Do you have those books that just sit around and never get read? Maybe they’re gathering dust on a shelf or taking up room in a pile on the floor? Daughter of Smoke and Bone was one of those books.
Karou is seventeen years old, living in Prague, and fills her sketchbooks with drawings of monsters. Monsters that just happen to be her family. When a heart-stoppingly beautiful stranger shows up, so do black handprints at all the portals Karou would use to visit her monster family. And when those portals are destroyed, Karou is forced to confront the mysterious man. But when she does, a whole other life opens up for her and she must decide what steps to take next to save her family.
I’ll be honest. I wasn’t really expecting much from this book. I’d seen it a few times on TikTok but kind of just ignored it for the most part. It’d been sitting in my floor TBR pile for months and I never had the urge to pick it up. I’m still not sure I’m glad I picked it up. Laini Taylor’s writing is immaculate, filled with beautiful prose and characters I want to spend time with. But the storyline, so far as this one novel, seemed like a slow burn for a good portion of the book. It wasn’t until the last five chapters that things started to really pick up. And of course it ends on a cliffhanger!
Daughter of Smoke and Bone definitely piqued my interest and I’m so curious to see the rest of Karou’s adventure in the next book. I think after using this novel to world and character build, the next one should move a little quicker.
Ok, you guys, I am obsessed with this trilogy. And it kills me that there are only three books to this amazing story! Why?!?!?
The Defiant Heir is the second book of the Swords and Fire trilogy. Amalia Cornaro has made her way to Callamorne with Zaira, the fire warlock, and Marcello by her side. Their mission: attempt to find out what Prince Ruven is planning and, hopefully, stop the impending war. But when a Witch Lord offers to court Amalia, what’s a girl to do?
I could not get enough of this book! I literally did not want to put it down and, if I didn’t have to sleep, I probably would have finished it in a day. Melissa Caruso is killing me you guys! She has such a good creative mind and it blows me away that she has created such an amazing world. I want to stay in Eruvia forever! Honestly, I don’t have any complaints about this book. Except for maybe the fact that I finished it. I’d love to go back and read it again with the same fascination I had the first time.
If you’re looking for a good fantasy trilogy, I highly recommend picking up The Defiant Heir (after you’ve read The Tethered Mage of course). The final book in this trilogy is set to be released April of this year and you can bet it’s at the top of my most anticipated books for 2019. I can’t wait to see how she wraps up Amalia’s adventures!
I’m a sucker for a fantasy novel involving magic and a strong female character. The Tethered Mage is absolutely perfect for anyone who enjoys the same.
Welcome to the Serene Empire. Where children with the mage-mark are taken to the Mews to become Falcons, an elite group of magic-wielders who are at the mercy of the Empire’s political schemes. Lady Amalia Cornaro, the daughter of a well-respected Council member, has just found herself a Falconer and in the middle of a political battle she has no interest in waging. But family duty calls and she must find a way to save her beloved home from those who would destroy while also navigating the struggles of having a Falcon who despises everything they stand for.
The Tethered Mage had me staying up late simply to finish “just one more chapter”. Caruso does an incredible job of creating a system of magic, politics, and even a bit of romance that work so well together. This book managed to anger me, bring me laughter, and intrigue me beyond measure. I didn’t want it to end! Thankfully, this is just book one of her trilogy and I can’t wait to get my hands on book two and see what else happens in Eruvia.
This book has intrigued me for quite some time. I’ve heard some good things about it and was excited to finally add it to my list.
Katherine Arden’s The Bear and the Nightingale is the first book in the Winternight Trilogy. The Bear and The Nightingale is set in Russia, where winters are hard and household demons run rampant. Vasilisa is the last born of her mother, and just like her mother she carries magic in her blood. She can see and speak with the wood spirits, the river goddess and even the vazila in the horsestables. But her stepmother is a Christian woman who fears the old gods and tries to bring her husband’s lands under a Christian rule. But in doing so, she puts everyone in danger. It’s up to Vasya to save her people and discover who she really is with the help of an unlikely alliance.
Arden weaves a tale of literary beauty and fantasy. While each character has about four different names, which can make it a bit difficult to keep track of them all, the story itself is beautifully written. Perfect for a winter read. I easily fell in love with the characters and the flow of the story had me staying up way past bedtime in order to finish another chapter. I highly recommend picking up The Bear and The Nightingale and I’m excited to read the second installment of the Winternight Trilogy.