The Indigo King

The Nitty-Gritty Details 

Title: The Indigo King
Author: James A. Owen
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Oct. 2008
Blurb: John and Jack are mystified when they discover a cryptic warning on a medieval manuscript—a warning that is not only addressed to them, but seems to have been written by their friend, Hugo Dyson. But before they can discover the origins of the book, Hugo walks through a door in time—and vanishes into the past.

In that moment, the world begins to change. Now, the Archipelago of Dreams and our world both suffer under the reign of the cruel and terrible Winter King. Dark beasts roam the countryside, and terror rules the land.

John and Jack must travel back in time—from the Bronze Age to the library in ancient Alexandria to the founding of the Silver Throne—to find the only thing that can save their friend and restore both words. The solution lies in the answer to a 2,000-year-old mystery: Who is the Cartographer?

The Experience

So, I may or may not have continued reading after my dinner break last night and ended up reading for the next couple of hours and then only had, eh, two chapters left to finish up this morning?

Oops.

Friends, I remember this series being good.

I didn’t remember it being this good.

That’s probably why, when I was planning on reading the books I have from the library after finishing the third book–which have a non-renewable deadline–of course, instead, I grabbed my copy of The Shadow Dragon and plan on starting that during my dinner break, so…

But, let’s focus on the third book, shall we?

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I really enjoyed The Indigo King, mainly because it had a complete shift in tone that I wasn’t expecting. It was much darker than the previous two installments. Pair that with the always complex and oftentimes complicated aspects of time travel (when I asked my boyfriend to help me wrap my mind around what was going on, as soon as I mentioned time travel, he immediately said, “Oh no, we don’t even try and touch that,” so you see what I mean) and this book felt a lot different, while still encompassing the elements that have become so integral to this series; namely, the characters and their personalities, the narration and the way it is written, the fantastic moments of humor and then way literature ties so effortlessly and cleverly into this plot.

Although, I will have to mention: Charles not going on the adventure with John and Jack was a surprise (because my memory is shite, apparently) and one that worried me, especially at the beginning, because Charles, well, I’m actually rather fond of him. Yet, as the story progressed, of course that had to happen and I think I love Charles all the more for it, now.

My favorite aspect, once again, was the badgers, this time, with Uncas and Fred and their copy of The Little Whatsit, which honestly, I wouldn’t mind owning myself. Their antics, personalities, mistakes, honesty and animal logic add such a wonderful element into the story and I feel they are some of the most integral characters within the narrative. I wish I could eat some crackers and have tea with them (though definitely not after it has rained).

I won’t lie: the time travel was a bit confusing for me and made my head hurt slightly, but it’s time travel. That’s a concept that’s always super intricate and hard to pull off. I do think Owens has pulled it off here–which is a good thing, because I don’t think we’re done with the concept at all, within the rest of the series. Nay, I believe we’re just getting started. Yet even though I wasn’t 100% clear on how it worked the entire time, I was fascinated everything they had to do in order to fix their mistake (and I somehow completely forgot who the Cartographer was and have thus been floored once again). I also loved how seeped into Arthurian lore we got into this book and the inclusion of Geoffrey of Monmouth!? Oh, my medievalist heart was all aflutter.

Obviously, I’m falling in love with this series over again, as I’m flying through these books. Only two more to read until I read the last two for the very first time. If I keep accidentally reading past my dinner break, that may be much sooner than I realized… (especially with all those teasers Owens leaves at the end of the book, how can you not force yourself to keep going!?). Nevertheless, I’m excited and I think I will always be in complete and total awe of this series–and a little jealous that it’s not real.

Read on!

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The Search For the Red Dragon

The Nitty-Gritty Details 

Title: The Search for the Red Dragon
Author: James A. Owen
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Jan. 2008
Blurb: “‘The Crusade has begun’…

“There’s an old myth in the Archipelago,” he went on softly, shaking his head. “A legend, really…I recall it mentioned a Crusade, but those events happened seven centuries ago. We always thought it was only a story.”

It has been nine years since John, Jack, and Charles had their great adventure in the Archipelago of Dreams and became the Caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica. Now they have been brought together again to solve a mystery: Someone is kidnapping the children of the Archipelago. And their only clue is a mysterious message delivered by a strange girl with artificial wings: “The Crusade has begun.” Worse, they discover that all of the legendary Dragonships have disappeared as well.

