Master of Sorrows by Justin Call Review!

Today is the release day of Justin Call’s debut dark fantasy novel Master of Sorrows – The Silent Gods #1. Are you excited? I am! I had the privilege of reading this as an arc, and oh my gosh Booklovers it gripped me something fierce! I am in love with this book, and honestly can’t wait for the rest of the community to get their mitts on it!

You can get your copy here from Amazon

Isn’t this cover amazing? I love it, it’s so beautiful. I know…we shouldn’t judge a book by the cover, but c’mon this makes you want to pick it up, and trust me the inside is just a amazing!

Anyway, I’m gushing, but let’s get on with the review! 

  • Title: Master of Sorrows
  • Author: Justin Call
  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (21 Feb. 2019
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • ISBN-10: 1473222869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1473222861
  • My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis – from Amazon

The Academy of Chaenbalu has stood against magic for centuries.

Hidden from the world, acting from the shadows, it trains its students to detect and retrieve magic artifacts, which it jealously guards from the misuse of others. Because magic is dangerous: something that heals can also harm, and a power that aids one person may destroy another.

Of the Academy’s many students, only the most skilled can become Avatars – warrior thieves, capable of infiltrating the most heavily guarded vaults – and only the most determined can be trusted to resist the lure of magic.

More than anything, Annev de Breth wants to become one of them.

My Review (non-spoiler)

I know the synopsis doesn’t give much away, that’s kind of the point, but trust me it’s better that you don’t know much going into this (which is why I’m keeping this review vague and short). This book brings you in from the very first chapter! You are introduced to a new world, and it’s religious practices from the get go. I instantly fell in love with the world, and it’s history. Justin Call has managed to create such a beautiful and complex world with it’s own religious systems and Gods.

But this book isn’t just a bunch of world building and religion; there is action, there is monsters, and there is brutality to keep you on the edge of your seat. Annev, our main character, is navigating the world along with us, as he knows only what he has been taught, and is finding out there is much more than he could have ever suspected. More than anyone is letting on.

We follow Annev as he struggles to find the right path, and makes hard decisions. We experience every emotion with him, and I honestly loved reading his inner turmoil, and outward battles. This book had me guessing all the way, and was fantastic.

Master of Sorrows is definitely a fantasy not to be missed.

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson Review

Hey Booklovers! Happy Valentines Day!! Since today is a day to spread some love I wanted to review a book I recently fell head over heels for, and the book of honour today is…Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson! 

  • Title: Warbreaker
  • Author: Brandon Sanderson
  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (29 Dec. 2011)
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • ISBN-10: 9780575097469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575097469
  • My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis

WARBREAKER is the story of two sisters – who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, a lesser god, and an immortal trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago.

Theirs is a world in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren’s capital city. A world transformed by BioChromatic magic, a power based on an essence known as breath. Using magic is arduous: breath can only be collected one unit at a time from individual people.

But the rewards are great: by using breath and drawing upon the color in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be performed.

My Review

Trying to put this book into words literally leaves me like “blahgergerangahallafle!!” I really don’t know how to begin gushing over this book with you all! Perhaps a fair assessment would be to say that since I gave it 5 stars I must have liked it! Well, I do, I love it! It was so much fun! So many unexpected moments occured, and there were so many vibrant characters worth falling in love with!

Another easy assessment would be to say that given this book was 672 pages long, and I managed to finish it in less than 8hrs – something must have kept me turning those pages. Yes! This book though chunky by some peoples standards was fast paced and full of “what will happen next?” moments! I literally didn’t want to put it down.

I went into this book not knowing much (that’s generally how I like to go into books these days) and I really enjoyed watching the plot unfold. The story follows two princess sisters Siri and Vivenna; the former considered an unimportant daughter of a king, and the latter has been raised to know that she will someday marry the brutal God King Susebron. Last minute plans change, and Siri who has forever believed herself to be unimportant is now tasked with marrying the God King and bearing him a child, whilst her sister is to stay safe within her kingdom.

This doesn’t go to plan…obviously, and Vivenna decides to take actions into her own hands to recover her sister from this monstrous man, but all is not as it seems, and during this book the previous roles of the sisters seem to change forever.

I loved the characters so much, each was so well constructed. Siri is so wild and unapologetically herself that I couldn’t help but love her early on, and don’t get me started on Lightsong; he is hilarious, and amazing, and gosh I love him!! Susebron was not at all how I was expecting him to be! Vivenna had an amazing arc, and I really rooted for her, Vasher was one who crept up on me, and took my breath away!

Honestly I don’t want to ruin this experience for anyone who hasn’t read it yet, but damn I’m so happy I read this book, and am trying hard not to leak the spoilers!

Overall, this book was fantastic! Definitely recommend it to everyone who is a fan of fantasy…and maybe even if you aren’t! I adored this. So much of this book wasn’t what I thought it would be. I made my assumptions, and was shocked to realise they were all wrong. Warbreaker is truly a great book; one of my faves this year so far. Confessedly becoming a Sanderson Fangirl over here!

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb Review


Hello Booklovers! Time to review the beauty that is Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice, as I mentioned on my tbr this is the first of many that I am trying to read this year by Robin Hobb (The plan is to read as much of her work in this world as I can).

Without further delay, let’s get to the review!

  • Title: Assassin’s Apprentice
  • Author: Robin Hobb
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperVoyager (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Genre: Fantasy/ Epic Fantasy
  • ISBN-10: 000756225X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007562251
  • My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟. 5

Synopsis 

The kingdom of the Six Duchies is on the brink of civil war when news breaks that the crown prince has fathered a bastard son and is shamed into abdication. The child’s name is Fitz, and he is despised.

Raised in the castle stables, only the company of the king’s fool, the ragged children of the lower city and his unusual affinity with animals provide Fitz with any comfort.

To be useful to the crown, Fitz is trained as an assassin; and to use the traditional magic of the farseer family. But his tutor, allied to another political faction, is determined to discredit, even kill him. Fitz must survive: for he may be destined to save the kingdom.

My review 

☆ This is a non-spoiler review ☆

This story was slow to start, I have to admit, but that did not hinder my overall enjoyment, which is why I still rated it highly.
We follow Fitz through his many trials and tribulations as he tries to navigate life as the bastard born son of the crown prince, getting himself into some sticky situations here and there as can be imagined.

The first real thing I have to say about this book is that the writing was great. Robin Hobb really is a great writer. One who gives us simplicity and style, and doesn’t comprise on character development. I thoroughly enjoyed her world, and characters. There was plenty of action, and intrigue to keep me on the edge of my seat. There was beautifully constructed twists and turns that I personally just didn’t see coming (at least not all of them). You quickly start to cheer on Fitz, hoping he will prevail through all, and your heart is clenching during the time of tension and turmoil in this book. I honestly really enjoyed this book. As I said, it is a bit of a slow burner and that trait alone, I know, isn’t for everyone….but once you’re in there, the story unfolds and takes hold of you.

I can’t wait to read the next installment in this trilogy! Definitely recommend to those who love fantasy and intrigue.