Hi guys, how are you all? I hope you are have a nice weekend ahead of you. Anyway I have 2 mini series reviews to share today. I quite like doing these mini series reviews as it think it’s a great way to share my thoughts with you guys. To be honest I don’t really have much else to say so I’m just going to start with the reviews.
Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom / Leigh Bardguo / ★★★.5
This is a YA fantasy duology following a group of criminals. I am sure you guys have at least heard of these books as they have been pretty popular in the bookish community – alot of people love this series. While I definitely enjoyed these books, I didn’t love them. I had been debating whether or not to read the first book for a while – I wasn’t a huge fan of the Grisha trilogy and there was quite a lot of hype around it. I was pleasantly surprised by this. The plot of the first book is not really a heist story – it’s more of a rescue story. The plot of both books were engaging, although I think overall the story could have been a bit shorter. It is quite slow at times and I did find it dragged a bit. To be honest they were also some plot holes throughout. One thing I will quickly say about the plot of the second (without spoiling anything) is that one major event is completely pointless, in my opinion. For those who’ve read it, you’ll know the event I’m talking about. It was so out of nowhere and out of place, I just don’t understand why it happened. The best thing about this duology is definitely the characters. I love the diverse cast and their relationships with each other – Inej is a new favourite of mine. I think they were all well written, although perhaps a little underdeveloped. I will say that the narration style did leave me feeling a bit disconnected from the characters though. I would say none of the characters act their age – Kaz is supposedly 16/17 and I just really don’t see it. They all seem like their in the 20s or 30s. Generally these are enjoyable reads and I am definitely in the minority here. A lot of people adore this series. For me the first book was probably better than the second but they were both good.
Theft of Swords, Rise of the Empire and Heir of Novron / Michael J Sullivan / ★★★★
This is a six book high fantasy series that has been published in three volumes. We follow Royce (a thief) and Hadrian (a mercenary) who end up running for their lives when they are framed for killing the king. I absolutely love this series – it is so fun, entertaining and enjoyable. The characters are fantastic and so well written. The relationship between Royce and Hadrian is one of my favourite things about this series. They have this amazing friendship which makes the books so fun to read. The world building is another good thing about these books. I will say it’s probably not the best in fantasy books that I’ve read but it is still well done. The writing is great, which makes it so easy to get into. I was hooked from very early and always wanted to continue reading once I’d picked it up, if that makes sense. The pacing is also done well. Sullivan is great at creating tension and keeping you guessing at the plot. It’s pretty traditional in terms of the fantasy genre, but it does it very well. Overall I think this is a fantastic series. If you are a fan of high fantasy and are looking for a new series to start, than I highly recommend checking this series out. I think this is also a really good place to start with reading fantasy, as it is a pretty light fantasy series – it’s not dense like the Lord of the Rings trilogy for example. I also really enjoyed the prequel series, the Riyria Chronicles.
That is all I have for you guys today. I’m sure you’re not surprised that I’m talking about more fantasy books for these reviews :). If you’ve read these books, I’d love to know what you thought of them. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.