FREE READ StarbornI didnt realise this was an adult fantasy when I reuested it I dont read much of that genre because I find the pace to be too slow for me However the pace in Starborn wasnt too bad My main issue was not La grande divergenza. La Cina, l'Europa e la nascita dell'economia mondiale moderna having much motivation to pick it up which affected my reading pace Some parts were vague Important uestions werent asked and important elements were ignored This books strongest asset was the world and the magic system The addition of the steampunk elements was also a nice surpriseSadly I wasnt completely invested in the characters So many of the characters and scenes made me angry Not all of them bad Some parts were suppose to make me angry but it did make itarder for me to enjoy the story and like the characters I didnt agree with a lot of their decisions For example going into a room for no reason after she was told not to was pretty stupid The main character seemed clueless and Denim Branded: Jeanswear's Evolving Design Details her denial got frustrating I like my protagonists to be a bit resourceful and cunning I liked the main characters friendship with Iri andow the other friendships developped but I would A trick of mirrors Selected poems in English and Tagalog have liked to see them explored I probably shouldave read the dreams carefully but I started skimming them because they just confused me At times the plot felt aimless without a clear direction but there was some entertaining and intense moments I thought about giving examples for the issues I Jardins - Forts - Un nouvel art de vivre et de produire had but I wanted to keep this review spoiler free since the title itself is kind of spoilery I liked the ending and I do want to know whatappens next but I doubt Ill read the seuel The characters just werent for me but Im sure other readers will connect with them than I didreceived in exchange for an Wooden Bows: What I Wish I'd Known When I Started honest review This debut epic fantasy caught my attention because of the premise There are a few familiar tropes like a protagonist with a different magical gift and visions but the approach to magic is uniue and interestingThe opening coming of age ceremony in which the members of the community are assigned their future positions for life is a little overly reminiscent of YA dystopian novels but the story swiftly moves on as Kyndraaving accidentally broken the sacred Relic an object used to divine the future is outcast by Way of the Warrior Kid 3: Where there's a Will... her fellow townspeople when a stormits The Art of Darksiders Genesis her town She s rescued by two strangers who might be able to giveer answers about the odd visions that Stompin' at the Savoy: The Story of Norma Miller have plagueder since the ceremonyThe story is plot driven at first and the pace initially moves slowly so it took me a little longer to get into Kyndra s story because Sports Illustrated Basketball's Greatest her motivations are largely based on where the plotappens to be moving and she doesn t ask some obvious uestions The plot itself lacks focus sometimes and there are uite a few side characters whose motives come across as muddled It seems strange that Kyndra s visions are ignored for a large part of the book while certain events seemed odd and inconsistent I think if the characterisation Eroi e dei dell'Olimpo had been stronger I dave felt invested in Economia liquida: Policy her uestWith that being said the worldbuilding is the strongest aspect of the story with plenty of uniue touches to build a vivid picture of the world and itsistory Some readers might find the level of detail slows down the pace but the narrative kept me engaged and entertained and the complex and detailed fantasy world provides a strong foundation for the rest of the series Starborn Quaderno d'esercizi per liberarsi delle cose inutili harks back to the pre Grimdark epic fantasies of the late 90s and early 00s in construction and tone Lucy Hounsom focuses on buildinger world guiding protagonist Kyndra as well as the reader through the familiar landscapes of a continent Where Is Our Solar System? hemmed in by the borders of the page see the map unraveling the politics of Solar and Lunar relationships and slowly turning up theeat on the plot until it bursts into an incendiary confrontation at the book s climax So far so standard but bear with me the world feels very artificial because it is artificial Those borders They aren t supposed to be there This cosy world Not so cosy Kyndra is Where Is the Vatican? her continent s saviour and destroyer all in one and only at the very end does she realise justow serious that isLucy Hounsom s real achievement Luce e ombra. Giocare con l'arte e la scienza. Con gadget here is in paying tribute wither worldbuilding to all those bright and ultimately optimistic fantasies of the last *generation while simultaneously setting that world up to fall in very interesting *while simultaneously setting that world up to fall in very interesting in time for the next two books Very nicely done 35 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum is the wonderful debut of author Lucy Hounsom kicking off The Worldmaker Trilogy in style I found it elegantly written and imaginative and there s also a familiar yet down to earth vibe that will make it accessible to a wide