I have to say... from the son of the currently reigning King of Horror...this is fantastic, and you can hear echoes of his father all throughout, while the story takes off, and Joe Hill manages to create an entirely realistic world of his own. Who's to say that science won't one day turn up a spore that lights people on fire? With the way our society and our world is going... it could happen. Either way, take Joe's fictional account in the beautiful territory of New England as a warning... This world does not want to end up like that.
Avid reader; mostly nonfiction; history, tech, alternative medicine, self help. Though I love fantasy and science fiction equally.
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If you love enemies to lovers romance novels, then you will love this series; indeed it is about the fantasy (one of the best takes on vampirism ever, if you ask me), but also the author doesn't neglect the humanitarian side of the coin; nearly every page has the main character questioning her choices; Poppy is intelligent, beautiful, and confident... all traits in female characters that I absolutely adore.
Erawan had skillfully divided his fleet, placing it in enough key locations that Rowan informed Dorian they’d have to sacrifice land, allies, and geographical advantages in order to hold others. Dorian had hated to admit to the Fae warrior that he’d never heard any of these plans these past years—his council meetings had all been on policy and trade and slaves. A distraction, he realized—a way to keep the lords and rulers of the continent focused on one thing while other plans were set in motion. And now … if Erawan summoned the fleet from the gulf, they’d likely sail around Eyllwe’s southern coast and sack every city until they reached Orynth’s doorstep.
Maas, Sarah J.. Empire of Storms (Throne Of Glass Series Book 5) (pp. 235-236). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Just goes to show how powerful a magical military can be... one that's on the wrong side of the war.
Some bundles of these books would seek to put this book last in the list of the seven novels. In my humble opinion, it ought to be put first... because this content is what makes the reader aware of many of the references that Celaena makes in later novels. Without it, you will easily get confused.