The Girl in the Tower

The Girl in the Tower
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, Book # 2
Del Rey
December 5th 2017
Hard cover
363
English
May 4, 2020 May 6, 2020

The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.

Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.


About the book

The Girl in the Tower is the second book in the Winternight Trilogy series and follows the first book. As the first, the book is divided in parts, four this time. The first part is dedicates to Vasja’s sister, Ol’ga and brother, Saša who are in Moscow. Here we come to know about Ol’ga’s life since she left her father’s household to become the princess of Sepurchov.

We learn that villages are attacked and that three girls are kidnapped in each village. Saša, who is a warrior monk leave Moscow with the Great Prince Dmitrji to stop these attacks and it is in a monastery close to one of the attacked villages that he meets Vasja once again. Continue reading “The Girl in the Tower”

Glass Sword

Glass Sword
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, Book # 2
HarperTeen
February 9th 2016
Hardcover
444
English
April 27, 2020 April 30, 2020

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.


About the book

Glass Sword is the sequel to Red Queen, the second book of the homonymous series and begins immediately after the end of the previous book. In this world there is a division, those who have silver blood, therefore they have powers and they are the privileged ones and those who have red blood, those who are worth nothing because they haven’t “evolved” to such an extent as to have silver blood. Mare, a red, after the events of the first book, managed to escape from King Maven, with Cal and the Scarlet Guard. They take refuge on the island of Naercey, but when they arrive on the island they find the king’s army waiting for them. After a battle between Cal, Maven and Mare (a phenomenal scene), the rebels manage to escape and take refuge in Tuck, another island in the hands of the rebels. Mare just wants to find the “New Bloods”, people who like her have red blood, but also have powers like the Silvers.

Here we will see the journey the girl and her team make to build the army to try and defeat Maven.

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La Banda di Alastrine (The Alastrine Gang)

La Banda di Alastrine
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, Book # 1
Elìps
September 2018
ebook
351
Italian
April 20, 2020 April 22, 2020

Centuries ago the Elemental Dragons shaped the land of Sabrié. The mortal races that now live in this world have however forgotten the creatures that allowed their birth and the Dragons now live only in legends. The Alastrine gang operates in Roas, one of the largest human cities that populate Sabrié: a handful of mercenaries commanded by a woman, who tries to give help to those who need it most. Trebor, a boy who has just arrived in that city, finds himself in the gang and, among fabric merchants, slave sellers and traitors, he will discover the many facets of the world that until then had ignored and the many secrets hidden inside Alastrine. But above all, he will discover that legends are no longer such.


About the book

First of all there is no English translation for this book. Them, if you read the synopsis of the book you may think that the book is about dragons right from the start, but it isn’t. Dragons and their legends attracted me to the book and I wanted to read it for this reason. But dragons appear only after the middle of the book (or rather at the end).

The book is about a gang of teenagers who steal from the rich to give to the poor (more or less) however it is a gang of mercenaries but that does good for humanity. We follow some missions of the gang, such as being bodyguards of a cloth merchant, or the liberation of girls kidnapped by a slaver, but nothing of dragons and I find it really upsetting.

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Crooked Kingdom

Crooked Kingdom
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, Book # 2
Henry Holt and Company
September 27th 2016
Hardcover
546
English
March 31, 2020 April 4, 2020

When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets—a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.


About the book

Crooked Kingdom is the conclusion of the duology dedicated to the Grisha of Ketterdam on the island of Kerch. After the conclusion of the first book, we were left with a question, or rather with something unsolved. Here we are in Ketterdam and our gang is facing the person who started the whole journey in the first book. Will Kaz be able to get paid for his services or will the bad guy on duty get the upper hand over our favorite gang?

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Sogni Perduti (Lost Dreams)

Sogni Perduti
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, Book # 1
Amazon KDP
October 20, 2018
ebook
422
Italian
March 14, 2020 March 17, 2020

An adventure that has already conquered over a million readings on the web.
According to Ms. Flint, they had to find a summer job. And officially this was their intention.
As if Aran and Cora could have even imagined stealing a necklace, involving poor Fez and crossing the continent. All this to attend the biggest event of the last few years, but they had decided to put their heads in place, they had said it clearly and only the right-minders could have guessed the opposite. The righteous ... and Elidana. Because she always has something to complain about.
Get ready to live a fantastic journey, between warriors, fortified cities and stones full of light.


About the book

Sogni Perduti (“Lost Dreams” no English version) is the first book of the Crystallum saga, by an Italian author who kindly gave his ebook for free for a limited period of time due to the coronavirus. In fact, given the restrictions, most of the population found themselves locked in the house with nothing to do. So Giovanni decided to make his book free to help us get through this situation and for this I thank him with all  my heart. (Who knows if everything will be over when I post this review… spoiler alert, it’s not…)

But what is this book about? It’s a fantasy so we’re in a very particular imaginary world. At the beginning we are in Lud, in the republic of Lamia, where our five protagonists live, teenagers who have different situations behind them and I must say that I liked the story in which Cora and Aran know each other. Cora (a boy, male, honestly at first I thought it was a female, but immediately I saw the masculine pronoun and therefore I understood that it was a male; dear author, you will explain to me the reason for this name one day – well, Andrea is a masculine name for us Italians, but it is feminine elsewhere…), however, Cora is the protagonist and together with Aran and Fez, wants to participate to a race in the capital of the Karzhan Kingdom, Edel, and to do this they need money. To find it, they decide to use the necklace of Aran’s mother which has a sphere that was once “full” of energy. In fact in this world there are spheres that can contain energy and that are highly sought out. The boys think that by placing the necklace near a famous tree in the city, the great Jalme, they can infuse energy into the sphere which they would then exchange for money. But an accident happens and Cora falls between the roots of the tree and remains unconscious for two days. But the three do not give up their trip out of town and when Cora wakes up they leave. The three will be joined by two girls, Elidiana and Marmorel. However, Cora has a second goal, he wants to find his father who was a Karzhanian soldier and so he goes to Edel both for the race and to find some clues. All this without saying anything to his friends.

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