Empire of Storms

By Sarah J Maas.

Genre. YA Fantasy.

Series. Throne of Glass (#5)

Synopsis.

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. 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.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Review.

First off let me start by saying before you read this book you will need chocolate and tissues.

So now that iv prepared you, this book hits all the feels. This is by far the most amazing book  Maas has written, the improvement from book 1 to now is astonishing. This novel is categorized as young adults but it does have mature content so I recommend it for mid to late teenagers as some of the content is very explisive. In this novel Maas has a lot happen in one book so it is just a rollercoaster of emotions, but Mass has brilliantly set this book up. Events that have happened in previous books that seemed so random contribute to the plot of this novel in such a surprising and fantastic way. Suddenly every random event that has happened in the previous books is suddenly making sense!

Not only is the plot extremely enjoyable but we finally see several characters we haven’t seen since the prequel, you can see how important every storyline is so important and contributes to the big picture. Characters come together and work together as a team, it’s is fantastic watching so many strong and loveable characters come together to defeat an evil that threatens them all. An evil that is even bigger than us readers first thought, not only must they work as a team to save their world but also save each other. This novel not only emphasizes saving the world but also friendship, love, and loyalty. The love that these characters have for each other is extremely moving making the story that much more pulling.

Queen of Shadows

By Sarah J Maas.

Genre. YA Fantasy.

Series. Throne of Glass (#4)

Synopsis.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Review.

We have been taken back to the city of assassins blood and treason, and we have been thrown into the deep end. Book 4 has been really well thought out with Aelin and her friends joining the rebellion against the king and it is exciting! The plot has thickened in this novel and the audience not only gets to experience the current struggles of Aelin trying to save her kingdom and the content but we also get to experience a back story of why Erilea has had the magic vanish for ten years. As well as being exposed to this history Maas had added several flashbacks from Aelin’s childhood which causing a fair amount of heartbreak. Maas has also brilliantly started bringing characters that she has previously kept separate together, even mentioning characters we haven’t heard since Assassin’s blade (TOG Prequel).

In this novel, Aelin is not only trying to fight a rebellion but shes tying up loose ends from her past, the past that broke her and molded her into a deadly warrior. We get to see more of Aelin’s life before she was sent to the death camp, we start to see how her history and the people in it were not as simple as she first thought. Everyone’s story goes a lot deeper and more detailed making the readers understand and love each character more, not only is Aelin trying to add to the rebellion to free Erilea from the grips of a power hungry king but she must also face the past she left behind when entered the death camp. Giving her closure so she may be the Queen she was born to be. download.jpg

Heir of Fire

By Sarah J Maas.

Genre- YA Fantasy.

Series. Throne of Glass (#3)

Synopsis.

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

Review.

I LOOOVED book three! In this book, we are taken to the East and OMG it is good!!! Not only has Maas set this book in a different land but we also get to meet the FAE! (Is it obvious I love this book?) Maas gives her readers a more detailed history of this world, not just Celaena’s history which is really interesting. I loved the new characters she brought and the tales of Fae legends that were told throughout this novel. There is a much more mystical feel to this novel as we get to see exactly what magic is like in this world, as well as being introduced to more magical creatures. If that doesn’t make you want to carry on with this amazing series I have one word for you… ROWAN!

Rowan is a drop dead sexy and deadly Fae warrior, his presence and history bring a new element to the series that shows the reader this plot is deeper than just Celaena. This series goes to a new level in this book because of the details of magic and history Maas details throughout the book which brings the spark back to the novel as we as readers discover that this series is about more than just an assassin, and it is fantastic. Not only are we exposed to these new elements but we also see such amazing growth in the main character, Celaena character changes dramatically in this novel, she starts off her usual sassy and immature self; but as the novel comes to an end we see the love and passion she has grown to save others and not just think of herself and her own well-being. Not only is this book a continuation of this amazing series but you can see the change and growth the character and in turns, b1f83444a3fcfa2ab6a9b406cb65d791.jpgthe writer has gone through during this book.

 

Crown of Midnight

By Sarah J Maas

Genre- YA Fantasy.

Series – Throne of Glass (#2)

Synopsis.

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Review.

The second novel of the wonderful ‘Throne fo Glass’ is just as amazing as the first one! Now that Celaena is the king’s champion we as readers are taken on the journey of her new challenge and romance. It took me a little to get through this novel as the story is a little slow compared to the first book. But Maas never fails to provide for her audience and finished this series with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger (very Maas-like!). During Crown of Midnight we discover more about each character, we brush the surface of their histories which is really interesting and keeps the novel going. Although I struggled a little with a few of the characters and the main storyline of this novel, the journey of the characters is what keeps the book going. This novel is really just the stepping stone to get deeper into the main series plot in book three, I know a few people struggled to finish this novel but I urge everyone to finish it because in the last few chapters Maas takes everything we think we know and completely changes it on us!crown-of-midnight-cover

A Court of Mist and Fury

By Sarah J Maas.

