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Kael is a pirate king who has created his own image and then sends it up - he is a great character, strong when he needs to be but politically savvy and much loved. He meets Ishtear and rescues her from slavery and ill treatment. They are both supernaturally gifted but Ishtear more than her saviour. From being lower than low she has to learn to use her gifts and to find her place in this new society but the author makes sure we know how long it takes to recover from such ill-treatment and to reach the position of being able to trust again.
This is a self-contained story but I cannot believe that the author will not use this setting again because she has obviously taken a lot of time and effort to create it. The setting would have been useless, however, without the excellent characterisation and the deft touch which the author has with dialogue and with plot. The story is gripping and the people are excellent company.
This is very enjoyable if you like fantasy but even if that is not your genre I suggest giving this a try - the author has a lot to say about love, power, and oppression tied up in an excellent story.
I liked the world, and the sprinkle of norse words here and there did make it cool. And it does show the difference between places in this world.
First, the Chosen are those with a mark of a Healer, a warrior or a Seer and they learn their trade so to say at a school. Kael is a warrior and now a feared pirate, warlord, but he does it in service of his Emperor. So he is a good guy. Sure he says some wrong things when he first meets poor Ishtear, but he could not even imagine what she has been through.
Ishtaer our heroine, wow, some of the more damaged heroines of late. I did like how it was portrayed, she was broken, she was timid, after years of abuse you do not just snap out of it. Not if you are that broken. So it takes time. Sure she learns the ways fast after it, but hey if you got it you got it. I guess that is how the Chosen work. So I looked through my fingers with that.
The romance comes late. A slow friendship, getting to know each other, living their own lives. The romance is not the focus, no, she needs to find herself. He needs to learn that everyone can't be protected.
Magic, fighting, a cool world, I do feel that Kate Johnson needs to write about other people in this world. She is on to something here.
In Impossible things, we are introduced to Kael and a fantasy world full of Pirates and Warlords.
The mysterious Ishtaer appears and Kael is quickly intrigued. It is a very slow burn between them both; as they take their time bonding and ultimately healing each other emotionally.
Ishtaer is a wonderfully strong character. She is blinded, abused and psychically broken- but she is a fighter and doesn't give up easily.
This story has it all: Romance, Mystery, Action, Magic and prophecy. Even if you are not a fan of High Fantasy- reading Kate Johnson's Impossible things will make you one.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it. This unique fantasy book is fast paced and full of action. Once you pick it up it is hard to put down.
Kael is a bloodthirsty warlord/pirate, but right from the start he doesn't act it.
Ishtaer is a slave, and utterly powerless. But perhaps not.
This is a stunning fantasy with Kael's people being Norse-ish, and the ruling class being Roman-ish in structure. There is lots of detail in the world-building and supporting characters, and the plot had some utterly unexpected twists - I was in tears at one point.
I am twenty years past the book boyfriend stage, but Ms Johnson writes heroes I can happily dream about. Kael is a very complicated fella with very hidden depths.
A wonderful, well written story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've re-read this book several times and still enjoy it as much as the first time. If not more. It's so absorbing to not be able to stop reading. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Realistic story that draws you in to its twists and turns. The characters are well thought out and the book leaves you wanting for more.Published on 12 April 2015 by JCFalcon
A real page turner which kept my interest in a very entertaining way. Other reviews give an outline of what happens so just give it a go and be pleasantly surprised as I was.Published on 2 April 2015 by Amazon Customer
What a wonderful book. The writing, characters and world that have been created are amazingly engaging, and although I don't normally read books that have characters that have been... Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2015 by Amazon Customer
I’m a huuuge fan of Kate Johnson. She’s one of those great finds you just happen to stumble across on Amazon. Read morePublished on 1 Sept. 2014 by Holly
I struggled to get into Impossible Things at first - it was based in a world I didn't understand and it just didn't click in those first few chapters for me but as I stuck with it,... Read morePublished on 26 May 2014 by Kirsty at Book - Love - Bug
I absolutely loved this book! Kate Johnson has an amazing ability to create fantasy worlds that are so believable you feel you are there with the characters. Read morePublished on 6 April 2014 by P. C. Fenton
This book hooked me from the first page. A strange, but totally believable alternative world, a gorgeous hero and a wonderful heroine. What's not to like! Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2014 by fay cunningham
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