The only chance they have to save the world from a centuries-old plot is to seek out the last of the Dragonships — the Red Dragon — in a spectacular journey that takes them from Sir James Barrie’s Kensington Gardens to the Underneath of the Greek Titans of myth. With friends both familiar and new, they will travel through an extraordinary landscape where history, myth, and fable blend together to tell the oldest story in the world. And along the way, the Caretakers of the Geographica will discover that great deeds alone do not make heroes, and that growing up may be unavoidable…but growing old doesn’t have to be.

The Experience
(Minor spoilers in the middle of this post!)

So, the first book is what I remembered the most (mostly for that fantastic twist at the end), but while rereading The Search for the Red Dragon, the plot slowly came back to me as I read it. I don’t reread a ton of books, so that was sort of a neat experience, as I got to get excited and have my heart twist all over again, yet also catch little clues and tidbits that I had completely missed before, not knowing what was going to happen next. After rereading the first two books in the series, I’m at the same conclusion as at the end of the first one:

It is still one of the best I’ve ever read.

One of the reasons, after rereading the first two (but for some reason, very prominently with this second book) is the way lore and stories we are familiar with are integrated into the plot. But more so than that, when reading about the adventures of John, Charles and Jack, it almost feels like…like the version that Owen’s tells is actually real and the reality we believe to be true is actually the fiction. The way that he interweaves the narratives of all these well known stories and makes them fit into the plot of these books–like what he did with Peter Pan, especially, in The Search for the Red Dragon–it is just so dang impressive, that if someone claimed what Owen wrote about was true?

You know I’d believe it.

Hell, I almost wish it were.

There were a lot of aspects I loved within this book. Aven and Artus’s relationship (much different than what I expected, but I like it). The best character in the series, hands down:  Mr. Tummeler and the success of his many copies of his book (with his own recipes slipped in, because HOW FREAKIN’ ADORABLE). Laura Glue and all the Lost Boys (and Aven’s relationships with them, which showed another side of her that was really neat to see). The twist at the end with who they were fighting and the subtle hints that are thrown in about everyone’s intentions that get revealed towards the end, yet I could actually pick up on them, this time around.613939

Seriously, friends. These books are gold and anyone who is a reader, I think, would love them.

I’ve only two qualms, so far. One of them is more of a quirk. Jack, as a character, drives me up the wall. That’s not a bad thing at all, because obviously you’re not always going to like every single character, but something about him just irks me. Even starting into Book Three (because yeah, I may have already started reading it…), I still find myself getting peeved by him.

I’m also slightly bummed that, in reflecting over the list of Caretakers at the end of Here, There Be Dragons, how there are almost no women on it. Granted, I realize that is history’s doing, not Owens, because of how male-dominated the profession was. And there are amazing characters, like Aven, who I really, really like. It’s just sort of a…sad realization, I guess. About how history worked. It makes me wonder, if Owen continued this series, in the future, and was choosing Caretakers from authors today, how many women would make the cut. I certainly can think of a long list who I’d nominate…

Anyway, a fantastic book that still felt like coming home, while I was reading it. Considering I’m already almost 100 pages into the third book, you’ll be seeing a review of The Indigo King before too long, before I take a pause from the Archipelago and read a couple library books. Meanwhile, I’m going to start bothering my friends again and ask them why they haven’t read these books yet.

Because they are just too good to miss.

Read on!

Here, There Be Dragons

The Nitty-Gritty Details 

Title: Here, There Be Dragons
Author: James A. Owen
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Sept. 2006
Blurb: 

“What is it?” John asked.
The little man blinked and arched an eyebrow.
“It is the world, my boy,” he said. “All the world, in ink and blood, vellum and parchment, leather and hide. It is the world, and it is yours to save or lose.” 

An unusual murder brings together three strangers, John, Jack, and Charles, on a rainy night in London during the first World War. An eccentric little man called Bert tells them that they are now the caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica — an atlas of all the lands that have ever existed in myth and legend, fable and fairy tale. These lands, Bert claims, can be traveled to in his ship the Indigo Dragon, one of only seven vessels that is able to cross the Frontier between worlds into the Archipelago of Dreams.

