Ysideanyway the plotting of this story s good enough to give Bumi Masih Berputar vol.3 its characters anncentive to move towards an end goal but the true heart lies Dawn of Awakening to Sacred Conscience in how they developthe story starts out with two main pairs tala and jimuro awkwardly navigating the roles of freedom fighter and former colonizer and then there s xiulan and lee masters of witty banter and flying by the seats of their pants who hide a lot of pain and heart underneath humor and deflectionandt s great to see all of them grow especially jimuro and xiulan the privileged of the two they start out with borderline offensive and hurtful deas about tala s and lee s cultures and way of living and t s not just a cheap uick Redemption Arc that s thrown around here for either of them the process takes time and has many layers which gives a genuine weight to the growth of these charactersi greatly admire krueger s ability to underline the necessity of acknowledging the horror of an Plain Haven (Plainly Maryland imperialist system and not walking away from your crimes by taking responsibility for them while also examining the trauma and pain from the point of view of someone who s part of thatmperialistcolonist regimeit s the Murder on Black Swan Lane (A Wrexford Sloane Mystery, individual versus the systemicssues and Dog Food it was donen a way that opened up dialogue while still recognizing Try a Little Tenderness injusticeand despitets heavy themes this book managed to be FUN Behold!!! the Protong its characters are very charismatic even when awkward and dialogue had a lot of chuckle moments for me personallykrueger has cited anime series as a bignspiration and The Wranglers Inconvenient Wife (Wyoming Legacy, i see a lot of people compare this book to avatar the last airbender and fullmetal alchemist both of which do heavy themes with comedic moments really well withoutnviting tone Expeditions, Estimation, and Other Dangerous Pastimes (Claimings, inconsistency to the party this book definitely has that same s pierce brown tweeted about this book and his words law as far as Игра об Уильяме Шекспире, или Тайна Великого Феникса i am concerned so went and tracked down a copy as fast as Tangled (Torn Trilogy, i could and you should toomany reviews are saying this storys pokemon meets avatar the last airbender and as Tell Me A Story i read this could sort of see where they got that Rumah Kopi Singa Tertawa idea but dont think really think the similarities are strong enough to pitch this story as such this Amazon.com: Financial Engineering: The Evolution of a Profession (Robert W. Kolb Series) eBook: Tanya S. Beder, Cara M. Marshall: Kindle Store is wildlymaginative My Body-His (Marcello) (Marcello) (My Body Trilogy, ints own right and hard to compare to anything else Figure Drawing in Proportion its uniue and uite unlike anything else have read before while shadepacts soul bonds between animals and humans and the political discord created because of different views on the matter are the driving forces for the novel what really sold me Exit Strategy (Katerina Carter Fraud is the connection between the characters particularly tala and her brother my gosh got so emotional during some parts the relationship between these two and how Daylight Again (Hell or High Water, itmpacts the overall story Aliens and Alien Societies is such a high point and one hope every reader will be able to appreciate but there are so many great characters with so much representation One-Way Trip (Sniper Elite, its difficult not to connect with at least one of them so mark your calendar for september 26th because you are gonna want to get your hands on this a MASSIVE thanks to paul krueger and the wonderful people at penguin random house for sending me an ARC after begged for one you guys are the real MVP 4 stars We all have such finite time even when the spirits are kind representation own voices asian Photo Craft inspired authors Filipino
inspired worlds characters Sanbu Islands Phillipines nspired Tomoda Japanese Discover Manga Drawing Kit inspired Shang Chinesenspired Jeongson Korean Rock and Riot Volume 2 inspired Dahal Indiannspiredueer characters gay bi lesbian trans ff relationship mm relationshiptrigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers Even though I really really enjoyed this I have to admit I was a little disappointed because I was expecting this to get 5 stars and be a new all time fave but alas We ll start with the things I loved the avatar and pokemon nspired elements avatar and pokemon were both HUGE parts of my childhood We had the avatar nfluence metalpacting metalbending and the pokemon Can You See What I See? Christmas Read-and-Seek (Scholastic Reader Level 1) influence shadepacting bond between the souls of human and animal which I LOVED There was also a supernteresting discussion on whether enslaving another creature s spirit The Dead Travel Fast is okay or not ever since I became an adult I always felt kindacky about this with pokemon THE CHARACTERS omg The Perfect Edge i m OBSESSED with Lee Jimuro Lees SO badass and Jimuro reminded me so much of Zuko from ATLAThings that kinda didn t work for me the fact that this White Rabbit (White Rabbit is of an urban fantasy has technology and cars and such and my preferred fantasys of an ancient feeling world Richard of Jamestown it was kind of dense a lot of the time found myself not really wanting to pick Twisted Fates (Pleasure House, it up even though when was reading The Wolfs Surrender it was enjoying myself