The launch date of Kristin Cashore’s newest, Winterkeep, passed with only a small level of hype. It was that same Saturday that I truly couldn’t wait for, because that’s when the book would arrive at my house and I could finally, finally, start reading it. Then came the age-old struggle of wanting to take it … More Book Review: Winterkeep (!!)
Half a year ago, I wrote a blog post about different kinds of magic systems, hoping to be informative, not expecting it to continue garnering views in the way that it has. I certainly wouldn’t call it a throwaway post, but in the months since I’ve published it, I’ve come to realize that, although I … More Five Branches of Magic Systems (Revisited)
When Jane, Unlimited was announced, I waited for it as eagerly as we now wait for Winterkeep. At least according to my shelf history on Goodreads, I was held in suspense for almost a year before I was able to get my hands on it and start reading. I remember my disappointment well enough; it … More Patching Up Jane, Unlimited
The only good thing about 2020 was the sheer number of books I was able to get through. And there were some really good books on that list. There were also some epically awful books I somehow managed not to DNF, and those deserve an honorable mention. I’ve got my Goodreads books open and ready … More End of the Year Reading Wrap-Up (2020)
We have 46 days until the next installment of the Graceling Realm series is finally published, and to pass the time, I have a few Cashore-related posts in mind to hold us over. Over the course of two months, I read all three books, and for the first time, it struck me how little and … More Can Bitterblue’s Riddle Be Solved?
Here we are! The third and final published book in the Graceling Realm series. If you’re new, here’s what I’ve been doing: to commemorate the upcoming release of Winterkeep, I decided to reread the entire series. I was originally planning on doing Top Ten list of the whole series, but found it was almost impossible … More Top Ten Moments in Kristin Cashore’s Bitterblue!
Welcome back, guys! For those of you who don’t know, with the Graceling Realm getting a fourth installment, I thought it high time for another full series reread. And because book reviews are dull and pointless for events such as this, I decided to do something else instead. I’ve already done a top ten moments … More Top Ten Moments in Kristin Cashore’s Graceling!
I can’t really do a review of a book I’ve read so many times, I’ve lost count. But I can tell you all the moments, both Big and Small (that’s a book reference, see?), that continue to blow me away, moments that I’m always looking forward to reading. Obviously, spoilers abound. This should be fun … More Top Ten Moments in Fire By Kristin Cashore
A short preface. Finishing the Raven Cycle crushed me. I tried for about two days to get myself to read the next book on my reading shelf, and just could not bring myself to even open it to the first page. I didn’t think a reading slump was an actual, real thing but apparently it … More The Prequel Debate
Last week, I had the pleasure of doing a setting study about Wheel of Time’s magic system, and, knowing that many WoT fans claim it is one of the better systems of the fantasy genre, it got me thinking. I liked Wheel of Time. The complexities of channeling, the differences between saidin and saidar, the … More My Five Favorite Fantasy Magic Systems