The Stone Sky

Now this was a very satisfying conclusion. I was in love with the first book and the same for the second happened. Here, is where it truly ends.

But it isn’t just about the moon returning, but also about Essun’s tale of motherhood and need for her children. She starts by searching for her daughter, only to be changing the world instead. Here is no different, except that she has to catch the moon.

Most importantly, the most important character was the narrator. It makes sense why it was written in second person, since there will be a final narrator. Who will sum everything up. This tale is one of completeness at the end, where all the lost ties are wind up. And delivering one of a mother finding her daughter, and eventually her past catches up with her and in the midst of a season too.

The writing was the one which drew me in, as did the worldbuilding for its uniqueness. The way that a season was created and functioned, that at the end, a new world will work and function.

The ending, was open enough that I like it. Hopeful, and working towards a better world. Essun reunited with Nassun at last, and their relationship. Nassun has taken revenge on her own father, since Essun trained her. All the while, also changing. But the ending, was how I believe that it should end, one where the world can be changed rather than seeing it become a miracle.

After a tale of loss for mostly Essun, and eventually discovering and having to deal with one obstacle after another. I really feel for her, as she goes through all this with only one intention: find her daughter. And that she had to do all that to be reunited with her own daughter.

And finally, this trilogy is not suitable for everybody. However, it is a worthwhile tale overall. And that I will be continuing with the author’s other works.

5 out of 5

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Our Dark Duet

Once again, this author has managed to find the unbelievable to kill me again, I loved This Savage Song, and these is a satisfying sequel. One with an ending that is suitable in my eyes yet completely torn me apart.

Returning to this world, again is as bleak as it always was. We make our own monsters, and these monsters have been created through our sins. Is there an easy way out? I doubt so and the author doesn’t try some deus ex machina, everything has its consequences. And every price is paid here.

And here is where there is an ending to it all, dealing with all the problems the previous book left us with. Sloan making a rebellion, and running it all with a secret weapon. Kate, outside and hunting monsters continuously, before making her way back. August, doing what he was meant to do. Except that there is so much more of the final fight, the final end to this story. With plenty of stakes and consequences, the author really did what she always did. And also, she never lets us off the hook.

Like I said, dealing with the whole theme of us making our own monsters was simply amazing. And again, I always know that there isn’t one way to make it easy. And Kate, as well as August both make sacrifices here. Kate who is plagued by the chaos eater, to August who had probably killed so many of them as he goes along. And well, this would end their story. In a bittersweet way, and one ending that there is no definite answer. A true open ending, and one where answers were given yet there were so many possibilities unexplored.

But again this is a story about us making out own monsters. One which the author knew how to make it difficult, and even saddened me by the ending. A fitting end for Kate and August and one which is bleak, but had a ray of hope. Will I recommend? Yes, it is quite rare to see this ever dealt with, and in such a satisfying way too.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

The After War

Something about this just worked for me. The world indeed did feel rather like a post apocalyptic world, with plenty of moments which did attract me.

I did have some fondness for the main character, who is rather relatable and the writing was easy for me to get into and read. As well as figure out the world, which had changed. All the whole following two people who are in a rather unique situation

I just really didn’t connect with almost any character in the book itself. Although there is plenty of action, I just didn’t feel that connection with the characters and also really didn’t find a reason to be with them. Strangely, the writing was entertaining and the world fascinating to be reading about.

However, I really didn’t connect with the characters much at all which I consider quite a big flaw since it does get in the way of enjoying the novel. But nonetheless, I do recommend it to those who do enjoy such works set in post apocalypse world.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Ravensong

 

Name: Raven Song

Series: Inoki’s Game (Book 1)

Paperback: 290 pages

Published Date: March 14, 2016

Publisher: Lucid Dreams Publishing

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1944674004

ISBN-13: 978-1944674007

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29521339-raven-song

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Raven-Song-Dystopian-Fantasy-Inokis/dp/1944674004/

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/raven-song-i-a-ashcroft/1123510684

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/raven-song

 

Book Blurb:

A century ago, the world burned. Even now, though rebuilt and defiant, civilization is still choking on the ashes.