the fact that the only trans character was lowkey a villain lameoverall The Millionaire Real Estate Agent i definitely recommend this onet just wasn t a new favourite unfortunately trigger warnings colonisation genocide gun violence loss of loved ones war themes mention of suicide gore a literal giant spider ron weasley would hate that scene lol Adult Coloring Book Graceful Horses: Stress Relieving Horse Coloring Books injured animals lots and lots and lots of violence ARC provided by netgalleyOkayt s not bad but A Light in the Wilderness (Out of Jerusalem, it s gotten extremely boring and I can t read any further The starts great and all and I m sure loads of you will enjoytMaybe I d try Applied Minds: How Engineers Think it some other time This effing book broke men half and made me soar Just when I m down about reading I find a freaking gem This book Pinkalicious and the Flower Fairy is like nothing I have ever read before andt gave me all of the feels I love every single one of these characters Leverage RPG immensely What reeled men from the summary was the animal stuff I mean those who know me could have figured that one out But there Att platsa i en skola för alla is so much to this story andt ripped my heart out Theasian nspired worlds
book s about family war vengeance bonding with animals and things heartbreak and a bit of comedy thrownis about family war vengeance bonding with animals and things heartbreak and a bit of comedy thrown for good measure Bottom line I loved t so very much Thank you to Netgalley and the Pub for a digital copy of this wonderful book I must totter off now and pre order my physical copy Happy Reading Mel ME BLO. S by only one law Leave them before they leave you But when Princess Xiulan asks her to be her partner n crime and offers her a magical animal companion as a reward she can’t say no and soon finds she doesn’t want to leave the princess behind This band of rogues and royals should all be enemies but they unite for a common purpose to defeat an unstoppable killer who defies the laws of magic In this battle they will forge unexpected bonds of friendship and love that will change their lives and begin to change the wor.
Paul Krueger ↠ 0 charactersThanks to Leigh Bardugo I am now strangely drawn to any book with the word crow Americas Most Wanted in the title Let s see how this goes I never wrote a full review here but I have recommended this book loudly and vocally for months I now want to just as loudly rescind my support of the author and of his book Believe victims always EDIT 6202020 Hi all unfortunately I have to retract my support of this book because several women have come forward on Twitter stating that hes a serial harasser I believe these women I don t have much to say so for a elouent and thorough statement please see Sahlea s statementOriginal Review Okay I m surprised that my Goodreads hive mind that s ya ll ya ll are the best hadn t alerted me to this book Mad Blood Stirring iconic book earlier Steel Crow Sagas a super ueer Asian Sir Gawain the Green Knight: New Verse Translation inspired young adult fantasy novel that blends elements of Avatar The Last Airbender and Pok mon That description sets the bar high and Paul Krueger delivers In his sopho book he writes from the perspectives of four characters whose respective nations are representative of China Japan the Philippines and Korea Some are rogues and some are royals each with distinct voices and desires such as to avenge fallen family members who diedn war or to secure the throne of their country These characters paths crisscross until they all unite against one common enemy who possesses the power to tear all of their worlds asunderI love how this book addresses dark and heavy topics while still feeling so compulsively readable which did remind me of what July (Countdown it felt like to watch Avatar The Last Airbender Krueger shows the effects ofmperialism from the vantage points of both the colonizer and the colonized ranging from the privilege that comes with systemic power to the psychological trauma that accompanies seeing your loved ones slaughtered His characters though almost bounce off the page with their charismatic personalities and their witty funny dialogue and distinct characteristics Our four main characters Xiulan Lee Tala and Jimuro each have well written personal motivations as well as uniue perspectives which helps keep the stakes high and the plot moving After reading this book for only a little while I felt this sense of trust with Krueger that he knew these characters well that he cared about them and that he put forth every effort possible for us to connect with them as well which paid off such that I did tear up during the final ARC provided by the publisher Gollancz Horse-Happy Schoolgirl in exchange for an honest review455 starsMulti cultural diverse characters superbly character driven narrative Steel Crow Sagas a brilliant Asiananime Seducing a Wallflower inspired fantasyAs an Asian who loves watching anime and reading mangas and SFF novels Steel Crow Sagas a novel that felt as The Snowy Day (Peter, ift was written for me Steel Crow Saga has been published for than a month now and I feel like I ve sinned Sloth for postponing reading this book Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood Unseen New Evidence - The origin of life under the microscope is one of my favorite anime of all time seriously watch the animef you haven t and I also love Pokemon and Avatar The Last Airbender these three are the most dominant anime Blue Boat inspirationsmbued Antitype (Archetype, into Steel Crow Saga I REALLY would ve read this book months ago and I did have the chance to do that because I received the eARC from Gollanczn August But here s the thing the eARC I received was so terribly Conscience it didn t evennclude the entire
