This one isn’t as good as Shadow and Bone, but the introduction of Nikolai defintely makes up for it. When I say it’s not as good as the prequel, I really mean it. While the storytelling improves and Leigh Bardugo summons suprises and plot twists as Alina would summon the sun, the story as a whole suffers from a huge overload of love triangle.
No, it’s true. This isn’t a mistake. I haven’t had some sort of fit that made me miss that fifth star. I also didn’t sneeze so hard that I missed the fourth star. I’ve really, out of the dephts of my conscience and heart, given one of Sabaa Tahir’s books only three stars.
A murder mystery set on a ship in the 17th century with intriguing characters and a promising idea that does not unravel as magnificently as expected: everything is just what you expect it to be.
Joe Abercrombie’s ‚The Blade Itself‘ is an action-packed, fast-paced, grim-dark introduction into his ‚First Law‘ trilogy that is above average and yet somewhat disappointing. It has interesting characters and fascinating world-building, but suffers from a number of problems that often come with first books in a trilogy.
Kate Callaghan’s ‚Crowned A Traitor‘ is literally a hell of a book: its main protagonist Klara is none other than Lucifer’s daughter who is destined to be his heir as ruler of Hell. There are just two problems. Klara really, really doesn’t want to rule Hell. And while this book starts off really strong, the ending is completely unsatisfying because it’s so exaggeratedly surprising. The big revelations appear so much out of nowhere that it feels like cheating – therefore, only three stars.
A.K. Larkwoods ‚Die dunklen Pfade der Magie‘ ist ein wilder Ritt durch mehrere Welten voller Luftschiffe, gewaltiger Magier und gefallener Götter, leider erzählt durch die Augen einer blassen Erzählerin.
Panzerartige Maschinen, Windmagier, Portalmagier, Belagerungsmagier, Heilmagier, Nachtmagier, (lufthol) Gestaltwandler, Freimacherinnen, Unhunde, Tangbräute, Grukai, Aschmäuler, Vagranten…klingt nach ziemlich viel für ein einziges Buch? Ist es auch.
‚My Plain Jane‘ is a funny, entertaining parody of norms of 19th century English society and writing, and especially of Jane Eyre. It’s full of surprises, quirky comments and intriguing ghosts – I liked it, but it wasn’t as good as My Lady Jane.