent because of that.

I really thought this was a good book, a bit too fast and slow at the same time (yes it felt like a long into) but I fell back in love with Mercedes Lackey’s style and will definitely read more of her series. In fact I already ordered the next two volumes xD (what is taking so long Book Depository TT-TT).

Hey everyone! Sorry for the hectic posting schedule but I am fully working on my dissertation right now xD (T-T) but the usual posting days (monday and wednesday) will be back next week ! Until then have a great week!

Dreamwalker book 1 review

dreamwalkerDreamwalker (book 1) by J.D. Oswald

21942230Rating: Three stars

Dreamwalker is a book series by J. A. Oswald about dragons and humans and how the two of them are supposed to live together.

 In this universe dragons are a repressed species, there was even a law to kill dragons. Every dragon born has to be counted to be able to control their population. Hence dragons have to hide to be able to live sort of peacefully. Our story begins when a baby dragon is illegally hatched and the bastard prince of the dead princess is born. As you can expect the story revolves on Benfro, the dragon, and Errol, the human prince. As both grow up they discover that they have strange abilities involving what is called “the Grim”, lines that surround everything in the world.  Of course it would not be a real fantasy book without a political tyrant who is trying to kill every dragon.

Now that you know a bit more about the plot, let’s dive into what I thought about it. I first want to say that even if I ended up liking this book a lot more than I thought I would, I had a hard time to get into it. I found the beginning quite slow and a bit confusing, I always messed up the names of characters so that did not help xD. Ho yeah, why so many –y in the names????

But! I must say that once you get past the first part and finally get to the wedding, it’s starts to get interesting. I really enjoyed the magical system of the world, I am especially interested in the Grim and how it works. Mages are also able to travel to another non-physical world that actually influence the normal one.

Now I have to talk about dragons. First I was a bit put off by their appearances, not really all mighty dragon ones… But they have actually a more interesting history, I only read the first book so I think I only have a little part of it, but they are intelligible species with their own language and way of life. I was especially interested in their jewels that hold their memory it reminded me a bit of the elves in Dragon Age 😄 but let’s be honest I always think of Dragon Age….

Also humans appear to be the bad guys in this story. It’s a good thing to invert the usual dragons are mighty beasts that kill innocent peasants yet I feel like it was missing something. And throughout the book I could not help but wonder when will there be an actual link between Errol and Benfro, aside from their birthdays.

Overall it is a good book, I am not going to say it was bad because I really enjoyed it but I believed it lacked some elements and it was quite slow. Also there is a major problem with time, you never really know when you are in the story when you switch characters and that was… perplexing. I might criticise a lot but for me it has the potential to be a great series and I cannot wait to see what happens in book two! Hopefully Errol and Benfro will finally meet without killing each other. 😉

Unwrapped Sky review

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Unwrapped Sky (Caeli-Amur #1) by Rjurik Davidson

22226827 rating:four stars

This is by far one of the best books I’ve read in 2016 ! After reading the Broken Empire series I had a hard time to get back into fantasy because I had a feeling everything felt the same but this book was great! Absolutely genius for me!

This story follows three characters Kata, Maximillian and Boris, all three are living in a city called Cali-Amur and are taking parts in a series of events that are going to change the city. This is as much un-spoiler-y as this review can get xD.

Okay I will start this review by the first point which made me squeal on my chair when I read it: MINOTAURS! (As you can probably can tell by the drawings xD)Finally a fantasy series with these mythical creatures! I think they are not enough used in series. And I also took off a star in my review because I thought there was not enough on them inside but a little birdie called curiosity told me that there was more in the second book.

Besides minotaurs, the lore is quite interesting we have a mysterious sunken city, creeping creatures that are trying to control humans and others. The city is divided between houses and professions. The magic system remains kind of blurry at the end of this first book, the magicians are called “thaumaturgists” and in my head they are a bit like alchemists although there powers are not really explained except that they have spells and books at the origin.

The world building was great too, I love when you just jump into it and discover everything a bit like the Doctor does xD.

I am not going to say too much on the characters because it will be hard without a spoiler. But if you love fantasy YOU HAVE TO GO READ IT! It’s great and you won’t regret it!

Hey guys! Hope you all had a great start in 2017! Reviews are back weekly! See you next week and take care 😉

Broken Empire series review

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Broken Empire series by Mark Lawrence

Rating :

9579634Prince of Thorn : 5 stars

12891107King of Thorns: 4 stars

15985373Emperor of Thorns: 5 stars

Series rating: 4,5 stars

I fell in love with this series in 2016! It was really my favourite discovery. There are so many good things in these books that I could ramble about it for an hour but I will keep it short and without any spoilers and encourage you to go discover it by yourself.

The series follow Jorg of Ancrath the heir to the throne of Ancrath who saw his little brother and his mother being assassinated in front of his eyes while he was caught in a thorn bush. Following to this event Jorg left the castle with a band of criminals called the Brotherhood. But sixteen-year-old Jorg wants to get back his princely position and avenge his family.

