Posts Tagged: slavery

[Arc Review] An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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29 April
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Oh, my goodness. I’m so glad that I got this from First Reads. I rolled around on the floor for awhile and then found that their download site was all broken. But everything worked out in the end, because I still got a hold of this beauty and let me tell you, it was such a good read. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it certainly lives up to the hype. There is so much happening in this book. There are elements of magic, desertion, usurping, spying, cults, mythical creatures and pretty much anything else you can think… Read more »

[ARC Review] Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

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06 September
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Slavery, lost princesses, ghoulish assassins, and a somewhat half assembled love triangle, this book was full to the brim with interesting characters, world building and excitement. I loved every minute of it and drew out my consumption of the book in order to make it last longer. Nalia is a jinni. She was captured and sold as a slave, bound to a master, Malek, by an iron bottle. She belongs to him until he makes three wishes. Unfortunately for her, he refuses to offer his third wish. Instead, he makes plenty of effort to woo her. Nalia is, of course,… Read more »

[Arc Review] Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

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30 August
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I was reading this book in tandem with The Last Argument of Kings, the last installment in Abercrombie’s The First Law series. Perhaps that wasn’t a good idea. It made it glaringly obvious where the book was being trimmed and edited for the young adult crowd, and I started grumpily referring to it as Diet!Abercrombie. Yes, this book offers all the intrigue and blood and crappy situations that I’ve come to expect from Joe Abercrombie’s work. The problem was it lacked all the depth. Everything was watered down. The basic plot moved by quickly without much depth or stalling, even… Read more »

[ARC Review] City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennet

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29 August
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City of Stairs was a wonderful surprise; I was immediately sucked into a masterpiece of world-building and canon. This book and its universe was entirely unique, unprecedented, rich and groundbreaking. Yet in spite of that — or perhaps more accurately, due to that– this book suffered from having more interesting backstories and themes than its main plot. This books takes place in the war-ravaged city of Bulikov (which bears ethic and cultural resemblances to Slavic nations), after being conquered by the Sapyuri (resembling Arabic or South Asian cultures). What can be gathered by this war is that the Saypuri were originally slave people,… Read more »

[Arc Review] City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennet

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09 August
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City of Stairs was very luscious and flavorful, rich with outstanding characters and extensive world-building. Yet, somehow, it managed to still remain droll and ineffectual. The beginning opens with a trial, showing just how the hierarchy and the system of rules on the Continent work. No one is allowed to discuss the gods or hint at the divine in any manner. To do so is against the law. The reason for this is that the Saypuri occupation in Bulikov, the Continent’s capitol, does not wish for the inhabitants to feel as though they are still favored by the divine. The… Read more »

[Review] The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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09 July
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This was one of those highly praised releases that ended up being just so-so. It’s unfortunate, because after watching all of the hype and looking at the gorgeous cover and the unique ARC packaging, I just felt left down. A lot of the book was petty interactions between the main character and everyone else. For what the plot encompasses, the story itself could have been condensed to half. Less catty, more action. Kestrel, the main character, purchases a slave at an auction despite not actually caring about owning a slave. The slave in question, Arin, is actually a plant for… Read more »