Genre. YA Fantasy.

Series. A Court of Thorns and Roses (#2)

Synopsis.

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

Review.

After the sufferage everyone suffered under the mountain we are exposed to a new side of Maas’s wonderful characters. With both Feyre and Tamlin suffering from the trauma they experienced both of them suffer to recover from those events. With that we see how Tamlin becomes possessive and how Rhys becomes Feyres saviour.

I love how Tamlin’s true side becomes visible to the readers and how Rhys true side also become visible. I truely fell in love with Rhys in this series as he sees not only Feyre but all his friends and family as equals. This novel not only has a fantastic plot but also beautifully shows the meaning of family and loyalty. We are also exposed to more of Prythain and the courts, as well as getting an amazingly descriptive background to these characters.

And in typical Maas style she drops some major bombshells towards the end of the book and leaves us on a breath taking cliffhanger. Not only has a beautiful romance story developed but also a story of self healing, love and family. Fantastic plot and breathtaking character development.

The Jewel

By Amy Ewing.

Genre – Teen Fiction.

Synopsis.

The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence… and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

 

Review.

I very much enjoyed this novel and currently on the second book, this series is more aimed at teenagers but is still a light, easy and enjoyable read for an older audience. This is my first time reading any of Ewings work, I found her writing style is aimed more at teenagers than adults so it was something different for me to read but I did enjoy the story.Although I’m used to certain characteristics in a main female character that Violet our protagonist doesn’t posses she is still a likable character. The Lone city which is where our story is set is a really interesting story that captivated me in the first few chapters, although this is not the best novel I have ever read I very much enjoyed Ewings work. This is a nice easy and casual read that you didn’t really have to concentrate on this novel yet it still contained a well-written plot and it only took me a day to read. Ewing left the novel on a cliffhanger I didn’t really see coming and I’m very much enjoying the start of book 2. In saying that her characters are not the most developed, so if you’re someone who can’t stand those type of characters and can’t stand a rather rushed and sad romance (male interest doesn’t enter till over halfway through the book and the romance is forbidden and very rushed) this book might not be for you. But if you aren’t that fussy and want a pleasant fantasy novel that will only take a day or two to read; The Jewel should be on your list

The characters in Ewings novel were very enjoyable to read about and their growth in such a short period of time was really interesting, many reviews state her as being whiney or naive but I think Ewing portrayed her perfectly, she has Violet reacting to situations realistically which Ewing is not given enough credit for. She is able to get the reader to see that most people wouldn’t react in a ‘heroic’ way if they were put in this type of situation. That’s what really pulled me into the novel as you start to realize how spot on Ewing has been with character reaction. Her one downfall is the rushed romance between Violet and Ash, the romance came in and was pretty messy and rushed but it is starting to develop more in book two, so we shall see how this develops!

Order of Books.

  • The Jewel
  • The White Rose
  • The Black Key.

Reign

Created by – Laurie McCarthy & Stephanie Sengupta.

Produced by – The CW.

Genre –  Historical fantasy, Romance, Drama.

Synopsis.

Mary Queen of Scots (Adelaide Kane) has returned to the French court to marry the future king Francis (Toby Regbo) but what she faces is far more complicated than a marriage to protect her crown. After Nostradamus (Rossif Sutherland) has a vision of Francis’ death because of this union, his mother Queen Catherine de’ Medici (Megan Follows) will do anything to protect her son from an untimely death. Mary must not only face French politics but also a court full of treachery, plotting, and backstabbing. As Mary try’s to save her people she becomes a pawn in the complicated game of royals.

Review.

While Reign follows the story of a real historical figure, it blurs the lines of accurate. While the rough outline of the plot is true the details of the story have been dramatized, the story of Mary Queen of Scots going to French court are true and a handful of the characters were real life people, the majority have been created to add drama and sex appeal to the show. Being a lover of history I researched the real story of Mary while watching the show, and although the show has many inaccurate aspects I really enjoyed it. The characteristics of all the characters are what really pulls you in, the creators have made all three main characters Mary, Francis, and Bash (Torrance Coombs) Francis’ bastard half-brother, strong, independent characters that of course fall into a complicated love triangle.

Every character in the series has a unique personality and are all characters that can easily be adored, the plot mainly focusses on Mary but the show goes into the details of other characters lives and French court as a whole which becomes an interesting added story to that of Mary and Francis.

The music and costumes are also a huge puller as well, although the costumes and music are more modern than historical, they are beautiful and mesmerizing. Although the costumes are slightly historically correct they are a gorgeous element to the show. The music sets the mood for each scene with modern songs or remakes of popular pop songs, there is also a playlist on Spotify for anyone wanting the name of songs in the series.

The series is in the fourth and finally season, the show is roughly following the timeline of the real Queen Mary and as this is the last season it might be cutting her story short. If you’re a fan of historical period drama with a modern twist this is a must, I recommend not getting to hung up on the historical accuracy and just enjoy the drama filled romance.

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