Part 1: A ranty review of The Way of Kings Part 2
(I will do another review going into more detail about the book as a whole. BUT First, I need to get this out of my system).
It bugged me that there was so much wrong going on in Roshar, this world so gloriously vast, but whenever we'd get to scenes with the MCs, they're pretty much sitting around, idly discuSsing issues.
In a nutshell (with TWoK terminology):
*Ah! Here we are, take a look at this fabrial! Interesting indeed! It's a new invention of mine*
Please, back to the issues at hand. Shallan, what have you got to contri-
*Research. Research! Till the Desolation comes. Must keep secret from Jasnah. She won't approve.*
THERE IS A WAR GOING ON JUST OUTSI-
*But Adolin, did you see the way he bent his knees as he slashed at the Parshendi?? Marvellous technique, simply grand.*
LOOk - oh my gosh, JUST put that thing dow-
*Wait a moment, is that... Oh, Dalinar, old friend! Have the Highstorms brought any visions lately? By the way, I hear the war isn't going too well...*
YES, THE WAR, FINALLY, perhaps Kaladin will have something to sa-
*Bridge runs! Bridge Four unite! BridgerunsBridgeruns! Must get strong. Must fight!!*
But... The war?
*BRIDGE. RUNS. STORM YOU.
Now, let me just carefully concoct a plan that takes approximately - oh, you know what? Not yet, I'll keep you in suspense a little longer. Perhaps to the end of the book.*
Okay FINE, take your friggen time, but Dalinar, you're the last hope-
*Give me just a moment, I seem to have misplaced - ah, there it is. Now, was that yellow wine, or violet wine that I was drinking? I distinctly remember...*
OH FOR GOD'S Sake, Kaladin, please, do something about-
*I. AM. SURGEON. I. AM. CURSed. But... Maybe not as cursed as I once thought - wait, BRIDGE RUNS.*
Oh, Nevermind, bloody-well have it your way, I give up, just do as you damn-well plea-
*THE WORLD IS ENDING, EVERYONE TO YOUR BATTLE STATIONS.
Oh - OHHhhg, so NOW YOU decide to get your goddamn too-da-loo-ing on with. Well, this should be good, finally, some REAL conflict-
It's a mild cliffhanger :l
I just finished the Eye of the World and it was a really good book. A solid start that kept your attention and it explained the world well and the characters were interesting in their own respective ways. The middle got a little slow but the final quarter of the book picked up again and carried it through to a strong ending
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐ #epicfantasy#robertjordan#eyeoftheworld#booksbooksbooks#highfantasy
ajah—(n.) an association created for a specific purpose; capitalized, it refers to a group of women within the White Tower organized to accomplish a specific goal
I did fellow argentinian @nunills.art#nunillsdtiys challenge! This was done digitally but I wanted to keep the sketchbook style going so I added a paper texture. Hope you like it 🥰
Gracias por dejarme participar, Noelí 💜
6 686 hours ago
The Blade Itself, book one of The First Law Trilogy, was an epic adventure filled with amazing world building, exciting battles and, oddly enough, a lot of laughs! Characters are easily lovable and humorous and the story is intriguing. I can't wait to dive into book 2, a definite read if you're into high fantasy! 5 out of 5! #readersofinstagram#highfantasy#amreading#bookstagram#booksofinstagram#books
I am beyond exhausted... But have some Clay to make your day! (+ second slide outtake if me doing a pouty face 🍃)
I am still not sure who to do for my own collab... I could try to do Alistair, would you guys like to see that? Or should I do a never shown before character 🤔
Picture by the lovely @aconite_aurora ✨🌿
"Mistborn, Nascidosda bruma : O poço da ascensão" - Livro dois da 1° era de mistborn. - Brandon Sanderson.
Editora Leya, 722 páginas.
"É fácil acreditar em algo quando você vence o tempo todo.As perdas são o que definem a fé de um homem."
"A queda do Império final trouxe a esperança. E despertou mistérios assustadores".
Gostei ainda mais desse segundo volume na relitura...
Brandon Sanderson realmete criou baitaaa obra épica!