Pursued by strange and terrifying creatures, the companions flee London aboard the Dragonship. Traveling to the very realm of the imagination itself, they must learn to overcome their fears and trust in one another if they are to defeat the dark forces that threaten the destiny of two worlds.

An extraordinary journey of myth, magic, and mystery, Here, There Be Dragons introduces James A. Owen as a formidable new talent

The Experience

I don’t think I can accurately describe how much this book truly means to me and how much I love it. I mean, I’m going to try within this review, but I’m pretty certain that I’m not going to adequately put those feelings into words.

I know I can’t do it without writing about some very specific spoilers, so major spoilers abound after this sentence. 

Read onward at your own peril.

(Or, better yet, go read the book if you haven’t already and then come back and read the review if you want, but really, just jump on down to the comments section and tell me all about what you think about it, because I just want someone to squee to about this book!!)

I first read Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen…oh, I dunno, years ago. I was in high school, I think? Probably? I honestly can’t remember. I remembered loving this book, though, which prompted me to read *almost* the rest of the series. I never read the last two books and, it’s been so long, I can’t remember much of what happens anyway. Hell, even reread this one, there were moments when events would come back to me, right before they came to past, but there were other times, it felt like I was reading this book for the first time. I’ve always meant to go back and reread the first five books, so I could read the last two. And I was never nervous about outgrowing the books or not being as in love with them as I was before.

I always knew that, returning to this series, it would feel like coming home, after being away for far too long.

Thanks to my Mom this past Christmas, I finally own all seven books. My plan now? To read them all straight through (or as straight through as I can, considering that I just got a notice that a book I’ve been waiting weeks for just came in for me at the library, so I know I’m going to interrupt this straight series read eventually, but you get my gist).

This is a world and a series that has stuck with me for so, so long and I missed it. Even not remembering all the finer details, I remembered what it felt like to read this series. That feeling of home and awe and just pure happiness and…can imagination be a feeling? Because I was always so impressed and inspired by this series, this book in particular.34908

Because this book gave me the ultimate surprise I had never been expecting.

It came at the end.

The basic premise is blurbed above, but to sum up, our three main characters, John, Jack and Charles, escape London aboard a Dragonship, only to find themselves within the Archipelago of Dreams, a place where all of the worlds they’ve ever read about exist. And they are suddenly the Caretakers over it. Not only was this book fantastic for all the literary references and how clever they were all used and revealed (included a few from Lord of the Rings that particularly made my heart aflutter), but it was just written so beautifully and it just feels so full of magic. I seriously flew through the pages, getting chills on multiple occasions, thanks to either a reference revealed or what the characters were going through or just the writing style in general.

And then, at the end of the book, we find out who our main characters actually are.

Charles Williams.

C.S. Lewis.

And J.R.R. Tolkien.

The last one being, if you know me, my favorite author of all time. My mentor who I’ve never met. My greatest inspiration. The man who I am an amateur scholar about.

So to discover this character that I loved, John, who I empathized with and rooted for, was based off of my greatest hero?

It doesn’t get more magical than that.

I immediately started The Search for the Red Dragon and I feel like I will fly through this book just as quickly as I did the first. OH! I forgot to mention one other thing: the drawings. At the beginning of each chapter, these black and white drawings are positively gorgeous and just elevate this series to another level. It makes me wish more books incorporated art within them (and they were done by Owen, as well!!).

Thank you, Mr. James A. Owen, for writing this series and putting so much magic into it. I don’t think I did a great job at describing just how much I love it, but to return to it, with the goal of finally finish it, and get lost in this magic all over again?

That has been the greatest treat of all.

Read on!

Of Silk And Steam

The Nitty-Gritty Details 

Title: Of Silk and Steam
Author: Bec McMaster
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, March 2015
Blurb: Enemies. Allies. Lovers.

When her beloved father was assassinated, Lady Aramina swore revenge. The man responsible is well beyond her grasp, but his dangerously seductive heir, Leo Barrons, is fair game. When Mina obtains evidence proving that Leo is illegitimate, she has the means to destroy both the killer and his son, a man who troubles her heart and tempts her body.

