Some characters are frustrating with their inability to see the big picture, but in the end, this is significant to real-life growth and change.
"This is an epic quest, powerful coming-of-age tale, and significant social commentary wrapped in a rip-roaring adventure featuring pirates, demons, and immortal black mages. Readers will want to buckle up and enjoy the ride! "
The balance between romance and action misses the mark slightly, but ultimately, readers will be glad they strapped on their boots and went along for the ride.
The formulaic plot revolves around a start-up company, shady stock market deals, corrupt political officials, good cops, bad cops, and assorted thugs. Series fans who want more of the same will like this one.
It's also a beautifully written work that is engrossing, and it becomes hard to put the book down. It’s a great book that will also gear readers up for the holiday season.
Knowledge of previous Old Kingdom stories isn’t a prerequisite, but readers who take the time to go back to them will not regret it. Brown-skinned Ferin brings cultural diversity to Nix’s largely white England-analogue world. A masterfully spun tale well worth the yearslong wait.
There's so much in this book. I could talk for ages about how mesmerized I was by the depiction of research and development in wartime; how happy to see same-sex desire represented with loving complexity; how riveted by plot-twists that further complicate the world Liu is building.
What Gidwitz, the author of the Grimm trilogy, accomplishes here is staggering. “The Inquisitor’s Tale” is equal parts swashbuckling epic, medieval morality play, religious polemic and bawdy burlesque, propelling us toward a white-knuckle climax...
As she does so perfectly in every book, Andrews deftly balances witty humor, intense emotion and brilliantly choreographed action scenes.
In a text overflowing with letters and emails, Bolton leaves little room for any real suspense or richly developed characters.
Shatner is a fine actor with some terrific book credits but his latest effort is somewhat disappointing.
Henrietta is pragmatic and bitingly funny, and she more than holds her own in a man’s world. Cluess gamely turns the chosen-one trope upside down in this smashing dark fantasy.
...the action comes across as labored and the quest something of a grind...readers will heave a sigh of relief that the end has finally arrived.
This is a book that is bravely aware of the limitations of its subject matter’s appeal, which is one of the reasons why it is so appealing.
Chee’s debut is an intricate, multilayered reading experience...An exploration of self-determination and the magic of the written word, Sefia’s story is an absorbing introduction to the Sea of Ink and Gold series.
Given the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe and immigration debates in the U.S. and abroad, Sanna’s story is well poised to spark necessary conversations about the costs of war.
Orphaned at birth and raised by a foster family he describes as jerks, Jack has always longed for a family of his own. Now that he has one, the only thing scarier than the monsters is the thought of losing them. An apocalyptic adventure with a whole lot of heart.
Robb is in peak form as she blends intense action and clever twists with a stellar cast headed by the indomitable Lt. Eve Dallas.
Despite the quick beginning and creative concept, the story falls flat. Dialogue takes precedence over the narrative, and character development is virtually nonexistent in this story that introduces over a dozen characters with small roles only to forget them pages later...Skip.
This anthology is modern and fresh enough to be valued by readers with contemporary tastes, and wealthy in the charm and tropes that draw fans of the classics.