Book Review

Book Review: The High King’s Tomb (Green Rider #3) by Kristen Britain

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Audience: High Fantasy
Length: 680 pages
Author: Kristen Britain
Publisher: DAW
Release Date: November 1st, 2007
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BOOK SUMMARY:

For Karigan G’ladheon, the call of magic in her blood is too strong to resist. Karigan returns to the Green Riders, the magical messengers of the king, to find she’s badly needed. Rider magic has become unstable, many Riders have been lost, and the Rider corps is seriously threatened. The timing couldn’t be worse. An ancient evil, long dormant, has reawakened, and the world is in peril. Karigan must face deadly danger and complex magic to save the kingdom from certain doom.

BEST [YET].

Didn’t realize that this would almost bring me to tears by the end. OH STAR CROSSED LOVERS. Such a tensely filled trope.

I love Karigan! She is strong and incredibly in tune with things around her. I like how she takes on danger and takes down opponents. But also, that Karigan is filled with flaws and is continually practicing at things she struggles with. I love a nuanced character you truly want to cheer for.

The romance is definitely not at the forefront of this story, but we all know I love a good dash and this is no exception. Karigan and Spoiler might run me absolutely ragged by the end of this series. WE’LL SEE.

Once again the audio book is amazing. I feel attached to many of the characters and love the every changing points-of-view that provide different angles to this very large plot. Some questions were answered and more were added. A new favorite for this series for me and I can’t wait to read the next book!

Overall audience notes:

  • High fantasy
  • Language: very little
  • Violence: physical and magical altercations; blood depiction
  • Trigger/Content Warnings: kidnapping, torture, loss of loved ones, war themes

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Book Review

Book Review: Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown

Rating: ★★★★★
Audience: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Length: 382 pages
Author: Pierce Brown
Publisher: Del Rey
Release Date: January 28th, 2014
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BOOK SUMMARY:

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

AS ALWAYS, GOOD.

This is a reread review! I never reviewed it formally when I first read it in 2016 so what better time to write one now?

I LOVE this series. Especially the first three books. I surprised myself with how much I remembered about Red Rising and it goes to show how incredible Pierce Brown is at crafting a story that left such an impression that it is still memorable years later.

Darrow’s rise to the top contains such character depth that I can’t get enough. Anything to do with character growth is automatically a win in my book and I loved seeing his progression. Sevro is FOREVER AND EVER one of my top side characters ever and it was great seeing him at his wild beginnings.

I do remember wishing there was a touch more romance. I adore Mustang and her fierce yet kind nature. She makes the hard choices, but actually holds onto some humanity in doing so.

The villains are making themselves known and I am here for it. These are some of the most wicked and deep antagonists I’ve come across. I love the academy setting and how it really builds the rest of the series.

Can’t wait to continue this reread!

Overall audience notes:

  • Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Language: strong
  • Romance: kisses
  • Violence: very high and graphic
  • Trigger/Content Warnings: mentions of rape and sexual assault, murder, physical altercations, executions, loss of a spouse, near death experiences, weapons altercations

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Book Review

Book Review: Mirror Sight (Green Rider #5) by Kristen Britain

Rating: ★★★★
Audience: High Fantasy
Length: 784 pages
Author: Kristen Britain
Publisher: DAW
Release Date: May 6th, 2014
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BOOK SUMMARY:

Karigan G’ladheon is a Green Rider–a seasoned member of the elite messenger corps of King Zachary of Sacoridia. This corps of messengers, each gifted with a brooch of office that imparts a unique magical ability to its wearer, was founded over a thousand years ago during the terrible time of the Long War.
During that spell-fueled war, Sacoridia was besieged by the sorcerous armies of the Arcosian Empire, led by Mornhavon the Black. When Sacoridia finally triumphed, Mornhavon resorted to dark magic that rendered his twisted spirit immortal. Determined to keep the realm safe from this terrifying enemy, multitudes of Sacoridian magicians sacrificed their lives to build the immense D’Yer Wall, imprisoning the dangerous spirit of Mornhavon in Blackveil Forest, which uncontrolled magic had mutated into a perilous and unnatural place.

