Fantasy Book Review: Rogue Descendant

Rogue Descendant by Jenna Black

Synopsis:
Nikki Glass, descendant of Artemis the Huntress, is all for justice, but she draws the line at cold-blooded murder. Too bad she works for Anderson Kane, a god in disguise who just happens to be the son of a Fury. He wants Konstantin, the deposed leader of the Olympians, dead, and he needs Nikki’s help to hunt his nemesis down. Saying no to a god might be bad for her health, but Nikki is no pushover . . . until Konstantin claims responsibility for a fire that destroys her parents’ home. Nikki would do anything to protect her family, and now she sets off on the deadliest of hunts, knowing that a single false step could trigger a war between Anderson and the Olympians—a war Anderson cannot hope to win. But is it possible she has another enemy? Maybe even one in her own house? As the mysteries deepen and the suspects mount, Nikki must try to put the pieces together and catch the real culprit before innocent people get caught in the cross fire.

Review:
Following the events in the last novel, the Olympians have gone through a change in leadership. But Konstantin is still around and causing trouble. Nikki suffers from some personal tragedies, but is unsure who the actual culprit is. Nikki’s relationship with Jamaal evolves in this latest installment. They have a great chemistry. Meanwhile, several people seem to think Anderson supposedly feels something for Nikki, but we aren’t really shown evidence of it yet.

This third installment in the Nikki Glass series, packed with fast-paced adventure and excitement. This is a fantastic urban fantasy series that has delivered plenty of mystery, suspense, and a bit of romance in each thrilling installment. This world of demigods with various powers has plenty of solid characters with endless stories to tell. This series does need to be read in order, as the plots build upon each other. And the surprising ending left me eager to know what the author has in store next for these intriguing characters.

Fantasy Book Review: Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

Synopsis:
In a magical kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone’s joke. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. Rump discovers he has a gift for spinning straw into gold. His best friend, Red, warns him that magic is dangerous, and she’s right. With each thread he spins, he weaves himself deeper into a curse.

To break the spell, Rump must go on a perilous quest, fighting off pixies, trolls, poison apples, and a wickedly foolish queen. The odds are against him, but with courage and friendship—and a cheeky sense of humor—he just might triumph in the end.

Review:
Readers will feel for Rump who is teased and bullied. In fact, Red is his only friend. His mother is dead, so Rump is raised by his frail grandmother. When Rump fails to mine enough gold to feed the two of them, he discovers he has a gift (or curse) for turning straw into gold.

With clever characters, humor, and suspense – Rump is an enjoyable tale for readers of all ages. It’s a fresh take on the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale, impossible to put down and incredibly charming. I didn’t want this impressive debut to end. Rump is endearing, and Red is spunky and smart. I’d love to read more of their adventures.

Book Giveaway: Abaddon’s Gate

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Fantasy Book Review: The Rithmatist

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

Synopsis:
More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings—merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students study the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing—kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery—one that will change Rithmatics—and their world—forever.

Review:
Joel is an incredibly bright boy who wants nothing but to be a Rithmatist. Unfortunately, he wasn’t chosen. So he spends his time learning as much as he can about Rithmatists and its history – to the neglect of his actual school work. His new friend Melody is a Rithmatist, but lacks the some of the basic skills and would rather spend her time doing something else. She’s a spunky, clever girl who pushes Joel to do and be more. They are a fun pair.

Unsurprisingly, Sanderson’s world-building with this young adult debut is exceptional and inspired. If readers are into games, geometry and strategy, each chapter introduces Rithmatist drawings paired with guidelines and strategy – adding a creative and realistic element to this new world. Rithmatists draw lines with chalk that can create barriers of defense or creatures that attack.

This unique fantasy fused with steampunk is a must-read for teens and adults alike. Full of mystery, suspense, intrigue – The Rithmatists is impossible to put down and refreshingly unpredictable. I’m not sure what I enjoyed more – the vivid characters, the clever story, or the rich fantasy world. Together these make for a solid and impressive novel that I wholeheartedly recommend.

Book Giveaway: Clockwork Fairy Tales: A Collection of Steampunk Fairy Tales

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