audience whether you re an avid reader of fantasy or new to the genre and whether you re a teenager or adultIn Kyndra Vale s village of Brenwyn there is an ancient rite of passage When a young person comes of age Nell'orto. Ediz. a colori he or she would partake in a meeting with a relic keeper to find out their true name and the path they are destined for However on the day of Kyndra s ceremony she receives a strange vision And when it iser turn to view the relic it suddenly breaks putting an end to a centuries old tradition Worse immediately following the incident Brenwyn is set upon by a Breaking an unnatural storm that destroys the villageFrightened and superstitious the community is uick to blame Kyndra but before they can act upon their anger she is whisked away by two mysterious strangers who Its Not About Her Second Glances had come into town the day before They are Nediah and Br genne a pair of bonded Wielders who canarness the power of the sun and moon to do amazing things and for reasons unknown to Kyndra they seem to Cryptocurrency have their eye oner But while agreeing to be taken to the Wielder s faraway citadel of Naris may Sieben Jahre in Tibet have saveder life Kyndra also becomes their prisoner As Operaatio Para Bellum her visions become worse the Wielders suspect Kyndra mayave some magic of Horse a Portrait A Photographer's Life With Horses her own and she is kept from leaving until she can pass a brutal trial to determine the nature ofer abilitiesIt was easy to become drawn into this world Hounsom Aircraft of World War I 1914 1918 The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide has created As Kyndra travels to Naris with Nediah and Br genne snippets ofistory and magical lore can be gleaned through their conversations Learning about the Wielders powers was fascinating and the magic was perhaps my favorite part of the book Based around the energies of the sun and moon those who can use the former are known as Solars while those that Myth Taken Identity harness the latter are called Lunars Often they travel in pairs while working in the field so that they can watch each other s backs For example Nediah is a Solar who can protect Br genne a Lunar during the day whileer powers are latent while at night she can do the same for Amazon.com: The Underwater Photographer eBook: Martin Edge: Kindle Store him This way a Wielder team is never leftelplessHounsom also doesn t resort to overwhelming the reader with a flood of information I felt that a lot of the world s background Growing Marijuana (Idiot's Guides) had to be deduced which might be a stumbling block for some especially in the last uarter of the book where most of the big reveals and connections are made in a very short period of time The pacing is a bit uneven for this reason with the plot being slower to build in the beginning but coming in fast andard towards the end There s a lot going on with multiple characters being driven by different motivations and it can get confusing if you let your guard down Still the many plot threads kept me guessing especially when it came to the uestion of whom Kyndra could trustIn the end the pleasure and satisfaction are in the details Past some of the common tropes in the story there are a good number of innovative twists on familiar themes such as the world building and mechanics behind the magic system Characters are likeable even the supporting ones like Nediah and Br genne and speaking of the two of them can I say What A Breath Of Fresh Air It Was To See a breath of fresh air it was to see romance sub plot that actually did not involve the main protagonist There s a good amount of crossover appeal The Jane Austen Project here that will make this a potentially attractive book to both Young Adult and Adult readers and despite some minor issues with the flow this book was intense enough to be very satisfyingI can definitely see fantasy fans enjoying this novel especially if the description of the magic appeals you At the same time I also would notesitate to recommend it as a light introduction to the genre All told Starborn is an entertaining read and perfect for when the mood for a lighter kind of fantasy strikes you DNF at 32% I ll be Dynamite Doc or Christmas Dad? honest I think I knew from the start that I was going to be DNFing this but I stuck with it for as long as possible until I got to the point where I was saying to myself Kayleigh you re not enjoying this You re struggling to read this There is nothing about this story that you like You shouldn tave to force yourself to read a book Give up the ghostThe writing is generally of a decent uality but the pacing was awful it was all over the place You would go for a few pages of decently paced decently written prose and then all of a sudden you were flying through important scenes which seemed to Industrial Applications of Biopolymers and Their Environmental Impact havealf the information you need missing and you d come out the other side confused than you went in and not in the way that makes you want to read to find out what is going on but in the way that makes you wonder why you re still readingBut then the things that are supposed to be mysterious and keep you guessing for example Kyndra s special snowflakeness are so blindingly obvious that it makes you feel genuinely embarrassed for HounsomThe plot is something I ve seen a Retraite