But don't judge her because of that, except her love life she was pretty mature and likeable!
The weird thing is, I don't have a ship yet. There were flings but nothing meaningful and I was all in for the intriguing story and not the romance! That doesn't happen often! Please guys, do yourself a favor and read this book! Well done, Cinda Williams Chima , well done! View all 35 comments. Sep 22, Eric Allen rated it did not like it. I only got four chapters in before I couldn't take it anymore. This book fails on every level possible and imaginable.
Let me count the ways. No Hook. No plot. No tension. No conflict. No compelling characters or events. No protagonist. No antagonist. No emotion. No color. No life. No story. No desire to read ANY further. No refunds? My dislike for the book could be chalked up to the fact that I am a thirty-something adult and this is targeted at boys less than half my age, but I don't think that's it.
Normally, when I review books I'll give a short synopsis, and applicable history of the writer or the book itself, and basically tell what I liked, what I didn't like, and what I downright hated about it. I can't do that with this review as I only read four chapters of the book before setting it down, therefore I will be giving you my case as to why no one should ever read it by, instead, using examples from other books, and to be completely fair these books will be of the same genre: YA fantasy.
This review was published in the April issue of the magazine I write for. Joke or not, I believe that many of the points that I make DO have validity. So please, set aside your indignity if you have any, and simply enjoy what I have to say about this book. I realize that you may think I am worse than Hitler for bad-mouthing a supposed great and popular author, but it's just a book review. Get over it. I am not arrogant enough to believe that everyone cares what I have to say. In fact, I'm rather surprised that anyone does. So, just as I quit reading this lame book, you can quit reading my lame review on it if you wish.
And please, if you are offended by what I say, and absolutely have to let me know about it, firstly I invite you to get over yourself and learn to take a joke, because that's what this review is when you get right down to it. If that does not work, at least be civil in attacking me and realize that if you act like a complete ass toward me I will reply in kind.
This is a review of the first four chapters only, not of the book in its entirety and should not be taken as such. If you enjoyed the book, that's fine. It is not my intention to insult you, only to educate you and anyone else on why I could never in a billion years consider this a good book.
News flash people, boys and girls are different, not just physically, but in the way that they act, think, feel, and see the world. It is often a mistake of amateur writers that all of the characters of the gender opposite to their own are either horrible stereotypes, or too much like their own gender. For example, the female characters of male writers will act no different from men, or be weak, weepy, and incapable of doing anything important on their own. The male characters of female writers might be unwashed, emotionless brutes that think of absolutely nothing but fighting and sex, or they will be too clingy and emotional.
A character that does not realistically behave like a person of his or her gender does not feel right to the reader. This is a mistake that I would expect from an amateur, but not from someone with six books in publication. It is my opinion that no man can truly understand women in general, and no woman can truly understand men in general though they sure seem to think they do This book is proof that at least some women have no earthly clue how men are supposed to act toward one another.
A skilled writer will know that characters of the opposite gender are sometimes incomprehensible to them, and be able to at least fake their way through making their performance believable, or cloak them in enough mystery that he or she doesn't have to. Yo Chima, don't you have ANY male friends you can run this crap by before publishing it to give you some feedback on the behavior of your male characters? The male characters in this book are doubly bad, they act like girls half the time and then they stupidly throw themselves at violence to no point or purpose. Yes ladies, that's right, men don't just beat on each other for no apparent reason.
If we're going to pound someone, we don't just do it because we're bored. There's always a reason behind it. That reason may make no sense at all to the female perspective, but just because you don't understand it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. There is more to men than violence and sex, but don't try to overcompensate for your lack of understanding by making them overly emotional on top of it. It turns out as a horribly, conflicting mess.
News flash, Cinda, NO. Just NO. You're doing it wrong! Take my word for it. Shame on you! Or at least explain why your characters are too much like the opposite gender. And also realize that even effeminate men are still men, and tomboys are still women. They still think, act and see the world as their own gender would. We are all still what we are, despite any outward facade. Oh, but Eric, you say, give her a break, male writers have been messing up their female characters for centuries and I don't see you bitching about that.
I do bitch about it actually, as is quite apparent in my review of The Omen Machine. Stereotyped characters, when done well, can work for a story, but when they're bland, boring, and generally unlikable it just makes the whole thing fall apart. Stereotypes are often used in YA books to get children to identify with the characters more easily. In my opinion children are smarter than adults give them credit for and can follow complex character development without the use of stereotyping, but then again, I was reading and loving the Wheel of Time at eleven.
An example of stereotypes done well is the Harry Potter series. You've got the outcast, the bumbling sidekick, and the know-it-all bookworm. These are stereotypes that most kids can relate to.
