Reading Lately: September 2020 Edition

Hello friends. I’m back with my book reviews for the month. One was fine, one was decent and another that was fantastic.

Reading Lately: September 2020 Edition | book reviews of Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles; Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst; The Tyrant Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson | Puppies & Pretties

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles: Kallia is unusual. She is a woman that is a powerful stage magician in a world where men are the only one’s that do that sort of magic. She has patiently lived her life performing in a sort of club that is also her home. Until she realizes that her patron, Jack, has been lying to her. So she runs away to the next town and enters into a magical competition. But Glorian isn’t what it seems and Jack might be in the middle of it. The writing in this book is quite beautiful, and I couldn’t help but like Kallia. But I still don’t quite understand what the “big bad” actually is. I kept waiting for the ah-ha moment but it just never came. While pretty to read, there just wasn’t the payoff for me.
3.5 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

The Tyrant Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson: I was so excited to pick this book up. Baru is one of those characters that I just love. In this book, she pulled herself out of the very dark place she went in Monster (the second book in the series). And dang. Does she do it in style. The twists and turns in this book had me on the edge of my seat. The world building is fantastic, plus in Tyrant we get flashbacks to see Heyschast and Farrier with Tau and company that sort of set all these events into motion. This series is huge, but it is SO GOOD. I would recommend to anyone who like political fantasy with fascinating characters.
5 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst: This book was just fine. After reading Tyrant, I needed an easy read and this fit the bill. Set in a world where a princess is betrothed to a neighboring prince at a young age, she is shipped off with a secret. She can do magic and the kingdom she is moving to hates magic users. If that wasn’t enough, she ends up falling in love with the princess instead of the prince there. Sounds like a great story right? That’s where it starts to fall apart though. The relationships are forced and the characters feel stunted. I did appreciate the ending though. I wouldn’t really recommend this book, but it isn’t terrible either.
3 out of 5 stars


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