Book three of the Falling Kingdoms series doesn't disappoint! The thing I like the best about the series is the unexpected deaths. I'm constantly surprised by who Rhodes is willing to kill and there are a couple in this book that I just didn't see coming. Don't want to give any spoilers away, but I did predict the relationship change between Cleo and Magnus. I still feel like its is a middle grade Game of Thrones. Fantasy lovers will enjoy this series for sure. Add it to tbi (to buy immediately) list and get reading!
If you've been reading the Throne of Glass series, then you're probably hooked and don't need this review. Heir of Fire is the third in the series if you don't count the prequel, The Assassin's Blade.
When book three begins, Celaena is in Wendlyn looking for a way to get to Doranelle to see Maeve and get some answers. She is captured and then accompanied by Rowan, a delicious Fae character who has sworn a blood oath to Maeve. The book then jumps to Chaol and Crown Prince Dorian in Adarlan where there are some interesting developments and the arrival of some new and important characters, and then a chapter later jumps to an Ironwitch named Manon Blackbeak, heir to the Blackbeak WitchClan. It is the chapters describing the meeting and competition of the witch clans, Blackbeak, Blueblood and Yellowlegs where they select and train their wyverns that I found most engaging. The book then alternately advances the plot for each of the three settings.
Since this is not a trilogy, all is not nicely tied up at the end. I can tell you, without revealing too too much, that skillfully woven into book three is a nice surprise pulled on a powerful opponent, a heartbreaking death, and a dire enslavement that left me shaking my head and screaming "Noooooo!" My only wish is that the next book in the series was available right now.
Don't Let Go is the final book in a trilogy which started with Don't Look Now and continued with Don't Turn Around. The series, if you don't know it, is well suited to the rebellious hacker generation and features a tough girl named Noa who once she figures out that someone is kidnapping street kids and experimenting on them, is determined to put a stop to it. In the final instalment, Noa, Peter, Teo and Daisy are doing their best to evade the corporation's men who are determined to apprehend them. At the same time the teens are trying to decode the stolen hard drives and crack the code behind project Persephone. Noa's health is not improving, the men seem to be able to find the teens regardless of where they hide, and Noa and Peter are having a great deal of difficulty finding a facility with the computing power that they need. I don't say this often, but the ending is both gripping and satisfying.
First off, a necessary confession. I am a Kagawa fan. Since I enjoyed the Iron Fey series, I picked up Talon already having decided students will like it. Secondly, I don't usually gush over covers. In fact, most times, I hardly even look at them because I'm too interested in diving into the words. So if an unobservant being such as myself tells you that the cover is outstandingly, exceptionally beautiful, then you can bet that it's probably nice. The colour... the texture... the shininess... sigh. It is beautiful.
I think Dragons might be the new vampires and right now, I'm okay with that.
For those of you who despise love triangles, book one is setting you up for a whopper. I can see it coming a mile away, and it is delicious, understandable, and heartbreaking.
The book is told in chapters that switch perspectives mostly between Ember Hill, a dragon, and Garrett Xavier Sebastian who is a soldier of St. George. The book also occasionally includes the perspective of Riley (Cobalt) a rogue dragon who has broken from Talon and is determined to rescue as many hatchlings as possible from the Talon organization. The book ends in a nail-biting horrible way, and I'm tempted to stomp my feet like a two year old throwing a tantrum at the unfairness of making me wait for book two. If you can't guess... I really liked this one.
Rachel Watts has moved to the bustling metropolis of Melbourne and is really missing the relaxing sites and sounds of the country. She is attracted to and feels compelled to help her eccentric seventeen year old neighbour James Mycroft.
When Watts and Mycroft go for their regular Thursday night visit to see Homeless Dave, they are shocked to discover their friend is dead and his dog has vanished. The police write it off as a attack on a defenseless man and are not prepared to investigate any deeper into the case, but Mycroft and Watts think otherwise.
The thing I liked best about this story is that I didn't figure it out until almost the end, and that's why students are going to like it as well. There are some aspects that they just won't anticipate. Jolly good.
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