Review – Empire of Storms

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Synopsis from GoodReads:
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

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Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon “Wrap Up”

Sooo… This read-a-thon ended back on, oh, Monday.  And, due to a variety of reasons, I failed to have a wrap up post ready.  So here’s my wrap up.

I finished three books during the past two weeks: Half-Off Ragnarok, Barrayar, and Orb Sceptre Throne (although that last one was started a while before it started).  So yes, some modest success.  But I still feel a bit burned out on reading, unfortunately, so this didn’t stoke the flames the way I hoped it would.

Here’s hoping something changes, going forward.

On Speculative Fiction and Reality

It’s been a while since I’ve done a discussion post – not for lack of topics, I assure you.  This is much more due to lack of time and an inability to follow through on my thought processes.  I want these posts to be coherent, after all, not a hodge-podge mess.  Hopefully some more will get straightened out, but this one managed to do it first, thanks in part to me reading Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga and the ways in which that series has been resonating with me.

All opinions expressed in this post are my own, but I would love to hear your viewpoint and discuss further in the comments. 🙂

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Review – Barrayar

Barrayar (Vorkosigan Saga, #7)Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
Synopsis from the back of the book:
Cordelia Naismith, legendary ship commander in the Betan Expeditionary Force, a woman who beat the Barrayaran militarists at their own game, was never one to fulfill stereotypes. Having married the commander of the forces her side defeated in battle, she was ready to settle down to a quiet life devoted to raising little Vor lordlings, interrupted only by the occasional ceremonial appearances required of the Lady Vorkosigan.

But Cordelia had not paid sufficient attention to what an important Vor lord she had married; when the Emperor died, only her husband’s reputation for honor stood between her adopted planet and the unspeakable horrors of a dynastic civil war fought by first-rate soldiers armed with up-to-the-minute technology.

Aral Vorkosigan had little choice but to take up the burden of Regency – as Cordelia had little choice but to support him in his decision.  But neither of them realized the part Cordelia – and her unborn son – would play in Barrayar’s bloody legacy.

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Review – Orb Sceptre Throne

Orb Sceptre Throne (Malazan Empire #4)Orb Sceptre Throne by Ian C. Esslemont
Synopsis from GoodReads:
Darujhistan, city of dreams, city of blue flames, is peaceful at last; its citizens free to return to politicking, bickering, trading and, above all, enjoying the good things in life. Yet there are those who will not allow the past to remain buried. A scholar digging in the plains stumbles across an ancient sealed vault. The merchant Humble Measure schemes to drive out the remaining Malazan invaders. And the surviving agents of a long-lost power are stirring, for they sense change and so, opportunity. While, as ever at the centre of everything, a thief in a red waistcoat and of rotund proportions walks the streets, juggling in one hand custard pastries, and in the other the fate of the city itself.

Far to the south, fragments of the titanic Moon’s Spawn have crashed into the Rivan Sea creating a series of isles… and a fortune hunter’s dream. A Malazan veteran calling himself ‘Red’ ventures out to try his luck — and perhaps say goodbye to old friends. But there he finds far more than he’d bargained for as the rush to claim the Spawn’s treasures descends into a mad scramble of chaos and bloodshed. For powers from across the world have gathered here, searching for the legendary Throne of Night. The impact of these events are far reaching, it seems. On an unremarkable island off the coast of Genabackis, a people who had turned their backs upon all such strivings now lift their masked faces towards the mainland and recall the ancient prophesy of a return.

And what about the ex-Claw of the Malazan Empire who now walks the uttermost edge of creation? His mission — the success or failure of which the Queen of Dreams saw long ago — is destined to shape far more than anyone could have ever imagined.

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