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Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard #2) by Scott Lynch
Published in 2007 by Gollanz.

Links: Goodreads.

Source: purchased (paperback).

Genre: high fantasy.

My rating:

Thief and con-man extraordinaire, Locke Lamora, and the ever lethal Jean Tannen have fled their home city and the wreckage of their lives. But they can’t run forever and when they stop they decide to head for the richest, and most difficult, target on the horizon. The city state of Tal Verarr. And the Sinspire.

The Sinspire is the ultimate gambling house. No-one has stolen so much as a single coin from it and lived. It’s the sort of challenge Locke simply can’t resist … but Locke’s perfect crime is going to have to wait.

Someone else in Tal Verarr wants the Gentleman Bastards’ expertise and is quite prepared to kill them to get it. Before long, Locke and Jean find themselves engaged in piracy. Fine work for thieves who don’t know one end of a galley from another.

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This is the review for the second book in the series, so it will UNDOUBTEDLY contain SERIOUS spoilers for book one. If you haven’t read The Lies of Locke Lamora yet, you can check out my review here! This is a part of the Bastard read-along, which is taking us way more time than is seemly (mostly because it took me four months to finish re-reading this book!). I strongly urge you to go check out DJ’s review – he’s the other side of this adventure, reading the books for the first time (unlike me), so he’s bound to have a different perspective!

The first half of this re-read was really slow for me. I had other interesting books to read and I remembered just enough of the story to be disinterested – I think that if I’d forgotten more of it, it would have been better. I’m not sure whether this was my second or third time reading the book – did I re-read it before I read The Republic of Thieves? Who knows. Goodreads still doesn’t have a “currently re-reading” option, which is a pity, because I re-read a lot.

I found the lack of other Gentleman Bastards to be a serious flaw of this first half of the book. I love Locke, I really do (he’s one of my all-time favourite characters), and Jean is a fantastic sidekick, but Calo, Galdo, and Bug offered comic relief, filled in the dialogue, made everything better, in short. So I was really glad when the second half of the story – the pirate part! – began, as Locke and Jean finally got a crew, even though it was vastly different from what they were used to.

I have to say this: knowing that I’ll probably be translating this book at some point, I was horrified by the amount of nautical lingo in the story. I saw Lynch’s note at the end, saying he bluffed through half of it, so I suppose I’ll have to do the same and not worry too much, but I’m already planning on kidnapping someone with nautical knowledge and keeping them captive until they explain all the sea stuff to me. Because I know nothing about ships. I get seasick, people.

Locke’s schemes are as elaborate as ever but I liked that there was always something to take him down a notch (like being poisoned, huh), he can be a cocky bastard. Jean’s development in this second book is also great, he’s no longer content to just follow Locke blindly around. Oh, I wish him well, he’s such a marshmallow, my heart broke for him. *sob*

The ladies of Red Seas were a breath of fresh air compared to The Lies, which only had one female character (I think Nazca was the only one? Okay, there were the Berangias sisters, but still.). Captain Zamira Drakasha and Lieutenant Ezri Delmastro were fantastic. PIRATES! Lady pirates! Lady pirates with small kids! I do hope we get to see The Poison Orchid again at some point in the series.

The story ends with a bang, that’s for sure, and though I know what’s coming next, I’m excited to read The Republic of Thieves, which I have definitely only read once. DJ and I will be reading it during the summer, I think, and posting our reviews sometime before The Thorn of Emberlain is published on September 22. Though when exactly that will be, I can’t say for sure: DJ is starting med school during the summer and my baby is due on August 25. :D Lots of things happening!

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Have you read Red Seas under Red Skies? What did you think?

Do you like stories about outlaws like pirates and thieves? Why do you think such morally ambiguous characters are so appealing?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Published in May 2016 by Bloomsbury Children's Books.

Links: Goodreads.

Source: purchased (paperback).

Genre: New Adult High Fantasy.

My rating:

Feyre is immortal. After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.

As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate. She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two.

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So. I might be a black sheep again with this one. This review will be FULL OF SPOILERS because it’s very hard to talk about most of what’s happened in the story without spoiling you for something since a pivotal event occurs at about 10% of the book. If you’d like to see a nonspoilery review of A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first book in the series, you can read it here.

