A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It was good, not at all as gripping as A Court of Mist and Fury (which I couldn’t put down), but good. I was however expecting more of the conclusion to Feyre’s story.

This story has changed a lot over the three books in which it has been told. Sometimes they don’t really feel like books of the same story and like Maas had an idea, wrote the first book and the decided to follow another idea. Despite this, the story wraps up nicely.

The strongest part of this book is the relationships between the main characters. I love how Maas writes them (even if there too is some “follow another idea” syndrome)! Rhys and Fayre are perfect for each other. Lucien and Elain I don’t know about but Azriel and Elain I definitely see. Liked what she did with Mor but somehow the execution just wasn’t the best. Cassian and Nesta should be given more story, filled with madness!

Maas didn’t sadly do her best job with the action in this book. Usually she does write good action but here I didn’t feel the pull I want to feel whilst reading and action scene. I’d liked to see more of the fighting at the end as well. Give me graphical writing!

This series has been very up and down. Decent first book, amazing second and a good third. But what I can say for sure is that I will continue reading the next book in the story of Prythian.


WARNING: MAJOR ENDING SPOILER

Light text: I cannot say how happy I was when not a single one of the main characters dies, but the ending lost some impact when all of the survived. At least Amren would have had an amazing and worthy ending, but no, she wasn’t given that. Rhys on the other hand I’m so glad made it.


A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places”

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Words of Radiance

words of radianceWords of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

THIS BLEW MY MIND! Mistborn is nothing compared to this masterpiece. I cannot wait for the next book!

Again, I cannot help but compare this (The Stormlight Archive) to The Wheel of Time. Both being large, epic, fantasy stories. This is so much better. The story grips you without letting you go. The characters are intriguing and you cannot help but feel for them. The chapters between action in WoT are dull, but here your interest isn’t lost. If that isn’t proof of great writing I don’t know what is.

So, this is the second book in the series and it picks up right where the first left off. You follow the same characters (Kaladin, Shallan and Highprince Dalinar) as well as being introduced to new perspectives. To be honest I don’t want to say too much about the story, because spoilers, but know this, you can feel the build up throughout this book.

I really want to read this series in book form as well, since I now just listened o it. Might pick them up during fall, before the next one comes out in November.


“In the first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war. Among those caught up in the conflict are Highprince Dalinar Kholin, who leads the human armies; his neice Jasnah, a renowned scholar; her student Shallan, a brilliant but troubled young woman; and Kaladin, a military slave who, by the book’s end, was beginning to become the first magically endowed Knight Radiant in centuries.

In Words of Radiance their intertwined stories will continue and, as Sanderson fans have come to expect, develop in unexpected, wonderfully surprising directions. The war with the Parshendi will move into a new, dangerous phase, as Dalinar leads the human armies deep into the heart of the Shattered Plains in a bold attempt to finally end it. Shallan will come along, hoping to find the legendary, perhaps mythical, city of Urithuru, which Jasnah believes holds a secret vital to mankind’s survival on Roshar. The Parshendi take a dangerous step to strengthen themselves for the human challenge, risking the return of the fearsome Voidbringers of old. To deal with it all, Kaladin must learn how to fulfill his new role, while mastering the powers of a Windrunner.”

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Nomadplaneten [eng.: The Nomad Planet]

NomadplanetenNomadplaneten by/av Emanuel Blume

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Recension på svenska, klicka här.

I got this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a sci-fi before, or at least not this -pure a sci-fi. This was exactly what I was anticipating – space ships, future setting and stuff going wrong. But what I didn’t anticipate was how much I would like it.

The story follows a group of scientists and their journey to a so called nomad planet – a planet that isn’t in orbit around a star, but travels through space alone. Earth is in chaos, climate change has seriously changed the conditions on our planet and the political climate is anything but good. That this mission is taking place is incredible in itself. It is try to get the world’s different countries to work together. After a shaky start with the realisation that one of the planned crew members is a terrorist they finally get going.

You get to see the whole journey unfold through the eyes of Jonathan Othiambo, a Swedish-Kenyan astrophysicist. He is thrown in as the replacement after the terrorist is exposed and even though he’s gone through some of the training he is new to the crew and the mission. Being quite a passive character he lets the reader see what happens at the same time as we read his thoughts.

The characters are a very mixed bunch, and you get to know all of them, both their strengths and their flaws. The dynamics in the group are understandable, especially as the situation gets tighter and the relationships more strained.

