Published: April 5th 2016 by: Bethany House
Series: The Kinsman Chronicles #1
Genres: Adult Fiction, Christian Fiction, Epic Fantasy
Format: Paperback Source: Publisher
My Rating: 4 Stars
Published: January 26th 2016
By: Broadway Books
Series: The Divine Cities #2
Genres: Adult-Fiction, Epic-Fantasy, Science-Fiction
My Rating: 5 BIG BRIGHT STARS!!!
Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, that spotlights the books we are adding to our shelves; whether they be virtual or physical.
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Kindle Purchases & Freebies
Hope you all are having a great weekend! I’ve been reading a lot this week, and I’ve already read 3 of my Kindle purchases, so I should pump some more reviews out next week when I have time. I won’t have too much time, since I’ll be packing after I get off work each day. I found a place about 3 minutes from my sister, so that is a good thing. It’s just… I have to get used to having neighbors close by. I’ve quite enjoyed living outside the city limits, because it’s so peaceful. This move will actually allow me to be there for my sister, sleep an extra 30-45 minutes, and save gas. My job is less than ten minutes away. Well, if I don’t mind not driving the speed limit 🙂 Wish me luck!
What books did you add to your shelves this week?
Genres: YA Fantasy/Historical/Romance
My Rating: 4 Umbrellas
In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
Publisher: Broadway Books
My Rating: 4 Stars
A densely atmospheric and intrigue-filled fantasy novel of living spies, dead gods, buried histories, and a mysterious, ever-changing city-from one of America’s most acclaimed young SF writers.
Years ago, the city of Bulikov wielded the powers of the Gods to conquer the world. But after its divine protectors were mysteriously killed, the conqueror has become the conquered; the city’s proud history has been erased and censored, progress has left it behind, and it is just another colonial outpost of the world’s new geopolitical power. Into this musty, backward city steps Shara Divani. Officially, the quiet mousy woman is just another lowly diplomat sent by Bulikov’s oppressors. Unofficially, Shara is one of her country’s most accomplished spymasters-dispatched to investigate the brutal murder of a seemingly harmless historian. As Shara pursues the mystery through the ever-shifting physical and political geography of the city, she begins to suspect that the beings who once protected Bulikov may not be as dead as they seem-and that her own abilities might be touched by the divine as well.
This is one of the best epic fantasies that I have read this year. There is so much happening in this book that you won’t want to put it down!
It starts off with the murder of a historian who is on assignment to study the city of Bulikov’s history. Shara, super spy extraordinaire, comes in to investigate the murder and she just happens to be a friend of the victim. But this goes way beyond just solving a murder. There are many aspirations that make up this story as a whole. Magic, dead Gods, politics, religion….you name it, this book has it. While Shara has an important role in this story, with her secrets that are all too phenomenal, Sigrud- her fellow traveler, has an even bigger role it seems. I found his character to be that of a gentle giant in the beginning, but soon found out otherwise by the end.
The world building in this book is incredible. The author paints a picture of the settings that capture the reader. One would say that the descriptions are somewhat long, but when you get to certain points in the story, you don’t have to question what is really happening. I found the way that this book is written to be exceptionally well thought out. This is my first book by this author, and I am keen to read his other works because I really love the way he writes and characterizes. If you are a fan of the many genres that this book brings forth- fantasy, magic, philosophy, thriller, mystery, urban fantasy- then I highly recommend reading this. You will not be disappointed in the slightest.