I’m not even counting this one towards my Retelling Challenge because there’s no clear source of inspiration that I can see, unlike with the first book, which was loosely based on Beauty and the Beast and also Tam Lin.

Let’s do the positives first, shall we? This is a very fast read. It has more than 600 pages and yet I read it in 3 or 4 days despite my rather hectic schedule these days. Sarah J. Maas is the queen of bingeable books and I can see why they’re extremely popular. The story is quick and the writing good enough to pull you in.

And, uh, it’s… um… yeah. I have nothing more. *sigh*

What you have to know is that this is the second time I’ve been seriously disappointed with how Maas handled her relationships in her series. In my (spoilery!) review of Queen of Shadows, I complained about how she spent two books developing a relationship between two characters, only to drop it like a hot potato in favor of a new, shiny one. It ticked me off. Why did I bother getting invested in that couple when she was going to break them up anyway? So you can imagine my surprise when she did it again! Tamlin and Feyre are no more and now we have Rhys and Feyre to root for. Ugh.

This is not to say that I don’t prefer Feyre with Rhys. Because I do. I never particularly liked Tamlin but that doesn’t mean I wanted him to become this horrible creature that he is in this second book! Seriously, you guys, can anyone explain this shift to me? I complained about how Maas changed Chaol’s nature in Queen of Shadows but this change here was extreme. I know Tamlin was an overbearing ass from the start but he’s gone completely crazy here. Oh and Lucian? The one character I liked from A Court of Thorns and Roses? He’s a spineless worm, that’s what he is.

I also wanted to smack Feyre a couple of times. Look, I get it, she got through a horrible ordeal and is suffering from PTSD, but her actions – or rather non-actions – were painful to read about. Maas made her relationship with Tamlin seem abusive – and I’m not talking just about the part where he locked up like an animal, I’m talking about the sex where she feels nothing and yet allows Tamlin to come to her bed every night. This is a very problematic attitude, especially in a book that’s geared towards a young audience.

Which brings me to my next point. This is NOT a young adult book! I have no idea why the series was picked up by a children’s publisher because this clearly falls into new adult category. I’m not going to say it’s an adult fantasy because Feyre is too naive to exist as a proper adult character and some of the topics are simply too “young” to be counted as adult (am I even making sense right now?) but there is killing and sex and I can’t say I would like my 17-year-old future kid reading this stuff. I mean, people, you know I’m not a prude, but this wall-banging, body-licking, scream-inducing sex is hardly something that should be in books for teenagers – if nothing else, it sets up unrealistic expectations. :)

Okay, so I do like Rhys. I like how he is with Feyre, he doesn’t take her decisions away from her, he doesn’t speak for her and she’s a better person all around when she’s with him. So there you go, another positive thing I have to say about this book.

BUT PEOPLE, why does EVERYONE have to have a tragic story here? Like there’s Mor who was beaten (and probably raped) by her own family because she refused to be bartered off like a prize mare. There are Feyre’s sisters who get turned into Fae against their will (hello, have we learned nothing from the first book? Changing people without their consent is bad!). There are the two badass warriors (um, their names escape me) and each of them has gone through hell to become the great man that he is. Why can’t we have someone who is a good person despite having had a very nice childhood? I can assure you, it is possible to know about sacrifice and hardships without actually having been beaten half to death. Promise. It’s also possible to be a good lead character if you’re human! Imagine that.

And the similarities between her two series!! Gah! Both Celaena and Feyre are very beautiful and skinny and everyone loves them and wants to be with them. They make ancient, immortal males swoon and follow them around like puppies. Said males are protective and gruff but really have hearts of gold. Their crews of other badass males are all damaged and scary but they have their reasons for looking like they’re going to rip your throat out. Save me, please.

Yeah, if you’re still reading this, you deserve a hug. *hug* 

Anyway, I wasn’t even a fan of the ending. Nope. Feyre has gone to spy at Tamlin’s court and will basically sell her body for information if I understand things correctly. But you know, as long as she knows she really loves Rhys. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.

So many things! But you know what? I’m almost a 100% sure I’ll be reading the sequel anyway because a) I want to finish the series and b) I want to see where she takes it. I just hope (I really hope) it will be a trilogy. If it gets stretched into a longer series, I might not bother after all.