sur le Cantique des Cantiques: Commentaires bibliques (Spiritualité) (French Edition) hundred times before ordinary village girl turns out not to be so ordinary after all I can enjoy these books if they are well written or if the authoras done something new and exciting with the story Hounsom does nothing new or exciting and it is not well written The world building was lacking I m trying to be nice Again there s nothing new Blood Sorcery (Shadows of Magic, here but she does try to shake things up air ships and gets itorribly The Elusive Heiress Nancy Drew horribly wrong The characters were awful Completely 1 dimensional and unrelatable Iated most of them Passionately In fact the only character that I remotely liked was Nediah and even Pizarro and the Conuest of Peru he was on the flat sideIt s like Hounsomas taken aspects from books written by Trudi Canavan and Brandon Sanderson and tried to make
a story out of it just minus thestory out of it Just minus the talent and creative geniusSorry but no Disclaimer I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an Are You There God? It's Me M honest review ARC copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for anonest reviewThis is an enjoyable fantasy somewhere between a pure adventure and an epic The world building was well done and evocative managing to conjure images of something like middle earth mixed with medieval England with a few almost steam punk elements and an interesting magic system It does travel the well worn treads. Death and destruction will bar Evan (O'Connor Brothers Vol. 5) her wayKyndra's fateolds betrayal and salvation but the journey starts in On Hitler's Mountain Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood PS her small village On the day she comes of age she accidentally disrupts an ancient ceremony ending centuries of tradition So when an unnatural storm targetser superstitious community Kyndra is blame. .
Of a young person of ordinary descent suddenly finding out that they A cristalli liquidi (Italian Edition) have a birthright which shapes their world view anewowever it tackles this in a fresh engaging way not merely resorting to tired tropes The plot may contain few surprises for dedicated fantasy fans but it is nevertheless an entertaining journeyI found the characterization a bit spotty none of them really stood out for me although I liked a few of them well enough A few characters might I've Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad have benefited from greater exposition whilst others couldave done with less as they didn t really add anything Kyndra was a puzzle in this regard one moment she Pip Sueak Saves the Day Medici Books for Children has agency and the next she doesn t and things justappen to Dragonsbane her while she passively thinks about them I did likeer but I can t say I really connected with Lonestar Sanctuary her There was no great strength or great flaw nothing to really get a grip on The pace couldave done with variation It wasn t too slow or too fast but it was pretty much the same throughout Which is fine if you want to follow an epic adventure slightly removed from the action but I like to be a bit closer to the characters I m reading I was pulled back to read the book not out of a need to know what Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator happened next but out of a desire to visit that world again If you canave ideas fantasy then this is probably a good example at one stage almost all the supporting characters and conseuently the choices they represent are uniformly Understanding the Black Economy and Black Money in India horrible However this does call into uestion the responsibilities of power theabit of clinging to outmoded beliefs and systems and the effects of segregation even the psychology behind the latterIt may not Desperate (Bad Baker Boys, havead me on the edge of my seat but I would definitely look out for book two uiet slower fantasy is good if it is done well and this is I received an ARC of this book on the expectation of an Biocentrismo. 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La nuova teoria del tutto honest review Unfortunately sometimes anonest review is not a good review and I can in all A Small C Compiler Language Usage Theory and Design honesty say that I could not recommend this book to anyoneThe main reasons for my poor review are as follows I found Starborn to be badly written badly plotted badly characterised ineffectual and poorly imagined as a novel and I was extremely angry about the way the bookandled 1 the threat of sexual violence against female characters 2 the only canon ueer character and 3 the only canon disabled character As a whole the novel is How Drawings Work hugely sketchy on consent in any situation and falls into many terrible fantasy tropes Iaven t seen widespread use of since the 1990 sI m extremely disappointed that Tor not only published this but is promoting it as one of their big debuts of this yearThe rest of this review will explain certain points of the plot such as it is and although I m not going to give a blow by blow of everything that Truly Irresistible happens as such the entire thing is going under a spoiler tagview spoilerLet s start with the bad writingThe prose is clumsy to poor but I wouldave accepted it as a first novel effort if what was being described was in any way engaging The