A Book of Spirits and Thieves shouldn’t have worked. Come on, a Canadian girl gets sucked into the magical world of a book and it’s all possibly linked to an ultra-secret literary cult? This was a Mary Sue, Neverending Story mashup that should have been completely hokey, but Morgan Rhodes, author of the Falling Kingdoms series, totally pulled it together, marrying a modern day mystery with the world of Mytica and creating an enchanting page-turner of a story.
Rhodes’ works are marketed as YA, which usually means a formulaic story to adult readers, but A Book of Spirits and Thieves will keep you guessing before it completely throws you. Also, the shifting narrations of the three main characters is really well written. While Rhodes is often cited as doing a teen version of Game of Thrones, I think Rhodes actually pulls off the multiple perspectives better than Martin. Each character has a distinct rhythm and personality.
If this is your first introduction to the world of Falling Kingdoms and Mytica, like it was mine, then I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
|Recommended by J. Harbinger||Tuesday, June 16th, 2015||No Comments »|
It’s hard to remember a time in fantasy before Harry Potter, but well before the magical Scottish boarding school was conceived, there was a wizard school on the Island of Roke where a young Ged’s impetuousness and arrogance was eventually tempered into great power and wisdom, but not before he made a few costly mistakes.
Ursula K. Le Guin’s 1968 offering of The Wizard of Earthsea is something of fantasy cannon, an essential read to understand the tropes that are now firmly entrenched within the genre. The style it is written in is rather dated, telling the story of Ged in an almost impersonal third person without going in depth about his feelings and motivations. However, that distance from the character almost creates a grandness to the tale, like a fireside telling of the legendary beginnings of the greatest Archmage Earthsea has ever known.
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Much like acclaimed fantasy authors George R.R. Martin and Tamora Pierce before her, Alex Liddell ditches the Twlight-esque romance for a butt-kicking, sword-wielding heroine who would make Brienne of Tarth and Eowyn of Rohan proud to include her in the “shieldmaiden’s club.”
The plucky young heroine is Renee de Winter who is a senior cadet in the Academy at Tildor, a country that has just crowned a new king and is full of tension thanks to two warring crime families that are determined to wreak havoc and exploit the new ruler’s inexperience. Although she’s mournful over the fact that she’ll never be as strong as her male classmates, Renee trains 24/7 in order to defeat the naysayers and bullies that would love to see a female warrior fail.
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