The Moon In The Palace

This was just pointless on so many levels. I expected a more deeper novel, and this is about Wu Zetian. And well, nothing happened in the first hundred pages or so.

I did want to know what the author thought of her. And although her portrayal was plausible, since the novel starts when she was a girl. Not a woman condemned to the nunnery, not a woman who has seized power. But it is also its greatest flaw.

Because nothing happened, and I don’t see how this girl can be Wu Zetian. She lacked the ambition, the aggressiveness that was well known during her time. A reason why she was passed over for Lady Xu. And I expected someone more bold, since she readily took her place in court. Her life was rather miserable after her father’s death, and the only thing it served to was to make her rather angry and wanting to take revenge. And that she had no hopes for ever marrying well. That did happen in this case.

Also, I highly doubt her sister married a merchant. I really doubted it. Tang Dynasty merchants will have problems finding a wife since they are regarded as the most lowly of them all, even poor girls like her sister will be better off married to a poor farmer. It was that bad for merchants. They could not enter imperial examinations, and their girls could never expect to serve in court. There were all sorts of discrimination against them. So, I highly doubt so.

But this is about Emperor Wu Zetian. I could accept it for any other Empress but not her. Even when going she exhibited some character that she will bring to adulthood.

I just find it pointless that it had to focus so much on the relationship between them rather than exploring her character. Her thoughts in a deeper level.

And this is where it just failed. Of you want to read one which is really doing Wu Zetian justice, checked out Empress by Shan Sa.

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Le Chavelier D’Eon

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If you’re looking for a piece of work set before the French revolution yet it is all about it, then this is the work. The questions it asks, the theme it shapes this are all showed here.

As you all know that the main character in history gave his name to a whole generation of transgender men, known as eonism as a result of his crossdressing as Lia de Beaumont.

I wasn’t expecting this given how little I knew about the time period. I just watched it because I was bored and this sounded good. Yes, I have zero idea about what was the plot about other than the time period. This anime simply gave me the interest to look all of this up on the net. Which I found some very interesting things.

Well, the whole idea of having his elder sister possess her younger brother was interesting. A very interesting and fitting interpretation. It could work both ways as I said.

Even if this anime is focused so much on the men, it is set in a time where the world was ruled by men. But there was so many women who were notable. Apart from Lia, Anna was a great character, yes I call her that because she is someone who is clearly capable of emotions, she feels and she loves. She is imperfect, she isn’t your idea of strong. But given all that she has been through as D’Eon’s fiancée I will say that she dealt it quite maturely.

Queen Marie, who was a really interesting woman. She holds a lot of the secrets as the anime unveils. Not to mention Queen Mary, who again is someone who comepletely gets D’Eon’s situation and I’m just leaving it at that. To characters such as Empress Elizabeth, and the future Catherine the great.

This touches a lot on the difficult times of the eighteenth century where as you know it was a time where nothing much happened and was known as the enlightenment to many. But it nonetheless showed a differed aspect to it, such as the difference in ideals that should shape the future. Whether a king is even necessary, whether a knight is outdated. This questions were explored and even asked in such a way that I feel it was deep and full of depth.

The art style is rather realistic, you won’t get huge eyes or even the kind of usual style that you will see in anime. It is very very much related to the real world. But for this story, it was a fitting touch.

The ending was just glorious, I cried at it but it was fitting in history in all ways. It showed that it was eventually following history regardless of what happened. Even with minor changes, but most of it went with the original timeline. There are some stretching of events, since the real Maximilien Robespierre will have been nothing more than a four year boy here. But all of it fitted to tell a deep tale.

So, as I said, this is something worth checking out if you’re interested in history like me. And of course, if you’re looking for something worth your time.

War of the World Makers

DNF @50%

I just couldn’t understand where this was coming from. I did want a story that was more focused, and less confusing. I didn’t get any of that at all.

And it just happened to be a strange mix, somehow there was a Tsarina alive in those times, in 2033, some weird bizarre things happening around. It just wasn’t easy to understand where this was coming from, and there just wasn’t a character which drew me in.

I just didn’t feel as though it was making any sense at all. And that is where I just gave up as I didn’t understand what was happening in this book from the beginning or even cared about it

The Night Of Elisa

Well, the story begins with Elisa waking and having little idea of what she is herself. Or where she came from. But eventually her personality was slowly developed, to the point that I greatly enjoyed the story.

The writing was the strongest point of the story if you ask me. Where I found it full of life, easy to understand and even love. Elisa, all the characters were written in such a way that I cared about them. Even if I barely knew anything about them.

Answers did come, and there were some regarding Elisa. But some things shall remain a mystery as it was here.

Although there were some things which I didn’t think was done well enough. Such as Elisa’s abilities and what it really did. I was expecting a little more to say, about what it really did. And what it really meant to her.

And the romance between her and Leonheart, I didn’t really feel the chemistry between them. A little sad about the fact, although the ending was nice. But they could have spent more time together and understood each other better before the plot kicked in.

But otherwise, solid story and filled with the supernatural. Which is just to my taste.

Rating: 4 out of 5

The King’s Peace 

This could have been executed a lot better. 

The beginning enthralled me and even captivated me, it just seems so empty by the end of it. I think the largest problem was that I didn’t care about Nathaniel at all. 

Or even what was happening. Nathaniel was forced into the entire quest which usually means that when he doesn’t do it, he dies. As simple as that, and as easy as that. It didn’t make me feel anything as Nathaniel had zero conviction and even interest to this, he was forced into it. 

He simply was at the wrong place at the wrong time, and stole some things. And got himself forced into this, and the author really didn’t make me root for him. It feels as though there is so little I know of him. Which makes it hard to say. 

It just doesn’t make for an interesting story at all. And none of the characters really interested me in that sort of way. 

Overall, I really found nothing enjoyable about the story at all. It just wasn’t to my taste at all, and well maybe I need a break from the epic fantasy genre. Nothing of it has been to my taste lately. And I gave it more than one day to wait. 

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And what do you intend to see in the future? I may have more typical posts you see in many book reviewing sites this year, as I have more free time. And this month I started with anticipated releases. There will be more to come, as I brainstorm.

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The Kings Of Bones And Ashes

This just wasn’t my thing. I really tried to get into it, but it just didn’t have much of a story to tell.

This is a very slow work, and to me it just never picked up the pace fast enough. Or even made the characters interesting enough to keep me reading. I just felt nothing as I slowly trodded through this.

The writing was pretty good, and at the beginning held my attention. As all the characters were being introduced and fleshed out. Just that I believed it took a little too long to get to the heart of the story and most of the middle was rather sagging.

With the scope of the novel, it indeed is interesting and nonetheless fascinating. But it just didn’t do a good job to tie me to anyone at all, nor did any of the characters interest me.

Although there were plenty of talking about the witches but very little of the spells, and it took too long to get to it and all the possible implications.

Overall, I just think that it took quite a long time just to get to the core of the novel. And that was what killed the book for me.

Rating: 2 out of 5