Book Review: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance Series #1) by N.K. Jemisin

The Hundred Thousand KingdomsTitle: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance Series #1) written by N.K. Jemisin
Genre: Fantasy
Published by Orbit (imprint of Hatchette Book Group)
Page count: 395
Format: Paperback
Rating: 5/5

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother’s death and her family’s bloody history.

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate – and gods and mortals – are bound inseparably together. (Goodreads)

I read this book as part of Vaginal Fantasy Book Club’s main pick for this month (if you don’t know about Vaginal Fantasy cruise on over to the Goodreads club or click on the name above). I was excited to read this book because the cover is so gorgeous and the description screams at me as something that I would love to read, since as you know I am a fantasy fiend.

Right off the bat I didn’t fall in love the story. I actually found it to be a little confusing at first and for some reason I couldn’t really get a grip on the perspective of the story because, although the perspective is always Yeine’s perspective, it confused me on how the story was being delivered to us through Yeine. It switches from sounding like we’re observing the story from her perspective to her telling us the story but she’s actually talking to the entity residing in her body so that sort of got confusing for me at first. Aside from that, once I was able to wrap my head around that I became so engrossed in the story that I couldn’t put it down.

I feel like Yeine is such a strong female character, albeit she has her moments, but it was great to read a story where the female lead is just ballsy and powerful even though she doesn’t necessarily start off that way. I also thought that the matriarchal society she grew up in, the Darr, was really interesting I would love to learn more about that and I’m hoping that the rest of the series will satisfy that want for me. I really enjoyed the world building in this book, it’s definitely a book in which the detailed history of the peoples and the Gods interested me and I found myself wanting to learn more about it all. I got a great deal of information about the world and the people/entities that populate it from this book and I’m just looking forward to building on that in the subsequent books. I did go through a large part of the book in which I was just sad for Yeine because of her situation in the book regarding her life but this gets turned around in a way that I would never have expected and this part of the story was just so awesome and fulfilling.

Towards the middle of the story I really had no sense of where the story was going to go which was awesome. It ended going in a direction that I could never have guessed and even though I didn’t love the story at first when I closed the pages of this book I was in love with it. The conclusion of this book just totally did it for me, it was entirely satisfying but it also ended in possibility and I’m happy to see that this is the first book in a series because I will happily crack open the next book soon. Ahhh! I’ve been reading some wonderful books lately!!!

Book Review: Fool Moon ( The Dresden Files #2) by Jim Butcher

Fool MoonTitle: Fool Moon (The Dresden Files #2) written by Jim Butcher
Genre: Fantasy
Published by Penguin Group
Page count: 352
Format: Ebook (Read on Barnes and Noble HD+)
Rating: 5/5

Harry Dresden–Wizard
Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Business has been slow. Okay, business has been dead. And not even of the undead variety. You would think Chicago would have a little more action for the only professional wizard in the phone book. But lately, Harry Dresden hasn’t been able to dredge up any kind of work–magical or mundane.

But just when it looks like he can’t afford his next meal, a murder comes along that requires his particular brand of supernatural expertise.

A brutally mutilated corpse. Strange-looking paw prints. A full moon. Take three guesses–and the first two don’t count… (Goodreads)

As soon as I finished Storm Front, my friend convinced me to continue onto Fool Moon (Okay, I really didn’t need that much convincing). I was rewarded with an awesome story. This was another home run for me, I completely enjoyed reading this book. As you can guess from the description, and quite possibly the title, the story centers upon an investigation involving werewolves! How can a wizard help with werewolves you ask? You will just have to read the book to find out because I promise you, you WILL NOT regret it. Although I loved the first book, I loved this book even more. These books are just really fun to read and in this one we actually get to see Dresden get a little dirtier, a little more human but also just a little more badass than in the first one. I’m still completely charmed by him and there were many times throughout reading this where I burst out laughing from some sarcastic remark of Dresden’s. I definitely love the humor the author has given to this character and I just think he’s an all around greatly written character. I must make mention of the covers to these books…I love them. They really depict what I form in my mind when I picture Harry Dresden!

One thing that I am really enjoying about these books is that they keep me guessing throughout the whole investigation. I love when outcomes in books aren’t predictable. I’ve read books where the outcome is predictable but it’s still a great book but, it’s just a million times better when I have that “AHA” moment where I gasp out loud “Oh my God” and my husband looks at me like I’m crazy.
I’m hoping to start on the third book soon after I read through the book tours and ARC’s I have scheduled to read through February and March, so stay tuned and get into this series!!!

Book Review: Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1) by Jim Butcher

Storm FrontTitle: Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1) written by Jim Butcher
Genre: Fantasy
Published by Penguin Group
Page count: 384
Format: Ebook (Read on Barnes and Noble HD+)
Rating: 5/5

Harry Dresden — Wizard

Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations.
Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates.
No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or
Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things — and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a — well, whatever.

There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get… interesting.

Magic. It can get a guy killed. (Goodreads)

This series was recommended to me by two great friends of mine whose opinion in books, video games,etc. I completely trust and I am convinced they are both infallible when it comes to these things. I have actually had quite a few books in this series sitting in my nook for quite some time but have been pretty intimidated by it because the series is really long which in this case, is probably a really good thing. For some reason I was under the impression that this series was more sci-fi in nature but I was surprised (rather pleasantly) to find that the genre it most closely fits is fantasy with some paranormal goodness thrown in. I also get this sort of western, maverick type feel to the main character, whom I must say I am completely charmed by.

I’m going to dive right in and reveal that I gave this book a 5 out of 5 rating because I simply enjoyed reading it so much. Aside from being interesting, this book is greatly entertaining…and who doesn’t love wizards, especially one that wears a duster jacket and lists himself in the yellow pages. I think one of the things I love about Harry Dresden is how “human” he is, even if he is backed by some really great power and knowledge. He’s just so believable as to what I would think a wizard living in modern society would be like. I’m used to the type of wizards that we are all used to, you know, the Merlin or Gandalf sort. While I absolutely adore those types of wizards, Harry Dresden is nothing short of refreshing…and he’s just so badass.

As for the story goes…I loved it. It has a sort of “Sherlock Holmes” feel to it. The best way I can describe this book/series is a mixture of Sherlock/Western/Urban Fantasy/slightly paranormal type fiction and it totally works. Although I don’t want to give too much away about the plot Dresden basically works as a freelance wizard. He’s set himself up in an office through which he finds work doing “mundane” things like helping people find lost items, etc. but he also works as a consultant for the special investigations unit helping on cases that are “special”. He has sort of a love-hate relationship with the department which is interesting in itself and from what I can tell each book centers around some sort of investigation that he consults on which inevitably has something to do with the magical or paranormal community…so awesome. I must tell you that I cannot wait to continue this series.