They are, or know someone that is much like one of these characters. And the way that J. Rowling does it gives them all life and depth, giving them realistic personalities and character, giving you reasons for why they are the stereotypes that they are, and why you should care about them. You get to see them learn and grow out of their stereotypes into stronger, more rounded characters as the series progresses. In The Demon King, however, the characters are basically just cardboard cutouts with whatever their stereotype is written where their faces should be.
Every one of them is uninteresting. Even the supposed protagonist fades almost completely into the background because he has no personality at all except for his stereotype. It makes for a rather dull and boring reading experience. The plot and pacing of this book are atrocious. But nothing did. Here's a rundown of everything that happens in the first four chapters.
Bland character one and bland character two whine about foraging, they decide to go hunting, they meet bland characters three, four and five. They have a bland, tensionless spat over Macguffin number one. Then bland character seven shows up for no particular reason and does basically nothing but add boring, soulless dialogue to an already colorless world.
When writing a book you have to start with something big, or something exciting, or something mysterious. You have to give the reader something of interest to make them want to continue. This is called The Hook. You have to give the reader a sense of excitement, or a question that they truly want to see answered or they're not going to care. There was no hook in this book. There was nothing exciting about this beginning, nor was there anything mysterious. No questions to which a reader can desire to find answers to were given at all.
As nothing happened at the beginning, a reader can only assume that this book is about nothing. In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, by chapter four Harry has had his parents murdered, been raised by people who hate and oppress him, and has discovered that he is a wizard and been accepted to Hogwarts to learn magic. His character and plight have been well introduced by this time, and his hopes and dreams are very clear in the reader's mind. We've gotten a look at the wizarding world and the tenacity of the owls that deliver their mail.
By this time, we know what the book is about, and we know what makes the main character tick. In Jonathan Stroud's Barimaeus Trilogy, book 1: The Amulet of Samarkand, by chapter four Nathaniel has summoned the demon Bartimaeus and bound him to his will, and Bartimaeus has stolen the Amulet of Samarkand for him. By this time we've been witness to quite a bit of Bartimaeus' sarcasm and wit, and quite a bit of humor to make him rather lovable and we feel his plight as a slave to his human master. Demons and Magic, and a lot of how the world works have been explained to us by this time through the comical rantings of Bartimaeus.
In Garth Nix's Abhorsen Trilogy, book 1: Sabriel, by chapter four Abhorsen has brought a dead infant back to life, Sabriel does the same for a dead bunny. Sabriel is contacted by a being from Death that gives her her father's sword and necromancer's bells, giving her a message that he is trapped by one of the Greater Dead.
Sabriel leaves her school to head from the world of technology to the world of magic where she is from to rescue him. We are are shown how Death and Necromacy work. We are shown the wall that keeps the two worlds apart from one another, and we discover that many things are going horribly wrong on the other side of the wall. We've gotten to know Sabriel by this time. We know her reluctance and fear, but also her determination to save her father and prove herself his worthy heir. In John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series, book 1: the Ruins of Gorlan we've already seen the Dark Lord plotting vengeance and raising an army of nightmare creatures.
We've been introduced to the characters and their likes and animosities toward one another. We've been given the mysterious Ranger Halt and his slip of paper given to the Lord while he decides Will's future profession. We can feel Will's burning shame at being turned down for battle school, the only thing he's ever wanted in life, because of his size, and his curiosity over what the mysterious Halt might have to say about him, and what is written on the paper.
We've already seen that he is not afraid to defend himself against people twice his size, and that he is naturally good at climbing and sneaking. We want to know why Halt seems to have an interest in him, and what his fate might be after being denied every profession he hoped for. In Brian Jacques' Redwall by chapter 4 which, by the way is only ten pages into the book You've been introduced to the villain, the protagonist, the love interest and the mentor. You've gotten to know that the orphaned Matthias does not fit in amongst the others at the abbey. He yearns for adventure and something more than the quiet life of devotion to others that he has been raised to.
There is a build up with a festival planned and the villain setting his sights on Redwall Abbey. You just KNOW that these two events are going to coincide and go horribly wrong, and you can feel anticipation building with each page that you turn. By the time that you get four chapters into a young adult book you should know the setting, the characters, and have a pretty good idea about what is in store for them. You should be thoroughly invested in the plot, and actually WANT to continue in it. You should hopefully be connecting with the people you're reading about, perhaps thinking that they seem a bit like you.
