Beasts Made Of Night

Well, I barely remembered anything about the book itself. And I think that it could have been way better executed than this, if you ask me.

I was kind of interested in the world which seemed unique and much more different from what I have read. Sadly, it was just written in such a way that I could not care less. And if I do not care for the narrator of the book, since it is written in the first person.

I feel that the story took way too long to become good, the plot doesn’t kick in until much later, which makes this feel like a prequel rather than a first book. Which should be able to grab my attention rather than slowly introduce me to the world.

I’m fine with that, but it must have tension to make it interesting. But nothing of much importance happen here which is the main reason why I couldn’t really enjoy it. It doesn’t really show the characters’ personality well, since I don’t know anything interesting things they did throughout the book itself.

Well, it was a disappointment to say the least.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5

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The King’s Fall

DNF

And well, I just wasn’t impressed by it. Kyle didn’t get to me and none of the characters struck a chord, or even made an impression on me.

The premise did sound intriguing, but it just did nothing to really delve deeply into the characters. Although I know that the style of epic fantasy tends to not focus on character development, or at least the kind that I prefer.

But really, this didn’t have a single character whom I even remotely liked or enjoyed. I wasn’t even intrigued by any of them or found their choices interesting. And they were bland, the world didn’t feel different or try to make itself more unique.

And that was where it failed. For me, epic fantasy have to a lot more to impress. And really, characters are the core which I look into, and how I read most books, getting me to care is the main thing here.

Even a fully developed world will not catch my eye as much as a well written character would. But this just had neither, and I couldn’t find a reason to continue. So, I dropped it. It just wasn’t for me, and if you enjoy epic fantasy, you could give this a go. It might be for you, but it wasn’t made for me.

Rating: 1 out of 5

Foreshadow

DNF

I find this pointless. There is no plot that exists other than the biography of a princess that I could care less about. Nothing is happening here at all, nor do I care about her at all.

I don’t even remember her name. As nothing happens to her, she never grows nor does she withstand a journey. The most tragic thing that happens here is simply the death of her mother.

When she was a child. That’s about it. You can figure out that there is nothing that happened to her since then, and all she does is prove herself to be strong. Which is boring, really boring.

Basically, if that is the main character. I really don’t have much faith in the storyline at all.

Rating: 1 out of 5

Red Sister

I lost interest in this by page 400. I guess it was just written in a way that was far too long and at the same time lacked any charming narrator to make this work.

Nona was intriguing, but that was about it. I didn’t care for her, as she didn’t really have any interesting personality or even quirks that made me like her remotely. She was okay, but I didn’t find her memorable at all.

As for the world, which is well developed and unique. I just did not get sucked into it. Well developed, but doesn’t mean that I will be immersed. Something was just lacking.

I guess I just prefer books with a certain amount of wit added into the story rather than just purely fights, passing narration, or growth. Those are what makes me remember a book, and this certainly doesn’t.

Sad to say, this just wasn’t for me but perhaps it is for you.

Rating: 3 out of 5

The Reluctant Queen

Well, I never thought I will be staying this but this is a series that is quite different from most fantasy books that I have read. And all the characters here have a reason to exist and all does things aligning with their characters entirely as they are said.

Naelin is someone with talents but to her she doesn’t want it, all she wants is safety and a simple life. She isn’t Daleina and I’m glad that the author never made her to be as such. She stands on her own feet as someone who is different.

And someone that I could completely understand. She is a middle aged woman who by all means didn’t want to be a Queen, did not aim for greatness. And I actually saw her sensibility in it, it isn’t a safe job and it can drive people mad. And the author made me understand her, when I’m probably all for personal choice.

Don’t worry, Naelin grows into her own convictions later. She has found reasons to continue.

As for Daleina, I always will admire her. The way she dealt with her imminent death, and her intelligence. But Naelin is still the main character as she is the one that grows the most.

As for all the other characters, my favorite is Hamon’s mother, Ganrah, a chemist with zero morals. She is comepletely not beyond hurting others for her own amusement but I like her. As a friend maybe I will hate her, but reading her just felt so refreshing.

As for Queen Merecot, by all means she was rather interesting. She has her reasons why she does this and for lack of better word, it is completely understandable why she will even resort to this.

Because her country will not survive without it, and who can fault her actions when it is so.

Overall, I enjoyed this work for the way it developed its characters. Richly and complex without ever letting them become just one sided. And some rather interesting additions to the series, which I will love to read more about the Ganrah, even if she may be a woman who lacks any ethics and possibly may be in an attention seeker. But she was my favorite out of all of them. And well, what can I say, I highly recommend this series.