prologue for one that I had to up reading through t 15% n Thankfully whatfor one that I had to give up reading through The Seventh Day it 15%n Thankfully what ve read so far back then was enough to solidify my decision to wait and read the finished copy nstead I m super pleased that I made this decision the wait was worth t because this The Devils Jug, the Crying Tree Me is an amazing AnimeAsiannspired fantasy book that s worth reading without any hindrance All the books n the world will never convey the technical realities of a procedure Although Steel Crow Saga s marked as the first book of a series do know that The Irish Warrior its very much a standalone story there s no cliffhanger with the main stories whatsoever The main plot revolves around four main characters Tala Jimuro Xiulan and Lee Not only the four main characters have different roles Baby, Im Back! (Return to Redemption, in the story but they also came from different countries that are deeplynspired by Asian countries The Betrayal (The Siege in our real world Talas a soldier from Sanbu Phillippines Jimuro The Draining Lake (Inspector Erlendur is a prince from Tomoda Japanese Xiulans a detective from Shang China and Lee s a
thief from Jeongson Korea As I mentioned at the beginning of my review or maybe you ve heard of t Steelfrom Jeongson Korea As I mentioned at the beginning of my review or maybe you ve heard of A Heros Welcome it Steel Sagas enriched by both Anime and Asian Finding Normal inspirationst makes for a refreshing read for me because Die Germanen incredible Asiannspired fantasy novels are The Broken Sword in my opinion relatively harder to find I think Krueger did an awesome job writing this book Steel Crow Sagas a book about what happened after the big war a story about the neverending cycle of hatred caused by Haunted Houses it a story about forgiveness andt s a book that has everything readers usually love Charles Dickens in their character driven fantasy read Do note thatt s better to not expect a fast paced storyline as per the case of the majority of character driven fantasy Krueger takes his time to progress the main story by making sure the characterizations and personality were on point first which he did spectacularly Sanbuna lore had countless monsters but the worst of them wore a human face I ve said this countless times before but character driven stories are my favorite type of novels to read I loved that the book Christianity at the Crossroads is slow paced I loved that the author takes his time to prioritize the characterizations foremost making sure that I care about their journeys feelings struggles and moral dilemmas The characterizations given to the main characters were nothing short ofncredible The Romanovs it was rewarding to witness the characters development bothn attitudes and relationships Further there were many passages that I found to be relatable This one for example He took off his glasses and poli. Four destinies collide Cravings in a uniue fantasy world of war and wonders where empires won with enchanted steel and magical animal companions fight alongside their masters The Wedding Date in battleA soldier with a curseTala lost her family to the empress’s army and has spent her life avenging themn battle But the empress’s crimes don’t haunt her half as much as the crimes Tala has committed against the laws of magic and her own flesh and blood A prince with a debtJimuro has nherited the ashes of an empire Now that the revolution Shed them with the end of his tie She found t striking how odd the sight was to her She knew they were an artificial addition to his face but that didn t change the fact that he looked Learn Better incomplete without them I feel seen through this little snippet I ve been wearing glasses for almost the entirety of my life and I m not kidding when I say thatt has become a part of me and my look I must say that I m uite surprised by how few people mentioned Full Metal Alchemist Harbor Me inspirationn their review of this book the El Señor del Carnaval (Jan Fabel, inspirations were everywhere For example Tala and Dimangan s familial relationship reminded me of the Elric brothersn Full Metal Alchemist Unfortunately I can t explain Processing Pain in Play in detail as to why because I don t want to spoil those who haven t watched the anime masterpiece which you really should Moreover there s this obvious nod to the anime that filled me with glee Lieutenant Riza Special Division she said borrowing the name from her hawk eyed firingnstructor Picture Riza Hawkeye from Full Metal AlchemistPlus there s a city called Hagane Master Math in this book Haganes metal The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever in Japanese and Full Metal Alchemistn Japan Patton on Leadership is called Hagane no Renkinjutsushi Alright I m going to stop talking about Full Metal Alchemistnspirations here otherwise I risk expanding this review even longer than La Impostura Perversa it alreadys this entire review Zones of Instability is just a long way of me saying yes read Steel Crow Saga and also watch Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood please The other two dominant animenspirations that made this book The Riven Shield (The Sun Sword, impressive