A woman of mystery, Mina’s long driven Leo crazy with glimpses of a fiery passion that lurks beneath her icy veneer. He knows she’s hiding something, and he’s determined to unravel her layer by silken layer. He just doesn’t expect the beautiful liar to be the key to overthrowing the corrupt prince consort… or to saving his own carefully walled-off heart.

The Experience

The only negative thing about this book was that I waited so long to read it.

Which, is sorta in a compliment in and of itself, because I didn’t want the series to end, so I just put off reading the last book. But then again, I’m kicking myself, because I didn’t realize that Bec McMaster is a literal powerhouse and has published books from four different series since I discovered her with this London Steampunk series and all of them have piqued my interest (and has infiltrated my library’s hold shelf). So why did I wait so long to read Of Silk and Steam?

Especially when it was just so freakin’ good?

It took a little warming up, to remember exactly what was going on with the overarching plot, but to finally see Leo and Mina come together was really rewarding. Mina was such a strong character who I couldn’t help but admire and Leo? Well, Leo had everything that I love to read about when I read a romance, because I want to fall in love, too. And with his flirtatious nature, strong qualities, stubbornness and surprising vulnerability, it was hard not to.

(I also may have, ah, sent pictures of a couple certain pages to my boyfriend and told him something to the effect of “Read this and take notes.” Take that as you will.)

I think my favorite aspect of this entire series is the worldbuilding. McMaster is one of the first writers to truly get me into steampunk and she does it flawlessly. I also loved seeing so many of my favorite characters from the previous books in the series within this one, particularly Blade, Honoria and Will. It was like returning home after being gone on a very, very long holiday.

(Also, that last chapter/epilogue!? *melts into happy feelings forever*)

I’m also always blown away with how romance writers, especially ones like McMaster, get me so damn invested in these characters. There was a point, within Of Silk and Steam, where I literally started flipping through pages trying to see how long it’d take before [spoiler] was resolved, because I didn’t want [spoiler] to continue believing [spoiler] and continue holding it against [spoiler]. I had to put the book down and tell myself to just read it and then I’d find out if their budding relationship can be salvaged or not.

Needless to say, I’m glad I finally read this book. It was a great way to wrap up the series and it was lovely to return a world that I fell in love with so deeply and was so curious about. It’s kinda sad, to not be part of this world anymore (although her Blue Blood Conspiracy Series apparently picks up a couple years after this one and I just found that out doing a little fact checking for this post, so guess who is completely and utterly jazzed about that!?!) I’m super excited to continue getting a chance to read McMaster’s work through her other series. If you enjoy steamy romance with three-dimensional characters who make you fall in love with them yourself, definitely give this author a read.

Read on!

Reading Outlook in Review: Part One

Hello, readers!

So, over on my personal blog, I wrote a post about all the books I was hoping to read this year. In hindsight, I probably should have written that post here, but hey, it totally works now. My goal is, every three months, to update my list and see how well I’m doing at knocking all of these books off. And, well, today’s the last day of March (o.0), it’s time to see how I’ve done so far!

Quoted below is my list of books

I hope to read this year, with the books I have read since January crossed off of it:

Series To Complete

The Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett

  • The Daylight War 
  • The Skull Throne 
  • The Core 

The Shattered Kingdom by Evie Manieri

  • Blood’s Price (reread)
  • Fortune’s Blight
  • Strife’s Bane 

Gentleman Bastard by Scott Lynch

  • The Republic of Thieves
  • The Thorn of Emberlain

Re-Reads

The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica by James A. Owen

  • Here, There Be Dragons
  • The Search for the Red Dragon
  • The Indigo King 
  • The Shadow Dragons
  • The Dragon’s Apprentice
  • The Dragon’s of Winter (first read)
  • The First Dragon (first read)

The Kingkiller Chroncile by Patrick Rothfuss

  • The Name of the Wind (10th anniversary edition)
  • The Wise Man’s Fear 

The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

  • The Way of Kings
  • Words of Radiance
  • Oathbringer (firstread)

Twelve Houses by Sharon Shinn

  • Mystic and Rider
  • The Thirteenth House
  • Dark Moon Defender 
  • Reader and Raelynx
  • Fortune and Fate

