The Well of Ascension

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Format : Audio
Series : Mistborn
Pub Date : August 21st, 2007
Read Date : October 26th, 2017

I’m not sure how to review this book. I can say I liked the first one a lot more but still the lat quarter of this book I enjoyed very much too.

So the Lord Ruler is gone and Elend is the king of Luthadel. City is under siege by two armies, Elend’s father Straff Venture and Ashweather Cett. Cett is not interested in Luthadel but its ATM and of course he doesn’t know that Elend and his crew (Kelsier’s old crew) could not find Lord Ruler’s ATM.
Straff think the city is his and he should be the king or even emperor.

In all the chaos Vin is the sole person that can protect Elend. She is the actual reason why neither of armies attack Luthadel. Her reputation as most powerful Mistborn who was trained by the survivor himself frightens almost everyone off.

During an attack from Seth assassins another Mistborn helps Vin to defeat them. This Mistborn turns out to be Straff’s Mistborn Zane which is Elend’s half brother. Zane is inetersted in Vin and she starts to see him as a friend or more…

There isn’t much action in this book but politics and character development. I really liked how Sazed role was growing through the book and to my surprise I liked the Kandra. I can’t say much about Vin but her character’s reasonable enough for her story, how she is hesitant between Zane and Elend. How she trust her instincts…

I’ll wait to read the third book and then might change some of my opinions.

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Norse Mythology

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Format : Audio
Series : N/A
Pub Date : February 7th, 2017
Read Date : July 6, 2017
Narrator : Neil Gaiman

I’ve always liked North folklore with their gods and worlds, so it’s not a surprise I liked this book.
North Mythology consists of short stories. We have Loki, Thor and Odin in most of them but also many of other gods, names that I personally didn’t know much about.
Loki has been always one of my favorite gods with all his trickery and slyness and again in this book Gaiman has him at his best. Thor is made fun of many times in the stories and I couldn’t help myself not to laugh and enjoy it when he was pushed to unwanted situations either by his own foolishness or by Loki’s lies.
My favorite stories are
-Freya’s unusual wedding (Thor is being convinced to dress up as a bride to take back his hammer)
– Thor’s Journey to the Land of the Giants (Thor makes a fool of himself by agreeing to compete way over his power)

PS: I listened to the audio book narrated by Gaiman himself and he was exceptional!

The Final Empire

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Format : Audio
Series : Mistborn
Pub Date : July 25th, 2006
Read Date : June 6, 2017

This is my first read of Sanderson’s books. Most of my friends are big fans of his work and one in particular recommended the Mistborn to me more than once, so I decided to go for it finally and I can say I loved it.

When there is so much talk about a book you will have high expectations from it and I’m happy it fulfilled all of them.

The world of Final Empire is a dark world, there are two groups of people. Nobles and Skaas and there is a god like figure who governs the world, Lord Ruler a merciless ruler. Skaas are slaves and Nobles treat them with cruelty. Until one day a trouble maker a half Noble half Skaa starts a rebellion. Kelsier is what they called Mistborn, he can burn metals and use them as fuel to his magic. Only Nobels can be Mistborns but once in a while there are some between Skaas. He is charismatic and caring. They say it is rare to see a Mistborn between Skaas, what will you do if you find another?

Vin thinks she is an ordinary thug with a luck, she can influence people with her luck. She just tries to stay alive in cruel underground of Luthadel, until she is discovered by Kelsier. She finds out that she is a Mistborn and becomes part of Kelsier’s crew to end the Lord Ruler’s Era.
I really liked the characters, all of them. They’ve been shaped so each one of them affects the story. They are all visible through the lines. We have Kelsier and Vin in the centre and then all the others but all of them are important and very compelling. Beside Vin and Kelsier I specifically liked Ham and Sazed.Both with their own mysteries and minds, probably Sazed more.

I listened to the audio book version narrated by Michael Kramer and he’s done as perfect as always.Totally recommended.

 

The Great Hunt

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Format : Audio
Series : Wheel of Time
Pub Date : October 15th, 1991
Read Date : May 27th, 2017
Well, it now starts to come together. Boo one was a little bit boring and confusing for my liking but to my surprise I didn’t find it long. It is very rare that I enjoy a book longer than 500 pages but recently it happened more than once, not sure if it’s me or the books. Kidding, for sure it’s the good books.