only time the writing elicited any kind of emotional reaction other than frustration from me was at two brief moment when the action spiralled suddenly into Unbelievably Creepy More on that laterThe world building is not wholly un salvageable just thinner than I like and inconsistent in it s delivery Using what is essentially a Whisper Loudly history essay full of made up words and convoluted sentence structures as your prologue is a bold move that straight up did not work for me in any way shape or form I also wasn t able to suss out any kind of pattern or cultural identity in any of the made up words so I never transitioned into believing these were actually the names of places or people Some of the decisions made spoke either of a massive lack of research theorses ride all night and then all the next day with only a short break and the main character notes that they don t seem particularly tired and then a little later on the characters can only ride very slowly *towards their destination because the orses will get tired or rather because they needed to move slower so a *their destination because the orses will get tired or rather because they needed to move slower so a point could catch up with them or I Dragon Ball Z Cycle 2 T03 honestly don t know Winner of the most bizarrely incoherent piece of world building is a toss up between the airships of course airships that can only travel along set routes because they re chained to rails between the different landing stages for reasons This one probably doesn t win because I can almost seeow that would be a cool idea if ad been done with it although absolutely no mention was made of ow come this aggressively medieval low fantasy world The Bible in the lyrics of Bob Dylan The Wanted Man study series has airships or the fact that the main character doesn t know what bacon is Yes we get a whole scene in a book which largely doesn t mention the actual day to day business of life where the main character watches someone magically cooking bacon and then they eat the bacon all the while aggressively not using the word baconBecause airships are fine but what is this mysterious thinly sliced pork I was completely mystified by the fact that this character whoad grown up in a rural tavern apparently did not know what bacon was to the point that I didn t pay any attention to the magic Which was probably just as well given The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 4 (light novel) how it wasn t time for the plot to talk about the magic yetWhich brings me on to the plot Largely the plot lacked focus and drive It wasn t a bad plot certainly by two thirds of the way through at the point at which I genuinelyated myself for continuing to read this book the plot started to do some things I could recognise as somewhat interesting and unexpected I think I was supposed to realise they Fret Work Step By Step had been foreshadowed but they reallyadn t This book can t pull off foreshadowing but it just Mark of the Dragon Urban Dragon happened Mechanically Thingsappened because the plot outline said now this thing Soigner le Sida autrement avec le protocole ICCARRE happens not because it felt like a natural progression of the story In allonesty this should Tubâ va ma'nâ ye shab have meant that the bookad decent enough pacing and it the major plot beats if the plot ad been formulaic I could ave dealt with it But it was badly paced and meandering to the point of aimless This is ow come we How to Prove It (A Structured Approach) have two mysterious characters turning up speaking cryptically to the main character and then leaving abruptly in immediate succession and I do mean immediate succession there s only a few pages and absolutely no plot movement between the conversation with Kait in the tavern and the conversation with Medavleow on earth are you supposed to pronounce that anyhow outside and then they both disappear entirely for a third of the book before reappearing on the other side of the world A side effect of this mechanically driven plot is that characters appear in certain places because they need to deliver a particular piece of information to the reader not because it makes any sense for them to be there the biggest example of this is Three Religious Rebels The Forefathers of the Trappists how Jhren yeah not sureow to pronounce that one either the main character s childhood best friend we know this because she told us so repeatedly turns up in the nearest town just as she decides to run away expressly it seems for the purpose of telling The Sunset Warrior her thate s marrying someone else and there s nothing left for Highland Hucow her That was the most obvious of the clumsy deus ex machina devices in this book but it certainly wasn t the only one In case this wasn t already clear the weakest part of Starborn which is not a strong book was the characters None of them seemed toave any kind of distinguishing voice I could not tell their dialogue apart They didn t appear to The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan and the Climbing Life (English Edition) have any motivations or drive They were marionettes being shoved around to make the plotappen according to the outline on paper I found I cared just enough about Bregenne to Dien Cai Dau Wesleyan Poetry hate the way she was treated by the plot on that later but that was about it I wouldave disliked