New Series

The Fitz and The Fool trilogy by Robin Hobb

  • Fool’s Assassin
  • Fool’s Quest
  • Assassin’s Fate

Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

  • Assassin’s Apprentice 
  • Royal Assassin
  • Assassin’s Quest 

Solider Son by Robin Hobb

  • Shaman’s Crossing
  • Forest Mage 
  • Renegade’s Magic 

On the Bones of Gods by K. Eason

  • Enemy
  • Outlaw

Birch Hall Romance by Kathleen Kimmel

  • A Lady’s Guide to Ruin
  • A Gentleman’s Guide to Scandal

More Books

  • Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
  • Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan
  • The Kraken King by Meljean Brooks
  • The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder
  • Storm and Steel by Jon Sprunk
  • Shadow’s Son by Jon Sprunk
  • A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
  • Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare
  • The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
  • Nevermore by Rob Thurman
  • Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
  • Blood of Assassins by RJ Barker
  • The Deviant Heir by Melissa Caruso
  • A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne
  • Outriders by Jay Posey
  • Blood Requiem by Christopher Husberg

There are 54 books on that list.

So far, I’ve read…2 of them.

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But, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading. Quite the opposite, in fact. So far this year, I’ve actually read 11 books, which, not forgetting the two books above, also includes:

  • Age of Assassins by RJ Barker [review]
  • Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear [review]
  • The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis [review]
  • Silverlock by John Myers Myers [review]
  • Time Shards by Dana Fredsti and David Fitzgerald [review]
  • Embers of War by Gareth L. Powell [review]
  • Kings of the Wyld by Nicolas Eames [review]
  • The Hollow Tree by James Brogden [review]
  • Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet [review]

Three of those I got courtesy of Titan Books as ARCs. I’ve just gotten into the world of ARCs, so this is a very new experience for me (and really freakin’ exciting, may I add). A couple others I got from the library and have been itching to read. So even though I have made hardly any progress crossing off books from my Reading Outlook 2018 list, I am accomplishing my main goal: reading more often.

And that’s all that matters.

Right?

*she asks nervously as she goes to start (yet another) book that’s not on her list*

How have your reading goes gone so far? What have been some of your favorite books you’ve read this year? Any books I should definitely make sure I don’t miss from this list (or add to it)? Let me know in the comments below!

Read on!

Heart on Fire

The Nitty-Gritty Details 

Title: Heart on Fire
Author: Amanda Bouchet
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Jan. 2018
Blurb: With the help of pivotal figures from her past, Cat begins to understand the root of her exceptional magic, her fated union with Griffin Sinta, and Griffin’s role in shaping her destiny.

Only Cat holds the key to unlocking her own power, and that means finally accepting herself, her past, and her future in order to protect her loved ones, confront her murderous mother, and taking a final, terrifying step–reuniting all three realms and taking her place as the Queen of Thalyria.

What doesn’t kill her will only make her stronger…we hope.

The Experience

So, if you’ve read my reviews over either of the first two books in the series, you know I was itching to read the conclusion to this trilogy. As a whole, this trilogy is probably one of my favorites–if not the favorite–romance trilogy I’ve ever read. Not that I’m super well versed in the genre, but it was so refreshing to read a romance where the main plot was just an engaging as the romantic plot.

Which is good, because in Heart on Fire?

Friends, shit goes down. 

Heart on Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles, #3)I can’t lie and say that, at least once, I didn’t flip forward a couple chapters and try to read ahead to make sure X didn’t happen and Y did happen, before I forced myself to stop being an idiot and go back and continue reading the actual book. I got so, so, so invested in the war at Cat and Griffin were fighting. It was hard to put the book down, especially as everything comes into place together.

I had three favorite elements, I think, that really stood out.

One: The Continued Cleverness

Something I’ve loved about these books has been the interweaving of Greek Mythology. It is just so cleverly done and this book definitely amps that mythology and its influence up to the point where I just wanted to sit back and applaud (at one point, I think I actual did). Seriously, it made me want to go back and relearn some of that lore, because I felt like there were definitely some really killer references I should have caught, but didn’t, alongside all the ones I did.

