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- Listening Length: 14 hours and 11 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Scholastic Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 4 Oct. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FMKZS6E
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This was a bit disappointing. Mostly I feel that it felt rushed. This was such a huge topic. Without careering into being dull, this could easily have been two books of the same length. The political intrigue and the horrors of war necessitated that. That's before you even get into the complex inter character relationships. I wanted to be fully immersed in this story, instead it felt like I was constantly being jerked out to skim over the surface like a fresh water boatman while in the tantalizing depths below, glimmers of intrigue and interest were out of my reach.
I don't believe this was the fault of the author per se. It feels over edited. It also smacks of 'this is YA, you can't include that.' It was frustrating. We already know that something very bad happens to all three of them from Will of the Empress. We needed to understand why.
Potential SPOILER ALERT!
The plot point that annoyed me was the way that the three MCs were divided. It wasn't necessary and it didn't feel likely. Rosethorn's mission seemed very tacked on. That entire thread could have been removed instead if some of the gritty stuff that clearly was removed, and it would have been a more streamlined story. I also don't believe that Briar would have just left Evvy after caring for her for so long, especially given her past. There was not enough description or use of the mages ambient magics. It was all overcast by the the general battle.Read more ›
Battle Magic is the latest book from this universe, and fills in the gaps mentioned in The Will of the Empress and Melting Stones. It concerns Briar, a plant mage from the original four children, and his travels with Rosethorn, his teacher and fellow pant mage, and Evvy, a child stone mage. They travel to Yanjing and Gyongxe, lands similar to Eastern Asia in culture. They are caught up in a war as the Yanjingi emperor tries to conquer Gyongxe.
I loved this book from the first page to the last. Reading about some of my favourite characters and going with them on a journey of determination, pain, loss, duty and friendship. The characters were true to their previous iterations and behaved as I would expect them to. This book was my equivalent of a large duvet and a cup of hot chocolate: it comforted me and kept me feeling all warm and content.
That said, as much as I enjoyed this novel, I’m not sure how much of it would make sense without reading the previous books in the series. Much of the plot relies on previous knowledge of these characters and their skills and without this certain parts of the story would not make sense. I would urge people who think this book sounds like something they would enjoy to read the previous books. They are all considered young adult fantasy but I feel they would be suitable for any age.Read more ›
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