I knew her so much it just made her turmoil over whether she was trusting the wrong people that much palpable I found myself desperately hoping she was right afraid of the heartbreak she would face if she was wrongThe ending was so so surprising and I suspect it won t be for everyone but for me personally it was perfect It was big epic magical exciting and dark I highly recommend this book and if you start it and get to that lull I implore you to finish it because I think there s a good chance you ll be like me way than satisfied I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book Get ready for 2016 What a super story A brave heroine a caste system gods involved in humans lives what could you want A surprise ending that s what The intricate descriptions of the different writing systems made me sure that they truly existed and that MacMillan was simply telling s about research she had done in some far off part of the world I loved our Raisa who is a scholar as opposed to a soldier and who does not wait for men to save her I loved the idea that there are Goddesses who look after writers We sure could The Romantic Friendship Reader: Love Stories Between Men in Victorian America use them I m in a strange little muddle at the moment because this book had so many aspects that made me grind my teeth but yet I STILL REALLY LIKED IT So who knows Maybe I m just craving epic fantasy with good world building and this truly had that And also that cover C mon THAT COVER Plus it featured writing and I think that s awesome Because Iite like writing As you can note by my obsession with writing aaaall the reviewsANYWAYI really appreciated the world It s all gods and temples and writing is so so sacred that no one else is allowed to do it except the king and the high people And the world felt really dusty almost like it had a GreekRoman vibe maybe I just envisioned all the temples like Greek ones I DON T REALLY KNOW IF THAT S RIGHT OR NOT BUT THERE YOU HAVE IT And it s all masters vs slaves And the masters were pretty brutal The story didn t get really graphic because a lot of the brutality was off
"But It Still Was A "it was a vicious world and I a lover of darker fantasy APPRECIATED THATBut whenever you have a masters vs slaves situationomg I get so attached to the tragic abused rebels It s nearly a problem JonisTheDarlingGrapeLet s just pretend that the protagonist Raisa wasn t a little
BALL OF DELUDED WHINING BECAUSE ALL THE OTHER CHARACTERSof deluded whining Because all the other characters MY PRECIOUS BABY DARLINGS But seriously Raisa Her personality was whine and cheese I can t Comprehensive Respiratory Therapy Exam Preparation Guide understand how she could be a slave for like 85% of her life and yet BE SO DARN NIAVE She s having a passionate fling with the prince THE PRINCE And then gets shocked when she realises he s betrothed to a princess I mean C mon Woman you need to grow a brain But I did appreciate that A Raisa was no special snowflake and B despite being a naive mulberry of delusion tears and freuent whine sessions she was kindhearted and that De los dioses para luego enseñarla al futuro reyTras ser seleccionada como aprendiza Raisa deberá ir con más cuidado y estar más vigilantee nunca sigue siendo na esclava y cualuier sombra de traición podría suponerle. .
Read Sword and Verse.
I was lucky enough to read an early version of this book and if you like YA high fantasy in the veins of Rae Carson then you will LOVE this bookRaisa is raised as a slave in the palace one of only two who are taught the language of the gods writing in order to tutor the prince and council him when he one day becomes king But Raisa doesn t plan for falling in love with him nor that he would return her love Or that the slave resistance will pressure her to help them even as it threatens the life and safety of both herself and the princeWhen it all comes to a head it seems only the gods will be able to save everyoneThis story is filled with romance and wonderful deeply realized characters Raisa is sympathetic and believable and Mati is swoon worthy and kind which I particularly love since I m kind of over the bad boy romance thing The language and religion is fully developed and it s clear MacMillan spent a lot of time and energy getting it just right And the ending explodes with action and drama and tension and moments that literally made me gasp in surprise Which is really the best thing I can ever hope for when reading a book Wow okay I adored this book It surprised me so much and so pleasantly I just finished and am still thrumming with the happy energy of a truly satisfying ending The pacing was interesting to me the first half very much serves as an establishing of the world the rules the characters the stakes and the conflict Which is to say that I was at first hooked based solely on the romance while everything else was being set into place Then as the action was building I felt a bit of a lull toward the middle but no sooner did I have that thought than everything exploded into action and the last third to half was an absolute ROLLERCOASTER For me this transition from steady to break neck pacing worked perfectly because at that point I was SO invested in the characters that I felt every beat of their wild ride exactly as McMillan intended me to do While I read a ton of contemporary fantasy it s not ncommon for me to struggle to connect with characters in high fantasy There are authors I think handle this brilliantly Bardugo Maas etc but a lot of times the Silent Hill 3 unfamiliar world and the elevated way of speaking can leave characters feeling cardboard ornrelatable but here I was so far from having that problem I ve seen some other reviews that called Raisa shallow but I honestly
FOUND HER REFRESHINGLY COMPLEX AND HUMAN SHE IS VERYher refreshingly complex and human She is very torn between her love for one specific person and her knowledge of right and wrong Her struggle made
me consider what I would do if I were forced between protectingconsider what "I WOULD DO IF I WERE "would do if I were between protecting man I love and protecting a group of innocent people who I don t know I think if we re honest this is a muchore difficult decision than it should be and I loved that Raisa continuously struggled with it that she fought so hard to do what she needed to do And because I felt. En el reino de ilara la escritura es n don reservado a los nobles y prohibido para todos los demás especialmente para los esclavos Únicamente a la tutora del príncipe y su aprendiza les está permitido aprender la lengua. .
