Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New Releases ~ week of 03/30/2015

A Good Rake Is Hard to Find by Manda Collins (#1 Lords of Anarchy)
Being Emerald by Sylvia Ryan (#3 New Atlanta)
Born of War by Anderson Harp (#2 Will Parker)
Broken by Cynthia Eden (#1 Last Option Search Team)
Cursed by Ice by Jacquelyn Frank (#2 The Immortal Brothers)
Deception by D B Reynolds (#9 Vampires in America)
Deep by Kylie Scott (#4 Stage Dive)
Devil's Moon by Amanda Scott (#2 Border Nights)
Etherworld by Claudia Gabel (#2 Elusion)
Fall with Me by J Lynn (#4 Wait for You)
Firestorm by Nancy Holzner (#6 Deadtown)
Force of Attraction by D D Ayres (#2 K-9 Rescue Series)
Four Nights with the Duke by Eloisa James (#8 Desperate Duchesses)
Hard as a Rock by Christine Warren (#3 Gargoyles)
Hellbender by Dana Cameron (#3 Fangborn)
House of Ravens by Karpov Kinrade (#2 Nightfall)
Inside Danger by Ashley Claudy (#2 Outside The Ropes)
Instinct by Sherrilyn Kenyon (#6 Chronicles of Nick)
It Started With a Scandal by Julie Anne Long (#10 Pennyroyal Green)
Just a Little Flirt by Renita Pizzitola (#2 A Crush)
Killer Gourmet by G A McKevett (#20 Savannah Reid)
Love After All by Jaci Burton (#4 Hope)
Marked Fur Murder by Dixie Lyle (#3 Whiskey, Tango and Foxtrot Mystery)
Murder in Hindsight by Anne Cleeland (#3 New Scotland Yard Mystery)
Night's Blaze by Donna Grant (#5 Dark Kings)
No Perfect Princess by Angel Payne (#3 Secrets of Stone)
Part Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates (#2 Copper Ridge)
Pleasured by Candace Camp (#2 Secrets of the Loch)
Promise of Forever by Jessica Wood (#3 Promise)
Sea of Stars by Amy A. Bartol (#2 Kricket)
Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross (#1 Sisters of Blood and Spirit)
Spark Xby Jessica Sorensen (#3 Death Collectors)
Tails, You Lose by Carol J. Perry (#2 Witch City Mystery)
The Angel Court Affair by Anne Perry (#30 Thomas Pitt)
The Closer You Come by Gena Showalter (#1 Original Heartbreakers)
The Dead Play On by Heather Graham (#3 Cafferty and Quinn)
The Diamond Conspiracy by Tee Morris (#5 Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences)
The Evertree by Marie Lu (#7 Spirit Animals)
The Icing on the Corpse by Liz Mugavero (#3 Pawsitively Organic Mysteries)
The Loss by Julie Plec (#2 Originals)
The Mourning Bells by Christine Trent (#4 Lady of Ashes )
The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry (#10 Cotton Malone)
The Return by Ridley Pearson (#8 Kingdom Keepers)
The Scandalous Secret of Abigail MacGregor by Paula Quinn (#3 The McGregors: Highland Heirs)
The Skull Throne by Peter V Brett (#4 Demon Cycle)
The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston (#1 Call of Crows)
The Virgin by Tiffany Reisz (#7 The Original Sinners)
This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak (#8 Whiskey Creek)
Total Surrender by Rebecca Zanetti (#4 Sins Brothers)
Twist by Karen Akins (#2 Loop)
Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan (#3 Memoir by Lady Trent)
What a Lady Requires by Ashlyn MacNamara (#3 The Eton Boys)
When It's Right by Jennifer Ryan (#2 Montana Men)
Whiskers of the Lion by P L Gaus (#9 Ohio Amish Mystery)
The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige (#2 Dorothy Must Die)

Monday, March 30, 2015

Book Review ~ The Orphan Queen

The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1)

by Jodi Meadows
published by Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: YA, Fantasy,