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*long exhale*

So. Now it’s your turn. What did you think about this one?

Has a series (or an author) ever disappointed you like this?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
Published in 2007 by Gollanz.

Links: Goodreads.

Source: purchased (paperback).

Genre: high fantasy.

My rating:

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

You may have heard of me.

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You guys, I finally re-read this monster of a book (this is the third time I read it!) and it’s still fantastic. It’s still one of my favourite books ever and I’m super excited to finally review it here – the other two times I read it this blog didn’t exist yet. If you’re used to listening to audiobooks, I can’t recommend this one enough – it’s really good.

So. This is the story of Kvothe, or Kote, as he is called when we first meet him. He is my favourite fictional character (apart from Locke Lamora, it’s a tie between them) – a sarcastic know-it-all, a broken man, a wonderful singer, a mysterious arcanist. His story is funny and heartbreaking and heavy and warm, all at once.

The book has a peculiar structure, a bit like One Thousand and One Nights in the sense that Kote, the innkeeper at The Waystone Inn is telling his own story to the Chronicler, a famous scribe that has come to search for the legendary Kvothe. Contrary to One Thousand and One Nights, we only get three really long days – one of which we’re still waiting for as Doors of Stone, the third and final book in the series, has yet to be published.

Apart from Kvothe, who is apparently one of those characters you either love or hate, depending on your liking for smartasses, the best part of this book is undoubtedly the writing. The beauty of Rothfuss’s words is unparalleled in the world of fantasy, I think, and this is one of the reasons the audiobook works so well – it’s like music, really, and every word just seems to FIT. Kvothe himself is an amazing singer, he grew up in a performing troupe and has an incredible talent for singing, speaking, and playing. His word duels with obnoxious enemies are nothing short of masterful and his descriptions of the things he loves – his parents, Denna, his music – make my stomach clench painfully every single time. I am always wary of hyping up books too much – you may go into the book with incredibly high expectations and be disappointed as a result, but I can’t not rave about Rothfuss’s writing.

What I enjoyed in particular is Rothfuss’s attention to folklore. Kvothe goes to the University to find out more about the mysterious Chandrian, the songs his troupe sings are fabulous, the history gets turned into legends. It’s like catnip to a fairytale lover, I tell you. And if I remember correctly, The Wise Man’s Fear (book 2) is even more folklore-heavy – in a good way.

The world of The Kingkiller Chronicle is extremely well thought out and if there’s one criticism I have about this book is its dogged attention to detail when it comes to the magic system. It is incredibly complex and while I always complain about shoddy worldbuilding, there are instances here where I felt we could have done with less explanation. But this is a really minor issue, at least for me, and does nothing to lessen my enjoyment of the book (even the third time around).

As for the other characters, I have to mention Denna, Kvothe’s lady love. She’s one of those girls/women that every man seems to love. And covet, most of all. It’s impossible to doubt Kvothe’s descriptions of her when he’s so clearly infatuated – this is one of the criticisms I’ve heard most often when it comes to this book, that Denna is unreal. But I am of the firm opinion that Kvothe is an unreliable narrator and that all his prowess and all descriptions of Denna should be taken with a pinch of salt. But we’ll have to wait for Doors of Stone to see if that proves true.

Kvothe’s (extended) family, his mentor Ben, his friends at the University – they are wonderfully rounded up characters if you think about how little time they actually spend “on page”. But my favourite – apart from Kvothe, of course – is Bast, the innkeeper’s helper and pupil. I won’t go into details of his appearance or character because I’d spoil something for you for sure but let me just mention that he is a master at making threats (so is Kvothe – it’s poetic, really). My favourite is probably “I’ll string a fiddle with your guts and make you play it while I dance.” Pure gold.

As this review is slowly getting out of hand, I’ll leave you here with a hearty recommendation that you get yourself a copy of this book as soon as possible and then come back to thank me when you’ve finished. ;) I’ll try to re-read The Wise Man’s Fear soon and I’m hoping (against hope) that Doors of Stone will soon get a publishing date.

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Have you read The Name of the Wind? What did you think?