You should be excited to discover what happens next. The plot should actually be going somewhere by this time instead of puttering around, running in circles chasing its own tail to no point or purpose. Now, let's play a little game I like to call "Who is the Protagonist". In a work of fiction the Protagonist is the central figure around whom the events of the story revolve, and with whom the reader is supposed to identify. The protagonist will learn and grow, and through a great deal of turmoil and such will rise above his or her weaknesses in the end to defeat the antagonist i.
First of all, to have a protagonist you really kind of need an antagonist, and, you know, some sort of conflict between them. Well, we might as well stop playing Who is the Protagonist right now, because neither of those things seem to exist within The Demon King. BUUUT let's just pretend that they do for a second. First of all we've got Han I think He has no reason to do anything, he has no conflict, he has no nemesis, and I don't know about you, but I sure as hell can't identify with someone this bland and pointless.
Next we have Dancer. He's hot-headed I guess Yeah, that's about it. His name might as well have been Hotheaded Stereotype, why bother even naming him? I guess he's not it either. Nope, can't be her, she just randomly appears to sow false tension and spout boring, soulless dialog that really has nothing to do with anything.
Princess I forget how to spell her name correctly Raisa was it? Well, no, she seems more a love interest not essential to plot, and who can identify with a spoiled princess who doesn't want to be a princess anyway? That goes completely against what the stereotypical tween girl wants, right? By the way Cinda, that was an example of how to correctly employ irony in your writing, you might want to take note of it.
Annoying douche 1 perhaps? I forget his name, because, well, he's a pretty forgettable character. You know, I think we may have a winner here But, by the time this book hits chapter four he is the one and only character in the entire book that has shown even a shred of humanity and ambition, and he's the only character I can even come close to identifying with. And he's not a very interesting character either, he's just the ONLY character. The others are so thin and lifeless that they can't even be considered characters at all.
He's a young nobleman chafing under his father's strictures and wanting very desperately to prove that he's worthy of being his father's son by stealing magical artifacts to prove he knows how to use them. I can identify with that. Can you? I know what it's like to feel as though I'll never live up to my parents' examples. Look back on my examples. In every one of those series by the time you got to chapter 4 you knew without a doubt who your protagonist was, and why you should care about them. You knew their hopes and their dreams. You knew what kind of person they were. You, perhaps, felt sorry for them because of their horrible lives, or felt a lot like them, knowing what it's like to be downtrodden, or shipped away to school away from everything you know and love, or feel inferior to your parents and desperately want to prove your worth, or be turned down for something important to you because of a physical deficiency.
You identify with them. They are clearly the hero of the story and you want to see how they overcome the trials in their lives. Where was all of that in The Demon King? Who is the Protagonist? Who is this book about? Who am I supposed to care about? Why am I supposed to care about them? Where is the conflict?
Who are these people the author keeps talking about and why do I care? Is something supposed to be happening? Did I miss something? Why does she keep talking about Han when Annoying Douche 1 is clearly the more compelling character? I don't get it.
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What's going on? The characters are ridiculously bland, and she does not seem to understand men well enough to write believable male characters. There is no plot of which to speak. Nothing happens in the first four chapters that will even come close to grabbing you. At a point in the story where you should have a pretty good idea who the characters are, and why you should care about them, she still hadn't even really introduced them to us properly.
This book could be used in writing classes as an example of exactly how NOT to begin a story. I can sum this book up for you in one word. It is my opinion that a Young Adult novel should be something that not only children but adults should enjoy as well. All of the series I cited as being better than this one, save Redwall, were books that I read as an adult and loved.
I doubt that my being double the target age of this book was what made it so hard for me to read it. In fact, I find it hard to believe that a boy half my age would not be incredibly bored to death by it, or even make it as far as I did. The characters are bland, the world is bland, nothing happens, there's no catch to get you interested in anything. If I could give this book negative stars, I would. Check out my other reviews. View all 86 comments. I'm really surprised to say that this book blew me away.
I only decided to pick this series up because I have the Flamecaster on my shelf and I didn't know that it was actually a follow up to the Seven Realms series. I wasn't sure what to expect from The Demon King but my expectations were pretty high considering how I went into this book comparing it to the Falling Kingdoms series. Although this book did have similarities to Falling Kingdoms, it's definitely its own separate story. One of t Wow! One of the things I didn't like about The Demon King was the slow pacing. It took about pages until the story started to pick up.
And even then, some parts still went by a little slow throughout the story. Things weren't exactly boring but they sure weren't too exciting either. The worldbuilding did start off a little rocky. Cinda Williams Chima really seemed like she tried her best to explain the Seven Realms but it was a lot to take in and came off as a little info dumpy at times. It wasn't until the last half of the book that I was able to finally have a good grasp on the world and how things worked.