Rating: 5 out of 5

The City Of Brass

This was a work which I savoured from beginning to end. A tale of djinns which paints them as complex and a blend of mythology which I’m enthralled by.

I love Nahri, from the beginning regarding her self preservation. A sensible protagonist who did all she could to survive, and to allow her own survival. And her wit, those were moments which made me laugh. Her interactions with Dara was anything but boring and I enjoyed their conversations.

As well as Ali, who was interesting in the beginning. But by the end, I’m attached to him. And even surprised as to where his ending was leading me. And that despite the fact that he is a good prince, he doesn’t just

throw everything away. He has a family and he treasures them.

As for Ghassan, he is a villain. But he isn’t plain evil, he has moments of humanity. The way he treats his sons, which also serves as his flaws. As much as he is someone who is ruthless and cruel, but he is a product of his times. And I am interested in the things that shaped him to be who he is today.

And Dara, I liked the man. For all his past, he is someone who has seen so much. And those are what that shapes him, and he respects Nahri. I liked the way that he is someone who has gone back from the dead to here but does all he can to help Nahri. And their romance was even something that I felt natural, it doesn’t come in words such as “I love you.” But they care for each other and when they lose the other, it leaves a hole that cannot be fulfilled.

The plot is very full of twists. It moves fast, in a way that I never expected it to be at all. Or even guess that it was going to happen. I was surprised at how original it was, that not all of it was something I could predict. The lore was something that intrigued me endlessly, and so well explored, that by the end of it a brand new world was created. And one that I will enjoy returning to.

So, you can say that this are all reasons why I love this book. From the middle eastern themes, to the djinns and the plot and the characters who appealed to me. By all means it is something worth checking out.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

The Black Witch

Despite what many say about this book, I don’t find it racist. I find it a cautious portrayal about the issues that we face. The confusion that we have when all we know isn’t what it should be.

There is really not true good or bad here. And Elloren faces that all of the races are capable of prejudices, each thinking negatively about another race. And each other.

At times Elloren has prejudice but by the end, I like her, she has grown a lot as a character. As much as she is questioning everything around her, trying to find out what was real factual truth. And making her own decisions from there.

To the degree that even I’m surprised at the amount of growth she showed here. And the skill of the author.

There is a lot more of hidden secrets, and that each race often paints themselves in the best light. But don’t we all. And that no one is comepletely right, which this book shows so well.

Elloren was initially someone I wanted to throttle countless times, but by the end I found myself wanting to support her. She makes mistakes in the beginning, but she is still someone who doesn’t even have much knowledge of her world.

Her upbringing ensured that she will be biased, since she was sheltered all her life. And that her family wasn’t the best place to be honest certainly didn’t helped.

But I wanted to know more about her Uncle Edwin. He seemed nice, and at the same time I have the feeling that he knows more than is seen. I don’t see him pushing his niece to be wandfested when it was the best option she has. And he seems quite low lying which to me always spells a little suspicion.

As for the people she meets, I like the fact that her siblings play an important part. Not to mention the fact that she becomes friends, she also makes the best of her situation. The only thing which I liked about up until the middle of the book, was that she refused to be wandfested to a boy she barely met. And even when her aunt made her life hell for her.

Eventually, she found her own friends. In Diana, who has zero manners because her upbringing lacked them, to even her enemies. Not easy, but she eventually learned from them. As well as her brothers, I liked them as one did what he was taught never to do. And the other went to destroy a bunch of cages which went against the rules.

In a way, her brothers shared many things with her. And they are more than just being there for her. They all have their own stories. I guess the reason why I also like this book is that almost none of the characters become merely props or stereotypes, with the exception of Fallon and Vogel. Both which I hate. But no less than Aunt Vyvian, who was the worst.

As for the romance, there is still a little bit here. But it is small, there is no declaration of love for each other yet. But I know where it is going. And I like it, slow will suit Elloren, since she is the least likely to quickly fall for someone. And I do like the idea of exploring their relationship in future books.

So, this wasn’t fully enjoyable as I hated Elloren until the later half of the book. And despite all its controversy and the fact that people hate the book without even reading it, I find it an injustice. This is different, this is a complex portrayal of all the races. The intricate underlying messages that racism is wrong, that bigotry is wrong and so is sexism.

Although there is girl on girl hate, which I never liked in the first place. But there are still friendships with girls. Elloren, is a well developed character who grows over the series and becomes a likeable person. And none of the races here is portrayed as purely good or evil, it is complex with all of them capable of atrocities as they are of greatness.

So, give this a chance. Don’t judge it just because it will contain racism, without even reading it. And well, the hate this book has received is undeserved.

Rating: 4 out of 5