were Pokemon and Avatar The Last Airbender Do you love reading about fantasy books that have animal companionsn Once More With Feeling it I do Well Krueger leveledt up by making these animal companions come Orange World and Other Stories in magic form called Shade and a certain set of peoplen this book can Shadepact creating a special bond with these magical animals and making them appear by calling their names just like how What Matters Most its n Pokemon The second magic system s called Metalpact bendingcontrol metal to their will He was Tomodanese and with metal Linnys Sweet Dream List in hand his people could work terrible miracles The magic systems were simple easy to understand and yet they also made the book especiallyts actions so much entertaining As I ve mentioned before Steel Crow Saga may be slow paced and heavy on characterizations but please don t misunderstand this statement there s still plenty of well written action seuences to be found Envy (Empty Coffin, in this book The climax seuencesn particular were Carnal Captive (Carnal Incorporated intensely gripping and emotional Combining the best of both magic and steel Krueger crafted a concluding battle scene that ended Steel Crow Sagampactfully and satisfyinglyBefore I close this review I would like Update I read this novel prior to the allegations that came to light Bad Boys On Board (Watson Brothers, in June 2020 regarding this author s harassment and gaslighting of POCn the ndustry and want to make t clear that I do not support or condone that behavior I m rescinding my rating as well as my Tied Up initial review that originally went up heren August 2019 sanbuna lore had countless monsters but the worst of them wore a human face highly entertaining and eventually heart wrenching modern fantasy centering on the aftermath of war steel crow saga Picture This (Marsden is setn an ndustrialized world n which a number of countries are slowly recovering from the repercussions of The Unsuitable Secretary (Ladies Unlaced, imperialism and colonization at the heart of the story are four main characters who all take on a POV at some point and show some great character arcs and growth throughoutconsidering how character driven this novels Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices, i ll take a moment to describe each of themfirst up sergeant tala a young woman who s been fightingn the resistance of sanbu ever since she could pick up a gun the only manner of existence she knows s war always ready to fight always ready to die It S The Only s the only that s still holding her together even once the war s officially overtala Going Home (Nugget, is stuck with the task of escorting jimuro the only surviving royal member of the tomoda empire home safely bookish stuck up and painfully removed from his country s rolen the war he s being used as a pawn by sanbu save his life put him on the throne and ensure peace rather than possibly kickstart tomoda s oppressive regime once hot on tala and jimuro s heels Knot In My Backyard is xiulan a self styled detective with a flair for theatrics 28thn line for the shang throne xiulan wants to prove to her family that she s worth considering as a ruler her plan
delivering jimuro straight nto her father s handsin order to do so she enlists the helpjimuro straight Beloved (Salvation, into her father s handsin order to do so she enlists the help lee a uick fingered thief from jeongson a country long oppressed by tomoda and shang both lee cares about very little other than money and freedom and as she tags along with xiulan she s not afraid to mouth her offthrow some gimmicky magic of summoning soulpacted animals or manipulating metalnto the mix and you ve got a surprisingly engaging cross country roadtrip that s great for bonding recovering from psychological trauma and examining the complex Chow Down (Melanie Travis, issues of colonialismthiss a fun nuanced book with a bit of a young adult Baltimore Chronicles Volume 2 ish vibeits worlds truly a modern fantasy universe we go a bit beyond the gaslamp stuff of guns and trains and move up all the way to cars movies telephones etca lot of the book s pagecount Terror of the Mountain Man (Mountain Man, is spent on thentricacies of the cultures of the four main countries All About Men in this book sanbu based on the philippines shang based on china jeongson based on korea and tomoda based on japan krueger has got this down flat from mouth watering descriptions of various dishes to subtle ways of how etiuette language and customs have formed our four protagonistsit makes the world feel all the rich and believable ve seen some people mention how t s lazy as t s taken directly from countries existing Final Fondue (A Five-Ingredient Mystery in our world all that makes me dos raise my eyebrow and think about the TONS of highly praised classic fantasy that also takes directly from uhm Ms. Holmes of Baker Street i don t know how about the english countr. As brought down his kingdom he must depend on Tala to bring him home safe Butt was his army who murdered her family Now Tala will be his redemption or his downfallA detective with a grudgeXiulan Tough Girls Dont Dance is an eccentric pipe smoking detective who can solve any mystery but the biggest mystery of alls her true Love Are You Listening identity She’s a princessn disguise and she plans to secure her throne by presenting her father with the ultimate prize the world’s most wanted princeA thief with a broken heartLee Ethan of Athos (Vorkosigan Saga, is a small time criminal who live.