Nice But the secondary characters
LOVED THEM SO MUCH MatiTHEM SO MUCH Mati the king and he s a bit of a sap but A CUTE SAP I really loved him And noooo triangle NONE WHATSOEVER WOOO Because I started to get scared when the leader of the rebels Jonis strutted into the scene with his little sneers and his scars and his adorableness But this is perfect because A it proved a protagonist can interact with a male and NOT FALL IN LOVE wow and B I can have Jonis 33 Least to say 90% of everyone was tragic and I love tragic sneering metal rebel boys Not to mention the adorable little 5 year old Jera who s being trained as a Tutor and all the powerful women characters who just ietly were supremeAs for the plot Okay Confession it s like 78% kissing Which annoyed me Like after 100 pages I was getting nervous that there would be no plot BUT THERE WAS IT JUST WAS IN AMONGST THE KISSING So be ye warned very heavy focus on the romance And sually I would be stabbing myself in the eye with the pretty "coverbut I shipped the ship and I loved the world SO YAY FOR "I shipped the ship and I loved the world SO YAY FOR AT LEASTThere is also stabbing and explosions and plots and spying so that s all fun Good timesNot to mention LIBRARIES Although the library was like the secret kissing areaI mean Dude Go read a book where are your priorities here Reading will get you killed but whateverI also like how it honestly feels like a standalone Apparently there s a seuel in 2018 Whyyyyyy so far away But you could read this and totally be satisfied with it alone WHICH IS AWESOME We need fantasy books that stand relatively on their own Plus it had no info dumps but managed to build a compelling worldBLESSINGS ON THIS BOOKALL IN ALL I had a lot of fun reading this I honestly didn t expect to love it due to reading a ton of negative reviews beforehand But I think having zilch expectations really helped The romance was afjdksalfd adorable and I really rooted for Mati and Raisa to stop lying to each other and BE FANTASTIC The world was just dark enough to keep my little heart beating excitedly And did I mention TRAGIC SCARRED SECONDARY CHARACTERS OF AWESOME Because those too DNF at 40%This book wasn t overwhelmingly romantic The main character wasn t overwhelmingly stupid I guess the word overwhelming is the key
here because it s what this book wasn t It was completely nderwhelming and mind numbinglybecause it s what this book wasn t It was completely House underwhelming and mind numbingly and I think that s reason enough for my rating I didn t enjoy it It was about a slave girl who s chosen for some reason to be a royal tutor and all of a sudden the prince falls in love with her Like wtf I don t even know what happened All of a sudden around the 20% mark they started kissing leaving me scratching my head because damn that escalatedicklyI mean if a minor resistance plot a dreamy romance and reading about learning to read and write floats your boat good for you But to me there are interesting things in life than this book Like watching my laundry dry. La muerteEnamorarse del príncipe no le facilitará las cosas Al contrario Todo termina de complicarse cuando la Resistencia se pone en contacto con ella Raisa deberá escoger entonces si traiciona a su pueblo o a su corazó.