Do you prefer your fantasy worldbuilding-heavy? 

What about narrators? Do you always trust them?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch
Published in 2006 by Gollanz.

Links: Goodreads. Amazon. Book Depository.

Source: purchased (paperback).

Genre: high fantasy.

My rating:

The Thorn of Camorr is said to be an unbeatable swordsman, a friend to the poor, a ghost that walks through the walls.

Slightly built and barely competent with a sword, Locke Lamora is, much to his annoyance, the fabled Thorn. And while Locke does indeed steal from the rich (who else would be worth stealing from?), the poor never see a penny. All of Locke’s gains are strictly for himself and his tight-knit band of thieves: The Gentlemen Bastards.

The capricious, colourful underworld of the ancient city of Camorr is the only home they’ve ever known. But now a clandestine war is threatening to tear it apart. Caught up in a murderous game, Locke and his friends are suddenly struggling just to stay alive…

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I am thrilled to review this book today for several reasons (let’s make a list, shall we?):

  • The Bastard Read-along is the first read-along I’ve ever participated in, let alone organised – and I hope some of you will link your reviews in the comments and I’ll make sure they end up nice and visible somewhere in this post – and in the master post as well. DJ’s post will be up in a couple of weeks, so I’ll add it then.
  • I’m translating this book into Slovenian starting with May, I think, because I have to re-read both Red Seas Under Red Skies and The Republic of Thieves before I start and I have some other exciting work to get to first. But seriously, THIS IS THE BEST JOB EVER.
  • Even after my third re-read, this is one of my favourite books of EVER. Seriously. If you haven’t read it yet, this is a serious suggestion that you should rethink your life decisions (kidding, but I will never stop recommending it).

And why, you might ask, am I so enamoured of this book?

Well, first of all, there’s Locke Lamora. I know many people prefer Jean Tannen to Locke (since he’s a huge softie and a really, really good friend), but Locke stole my heart and is probably my favourite character of all time (along with Elizabeth Bennet and Kvothe – and possibly Bilbo Baggins). His character is really questionable – he’s a thief and a cheat and a masterful liar, but he’s flawed, too, not at all a perfect human being. Does Lynch romanticise the life of thieves in a cut-throat city like Camorr? Of course. But I just love his razor-sharp wit, his crazy, daring schemes, and his excellent talent for cursing. (“Nice bird, arsehole.” might be my favourite line of the book – but it’s a nightmare to translate, I can tell you that.)

Then there are all the other characters, amazingly well-fleshed-out: the Gentlemen Bastards, the rest of the Camorri underworld and the nobility, too. Jean, Calo, Galdo and Bug are Locke’s best friends – brothers, really – and their relationship, while peppered with insults, is solid. The whole social hierarchy of the gangs and their Capa (the don of the mafia, is what you’d call him, I think?) and the nobles and their Secret Peace is unbelievably complex and explained with impeccable precision and humour. I’ve heard complaints that this book has a shortage of women – while that might be true in the sense that the main characters are all male (there is a female Gentleman Bastard but she’s away and we don’t get to meet her until later in the series), I also think that Lynch did a good job with side characters – Nazca, Doña Vorchenza, Doña Sofia – they’re all interesting and powerful women.

This book is pretty epic in scope – both with characters and with the setting. It’s true that the whole of the first book takes place in Camorr, a city vaguely reminiscent of medieval Venice, but the mythology, the history, the neighbouring cities (city states) – it’s just amazing. I’m especially curious about the mysterious Eldren, who disappeared without a trace but left behind the magnificent structures of elderglass, a stone-like substance that humans have never learned to work. I hope we’ll get more info about them in later books.

Now, I may have read this book twice before but this time, I read it with translation in mind. I don’t often talk about this part of my life here on the blog but when a translator works on a text, she takes it apart at its most basic level – the language – and rebuilds the story in another language. This is why I was struck, even more than before, with the brilliance of Lynch’s prose. His style is pretty dense, the dialogues are sometimes polished to the point of over-abundance (but it all makes sense when the characters are who they are) and the world-building alone brings along such a wealth of new expressions that I am in awe – and scared witless because I can only hope that I will do the book justice in Slovenian.