At first, I didn't care too much for the characters. Han was boring and I felt Raisa was a bit pretentious and stubborn, but I was able to warm up to them after pages in. I also thought that our two main characters would've crossed paths for most of the story but surprisingly, they've only ran into each other once the whole entire book.
I'm really curious to see these two working together again in the next book since I actually enjoy them as a duo. Everybody is in love with everybody? But since Falling Kingdoms probably had a love octagon to say the least, The Demon King only had a love I keep comparing this series to the Falling Kingdoms series so I'm just going right ahead to say that if you love the Falling Kingdoms series, you'll definitely enjoy The Seven Realms series.
It starts off a bit slow but once the story picks up, you won't be able to put this book down! It's an older book that came out in but I believe that it's worth a read. View all 13 comments. Mar 31, C. Drews rated it it was amazing Shelves: 5-star , best-of , young-adult , epic-fantasy , ya-male-narrators , read Oh wow Because I am confessing. This is not a drill peoples. It has everything I want and love in an epic fantasy. Although there still is puzzling sex Oh wow Although there still is puzzling sexism despite this, but pfft, I'm willing to look past that.
Omg, I love this. I love when magic has rules because it feels more real. And I love the detail of the magic system! I've only read detailed magic systems in Brandon Sanderson 's books so it was mega pleasing to have that here too. So much need of answers. This makes me so happy. So basically this book could do no wrong. And the characters! I loved them all. It's basically dual narrated by Raisa heir queen and Hans retired streetlord and thief. They were both epic I couldn't even pick a favourite!
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Hans was all swagger and scruff and he loved his family really fiercely and he was always in trouble and had such a smart mouth. And Raisa was epically stubborn and sassy and really cared about her queendom. She didn't want to be a puppet queen. And then for secondary characters Basically every time a character was introduced they were interesting and dimensional.
I so loved this. It says Hans is a "reformed thief" on the backcover. He doesn't actually do any thieving. He's still partially embroiled in the life, but yeah. Don't go in expecting multitudes of heists and cons. This could've disappointed me? But it didn't because everything else was so so glorious. Oh and I feel like one of the people groups of the book were influenced by Native American culture!
That's what I surmise anyway. But I love this! Because I hadn't read a fantasy book with that kind of influence yet. So that's what I was imagining when they were wearing their deerskin leggings and learning healing and stuff. Plus I loved how there were so many cultures and groups of people in here. Like the townsfolk were your average medieval scruffbags. And then the rich people were nearly Renaissance fantasy. Plus add in all the wizards and the wizard and warrior schools. How did this book have everything and yet manage to write it all perfectly and detailed and interestingly?!
I'm in awe I tell you. Because there are also epic conspiracies and plot twists and so. I mean, it probably gets a bit info-dumpy? But at the same time it was interesting so I didn't even care there were long conversations about the past. I loved how there were swords and medieval-style lifestyles BUT also that Renaissance flare. And the characters have totally captured my heart. So basically. Go read this. View all 20 comments. May 24, Maureen rated it really liked it. Probably even more like 4. And it was fun, and hecka addicting. I loved the world building and the story, but mostly I just loved getting lost in a fantasy book without a lot of complicated magic systems and things to keep track of.
It was so fun to just lose myself in it. Definitely loved this and will Probably even more like 4. Definitely loved this and will be continuing on ASAP! View 1 comment. Sep 18, Samantha rated it liked it. This book lays a good foundation for the rest of the series, but it definitely drags at times and the story doesn't really get started until the end.
I love the protagonists. They have a ton of room for growth. My biggest complaint was the abundance of love interests, but at least it wasn't the main theme of the story. Just a pet peeve of mine. I plan to continue with the series and I'm excited to see where it goes. View 2 comments. I love this book specfically its POVs: We have the village idiot and the spoiled princess.
Except thats just the surface. There is so much more to them and i think i loved how their sterotypes were used against them. The village idiot with mysterious cuffs on his arm that have symbols that literally no ome gets. Han use to be a streetlord that stole but tried to do better for his family. He has been accused of several murders and must go on the run. Dum dum duuuuum The spoiled princess who would rather be fighting. She knows she is naive on the ongoings of her own kingdom but she wants to know more, to do more.
I just hated her name because for a while i thought of her as 'raisin'. She fears that the wizards are becoming too powerful and when a certain high lord begins to controls the queen's thoughts or perspectives, she decides to take action on her own. But don't worry its not all epic political manuevers, personal vendattas, and powerful magic hidden within amulets. Han kidnaps Raisa. What kind of job? What are you good at? It was a mysterious world of clans, high lords, and several conflicting stories about the old powerful Demon King Oct 03, Anne rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , read-in , magic-stuff , nook , young-adult , read-in , kindle.
