I read Shadow and Bone by Leight Bardugo, because I heard a lot of great things about it recently, and I’m glad to say that I wasn’t dissapointed. My favorite things about this book were the writing and the world in which the story took place. This book is definitely not an action pack book, but I still really liked it.
Rating: 4.5 stars
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“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
THE STYLE GUIDE:
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.
3) Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson: I chose this book mainly because its a great example of a fantasy book with a complex and unique magic system. It will also serve as a starting point to talk about Sanderson’s First Law of Magics and about the difference between writing soft magic and hard magic.
4) Thrones of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas: I chose this series, because it’s a great example of character development in fantasy books, and it can help to learn about character driven stories.
5) The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson: This book made the list because I think it’s a perfect example of diversity in fantasy books. It has POC main characters and an overweight protagonist. This book will start the discussion about diversity, appropriation, and representation in fantasy.
6) Daughter of Smoke and Bones by Laini Taylor: This book shows how to incorporate fantastical creatures into a fantasy story in a great way. And in general, this book can help to learn about mixing different elements of fantasy, because it has angels, beast-like creatures, a world within a world, and wishes that have a great price.
7) The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: This book is a great example of incredible writing in a fantasy book. It also has a very interesting concept, its magic from an academic perspective, almost. It’s a great book to start a conversation about writing style and pacing in fantasy.
Author: Jodi Meadows
Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others
The blogs I nominate:
Ardis @ Ponderingtheprose
Do you read graphic novels? Do you have recommendations for someone who wants to start reading them?