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So. I am really happy I got to merge my blog with my work for once and review this book here. I am looking forward to re-reading Red Seas Under Red Skies and The Republic of Thieves (both of which I’ve only read once) in anticipation of the publication of The Thorn of Emberlain (it’s scheduled to hit the shelves in July 2016).

If you reviewed The Lies of Locke Lamora, please don’t hesitate to leave your link in the comments! At the same time, I’d like to remind you all that this is A SPOILER FREE ZONE and that you should probably indicate if your review contains spoilers. Also, if you’ve already finished all the published books, don’t spoil the fun for others who are only just beginning to enjoy Lynch’s masterpieces – I know that nobody would do this on purpose but accidents do happen.

Other reviews: Nicole (@ Feed Your Fiction Addiction) and DJ (@ MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

And don’t forget – our reviews for Red Seas and The Republic go live on February 15 and March 30, respectively.

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Do you prefer your heroes on the right side of the law? Or do you like them a bit crooked?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas
Published in September 2015 by Bloomsbury UK.

Links: Goodreads.

Source: purchased (paperback).

Genre: high fantasy.

My rating:

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . . 

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

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This review is for the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series. You can read my reviews for the first three books here and here – and I’m warning you right now that THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR ALL FOUR BOOKS. There. I just assume that anybody reading a review for the fourth book without reading the first three is asking to be spoiled (I avoided all reviews for this reason) but I’d also like to discuss some spoilery stuff in this part, so you’ve been warned.

First of all, you may have noticed (probably not but still) that I classified this as “high fantasy” without the “YA”. I don’t think Queen of Shadows is a young adult bookHeir of Fire wasn’t, either, but I didn’t really focus on that in my review. But I think it’s worth mentioning now because Aelin’s story is no longer the story of a girl but the story of a woman, a young queen. If you think about it, this whole series is classifiable as YA only because Celaena is 17 at the beginning of the first book – her problems are huge and her responsibilities even bigger, even then. I’m not saying young readers shouldn’t read this series (I read “adult” books almost exclusively when I was in high school) but it begs the question as to why it’s being marketed as YA if it’s not, really. It’s not like adult books can’t feature teenage protagonists.

And then … I have to say that I liked the book but didn’t love it like I did with Heir of Fire. I was a wreck when I finished that one – but now, though I flew through the 600-page monstrosity in two days, I still feel like it could have gone better.

First of all, the first 200 pages dragged. I stopped counting the times Aelin just slaughtered the Valg-infested guards and kept plotting stuff that nobody else knew about. I disliked how Chaol interacted with her. I loved Chaol as a character and I think that this change to a bitter, foul-mouthed rebel is just too jarring to be believable. Yes, I know he was disenchanted and all but hey, he was a really good guy so I have trouble believing he’d act like that. Also, while I’m glad Aedion got more spotlight, I can’t really say his character brought anything new to the table. Another large, muscled male man who feels the need to piss circles around his favourite cousin (her words, not mine). I’m hoping both of them will get a chance to liven up a bit in the last two books of the series.

Then there’s Aelin herself. I really liked how she changed in Heir of Fire, she really grew into her potential (I like to see character development over the arc of a series). And now she fell back into her routine of secrets and killing and snark that did nothing to disguise the fact that she didn’t really trust anyone. Eh. By the way, did anyone notice the body count she (and the others) managed to rack up? I know those soldiers were all infested by demons and the humans “begged to be killed” but does that diminish the fact that they destroyed hundreds of the King’s guard?

And then there’s Rowan. Okay so I think he’s pretty majestic (still liked him better in Heir of Fire!) and I liked seeing his composure crumble, but what is it with 300-year-old men and 20-year-old women?! I keep complaining about this and I know everyone thinks it’s terribly romantic but hell, I can’t help but be creeped out by it, especially if one of the pair is immortal and the other “merely” human.

Also – and this is going to sound weird, but I think you can handle my weird, can’t you? – there is no way Rowan and Aelin would have been able to keep their hands off each other in real life. NO WAY. I’d buy it up until that first kiss. Possibly. Because they had their misgivings and they knew everything would change, yadda yadda. (But also not – sleeping in the same bed, hugging each other, almost naked, with that attraction between them? Nope.) I’m not saying people – human or Fae – are just animals, unable to contain their instincts. But I felt like Maas was just dragging this thing along to make their final connection in a later book. Ugh. I don’t know. I just felt like the whole “I don’t want an audience when I make you moan” thing was a bit silly. They’re fantastic warriors and they can’t figure out how to be alone together for a night? Right.