Re-read I'm bumping this one up a star! Well, I will admit that this is a pretty slow book in the beginning. In fact, it takes quite a few chapters to get to anything that I would personally consider even remotely interesting. I'm thinking that, perhaps, the reason I enjoyed this so much more the second time around was because I knew where everything was headed. And make NO mistake Re-read I'm bumping this one up a star!
And make NO mistake. It is headed to somewhere fantastic. There's a ton of world-building to get through, and maybe the POV switches aren't all that easy to stomach in this first one, but if you can ride it out Totally worth it. Original review: 3 stars It's not exactly a fast-paced read, but I enjoyed it enough to grab the second book in the series. If you're a true lover of fantasy, then you will probably enjoy the descriptions of the clans and all of that stuff It wasn't as bad as adult fantasy tends to be, so that may be why I enjoyed the book.
It read more like a book that's setting up the next book, if that makes any sense. I'm rambling, aren't I? I really liked The Demon King, and I'm going to read the next one.
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Han will steal my heart in the end but this is totally Amon's book to shine. Original Bad Review this is one of my very first May We follow two separate characters of Raisa the princess and heir to the throne and Han Alister a street wise boy with a pair of magical cuffs on his wrists that he has had since infancy. This installment of the seven reams series had a lot of world building to do. By following the two different story lines we get an idea of how both the nobility and poor live.
It is a rich world full of magic, sorcery, treachery and heroes. None of the characters are perfect to say the least. They all are flawed; Raisa is caring but headstrong and defiant normally rushing in without completely thinking things through. She feels trapped by some of the traditions of her kingdom. Once you get past the first hundred or so pages the story really starts to pick up momentum. I really enjoyed how well the world was described in a show me and tell me way that leant well to the overall story.
It was good to see how the world was so different depending on what side you are standing on. The way the characters intertwined and met up and fell apart was also interesting. I loved the lore and backstory of the Queen and the Demon King. There was a lot of action and all of the characters were written so well and so differently it made it so easy to either like or hate them.
The twists the story took made it even better and definitely unpredictable. The way that the plot and sub plots of the story intertwined receded and merged was masterfully written. When characters met up or passed close to one another was exciting and really built anticipation for book 2 in the series.
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If you are a fan of fantasy this has a little bit of everything in it romance, intrigue, magic, tragedy and hope. A definite recommend. Sure it is a slower start but well worth it. View all 27 comments. Yes, you read correctly. Despite my reading slump that drove me to DNF more books that I'm comfortable with yesterday, despite today being my last day of vacations and as usual busy as hell, despite the objective flaws of The Demon King , I couldn't stop reading for the life of me, and closed my reader at 6am pretty exhausted.
Worst is, I'm fighting the urge to start The Exiled Queen right now, and I can count on the finger of one hand the number of times it happened with a YA Fantasy series. I hated Red Queen. Don't even mention the borefest that was The Kiss of Deception.
And yet, despite my issues, I enjoyed my read like nobody's business. First of all, I ended liking the main characters even though they're far from perfect - or perhaps because of it. See, when it comes to series that go on for 4 books, I genuinely think that flaws are needed in order to picture a believable growth, especially when we meet the characters at Raisa , the somewhat selfish princess, shows the best of intentions but sometimes fails to think things through before acting, resulting in several illed-thought-out decisions that border on TSLT behavior.
She's immature, annoying, and I understand why some readers had a hard time standing her. Yet despite being royalty, her issues - feeling trapped and needing to take control on her life - seemed pretty valid to me, and I LOVED the fact that she could kiss several guys without falling in love in a happily ever after fashion right away please, am I the only one who cringes at teenager's weddings? You go girl. I just cannot wait to see her grow into a character I can admire, and I have a feeling that I will. That's how life rolls in the mountain city of Fellsmarch, though, so I chose to suspend my disbelief and accept it because sometimes, you just have to.
I genuinely liked his free and impulsive personality and if he comes as a little whiny sometimes, you have to recognize that the guy needs a break! Oh, well. SorryNotSorry Both of them make mistakes, and you're likely to fight the urge to strangle them at some point, but I cared nonetheless, for better or for worst. Moreover, after all this build-up, the anticipation to see them interact together is killing me.
There, I said it. As for the plot , many readers complained that nothing really happened in this book and that's true that it reads more like a big introduction to the world of the Seven Realms than anything else. Yet again, I was hooked from the very beginning and couldn't stop reading, so there's that. Not to mention that I guessed all the twists, because if you read Fantasy before, you just cannot help.
