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Book Review: The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

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Brent Weeks

Orbit
2020
★★★☆☆

At its heart, The Black Prism is a spin on the classic fantasy Farm Boy trope. Kip, our farm boy, is just an ordinary 15-year-old kid living in a humble little village, when destiny suddenly comes a-knockin in the form of an army that slaughters his entire town. In the ensuing chaos, Kip discovers he is the illegitimate son of Gavin Guile, the Prism, who is a sort of religious/political figure, kind of like a Priest-King. Prisms are one in a generation; they alone are able to draft seven colors with no negative effects, making them extremely powerful; they also use this power to maintain “color balance” in the world. This particular Prism, though, is marked by a war from sixteen ago, when Gavin fought against his brother, who was seemingly also a Prism, leading the war to be known as the False Prism’s war.

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Book Review: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

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V.E. Schwab

Tor Books
October 6, 2020
★★★★★

This is by far the best Schwab book I’ve read, and yet I’ve still come away from the experience in much the same way I’ve come away from reading all her other books, which is to say: I think that, on a technical level, this is an absolutely brilliant book and I can’t fathom giving it less than five stars, but I still have several criticisms. And I just know there’s going to be so, so many effusive and glowing five-star reviews of this book (they’re coming out already), which are well-deserved, but I’d still like to discuss some of the issues I had.

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Book Review: The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

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G. Willow Wilson

Grove Press, 2019
★★★★★

Al-Andalus is a gilded vision imprinted into the minds of many Muslim children, myself included. It is a dream of glory days long past, the Golden Age of the Islamic Empire, a time of prosperity and tolerance. The Bird King begins not in the midst of this glory age, but at the door of its downfall: the year is 1491. Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand have laid siege to Granada, the last remaining stronghold of the great empire of Muslim Spain, tenuously held by the sultan and his retinue.

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Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2020

  • In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado (★★★★★)
  • My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (★★★★★)
  • The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James (★★★★☆)
  • When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey (★★★☆☆)
  • A History of Magic and Witchcraft by Frances Timbers (★★★★☆)
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (★★★★☆)
  • The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller (★★★★☆)
  • Trail of Lightening by Rebecca Roanhorse (★★☆☆☆)
  • The Return by Rachel Harrison (★★★★☆)
  • The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters (★★★★☆)
  • The Demonists by Thomas Sniegowski (★★☆☆☆)
  • Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (★★★★★)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 12
YEARLY SO FAR: 35

So…March has been one hell of a year, huh?

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Magical Readathon/OWLS Readathon 2020

I’m not going to go into what the OWLS Readathon is, because if you don’t know what it is, you can go read all about it! The gist of it is basically: pick a wizarding career to pursue, earn the OWLS (and later, NEWTS) for it via fulfilling certain reading prompts. Here are some helpful links to learn more:

I’ve never participated in this readathon before, mostly because I never bothered to find out what it actually entailed, but this year I’ve actually had the time and energy to do so and I’m intrigued! And it’s a good excuse to form a TBR.

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