Tag: court-politics

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

January 25, 2012 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

When I first heard about Cinder, I was sceptical. I haven’t had positive experiences with retellings of fairytales, and a retelling of Cinderella with a cyborg Cinderella sounds silly to me. Once I started reading the book, I found that it isn’t the same calibre as most of the YA genre. It has some light politics, some romantic elements, but it is primarily about a young girl who is struggling mightily with her identity. The characters were my favourite aspect of the book. Cinder is a wonderful heroine, who struggles with being treated like a second-class citizen because she is...

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Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta

Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta

January 8, 2012 Reviews 0

Melina Marchetta’s first novel Looking For Alibrandi was published in 1992 and was released as a film in 2000 which she also wrote. She taught secondary school English and History for ten years during which time she released her second novel Saving Francesca followed by On the Jellicoe Road.  In…

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The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

January 4, 2012 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

Brandon Sanderson never fails to deliver on amazing world building and I was, as usual, astounded by the level of detail he puts into his writing. Everything, including the speech, mannerisms and military styles of the kingdoms is meticulously described and self consistent. The world is rich in detail –…

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The Emperor’s Knife by Mazarkis Williams

The Emperor’s Knife by Mazarkis Williams

October 6, 2011 Reviews 0 ★★★½

This is a wonderfully woven tale that centres on the politics in the Emperor’s court. The story is told from the view of four major characters: Prince Sarmin, who has been imprisoned all his life as insurance in case his brother, Emperor Beyon, leaves no heir; Mesema, a plains-woman from…

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The Tales of the Otori by Lian Hearn

The Tales of the Otori by Lian Hearn

August 25, 2011 Reviews 0

  In this series Lian Hearn follows the life of Takeo – the young man adopted by a Lord of the Otori clan to be his heir. The books are set in a fictional feudal Japan and depict an enormous power struggle between the many clan lords who rule the…

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