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February 21, 2014 posted by Nichole

Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard

16239655A prince with a quest. A commoner with mysterious powers. And dragons that demand to be freed—at any cost.

Prince Corin has been chosen to free the dragons from their bondage to the Empire, but dragons aren’t big on directions. They have given him some of their power, but none of their knowledge. No one, not the dragons nor their riders, is even sure what keeps the dragons in the Empire’s control.

Tam, sensible daughter of a well-respected doctor, had no idea before she arrived in the capital that she is a Seer, gifted with visions. When the two run into each other (quite literally) in the library, sparks fly and Corin impulsively asks Tam to dinner. But it’s not all happily ever after. Never mind that the prince isn’t allowed to marry a commoner: war is coming to Caithen.

Torn between Corin’s quest to free the dragons and his duty to his country, the lovers must both figure out how to master their powers in order to save Caithen. With a little help from a village of secret wizards and a rogue dragonrider, they just might pull it off.

 

My Review:

Moth and Spark is a difficult book for me to review because I wasn’t all that interested in the book, but I was able to recognize how powerful the writing itself was. The first couple chapters were a bit confusing. There was a lot of world building going on, and it just took me awhile to catch up and figure out what was all going on and who was who. But even after I figured all of that out, I was just bored out of my mind. I never really felt the connection to the book or the characters that I wanted to. So it just fell a little flat for me.

I would have liked to see a little bit more of the dragons in Moth and Spark. For most of the book, especially during the first half, I felt like they were really lacking from the story. Since that was initially what made me want to read the book, I was a little disappointed. I wanted to see powerful, fire crazed dragons and battles and fights to the death. The book itself is a little more relaxed that that.

Another thing that bothered me in Moth and Spark was that it read more as a historical fiction than a high fantasy book. Not that I don’t enjoy reading historical fiction every now and then, but I would have preferred more fantasy aspects in this one. Maybe more magic, sorcerers and dragons would have made this one a little more entertaining for me.

On a more positive note, the relationship between Corin and Tam was absolutely adorable. I loved watching that relationship progress. My only complaint was that it took a little bit for that relationship to even start up. By that point, I was already bored and their relationship wasn’t enough to save the book.

I’m looking at Goodreads, and I see that this book has a bunch of 4 and 5 star reviews. And you know what? I totally understand that. The writing itself in Moth and Spark is amazing. This is a book that I could totally see as a movie. And a damn good movie at that. I’m talking Lord of the Rings here. And for that reason, I am not going to rate this book. I do not believe that it deserves a poor rating. Was it for me? No. But will this be someone’s favorite book? Absolutely.

 

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Pages: 384

Publication Date: February 20th 2014

Publisher: Viking Adult

Rating: N/A

 

Read below for an interview with Anne Leonard:

Moth and Spark is your debut novel. Why did you set out to write a fantasy in your first go around? Are there particular aspects to the genre that you find inherently fascinating?

Moth and Spark is my debut, but not my first book – there’s a large manuscript stack of others. I’ve always written fantasy. It started because that was what I loved to read as a kid, and it continued because I like making up worlds and because I’m interested in the issues of societal power and justice that fantasy can engage with. Why do leaders make the choices that they do? What gets wars started? Does power corrupt? What about family dynamics in royal families? The unpublished book whose writing preceded Moth and Spark had a character trying to overcome his father’s legacy as a tyrant, and that’s certainly a question I want to explore more.

You have, to put it simply, a lot of degrees—a BA, an MFA, a PhD, and a Law degree. How has your background in higher education informed your writing? Is there one degree that influenced the conception of Moth and Spark? 

None influenced the conception of Moth and Spark directly, but certainly my education played into my writing. My BA at St. John’s gave me a broad awareness of ideas and concepts about the world, both philosophical and scientific, and the lit Ph.D. built upon this with a narrower, deeper focus into how readers engage with stories. My MFA is in fiction, so I learned a lot of my craft there, and when I was revising Moth and Spark I kept remembering things I’d been told in workshops 20 years earlier. As for the law degree, one of the reasons I went to law school was that I realized my fantasy fiction was starting to have legal arguments about power and justice in it, and I decided that if that was what I was going to write, I should be paid accordingly. I started Moth and Spark the summer before law school, and then worked on it while in school and then in practice. I had to keep legal concepts from contaminating it (especially medieval property law). Reading cases is great for any writer, though, because they are stories of conflict and resolution laid bare.

Dragons play a large role in the book and, in many ways, have become a powerful symbol for the fantasy genre. What is it about dragons and other medieval creatures that appeal to you? 