That said, I really enjoyed the friendship part(s) of this book. Both Aelin and Lysandra and Manon and Asterin made me feel all warm-hearted and happy. I did have my doubts about the A&L friendship at first (too sudden?) but hey, I won’t complain, they’re pretty great. Lysandra is a really cool character and I liked how she put an end to her tormentor. I liked that Aelin let go of the past so her friend could put her own demons to rest.

And the Ironteeth witches in general are awesome. They’re brutal and gruesome but also not the worst monsters that exist in this weird world. And their wyverns? So cool. I hope the Thirteen end up on the “right” side of the war in the end because I’d hate for Manon and Aelin NOT to be allies – they’d really be amazing together on the battlefield, don’t you think? I’m also curious about the rest of Rowan’s cadre, the other Fae warriors that served with him in the Fae Queen’s army. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of them soon.

Whew, this is longer that I expected. Anyway, I liked this book but not as much as Heir of Fire. I really hope the other two books will get even better because I’d hate for the third book to be the climax of the series. I’m impatiently waiting for the announcement of the title for the fifth book and hoping it comes in 2016! (Probably not, but still.)

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Have you read Queen of Shadows? What did you think?

Which part of the series is the most important for you – the beginning, the middle or the end?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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The Bastard Read-along

lies-locke-lamora-lynchHi, how are you? :) Things have been slow around here lately, but I can assure you, I’m still alive and kicking. I have, in fact, been hatching a cool plan with DJ of MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape: we’re doing a read-along of all three books in The Gentleman Bastard sequence by Scott Lynch!

If you’ve been around this blog in the past, you’ll have noticed my everlasting devotion to Mr. Lynch and his jolly band of thieves. Locke Lamora might just be my favourite character ever (I think he even beats Kvothe if you can imagine it), but I read all three books, The Lies of Locke Lamora, Red Seas Under Red Skies and The Republic of Thieves before I started blogging, so I haven’t reviewed them yet.

As The Thorn of Emberlain is scheduled to hit the shelves in July, I meant to read the books all over again anyway, but I have an interesting announcement to make: In 2016, I’ll be starting the translation of The Lies into Slovenian, which will be my biggest project so far. I can’t tell you how excited I am to do this, I really love my job.

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So, without further ado, I give you THE READ-ALONG:

thorn-of-emberlain-scott-lynchApart from this master post, we will be posting reviews on dates we set here:

  1. January 5 for The Lies of Locke Lamora
  2. February 15 for Red Seas Under Red Skies
  3. March 30 for The Republic of Thieves

This should give us enough time to whet our appetites for The Thorn of Emberlain.

What can YOU do?

  1. Read the books. If you haven’t already, I can’t recommend them enough. If you have, we’d love to hear what you thought of them, but remember, NO SPOILERS, not everyone has read the books yet!
  2. Chat with us. Comment here or on DJ’s blog. You don’t have to be a blogger to participate.
  3. Write your posts. If you do have a blog, you might want to write a master post for the read-along or perhaps reviews of the three novels – either way, we’d love to read what you have to say, so don’t forget to
  4. Link your posts – just leave the links in the comments either on my blog or on DJ’s, and we’ll add them to our posts. We haven’t figured out exactly how we’ll do this but we’ll make sure you’re seen.

I hope I’ll be chatting with all of you soon, I’m really excited about digging into Locke and Jean’s world again, I’ve missed them a lot. I love re-reading books, it feels like seeing old friends again.

The reviews

The Lies of Locke Lamora: Nicole (@ Feed Your Fiction Addiction) – Kaja (me) – DJ (@ MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

Red Seas under Red Skies: DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape) – Kaja (me)

The Republic of ThievesDJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape) – Kaja (me)

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Have you read Scott Lynch’s books yet? 

Will you be participating in our read-along?

Enjoy the reading – and I’d love to hear from you! :)

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