 

Jackson, a smuggler, lives in the shadows, once a boy with no memory, no name, and no future. Ravens followed him, long-extinct birds only he could see, and nightmares flew in their wake. Once, Jackson thought himself to be one of the lucky few touched by magic, a candidate for the Order of Mages. He is a man now, and that dream has died. But, the ravens still follow. The nightmares still whisper in his ear.

 

Anna’s life was under the sun, her future bright, her scientific work promising. She knew nothing of The Bombings, the poisoned world, or the occult. One day, she went to work, and the next, she awoke in a box over a hundred years in the future, screaming, fighting to breathe, and looking up into the eyes of a smuggler. Anna fears she’s gone crazy, unable to fill the massive hole in her memories, and terrified of the strange abilities she now possesses.

 

The Coalition government has turned its watchful eyes towards them. The secret factions of the city move to collect them first. And, old gods stir in the darkness, shifting their pawns on the playing field.

 

If Anna and Jackson wish to stay free, they must learn what they are and why they exist.

 

Unfortunately, even if they do, it may be too late.

 

Raven Song is the first of a four book adult-oriented dystopian fantasy series, a story of intrigue, love, violence, and the old spirits in the shadows who wait for us to notice them again. Readers of Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, and Charlie Human will enjoy this dark magic-laced tale rooted on the bones of what our world could become.

 

Author Bio:

​I. A. Ashcroft has been writing fiction in many forms for almost twenty years. The author’s first book, written at age seven, featured the family cat hunting an evil sorceress alongside dragons and eagles. This preoccupation with the fantastical has not changed in the slightest.

 

Now, the author dwells in Phoenix, AZ alongside a wonderful tale-spinner and two increasingly deranged cats. Ashcroft writes almost exclusively in the realm of darker fantasy these days, loving to entertain adults with stories of magic, wonder, despair, violence, and hope, bringing a deep love of mythology into every tale penned. The author also loves diverse and intriguing casts of characters.

 

When not buried in a book, one might find Ashcroft learning languages, charting road trips, and playing tabletop RPGs with clever and fun people.

Contact the Author:

Website: http://www.ia-ashcroft.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/i.a.ashcroft

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ia_ashcroft

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15077746.I_A_Ashcroft

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/I.-A.-Ashcroft/e/B01CTY42S0/

Review:

I did find this okay. Anna and Jackson are both distinct, with their narration being relatable. But for me, it just didn’t work. It just didn’t cut. It didn’t feel like it to me. I simply could not immerse myself in the story, reading it and relating to them was the best I could do. 

As for the world, the future is rather well thought out. Facing radiation, nuclear exposure. It’s true that we would face the problem eventually, but I could have liked a little more development and exploration of this. And making feel more like that world, I didn’t feel that it was really any different. Even though over a hundred years in the future likely would change everything.

But I just couldn’t feel with them, I didn’t find myself supporting them. It felt as though nothing was happening. Anna and Jackson have a lot more development, yet their interactions was so few and their relationship went to being very friendly really quick. I just couldn’t buy it, and that is a flaw of the book I feel about.

The plot was also quite a letdown, there was so many ways this could have gone. Whether Anna is someone that lives forever, or whether Anna is extremely wanted because of her abilities. I could see why, she could prevent radiation. Yet, I just didn’t feel that danger here. There wasn’t any tension really driving me, and I really couldn’t feel the emotion of the characters. It just went over me.

I would say that this is a case of it’s not you, it’s me since it is a very good book. But it just didn’t connect with me, and I couldn’t really enjoy it. But I still recommend you to check it out, and it does have good character development but to me, needs a lot on the plot, the characters interaction.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Scythe


I would say that this was enjoyable in how the author explored immortality. Which is actually something that if possible, what are its effects and what can become of the world. Nonetheless, I do see where it’s heading in the first book, and the ending excerpt definitely hints where the book is going itself. 

The world here is I would say quite well thought out with almost everything answered for, such as revival centres, turning of corners and everything. Especially also the scythes, seeing how even now they are associated with death and symbolises it makes a lot of sense here, and their names as well. 

