Review: Uprooted

UprootedUprooted by Naomi Novik
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book reminds me of the Buried Giant for the fact that both have a fairy tale quality to them. Eastern European folklore is well mined in this one. Stories rooted in history and legend are just the type of thing I eat up, So I very much enjoyed “Uprooted.”

Agnieszka is a headstrong protagonist who does things her own way. She quickly discovers her power, but chooses not to follow established traditions when using it. Instead she takes her cue from the wild and infamous Baba Yaga of Slavic legend.

I appreciate the relationship between Agnieszka and the Dragon. It transforms subtly and believably over the course of the book. Even up to the very end we see their opposing views on the use of magic as a constant point of strife between them and wonder if it is something they can overcome.

An excellent read. well worth the time. While I have enjoyed the first few Temeraire novels by Novik, this story has become my favorite. I hope she chooses to write something more in this universe.

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Review: The Aeronaut’s Windlass

The Aeronaut's Windlass (The Cinder Spires, #1)The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve never read Dresden Files. This is my first book by Jim Butcher, but it will not be my last.

I think the author did an excellent job of painting an intricate fantasy setting without ever resorting to exhaustive exposition. The world-building elements were instead woven seamlessly into the narrative. There are many things about the Cinder Spire world that remain a mystery. However, this volume contained more than it needed to tell the current tale. That which is still hidden only adds to the anticipation of coming volumes.

I appreciated the strong, well-defined characterization. While it could be stated that most characters strayed little from common tropes (Some dialog between Grim and Journeyman has previously been uttered by Kirk and Scotty), I still considered them to be comforting reminders that were well executed.

If you’re searching for true steampunk, I’d say this only bares a passing resemblance. But definitely worth the plunge.

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Review: Gideon’s Sword

Gideon's Sword (Gideon Crew, #1)Gideon’s Sword by Douglas Preston

I had only a couple of minor issues with this book. 1. The prose was just a bit rough. 2. It took a little too long to get into the thick of the plot because the beginning contained characters and events specifically related to the protagonist’s backstory and having nothing to do with the eventual plot. However, once it got going, the story was very engaging and moved along at an excellent pace. The greatest success the authors achieved was in painting a title character that just grabbed my interest and didn’t let go. Gideon Crew is a smart ass. I just love a good smart ass. The amount of BS he manages to sling and the ease with which those around him eat it up is not exactly believable. But who cares? It’s really, really fun.

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Charlatan’s Magic: Cover Art Reveal


I wanted the cover of this book to be dark and dirty, like the cobbled streets of Rathlera late at night. The shadowy figure of Ming Loo was always the right choice for me as far as who to feature. It isn’t simply because he is the titular charlatan. His plotting is what drives the other characters to change themselves, for better or worse.

“Do you believe in magic?”

He offers up the amulet. It looks tempting.

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