The Sky Weaver – Blog Tour

 

 

Hey all, bringing you a pretty awesome book review today, not the review really, the book itself. I mean let’s face it, I just fangirl screech incoherently but this book definitely deserves that sort of reaction.

Thanks to Gollancz for the chance to take part in this tour, gifting me the book in exchange for my honest review.

 

The Sky Weaver (Iskari, #3)

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GoodReads:
Lavish, romantic and magical, The Sky Weaver is a new standalone story set in the world of The Last Namsara – one that fans of Leigh Bardugo, Holly Black and Laini Taylor will flock to. . .
At the end of one world, there always lies another.
Safire, a soldier, knows her role in this world is to serve the King of Firgaard-helping to maintain the peace in her oft-troubled nation.
Eris, a deadly pirate, has no such conviction. Known as The Death Dancer for her ability to evade even the most determined of pursuers, she possesses a superhuman ability to move between worlds.
When one can roam from dimension to dimension, can one ever be home? Can love and loyalty truly exist?
Then Safire and Eris-sworn enemies-find themselves on a common mission: to find Asha, the last Namsara.
From the port city of Darmoor to the fabled faraway Sky Isles, their search and their stories become threaded ever more tightly together as they discover the uncertain fate they’re hurtling towards may just be a shared one. In this world, and the next.

 

My Review

I have yet to read ‘The Caged Queen’ but the great thing about these books is you can read them in any order really and they work as well on their own as they do as a series.

I completely loooooved ‘The Last Namsara.’ Seriously, Ciccarelli has such a great and well defined style and voice that I couldn’t help but fall in love.

The magic of style from the first book continues in ‘The Last Sky Weaver.’

Safire is a strong presence in the other books and this doesn’t change as the focus shifts to her and her new found ‘thorn in her side,’ Eris.

Eris is a skilled thief,m and what makes her even better is that she’s a pirate thief, and let me tell you, she is a great character.

The chemistry and interaction between Safire is really well done, you don’t feel like they’re forced together and their interactions are a natural development from how they’ve met to how they keep getting put together.

Ciccarelli also does an outstanding job with weaving in the other characters, they fit right in with the story and don’t detract the focus from the plot, rather they do a brilliant job in aiding it along.

I ended up being fascinated by the story of Eris, and to find out the story of the Sky Weaver. Everything was so beautifully done and it was a great love story in the end, actually it had more than one love story in it and they all fit together perfectly.

There’s also the story of Leandra, Crow, and Skye, and how their story brought along the one we discover in this book. We also get to explore the Isles and see more of the world that has been built.

Another key point, world building is on point n this novel just as it was in the first for me. And the best part is that because she’d done such a great job in the beginning with world building, we get to see more of the lore and characters, and this book focuses so much on emotions. Which is really wonderful.

Needless to say, I really enjoyed this book, and it was a great addition to the Namsara series.

If you’re looking for a fxf love story that continues the beauty of the Ciccarelli has built, then I recommend this book, or if you’re looking for just a great fantasy book in general.

Five huge cups of coffee from me.

 

 

About the Author

GoodReads:
Kristen Ciccarelli is the internationally bestselling author of the Iskari series. Her first book, The Last Namsara, debuted on the UK’s children and YA chart, was one of Indigo’s Best Book for Teens in 2017, and has been translated into 12 languages. Before writing books for a living, she worked as an artisanal baker, an indie bookseller, and a ceramic artist. These days she resides in a blustery seaside cove with her blacksmith and her rescue dog. She likes her coffee dark, her weather broody, and her house warmed by a wood fire.

Author Links

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The Rest of the Tour

The Sky Weaver blog tour

 

 

Angel Mage – Blog Tour

 

 

 

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GoodReads:
More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the Fall of Ystara. But she emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than nineteen, and once again renews her single-minded quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara.

A seemingly impossible quest, but Liliath is one of the greatest practitioners of angelic magic to have ever lived, summoning angels and forcing them to do her bidding.

Liliath knew that most of the inhabitants of Ystara died from the Ash Blood plague or were transformed into beastlings, and she herself led the survivors who fled into neighboring Sarance. Now she learns that angels shun the Ystaran’s descendants. If they are touched by angelic magic, their blood will turn to ash. They are known as Refusers, and can only live the most lowly lives.