Summary (Goodreads): 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

My Thoughts: I've said it before but, I'm always happy when a book lives up to the hype. Too often I find that I don't love some books as much as everyone else seems to. I really enjoyed this one. It grabbed and held on to my attention right from the start and didn't let go until the end. That doesn't mean it didn't have it problems but they were not enough to pull me out of the book (it did make it hard to put into words without spoiling the story).
The world that Jodi Meadows created was an interesting one. The landscape is slowly being taken over by the wraith. Taking out whole kingdoms on its westward path. I also liked that the magical by product had its own characteristics, like being harmed by sunlight/mirrors. This made it another character in the story.
The characters were, at times, basic fantasy types but still worked. The Ospreys are a dwindling group of orphans that were removed from their kingdom when it was taken over during the One Night War. I did have problems with some of Wil's personality. For someone who is the "queen" she didn't seem to have much control. We find out very early that Patrick is in control and Wil goes along with the group even when she knows it is the wrong choice. This does create many problems during the story. Wil's faith in Melanie, even at the end, didn't make a lot of sense either. With everything that takes place there should have been some concern on Wil's part not faith that Melanie would let her know what was happening.
On the other side is Tobiah, his cousin James, and the royal court, along with the vigilante Black Knife. James was my favorite of this group. You could tell that he loved his life but was also took his responsibilities seriously. Tobiah, on the other hand, seemed very sullen and always wanted to be somewhere other than where he was. It was obvious from the start that one of these two were going to be Black Knife and it took away from the reveal when it happened. The relationship between Wil and Black Knife could have been interesting but fell short, especially when you find out who it is.
Overall, I enjoyed this story, I just wish it had been a little tighter in some areas. Wil was a strong lead character until you put her in front of the group she was supposed to be leading. Tobiah became stronger and more likable as you found out about him but his choices to end the story didn't feel like they would all stick. Even with that I have to know what happens to these characters and the land being overrun by the wraith.

Rating: 4-4.5

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Some Thursday Randomness

Seattle-based artist Peregrine Church does sidewalk art that only shows up when it rains (or gets wet).

Saw this everywhere on Facebook. Its a mash up of every famous dance scene in movies.

Came across artist Sabine Rich (deviantArt) really has some amazing artwork in her galleries.
Steampunk Lady Death
by Sabine Rich
Lady Pirate
by Sabine Rich

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New Releases ~ week of 03/23/2015

A Touch of Passion by Bronwen Evans (#3 Disgraced Lords)
After Dark by M. Pierce (#3 The Night Owl Trilogy)
Awakening You by Jessica Sorensen (#3 Unraveling You)
Cavendon Women by Barbara Taylor Bradford (#2 Cavendon)
Claimed by Sarah Fine (#2 Servants of Fate)
Cuba Straits by Randy Wayne White (#22 Doc Ford)
The Door in the Moon by Catherine Fisher (#3 Chronoptika)
Edge of Forever by Taryn Elliott (#3 When You're Gone)
Flirting with Fire by Kate Meader (#1 Hot in Chicago)
Forever Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan (#1.5 Montgomery Ink)
Garden of Death by Chrystle Fiedler (#3 Natural Remedies Mystery)
Half Wild by Sally Green (#2 Half Life Trilogy)
In the Time of Dragon Moon by Janet Lee Carey (#3 Wilde Island Chronicles)
Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell (#2 Thomas De Quincey Mystery)
Jinx's Fire by Sage Blackwood (#3 Wizard's Apprentice)
Return to Earth! by Ray O'Ryan (#10 Galaxy Zack)
Signature Kill by David Levien (#4 Frank Behr)
Target's Entangled by Kennedy Layne (#2 Red Starr)
The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly Harper (#4 Half Moon Hollow)
The Elusive Lord Everhart Vivienne Lorret (#1 Rakes of Fallow Hall)
The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons (#1 Fifth Heart)
The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall (#4 Penderwicks)
The Tapestry by Nancy Bilyeau (#3 Crown)

Monday, March 23, 2015

What I'm Reading

Another weird/ bad reading week with nothing to really write a review on. I'm having trouble settling on a book and sticking with it for any length of time.
*credit to whomever does the Monday Reading meme. **It's Monday! What are you Reading? hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey

Prince of Fools (Goodreads)
by Mark Lawrence

**I haven't read anything by this author before. I'm liking the world even if I'm not sure about the main character so far. Hard to get behind a guy who starts the book off describing himself as a coward.

The Night Circus (Goodreads)
by Erin Morgenstern

**Trying another audio book. My problem so far is that if I'm not doing something on my laptop I find myself wanting to pick up a book even though I'm listening to one.

Marvel 1602 (Goodreads)
by Neil Gaiman

**Was looking for something different to read while on the road. Saw this while looking through the graphic novels at the library. I like both Neil Gaiman and Marvel so had to give it a try.

**eta name of Monday meme and host

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Some Thursday Randomness

Saw this table on Colossal (website). At this time with a ten year old boy I could never have a table like this but I love the whimsy of it.
Up Balloon Coffee Table
by Duffy London (website)
Epic Reads did a column on beautiful end papers in books. I always love when there are detailed, well done maps in fantasy books. From the list they showed the end papers for Fairest by Marissa Meyer was my favorite.

