This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the first in a series I stumbled across recently in my local library. It’s Dragon Marked, Book 01 of the Supernatural Prison series, by Jaymin Eve!
Plot Synopsis: There are supernatural prisons hidden across the globe. Contained within these fortresses are some of the deadliest criminals from the five supernatural races: vampire, shifter, fey, magic users and demi-fey. Jessa Lebron, twenty-two, has spent her entire life in Stratford, Connecticut, one of the gateway towns adjoining these prisons which protect the fortified borders. She’s a wolf shifter, and her father leads the town council. She learns that much of her life has been hidden from her, secrets which threaten to tear apart the very fabric of her world. Especially the biggest secret of them all.
Plot: The plot is fairly good, it’s nothing like Sanderson levels of amazing, but it’s hundreds of times better than something like Twilight. This all being said I had a fun time with this book and I’m looking forward to enjoying the rest of the series.
Characters: The cast of characters is pretty interesting, although my favorite is probably Jessa because of her take no bullshit attitude. That being said the Compass brothers are pretty awesome too. The rest of the cast is great, although there are some things that could probably be improved with some of the other side characters.
Overall: This was a fairly fun book, probably a great read for young adult readers. More mature readers may find it less appealing.
For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Magic, Vampires, Dragons, Shapeshifters, Fae, Good Plot, Interesting Cast of Characters.
This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m going to cover the beginning set of chapters to a series by the author of Douluo Dalu! It’s Divine Throne Chapters 1-40 by Tang Jia San Shao!
Plot Synopsis: While the demons were rising, mankind was about to become extinct. Six temples rose, and protected the last of mankind. A young boy named Long Haochen trains to become a Knight to help his mother…
Plot: The plot of Divine Throne is pretty awesome, and while it definitely has some similarities to some Western Fantasy it also has some distinctly Chinese themes as well. Of all the Chinese Web Novels I’ve read, Divine Throne might just be one of my favorite ones of all time due to the plot and characters.
Characters: Haochen is a pretty bright kid, and these first few chapters let us get to know him as he grows up training to become a capable Knight to protect his Mother. The rest of the cast is great, but I’ll leave specific favorites till the next set of chapters. That being said Li Xin is a pretty awesome side character.
Overall: This is an excellent series and a must read for any Fantasy fans.
For those who like: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Romance, Drama, Great Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.
This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the first in a series I just found recently. It’s Dragons of Dorcastle, Pillars of Reality Book 01, by Jack Campbell
Plot Synopsis: For centuries, the two Great Guilds have controlled the world of Dematr. The Mechanics and the Mages have been bitter rivals, agreeing only on the need to keep the world they rule from changing. But now a storm approaches that could sweep everything away.
Plot: The plot starts off pretty quickly and it stays sudden for the rest of the book, which is great. It looks to be an interesting and engaging start to a series that looks to be very promising. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
Characters: Mari and Alain are our two leads and PoV characters. Alain is quite interesting for his character flaws, but Mari is just a kick ass female lead and frequent readers of this column will know I love that. The rest of the rather small cast is interesting, but I enjoy the leads the most.
Overall: This may seem cliched, and does fall into some pretty standard tropes. Despite all this it still is engaging and fun to read.
For those who like: Steampunk, Magic, Fantasy, Drama, Action, Excellent Cast of Characters, Fantastic Plot.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you hate that?
This week we are going over one of the newest series I’m listening to it’s the Alex Verus series by Benedict Jacka.
Plot Synopsis: Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex’s own powers aren’t as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future–allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success.
But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever’s inside must be beyond powerful. And thanks to his abilities, Alex can predict that by taking the job, his odds of survival are about to go from slim to none…
Plot: This is quite similar to The Dresden Files, however Alex doesn’t get to throw fireballs or summon windstorms to pummel his foes into submission. Instead he only has one type of magic and it’s the ability to see into the future. It’s quite an interesting perspective as he has to use his head much more than Harry Dresden does, Harry might be awesome but he’s kind of a dunce sometimes. If I had to compare it to an anime series, the Alex Verus series is like Log Horizon, while The Dresden Files are Sword Art Online. Anyways I’m currently in the middle of listening to the second book, but so far I’m really enjoying this series.
Characters: Alex has to use his brains to outwit more conventional mages, like Elemental mages who can burn him to a crisp, and while he has some interesting and powerful friends, like Starbreeze the air elemental who can travel around the world in mere hours, they are just as flawed as he is. Starbreeze for example has the memory of a goldfish, tell her something and she’s apt to forget it in 5 seconds.
Overall: For those who like Urban Fantasy or The Dresden Files specifically you’ll love this series.
For those who like: Magic, A Protagonist who uses his head more than brawn, The Dresden Files, Urban Fantasy.