But Liliath cares nothing for the descendants of her people, save how they can serve her. It is four young Sarancians who hold her interest: Simeon, a studious doctor-in-training; Henri, a dedicated fortune hunter; Agnez, an adventurous musketeer cadet; and Dorotea, an icon-maker and scholar of angelic magic. They are the key to her quest.

The four feel a strange kinship from the moment they meet, but do not know why, or suspect their importance. All become pawns in Liliath’s grand scheme to fulfill her destiny and be united with the love of her life. No matter the cost to everyone else. . .

Book Information:
Written by: Garth Nix
Published by: Gollancz
Publication date: 17/10/2019
Format: Hardcover

 

My Review

 

Something, something, Musketeers, something something, omg I can’t believe this magic system, something, something fangirl screeching…

That’s what my review was at first ^ After taking a couple of days to try and become coherent again, I was able to form full sentences about how kickass this book was.

First off, thanks soooooo much to Gollancz for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion as part of this awesome blog tour.

Now that, that’s been covered, onto the review!

This was an amazing read. If you’ve read or even watched/know about the 3 Musketeers -or just any musketeers in general- then you’re going to probably enjoy this. If you haven’t, you’re still probably going to enjoy it. This is a beautiful homage to Dumas and the adventures of the musketeers. Taking the inspiration from Dumas, Nix completely turns it into something new and vital to fantasy readers.

The magic system is unlike anything else I’ve ever encountered before, using Angel icons, icon makers, and those who choose to use the icons to summon angels for uses, but, each time you call upon an angel it requires a price of you. Each time you summon an angel, it takes a bit, or a lot, of your lifespan, away depending on what you’re asking the angel and what angel you’re asking.

Tell me that’s not unique, mixing that with amazing fantasy worlds and musketeers.

Uniquely, our ‘Angel Mage,’ Liliath, may be the focus of our story, but, our heroes are the four which she seeks. Why? Well, read and find out if you like!

This is also where my 4.5 instead of full 5 cups of coffee rating comes in, the ONLY reason I did not give this the full five [though I’ve rounded up to so on GoodReads because it deserved it and I loved it] is because I really really really wish we would have more of the four ‘musketeers.’ [I also found sometimes chapters went a bit too long with certain details, but, I also enjoyed those details]

Liliath was super well written, holy cow I loved reading about her and her chapters were amazing. The chapters and parts of the book were spread out between her and the four friends and it was great that way, and really well-paced, not a lot of backtracking or feeling like you were missing out on anything. [On that point though I wish I would have known more about Liliath’s past and how she ended up on such a mission as the one she was on.]

I wanted to see them do more, it didn’t even need to be to develop them or huge character growth, I just wanted more time on them to get to know them better or at least see more adventures for them. But. I may just be greedy on that point.

Before this, I had not read anything by Garth Nix, but let me tell you, after today, I intend to keep an eye on this author because his prose was brilliant. He builds a world and he gives you this fantastic magic system and a blend of angels and mages and its own land and you are just craving more by the end.

Damn it. I want moooooore!

So! 4.5 HUGE cups of coffee from me!

 

 

 

About the Author

Website
Garth Nix has been a full-time writer since 2001, but has also worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve.
Garth’s books include the Old Kingdom fantasy series, comprising Sabriel, Lirael; Abhorsen; Clariel and Goldenhand; SF novels Shade’s Children and A Confusion of Princes; and a Regency romance with magic, Newt’s Emerald. His novels for children include The Ragwitch; the six books of The Seventh Tower sequence; The Keys to the Kingdom series and others. He has co-written several books with Sean Williams, including the Troubletwisters series; Spirit Animals Book Three: Blood Ties; Have Sword, Will Travel; and the forthcoming sequel Let Sleeping Dragons Lie. A contributor to many anthologies and magazines, Garth’s selected short fiction has been collected in Across the Wall and To Hold the Bridge.
More than five million copies of his books have been sold around the world, they have appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly and USA Today and his work has been translated into 42 languages. His most recent book is Frogkisser! now being developed as a film by Twentieth Century Fox/Blue Sky Animation.

Author Links

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