The Iron Knight

This book actually came out a few months ago, and I’m ashamed to say that I just now got around to reading it. The Iron Knight, by Julie Kagawa, is the fourth and final (?) installment of the Iron Fey series.

I was a bit disappointed at how the last book, The Iron Queen, ended. I really wanted there to be a happy ending! The Iron Knight began where the previous book left off, with Meghan in the Iron Realm, and Ash and Puck still in their respective courts. As normal fey, iron was lethal to them. Even though he knows that trying to be with her might very well kill him, Ash is determined to find a way to be with his love.

Ash and Puck finally find Grimalkin, that sassy and adorable feline, who acts as a bit of a guide in Ash’s quest to obtain a soul. As a Winter fey, he knows he cannot survive in the Iron Realm, but as a human, with a soul, it would be possible. He is, quite literally, on a journey to the end of the world, encountering places in the Nevernever that have been long forgotten, or considered myths.

There are certain events along the way that make Ash question his decision, bringing back powerful memories and feelings from his past. But the promise that he made to Meghan cannot be broken, so he decides to continue on the path he had previously chosen. When he finally reaches the end of the world, he must be tested. These tests are brutal and force him to realize what it means to be human. His body will become weak, his reflexes slower, his senses dulled. And after a lifetime of this, he will die. To be human is to be mortal. When he understands this, he is forced to consider all the implications of his decision.

While I won’t ruin the ending by including any spoilers, I will say that I liked the ending to this book and the series much better than the end of the last book, (and the initial ending of the series). There were quite a few heart wrenching moments in the story, and during some parts, I couldn’t see any way for the story to end well. Ash seemed trapped and destined to be apart from Meghan, but he still actively looked for a solution. And there was more than one instance of true love, and the sacrifices made for it.

I sincerely love the author’s writing style and the way she can put so much feeling and emotion into the words. I’m sad to say goodbye to Ash, Puck, and Meghan, but they have the promise of a full life teeming with possibilities ahead. And I’m looking forward to reading Julie Kagawa’s new series, the first book of which is scheduled to be released this April.

Nook

My husband got me a NookColor for Christmas, and I’ve finally gotten around to reading my first nook book on it. I have to say, I was definitely skeptical at first. I love the feel and smell and the whole experience of having a real book in my hands. I just thought the Nook, or any e-reader, would be a poor substitution for that. I did buy a cover for it, though, to try to make it feel more like a real book. I don’t know if it feels more like a real book or not, but it is pretty.

So, after reading my first book on my Nook, I can definitely say that I didn’t hate it. However, with the NookColor, it was still like looking at a computer screen. I could’ve just asked for the original Nook, but I really liked the LendMe function, so this is why I wanted the NookColor. I like that there are so many e-books that can be downloaded for free. I have quite a few of the classics so far, in addition to the Bible and some other free books that looked like something I might enjoy.

I definitely do not see myself converting my library into an electronic one. I love my hardcopies too much. However, I will be willing to pay for a few e-books when I travel. I think this will be the main advantage of having a Nook.

There is one thing I don’t understand though. Why are some e-books more expensive than paperbacks? Not as if I would buy a paperback, though, unless it was a book I really wanted that was just not published in hardcover. And if a person is going to spend between $20 and $30 for a nice hardcover, wouldn’t it be nice if that included a certificate or code for a free, or even a low priced, e-book of the same thing? I mean, it’s already been purchased. There are DVD combo packs with more than one movie format, now. Why should books be any different?

I’d definitely be interested to see what the publishing industry has to say about that idea.

A Million Suns

After enjoying Across the Universe so much, I was very excited to read the sequel, A Million Suns, by Beth Revis. And again, the cover was gorgeous.

The story basically picks up where Across the Universe left off. Again, the chapters alternated between being narrated by Amy and Elder, which was nice because the reader could see their different perspectives. Elder is faced with the challenge of leading the ship without using drugs to control people, discovering that it’s very difficult to lead people who have ideas of their own and have realized that they can do whatever they want. It causes no end of trouble for him. Amy also has some problems of her own. She misses her parents, who are still frozen, and regarded as a freak by nearly everyone onboard Godspeed, doesn’t see how she can bear to live the rest of her life trapped between its walls. And Elder is the only one on board who is her own age, who doesn’t see her as a freak. But just because he is the only option, does it mean that she should choose to love him? Or would she love him if he were one choice out of many?

Also, Orion, the one who attempted to murder the frozens, has been frozen himself, but somehow, he has managed to leave clues behind for Amy, essentially a scavenger hunt, in order for her to discover the truth. Orion apparently believed that there was a choice to be made, and Amy, as the only one onboard who has both lived in the starship as well as on a planet, is the only one that really has the necessary information and experience to make it.

Full of small, and a large, mystery, A Million Suns, was definitely an entertaining read. I didn’t find myself very emotionally involved with the characters as I have in other books, but maybe that’s because the story had lots of action and was centered around the mystery instead of the love story. Really, things aboard Godspeed were much to hectic for there to be much time for Elder and Amy to have very much of a love story. Hopefully, that will change in the third book, which is due out next year. But based on how this book ended, and the events that promise to unfold, I don’t see how book three will be any less action packed.

 

Acheron

A friend gave me a copy of Acheron, by Sherrilyn Kenyon, a few months ago, insisting that I read it. I’d heard good things  about this author, mainly from the person who gave me the book, but still had a few qualms about reading it. Mainly, that it was a book that was listed as being in the middle of a series. And who wants to start a series in the middle? I was told that the book could stand alone, and really, it could be viewed as the first book in a way, too, so I got over my indecision and finally read it. It was amazing.

This book is a part of the Dark-Hunter series, and even though I don’t exactly know all that this title entails, it is about the leader, Acheron, and his beginnings. Essentially, the book is two stories in one.

The first part tells of how Acheron was a god born in human form about 11,000 years ago. Inspiring the fear and hate of his human family, except his sister Ryssa, he was sent to his uncle’s estate in Atlantis, where he was used as a sex slave and abused in every way imaginable. Finally, he is “rescued” from this prison, exchanging it for another. The only real love he knows is that of his sister, and it is not enough. A goddess, Artemis, notices him, and “befriends” him. However, their friendship doesn’t last long, deteriorating into the master-slave relationship that is really all Acheron has ever known. Even after he discovers that he is a god, with powers of his own, Artemis won’t openly claim him, still treating him as a whore, not allowing him to escape his past.

The second part of the story takes place mainly in present day New Orleans. Here, Acheron, or Ash as he now goes by, is shown to be the leader of the Dark Hunters. There is a scientist, Dr. Soteria Kafieri, known as Tory, who is on the verge of discovering Atlantis. She has found some artifacts, one of which is one of Ryssa’s journals. Knowing that the contents of his sister’s journals would expose him and bring to light all he has tried to keep hidden in the past, Ash publicly humiliates her and belittles her discovery and theories. A turn of events quickly reunite the two, and Tory and Ash fall in love. But loving a god, with a jealous goddess mistress, doesn’t come without risk and strife. But ultimately, their love prevails, and Tory acquires more-than-human powers herself. 

After reading Acheron, I’m definitely interested in reading the rest of the Dark-Hunter (and Dream-Hunter) series. But this time, I think I’ll start with book number one…