The story begins right where the first book finished.Rand accompanies his two friend along with a Shienarian army to retrieve the horn from dark friends. Nynaeve and Egwene are going to White Tower to become Aye Sedai. Rand is struggling with his faith but he forces to channel.
I can’t decide yet what I make out of Rand, for sure he is not a strong main character. So much doubt, so much fear, and still confused about too many things, not only him.But then I think maybe that’s how it should be. To see him grow and become he needs to be, should be. I’ll wait to see what’s happening in next books, it’s just the beginning I guess.
My most favorite character of book two is Nynaeve, doing everything she can to help her friends from two river. Looks like she sees herself still as their Wisdom and don’t want to give up on them. She is the voice of wisdom so many times when Egwene is all energy, excitement and worry about Rand.

Soon I’ll start the third book and I’m sure will be more confused by many new characters. Hell, why there are so many already? How many more are going to be added in next 12 books?

P.S : I listened to the audio book, narrated by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading, both are amazing. I’m now listening to Mist Born (Final Empire) again narrated by Michael Kramer, not sure how I’m going to get used to not so good audio books again.

The Watcher of Dead Time

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Format : Paper
Series : The Relic Guild
Pub Date : October 18th, 2016
Read Date : May 15th, 2017

All things are known at the end.

wow, what an ending. This series is one of my favorite Fantasy trilogy in recent years. Solid characters, solid plot and very well story telling narrative.

The book starts on when the second book was finished, Van Bam is dead and Clara is now alone with a Genii and demons. Samuel, Hillem, Goldergol and Namji are on their own back in the Sisterhood of Bells. Can these scattered remaining Relic Guild overcome Genii and Spiral and save Labrys Town and Alfier houses?

Like two previous books, the narrative switches between present time and 40 years ago. slowly every secret is revealed and every person’s place in Skaywatcher Lady Amilee’s long schemed plan is known and fulfilled.Lady Amilee has plotted what’s going to happen carefully so at the end everything will be as it should be. She doesn’t hesitate to sacrifice Relic Guild agents for the greater good.

I’ve enjoyed these series so much that I’m sure I’m going to reread them soon.

The Cathedral of Known Things

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Format : Paper
Series : The Relic Guild
Pub Date : October 15th, 2015
Read Date : April 11th, 2017
What a sequel. I absolutely love this series and just don’t understand why it’s been read only by few people. It deserves much more attention.

The Genii have come back and took control of Nightshade. They have lives on million denizen of Labrys Town in their hand now. Relic Guild few live members hardly escaped police attack and found themselves in horror of Retrospective.
Clara has changed into the wolf, Samuel and Vam Bam don’t know if they should watch Clara or monsters coming from Retrospective. And there is a suspicious shadow carriage that can carry them to an unknown Aelfirian houses. Something that hasn’t happened for forty years. They don’t know what is waiting them on Aelf houses, who is friend and who is foe anymore. But one thing is clear, if they don’t do anything Labrys Town would be destroyed and The Genii will gain control all over the world.

Similar to the first book, The Cathedral of Known Things switches between two timelines, 40 years ago when Genii war happened and now. Lots of secrets are known and with them great dangers are coming to light.

This is a brilliant story, characters, events, everything is just very good planted. The ending was unexpected but I can’t say it disappointed me. We knew it was coming. So highly recommended.

Caraval

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Format : Paper
Series : Caraval
Pub Date : January 31th, 2017
Read Date : March 9th, 2017

This book is fascinating and thrilling. A very well written YA fantasy book. The plot is perfect, characters are perfect, and actually everything is perfect in this story. This book was so good once I finished, I checked the writer’s page for more of her work and surprise, and it’s her debut novel! Truly amazing!

Caraval is a game, a magical game with many performers. Each year it is held on a random place and you need an invitation to be able to go there. Forever Scarlett wrote to Caraval’s manager, Legend, asking for an invitation for her sister, Tella. They live with their powerful and abusive father and when Scarllete is to be married to a nameless Count they finally receive the invitation. With the help of a young sailor they get to the game but Scarlett loses Tella and now she should decide she is going to play the game and find Tella or only watch what happens.

At the first glance it looks like a cliché YA book but I think it’s more than that. Scarlett starts a path to find Tella and she finds herself. When the story begins characters are dull and easy to predict but eventually they get deeper and change. As a YA book I really enjoyed it.