Game of Thrones

I have taken the last three weeks watching then entire 6 seasons of Game of Thrones.  I read the books and honestly didn’t enjoy the fourth and fifth book.  The series on HBO was amazing!! The season starts up again in June and I am so looking forward to it.

Then last week we were on vacation on a family ski trip in Vermont.  Fun!

Anyway, wanted to post a quick status update.  I’m midway through the second book in Peter Brett’s Demon Cycle, this one called The Desert Spear.  I am also in the midst of reading Brian Stavely’s Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne, the first book (The Emperor’s Blade?).  These two books are making me so happy, they are equally great.  Reviews to come upon completion.

Review of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance #1)

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance, #1)The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.

 

My Review:

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I would give this 3.5 stars. It was good. Not great (like mind blown great) but good. The story was slow to develop but evenly paced until the end. It’s hard to explain how I feel about this first book because it wasn’t an action packed book but it also wasn’t boring. I found it interesting and well written. I liked the characters; didn’t love Yeine or become attached to her. Nahodath I liked very much. The world building was just ok. Like other slower moving stories I didn’t find or feel that I wasted my time reading this. I rather enjoyed it on some deeper level. Ok then, let’s see what The Broken Kingdoms (Book 2) brings.

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Review of The Warded Man (The Demon Cycle #1)

The Warded Man (Demon Cycle, #1)The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett

Goodreads Description:

The Warded Man (The Demon Cycle #1)

by Peter V. Brett (Goodreads Author)
As darkness falls after sunset, the corelings rise—demons who possess supernatural powers and burn with a consuming hatred of humanity. For hundreds of years the demons have terrorized the night, slowly culling the human herd that shelters behind magical wards—symbols of power whose origins are lost in myth and whose protection is terrifyingly fragile. It was not always this way. Once, men and women battled the corelings on equal terms, but those days are gone. Night by night the demons grow stronger, while human numbers dwindle under their relentless assault. Now, with hope for the future fading, three young survivors of vicious demon attacks will dare the impossible, stepping beyond the crumbling safety of the wards to risk everything in a desperate quest to regain the secrets of the past. Together, they will stand against the night.

My Review:

My rating: 4 of 5 starsI really, really liked this one. Like, a lot. I’ve wanted to read this series for awhile. My only regret is not reading it sooner. Can’t wait to read the next one.

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Review of Senlin Ascends (Book Books of Babel #1)

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel, #1)Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ok so I’m torn between 3.5 and 4 stars.

I liked it well enough and certainly the last 100 pages were pretty great and helped boost my rating. I had a hard time with the beginning; not loving it. Part of it was the lack of excitement and lack of grieving at the loss Tom suffered. He handled it better than any reality and at times seemed to forget about it. Part of it was the strangeness.

Slowly, the story get not only weirder (in a good way that I was becoming familiar with) but more exciting. My indifference began to turn into like and then a stronger like. I began reflecting how well the whole thing came together and how great the writing was. I began reading faster.

I’ll be honest, I was disappointed with the end and that poor Tom didn’t find what he lost in the very beginning. I thought for sure after all the shit he went through he (and me) would be rewarded. I guess that’s why you have to read Book 2!

This book definitely played with my mind. It was unique and nothing went as expected. The betrayal, the mistrust, the coldness. It all left me a little…I don’t know. This author though, for his debut novel, has a bright future.

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Review of Winter Tide (The Innsmouth Legacy #1)

Winter Tide (The Innsmouth Legacy, #1)

Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

 

 

I received this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review. DNF at 20%. This book was just not for me and I had a hard time staying engaged. It started interesting enough with the bookstore owner, Charlie, and his assistant, Aphra, attending an estate sale where they are looking through old books. But unfortunately when they went to the beach and Aphra started some kind of magic in moving the wind and explaining the water people and the land people and the flashbacks to Innsmouth, I just couldn’t stay interested. I see much of the reviews for this book relate it to H.P. Lovecraft’s work, which I haven’t read nor am I familiar with, and perhaps that is the reason for the disconnect. This did get a lot of good reviews with high ratings, but not my kind of story.

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Review of The Liveship Traders Trilogy

Ship of Destiny (Liveship Traders, #3)Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

 

What a great read. I need to sit and dwell on the series then I will review. I’m actually a little sad, not because of how it ended, but because I was so engrossed in the story that I don’t want to come back to reality. I want to stay aboard the ship.

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Updated Review – Review of all three books in the Robin Hobb The Liveship Traders Trilogy 3 Books Collection Set.

I’ve read the The Farseer Trilogy and throughout the years since I read it parts of the story would keep coming back to me and I couldn’t quite remember what book I was recalling it from. Then I would remember it was the Farseer Trilogy and think “I must re-read that someday.” That is how this latest trilogy, Liveship Traders, will stay with me as well.

