My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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I might have given it four stars if I'd read it in 2013, but considering so few books I've read this year have been this good, there was no question that this fantasy fiction deserved a full five stars.
I knew this book was five star worthy from the first page, so I crossed my fingers and prayed that it wouldn't disappoint, it didn't.
What I loved...
1. The heroine, Leah.
2. The perfect use of imagery, such excellent descriptions that didn't leave you feeling as though it was too much or overdone.
What would have made me love the book some more...
More multiculturalism- this is an epic fantasy written in the 21st century, atleast try include more untypical caucasian submain characters like double lidded almond eyes for the head of the seekers or darker skin for the elder who was acting as a nurse. We've gotten to an age where people enjoy a book more when some of the characters look like them.
That been said...
I loved this book!!!
An excellent storyline, and...
...Leah is everything a heroine should be- the kind I love to read and write about, a grown up product of what would be sansa's beauty and Arya's wisdom and dexterity. The kind of heroine fantasy books seeking to define a warrior should strive for- a heroine that annoying Beatrice/Tris/whatever from Divergent would cower from in tears.
The Prince was lovable from the beginning, and his determination to stay true to his mother and her rule despite all evidence of betrayal was impressive, until it's started getting old- like after (spoiler)[Tomaz saving his life so many times, he still didn't warn the that the Prince of Oxen was right on their doorstep until it was too late. (hide spoiler)]Tomaz saving his life so many times, he still didn't warn the that the Prince of Oxen was right on their doorstep until it was too late.(spoiler)
That's the moment he began getting on my nerves, and his (spoiler)cowardice as they set off as a decoy, which perhaps the author intended it to appear as though he was being reasonable in forewarning them of his brother's brutality- but I saw it as mere cowardice and it quickly annoyed me. I'm not a soldier, but I'm pretty sure the number one requirement is listen to the commander and try push on even when outnumbered, if it means giving the old, sick and the women and children ample time to escape to safety. I wouldn't scream- we should retreat, every second I got. That and how he froze up while they were diffending Aemon's Stand- (spoiler)Was damn right annoying!!!
But even though his character grew backwards, or had inconsistent personalities that were hard not to overlook, it isn't reason enough for me to take off a star from a well written book and a well executed one.
I also wish the editor would notice all the 'then' used in place of than- I've counted about seven of them, and that was when I was paying attention.
Overall, there are few books that have captured my interest this year as much as this one has, and that is why I know for sure that I'll be buying the second book in this series, dearly hoping that it'll be just as good, and maybe even better.
My reading progress...
|12/11||24.0%||"Oh goody I'm loving thia book!!! :)"|
|12/13||35.0%||"Loving this book! Leah is such an awesome heroine, and Tomasz and the prince are very lovable heroes. I love how awesome and badass Leah is! 'twirling with glee'"|
|12/14||80.0%||"Oh come on!!! This book was so going well- I still like it, but I hate how the prince's character seems to be growing backwards- now a coward, questioning the strategy every minute, asking them to run away from the way even after the commander has given the order.. That's not my kind of hero :) But because of the heroine, and the awesom first three quarters of the book, I still plan to award it five stars when done"|
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