M. Waller

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Fire: 2 (Graceling) by Kristin Cashore
Fire: 2 (Graceling) by Kristin Cashore
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Graceling, 15 Feb 2013
My imagination had a feast while I was reading this book. What a great world building. For a few days and while on holidays I lived in the land of colourful monsters, humans with rare talents and mind reading games.

Fire is this beautiful mutant who has a strange influence over people and can will them to do anything for her. And yet she is also vulnerable and sensitive. Fire must abandon her home and travel to King's City to use all her skills in order to help the king with preparations for the war against the neighbouring lands. Yet all is not as it seems at the royal court and even king Nash is not as honourable as expected.

I think Kirstin Cashore has perfected… Read more
Graceling: 1 by Kristin Cashore
Graceling: 1 by Kristin Cashore
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, 15 Feb 2013
I like the idea of a world where some lucky dwellers have been born with useful talents and some unlucky ones with useless talents, and others with dangerous ones. Katsa also has an exceptional skill, otherwise known as Grace. She is a gifted assassin. Interesting enough, Gracelings are marked with the eyes of two different colours and hence can be distinguished from the rest of the society.

The story held enough political drama, mystery and action to keep me interested in reading on. The Seven Kingdoms had great cultural diversity and with easy names such as Western, Sunder, Estill, Nander, Middluns, Monsea and Lienid, I quickly learnt the geography and followed the adventures… Read more
Bitterblue (Seven Kingdoms Trilogy 3) by Kristin Cashore
This story is told from the point of view of a teenage queen. Bitterblue finds fascination in the world outside the castle walls. She still bears emotional scars after losing her mother at a young age. She is naturally curious and determined to learn the truth - no matter how ugly - about her father's reign in Monsea. Cashore has captured really well Bitterblue's emotional dilemmas.

However, at times I could no longer connect with the teenage feelings and adventures of the main character and for me the plot just dragged on in many places. The saving grace of this book was the plausible conclusion and the clever re-introduction of Lady Fire into the story.

Overall,… Read more