I'm probably just missing them but I haven't seen as many book trailers lately. Liked the artwork in this one. Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New Releases ~ week of 03/16/2015

A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear (#11 Maisie Dobbs)
Adam by Eve Langlais (#6 Cyborgs More Than Machines)
Chaps and Chance by Jessie Evans (#5 Lonesome Point Texas)
Chase Me by Tessa Bailey (#1 Broke and Beautiful)
Come Out and Play by LS Sygnet (#12 Eriksson)
Crystal Keepers by Brandon Mull (#3 Five Kingdoms)
Disillusioned by J. S. Cooper (#2 Swept Away)
Fork-Tongue Charmers by Paul Durham (#2 Luck Uglies)
Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger by Jon Scieszka (#2 Frank Einstein)
Heat Trap by JL Merrow (#3 Plumber's Mate)
Hopper's Destiny by Lisa Fiedler (#2 Mouseheart)
Hostage Run by Andrew Klavan (#2 MindWar Trilogy)
In Todd We Trust by Louise Galveston (#2 By the Grace of Todd)
Milayna by Michelle K. Pickett (#1 Milayna)
Outlaws Obsession by Nicole Snow (#7 Outlaw Love)
Pretty Wanted by Elisa Ludwig (#3 Pretty Crooked)
Prudence by Gail Carriger (#1 The Custard Protocol)
Reining in Justice by Delores Fossen (#6 Sweetwater Ranch)
Riot by Jamie Shaw (#2 Mayhem)
Stitched by Shannon Mayer (#8.5 Rylee Adamson)
Swan Dive by Kendel Lynn (#3 Elliott Lisbon Mysteries)
The Lost Herondale by Robin Wasserman (#2 Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy)
The Silent Princess by T. A. Grey (#2 The MacKellen Alphas)
The Stolen Ones by Owen Laukkanen (#4 Stevens & Windermere)
The Whisper by Aaron Starmer (#2 Riverman Trilogy)
The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M J Rose (#1 Daughters of La Lune)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Book Review ~ Dorothy Must Die

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1)

by Danielle Paige
published by HarperCollins
Genre: YA, Re-Tellings, Fairy Tales, Fantasy

Summary (Goodreads): I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado - taking you with it - you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still a yellow brick road - but even that's crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm - and I'm the other girl from Kansas.

I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I've been trained to fight.

My Thoughts: To Read or Not To Read. I hate when there is controversy surrounding an author of a book I really want to read. I'm not even sure what all is going on with this one, there seems to be two separate issues. I decided to let the book speak for itself. Books can still be good even when the author is not.
There were problems with this book but I couldn't put it down. It starts off with a very contemporary feel. Amy is the shy, quiet, poor girl that has no friends and is constantly dealing with her tormentor. We also find out that she has a pretty horrible home life. This of course leads to a freak storm that carries Amy, her trailer, and her mom's pet rat off to Oz.
The author created an Oz that is familiar but at the same time drained and lifeless from what we remember. Amy makes the obvious choice to make her way to the Emerald City. Along the way she makes friends with a munchkin and a flying monkey. These are not the characters that we met in the original. Both have been enslaved by Glinda and Dorothy. In order to not be under their thumbs some monkeys have chosen to cut off their wings so they cannot work. We also meet Pete who is not what he seems but we do not find that out until the end.
After getting into trouble at the palace, Amy finds herself with no choice but to join up with a group of "wicked" witches. This group includes Glinda's twin sister and the Witch of the North alongs with some others. They train Amy in everything she will need to infiltrate the palace and kill Dorothy.
As expected things don't go as planned. There are many deaths along the way and in the end Amy finds that killing Dorothy and righting Oz will not be an easy feat. To get to Dorothy she will first have to get rid of The Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin man.
A lot happened in this book but at the same time it didn't feel like anything was accomplished. There are too many groups trying to reach the same goal and it is hard to figure out who truly are the "good" guys in this world.

Rating: 3.5

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Some Thursday Randomness

Still catching up on things and haven't been exploring the web as much this week. Mostly just art and reading.