Over all the book was well written, there were a few mistakes that another read through could have prevented (repetition of words, words missing), but they were so minor I can ignore them. I liked how you felt the science behind everything concerning space travel, but the technical stuff was left out. This made it a very easy read and you don’t have to understand maths or physics to understand what was going on.

I also loved to read something in Swedish again! It’s been a while (few years…)


“Det är tidigt 2100-tal. Konflikter, global uppvärmning och ekonomiska kriser avlöser varandra, men när det ser som mörkast ut tänds en ny stjärna på himlen. Stjärnan visar sig vara en nomadplanet, en vandrande himlakropp på väg att korsa solsystemet. Kan en internationell rymdexpedition flytta fokus från eländet på jorden och ge nytt hopp till en splittrad mänsklighet?

När expeditionen ska lämna jorden visar sig en av besättningsmedlemmarna arbeta för en terrororganisation. Ersättare i sista stund blir Jonathan Othiambo, en svensk-kenyansk astrofysiker. Som ny i gruppen kastas han in i ett maktspel han inte förstår, där konflikter sjuder under ytan i den till synes välorganiserade besättningen.

Den nya planeten bjuder på vetenskapliga upptäckter som väcker förvirring, skräck och konspirationsteorier. När expeditionen tappar radiokontakten med jorden tvingas Jonathan välja sida.”

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The Way of Kings

The Way of KingsThe Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was so good! It is huge, it is grand, and it is so good.

I cannot help comparing this to The Wheel of Time, and I have to say I like this a lot more. Sanderson really knows how to write something gripping.

To be honest I have no idea how to review this. The story is just so huge. Basically it follows three people on their different journeys, and all of them come in contact with something that shows history didn’t happen the way everyone thinks it did. This will change everything.

You fall for the characters. They are not perfect human beings, but that is what is so appealing. They have their own struggles, beliefs, and prejudices. Their story and growth is one you want to follow.

I listened to this on audiobook and can definitely recommend it. The narrators did an amazing job!


Speak again the ancient oaths,
Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before Destination.
And return to men the Shards they once bore.
The Knights Radiant must stand again.

Roshar is a world of stone swept by tempests that shape ecology and civilization. Animals and plants retract; cities are built in shelter. In centuries since ten orders of Knights fell, their Shardblade swords and Shardplate armor still transform men into near-invincible warriors. Wars are fought for them, and won by them.

In one such war on the ruined Shattered Plains, slave Kaladin struggles to save his men and fathom leaders who deem them expendable, in senseless wars where ten armies fight separately against one foe.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Fascinated by the ancient text named The Way of Kings and troubled by visions of ancient times, he doubts his sanity.

Across the ocean, Shallan trains under eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar’s niece Jasnah. Though Shallan genuinely loves learning, she plans a daring theft. Her research hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.

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Fata Morgana

Fata MorganaFata Morgana by Steven R. Boyett & Ken Mitchroney

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Publication date: June 13th 2017

I got an ARC of this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a very up and down read. It started off shakily to then develop into something very promising. Then it fell again but managed to finish off in a decent way.

The story follows a crew on a bomber plane during World War II. They are sent on a mission over Nazi Germany but something goes wrong and they find themselves stranded in another world. A world struggling with its own problems.

I liked the concept of the story and was intrigued to read something set during WWII. The more relaxed chapters were really good, but as soon as there were action I just lost focus. Something about the writing style couldn’t grip me while a lot was going on. This meant that the beginning with the bombing and the end with the climax just didn’t deliver.

I liked the characters and the relationships between them. It was quite a big cast and the introductions brief, but it still did well and you came to like all of them.

In conclusion, it was a decent read but I won’t pick it up again.


At the height of the air war in Europe, Captain Joe Farley and the baseball-loving, wisecracking crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress Fata Morgana are in the middle of a harrowing bombing mission over East Germany when everything goes sideways. The bombs are still falling and flak is still exploding all around the 20-ton bomber as it is knocked like a bathtub duck into another world.

Suddenly stranded with the final outcasts of a desolated world, Captain Farley navigates a maze of treachery and wonder—and finds a love seemingly decreed by fate—as his bomber becomes a pawn in a centuries-old conflict between remnants of advanced but decaying civilizations. Caught among these bitter enemies, a vast power that has brought them here for its own purposes, and a terrifying living weapon bent on their destruction, the crew must use every bit of their formidable inventiveness and courage to survive.

Fata Morgana—the epic novel of love and duty at war across the reach of time.

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