Book Review: A Game of Thrones

A Game of ThronesA Game of Thrones

By: George R.R. Martin

Genre: Fantasy

Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.

~ From Goodreads

Oh, my sweet summer child! I’m not entirely sure what possessed me to reread this series, but it has been a very bittersweet experience for me. For those of you who have read the books or watched the TV series, you know that The Song of Ice and Fire series is essentially a blood bath. As Cersei Lannister so aptly puts in this installment, when you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground. Yeah, don’t I know it! Despite the burden of precognition, I’ve found that A Game of Thrones still makes for good reading with excellent character development and a rich world full of promise and history.

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From the Owl’s Nest: Waiting on Wednesday

Hello everyone!

It’s been a couple of months since I started this blog and I’ve got several book reviews under my belt. I felt it was time to start something new, to shake up the monotony and share more of my thoughts. I love looking at future book releases and I’ve got several queued up on my Goodreads account. I’m starting a Waiting on Wednesday event so you can see some of the stuff I’m really excited about! I don’t know if I’ll get anything up today because I have places to be tonight but I’ll definitely be starting next week. I can’t wait to get started!

Nocturnally Yours,

Molly

Book Review: Throne of Glass

Throne of GlassThrone of Glass

By: Sarah J. Maas

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes      not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien. The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

~From Goodreads

 This review has been long in coming. I finished this book several weeks ago and found that I couldn’t properly articulate what I felt about Maas’s work. With some time and distance from Throne of Glass, I’ve come to the conclusion that, while flawed, it is a superb story. I find that much of the Young Adult genre is hit and miss with me, with its greatest offense being that it offers so much potential and ultimately falls flat. Throne of Glass is the first popular novel I’ve read in a long time that truly lives up to its popularity.

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Book Review: The Sweet Far Thing

The Sweet Far ThingThe Sweet Far Thing

By: Libba Bray

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance

It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Her mother murdered, her father a laudanum addict, Gemma has relied on an unsuspected strength and has discovered an ability to travel to an enchanted world called the realms, where dark magic runs wild. Despite certain peril, Gemma has bound the magic to herself and forged unlikely new alliances. Now, as Gemma approaches her London debut, the time has come to test these bonds. The Order – the mysterious group her mother was once part of – is grappling for control of the realms, as is the Rakshana. Spence’s burned East Wing is being rebuilt, but why now? Gemma and her friends see Pippa, but she is not the same. And their friendship faces its gravest trial as Gemma must decide once and for all what role she is meant for.”

~From Goodreads

After a long and frustrating journey, my days reading the Gemma Doyle trilogy have come to an end. While I was satisfied with the way in which most of the characters were left at the end of the novel, the journey it took to get to these satisfying endings was headache-inducing to say the least.

BEWARE. BELOW THERE BE SPOILERS. CONTINUE IF YE DARE

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