El Bosque Magico
by  Elena Dudina (DeviantArt)
Knotty Nightmare
by Jehsee (DeviantArt)
by Westling (deviantArt)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

New Releases ~ week of 03/09/2015

A Curse Unbroken by Cecy Robson (#8 Weird Girls)
Adam by Jennifer Ashley (#1 Riding Hard)
Beyond the Darkness by Katie Reus (#3 Darkness)
Burning Kingdoms by Lauren DeStefano (#2 Internment Chronicles)
Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind by Jeff Miller (#2 The Nerdy Dozen)
Cold Betrayal by J A Jance (#10 Alison Reynolds)
Endangered by C. J. Box (#15 Joe Pickett)
His Moment to Steal by Cathryn Fox (#4 In the Line of Duty)
Krakens and Lies by Kari Sutherland (#3 Menagerie)
Quicksand by Gigi Pandian (#3 Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery)
Random and Rare by Cat Porter (#2 The One-Eyed Jacks MC)
Rock Hard by Nalini Singh (#2 Rock Kiss)
Rocking a SECRET by Crystal Perkins (#3 Corrigan & Co.)
Scrap by Josephine Myles (#3 Bristol Collection)
Taken by a Dragon by Felicity Heaton (#7 Eternal Mates)
The American Lady by Petra Durst-Benning (#2 Glassblower)
The Exile by C T Adams (#1 The Fae)
The Infinite by Lori M Lee (#2 Gates of Thread and Stone)
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows (#1 Orphan Queen)
The Peyti Crisis by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (#12 Retrieval Artist)
The Whispering Trees by J. A. White (#2 Thickety)
Tycoon Takedown by Ruth Cardello (#2 Lone Star Burn)

Monday, March 9, 2015

Book Review ~ India Black and the Widow of Windsor

India Black and The Widow of Windsor (Madam of Espionage #2)

by Carol K Carr
published by Berkley Prime Crime
genre: Adult, Historical, Mystery

Summary (Goodreads): Black is back! Her Majesty's favorite spy is off to Scotland in this new adventure to ensure the Queen doesn't end up getting killed.

When Queen Victoria attends a séance, the spirit of her departed husband, Prince Albert, insists she spend Christmas at their Scottish home in Balmoral. Prime Minister Disraeli suspects the Scottish nationalists plan to assassinate the Queen-and sends the ever resourceful India and the handsome British spy, French, to the Scottish highlands.

French will take the high road, looking for a traitor among the guests-and India will take the low road, disguised as a servant in case an assassin is hiding among the household staff. India is certain that someone at Balmoral is determined to make this Her Majesty's last Christmas...

My Thought: There were a few problems with the first book but I decided to give this one a chance. I liked this one much more. It might have been because this was filled with more court intrigue rather than just political ones.
India is no longer happy just being the owner of a brothel. She is ready for an adventure and Dizzy and French pull her into another one. This time they are trying to find out who is trying to assassinate the Queen while she is taking holiday in Scotland.
While French covers the royal court, India is stuck as a lady maid to a Marchioness ( I messed up this title every time I read it). The Marchioness might have been my favorite side character. Her need to stick any powder close by up her nose created some very interesting situations. She was also one of the smarter members of the court, figuring out what was going on before anyone else.
Overall, this had everything I was looking for in this cross genre. Scandalous rendezvous, randy royal princes, servant gossip, and of course some really bad (and one good) assassination attempts on the Queen. I'm looking forward to seeing how much trouble India, French, and Vincent can get into next.

Rating: 4

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Some Thursday Randomness

Starting with the obvious one today. I'm really enjoying all the superhero stuff that is around right now.

Dose.com did a list of 31 nail arts for geeky girls. (website)
Funko showed off their new Harry Potter pop vinyl's that are coming out in July 2015. They all look great but I really want the Dumbledore one.

EpicReads has created a list of YA books that are Royal Reads. I must be one of those that enjoy all the court intrigue. There were only a couple that I haven't already read or have on my TBR list.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