First I thought this was your typical revenge plot but what was really fascinating was the character of Jorg. Okay, I admit I may have had a book crush on him. But he is really the type of character I love, he is not good (well not paragon if you’re used to gaming language xD) he is cynical, dark and his opinions are very interesting. He also knows that he is not good and that his world is not a great one. He seems hyper aware of everything even if he sometimes seems to act carelessly. He does have a complex division inside him that is embodied by his two “love interests” if I may call them as such : Katherine and Miana. I will not dwell too much on them because this is spoiler-y.

To get back on the plot, it is quite a common fantasy trope yet the plot twists are well written and keeps the reader’s interest (OMG THE ENDING!). And I did cry at the end so that means it was great!

The downside of the series is the magic system/ technology. It remains a bit blurry throughout the entire development, even if you learn more about it in the third book, yet I would have liked to see more about it.

Ho, one small advice :don’t get attached to the characters, it’s not Game of Throne like but still.
Now, GO READ IT NOW!!!!

That’s it for today’s review, the first of 2017!!!! Also I will now have reviews weekly probably on mondays so see you next week!

La Louve et L’Enfant review

La Louve et L’enfant (La Moira tome 1) By  Henri Loevenbruck

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Rating: four stars ^^

I always loved this author but never had the occasion to read his fantasy series but I think they were republished recently so yeah to that ^^.

So this first book is the instalment of the trilogy. In this book we meet the main character Alea and a wolf named Imala while this book doesn’t really dwell on that their destiny seems linked. Alea is a young outcast who suddenly comes across a cadaver buried in the sand. The cadaver bears a ring which Alea takes for herself and is suddenly graced with strange powers. Thus starts her adventures.

I am not going to spoil too much of the plot but I found it good, it has a lot of fantasy tropes but I still liked it. I might say that the action was a little bit too quick and sometimes I was clearly wondering if Alea was not the daughter of Flash xD But it was an essential part of the narration to describe the chasse between Alea and the bad guys. Yet, sometimes they just reach a place and don’t stay hence descriptions are quite quick and you don’t really have the time to get attached to a place.

Alea was a good character but I wish there was more on Imala and wolves but I think they will be more developed in the next books. Also I found it great that druids have a great part in this book, it is something I realised recently but druids are not as common as before in the fantasy genre, they have a sort of two-face things going on here and I love when characters are complicated. However, for some reason the little group sounded a bit like the start of an RPG game. “So there was our joyful company with a child, a druid, a bard, a dwarf and a paladin …” xD or at least a good fantasy joke. But the group is very dynamic together and I came to love their quarrels and dialogues.

I honestly really liked this book, and not only because I am a big fan of the author, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the second one!!

Here There be Dragons book 1 review

Here there be dragons by James A. Owen

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Rating: 5 stars!!!! 😀

I adored this book! Seriously it’s been a long time since I was so hooked on a series. I almost read it in one sitting (all for sleep….).

The world itself mixes different mythologies and cultures together to create a world parallel to our own yet both are influencing each other. First when characters are entering the Archipelago they come across Avalon as an introduction to all the myth presents. I mean Arthurian retelling are part of the most popular out there, I was scared that it would be once again concentrating on Arthur but no! It actually shifts pretty fast from one culture to another and even to legends one might not know.

I also love how languages come into the plot as a crucial point. In my studies I have studied Old and Middle English, Latin, Middle French amongst other language and sometimes I do ask myself “Why, why should I learn a language no one speaks anymore?” Besides for my studies of course, everyone can relate to John and slack a bit when it comes to learn declensions from Latin (rosa, rosa, rosam….. it never gets old….) but see now I might pay more attention to it xD since it can help me save a world of mythology and legends.

It takes place during the WWI in London, well first in London. It is explained that the war is due to the events happening in the Archipelago. I think it’s an interesting way to show how legends influence our lives, even when you study history you realize how they have an impact and not only in Antiquity but in medieval and modern times too. I really enjoyed that explanation for what happens in our world.

As for characters, I am pleased to say I loved them ALL! (And that’s pretty rare of me). They were snarky and cynic; the dialogues are especially really well done and always tend to have a dash of humor. And now that I think about it I don’t even have a favorite in the entire crew…. See how great I thought the book was? I just want to mention Tummeler and how his character first reminded me of animals in Narnia and now that I’ve seen his relation to Charles and read the end it makes so much more sense! (Nope no spoilers I swear!)

Now of course I need to talk about the dragons and more particularly about the dragonships, since there is only one dragon present in this book, Samaranth. As for dragons they are not really “original” I mean Samaranth can be related to other dragons in other books. By that I mean that they are compliant with the idea one has of dragon (old, wise but not always telling everything and of course looking down on humans). As for the ships I thought it was a great idea to integrate dragons to them and make them “more alive”.

I’ll quickly mention the drawings that were gorgeous and made the reading even more pleasant. I always love to see how an author portrays his own characters.

The plot itself is rather simple, at first, three men are chosen to carry a map and save the Archipelago from the Winter King. But the plot twists seriously!!!! Ho and at the end (no I will resist the urge to spoil the end) I was almost yelling the fangirl very mature yell.

All that being said you will all understand the very good rating and I cannot wait to read the rest of the seven books!!! Make sure to check it out, it is really worth it!