Did it bother me? In all honestly, no. That's what I call the good kind of predictable, because every time a guess was confirmed, I was glad it was. The Demon King is full of Fantasy tropes , but it stays clear of girl hate and instalove, and then I was able to enjoy the hell out of it. Don't judge me. However, my biggest complaint would be the way grief is handled. I don't know about you, but when characters face awful events, I expect to feel something, and sadly I didn't. It was Mockingjay all over again, letting me stunned and rather indifferent when I ought to despair. For more of my reviews, please visit View all 52 comments.
Even better the second time around. View all 24 comments. I don't really know what went wrong with me and this book. I was supposed to enjoy it. I was supposed to really enjoy it. I was totally expecting to really enjoy it. But sadly, I didn't. I have heard so much praise for author Cinda Williams Chima , but for now I'm left wishing I could see what so many others have seen in her books.
I actually had a weird experience where I was under the impression that this series was a completely different story than it turned out to be. I'm sure that's Uhh Standing at the end of this book, I can't even remember what story I expected to read when I began. But me getting something I did not or forgot to expect is not the fault of the book. I should've just reread the damn synopsis like a regular person would. Rasia, princess heir to the Fells, cares about making the lives of her citizens better, has too many love interests. Both of these protagonists are, predictably, years of age.
I feel mostly indifferent about both of them. Their personalities end up feeling inevitable because I've seen them so many times before. No one is unbearable to read about, and both have plenty of potential to grow into people I may care about in the future, but for now they're just sort of there for me. I've talked about this before, but one thing I usually can't deal with in Young Adult books is unrealistic characterization vs age.
Han apparently accomplished status as a gang leader, lived it up, and decided to retire from that life all before fully completing puberty. And I just??? Why do we keep doing things like this, authors? This is part of the reason I couldn't fully take Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo seriously either, though that book is much better than this one on many fronts.
But I always get this disjointed feeling when I am told I'm supposed to view year old characters as hardened, badass, criminal types, but conversely shown they still possess an overwhelmingly juvenile mindset. Around halfway through, there is a scene that squicked me out which involved a male character copping a feel of a female character's ass. In response, the female victim He's even on the board as a love interest in some capacity. Uhm, no? It's not cute, it's gross. Even when individual situations between characters are meant to be dramatic or interesting, I just could not force myself to engage.
This was my face while I trekked my way through this book: The only thing I truly liked here was the political elements surprise, surprise. I wanted to see more of the relationship between the people of the Clans and the people of Fellsmarch. I wanted more worldbuilding. I've heard from many fans that this first book is difficult to get through, but I am concerned that the parts most people found difficult are the only parts I seemed to care about aka the political situation.
I may get around to trying out The Exiled Queen , I may not. Either way, a pretty disappointing beginning. Buddy read this with the gorgeous Wren! Here's a link to her review , if you're interested. Jan 22, Sana rated it really liked it Shelves: badass-chicks , daddies , romance , young-adult , fantasy. I feel so satisfied akdjskdj RTC!!!! View all 25 comments. Aug 08, Kristi rated it it was amazing Shelves: signed-books , favorites , books-i-own. Three words; fa, reaking, awesome!
Now I remember why I love fantasy so much! Especially a kick-butt high fantasy like this one. Chima has masterfully created an intriguing world, with a cast full of memorable characters. The chapters somewhat alternate between Han and Raisa. Divulging the depth of each character and the world around them, presented in their own P. I love when authors do this. I like that connection you get when the story is presented in this format. I am emotionally invested i Three words; fa, reaking, awesome! I am emotionally invested in these characters, I actually care what happens to them!
The plot was insane, in a good way. I didn't even begin to try to figure out where this story was going to take me, I had some inclinations and they happened to be right but it was nice just to go with the flow and let the story lead me where it wanted me to go. The writing I'm just going to throw masterful out there again, because it was just that. I was transported to another world. I can not wait to read the rest of this series! I'm not looking forward to waiting, I can tell you that much.
Will definitely be adding this one to my personal library. View all 7 comments. Thank goodness- another legit series to get into!! Initial thoughts This is going to be a quick review because really I just want to read book 2 after all the raving reviews from friends So here we go. The world is MY kind of world. Quarreling kingdoms, forbidden magic, clans Love it.
The pace was a little slow to start but I didn't mind too much. I think most of this bo YAS. I think most of this book was a nice set up for things to come. I'm thrilled about the possibilities. There are several characters just brimming with possibilities. A certain someone has Darkling potential though on one will ever measure up Gotta love him. The princess Definitely relatable. MK and the ships? I can't tell much yet but I'm fine with any of them.