the main character Kyndra if I d actually been able to think about Hope Solo: My Story Young Readers' Edition her as a person rather than a writing mechanism all this plotas to uality Control in the Pharmaceutical Industry happen to someone because the decisions she made were entirely nonsensical Not asking uestions until three chapters after somethingappens because that piece of information can t be revealed just yet Not realising plot points that were entirely obvious until it was time for Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (Newbery Honor Book) her to act on that information Tellinger entire life story and trusting implicitly someone who just assaulted Oh Susannah her More on THAT later tooSo that is why Starborn is bad Now this is why it s awful and made me furious which fair warning does not involve actual rape but is going to get pretty goddamn suickyFirstly let s talk about whatappens to Kyndra She s been brought to the super secret invisible magic mountain and is awaiting a test to see whether or not she s got magical powers I m being slightly flippant slightly Kyndra is studying in the library when three students enter one is the young girl she met a chapter or so ago who she just instinctively knew she could trust that s not a direct uote but it might as well be and The Founders of Psychical Research her two male friendsBoth young men proceed to mock and belittle Kyndra who is clearly upset and angry one of the few times Kyndra actually displays a genuine emotion and then one of them forcefully immobilises and silenceser through magic climbs on top of Pelé: The King of Soccer her and kisseser on the mouthRemember Chakras & Self-Care: Activate the Healing Power of Chakras with Everyday Rituals how I mentioned that the writing in this book becomes alarmingly competent at only the creepiest moments This is one of them It s deeply viscerally upsetting Kyndra is entirely powerless and the man s intentions are very clearly toumiliate and The Unforgiven hurterThat s not what made me angry What made me angry was that the
next time they meet tells the two men er entire life story And becomes their friend And nobody suffers any repercussions for this at allIt s entirely like the book is saying Yes youVery Next Time They Meet
basically sexually assaulted this girl but we know you re essentially a good person so that s finesexually assaulted this girl but we know you re essentially a good person so that s fine it s not It s really notThe other moment of unsettlingly creepy and upsetting and also when did the writing become competent in this novel involves the only canon ueer character Janus Get it Janus the two faced godJanus is a minor villain He s pretty e s not very competent and mostly ineffectual Kapitulatus! he s sneaky and slippery and a liaris entire job in the plot is to pretend to be the main character s friend and then betray The Ivory Gate her ande s madly in lust with an older powerful man who s using is attraction to manipulate Janus into doing whatever e wants Their conversation is the aforementioned creepy creepy but semi competently written scene in which for three pages the novel becomes insanely ueasy simpering sexual tensionIf you re thinking that Janus sounds sort of familiar then congratulations You also read all the awful fantasy novels of the 1990 s that I did growing up For literally a decade and it was a pretty formative decade this was the only ueer representation I saw in D She fears for Ci alleniamo anche se piove?: Miserie e splendori del calcio dilettantistico her life until two strangers saveer by wielding powers not seen for an age powers fuelled by the sun and the moonTogether they flee to the Star Wars Thrawn Star Wars Thrawn hidden citadel of Naris Andere Kyndra experiences disturbing visions of the past showing war and one man's terrifying response She'll learn in the Antasy the soft and effeminate gay male villain and that is not a place I ever want to go back to It s not a place we New York Is English, Chattanooga Is Creek. (Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover)) have to go back to We re better than this Who read this and thought yes okay it s 2015 and this is a reasonable representation of ueer people Anyhow this moves me on to Bregenne who as I mentioned previously was my favourite character to a vastly reduced uantity of favourite Least indifferent perhaps Bregenne shouldave been great she s an older woman a powerful mentor figure who uite frankly should not be casually disrespected throughout the entire novel by Guiding Readers and Writers, Grades 3-6: Teaching Comprehension, Genre, and Content Literacy her peers in the way that she is but that kind of background radiation pales in comparison to what I m about to talk about and she s disabled for most of the novel She s completely blind butas adapted The Stray Bullet her magic powers to allower to sense Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 3 her surrounding in some situations Itas limitations but generally speaking she s a really good representation of a disabled person who is powerful and How to Fix a Broken Heart (TED Books) has adventures I am 100%ere for a book about disabled women being powerful and Bloody Crystal having adventuresWhen Bregenne Kyndra and Bregenne s younger male work partner who is of course madly in love wither a relationship I was dissatisfied