Hello friends! Back at it wish my reviews for September. I somehow squeezed in seven books this month. And yes, I read more Jeff Wheeler. I tried to put these off as long as I could, but I really needed to finally get it read since I got it from Netgalley. I swear, his books are like a drug and I can’t put them down once I start. It isn’t that they are super.awesome.amazing. But they are solid and keep me drawn in until the end.
What I’ve been reading lately
By Heresies Distressed by David Weber: I finally got around to reading this one. I read book 1 and book 2 earlier this year. This series feels like one of those that could be much shorter. Not much really happens to move the plot forward in this book. As in, almost all of it wasn’t really necessary. Or at the very least, it could be about 300 pages shorter. I doubt I will continue this series as it just doesn’t interest me any longer.
2.5 out of 5 stars
American Gods by Neil Gaiman: Hey, I finally finished this audiobook! I’ve only been listening to it for 5 months or so. This whole book was just odd. Not in a bad way. But still odd. The main character is Shadow, who is pulled into a world he didn’t know existed after being released from prison. The gods are living among us and America is not an easy place for them to live. He is pulled into the start of a war between the “old” gods (think Norse, Native American, etc) vs the “new” gods (technology, money, media) as an errand boy for Wednesday, who is trying to lead the old gods into this war. More or less it is a road trip throughout America with Shadow doing things for Wednesday and/or getting in trouble with other gods. The ending was a bit anti-climatic for me, but by the time I got there, I was just happy it was over. I also thought it was ending several times only to look at my Audible app and see there was an hour left to listen to. Or a half hour.
3.5 out of 5 stars
Priest of Bones by Peter McLean: This is a dark adult fantasy with a crime boss, Queen’s (wo)men, and just a touch of magic. Written like it is actually written by Tomas Piety, the main character, you get a first person view from him. Piety and his crew are back from the war that they won, but it doesn’t feel like it. His businesses (he is a crime boss) have been taken over by some shadowy foreigners. We follow as he puts together his crew again and take back what was his. Then he is approached by a Queen’s man that tells him these shadowy foreigners are worse than expected and if they are able to keep the city, the war Piety just fought in will be back at home and they will lose. This is a dark book with violence, drinking and no small amount of PTSD. But it shows that PTSD can be different for every character and does a good job of portraying it. The characters are interesting and you want to keep learning more about the world. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
4 out of 5 stars
c/o First to Read
Ruthless Magic by Megan Crewe: Meh, this book was fine. It actually felt like 2 books mashed together. The first part is the two main characters waiting and learning if they will get into the magical college to continue learning or have their magic snuffed out. Both decide to declare for the Exam to try and keep/earn their way into College. Then the next part is the actual Exam. So there is all sorts of introspection and learning about the world in the first part and then the second part is the actual Exam which gets all Hunger Games-esque and the participants realize how terrible their society pretty much is. I sort of liked this book, but had a hard time believing that the Confederation could keep how bad the Exam is and what it is actually recruiting for under wraps for so long. It just doesn’t make sense to me. And of course the two main characters are going to fight “the man” in their own ways now that they made it out of the exam. *Eye roll*
3 out of 5 stars
Storm Glass by Jeff Wheeler: This book follows two female main characters, Cettie and Sera. Cettie is from the Fells (slums) and Sera is a princess from the sky manors. The world is divided by the haves and have nots, mainly by the Mysteries, the magic system that is guarded by the rich. Cettie is unofficially adopted by a high-ranking man, but not all his family is too keen on the idea. Sera is more or less locked away in her mansion with controlling parents that don’t want her to know about the outside world. Both girls try to break free of the constructs that are set around them. I really enjoyed this book and the story. You can’t really help but root for both main characters, as they are both strong in their own right, but also know that they have weaknesses. A fun world, great characters and and interesting magic system – especially if you have read Wheeler’s Kingfountain series.
4 out of 5 stars
Mirror Gate by Jeff Wheeler: Mirror Gate picks up 4 years after Storm Glass with Cettie and Sera finishing up school and preparing to take a test that allows them to “graduate” into the Mysteries. But there is political unrest and Sera needs to try and claim the role as empress. While Sera’s magical abilities are not strong, she knows her plan in life. Cettie however, is very strong magically but doesn’t know what she will do after school. This book follows both girls as they grow into adults, making both good and bad decisions that could impact the entire world.
4 out of 5 stars
Iron Garland by Jeff Wheeler: Three years into the war with Kingfountain, the populace is weary of it. Sera has been ostracized from society in the hopes to make her subservient. Cettie has grown into her role of Keeper of Fog Hollow and is finally feeling confident in herself. But the war is coming to a head and both women will play a vital role in it. I loved the character growth in both of the main characters. Wheeler also does a great job of weaving the “bad” guys in throughout the story, making it tough to always tell who is on which side. I can’t wait to continue this series.
4 out of 5 stars
What have you been reading lately?