📚 #HighFantasy#BrandonSanderson#Mistborn#ImpérioFinal#NascidosDaBruma#MistbornTheFinalEmpire#TheFinalEmpire #OPoçoDaAscensão#MistbornTheWellOfAscension#TheWellOfAscension#OHeróiDasEras#MistbornTheHeroOfAges#TheHeroOfAges #InstaBooks#Book#Books#Livro#Livros#AltaFantasia#InstaLivros
"Numa sucessão de golpes de sorte, Elend Venture subiu ao trono de Luthadel, a principal cidade do Império Final. Nos meses que seguiram a queda do Senhor Soberano e a dissolução de seu governo, o novo rei revolucionou as relações entre os skaa – a classe social inferior – e os nobres e atraiu a atenção dos diversos governantes das outras partes do grande império. Dentro das muralhas de Luthadel, o perigo espreita de todos os lados. Assassinos de aluguel alomânticos ameaçam a vida do rei, a desconfiança generalizada faz a população temer pelos rumos da cidade e desejar o retorno do Senhor Soberano, e um inverno inclemente se aproxima. Elend, Vin e o bando de Kelsier tentam a todo o custo manter o controle, mas os piores inimigos ainda estão por vir. Fora das muralhas, arma-se um cerco militar gigantesco. À frente dele, Straff Venture, o pai de Elend, um tirano cruel e desesperado pelo poder, busca invadir Luthadel. Mas ele não está sozinho. Reviravoltas e surpresas marcam este segundo volume da trilogia Mistborn. O destino de todo o Império Final está envolto nas brumas, e apenas uma força sobrenatural será capaz de desvendar os mistérios que assolam seus habitantes."
1 668 hours ago
Info dump time! @bookmarkstac is hosting a readathon (starting today and running through Feb 29th), and I'm hella excited to participate! This is the stack of books I'm (hopefully) going to read during it! I still need to find a Fairytale retelling + a non-fiction read if I want to complete the full list, but eh. We'll see if I even have enough time to get through these seven😅
I highly encourage you all to participate! At the end, one winner will be drawn & they will receive a super awesome surprise package! (The prize is US only, sorry international buddies) Each book/prompt you complete (and fill out the form for) counts as an entry! All forms must be sent to the TAC's email by 11:59pm EST on March 1st (24 hours after the readathon ends). For more information, go to @bookmarkstac's original post!
If you participate, it would be super awesome for y'all to share photos of your books as you go! If you do, be sure to tag @bookmarkstac so that they can see your awesome photos!
[Unbezahlte Werbung] Der liebe @sascha.hoops hat mir ein Rezensionsexemplar von „Geschichten aus Immergrün“ zur Verfügung gestellt. Das Büchlein umfasst 137 Seiten mit Hintergrundinfos zu der High Fantasy-Welt Immergrün und einige Kurzgeschichten. Die vorgestellten Charaktere haben mich mehrmals grinsen lassen, weil sie auf sehr originellen Ideen basieren. Die Welt von Immergrün ist vielfältig und ich glaube, es wird dort niemals langweilig. 😊 Es gibt leider ein paar Grammatikfehler, aber man kann sie ganz gut verschmerzen, wenn man sich auf das Erzählte konzentriert.
Im Mai erscheint der erste Band von Immergrün, welchen ich mir auf jeden Fall holen werde (ebenso wie Arbeiter Null 😊)
Die komplette Rezension gibt es bald auf amazon.
Felice #sundaybook cari readers! 📚
Sembra sia finalmente arrivato il momento di una lettura tanto attesa: si dia inizio alle Grandi, Epiche, Alte Avventure all'interno del #cosmoverso ! ✴️ #brandonsanderson è da qualche settimana approdato nella mia libreria, ma solo da qualche giorno ho avuto il coraggio di introdurmi all'interno di questo mondo, esattamente per come si farebbe all'interno di un negozio di cristalli: in punta di piedi, timorosa di spezzare quell'incantesimo di sacralità che permea l'Opera di uno dei Maestri del #fantasy contemporaneo.
Sono ancora (o già?) arrivata a pag. 300, ma con mia somma gioia sto assaporando ogni mattoncino di world bulding che #sanderson sta apponendo alla costruzione di questo mostro sacro. ⏳⏳⏳
Cosa cerca un lettore in un romanzo #highfantasy ?
T e m p o .
Tempo per porre le fondamenta ¬ tempo per le presentazioni di ciascun personaggio ¬ tempo per la costruzione storica ¬ tempo per l'incasellamento degli eventi ¬ tempo per capire.
E di tempo, per capire il Cosmoverso, ce ne vuole tanto.
Buona lettura a tutti 🔍🖋️📑
5 1615 hours ago
Hello Gemstones! ✨💜🔮💜✨
Huge thank you to everyone who participated in yesterday’s Q&A with Joseline and Quinn! I am so excited to share them with all of you! ☺️ (And, if you haven’t already, check out the link in my bio and sign up for my newsletter on my website! I’m hoping to utilize it even more for goodies special to subscribed Lilacs as we get closer to publication time!)
