One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

 

(Three Dark Crowns – Book 2)

One Dark Throne is definitely a more fast-paced, plot-driven novel than its predecessor. Three Dark Crowns (book 1) was all about world building and character orientation whereas this second book is all about the action/fight between the sisters Mirabella, Arsinoe and Katherine for the throne. Their relationships with each other and those around them become more complex, there is more at stake and their past will come and haunt them. I’ve really enjoyed this second book in the series and each queens’ character development. I also like the fact that you don’t know where the story will take you. There are some mysterious elements in Katherine’s storyline in which I hope will be explored further in subsequent novels. Overall, One Dark Throne has got political intrigue between the Arrons and Westwoods, twists and turns in the fight for the throne as well as more demonstration of each queen’s special powers. I’m constantly torn between who I want to win the throne, my thoughts while reading this book is “why can’t we all just get along?” and “I will ask Santa this year for a mountain cat as a pet!” Happy reading everyone.

Book blurb:

The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?
With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.
In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.

I recommend this series for fantasy lovers!

Special thanks to Pan Macmillan Publishers, Australia for sending me a review copy in exchange for my honest review

– NJ

 

 

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Prince Lestat and The Realms of Atlantis (The Vampire Chronicles vol 12) by Anne Rice

5 STARS! Unputdownable, amazing world building with the back story of all back stories.

“Afterall, it is a lot of trouble to hate people, isn’t it? And a lot of trouble to be angry, and a lot of trouble to bother with such abstract notions as guilt or revenge.”- Anne Rice, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis

Prince Lestat and The Realms of Atlantis kept me reading through the night and my immediate impression after reading this book was: this book is absolutely amazing to the core (pun intended) and be prepared to feel a myriad of emotions! Prince Lestat and The Realms of Atlantis (vol 12 of the Vampire Chronicles) takes Prince Lestat (vol 11) up a notch by exploring in-depth origins of Atlantis and how it relates to the origins of vampires, it ties up the vampire chronicles and all our favourite vampires in a seamless way. It is well-paced with incredible spellbinding storytelling and is filled with breathtaking world-building. I don’t know what could be more thrilling than our favourite, lovable but tormented vampires (a legend themselves) coming to terms with the legend of Atlantis or “Atalantaya”! If Atlantis did exist, I would want it to be how it was described in this book. There were also many heartfelt moments for our tormented vampires and spirits. The writing is palpable with truth, friendship, anger, courage, forgiveness and love. It questions existence, faith, fear and suffering. Lestat is (and have always been) a beacon of love and joie de vivre. This book is very timely during our tumultuous and uncertain times; it sets a keen reminder that through loving, we can conquer suffering. A 2017 must read for fantasy lovers.

Other interesting quotes:

“my motto, what it’s always been. I refuse to be bad at what I do, and that includes being bad. I won’t be bad at being bad.”

“There is only value… to overcoming suffering and seeking to spare others the suffering one has known oneself.”

– NJ

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

“There is no greater strength than the ability to understand and accept your own flaws.”

Necromancer meets Memoirs of a Geisha – 4.5 stars!

Expected publication in March 2017

Tea is a witch like no other that’s been born into the eight kingdoms for decades; when her powers awakened, she unwittingly used her powers as a necromancer to resurrect her dead brother. As a new and rare Bone Witch, she must follow her path to become a fully fledged dark Asha wielding dark powers that could either save or destroy her world; powers that are misunderstood, feared and frowned upon.

This book is amazing with creative world building mixed with lyrical, engaging story-telling. The Bone Witch has exceeded my expectations, it’s got an absorbing and interesting premise which is used to explore the themes of self-discovery, journey, politics and diversity. Tea’s apprenticeship to become a dark Asha is akin to that of the Memoirs of  Geisha, very interesting! Book 1 sets up well for the sequel which I just can’t wait to read! I also enjoyed how the story was told using foreshadowing, like a story within a story through alternating perspectives. It is very well written and highly recommended read for readers who enjoys a YA fantasy story somewhat similar to Memoirs of a Geisha but with magic, the walking dead, monsters, potions, magical dresses, spells, prophecies, necromancing and amazing world building.

Other interesting quotes:

“you will always have a weakness, and that will always make you believe you have no power when someone exploits it. There is no greater strength than the ability to understand and accept your own flaws.”

“People will never be what you make of them, but at least your own heart stays yours and true.”

– NJ