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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