QOTD: what colors do you associate with your WIP?
AOTD: Turquoise, Black, and Gold are definitely the main three, all for very specific reasons ✨✨✨
. #writethrufeb asks about artistic abilities, and honestly, I really have none. I mean, I can draw, but I’m a super perfectionist and it takes me hours to draw even the simplest thing 😅 Maya on the other hand is actually pretty good! And Edon is a painting god though he doesn’t do it often. His artistic side makes more of an appearance in Sunshine Tears 🙃
QOTD: What's something you did recently that your younger self would be blown away by? .
I couldn't stop thinking about this as I drove home from my book signing yesterday: it was a B O O K SIGNING, FAM. Of my two published novels. On the same day as I did a cover reveal for my next book, aided by SO MANY FRIENDS who truly believe in me and my dream. 10 year old, even 16, even 20 year old Nay felt like those things were far out of reach. Yet I'm living it, and I'm...not living IN THAT as much as I should. Not at all. .
How easy it is to let the stress and anxiety of the moment - or all the ways it doesnt QUITE measure up - overtake the sheer wonder of T HE M O M EN T. The fact that we are living the life a younger us only dreamed of. Sure, it may not be perfect - life never is. But search for the moments that you've been waiting your whole life for. And live them to the FULLEST. .
#fantasywipfeb20 today calls for colors associated with your WIP! For Starchaser, DARKWIND is teal-blue; for DAWNSTAR, as you now know, its dusky purple/lavender. (And TCC is pinks and reds...Tessa's favorite colors!). .
What's YOUR WIP color(s)?
30 9416 hours ago
A high-fantasy novel that weaves its way through four mysterious strangers:⠀
*Alissia is a young prophetess who hides a miss-understood power to channel the wind, confused by the visions she receives of its journeys and her place in prophecy.⠀⠀
*A man awakes in a mountain tomb, remembering only his name. He stumbles through the darkness, dread growing within. Paranoia becomes reality when he comes upon an unseen predator; it too knows his name and seemingly more about Ian than he himself can recall.⠀⠀
*When a lone drifter appears in Port Town, he is witness to a slurred tale of beastly abduction from the town Drunk, Marty Howzer. The exaggerated story is easily dismissed, save by the dark "Stranger" who sets out to discover if the abducted woman may perhaps be the love he lost many months ago.⠀⠀
*Young Lexis and her army are fortified within the gates to the Halls of Bal Gudar, the mountain fortress for Alexia’s vampire horde. From deep within the halls, the enemy closes in while the greater force gathers just beyond the gates.⠀⠀
- Can Lexis and her dwindling army hold their position just inside the mountain fortress?⠀⠀
- Will “Stranger” unravel the mystery of the strange abduction?⠀⠀
- Can Ian discover his past through his new life as a fledgling vampire? Will he find freedom or madness, truth or delusions in the arms of a blood-sucking clan so eager to take him in?⠀⠀
- Will Alissia come to understand the relationship between her visions and the beliefs of the people she sets out to protect? Or will they imprison and perhaps destroy her in their ignorance while an ancient evil awakes from imprisonment, spawning deadly mythical creatures who are summoned to his will.⠀⠀
(Make sure to sign up to the Worley Studios newsletter for the release of the Wind-Weaver’s Quest, the first in the Wind-Weaver trilogy)⠀
In my continued quest to support other authors (no matter if the books are old, new, indie or trad), I will share a review I did on a book written by one of my favourite authors! 🥰
Dark Moon by David Gemmell
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars
Great stand-alone fantasy with plenty of gory action and yet loveable characters, despite all their flaws. I loved the different plotlines and following each of the characters development, especially the main character Tarantio/Dace. I love love love the split personality and how Gemmell has portrayed this. .
I only really bump a star off because I feel the story could have benefitted from being slightly more fleshed out since it had plenty of interesting plotlines. But that might be personal taste more than anything: I am of the curious kind :)
A little extra bit of love sent out for this author who left us way too soon.
❤️ RIP David Gemmell ❤️
2 2117 hours ago
For today's #selfpromotesunday with @julie_embleton I'd like to share a little #excerpt from Valyo Rising. The book is currently at half price for the duration of this month, and free on Kindle Unlimited. I have to say, I never thought it would be this hard to get this book out there 😅. It's quite disheartening having near to no sales, and of the few it has, there's no reviews 😂. Kind of makes me think twice about how good the novel actually is, although I firmly believe it is very, very good indeed. I'll just hope the right readers find it and love it.