with the execution of but pretty much La sculpture sur pierre : Art et techniques happy with it s general trajectory right up until the final chapter when everything wentorribly Bear Humbug horribly wrong return to the super secret magic mountain where the magic people live one of the first things thatappens is that we establish one of the minor male characters is creepily obsessed with BregenneHe corners Bregenne in Afterlife her bedroom while she s iner nightdress and proceeds to embrace and fondle Blue Is for Nightmares her while saying generally creepy and unpleasant things like You want this really Because Bregenne is a semi competently written awesome character Bregenne blastsim in the face with magic and orders Heroes Die him out ofer bedroom Because Bregenne also suffers from being in a L'Ingénu horrible narrative Bregenne then spends the next few paragraphs fretting aboutow she shouldn t ave worn such revealing clothes Needless to say the man in uestion never gets punishedWhile unpleasant that scene is nowhere near as upsetting as the one with Kyndra and although I was overall unhappy with ow it was Pampa Pampa handled it pales in comparison to whatappens to Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus her at the end of the book In the final chapter Bregenne s younger male work partner who is supposed to be madly in love wither forcibly Geometry Part 1: Quickstudy Laminated Reference Guide (Quick Study Academic) healser eyes without Herbier et autres collections her permission while she screams forim to stop and this is portrayed as a loving actLet me repeat that the only disabled character in the narrative gets fixed by a younger man without Historical Archaeology: Why the Past Matters her consent becausee loves The Happiest Baby on the Block her Because clearlye knows better than Bregenne what is the right thing to do with Blu oltre la prua: Un'avventura di Jack Aubrey e Stephen Maturin - Master Commander (La Gaja scienza Vol. 946) her body Because clearly a disabled woman can t be trusted to makeer own decisions about Releasing Heaven on Earth: Gods Principles for Restoring the Land her disability of course she wants to be fixed this can t possibly need negotiating I cannot conveyow unbelievably furious this casual ableism made me Like it wasn t bad enough that the only character that was in some way compelling was grossly mistreated by the plot at every opportunity but The Future of English Teaching Worldwide had to be denied agency ofer own body specifically because she was disabledIn case you didn t Between have enough of a bad taste in your mouth in the final chapter it s also revealed that brace yourself Kyndra was conceived because Medavle a character she also seems to trust for some reason despite the fact thate categorically does terrible things rather than just being uite annoying and a bit of an asshole like every other male authority figure in this book manipulated the mind of a character who is tactfully described by the book as a madman When this character appears in the book Sigrid Liljeholm his mind is so badly damaged thate s unable to speak is sometimes violent and is kept emphasis on the word kept in a room with no sharp edges In case this wasn t weirdly sketchy and upsetting enough Medavle uses David Starr Space Ranger his influence it s a plot point that would take too long to explain to convince this character that whate REALLY wants to do is escape from Crusader conspiracy Banner books his confines and goave sex with a woman with the intention of impregnating The Book of Earths: Hollow Earth, Ancient Maps, Atlantis, and Other Theories (Forgotten Books) herBecause that all sounds completely fine and consensually for everyone involved Don t worry Medavle was keeping an eye onim so An English Translation of Fa Tsangs Commentary on the Awakening of Faith he wouldn turt anyone I genuinely don t know if that statement practically a uote makes it better or worseI feel like most of these points would Gauntlet A Novel of International Intrigue have been fine if they d been properlyandled if there The University of Chicago Spanish English English Spanish Dictionary had been some satisfying resolution against Bregenne s attacker if Kyndraad not decided to become besties with the man who assaulted I magnifici dieci her if Janusad been a The Happiness Secrets Of Joel Osteen half decent villain instead of aorrible vintage stereotype or you know not the only ueer character if Kyndra Seashells had responded with the kind of revulsion I felt to the news abouter parentage instead of going off into the sunset with the man who orchestrated it while the book plays out a romantic postscript between An Excellent conceited Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet her parents but even with a proper consensually discussion I would stillave been moderately unhappy about Bregenne s eyes being Ruhestand fr Einsteiger healedAs it stands I think everyone involved in the production and publication of this novel owes me an explanation as to why they think this kind of misogyny ableism andomophobia warrants publication La criminologie hide spoiler DNF 54% The best way to describe this book is that it is aot mess It goes from a possible dystopian fantasy to a possible uest based fantasy to what it actually is epic fantasy Now maybe you re thinking ohhh that sounds elaborate and I love elaborate So do I Except that when you build a new elaborate world you absolutely MUST build characters alongside it that your readers are dying to read about At no time did I ever feel like I was drawn into this world or was excited about reading of it In fact it was the opposite I dreaded picking it up There are three major mistakes made in Starborn1 Very poor characterizations I did not Farmer Boy hate our lead girl but I certainly didn t likeer The two travelling companions that she goes with could Random House Webster's College Dictionary: 1996 Graduation Promotion have been super mysterious and interesting but instead theyad stilted dialogue and just no chemistry with each other or our lead gal 2 Plot You must make me want to keep reading This generally reuires plot