I don’t think there was anywhere in the trilogy where the story lagged in any way. I was never bored, never skipped sections and unless interrupted by my kids, did not re-read any sentences or paragraphs. Each chapter was engrossing. Each chapter ended with a cliffhanger moment that made you want to skip ahead to find out what happens, but the next chapter was just as good that you forgot all about skipping ahead. The point of views throughout the books changed often and while I like stories told from one or two point of views, there was so much going on and so many connections in this story that I actually enjoyed the multiple POV’s. I was so invested in each of the characters that I wanted to hear each and every one of their points of view. Robin Hobb did not disappoint and the various POV’s ran seamlessly together never leaving a gap or leaving you stumped. On the edge of your seat? Questioning? Yes, absolutely. Every unanswered question gets answered; every piece of the puzzle comes together nicely at the end.

When I started this series I wasn’t sure how I would feel about reading a story of ships but it was that and so much more. I commend Robin Hobb on her writing. It is so detailed but no overly so that you become lost. She writes like your eyes see things if that makes any sense. It’s like watching a movie when you read her books. I even heard the exciting music you hear in movies (LOL) during some of the scenes and goosebumps broke out on my arms. The little details that I think many authors overlook, like how the rain washes over their faces and brings their hair to points on their head, drips running from their eyelashes and chin. Amazing. The other thing I loved about this book; when you think that you know how it’s going to end, Robin Hobb takes you in another unexpected direction. You think it’s going to be predictable and it’s not. Oh, and there are dragons. Very cool dragons and a buried city where once dragons reigned.

The book begins by introducing you to the little town of Bingtown and the Vestrit family. The Vestrits are Traders and have been for a long time. They trade with the River Wilds and their family ship, a Liveship, originates from the River Wilds. The Vestrit’s ship has not yet quickened. The ship does not quicken until three generations have died on their decks and along with their deaths, their memories. Althea Vestrit’s father, Ephron, is the captain of the Vivacia and the third generation. Althea has been raised on the ship alongside her father and has a strong connection to the family ship. The story starts with Ephron’s death and the quickening of Vivacia. Quickening in a short sense is the figurehead on the ship coming alive. The Liveships can only be guided with a member of their family on board and so it is that Althea believes she will be the next captain of her family ship. Only that is not how it goes. It is then that you are taken on a very long journey that weaves through the lives of many and connecting them all in a way that can only be destiny.

I could not possibly outline every aspect of the story that follows, even if I were to do it in short snippets. First, it would do it no justice and second the story is too long and so good you need to read it for yourself, if you haven’t already. The books cover a rather short period of time, maybe 2-3 years from my interpretation. I absolutely cared about almost every character and even the ones I despised (not because of the writing but because of their portrayal), I still was completely invested in each of them. My list of characters I despised is not a long one. I despised Kyle Haven. Not much else to say there, you will agree with me if you read the book or you will agree with me when you read the book. Towards the end, I despised the pirate, Captain Kennit. Kennit and I had a love/hate relationship. While he had some qualities and made decisions I didn’t like, for the most part I understood him and somewhere deep down I felt there was good in him and I liked him. Then he does something that made me hate him and I couldn’t wait for him to meet his end. Luck was on his side it seemed for a long time but it caught up with him eventually. Finally the Satrap Cosgo I really didn’t like but again, not because of the writing or anything the author did. I didn’t like him, a whiny, weak, child of a man which is exactly what the author intended for that character. Well done.

The rest of the characters (in no particular order), Althea, Brashen, Wintrow, Etta, Ronica, Keffria, Grag, Amber, Paragon, Vivacia, Tintaglia, Reyn, Jani, Selden, Malta, Sorcor and all the other fine people in this story, I adored and I will miss them. This was the kind of book that you wanted to just keep going so you could live their lives. I want to keep reading to see where their lives will take them, but I can’t and as they say all good stories must come to an end. While this came to an end for me, it will live long in my memory. Even a re-read I am not sure would be as good as the first time around, where everything was unknown and captivating.

The only negative I could find with this book, and I use the term negative loosely, were the serpents and their tangle. The serpents in the beginning and at least through the first book, maybe the second, I didn’t entirely understand what they were doing, what their terminology meant (the Lack and the Plenty) and what their purpose in the story was. Sometimes, when I got to the chapters with their POV’s I felt less engaged in the book. I blame that on my lack of understanding. By the end, however, it all fit together nicely and it all made sense and takes away from the negative I found in the beginning book. Truly, this was the only negative I could find.

Well, that about wraps up my review. I could keep sitting here typing all the things I loved about this story and about the writing. However, I find myself a little melancholy as I come to grips that the story is over and I need to let these characters dissolve in my memory. Truly grateful that these three books grace my shelves. I will be reading a lot more of Robin’s books.

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