Still rereading my way up to the newly released fifth book:
|This third book of the series takes a very different tack, as Celaena leaves the castle for the first time to discover her heritage and, perhaps, claim her birthright. Challenged to fight in new ways by the Fae Rowan, she will re-learn all she knew. Terrific writing continues here – can’t wait for book four! For 16 and up due to violence and terror.
Wow! The best one in this series for quite a while, though I have enjoyed them all. Atlanta mercenary Kate Daniels just wants to live her life: marry her boyfriend, get her PI agency going, fight the occasional monster. But she is the daughter of the greatest evil the planet has ever seen, and she will have to face him sooner rather than later. This novel just explodes across the pages, and it incorporates all the characters we’ve come to care about. A wonderful celebration of all that is great and good in the Kate Daniels novels: adventure, romance, negotiation, and assorted badassery. A fantastic read – 18 and up.
This historical fiction is a fascinating look into the worlds of Egypt and Rome and the height of their power, but it feels like a strange cross between YA and adult literature. The prose seems targeted at a YA audience, and our lead character goes from age 10 to age 15 during the book. Yet much of the story is understandably bleak and violent, as were humanity’s short brutal lives in the era. We spend time in the vicious Circus Maximum, watch slaves being crucified, discuss abandoned infants eaten by wolves, and assorted other period horrors. So I’m guessing the targeted age is high school – maybe 14 and up.
That said, we root for Selene and her brother to overcome the tragedy that has scarred their lives, and the period detail is immersive and fascinating. If this is your interest area, I recommend it.