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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The New Dark

Something about this just didn’t work with me. I really tried and really made an effort to really read this book, but really I couldn’t find anything that interested me. What sounded interesting was only the premise, and that this book was didn’t grab me at all.

Since I have gotten a free copy of the book I choose to read it till the end. Only to find that absolutely nothing interested me. I really don’t have any lasting impression of any of the characters, or even of any of the plot.

The writing was especially hard for me to read into, nothing really interested me and the way that it was written was incredibly hard for me to connect. And well, since neither of it found any charm in me.

So, I really cannot recommend this as I barely remembered anything about it. And nothing really interested in me about it. But if you feel interested, do give it a try. It might just be for you.

Rating: 1 out of 5

A Poison Dark And Drowning

I gave this a full day to see how it will go, and I have zero interest in reading it further than the first half or so. And even then, it was one of the most boring things I have ever read.

Perhaps my taste has just changed too much. Henrietta is a magician, and in any young adult book book she has the eyes of many men. I think there were plenty of love interests introduced in book one. Magnus lost almost any interest in me when this book came.

But seriously, none of the characters stood out to me. Henrietta still is that naive girl, and really I don’t even know what makes her stand out. When she does nothing, and nothing really happens in the book. She doesn’t learn anything, she isn’t threatened. All she is doing is simply training, and well frankly it is boring.

There is no stakes which makes me care for her, neither is there any of them who make me even remotely interested in this book. Although there was a witch, and some new characters. But really, I don’t even want to care about any of them because they just don’t seem interesting enough to me.

And that I really think that the author have to figure out her pacing, because for half a book nothing much happens. Henrietta doesn’t grow, she doesn’t learn, and there are virtually no stakes. Take advantage of the fact that she is a magician, and she will be blackmailed. Just make something happen, but it didn’t.

And there is where you will lose me, when a book doesn’t have any reason why it should exist. And the book is mostly made up of fluff, but never anything that makes me want to care.

I received an e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 1 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

This Savage Song 


Victoria Schwab is definitely becoming a favourite author of mine. Her books are always the right kind of work for me, dark yet light, with characters that I do actually care about from Kell, Lila and now Kate and August. 

The situation both of them are in are simply interesting to me, Kate aspires to be her father yet finally discovers something horrible about her father. That guy is a bastard, and she realises it. I liked how the author pulled it off, making her just be the girl that chose to do so. To me, Kate is a character which feels as though she’s constantly trying to her father yet never managing to be so. 

As for August, he is more interesting in how he hesitated to kill them. And his hesitation about the Sunai itself. 

But the drawing point of the book has to go to the world, a post-apocalyptic world where we make our own monsters? It is a fantastic idea to me in fact, it sounded just so bloody interesting after all while. Especially how they are made, the Sunai are made through extreme tragedies which sometimes happen which is a good explanation why they are so few. 

As for the other characters, I certainly like Ilsa and hoped that she got a bigger role, since August mostly bored me. Kate was what pulled me through the entire book but there were some moments where he was interesting before he fell flat all over again. As for Leo, he definitely feels the way he is being judged, righteous even if he is not completely right. 

Overall, I really enjoyed the story as a whole with the only weakness being how boring August was, most of the time. But overall, I really enjoyed this book for its world and narrator, and how it took an interesting concept and delivered quite well on it. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

The Obelisk Gate 


This was simply perfection. The second book had been much easier for me to ease into and really enjoy the story well enough. 
Essun, here she mostly remains the same. All the while she looks for her daughter, and ends up discovering a whole new lot of things. Her turn at the end, was really interesting as to how she stopped everyone from deciding who was expendable. And she has her own badass moments here. 

As for Nassun, she is basically one of the most interesting characters as she shows a lot of development. Despite only being ten, I could relate to her and her extremely warped view on her parents. It just felt normal for a child to develop that, after seeing her brother die and everything. 

Nassun grows a lot here, where she becomes more and more aware. And eventually going down a pretty dark path. And I just want to see how it would be when they reunite(their relationship does feel complicated given how Essun is)

As for orogenes, they are also considered not just evil and their treatment doesn’t really get any better. Even though it does have some fantastical elements here now, one which can be explained. As for guardians, stone eaters and the Obelisks. I really enjoyed seeing more and more tp them and slowly going deeper and deeper. 

As for science, the entire thing about Earth becoming hostile to its inhabitants once the moon was lost is a fascinating and interesting possibility. One that can be explained using science and also using the term father earth and the moon being the child. That theory was plausible and made it far more interesting. 

In the firsr book, I mentioned that this is a good apocalyptic fantasy I have read. Here it just proves it even more, and I just love it more here. The characters, the orogenes, the seasons, all of it comes nicely together. So, I would say read this trilogy even though it may not be for everyone. The first book dragged a little for me, but this didn’t and more or less was satisfying and setting up the scene for the finale. 

Rating: 5 out of 5