It’s part 3 of this segment! I was inactive for 3 or more months and mostly concentrated on my Goodreads account, but now I’m back and I’ve decided to post 1 review per week (crosses fingers*) Without further ado and as what Li Shang says it Mulan: Let’s get down to business!
At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.
But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse.
Stolen from the shadow of the noose, Nona is sought by powerful enemies, and for good reason. Despite the security and isolation of the convent her secret and violent past will find her out. Beneath a dying sun that shines upon a crumbling empire, Nona Grey must come to terms with her demons and learn to become a deadly assassin if she is to survive…
I’m a Mark Lawrence fan so this is a big deal for me. I just love how he write atypical lead characters. If you’re looking for something new from the usual goody two shoes leads and if you liked the Broken Empire Trilogy (you can find my reviews on the Index section) and the The Red Queen’s War Trilogy then I’m sure you’d want to get your hands on this.
By: Brian Stavely
Expected Publication: April 25th 2017 by Tor Books
“Pyrre Lakatur doesn’t like the word skullsworn. It fails to capture the faith and grace, the peace and beauty of her devotion to the God of Death. She is not, to her mind, an assassin, not a murderer–she is a priestess. At least, she will be a priestess if she manages to pass her final trial.”
I just wrapped up the Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne series (review in the Index page) aside from Gwenna Sharpe and Pyrre were the characters that I liked. I’ve always like the concept of death as a religion and despite the insight about the Skullsworn on the Last Mortal Bond (3rd book of the series) I’d still like to know more about Pyrre and the sect she belongs to.
An epic new fantasy series from Brian McClellan, set in the same world as his wildly popular Powder Mage trilogy.
The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place a frontier destination for criminals, fortune-hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of a suppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires.
The insurrection that threatens Landfall must be purged with wile and force, a task which falls on the shoulders of a spy named Michel Bravis, convicted war hero Ben Styke, and Lady Vlora Flint, a mercenary general with a past as turbulent as Landfall’s present.
As loyalties are tested, revealed, and destroyed, a grim specter as old as time has been unearthed in this wild land, and the people of Landfall will soon discover that rebellion is the least of their worries.
I haven’t read any Brian McClellan books and most of my friends in Goodreads has marked it as “to read” so I’d like to change that.
Lynx is a mercenary with a sense of honour; a dying breed in the Shattered Kingdom. Failed by the nation he served and weary of the skirmishes that plague the continent’s principalities, he walks the land in search of purpose. He wants for little so bodyguard work keeps his belly full and his mage-gun loaded. It might never bring a man fame or wealth, but he’s not forced to rely on others or kill without cause. Little could compel Lynx to join a mercenary company, but he won’t turn his back on a kidnapped girl. At least the job seems simple enough; the mercenaries less stupid and vicious than most he’s met over the years. So long as there are no surprises or hidden agendas along the way, it should work out fine.
As you can tell by the published date, I’m almost a year late to this party. Don’t ask my why, because believe me I’m asking that myself.