Well, everybody seems to love dragons! Sentient flying beasts that can breathe fire – how cool is that? I think the thing about dragons is that they seem more possible than other mythical creatures, such as hippogriffs, because we had the dinosaurs. When you go into a natural history museum and look at a T. rex skeleton, it’s scary and impressive and amazing, and it just seems like if that could exists dragons should too. (I suppose this thinking could apply to unicorns, but horses are just so ordinary and dinosaurs are not.) Also, dragons are bigger and smarter and more powerful than humans, but they have their dragonish ways that makes them different from humans, and it’s fun to play around with those differences.

From the visceral descriptions of Caithen to The Firekeepers, Seers, and the other magical characters inhabiting this book, the world you’ve created in Moth and Spark is lush with detail and wonderfully imaginative. How did you begin creating this world?

The book basically began as a book just for me – I’d thrown in the towel on trying to get published for a while and had decided to go to law school so I could make some money writing something more interesting than web copy.  I realized I had this fantasy romance Cinderella-type story that had been trying so hard to get out that it was hijacking all my other fiction, so I should just write it. Therefore I went with a fairly traditional European style fantasy setting – the conventions were all part of the story. But I updated it to more or less the early 1800s, and then I pulled a lot of details from 19th century novels and other materials. Some stuff is based on Greek mythology and literature. Some is from my own observations. My hobby is photography, and I have an eye pretty well-trained to see details and notice patterns. I looked at pictures of things online when I wanted to describe something I didn’t know well, and I spent a fair amount of time on Wikipedia finding out about poisons and medicines and weaponry and horses and . . .  The Internet definitely helped my research.

There are various magical powers or items in Moth and Spark that the characters wield or use. If you had to choose one magical power or item to have at your disposal, what would it be? 

For good or for evil? (Laughs maniacally.) The ability to cast illusions would be pretty great, and of course I’d like to play with fire, but I think the thing that I would really want is the ability to use visions to see the past. I’m a person who is more inclined toward finding things out than manipulating the world, so seeing the past, even just in snatches, would be amazing. This use of visions is more implied than spelled out in the book, because the characters are learning about it too, but that’s the underlying magic that could be tapped and used.

Name one fantasy writer and one non-fantasy writer that have influenced your own writing.

One fantasy writer is J.R.R. Tolkien, but not for the reasons most people have. When I go back to reread the Lord of the Rings, what I really pay attention to is his use of detail – it’s very plain language but extremely vivid, and I consciously used it as a model in writing this book. My favorite sentence in the Trilogy is this one from Fellowship: “The sky spoke of rain to come; but the light was broadening quickly, and the red flowers of the beans began to glow against the wet green leaves.” It’s so simple and vivid at the same time, and not bloated with adjectives at all. Without a really well-grounded normal world, strange and exotic things tend to just be confusing.

One non-fantasy writer would have to be W.B. Yeats, especially his earlier, more mythic poetry. Again, he is fabulous with detail and language. When I get stuck on something I’m writing, I pull out my Yeats and read through and usually it loosens a block. (I find that poetry does that generally, but Yeats is my favorite.) And there are some specific poems of his that I used for inspiration while writing Moth and Spark; one (“Byzantium”) is quoted at the beginning of the book.

Who would be in your dream book club?

This is actually a really tough question, because college and graduate school was like one long unending book club, and I’m not sure I want another one. But, dead people with whom it would be fun to talk books are E.B. White, Raymond Chandler, Mark Twain, George Eliot, and E. Nesbit.  Among the living let’s have A.S. Byatt, Stephen King, Toni Morrison, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Mary Doria Russell.

What are you working on now?

I don’t like to talk too much about anything I am currently writing, because there’s always the chance it will wither on the vine, but I am working on what is technically a sequel to Moth and Spark. Moth and Spark is a standalone, and lots of people seem thrilled by that (editors, are you listening?), and ideally this other book would be a standalone too, though chronologically about 6 months after the events of Moth and Spark. It’s a very different, darker story and I’m experimenting some with structure, so it’s not a carbon-copy by any means. After that I want to do an SF dystopia about drought, which I got the idea for in a California Water Law class. As a writer, I don’t want to keep telling the same story – I want to stretch and write as many different stories and worlds as I can.

Hidden – Sophie Jordan
Fantasy
October 15, 2012 posted by Nichole

Hidden – Sophie Jordan

Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the “prince” of their pride. But she resisted long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian’s sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory.

The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself, though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control. As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian can carry out their part of the plan, there’s no guarantee they’ll all make it out alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be only the beginning….

Loyalties are tested and sacrifices made in the explosive conclusion to Sophie Jordan’s Firelight trilogy.

