The Hero of Ages

The Hero of Ages
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, , Book # 3
Gollancz (Orion)
March 30th 2010
Paperback
748
English
March 3, 2020 March 12, 2020

Who is the Hero of Ages?

To end the Final Empire and restore freedom, Vin killed the Lord Ruler. But as a result, the Deepness—the lethal form of the ubiquitous mists—is back, along with increasingly heavy ashfalls and ever more powerful earthquakes. Humanity appears to be doomed.

Having escaped death at the climax of The Well of Ascension only by becoming a Mistborn himself, Emperor Elend Venture hopes to find clues left behind by the Lord Ruler that will allow him to save the world. Vin is consumed with guilt at having been tricked into releasing the mystic force known as Ruin from the Well. Ruin wants to end the world, and its near omniscience and ability to warp reality make stopping it seem impossible. She can't even discuss it with Elend lest Ruin learn their plans!


About the book

And here we are at the end of Mistborn, “the first era”. We have reached the end of the saga, the world is dying, it’s continually shaken by earthquakes and the mists that usually appear only at night, begin to remain even during the day and together with the ash that falls from the sky, they obscure the sun that no longer grows crops. Emperors Vin and Elend are trying to follow the clues that the Lord Ruler left in the food storage to save humanity. But the emperor must also deal with kings who don’t recognise him as emperor and therefore must conquer their cities.

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The Priory of the Orange Tree

The Priory of the Orange Tree
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Bloomsbury Publishing
February 26th 2019
Hardcover
848
English
February 21, 2020 March 1, 2020

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.


About the book

The world of this book is divided into two: the west and the east. These two continents are different, both in culture and races, and in dragons. In the West, dragons are hated and everyone is afraid that the Nameless One will return to life, a dragon that was the terror of the world a thousand years earlier. In the east dragons are revered as if they were gods and are totally different from “sleeping dragons”. Because a thousand years earlier the Nameless One was defeated and sent to the Abyss, a sea that lies between the two continents and thanks to that all the other western dragons have fallen as if in hibernation.

We follow the events of a queen of the West and it is said that as long as her lineage exists, the Nameless One cannot return and those of an oriental girl who is about to become a Guardian of the Seas, but due to a westerner who arrives on the island where she lives from the sea, she risks of being legally prosecuted.

In this book there is also the plague which is a disease brought on by western dragons. The east is immune to it (or rather there are no cases) and for this reason if western illegal immigrants are found to land on the eastern soil, they are put to death.

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Six of Crows

Six of Crows
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, Book # 1
Henry Holt and Company
September 29th 2015
Hardcover
465
English
February 15, 2020 February 20, 2020

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


About the book

Six of Crows talks about a gang of criminals who must complete a task given by a city merchant. We are in a fantasy world, in a world where humans and Grishas exist, people with particular powers that not everyone accepts. To say more would be too much because it’s nice to discover the plot by reading the book like I did.

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The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season
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, Book # 1
Orbit
August 4th 2015
Paperback
468
English
February 7, 2020 February 14, 2020

This is the way the world ends. Again.

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze -- the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization's bedrock for a thousand years -- collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman's vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She'll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.


About the book

The Fifth Season is a catastrophic book because we are in a world where cataclysms and earthquakes are very habitual and dangerous. We are at the end of the earth cycle or at the beginning, it depends on your point of view, as we are in a primordial earth, with only one continent, the Stillness, in which, however, man is present. Time is marked by environmental disasters, in fact there are seasons that are very different from ours, which can last even millennia. Then a catastrophe, an earthquake or a volcano erupts and the fifth season begins.

The fifth season is the period following a catastrophe that can last a few years, but also millennia. In this period the air is unbreathable, it rains ash, most people die and it is as if the earth is renewed, killing everyone and then leaving only the few capable of surviving.

Fifth Season: a long winter – lasting at least six months as per Imperial classification – triggered by seismic activity or other large-scale environmental alterations.
Translated from the Glossary of La Quinta Stagione, Italian Version, p. 484

Civilisation is basic, they have no prospects of life because at any moment an environmental disaster might come and kill everyone. It is a civilisation based on certain laws that lead to the survival of the species and everyone thinks that the earth hates them.

Also around the continent there are obelisks that are the symbol of ancient civilisations that didn’t have this problem, but no one has the duty to study them because at any moment the end of the world can happen so why waste time studying when you have to prepare to survive during a fifth season? These obelisks have a particular energy.

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A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury
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, Book # 2
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
May 3th 2015
Hardcover
626
English
January 16, 2020 January 25, 2020

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world torn apart.


About the book

A Court of Mist and Fury is the second book in Sarah J. Maas’ series started with A Court of Thorns and Roses reviewed a few weeks ago on the website. If you have not read the first book please do not read further, I have to write some events from the previous book to write this review.

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