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Daughter Of A Pirate King

This was one funny book, especially with how Alosa was both hilarious and at the same time utterly brutal. Well, she is like a pirate with a really good sense of humor. And she doesn’t shame them either, she doesn’t shy away from having brutal fights or killing. Or even resorting to underhanded means to survive.

Even though there are many places where it could have been better but there was one thing certain I really liked how Alosa doesn’t try to think of herself as a man or even a woman. Just a pirate King who loves her father, and uses any methods necessary to finish her task. Exactly like a pirate. 

Alosa is enjoyable because of that. And also because despite her father having a lot of children, yet choosing her to claim, there is a good reason why she was chosen. And a good way to insert magic, and to even suggest about her father’s personality. Even if I would doubt it a little, but for me it is certain that it would become very important in the subsequent books. 

I do like how Alosa isn’t able to see certain betrayals coming, and that even for something as important as retrieving a map leading to precious treasure, her father treats her as a capable person and that eventually translates to a plot twist of its own. 

Though, I would have preferred Alosa to have resorted to it faster. And not just be seen walking around the deck and enjoying being captive. Even though she does constantly think of various ways to do it, and various ways to get the map. And when she does make her move, a hell of a ride ensues. And well, I could see her skill and her talents as a pirate. That she wasn’t just only telling us that she was a pirate, she had also been trained in the skill too. And wasn’t someone who tried to rationalize her profession or make it less grim about how pirates treat women. Though I did like the use of a female crew, even though they don’t really have much appearance. But I do want them to have a larger role in the later book. 

I really enjoyed how this book was handled in terms of plot an execution and how Alosa was portrayed as a pirate. She is one except that she also has a sense of humor and isn’t afraid to resort to seducing men to get her way. So, I would recommend this to ya readers who long for a pirate who acts and even thinks like one and isn’t simply a really whitewashed version of them. And also ya readers who really want to see a good female main character, who isn’t too affected by romance and even despite that would still put her goal first in front of romance. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Mistwood

Well, this was an unexpectedly good book. I liked Isabel from the very beginning and the mystery behind her past, revealing it to be even more than what she expected herself to be too. 

As for the two princes, both sides have their own story. And arguably, Rokan is a far better choice than Kaer. He has enough common sense not to think that the throne should be his, and acknowledged both sides of it. That his father had done what he could to maintain the kingdom, and despite usurping the throne, his father kept power within them. 

I think that Isabel doesn’t have much of a personality, and is quite a blank slate. Except that she develops eventually, and thinks deeper about the two princes. Despite being the shifter, she isn’t just magic, she has a lot to discover about herself. And I really like the ending when it revealed who she was and what she was. It was an unexpected and good twist there. 

As for the court politics, that is something that I deeply enjoyed here. Seeing that Rokan had to face a lot of pressure, revolts from both sides. And how the court is handled, with the different parts having completely different situation. I really liked political intrigue and how it helped form the magic here, and the sorcerers too. 

As for Clarisse, who is pretty different from Isabel in her own way. Isn’t her friend but neither is her enemy, she is a really good character to this dynamic. Whether she intends to betray her own brother or to save him, or to help him towards the end. And mostly, at the beginning when she was wary yet capable of trusting Isabel. That is an interesting character, and also impacted Isabel quite a bit. 

Most importantly, the plot is good, slowly moving but eventually revealing countless twists and secrets. Whether is it about the past, or how the shifter had disappeared. It was handled very well, and also the last addition where it revealed about what Isabel actually was, had been a very nice mix. 

Overall, I would recommend this to those who want a good high fantasy set in medieval times. This is one filled with twists that you would not expect and also a lot of court intrigue too, and with a tinge of magic but enough for typical fantasy readers. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

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The Assasin’s Curse 

I have no words for this book. It is one of the most perfect books I have read, and hopefully breaks my bad book streak I have been on recently where I hated so many books for the entire month. And well, where to begin? I think I would start with the characters. 

Anana is a complete badass, and well a really convincing pirate. She’s convincing as she steals, cheats and lies. And well, she is a badass in how she deals with things. She escapes from her marriage, except that she brings common sense with her. And that she tries to sell her dress the moment she finds it, and constantly is thinking of how to survive. 

And well, this girl basically saved the assassin and then ends up being protected by him, yet most of the time they are alive due to her. Most importantly, when it’s necessary she knows that she needs to kill and she won’t hesitate. That was what I expected of pirate. 

