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Great Coffee table book!
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Beautiful and Deep
Jacques Junior onReviewed by
Another book of Dostoevsky, Robok, is included afterwards. Robok is also unlike his other work in that this one is not so much a critique of some question, or some passionate tale, but rather an observation of humanity after death. In it he comically depicts the ingratitude and superficiality of people even in death.
Both of these works are deep and beautiful. They are each a delightful read and a wonderful introduction to Dostoevsky.
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Another great book by Sebastien de Castell
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Oh, and it looks even better in real life...
Now, YA and I can be best described as two strange cats in the same room. We don't always get along. I might be starting to sound like a broken record on that point though. Quite a few great YA books nowadays. Anyways. When Spellslinger quietly showed up on my radar, I had no such reservations. I love Sebastien de Castell’s writing that much and will give him the benefit of the doubt any day of the week, and I am very happy to say that he has once again delivered.
Spellslinger reads as a quick, fun, coming-of age fantasy that keeps up the pace and leaves you wanting more when the ending comes, all too soon. The story kicks off with a duel between two students of a magic school, with one of the duelists being Kellen, the protagonist of the story. Born of a powerful mother & father magician duo, and with a sibling seemingly destined to become one of the greatest mages of their time, Kellan is under huge pressure to discover his magic by sparking his bands and thus proving himself worthy of his family name. But the bands just won’t come to life.
[All children of the Jan’Tep are tattooed with six metallic bands at a very young age, which they will eventually spark, by breaking the bindings between the sigils. Sparking more bands is better, the most powerful mages have access to all six types of magic, but sparking even a single band is MUCH better than sparking none.]
There are seven fundamental sources of magical force, but Jan’Tep mages are banded with only six: iron, ember, silk, sand, blood and breath. No mage is ever banded with the seventh, because shadow is the magic of emptiness, of the void, of the demonic. Our ancient enemies, the Mahdek, drew upon shadow for their spells. That’s why the Mahdek are long dead.
The duel Kellan is entered into is part of a greater challenge whereby young would-be mages attempt to earn their mage name in a series of trials, the duel being the first trial. There is a lot riding on his success, as the strength of a family’s magic is a key element of being a leader to the Jan’Tep, and Kellen’s father, being one of the most powerful mages, has a very valid chance of becoming the next ruler to his clan. He needs Kellan to prove himself though, as magic is EVERYTHING to these people.
The pressure on Kellan to pass the trials is thus immense. As an added incentive, those failing to earn their mage name, are resigned to the status of Sha’Tep. Shunned by the community, forever an outcast, they live the life of a slave to their “betters”, the Jan’Tep. You could be a Jan’Tep’s sister, brother, mother, husband, girlfriend, best friend – if you become Sha’Tep, you are as good as dead to them. Unfortunate then for our protagonist, that he has almost no magic whatsoever.
As Kellen tries to walk the fine line of faking it and still somehow passing the trials, his efforts at strengthening his connection to the six foundations of magic brings him into contact with a couple of very interesting characters, that for me, stole the show. First up we have Ferius Parfax, a card wielding Argosi wanderer with very strong opinions and interesting thoughts. Though many believe her to be a spy for the Daroman King, Kellan soon befriends her and is better off for it.
Excerpt [‘If you’re not a spy then what are you?’ I asked. ‘Because I don’t believe some Argosi wanderer would still be hanging around here after what happened last night.’
‘I’m a woman, kid. You probably haven’t met one before, coming as you do from this backward place, but it’s like a man only smarter and with bigger balls.’]
The second is of course a Nekhek.
Excerpt [Nekhek. The word meant ‘herald of the darkness’. A creature so foul it was said to be the Mahdek’s favourite weapon against my people, its bite stealing our magic and poisoning our spirits.]
Where can I get one? :)
Suffice it to say, that Nekhek are not what the Jan’Tep believe them to be. Evil demons? No. Violent, bloodthirsty, foul-mouthed creatures with a very interesting sense of humour and a penchant for stealing? Most definitely.
Sign me up for more straight away.
PS: If you are still not convinced, but agree that Xmen (Gambit) & Codex Alera (Tavi) & Guardians of the Galaxy (Rocket) all mixed into an exciting new fantasy story sounds great then you are in for one helluva ride!
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It's CASE NIGHTMARE RAINBOW.
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If you've never read Stross, google for "A Colder War". If that tickles your fancy, why have you not bought the entire series yet? Are you an agent of CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN perhaps? It's time to call the Auditors.
Seriously, excellent book. Stross shows a progression in his narrative and the streaks of dark humour that underlies the series still have the bite that makes you come back for more. Be sure to take extra care around CCTV cameras.
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Great art, yet again.
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How the Empire Lost?
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Sweet and lovely story.
James onReviewed by
Kier Domadi is a stand out character in this book. It's kind of weird to read about how Kier kisses Leia and stuff. Their romance is peculiar, but needless to say it isn't badly written at all. As well as that, I think Kylo Ren wouldn't have turned to the dark side if Leia stuck with Kier. I presume when Moff Tarkin destroyed Alderaan, he too pulverized Domadi along with it. It's all Han Solo's fault that Kylo is in The First Order.
Amilyn Holdo is another great character. Very strange, yet intriguing. She's a good friend to Leia, and I can't wait to see her in The Last Jedi.
The descriptions of Crait are very vivid and clear. I didn't know what Crait was until I read this book. It looked so strange in the first trailer for The Last Jedi, but has now become obvious what is actually going on.
I am in constant awe of myself for getting this book, because I will walk in to The Last Jedi with so much more context. It's good to have a book that explains certain things that would be hard to understand without it.
Good work by Claudia Gray on this book. 10/10.
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A genre-bending novel that's part mystery, part thriller and part speculative fiction
Tammy F onReviewed by
Would love to see a sequel to this, because the conclusion is decidedly open-ended and leaves you with so many questions.
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Tower of Dawn 5/5
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Great read for fans looking for a darker approach.
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Great read for any Batman fan.