This is another dark YA dystopia, this one set in a bleak world divided into the Reds and Silvers, where the reds (who bleed red blood) are the underlass to the Silvers, who bleed silver blood and have special powers. When Mare, our heroine, a teen girl slated for conscription into the ongoing war, is swept abruptly in the Silver world, she suddenly has the potential to make extraordinary change.
This has wonderful world building, but the unrelenting grimness becomes oppressive well before the end of the book. That said, it still kept me frantically turning pages as the plot drove forward with some truly terrifying political intrigue. For 16 and up for violence.
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.
Reposting my earlier review as I am rereading the series to prep for Book 5.
|A terrific follow-up to Throne of Glass, this book sweeps you in with its dynamic heroine and fantastic, in-depth world-building. As Celaena takes her rightful place in the despised King’s Court, her deepening relationships with two young men and her growing friendship with the visiting princess tie her ever more firmly to the kingdom’s fortunes and its mysteries. For 16 and up due to sex and violence.
Am rereading this series in preparation for the newly released fifth book, and it is well worth the reread. In the opening novel, our heroine Celaena, 18, is an acclaimed assassin condemned to hard labor in the salt mines. When the handsome Prince Dorian arrives to offer her a deal, she has no choice but to take it. And her arrival at the Glass Castle will lead the reader on a wild ride filled with fights and monsters and magic and ghosts and betrayal and romance. A pulse-pounding story for older teens, say, 16 and up.
This fantasy is the first of a trilogy, but I found out, too late, that it is deep in an ongoing series. This makes it tough going early on, as you try to figure out who everyone is and learn about this firmly established world. But once all is established, the story leaps forward and doesn’t let go, focusing simultaneously on a quest for long-hidden magic and on the defense of a mostly-abandoned keep. There is a steampunk feel to the piece, with a medieval high-fantasy setting and airships flitting about.
Author Brooks has his world well in hand, and the POVs from multiple characters ring true. I’m hooked enough to keep going on this trilogy, and will consider starting from the beginning of this world’s series at a later date. For 16 and up, due to violence.
An excellent novella focusing on werewolf Derek, who is working with Cutting Edge Investigations to track down a murderer. Naturally, he is pulled further into Atlanta’s magic underworld, as is teenager Julie, who is working to become a magic-user. A great read, whether you are a fan of the Kate Daniels series or not. If this is the beginning of a spin-off series, count me in.