This was just so, so good.
So, I read the first four novels of this series in a rush this summer: His Majesty’s Dragon, Throne of Jade, Black Powder War, and Empire of Ivory. I started to read the fifth, but I needed a break, and thenI waited so long to write the reviews that I have had to just blend it all into one. But who would have guessed a book about the Napoleonic wars, but with dragons, would be so fun?
I finished this book months ago, and I think the passage of time has led me to review it a little more kindly than I initially would have, as I can see some of the themes that unify the series. I did not really love the first book, but this one was a bit better overall and is certainly a good second novel in what will presumably be a trilogy.
This book was one of my few impulse book purchases, drawn in my Martin’s name. It is an ok book, really, but vampire novels are not really up my alley. I am sure it would seem better if my mind wasn’t tainted by Twilight osmosis.
This is another book that I read months ago, and I am truthfully still uncertain about how I really felt about this book. It had some lovely moments, and some unlikeable characters, and kind of derails childhood dreams about the Potter version of magical education.
So, I finished these back in April, and have had one sentence written until I just reviewed in a rush this morning. I have about ten reviews waiting to be written. I feel the shame, particularly because I love this series and wish I could have written a much more eloquent review, months ago. Ah well.
While the pop culture references are fun, and the characters are kind of interesting, the story itself was predictable. A quest is a quest, whether it is in an 80s video game or a best selling novel.