Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is one of my favorite reads of this year. From the outstanding diversity of the characters to the sensational world building and magic that goes into this world, I will forever have Ketterdam and The Dregs in my heart. While this was a book that I've wanted to read for a while, this was also a book that I needed in my life.
Kaz Brekker. Inej Ghafa. Jesper Fahey. Wylan Van Eck. Nina Zenik. Matthias Helvar.
I've completely fallen in love with the way that Bardugo writes, her prose keeps me attached and drawn into the world that she creates. Six of Crows held me and didn't let me go until my emotions were destroyed and I needed to know what happened next. Luckily for me, I had the sequel in hand so I could hop right over straight away.
When you have a story you don't want to let go of, it's quite hard to say goodbye to it. This is exactly the impression Heart of Mist had on me.
A world surrounded by a deadly mist which leaves everyone at risk, but the true enemy might be within their boundaries? One world which contains badass female warriors that have a strict system of combat and power? The world where everything is never perfect and each character deals with their own struggles, no matter their age? COUNT ME IN.
I love the journey we took with Bleak and how much she changed throughout the novel and how prevalent the change is. The other point of views (yep, there are multiple and they were all brilliant) all took their own personal journies as well and my favorite perspective was Dash. I have such a theory surrounding Dash and it's making me excited and giddy and I hope it's right. I WILL BE SO SHOCKED IF IT IS RIGHT.
I don't want any of the queens to be devoured, however, because I love them all. Three Dark Crowns was an incredible story, and knowing Kendare Blake's wonderful prose from her Anna series, I knew she wouldn't disappoint in this first installment in this new series. My excitement for One Dark Throne is real, and I cannot wait to see where this series is taken to next.
Three Dark Crowns pits sister against sister and constantly debates whether you are family by blood or by the connections you make. Each queen is also going through their own personal set of problems throughout the novel while the main story arc continues of preparing for the Beltane Festival. At the Beltane Festival, the queens will have to prove themselves before the fight can begin.
Today, we live in a world where we pride ourselves on how diverse we are. We all come from different backgrounds, have different experiences and different tastes and these should all be celebrated in one way or another. We are different, and that's brilliant.
But, think about diversity as a mirror. Marginalized people only get a small fragment of that mirror while others (namely, white allocishet people) get bigger and better pieces.
It's important that we show diversity in popular culture such as literature. We need to show everyone that they have a place in the worlds that they read about. It's also essential that we read books that include diversity too, as it can help expand our horizons. By doing so, we can become more informed about the cultures that we read about. However, the aim of diverse authors is not to educate people on the marginalization, it's to show that these people are worth representing.
The Bone Witch is definitely one of my favourite reads of this year. It was my cup of Tea. (I'll stop with the puns... maybe) Perhaps, not enough to beat Strange the Dreamer but it still ranks very high! Exploring the story of The Bone Witch along with its world and the Eight Kingdoms was delightful and impressive. The diverse elements of world-building were clearly shown which WAS EXCELLENT and seeing these diverse elements integrated into the society so well had me in awe. The prose was captivating, it clung to me and didn't let me go.
The story is told from two different perspectives (Tea and the Bard) from two different periods of time, and both are very distinct. I do like how both perspectives rely on each other to tell the story which proves they have a purpose. Also from my perspective, this book had next-to-no romance apart from a few occasions of flirting but it mostly focuses on the relationship between Tea and her brother, Fox.
I am in love with Lazlo Strange. A weird confession but I'm also in love with the entire world that this book is set in. The Kingdom of Zosma and the City of Weep are fantastical places filled with imagination, knowledge and an intriguing mystery.
Everyone has forgotten the real name of the City of Weep and it has led Lazlo on a quest to discovering where the city lies, while also getting involved in other events along the way. The prose and pacing were excellent and the world building felt subtle and like coats of paint. Taylor let one coat of world-building dry before she added another and it felt natural.
As a lover of myths as well, I loved how much they were incorporated into the story and how they affected the plot overall. There was just so much that I kept cheering and fanboying over in the novel. I couldn't help but love the story the more I read it.
Hey friends! I’m Joel, the main writer here at Fictional Fates. I’m a reader and writer who advocates for more diversity in literature.
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