The long-imprisoned jinn are on the attack, wreaking bloody havoc in villages and cities alike. But for the Nightbringer, vengeance on his human foes is just the beginning.
Laia we can definitely see how far she has come in this final instalment to the series. She is resolute and unwavering in her purpose and has grown so much from the timid girl pretending to be a slave to the Commandant. She still makes some decisions that I find questionable but within her scope of reasoning so it didn’t annoy me as much as it would of otherwise. She has been through a lot and I am very satisfied with the way her character arc played out.
Elias has always been one of my favourite characters in this world. His broodiness, his want to rebel from his mother and not be a mindless mask forced to kill with no remorse. He has put me through the ringer throughout the course of this series and has frustrated me to no end, I still can’t help but love him. Seeing his journey to find his empathy and bring back his emotions to try and help end the war as the Soul Catcher was a struggle and I wanted to throttle him at times, but it made the pay off worth it so much more.
Helene was amazing in this book. Again super frustrating her not wanting to give in to her feelings for Harper and actually cultivate a relationship with him when everyone around them could see they were meant for each other. The build up of tension between them and the eventual pay off was well worth it though! Helene I have to say I wasn’t really all that interested in before this book but she really came to the forefront and shined. I was very much invested in her storyline and I was not disappointed!
There is so much going on in this book right from the start. It has been a few months since I reread the previous books in this series so there were a few characters that I didn’t recognise at first but as the story continued I was able to regain my bearings and enjoy all of the action. I liked the fact that everyone is separated for the majority of the book and eventually find their way back together just in time. It wasn’t the fairy tale ending I was expecting where everything just magically works out, we definitely loose a lot of characters I wasn’t expecting but we gained a few as well so I was left feeling very content!
These are all the series I am currently in the middle of that are all complete (meaning all the books in the series have been published). Most of these I have either only read the first book in the series or I just have to read the last book. Completing most of these series is kind of a goal of mine for 2021 as well so it will be nice to look back at the end of the year and see how I fare!
The Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks(4 books)
Stalking Jack the Ripper Series by Kerri Maniscalco(3 books)
The Shadow Game Series by Amanda Foody (1 book)
The Poppy War Series by R.F. Kuang(2 books)
A Clash of Kingdoms Series by Erin Summerill(1 book)
An Ember in the Ashes Series by Sabaa Tahir(1 book)
It’s not long now until A Sky Beyond the Storm is released and I ended up completing A Reaper at the Gates just in the nick of time for it! This book really breaks away from the original premise and expands so much more upon the storyline. We really see each of the main characters have to undergo a myriad of challenges and obstacles they need to overcome in order to defeat the Commandant and the Nightbringer. They all go through so much turmoil and strife and yet it’s still not enough. I liked the fact that in these books they don’t end up saving the day and miraculously figure out a way to fix all the problems in the Empire. New problems are presented and unforeseen circumstances pop up all the time which is a realistic way to portray the story and keep me entertained. This book and the series as a whole so far just keeps me right at the edge of my seat, anticipating every move and plot twist. It is highly entertaining and thrilling and I am soooooo excited to recieve my copy of A Sky Beyond the Storm and see how this series will wrap up!
I just completed the second book in this series A Torch Against the Night a few days ago and I have thoughts. For one I loved that we get some new perspectives in this book, especially Helene’s. I loved seeing how drastically her position has changed over the course of the storyline and how she has had to make some immensely difficult decisions which could lead to ramifications either for her or the ones she loves. I loved getting more of an insight into her character and the depth of feelings she has for Elias and how she has had to quell them and put her family and her Gen first. Second the world expands so much more in this book as we follow Elias and Laia on their journey to Kauf. The amount of time it actually takes for them to reach the prison gives us more of a scope of just how big the empire is. Speaking of Elias and Laia it was great to see them grow closer and come to trust each other completely and how unfair it is that they have to keep each other at arms length. Elias’s whole storyline I am not a fan of simply because I am yearning for them to be able to be together but alas that is not going to happen any time soon. Reading this the second time around I completely forgot about the twist involving Keenan. It was a nice experience to kind of be surprised again and connect all of the dots that were littered throughout the storyline. I wasn’t as in love with this book as opposed to the first simply because there wasn’t as much going on in this book. The stakes were definitely there and there is a lot of context given but it felt like a filler book for the series. It sowed the seeds that are definitely going to come into fruition as the series continues and I am excited to read on!
I’ve just recently completed An Ember in the Ashes and I liked it better this time round. This is only the second time I have read this book since I first bought it two years ago and having read hundreds of other fantasy novels in the meantime made me appreciate this story even more! Right from the start I was highly invested in our two main protagonists and with the stakes gradually rising as the story continues there was never a point where I wanted to put the book down. This time around I was surprised by how much the deaths of all the masks affected me during the third trial. Seeing Elias’s anguish and torment with killing all of his friends and how willing some of them were to die really hit me in the feels. I love the Romanesque feel of the world and the war focused society and can’t wait to become more re-established as I continue on with the series. We get a little taste of the magic system and the lore surrounding the ghuls, ifits and djinn enough to keep me engaged but I’m definitely left wanting more. Overall I think this was a perfect introduction to a new series, we have high stakes, twists and turns and characters you can’t help but love.