As usual, I like his world more than anything and his style of writing which gives a more bigger picture than if he used limited. Here, I guess it worked well with the excerpts which were interesting bits of information about the possibility of becoming like cartoons, the really disturbing mentalities of some, and the more poignant. 

As for the plot, there were plenty of twists which I simply didn’t see. Such as Scythe Faraday and his death, that twist was simply one of the most boggling either way. But nonetheless, I liked where it was heading with this, and where both Rowan and Citra went different ways at the end. It was more enjoyable than anything else. 

Rowan and Citra, they both are good jusr different as well. And where they split is when Scythe Faraday died and they went to separate Scythes which was nicer as I got a more in-depth look on Scythe Goddard, there was some moments where he was quite disturbing with his thinking and line of thoughts. And even then, there were some twists which never really affected my image of him. He is despicable and just someone who believed he is entitled but it feels as though the entire plot itself didn’t have him as a villain after all. 

This book goes down a lot of unexpected roads, and makes plenty of twists which I never saw coming, which was quite pleasant. Though I do think that this is just setting up the series for future events, despite it was enjoyable, it really couldn’t be contained in one book, even at the end some loose ends are left with us. 

But I really enjoyed this for it gave me answers to questions which is really rarely answered about immortality and death, and how do we control them after it. So, I recommend this if you’re interested in books that explore the unknown. This really was unknown and hard to guess where this would go, even though it feels like utopia, yet it is only a dystopia. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

Undivided 


This has been a really a satisfying conclusion to me. And a whole lot of things happened all at once here, which I would agree. 

But I do like the ending well enough, it makes everything feel worthwhile yet not perfect. Even though all characters survived, but some are not completely the same anymore. And some characters reappear as well. 

But with the final stamp against unwinding, and having more of the effort of everyone rather than just one person. Connor just so happens to be the one who started it all, Lev the one who made people rethink. 

But nonetheless some characters here play a vital role, even Cam and Hayden both doing things on their own to stop unwinding. 

And something major does happen to Connor, which is one of the only things which makes my heart jump in the book. And Lev’s sacrifice as well. 

I would say this is the most decent ya dystopian book I have read, not perfect but made a lot of sense with am argument that I really think it’s solid and valid and debatable. Because the society is messed, but not completely so yet at the same time some pretty horrendous things go through. Which is dystopia. 

And this is more about fighting unwinding than someone, about beliefs and misguided notions of the public. That accepted such a procedure to pass. And that is something that I really think dystopia should be more about than a person. 

Overall, I would say this is a perfect conclusion to a series and picked up by those who want to see a pretty decent ya dystopian. 

Unsouled


Well, here I believe is where a lot of the interesting points come into play. Such as the ending, being something that might end unwinding for good, and dealing with someone that is made from unwind parts. And all the while following Connor and Lev as they try to survive. 

The information on the Rhineschild here was even interesting to read nonetheless, where little tidbits here and there were more than enough to tell of Janson Rhineschild. As well as how did Unwinding really became a part of the society, and how it became a daily occurence, accepted by all. 

All the while following another set of characters and seeing hell break loose through Starkey’s action. And seeing Hayden alive was something that I didn’t mind, I rather liked him in fact. All the while Risa is also on the run, where she manages to find a suitable place to hide. 

Well, the fight on ending unwinding probably has only just begun, and really this was a long long book. And at times I was rather bored, well dragged due to some point of views being mostly unimportant people. 

As for Camus, well nonetheless still surpised with how things turned out for him and where he was in the end. Even though I have really nothing on him but I never really liked him, he was both fascinating and disturbing at the same time. Una, I totally agree with you about his existence. And his obsession with Risa can be rather strange, even stranger is also his sudden dislike for a guy that Risa liked. But he still rather interesting, and most likely a villain. 

Overall, I do like this addition although at times some of it may have been random. But it does bring up a lot of food for thought, and the likeliness of where it would end. So, I would still reconmend this at the end of the day, since this is one of the better dystopian books. Some in this genre has almost no real reason why the world could turn out like that. 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5