For over a thousand years, the magic of the D’Yer Wall protected the people of Sacoridia, but as the centuries passed, memory of how the wall had been built was lost as a traumatized nation turned its back on magic. And when a malicious entity cracked the massive wall, there were none left who knew how to repair it. Desperate to regain the knowledge and repair the ever-expanding breach in the wall, agents of the king scoured the kingdom for magical relics and information. Finally, in a last-ditch attempt to gain time, Karigan, whose Rider brooch enabled her to “fade”–sometimes traversing the layers of time and space–was able to catapult the spirit of Mornhavon into the future. But how far into the future was anyone’s guess.
Realizing that this might be their only chance to enter Blackveil and examine the tainted peninsula, King Zachary sends Karigan and a contingent of Sacoridians beyond the wall, along with an equal number of Eletians–the immortal race that eons ago lived in what is now Blackveil Forest. But in addition to the unnatural dangers of the forest itself, Karigan and her small delegation have been followed by a secret rebel sect–descendants of the original Arcosian invaders, and during a showdown between these two groups, Mornhavon suddenly reappears.
In the magical confrontation that follows, Karigan is jolted out of Blackveil and wakes in a darkness blacker than night. She’s lying on smooth, cold stone, but as she reaches out, she realizes that the stone is not just beneath her, but above and around her as well. She’s landed in a sealed stone sarcophagus, some unknown tomb, and the air is becoming thin.

Is this to be her end? If she escapes, where will she find herself? Is she still in the world she remembers, or has the magical explosion transported her somewhere completely different? To find out, she must first win free of her prison–before it becomes her grave. And should she succeed, will she be walking straight into a trap created by Mornhavon himself?

WHAT WAS THE POINT?

I will say first, I did enjoy this story by the end. I finally got on board with the characters the story and what was happening. That’s why I gave it four stars (and what I mention at the end of this review).

But I do have questions, because the ending made me concerned for what the whole point of this read was? I don’t know. I will remain hopeful that there’s more to this.

I adored Cade and loved that Karigan got a chance to find love and enjoy those moments together. She’s been rushed into growing up and I thought this was a great moment for her to slow down a bit, even amidst everything else happening.

It was interesting getting a look into the future and how things shook out after Karigan left through Blackveil. There’s a lot of terrible and scathing reviews for this book. And I honestly fully understand those comments. I think I lucked out by the audio book and not having to wait years and years for another installment. I’m choosing to hope the next book resets itself and this series and that this book seems to have a point by the end.

Overall audience notes:

  • High fantasy
  • Language: very little
  • Romance: closed door
  • Violence: a lot of blood/gore
  • Trigger/Content Warnings: slavery, mass murder, physical and magical altercations, suicide (on page), kidnapping and torture, drugging without consent

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Book Review

Book Review: The Shadow Rising (The Wheel of Time #4) by Robert Jordan

Rating: ★★★★
Audience: Fantasy
Length: 940 pages
Author: Robert Jordan
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: September 15th, 1992
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BOOK SUMMARY:

The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out. The Shadow is rising to cover humankind.

In Tar Valon, Min sees portents of hideous doom. Will the White Tower itself be broken?

In the Two Rivers, the Whitecloaks ride in pursuit of a man with golden eyes, and in pursuit of the Dragon Reborn.

In Cantorin, among the Sea Folk, High Lady Suroth plans the return of the Seanchan armies to the mainland.

In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve.

Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn.

GETTING THERE.

Somewhere along the halfway point of this 1000 page saga, the book clicked. I finally felt like I am into this series and want to continue.

I love a good big fantasy that moves through multiple points of view, characters, and areas in the world. There’s a wild amount of things that happen, and you can feel everything starting to slowly connect. And getting to watch some character growth and big decisions being made. I like many of these storylines and that each character has a distinct voice. It’s easy to know who’s voice is speaking.

Yes, it’s definitely a slow haul. Highly recommend using the audio as a companion because it made it a bit quicker to fly through.

Overall audience notes:

  • Fantasy
  • Language: none
  • Romance: closed door
  • Violence: high

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