Isanta book 1
Available now at Amazon
Herkese merhabalar :) Duyurudur, Kaçış'a yeni bölüm biraz geç gelebilir arkadaşlar. Finalin özel olmasını istiyorum. 1000 kelimeden aşağı olmamasını ve güzel olmasını yani. Ondan bir süre daha üstünde çalışacağım. Ayrıca, final olduktan sonra bir süre düzenlemeye alınacak. Wattys2020 yakın ve bu yarışmaya Kaçış'ı katmayı düşünüyorum ve neden olmasın ki? Neden kazanmayalim? 😉 En ince detaylarına kadar eksikleri gözden geçirip yeniden yapilandiracagim. İnşAllah diyorum, en azından bir derecemiz olur.
Eigentlich wollte unsere liebe Anja Berger heute ja den abschließenden Band ihrer Trilogie veröffentlichen, aber er war tatsächlich zu lang!
Darum feiern wir heute mit „Mlyss 1“ erst mal das Release von Band 3.1 ihrer „Zwischen Licht und Dunkel“-Reihe. Aber keine Sorge, auf Band 3.2 müsst ihr nicht lange warten, er erscheint schon nächste Woche! 😁
In Dhravannor wird gefeiert. Die Dunklen sind besiegt, die Festung ist gerettet und alle verehren Kira als ihre Retterin. Niemand ahnt, dass nicht sie das Gleichgewicht der magischen Kräfte gerichtet hat, sondern ihr Amtsvorgänger Laon dei Savren - zu einem schrecklichen Preis.
Kira bleibt nicht viel Zeit um einen Ausweg zu finden, bevor der mächtige Magier die Einlösung eines Versprechens einfordern wird. Eines Versprechens, das ihren Tod bedeutet. Während ihr Amt als Mlyss d'Eartha Kira immer tiefer in die politischen Machenschaften der verschiedenen Länder hineinzieht, suchen sie und ihre Freunde unbeirrbar nach einer Möglichkeit, die Rückkehr des Herrschers der Weltenkraft zu verhindern. Gleichzeitig jedoch erwacht in Aidris ein alter Bund zu neuem Leben, dessen einziges Ziel die Wiederkehr dieses Mannes ist.
"She wanted to warm herself," people said. No one had the slightest suspicion of what beautiful things she had seen; no one even dreamed of the splendor in which, with her grandmother she had entered on the joys of a new year.
- Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Match Girl
Last week a few of us took the opportunity to go see the performance of an original stage adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's classic story, The Little Match Girl! The play expanded upon the original short story, adding depth to the main characters and introducing a diverse cast of new characters, while remaining faithful to Andersen's emotionally moving ending. Elza did a wonderful job adapting the story and writing the play! It was a pleasure talking with her afterward about her process and ideas in bringing the story to life on stage! It's always great to support other creative minds in their projects and share in their successes!
The monsters do not come in my dreams
They are in the World
So, enter your dreams and be absolved
A Drēam has been given me...
I am glad I could share it
with these two gentlemen on Gili-T.
Their reserve, their simplicity is infectious, their respect a thing so rare in western fraternity brings joy to my being. Though they toil on Gili-T they reside far away from the Island. I also arrived from afar, a Journey – DreamBook is essentially about a journey. Most of us are on a journey, we are voyagers here, and all voyagers must some day return home. And the thing essential for journeys is Wonder, if the light of wonder has faded from your eyes, then it must be
Rekindled – DreamBook.
Dear @nickipaupreto, you are magical.
I had a blast today! I learned so much about how you wrote your amazing books. I'm even more impressed with your work now that I've heard your path towards getting them published. I'm fascinated with the documents you scatter throughout the books and I'm so glad I could ask you about them and the epigraghs in person!
Most notably though, I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU'RE AFRAID OF BIRDS?! I forgot to talk to you about this at the signing but I am so surprised by this! I work with birds and you write phoenixes SO WELL that you fooled me. Your writing literally soars and that speaks volumes of your writing and research skills! (Also, I kinda disagree with your assessment on Canada Geese. I've only met one vicious goose. Yeah, sure he bit my friend on the nose, but he was in a lot of pain so I forgave him for being a meanie. In general, the geese I've worked with have been alarmingly cuddly.)
It has been a pleasure working with you these past few months promoting your books! It has been an honor to be on your street team. I've made such good friends in the First Riders, found other great authors, and had so much fun!
Amazing 📸 by: @booktalkwithrae, a fellow First Rider! Thanks so much to you and your friends for your amazing skills! 💕
13 6816 February, 2020
Here it is! This is Alyssa (Lys), the girl I've been drawing lately. The rules are simple! .
