FEBRUARY 2016 RECOMMENDATION – “The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August” by Claire North

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“The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August” by Claire North

Star Rating: 4 and a 1/2 out of 5 Stars ☆☆☆☆ ½

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JANUARY 2016 RECOMMENDATION – “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas

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A Court of Thorns and Roses – by Sarah J. Maas

Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ☆☆☆☆☆

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The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson (OCTOBER & NOVEMBER RECOMMENDATION)

 

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Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ☆☆☆☆☆
Synopsis:

One thousand years before, a man who was believed to be the Hero of Ages attempted to fulfill a prophecy that would give this Hero power to save or destroy the world.  The man who attempted to fulfill the prophecy by saving the world, ended up edging it halfway toward destruction instead.  The world was brought close to the sun, creating unruly heat and scorched lands incapable of providing food.  The Hero of Ages, now known as the immortal Lord Ruler, created volcanoes that continuously spouted ash in order to dampen the effects of the heat on the world; also achieving an evolved world that became used to ash that fell all day long.  Unfortunately, over time the world became worse, inching closer and closer to destruction.

The Lord Ruler was a tyrant.  He created a caste system in his world, one of nobles and of slaves, called the Skaa.  The nobles were descendants of those who had helped the Lord Ruler in his quest to fulfill the prophecy of the Hero of Ages.  The Skaa were the descendants of his foes.  Needless to say, the Skaa vastly outnumbered the Nobles, and were considered slaves.

During all of this, a young sixteen year old girl named Vin was learning to be a master thief.  She was involved with an abusive group of thieves, who used her abilities to push a person’s opinion toward a certain goal, which was paramount in high-stakes con artist schemes.  Regardless of her usefulness, she was regularly beaten and starved.

A man named Kelsier found Vin and asked her to join his group of thieves instead.  Convincing her that no harm would come to her, and that they were not just any thieves, made her choose to follow Kelsier.  Kelsier’s thieving group’s latest planned “heist”?  Overthrow the Lord Ruler.

Opinion:

This was one of the best series I have ever read, hands down.  I would recommend it to everyone. I have nothing bad to say about it.  It is truly an amazing piece of literature in every conceivable way.

The most intriguing portion of this book is the incredible and intricate magic system.  The primary magic system is Allomancy.  Few in the world have allomantic powers.  These are usually those in the noble class.  The most common are called Mistings.  Mistings are capable of taking one particular metal and converting it into one specific power.  For example, if a Misting could control Pewter, that Misting, once swallowing a vial of pewter, would have the ability to become excessively strong.  Another example would be a person who can control Tin.  This person would be capable of enhancing all of their senses while burning tin, making them capable of seeing and hearing things very far away – sharpening their senses dramatically.  For reference, I will place the chart of Allomantic Powers right here:

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Then there are the rarest people in Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere – the Misborns.  Mistborns are capable of contorlling all metals, not just one.  This makes them exceptionally powerful and not easy to fight.   Mistborns are generally feared and revered.  Kelsier is a Mistborn, and he is a legend in his own time.  A surivvor of the Lord Ruler’s “work camps”, Kelsier is a living legend among the Skaa.

I highly recommend that you read this trilogy.  Sanderson has since followed up this trilogy with two novels, The Alloy of Law and Shadows of Self.  Don’t bother with those.  They take place 200 years after the events of the final novel, Hero of Ages… and honestly, they aren’t very good.  I usually swallow books in a day or two, but Shadows of Self just took me over two weeks to complete. (EDIT: As of 1/27/17, the series is up to 3 novels, with one upcoming.  I discuss these 3 briefly in this post.)

 

For those interested in reading The Mistborn Trilogy – follow the links below for reviews and where to buy it!  As always, please feel free to tell me your opinions in the comments and subscribe in the upper-right hand corner of the page. Until next time!

GoodReads Link: The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

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Fall 2015 Book Recommendation – The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

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The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ☆☆☆☆☆

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AUGUST 2015 RECOMMENDATION” – The Inkheart Trilogy” by Cornelia Funke

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AUGUST 2015 RECOMMENDATION:

The “Inkheart” Trilogy by Cornelia Funke

Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ☆☆☆☆☆

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