Maas had become more and more comfortable with a narrative of interlocking characters, and in this one, our characters are scattered across the continent as Aelin and her growing court head toward her home country for the first time.
There are echoes of several series in here (Game of Thrones and Graceling among them), but Maas has carved out her own world and her plot hurtles toward its endgame. One quibble – what started as a series that my younger daughter found in a middle-school library has morphed and taken a flying leap into graphic sex. For 18 and up.
An exceptional and byzantine fantasy novel that immerses the reader in deeply detailed worldbuilding. Martin’s world features multiple clans with interwoven alliances, in-depth court intrigue, and a land which has decade-long seasons. Yet with all the high-level worldbuilding, Martin focuses deeply on his targeted characters, creating memorable portraits of each.
I have never seen the TV series, but the book certainly earns its rep for grimness (a 13 year old girl in a forced marriage) and for violence against women. I recommend it for 18 and up due to rape and violence. Martin spares his characters nothing, but, so far, this makes for an engrossing read.
Wow! Amazing high fantasy novel, set in Khandar, where the Vordanai army, recently routed by the revolution of the Redeemed, has brought in reinforcements from across the Demon Sea to reinstate a puppet prince on the throne of Khandar. The novel focuses on soldier Winter Ihernglass, who is just trying to keep her head down, since she is a girl in disguise, and on Captain Marcus d’Ivoire, commander of the garrison, soon to turn his command over to a newly arrived colonel, who may just be crazy enough to take the fight back to the capital and then out across the desert. A great read – suggested 16 and up for bloody and horrific battle scenes. Can’t wait to read the sequel.