2019, Books, reading, reviews

The Raven Tower Review

Title: The Raven Tower
Author: Ann Leckie
Published: 2019
Country: United Kingdom
Genre: Adult Fantasy

Synopsis: When a usurper claims the title of Raven’s Lease, border skirmishes threaten the safety of Iraden and the Raven god. Mawat, the true heir, and his aide Eolo, aim to reclaim the throne and return safety to the land. However, new and old gods are at war and buried secrets threaten to emerge.

What I liked: The story was pretty interesting and I enjoyed the mythology parts. There are several perspectives, including that of an unnamed god, and a story-like portion (in 2nd person) that follows Eolo and Mawat. There are time jumps that bring past and present together to build a bigger picture of what is happening and which gods are at war, and why. It also tells the story of the Raven Tower, the Raven’s Lease and how it all works. I love stories with gods, magic, and betrayals so this definitely spoke to me on those levels.

What I didn’t like: There are no true chapters so it took a little while to catch on when there was a time jump or perspective shift. Additionally, the 2nd person narrative doesn’t work for a lot of people and I found it a little annoying. I also thought the book was a bit long for the story and had a lot of slow and boring parts that don’t necessarily enhance the overall narrative. I also thought it would be a little darker, as blood sacrifice is mentioned, but there’s not a ton of it included. I also thought the communication between the gods and priests was a little weird and not well explained, making it more confusing and unbelievable for me than I had hoped.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad book. It’s received good ratings and the author is well known in the sci-fi genre, which probably helped. I don’t think it was great and I will caution that it is very confusing and a little weird at times, which distracts me and annoys me. However, if that’s your thing, go for it!

2019, Books, Mid Year Check In, reading, videos, wrap ups

Mid-Year Check In

Total Books Read: 54 but only counting 44 (as 10 were textbooks)

Genres

Ratings from Not Rated (-) to 5 Star Rating System and DNFs

Years Published

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019: The Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to: Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year: The Toll by Neal Shusterman

5. Biggest disappointment: Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

6. Biggest surprise: Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

7. Favorite new author: Julie Kagawa

8. Newest fictional crush; Lestat from The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

9. Newest favorite character: Yumeko and Tatsumi from Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

10. Book that made you cry: N/A

11. Book that made you happy: The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

12. Most beautiful book you’ve read: The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year: Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

2019, Books, booktube, readathons, reviews, videos

Reading Women Month Bingo – Second Check-in!

Hey friends! I am participating in Reading Women Month Bingo for June and here is my second check-in (June 8-14). I didn’t read much that was part of the board but this is such a fun challenge and I look forward to reading more books and making a BINGO!

Check-in #1: https://allthesewanders.com/2019/06/14/reading-women-month-bingo-first-check-in

My Progress:

Here’s the site, if you want more info:  https://www.readingwomenpodcast.com/reading-women-challenge-2019