Nomadplaneten [eng.: The Nomad Planet]

NomadplanetenNomadplaneten by/av Emanuel Blume

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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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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Of Fire and Stars

Of Fire and StarsOf Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a debut? We have a new amazing author to follow!

I think everyone has heard about this book, it fells like it’s been everywhere on BookTube and BookBlogs. The princess being betrothed to a prince but falling for his sister. But there is a lot more going on in these pages. Magic, mistrust & murder. It is the beginning to something bigger.

This book had flirted with me since it arrived from BookDepository, and the hours before I went home for Easter I picked it up and read the first few chapters. I was hooked! But I have so many other books I’m reading atm that I didn’t bring it with me during Easter. And now after, I just had to finish it!

This is a beautiful story about love and intrigue, the only things I had some minor issues with was some of the male characters, I would have wanted them to feel more multidimensional and not portrayed mainly as bad guys, and the ending. There Coulthurst only told us what had happened instead of putting us in the moment of it happening. (I read a blogpost about this not long ago and since then I’ve really started to notice it.)

The best thing was the two main characters, Denna and Mare. Two very strong women who’ve chosen very different paths even though they share origin. They both experience character development, much due to learning from each other. The best thing with them was that you got to see that not only the Katniss (The Hunger Games) / Celaenea (Throne of Glass) type of female is strong, but also the physically weaker can be as strong (and not only because of magic, even if that helps).

Anyway, the characters are relatable, the story interesting and the writing easy. If you feel in the mood for something like that, definitely pick this book up! It gets you hooked.


“Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.”

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Jaeth’s Eye

Jaeth's EyeJaeth’s Eye by K.S. Villoso

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

I couldn’t decide whether to give this 3 or 4 stars, so I went with 3,5 which rounds up to four. The way this story was told felt quite different. There are multiple perspectives, tons of characters and names that feel very foreign. Have to say I loved the diversity!

To put it shortly, this book sets the groundwork for something much bigger. You get to know all the main players in the story. You get to see the story slowly unfold, and I have to say it was both interesting and frustrating not to know what the story really was about until the second half of the book. That it took half the book before I got my head around the story might also be because there were so many different characters to introduce and follow.

As I said, the diversity in this book was lovely! At least in my mind I saw a very diverse cast. People from Jin-Sayeng looked Chinese, from Gaspar they have dark skin and the people in Kag looked like Europeans (I hope I got all of the countries right..). I loved how you got to travel through the world and see all the different cultures and meet people from different places. Due to this, you also got to see racism. It was a very diverse book indeed.

I also have to mention the use of languages in this. Even if everything is written in English, the characters change between languages. I always love when languages are incorporated in some way into books.

I will definitely continue with this series, as I said, this put up some groundwork. Hopefully the rest of the series will be as good!

Books 2 (Aiana’s Breath) and 3 (Sapphire’s Flight) will be released on April 5th, so this is a perfect time to pick up the first one in the trilogy.


“It has been years since his brother’s accident. Kefier was only just beginning to live a normal life–at least, as normal as it could get for a mercenary from a run-down town. And then an errand goes wrong and he finds himself holding his friend’s bloody corpse.

Already once branded a murderer, he is pursued by men he once considered friends and stumbles into the midst of a war between two mages. One bears a name long forgotten in legend; the other is young, arrogant Ylir, who takes special interest in making sure Kefier is not killed by his associates. The apex of their rivalry: a terrible creature with one eye, cast from the womb of a witch, with powers so immense whoever possesses it holds the power to bring the continent to its knees.

Now begins a tale with roots reaching beyond the end of another. Here, a father swears vengeance for his slain children; there, a peasant girl struggles to feed her family. A wayward prince finds his way home and a continent is about to be torn asunder. And Kefier is only beginning to understand how it all began the moment he stood on that cliff and watched his brother fall…”

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The Crimson Campaign

The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is so close to amazing it can get! But I didn’t want to give it 5 stars, since The Autumn Republic probably will blow my mind! Oh my expectations are high.

Thank you Goodreads for recommending me this series. I didn’t know what I was in for, but I don’t regret it a bit. This world, filled with politics, gunpowder and magic, is a piece of art. The second book wasn’t just a build up for the last, even if it did a lot of building up, but gave you so much story. You love, hate and wonder.

I cannot really say much since this is the second book in The Powder Mages trilogy, and I don’t want to spoil anything, just know that it was so good.

If you want to read my review of the first book, you can click here.


The hounds at our heels will soon know we are lions

Tamas’s invasion of Kez ends in disaster when a Kez counter-offensive leaves him cut off behind enemy lines with only a fraction of his army, no supplies, and no hope of reinforcements. Drastically outnumbered and pursued by the enemy’s best, he must lead his men on a reckless march through northern Kez to safety, and back over the mountains so that he can defend his country from an angry god.

In Adro, Inspector Adamat only wants to rescue his wife. To do so he must track down and confront the evil Lord Vetas. He has questions for Vetas concerning his enigmatic master, but the answers might come too quickly.

With Tamas and his powder cabal presumed dead, Taniel Two-shot finds himself alongside the god-chef Mihali as the last line of defence against Kresimir’s advancing army. Tamas’s generals bicker among themselves, the brigades lose ground every day beneath the Kez onslaught, and Kresimir wants the head of the man who shot him in the eye.

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The Magicians’ Guild

TMagician's guildhe Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I went into this book not really knowing what to expect (and I had bought the whole trilogy so I was praying it would be good), and it was really good.

The story is following Sonea, a young girl living in the poorer part of the city Imardin, as she out of nowhere discovers she has magic. No one that isn’t of the Noble Houses or lives withing the city walls has magic. A boy is killed and Sonea is forced to stay hidden from the magicians of the city. That however, is a task easier said than done as her magic is uncontrolled and untrained, bursting out when she least expects it.

Sone is a character I relate to very much. Her choices and behaviour feels very similar to mine and I think I would have made many of the same choices. She’s determined and thinks about her choices.

The magic is also very interesting, even though we don’t learn much about it in this book. But the fact that you might die unless you know how to use it is feels like a natural thing. Who would like to read about magic without consequences?

The ground has been set for this story. It is amazing how the book feels totally complete, at the same time as it feels like it is only setting up the story. There is so much to come. And I really hope the second book doesn’t feel like a filler-book.

There is one last thing I want to say: this is a perfect bridge book for someone who reads YA and want to start reading Adult Fantasy.


“We should expect this young woman to be more powerful than our average novice, possibly even more powerful than the average magician.”

This year, like every other, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city of undesirables. Cloaked in the protection of their sorcery, they move with no fear of the vagrants and miscreants who despise them and their work-—until one enraged girl, barely more than a child, hurls a stone at the hated invaders…and effortlessly penetrates their magical shield.

What the Magicians’ Guild has long dreaded has finally come to pass. There is someone outside their ranks who possesses a raw power beyond imagining, an untrained mage who must be found and schooled before she destroys herself and her city with a force she cannot yet control.

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