Naji, had revived my faith in assassins in books. So far, I only read about so many plain horrible assassins. Especially the previous book. Sure, he’s not the most dependable here, but at least he isn’t a self-righteous hypocrite. He simply trusts his heart sometimes and has his own back story. And well, he can take care of himself. 

So, this duo who were cursed and eventually forced to be together. They were believable, Anana with her knowledge of the seas and being a pirate. And Naji as an assassin. They didn’t feel like a whitewashed version of the usual pirates and assassins, who believe what they do is right.

Ultimately, to me the characters carried the story the whole way. The only complain I have is how only the three tasks were revealed at the end of the day, and that it could have also served to further their relationship. The world here to me was developed enough to pass it as a decent world building. 

So, I would recommend this to those who think that Anana and Naji are great characters. And well, if you don’t I think you should just give it a pass. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Assasin’s Heart 

The biggest issue I had with this book, is that Lea isn’t an assassin. I mean, she gets poisoned in the first chapter, and it gets downhill from there. 

I was fine with seeing Lea becoming angry, and even difficult. I mean, she just lost her entire family. Revenge was understandable particularly when she was raised to be an assasin and everything. It was expected and her reaction, was realistic given her background. 

But it was from after there did it become really really boring. It failed to grab my attention in the way I wanted it too, such as Lea struggling to survive. I wanted her to be a little more independent, and resourceful. She is an assassin after all. But I didn’t get it. 

All I really got was a lot of romance. And a lot of going around, and failing to really do anything. She meets Les, then falls in love with him. And well, the way he forgot Val could be understood. I mean, this guy may as well helped go slaughter your entire family.  I probably wouldn’t even want to think about marrying the guy. 

But I expected Lea to be smarter. You know what, she could have taken that chance to enter the Da Vias and become the assassin which she was supposed to be. I mean, if they are killing people, it makes morals a little less good here. And well, going inside gives her the chance to enter the Da Vias and you know infiltrate and plan everything from within. It would save her a lot of time, and well make her plans a lot more successful.  

Lea doesn’t need all of that, and well when Marcello says that she will die, I believed that given how incompetent an assassin she was, he was right. The first thing as an assassin was Knowing when she could strike, and well, she should have spent time with her father before, just finding for the right time to strike. 

It’s common sense. I mean, Lea takes the honorable way out and decided to reject it. Could she be any more stupid an assassin. I expected a little more intellect and ruthlessness when it comes to this, and expected her to just be willing to scheme and spy. 

This just doesn’t make up an assassin. I expected grey morals, not righteousness and the more ridiculous part was why were they even renamed as clippers. It just doesn’t make them sound any more threatening. And the way that they believe that by killing them, they are sending them on their next life. 

I mean, if that was their rationalization, it was okay. But it makes their killing justified. And I’m really like: what? It just makes the entire job an upright profession, not one which Lea has to constantly battle herself with. But makes it seem as though there is really nothing for her to hesitate by jumping into this life. 

Perhaps the most difficult part was that during the time Lea died and she met the goddess. I was expecting her to be a lot less kinder, and a lot more different. She certainly didn’t seem so, and was a benevolent goddess rather than one who basically became the goddess who worshipped them. 

This wasn’t a grey book, the assassin was thrown in there to sound cool, the same thing happened for clipper. It was meant to make then less menacing and less immoral. Not given the assasin their true nature and name. 

I admit that most of the book I didn’t really read much, at about a certain point I began to skim it and the ending. Nothing felt complete even after reading the ending. To me, Lea wasn’t even a good assasin. And the villain, just one hell of a lunatic. They were either against her or with her. 

There was no in between. So, this book really failed to make me think about it. The story was boring, the characters mostly dull and quite moronic with the way Lea acted as an assassin, and she still calls herself a clipper. When I think that it was lucky that she even survived for so long. 

Rating: 1.5 out of 5

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A Conjuring Of Light 


This was a definitely satisfying kind of ending. And I have to admit that Kell didn’t seem so perfect her, he is just really too selfless for his own good. To me, I believe that Lila had a little more realism in her than he does. And well, I did think that Holland would have died either way. 

I would say that how it ends, definitely is a happy one. But given the characters, I was going to expect such an ending. But to me, I do see that Kell doesn’t exactly want to stay within the palace and neither would he just remain there so the actual ending, is one that I can accept and make do with. To me, Kell never strike me as one who would remain home. And well, I would expect Lila to just leave when it’s the best time to. 