Two: Cat Herself

The thing I love about Cat the most, I think, is how much her brain thinks exactly like mine. While at times I was frustrated to read about her going back and doubting herself yet again, it was such a reflection on how my own brain thinks, it’s almost scary. Granted, the stakes I’m dealing with are nowhere near the choices she has to make and things she has to do, but to see my own thought processes and mental struggles reflected and told so well through a character who I admire and see strength within…well, it might be the wake up call I’m looking for to see the same level of admiration and strength within myself.

Three: Griffin

But mostly how Griffin turns me on, utterly and almost effortlessly.

Don’t get me wrong: I love Griffin as a character and the way he evolves and grows in this book might be the most in the entire series. That shouldn’t be understated or underappreciated, even though I’m doing both of those things right now to discuss how ridiculously attracted I am to a fictional book character. But, there were just a couple of scenes that made me question how wise it was to read this book during my dinner breaks at work.

Because, reasons.

This book was a wonderful conclusion to a really fantastic series that opened my eyes to how the genres of romance and fantasy can not only blend, but blend well. And when that happens, wonderful things happen. I’m stoked for Bouchet’s sci-fi trilogy that’s coming out next May, I believe. If it’s anything like what she delivered with Cat and Griffin’s story, I know it’s going to be amazing and it can’t come soon enough.

Read on!

Age of Myth

The Nitty-Gritty Details 

Title: Age of Myth
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
Publisher: Del Rey, 2016
Blurb: Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between humans and those they thought were gods changes forever.

Now only a few stand between humankind and annihilation: Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer; Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom; and Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people. The Age of Myth is over. The time of rebellion has begun.

The Experience

So, I really freakin’ enjoyed this book. So much so that the moment I finished it, I immediately put the next one on hold at the library (since I can’t afford to buy the rest of the series…yet) and am now dropping hints left and right to my boyfriend that we should stop by the library one day after work this week so I can pick it up, now that it’s (already!) come in.

I’ve had Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan on my shelf for a while now. I bought it on a whim because I thought the cover was just so dang gorgeous (and I still do). I kept seeing pictures of the latest book in the series, Age of War, floating around online, since it’s getting published this year and that one has a gorgeous cover, too. I won’t lie: the fact that the third book in the series is coming out so soon made me want to get caught up, which, in this case, meant getting started to begin with.

This is my first Sullivan book, though I guarantee you, it won’t be my last. I didn’t realize he was the same author of The Riyria Chronicles, which I realize might be a bit ridiculous in hindsight, so I’m even more stoked, because those books have been on my list to read, too. Age of Myth just happened to be the book of his I already owned and I’m glad I was able to read it without reading The Riyria Chronciles first.

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I will admit, the beginning started off a little bit slow for me, but I think that’s because I recently finished Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames and I’ve never been so enamored by a book so quickly as I was with that, so any book following almost directly after reading it is probably going to feel slow in comparison. Yet it only took two dinner breaks before I started really getting into the book and getting invested in the characters, Persephone in particular. Though Suri was probably my favorite POV to read from, because I just love how she sees the world and how she speaks.

It was one of my favorite elements of the book, if I’m honest; the multiple POV. I’m always a sucker for books which do that well and Age of Myth is no exception. I thought each character had a really distinct voice, making their chapters easy to distinguish, even as their lives began to intersect in some really fantastic and plot-twisting ways. I also loved the lore and the amount of depth that’s obvious here. I wanted to escape into this world and see it in reality, instead of simply on the page, it felt so real.

It also was one of the only things that made me happy one evening last week, when I was just having a rough day, hormonal as all get out and absolutely not in the mood to do anything or be around anyone. Yet I had a couple hundred pages left of Age of Myth and I figured, “Why not read, if nothing else sounds appealing?” And I ended up finishing the book that evening and feeling a lot happier because I read.

I love books that help me like that.

I was also fascinated by the way that Sullivan wrote the series, which he talked about in his Author’s Note before the book began, in that the entire series has already been written. Though I’m not published, I have a trilogy I wrote the same way and I’m working on another series in the same vein, as I search for representation. As a writer, reading that tidbit made me want to invite Sullivan out for coffee and pick his brain about how that process actually works, as well as tell him how much I enjoyed his book.

I’m so glad that I finally took time to read Age of Myth and, as you know from my plans to raid my library’s hold shelf above, I don’t plan to wait very long to dive back into this world again.

Read on!

PS: Best character? Minna, hands down. ❤