Oh and the ending? Powerful street rat? I'm stoked. Bring it baby, bring it. Wow this might be the crappiest review I've ever written. Sorry guys. Nov 18, Amy rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , ya-ya-ya , oldies-still-goodies. Court intrigue, captivating characters, intricate plotting, enticing romances, and brilliant world building coalesce to deliver the best high fantasy story EVER. The characters in Chima's story are extremely well developed; each had their own unique personality that distinguished him or her as an individual entity, subsequently allowing me to easily love or hate them.
Han is a reformed streetlord who has a hard exterior but a heart of damn gold on the inside. It's cute. Trust me. Princess Raisa ana'Marianna is headstrong and independent and occasionally annoying in her tendency to want things her way, but then again- she is a princess. And because she is a princess, there are duties aplenty that await her when she comes of age and strict rules everywhere to prevent her from ever stepping out of line--it is evident that she chafes under these restraints and so therefore when she finds ways to evade these expectations and find adventures on her own or defy the rules, it's extremely satisfying and adds even more excitement to the plot.
These are the two main characters but there is also a diverse array of other well fleshed-out characters that give the story greater color and taste. The story is told in the alternating viewpoints of Han and Raisa, with an occasional insertion of the viewpoint of other, slightly less major characters. If I had to describe the story in one sentence, I couldn't. The subplots merge and diverge; they tell separate stories of Han and Raisa and the hardships they face, and occasionally combine in the chance occasions when their paths meet. Because this is the first of a trilogy, Han and Raisa do not quite get to ah, know each other's true identity yet, but this only adds to the thrill of the story and to my keen anticipation for book 2.
One of my favorite parts of the story was the wonderful world building that happens. Wow- this world that Chima has created is so resoundingly real in its descriptions and traditions and people. It is reminiscent of Tamora Pierce's works in several ways, and because personally I am a huge fan of Pierce, this could only add to my love of the story. For example, there is, in this story, the inclusion of street gangs, and thiefs, and temples, and lively and diverse and vibrant cities full of trade and corruption and poverty and splendor and legends, all juxtaposed to forge a unique identity that cement the magnificent world building at work here.
If and when you read this book, you will be immersed in this world as you turn the pages and when the story ends, you might very well be reluctant to bid this world farewell and re-enter the real one. I know I was. I've always been a fan of books with court intrigue and other courtly functions, and this book does not disappoint. There are irresistible wizards and gallant soldiers, secret escapades in the night and intoxicating flirts, extravagant balls and pretty dresses.
The romantic scenes in this book, when they do occur, are extremely satisfying to read. But okay, before this starts sounding like a Harlequin romance, let me tell you- it's not. The inclusion of these romantic aspects lend an air of the game of flirting and politics that is rife among any royal court in any land or any story. This is mostly in Raisa's portion of the story, but in Han's end there is romance as well.
This review does not do the book justice, period. I've tried my best to convey the sense of wonder and love and interest I felt while reading this book, only to succeed with paltry results. Nevertheless, this book is the perfect fit for fantasy readers as well as everyone else out there. Highly recommended. View all 9 comments. Mar 27, Jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. Definitely adding this to my favorites list.
More Details Charlie Masters 1. Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Colours , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 17, Kyle rated it it was ok Shelves: netgalley. Crombie is an independent author, and this is his debut novel. The foundations for an involving story are present, but it needs editing.
The plot progression was clunky; there is very little build-up or elaboration, and not much happens. Right off the bat, much of the dialogue felt clipped and choppy, and the short sentences gave an abrupt presentation of the story. The bullies were ridiculous. There was no reasoning behind it— unless you take in that Charlie was the new kid from England? Flimsy motivation for such a physical attack, if you ask me.
It came way out of left field and made zero sense. Sometimes descriptive passages and action can seem like it is being listed Scenes skipped around abruptly from one to the next without any sort of transition whatsoever. A day? A week? More effort should have been put into filling in the enormous gaps in the timeline. I think it was an attempt to get to the part of the book where Charlie is 16, but not make it seem rushed?
I simply attribute this to my lack of knowledge of most sports, as well as of Britain in general. One thing I really enjoyed was why and how the Institute operated. I was glad of it, because everything else before was uneventful. The love interest angle is so superficial, too. Sorry, but no. I understand it may appear a more negative than positive review, but let it be known I have discovered that it truly makes me happy to support indie authors.
Instead of constantly championing the horribly bloated literary bigwigs, take a chance on something you think interesting that is self-published or with few reviews. Because in this community, I see the same stale stories rolling out of the YA genre manufacturing plants time and again Just a suggestion: Give your money to more deserving authors— especially within the YA field!
Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for my review! So this book tells us the story of Charlie, a teenager who moves to a new school and gets bullied pretty badly. He then starts hallucinating colors. We join him as he learns what the colors are and joins an organisation for people like him. I haven't read fantasy ya for a while so it was refreshing to read that genre again. I found the plot engaging. I couldn't predict any plot point, I was really on my toes. There were Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for my review!
There were a few problems with this book but these problems didn't harm my enjoyment of this book. Even if I enjoyed reading it, looking back I realize there are some issues that could be worked on for the sequel which I'd love to read! I found that the beginning was unnecessarily long. It is meant to set up his character but honestly, for me, it didn't. Charlie's character needs some more work. I found his character's behavior a little abrupt at times. He has this very mature style of thinking that felt more like a 30 year old than a 16 year old.
He was throwing around commands and acting like he is used to making big complicated plans. I didn't find it believable character development. As a reader, I don't entirely understand why colours matter. Is this a supernatural thing? A gift thing? I'm excited to get answers but I hope they'll be satisfying. I hated Mina. I really did. I found her obnoxious and I didn't like her "I'm so intelligent and know everything" vibe.
It made it hard to connect to her and so, as the plot continued, I simply didn't care. The only positive thing about her was the description of her Norwegian accent. There were some typos. Nothing too serious but yeah, I recommend an editor goes over this again just to make sure. Other than that, I have high hopes for this book! It's a debut and I truly believe the author who seems like such a sweet and kind person based on his author's notes has potential to make this series a ya classic.
Looking forward to hearing more about Charlie! Jun 11, Rayleigh rated it really liked it Shelves: need-a-physical-copy. What if the entire world was connected for one purpose and every person you met could have a profound impact on that purpose? Colours is the debut novel of author Alastair Crombie, and I can tell from this one book that this is an author to watch in the upcoming years.
YA is a difficult genre to write in because it feels like almost everything has been done What if the entire world was connected for one purpose and every person you met could have a profound impact on that purpose? YA is a difficult genre to write in because it feels like almost everything has been done before, but in Colours, it is a new story with some interesting aspects. For it to be a Fantasy YA, it is surprisingly slow-paced as far as action goes, but I never grew bored of the story. In a rare for me instance, the information in learning about the Institute and developing strong admirations of characters was actually enough in this story.
Usually I want authors to get through with the explaining as quick as possible and dive into the action, but this gradual, steady pace of a little bit of action, little bit of learning was actually perfect for Colours. At the end of the book, I know the characters well, I understand the Institute, I have my own theories, and I am motivated just like Charlie to make things count. This book is also deliciously British and I definitely read all of the conversations with a terrible British accent.
The reason Colours is only 4 stars instead of 5, is because I did find several instances in which grammar and spelling errors glitched my reading flow, and sometimes the writing confused me as far as time lapse goes. For example, I completely missed the transition from Charlie being 13 to the story skipping ahead to Charlie being No indication that the story moved forward 3 years.
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There is no kissing, though the blossom of a romance is evident and could be expected in the upcoming release of book 2. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. This is a LiteratureApproved. May 23, Kara Jay rated it it was ok. This review is hard for me to write. I wish I could give 2. I liked the idea of this story and the story itself.
I had a hard time with the slower, clunky progression of the story though. It took a bit of time to get the plot started and I got confused about passages of time, but that might just be me. Despite my low rating I honestly would read the sequel. I know that Crombie has great stories to tell and I'm excited to see where this o This review is hard for me to write. I know that Crombie has great stories to tell and I'm excited to see where this one goes. Shelves: ya , net-gallery , sci-fi-fantasy , net-galley , duology-trilogy , goodreads-summer-reading-challenge. Thank you, NetGalley, for providing me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review!
Charlie not Charles is the new kid at school. Raised by a single dad, Charlie is witty, sweet, and just wants to get off this God forsaken island and get back to the town they moved away from. This feeling is amplified when Greasy and his lackeys beat the ever-loving shit out Charlie on the first day of school, landing him in the hospital.
Charlie's problems don't just begin and end with being the school Thank you, NetGalley, for providing me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review! Charlie's problems don't just begin and end with being the school pariah - Charlie starts to see Colours? Wait, no really, those people are surrounded by soft glowing Colours! It must be the trauma Except its not. Soon, Charlie is thrust into a secret society where he is not alone in his abilities and where a secret war wages that he will be forced to join against his better wishes.
Crombie, you have done a magnificent job making Charlie come to life. This is the type of character that I laugh with, cry with, want to smack him, and want to hug him. His voice is strong and clear. He is witty and lovable. My oasis is a desert if embarrassment, a desk to call my own.