After the startling ending of Vanish, Hidden resumes with Jacinda and friends on a mission to rescue Miram from a horrible fate. The plan? Sending Jacinda into the Enkros laboratory to rescue her from the inside. Except things don’t go quite as planned, and Jacinda finds out way more about what the Enkros have been up to than she bargained for.

In this epic conclusion of the Firelight series, Jacinda and friends experience love, fear, betrayal and sadness. Join in this whirlwind of emotions and watch as the secrets unfold.

After reading the first two books in the Firelight trilogy, I have to admit that I was not eager to pick up Hidden. While I found the first book to be an entertaining journey, I found the second to be so offensive that I was afraid that I would not be able to bring an open mind to the last book. Instead, I am so relieved to tell you all that I adored this book.

Hidden definitely starts out with a bang. The action starts on page one and continues till the very last page. I devoured it in a little over a day, and I’m finding myself in a mourning stage, as there is no more to read. Unlike the last book in the series, Vanish, Hidden takes place in many different locations. I really enjoyed the different settings, new characters, and shocking twists that I did not see coming.

Yet again, I had a major problem with the relationship between Will and Jacinda. Will didn’t offend me nearly as much as he did in the previous two books, but the damage was already done. I ended up wanting to skip pages that revolved around their romance, as I found myself a little disgusted. I know that there are a lot of fans of Will out there, but I still can’t help but believe that Jacinda chose the wrong guy.

Another problem I had with the book was that I thought it needed to be longer. Yes, I wanted it to be longer because I really enjoyed the storyline, but I felt that it actually needed to be longer due to the fact that it seemed a little squished together. This didn’t really take away from the storyline, but a lot of things happened very fast and could have been spaced out better.

I really enjoyed all of the twists and unexpected events that happened throughout this book. As soon as I thought that one thing was going to happen, a whole other thing occurred. Sophie Jordan was definitely trying to take a turn from the traditional, predictable series. My only complaint is that I guessed who made the ultimate betrayal as soon as it was mentioned. I was a little disappointed that I was right. I hate being right about who the major bad guy is. I want to be wrong every now and then.

Fans of this series will love that the ending of this book is set up perfectly for a spin off series. While I love Jacinda, she’s not one of my top favorite characters, and I’m really excited to see if Sophie Jordan will do what I think she will do. I would love to read more about the other characters, especially when this series ended on such a strong note.

One thing that hooked me to the Firelight series was the concept of shape shifting dragons. It’s definitely not something that I’ve ever read about before, and I have to give props to Sophie Jordan for thinking of it and executing it well. Fans of Andrea Cremer and Nina Berry will fall head over heels for this series. It’s a must read!

Pages: 272

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publication Date: September 11, 2012

Rating: : ★★★½☆

 

Teaser Quote: “Hi,” I return, gesturing to the fish. “Nice catch.”
“Yeah. I’m kind of impressed with myself. I always thought redheads were sexy.”
“Ha-ha. I meant the fish.”
“Ah. Yes.” 

 

Waiting on Wednesday (14)
Waiting on Wednesday
September 5, 2012 posted by Nichole

Waiting on Wednesday (14)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

 

Hidden by Sophie Jordan

Published by HarperTEEN

To be released on September 11, 2012

Vanish – Sophie Jordan
Fantasy
August 26, 2012 posted by Nichole

Vanish – Sophie Jordan

An impossible romance.

Bitter rivalries.

Deadly choices.

To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone.

Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?

In the sequel to Firelight, Jacinda is now back with her Pride, where she is being shunned from the rest of her community. Mysterious events surround her sister, and Jacinda is afraid that Will will not remember her after being shaded. Her mother is being over worked and is turning into a recluse and an alcoholic. Life is not going the way Jacinda planned.

What you probably cannot tell from my very short description of Vanish is that a lot actually happens throughout the book. So, why is my description so short? Well, not much really happens during the first 100 pages. Things start happening after that, but I feel, at that point, you guys might want to be a little surprised. I know that I would.

I had very strong issues with this book. While I enjoyed the first book, Firelight, I found that this book targeted a lot of my triggers and attracted my feminist side. For almost all of this book, men were in charge and women had little to no say in the events that surrounded their lives. There were several things brought up in this book that hinted at rape. For example, the Pride leader, Severin, basically told Jacinda that he would force people on her in order to get some little fire breathing dragons born. Every time that this was brought up (and it happened often), I instantly thought of gang rape. I was not ok with this being in a young adult book, and I would have appreciated some warning, as it stirred up a lot of bad things inside of me. I rarely ever have this strong of an emotion about a book, but I had a really hard time finishing it.