💮You don't need to be a follower to enter! .
💮Use the hashtag #cosmidtiys . Also tag me so I don't miss it! .
💮Go wild with the pose! Interpret it as you wish. But bear in mind that if you draw her in full body, she, uh... She's on a wheelchair. But draw her as you please! Maybe sitting somewhere beautiful? .
💮That mark on her face is a burn scar (like Zuko from Avatar) and she has a mole under her left eye. The flower is a poppy and her general color scheme is blue!
THE PRIZES!! . .
🌺If there are less than 10 entries: I'll draw headshots of the oc's (or any character) of each participant! .
🌺If there are more than 10 entries:
Alongside my bff irl @pizarrocati we'll choose a top 3!
🌷First place: a fullbody comission by me!
🌷Second place: a bust comission!
🌷Third place: a headshot!
My friend likes fluffly and cute stuff, so if you want to get on her good side... 😂
I'll post every entry in my stories and I'll create a highlight with them! .
💮The deadline is the 6th of April, my birthday! I'll announce the winners the 7th or 8th (since probably on my birthday I'll be busy!) .
Please share! Hope you enjoy it🥰
40 13816 February, 2020
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I am thrilled to announce that I have just completed the first draft of my debut novel, currently entitled ‘The Mask of a King’. It’s an epic fantasy about outcast royalty, notorious skypirates, revolution and ancient mysteries. Time for some serious editing!
Thank you all so much for all your support on getting to this stage. I am constantly receiving messages either expressing support or excitement for my forthcoming work and I want to let you know that I appreciate every message. I will continue to work hard to make sure my debut title is worth the wait!
Hope you all like this stunning piece by @akreon - I thought it was fitting, since the gentleman looks proud and defiant despite clearly having just endured a rather difficult ordeal!
83 1,46929 January, 2020
📜Story below ⬇️
The crowd was large, around a hundred people or so.
Arin opened the gates. “Welcome to the Endless Menagerie. I will be your guide.” Her amiable gaze faded into a sharp glare. “Some of you brought children. That’s irresponsible. Here we feed and protect the last specimens of myriad species, all of which are larger than myths. In other words, these are immemorial creatures, apex predators. It is true that those who work here are powerful wizards and witches. Myself included. But still, many visitors have perished. Our magic is only so strong. And so, I ask all of you to behave. Understood?”
The crowd shared a worried, askance look. But they all wound up trailing behind Arin.
“Why do you wear a plate in your head?” a kid asked Arin.
“It’s a magic plate,” Arin said and whispered something into his ear. She turned to the crowd then. “On the horizon, you will see Blob. He’s a salamander the size of ten dragons. As you can deduce we recreated the true habitats of each animal, and we keep all of them free. This means if Blob comes, and I can’t keep him under control, you should run for your lives.”
There was an odd silence among the crowd. All faces were ashen, distraught.
“That’s quite the strange reaction,” Arin said and turned to Blob.
The endless salamander was barrelling toward the crowd at tremendous speeds, and the kid she had spoken to moments ago was running toward Blob. “Oh, that explains it. Well, I told you to keep your kids in check. It’s too late to act.”
The ground trembled. The throng shouted. Blob rolled over.
The kid petted its endless belly.
A fish the size of a palm appeared on Arin’s plate. She flung it to Blob. The fish grew to enormous sizes as it traveled through the air, to the point where Blob had at least ten bites before finishing it.
“You can pet Blob,” Arin said. “He’s a friendly giant. I can’t say the same of the winged lion, though, so from now on truly keep your children still.”
Art by: @tck__tck
Dwarves, Elfs, Moss people, Field spirits, Elwetritsche, and all the others that we've lost over time.
Entering their home used to be a dangerous business. You'd never know what was waiting around the next tree. You'd never know how many creatures were watching you.
The forests belonged to them. To the Changelings and the Askafroa and the White Women.
And what have we done? We tore it all down. For houses, for fields, for streets.
And now we sit here between the dirt and the toxic we created and we mourn the magic that this Old Land once held.
How much longer are we going to let greedy corporations and governments destroy life around us? When are we going to wake up and learn from our mistakes? When will we stop making excuses for our own comfort?
Es ist soweit 🥳
Ab sofort könnt ihr Band 3 meiner Greifenreiterin bei Amazon vorbestellen! ❤❤❤
Wer von euch holt es sich? Oder wartet ihr lieber auf das Print? Das gebe ich nächste Woche frei und warte gespannt, wann es in den Shops auftaucht 😉