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didn t work on this and allowed it to be published as is Now I know what you re thinking butt work on this and allowed it to be published as is Now I know what you re thinking but if you stopped reading just as the writing was improving ow do you the rest of the book isn t great The thing is I just don t care Our lead gal is inconsistent and does things not because they fit Let Dai Vol 8 her as a character but because they need toappen Random people show up with no real purpose or semblance of reason The world building is just strange ancient superstition magic tribal living then airships large cities etc it s like Hounson couldn t decide what kind of world she was building so she threw everything into it I could go on but let s face it I m just repeating myself Maybe if this book An Excellent conceited Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet had started at the 40% with a short prologue or flashbacks to tell the first 40% of the story in a uick fashion I wouldave felt differently But I just wasn t willing to force myself to pick this book up and pretend to care any longer than the 54% I read To read this and of my reviews visit my blog at Epic Reading Please note I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley This is an Hoodwinked honest and unbiased review Kyndra findserself running away from ome with two strangers on the day of er Initiation Ceremony a day when she was suppose to find out what was in store for the rest of Best Practices In Leading The Global Workforce her life Kyndra s new friends are beings of power Solar and Lunar and they think sheas power too But Kyndra s experiencing weird visions that may be a sign of something even dangerous and ancientThis was a real let down for me and I m so sad I HORROR STORIES had to give it two stars I was expecting a really exciting fantasy journey which saw a young girl come intoerself and tap into a power she never knew existed Instead I got 400 pages of a lot of boring confusing nonsense and a rush at the end where everything ended up being explained in a rush I just felt like there was very little character development most of the character s seemed disjointed and all over the place Bregenne and Nediah I just couldn t figure them out and the romance was played up too much between them considering Sloane Monroe SeriesBooks 4 5 hey weren t main character and the story just didn t come together for me like I expected it too view spoiler Also Reena and Kierik where did thatappen How did they meet Did Reena go to Naris Did Medavle somehow sneak Kierik out to the Vales That was so confusing ide spoiler I came across this book by chance gatecrashing the launch party while I was at another across the road I was lured in by that gorgeous cover so I purchased a copy met the author got it signed and could not resist reading it almost straight awaySo glad I did Starborn is a beautifully imagined fantasy tale with some really engaging characters and a rich and deep mythology running through it that is very compelling and utterly addictiveThe world building is fantastic done intelligently and with a touch of class as Kyndra sets off on a journey of discovery you are right there alongside er observing and learning about the expansive places and people beyond Oeuvres de Ennius Quirinus Visconti, Vol. 3 her small village as she does Legend and superstition abound the story unfolds in glorious vivid ways the characters are immensely intriguing Kyndraerself is a perfect anchor for the reader to follow along with and this is a story you can sink right into and leave the real world behind for a whileThis is old school fantasy in a lot of ways but brought into the modern era with a delicate touch really well written taking some classic genre staples and giving them a new edgy and gripping focus a real page turner Plenty of eart stopping action some purely emotional moments and a cast of eclectic and alluring characters to give it *All Focus And LifeOverall *focus and lifeOverall really terrific The ending was such that I am REALLY looking forward to whatever comes next This comes ighly recommended from me for fans of Fantasy taking it back to its roots and making me remember why I loved the genre in the first plac. Ity's subterranean chambers amongst fanatics and rebels But first Kyndra will be brutally tested in a bid to unlock The Love of a King her own magicIf she survives the ordeal she'll discover a force greater than she could everave imagined But could it create as well as destroy And can she control it to right an ancient wro.