While I liked Will in the first book, I couldn’t stand him in Vanish. He reminded me a lot of Shay from Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade series. Those of you who have read my reviews of the Nightshade series know how offensive I found Shay’s character to be. Thankfully, Will did not have very many scenes in Vanish, but he really bothered me whenever he was introduced.

Jacinda lost the spark that she had during Firelight. She became very depressed, and I’m honestly shocked that she didn’t try and commit suicide at some point during the book. Cassian even mentioned that she should be on suicide watch, and I completely agreed with him. Her character was not setting a good example for all of the young, impressionable girls out there. Just because you’re not with the guy you want to be with does not mean that your life is at an end. Let’s be honest, if you’re a teenager, you’re probably not going to stay with the guy you’re with forever. You will move on even if you don’t think that’s possible yet.

Jacinda’s mother also really got on my nerves. In the first book, the mom had her mind set to kill off Jacinda’s draki. Even though I was very angry with her for doing what she did to Jacinda, I understood and appreciated that she was strong. She had the strength to save her girls, to make safe arrangements for them, etc. She lost all of her strength in the second book. The mom basically went to work for two shifts, came home, didn’t eat dinner and went to bed with some alcohol. She barely even communicated with her girls, and I’m honestly surprised she survived the whole story.

Overall, I did not like this book at all. It really targeted a lot of triggers, which I did not appreciate. Fans of Kelley Armstrong, Andrea Cremer, and Nina Berry will definitely enjoy the first book, Firelight, but I honestly cannot bring myself to recommend this book.

Pages: 294

Publication Date: September 6, 2011

Publisher: HarperTeen

Rating: : ★☆☆☆☆

 

Teaser Quote: “Her gossamer wings snap behind her, the jagged tips peeking above her silvery shoulders.”

Firelight – Sophie Jordan
Fantasy
August 20, 2012 posted by Nichole

Firelight – Sophie Jordan

A hidden truth. 
Mortal enemies. 
Doomed love.

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki, a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.

Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will’s dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away —if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She’ll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.

Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.

Far away in the mountains lives the Draki Pride, a group of dragon shapeshifters who roam the world in secret. Among them lives Jacinda, a fire-breathing draki who has a very hard time following the laws of the Pride. One day Jacinda and her best friend, Az, break one of the most sacred rules among their Pride: They fly in the daylight. While they may not like to acknowledge it, this rule is there for a reason, as they soon find out when hunters chase them down during their afternoon flight. Jacinda’s life is spared, however, when a young hunter, Will, decides to spare Jacinda’s life.

On the outs with her fellow Pride, Jacinda’s mother forces her and her sister, Tamra, to flee in the middle of the night to a remote desert far away from the Pride. Here, Jacinda’s mother is convinced that they need to start a fresh, normal life, even if that means that Jacinda must kill off her draki. Things don’t go as smoothly as Jacinda’s mom may hope for, though, when Jacinda learns that Will and the rest of his family live in the town her mother brought them to.  Now Jacinda is struggling with an intense desire for Will, something that she is not prepared to handle. But Will seems to be the only thing in this dry desert that can keep her draki alive.

What will Jacinda do for love?

 

I am fascinated with the concept of shapeshifters, So, when I found out that there was a whole series dedicated to dragon shapeshifters, I was completely on board. The action in this book started right off the bat. I was about five pages into the book before my heart started pounding, and I was racing with Jacinda and Az in the sky. I found myself jumping and jerking, doing everything in my power (which wasn’t very much, obviously) to get the two girls into safety.

I was a really big fan of the main character, Jacinda. I enjoyed reading about a girl who didn’t follow the rules all the time. I also had a lot of empathy for her. I understood her desire to be free and not bow down to the will of others. I felt her agony over being in a completely new school, with people she never met before. Overall, I think that she handled the situation as best as she could. I was really proud of her throughout the whole book.

I cannot express how much I hated Jacinda’s mother. I thought that it was completely hideous that her mom was trying to force her to kill a part of herself. Everytime that Jacinda begged, cried, pleaded with her mother, or expressed how much killing off her draki hurt, her mother either expressed disappointment or anger. I’m sorry, but you’re upset that you’re daughter is complaining that you are physically causing her pain? Really? That upsets you? I almost couldn’t finish the book because of the mom. I found it appalling. Jacinda’s sister, Tamra, was not much better. She constantly raged at Jacinda, threatening to never forgive her if she didn’t kill off her draki. Everyone should feel comfortable with themselves, especially in their families. I would never put up with someone talking to me like that, and it really bothered me that it was happening in the book.

