Rating: 5 Stars
After a wait while the book got written and prepared for publication, all I can say is, what a finale to this series! I enjoyed reading the first two books in this phenomenal, inventive world, and Defiance was really the icing on the cake. Finally pulling the different actors together in a showdown to end all showdowns, Chambers nevertheless packed in quite a few surprises. Expect the unexpected with this and you’ll do just fine.
While the ending wasn’t quite what I’d envisaged… it was better, suitably twisty, perfectly fitting the nature of the series.
For me, I see this series as a fine merger of science fiction and fantasy – which often makes for some very inventive worldbuilding in my experience. From the first book this has been a world that’s excited me with its possibilities, and as the series has gone on I haven’t been disappointed.
Thanks for the fun!
Source: The author
Rating: 4 Stars
So. Kiva has two older brothers, the younger of whom has yet to challenge a sect to join. Kiva, however, has dreams of being a windwalker, something that is forbidden to women. They are not even allowed to go as far as challenging the sect. Kiva isn’t one to take “no” lying down, though. She’s pretty sure she has what it takes. And so, on the day of her big brother’s own challenge, she sets off to complete the windwalker challenge – unannounced.
What she doesn’t bargain on is the sidi (leader) of the sect’s unbending nature, and the necessity that is reality. As she begins her illicit training, she learns of a great threat to the Bowl she lives in.
This is a fun story that is quick and easy to read. It was good to see a different part of the world of the Aeternum Chronicles, and I can only hope that I see more of the windwalkers in the next series novel Chambers writes. I also want to know whether the troubles this Bowl are dealing with have any bearing on the issues the rest of the world is having, as read about in the main series. Having read Anne McCaffrey’s PERN series, I wondered how Chambers would deal with the bonding with the kiraeen in this story, and I felt he handled it very well, really. It was clear what was happening, he set out the rules clearly, and I wasn’t disappointed.
Rating: 5 Stars
This book follows on immediately from the end of Recreance. We meet up with the main characters from the previous book, and a new thread begins, following one of the minor characters from Recreance, Anzien.
I really enjoyed picking the story line up from where Recreance left off and exploring more of the world these characters inhabit. Getting to know Anzien and follow her path was a welcome expansion from Book 1. Chambers’s storytelling is vivid and engaging, and for the most part his writing does not get in the way of imagery, making Vigilance a pleasure to read.
I have only one complaint: Vigilance was too short. I would have gladly read on beyond the last page. Needless to say, I will be eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.
Rating: 5 Stars
A friend of mine let me know about this book a while back. Searching for something to read, I decided to pick Recreance up.
The two main characters, Clem and Oren, are teenagers. As one learns, they live in a closed city that is sheltered from the damaged world. The Ministry runs the city, and life is pleasant. Or is it? At the beginning of the story, they inadvertently come across a Breaker – a type of deadly interrogator the general population have no knowledge of. When Oren’s great grandmother disappears instead of Ascending, Oren’s family is threatened. A ko’jin named Khalil rescues Oren from destruction at the hands of Breakers and they travel away from the city and out into the world. And that’s just the beginning of the story.
I really enjoyed reading this book. Chambers had my attention from the first page, and I just kept on reading. A real page turner. The worldbuilding is excellent, and very inventive, with creative monsters. Chambers certainly has an outstanding imagination. It’s not every day one comes across something so original, unencumbered by the numerous tropes that litter scifi.
I will be looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Oh – and I simply ADORE the cover.