Sunday, July 21, 2019
The Burning - Book One
This book is touted as Game of Thrones meets Gladiator and I have to say there was some of the former but a whole, whole lot of the latter.
If you like scenes filled with fight after fight after fight - add in a few skirmishes and a couple of full scale battles - even a siege - well this is the book for you!
The main character that we follow for the majority of the book is Tau, a young fellow who after a violent tragedy changes his life, goes on a path of vengeance that includes him becoming the greatest swordsman of his time. And we see just about all the matches/battles/skirmishes that take him there.
Yes, there's magic. There are dragons. There is some terrific world-building - a fantasy world that is more African than anything else. There's a bit of romance. There are some intricate politics that I would have liked to have seen from another POV. But my favourite parts of the book were where Tau and his sword-brothers begin their relationships and then grow them. Found family stuff, really. And that's a catnip of mine.
So, this highly touted book was good, but not great for me. Far too much fighting and not enough of the characters out of the ring. I'm hopeful, though, that the next book will have more of politics, the magic and the dragons! Oh, and that cover! GORGEOUS!
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
The Expanse - Book Three
I am enjoying this series so much! Both the books and the TV show. But we're here about the book. The third book in the series (and the one that brings me up to date with the show.)
Our four faves are back. Holden, Naomi, Amos and Alex. We don't see enough of the latter two as far as I'm concerned, but that doesn't take away the enjoyment of the story, really. Once again, the known universe is in flux, Earth, Mars and the OPA are trying to cooperate and investigate the ring construct of the protomolecule but old suspicions and ways die hard. Miller returns as well, but only Holden can see or interact with him.
Someone is out to destroy Holden and in the process of attempting to do just that, all hell breaks loose. We meet Clarissa Mao (the sister of Julie), Anna Volovodov, a spiritual leader and Bull, an Earther member of OPA.
Lots of folks die in this book. And there are many heros throughout. I could just recount the political thriller type plot, but suffice to say, it was logical and intriguing. I don't know why it took me so long to read this book, because I was quite into it, but maybe it was the heat. :)
Anyhoo, great read and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!