Posted in Fantasy, Folklore, Rated E

Lindorm Kingdom



Author:    Amy Jane Helmericks

Genre:     Fantasy/ Folklore

Rating:     E

Synopsis:

What if your freedom came through the one who was meant to destroy you? 
The lindorm has more power in his dragon body than his human mind can reliably control. The strength that has kept him alive until now is growing into a liability. He’s running out of time to break his enchantment, and he doesn’t even know how to start. 
As a teenage single mother, Linnea endures cruelty and indignities to maintain her independence in a culture that only values the strong. When she tries to save a vulnerable child, her persistence irritates the wrong people and her jealous stepmother offers Linnea to them as lindorm bait. 
No one cares if Linnea will be an effective means to get past the dragon’s defenses, a strategic distraction, or simply its last meal. 
Linnea and the lindorm are expected to eliminate one another, but these two have never been good at doing what’s expected of them. 

Bluestocking’s Opinion:  This is a rather unusual book review for me.  Usually, I’m either sent books by the publisher ahead of the release date or I purchase them on my own.  Usually I have no involvement in the book.  The same cannot be said for Lindorm Kingdom.  I met the author (virtually met her) back in 2007 when I started this blog.  She had started this book in 2006.  I’ve gotten to review and critique a couple of the drafts.  It’s really something to see a work in progress for almost 8 years.  I hadn’t read a draft in a while, so I jumped at the chance to review the published book.  

I was very surprised.  This book has gotten better with every new draft.  I liked the direction the last draft I read was going, so I liked this direction even better.  This book is the first of a series.  There was a lot going on in this book.  I’m glad that the author is taking the time to flesh the various storylines out over a few books.  It was really fun seeing which storylines were kept and which were left out (or appear to be left out).  

I enjoyed all of the characters a lot better in this version.  I liked seeing the story from other people’s perspective.  In addition to the fact that it gave more insight as to the political machinations, it made the characters seem a lot more real.  

The only negative thing that I would say is that there were a couple of scenes I had a hard time visualizing as I was reading, but overall, I am looking forward to the rest of the story.  

Posted in Liked It, Science Fiction, Star Wars, Uncategorized

Heir to the Jedi



Author:     Kevin Hearne

Genre:      Science Fiction

Rating:      LI

Synopsis:

Luke Skywalker’s game-changing destruction of the Death Star has made him not only a hero of the Rebel Alliance but a valuable asset in the ongoing battle against the Empire. Though he’s a long way from mastering the power of the Force, there’s no denying his phenomenal skills as a pilot—and in the eyes of Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar, there’s no one better qualified to carry out a daring rescue mission crucial to the Alliance cause.
 
A brilliant alien cryptographer renowned for her ability to breach even the most advanced communications systems is being detained by Imperial agents determined to exploit her exceptional talents for the Empire’s purposes. But the prospective spy’s sympathies lie with the Rebels, and she’s willing to join their effort in exchange for being reunited with her family. It’s an opportunity to gain a critical edge against the Empire that’s too precious to pass up. It’s also a job that demands the element of surprise. So Luke and the ever-resourceful droid R2-D2 swap their trusty X-wing fighter for a sleek space yacht piloted by brash recruit Nakari Kelen, daughter of a biotech mogul, who’s got a score of her own to settle with the Empire.
 
Challenged by ruthless Imperial bodyguards, death-dealing enemy battleships, merciless bounty hunters, and monstrous brain-eating parasites, Luke plunges head-on into a high-stakes espionage operation that will push his abilities as a Rebel fighter and would-be Jedi to the limit. If ever he needed the wisdom of Obi-Wan Kenobi to shepherd him through danger, it’s now. But Luke will have to rely on himself, his friends, and his own burgeoning relationship with the Force to survive.

Bluestocking’s Opinion:  Well, I’m trying to be fair about this book.  It was a likeable read.  It was everything that you would come to expect from a Star Wars novel, but

WHY THE DEVIL DO THEY HAVE TO CHUCH THE ALREADY ESTABLISHED EXTENDED UNIVERSE AND START ALL OVER?  

Before this latest Star Wars movie rumor, the series was about to experience an enormous changing of the guard.  This was the subject of the book Crucible.  Since the newest Star Wars movies takes us back to practically the Rebellion, the powers that be (who are a little bit crazy in my opinion) have decided to scrap the past years of extended universe and start over.  I dunno if they think is going to capture more of the market.  

I’m not impressed.  Essentially there will be another Star Wars universe.  We are headed into comic book territory now.  By this I mean that every so often, comic books reinvent the story. 

**Sigh**

Posted in Fantasy, Loved It

Shadow Scale



Author:  Rachel Hartman

Genre:   Fantasy

Rating:   L

Synopsis: 
Seraphina took the literary world by storm with 8 starred reviews and numerous “Best of” lists. At last, her eagerly awaited sequel has arrived—and with it comes an epic battle between humans and dragons.
 
The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.
 
As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?

 Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion:  Wow!!!!  I didn’t see this ending coming at all!    I really enjoyed this last book.  I’m a little bit sad that the series is over.  I was hoping that this would be a trilogy at least.  The author covered a whole lot of territory in this book.  Given the amount that she covered, I was surprised that the book was so short.  It didn’t feel rushed though; she gave adequate depth to all the territory.  

Although this series is over, I would be very interested in reading other fantasy that she writes.