New Releases ~ week of 03/02/2015

**Links go to Goodreads

12 Rose Street by Gail Bowen (#15 Joanne Kilbourn)
A First Date with Death by Diana Orgain (#1 Love or Money Mystery)
Aftershock by Philip S. Donlay (#5 Donovan Nash)
And I Love Her by Marie Force (#4 Green Mountain)
Anna's Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher (#1 Amish Beginnings)
Assault and Pepper by Leslie Ann Budewitz (#1 Spice Shop Mysteries)
Becoming Rain by K. A. Tucker (#2 Burying Water)
Binding Ties by Shannon K Butcher (#9 Sentinel Wars)
Borrowed Crime by Laurie Cass (#3 Bookmobile Cat Mysteries)
Brash by Laura Wright (#3 The Cavanaugh Brothers)
Dark Debt by Chloe Neill (#11 Chicagoland Vampires)
Darker Than Desire by Shiloh Walker (#3 Secrets & Shadows)
Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs (#4 Alpha and Omega)
Death Marked by Leah Cypess (#2 Deathsworn)
Death, Taxes, and Cheap Sunglasses by Diane Kelly (#8 Tara Holloway)
Dying for a Cupcake by Denise Swanson (#4 Devereaux Dime Store Mystery)
Easy Love by Kristen Proby (#1 Boudreaux)
Every Little Kiss by Kendra Leigh Castle (#2 Harvest Cove Series)
Figure of Speech by Dana Marie Bell (#4 Halle Shifters)
Gun Street Girl by Adrian McKinty (#4 Troubles Trilogy)
Harmonic by Erica O'Rourke (#1.5 Dissonance)
Heartbreak Cove by Lily Everett (#3 Sanctuary Island)
Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne (#3 Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion)
His Wicked Reputation by Madeline Hunter (#1 Wicked)
Infinity Bell by Devon Monk (#2 House Immortal Trilogy)
Kiss Me Hello by Grace Burrowes (#3 Sweetest Kisses)
Mad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid by Suzanne Enoch (#4 Scandalous Highlander)
Murder Ties the Knot by Christy Fifield (#4 Haunted Souvenir)
Need You For Keeps by Marina Adair (#6 St. Helena Vineyard)
Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster (#5 London Steampunk)
Phoenix Inheritance by Corrina Lawson (#4 The Phoenix Institute)
Pocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuire (#4 Incryptid)
Regency Immortal by Gene Doucette (#5 Immortal Chronicles)
Rising Fire by Terri Brisbin (#1 Stone Circles)
Season of Fear by Brian Freeman (#2 Cab Bolton)
Something Real by Lexi Ryan (#2 Reckless & Real)
Sorceress by Claudia Gray (#3 Spellcaster)
Stealing Rose by Monica Murphy (#2 The Fowler Sisters)
Stolen Fire by Julie Wetzel (#4 Kindling Flames)
Suspendered Sentence by Laura Bradford (#4 Amish Mystery)
Sworn to Love by Karin Tabke (#5 Hot Cops)
Terminal by Kathy Reichs (#5 Virals)
The Assassin by Clive Cussler (#8 Isaac Bell)
The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne M Valente (#4 Fairyland)
The Curse of the King by Peter Lerangis (#4 Seven Wonders)
The Danger of Destiny by Leigh Evans (#4 Mystwalker)
The Edge of Dreams by Rhys Bowen (#14 Molly Murphy)
The Hellsblood Bride by Chuck Wendig (#2 Mookie Pearl)
The Trouble with Love by Lauren Layne (#4 Sex, Love & Stiletto)
The Tudor Bride by Joanna Hickson (#2 Catherine de Valois)
Unraveled by Lorelei James (#3 Mastered)
Vampires Never Cry Wolf by Sara Humphreys (#3 Dead in the City)
Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop (#3 Others)
What a Woman Wantsby Judi Fennell (#4 Manley Maids)
The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski (#2 Winner's Trilogy)

Monday, March 2, 2015

Book Review ~ Half a King

Half a King (Shattered Sea #1)

by Joe Abercrombie
published by Del Ray
genre: YA, Fantasy,

Summary (Goodreads): “I swore an oath to be avenged on the killers of my father. I may be half a man, but I swore a whole oath”
Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself. And he must do it all with only one good hand.
The deceived will become the deceiver
Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge.
The betrayed will become the betrayer
Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast and the lost, he finds they can do more to help him become the man he needs to be than any court of nobles could.
Will the usurped become the usurper?
But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi’s path may end as it began – in twists, and traps and tragedy...

My Thoughts: This is the first time I've read anything by this author and will be looking into his other series. I could not put this book down and read it in a day (this is great for me lately).
I really enjoyed everything about this book, from the world created to the characters that lived in it. There is a character for everyone.
Yarvi was born with a crippled hand, which made him less in the eyes of his father, the king, as well as everyone else in the castle. Since he wasn't good at any of the things princes usually do (and being second born) he decided to go into ministry. The training for this gets Yarvi and his friends out of many a tight spot later on. I liked seeing Yarvi grow into himself and figure out that while he might not be a strong physically as others he could use his brains to sometimes get the same results.
From this point on the action does not stop. From betrayals, to slavery, to escaping with the most unlikely group of individuals the story just flowed across the pages. I was surprised how much the group of slaves that ended up helping Yarvi avenge his families deaths grew on me. Each one was unique and added something to the group.
Overall, while I enjoyed this book from beginning to end there was just something that made this not be a five star for me. I can't quite put my finger on it. Whether it was the reveal of Nothing (person) towards the end or how Yarvi's life (as well as everyone else left) just seemed to fall into place, something felt off. This did not take away from my need to get my hands on the second book of this series that just came out recently.

Rating: 4.5