Book Series I won’t finish #10

Since childhood, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the Sabriel_(AU)power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who refuse to stay dead. But now her father, the Abhorson, is missing, and Sabriel must cross into that world to find him. With Mogget, whose feline form hides a powerful, perhaps malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage, Sabriel travels deep into the Old Kingdom. There she confronts an evil that threatens much more than her life and comes face-to-face with her own hidden destiny. .

The Old Kingdom by Garth Nix

  1. Sabriel
  2. Lirael
  3. Abhorsen
  4. Clariel
  5. Golden Hand

Sabriel was a great Fantasy book! You have a talking cat, a cool concept of magic, a spooky world and a likeable & brave heroine. I can get behind that!

But unfortunately I didn’t care much about Lirael and didn’t even finish it. She was too whiny for me and I just couldn’t get into the story. I wanted Sabriel back, but she only had a short cameo and that wasn’t enough.

She flees on her wedding day.kiss

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia escapes to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive―and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets―secrets that may unravel her world―even as she feels herself falling in love.

Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson

  1. The Kiss of Deception
  2. The Heart of Betrayal
  3. The Beauty of Darkness

Uh, I got tricked. I didn’t know that this was a giant love triangle disguised as a traditional Fantasy story. And the blurb I read didn’t sound as horrible as the one I just quoted. It taught me to do more research before buying a book! Here’s my rant review.

70,000 years ago, the human race almost went extinct.atlantis gene
We survived, but no one knows how.
Until now.
The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time

The Origin Mystery by A. G. Riddle

  1. The Atlantis Gene
  2. The Atlantis Plague
  3. The Atlantis World

This was also a big fail. It started out really good though and definitely had the potential to become something cool. But nope, we get boring, indestructible characters, information dumping, unbelievable twists, a weird sex-scene that didn’t make sense and let’s throw in some Nazis for good measure. Here’s my review on this one.

9 comments

  1. Aw, too bad about the Nix series! I listened to and loved the first four, although Clariel ended up being waaay darker than I expected 😈 But you’re right, I think I felt the same way about second assistant librarian or whatever Lirael was, haha. Mogget was my favorite character.

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      1. Clariel is fun partially because she shows up in Lirael…but under a different name! *spooky music* The ending was a big WOW! moment, in that sense. Hm…🤔 Drat, this is the problem with not having reviewed it- I can’t remember much else about it! lol. SO helpful for you, I know! It has a much lower overall rating on Goodreads than the rest of the trilogy (the main complaints seem to be that it’s just as slow and not as well edited as the rest), although I think it evoked the most emotion in me, of all the books, simply because of Clariel’s character arc! So if you’re tired of the same-old, same-old ya heroines, Clariel might be refreshing for you; or you may be offput by the writing style.

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      2. Good plan! If a copy is ever handy while you’re stuck in an airport without any devices to download something else…then maybe! lol. #themaybelist

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  2. I actually really liked the Kiss of Deception, (even though I hate love triangles!) because I thought the whole “which one is the assassin?” side plot was really compelling. That being said, I feel like The Heart of Betrayal – which I’m reading now – is really letting me down in a big way. The Love Triangle is worse in this one imo, and to make matters worse, there’s a third male love interest added in as well.

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