I was not a fan of the love triangle in the book. It’s barely there during the first book, Firelight, but there are mentions of it and it’s pretty much inevitable. I have to warn everyone that Sophie Jordan pulls an Andrea Cremer. It’s not that kind of storyline where you don’t know who the heroine is going to end up with. Instead, it’s that kind of storyline where the author flaunts another male character in your face, makes several people fall in love with him, and makes it clear that that will never happen.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. There were plenty of times that I almost gave it four stars, but I settled on three and a half. Fans of Kelley Armstrong, Andrea Cremer, and Nina Berry will really enjoy reading this book.

Pages: 326

Publication Date: September 7, 2010

Publisher: HarperTeen

Rating: : ★★★½☆

 

Teaser Quote: “‘You mean I’ll be dead,’ I insert accusingly. ‘Why don’t you say what you mean? You mean that my draki will soon be dead. Can’t you ever stop? Quit acting like killing a part of me…killing me is this inevitable thing that you’re happy about. Why can’t you just accept me for me?'”

 

Eldest: An Inheritance Cycle novel – Christopher Paolini
Book Reviews
December 9, 2009 posted by Katie

Eldest: An Inheritance Cycle novel – Christopher Paolini

Darkness falls…despair abounds…evil reigns.

Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is the journey of a lifetime, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn’t sure whom he can trust.

Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle back home in Carvahall – one that puts Eragon in even graver danger…

The rebel freedom fighters, the Varden, has just won their first confrontation with Galbatorix’s army, Eragon has defeated the Shade Durza with the help of Saphira and Arya earning him a new name – Eragon Shadeslayer. Murtagh has finally gained the trust of the Varden and Hrothgar, king of the Dwarves. Yet as everything seems to be looking positive for a while, the Varden are given a final blow. Ajihad, leader of the Varden, is betrayed by two of his closest advisors, and is killed on the very day the Varden are celebrating. A day of victory becomes a day of mourning. Along with this, Murtagh is kidnapped and clouded by a spell, making it impossible for Eragon to know if he is alive or dead. With the leadership of the Varden and their magicians in doubt, Eragon finds himself being wormed deeper into politics of the rebel army. Forced by the new leader to sear fealty to them and not the Varden, Eragon is beginning to gather more oaths then he is able to bear.

The Varden decided to move. Heading to near-by Surda to start their campaign against King Galbatorix, there is limited time for Eragon to learn what he needs to know, and the place he needs to learn it, is on the opposite side of the Empire. In the ancient city of the elves, Eragon receives instruction from a surprising teacher, being schooled in the finer points of magic, the ancient language and swordsmanship, yet even under the most careful tutorage, an old injury is holding Eragon back. As Eragon struggles with his new education, people in his past being to capture the attention of the Empire.

Roran, Eragon’s cousin, is faced with the tough decision that will define the rest of his life – to stay and Carvahall and fight a lost battle, or to move the whole town and to seek help in Surda, where members of Carvahall have only heard whisper’s of the legendary Varden. It is a decision that will cost Roran in more ways than one.

Eldest is the second instalment in Christopher Paolini’s the Inheritance Cycle, and starts right where Eragon left off. In Eldest we are now following three different points of view and three separate storylines, as Paolini introduces even further complications and obstacles in the path of all characters in the plot. We have Eragon and the elves, Roran and the people of Carvahall and Nasuada and the Varden. With three distinct and different series of events, it is easy to get lost in story, and Paolini’s handle on the multiple viewpoints rarely left me struggling for understanding.

Eragon’s character continues to develop, and in Eldest we glimpse many of Eragon’s future problems and being to get a grasp on the extreme and vast differences between the three cultures. Eragon’s attempt at trying to master these three cultures sometimes gets him into a spot of bother, and it is these moments of insecurity and failure that allowed me to connect with Eragon on a personal level – they are mistakes that I would have done in his place. The relationship between Eragon and Arya develops to a new level, and while I feel I know where this will end up, it seems that there will be some twists and turns to see it arrive in that place.

We are re-introduced to Roran, and he, along with the Carvahall villager’s, plays a much larger role in this novel than in Eragon. Roran, for me, lacked as a character. He seemed to be driven by one singular thought, and lacked reason or compassion for people around him. That being said, it was these characteristics that drove his plot and story, I just found his point of view difficult and trying to read from.

Eldest is filled with a lot more darkness and evil than seen in Eragon, slowing highlighting the true horror of Galbatorix’s reign on Alegaesia. Captivating from the shock beginning to the even more shocking ending, Eldest is the must read sequel for fans of Eragon. A truly compelling page-turner that had me reading from the first page, to the last.

Rating:: ★★★★☆