Qnd Eldr. Breathe Fire.

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ARC provided by Wednesday Books in exchange for an honest review.

I love Goodreads.  I find it to be such a calm social media platform and almost all of my favorite authors are on there.  There are so many great discussion groups and books and giveaways.  I love the giveaways, and Adrienne Young’s Sky in the Deep was the first one that I won.  I practically screamed when the ARC of Sky in the Deep appeared in the mail.  I love the driven brutality and brotherhood of ancient Vikings, and I am a sucker for stories with fierce heroes and heroines.  Plus, two of my favorite authors wrote glittering reviews for it, so how could I not but dive in?

Raised to drive a blade through her clansmen’s rival clan, the Riki, Eelyn’s life is simple enough until she sees her brother on the battlefield fighting with her enemy.  The brother she watched bleed to death five years ago.  Kidnapped by the Riki and faced with her brother’s betrayal, Eelyn is forced to survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki.  But, the longer she is in the village, the more she begins to see herself in the people she was taught to hate.  Her world crumbling all around her, she is forced to put aside her prejudices when the Riki are raided by a clan thought to be a myth.

From the blood-soaked battlefield where the story opens up on to the snowy mountain village and back to Eelyn’s home, the fjord, Adrienne Young delivers a taut fantasy novel.  The meaning of loyalty and forgiveness are explored, and the all-consuming question,”What is family?” is gutted and examined by the deeply flawed and very human Eelyn.

I finished reading this over a month ago, but I waited until now to review it in order to put my thoughts in order.  All in all, I would gladly read Sky in the Deep again.  I rate this five out of five stars.

Sky in the Deep will be released on April 24th, two days from now, and it is still available for preorder from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Audible, Indiebound, Google, Powells, Book Depository, Kobo, and Books-A-Million.  I would recommend checking your local bookstores for it as well, if you have one.

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Lada the Impaler

After spending nearly two weeks avoiding getting my heart burnt by yet another literary love dawdling, I got my act together and finished Kiersten White’s And I Darken.  It wasn’t until I was four chapters into it’s sequel, Now I Rise, that I realized that it would be a good time to write a review.  Because nothing says fun like gathering your thoughts and emotions in order to write a non-spoiler-y review of four hundred eighty-four pages that just about murdered you.

Abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada and her brother Radu are pawns in a vicious game of politics and life.  Lada has always known that being ruthless is the key to survival while Radu longs for a place to feel safe.  Fighting to stay alive, Lada bides her time, plotting vengeance for the day she will return to her homeland, Wallachia, and claim her birthright.  Enter Mehmed: the defiant, lonely, and future sultan looking for a friend.  As the three of them grow closer and the years tick by, a dangerous and toxic triangle forms between them, straining under the pressures of war, politics, and deceit.

From the nerve-wracking build up to the constant worry that one of them was going to die, And I Darken reminded me of Game of Thrones, only with teens.  I cried and shrieked so many times watching the trio develop into the unique and driven badasses they are, and I’m holding my breath with anticipation whilst devouring the sequel.

I’ve finished Now I Darken.  Whoa.  I’m still in shock.

I rate both books five out of five bleeding stars.

Tyrants and Cowards

Soldiers are marching,

Throwing civilians in trucks

Mothers are crying,

As their children are taken away

Shots are fired,

And the cries are silenced

Trains are chugging onward,

Carrying the  prisoners to their death

Tyrants and cowards

Rule the Earth.

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Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

Ashes to ashes,

Dust to dust.

Who’s going to be left

When the weapons hits the ground?

What will be left

Besides sweet memories?

Will anyone save us now

As the vapors fill our lungs?

All we have left is

Rubble on our streets.

I hear the screams

Of people all around.

Nothing’s left behind aside from

Our comrades at our feet.

Copyright © 2016 by Nita Pan

All rights reserved.  This post or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the author except for the use of brief quotations in a review.