As for all the Londons and magic, everything comes together nicely and ends as well. Though the most hilarious part had to be when someone sold probably the world’s most precious object. I’m not even kidding. It’s pretty funny, but given how little was known about it, I’m not blaming him in the least that he just decided to sell it. It is what ends the story, and the magic that is consuming the world. 

But perhaps, I wanted to see Grey London a little bit. See how it would affect them as well. And you know enter England at the time period of George IV. And maybe have Lila face up to her past just a little. But this book was satisfying and would definitely satisfying those fans of this. 

Just like the beginning of an epic fantasy series, now I see the end of it. In a good light, I do think that all the endings suit the characters. On the other, some has been quite a little bit of letdown. But overall, this would satisfy all fans who desperately want to read the book and are a fan of the series. 

And well, it’s an ending that is still open and is completely up to your interpretation. A happy ever after for Kell really, since his entire life he has been kept chained by royalty. 

Rating: 5 out of 5

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Frost Like Night 

This was a decent ending to a series. I didn’t dislike where it headed in the least, nor did I hate where it went as well. Overall, I do enjoy this series even though it’s mostly pure enjoyment. 

I think what made me like this a little more than Ice Like Fire is that there was more on Meira struggling to accept her own death, and since it is in first person. It depends heavily on the main character itself. And her struggle here made me like her quite a bit more than the last book. She was struggling then, but here was where she had a turning point which I enjoyed the direction it took. 

As for the alternating points, I do admit that it is what I should expect in a war. There is just too much and if I constantly read Meira’s struggles all the time, I would be bored and wonder where the heck is everything else doing. As for Rares and Oana, they are quite interesting and at least should have more depth than that. I was expecting him to have a little more quirks, he’s a centuries old dude, he probably has picked up some strange things. I highly doubt that he spent it all locking himself and dealing with monarchs who grow out of hand. 

As for the romance, I do admit that it felt as though it overtook quite a bit in the middle part and dragged quite a lot. I didn’t really find it fluffy nor completely unnecessary. But I do admit that it just didn’t feel like a war to me. At all. 

As for Angra, I was hoping that he would have been explored a little more and well his motives isn’t even hella clear to me. And as a villain, he honestly is boring. Same for Theron, I was expecting a little twist that you know what, Theron followed him of his own will. I was hoping that that would happen, and Angra had a little more depth, he barely had an appearance within this book itself.

Meira most certainly didn’t spend time understanding our major villain, and most of it went to worrying over her life which is legit. But I just want to see Angra being far more a threat, because he just seems so weak in his attempts to crush Meira. 

Overall, I do admit that the ending is nice. Though not what I had expected in terms of the book, but all came together and at least Meira no longer has any magic. And the consequences of it is clear as well, but it dragged quite a bit and less was actually focused on the war they were fighting, figuring out Angra and even outsmarting him. 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Steelheart


I do think this is a decent book even if there are some flaws within the story itself, one which I would say is mostly how perfect David actually is. But the plot is well placed with twists and specific parts of the book did hint about what came. But there are still problems with this book. 

Most specifically is how David is. He almost never fails, even when he is about to he would find the answer himself. And eventually something did come in handy, seeing as what Steelheart was weak to. But he almost never falls hard and deep not even once, which is a deep flaw of the book.

But his personal motivations are one of the better ones, he wants revenge regardless of what happens and he works for it. He fills his mind with details about Epics, their abilities and what they can do. And what he doesn’t have, he always makes up for it by  being quick witted in thinking. It is one thing that makes him a compelling character, seeing as how he is driven and obsessed with only Steelheart. But I do admit that he is flawless even if his motivations is intriguing, but I never see him really suffer for it either way. 

As for the real lack of any female representation, I know that this is catered to men. I do like the concept and understand it, and there has been an interesting twist on a female character here. But I would have a little more on them, have them be a little more involved. Megan is mostly involved in this and I did feel emotion for her when she died, and what she turned out to be was shocking. However, I would have liked her more if David wasn’t so focused on how infatuated he is with her. Which is true and he admits. It’s more of her looks than her abilities here which makes him love her. 

But the plot, the world was something that I did enjoy reading about. A world where superheroes basically are villains, they kill, they hunt, they rob. And I do like how David’s father was, who dreams of Epics who do not want to kill. But I like this series so far, despite having some flaws which are quite existent in his other books. 

Overall, I really like this book for the concept and the worldbuilding and the plot especially. There were simply so many clever twists which I never expected, and thus I would recommend this book for those who enjoy books about superheroes with a twist to it and a main character whose motivations doesn’t feel forced. 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5