I received a copy from Netgalley.
I was really excited when I got the approval for this one. One of the rare books I knew right away was going to be an epic once I started reading. Seeing “Six of Crows” comparisons tend to make me roll my eyes as it usually involves a break in to some impossible place of some sort. It was really the “Les Mis” comparison that drew me in for this one.
Though it took a while for me to spot anything resembling Les Miserable. I thought the world building was absolutely fascinating. I didn’t really get much of a sense of 1800s Paris though, it was more about the Courts and the characters, but the sense of place, the gloom and grittiness came through as the story progressed.
There was a dark sense of foreboding and dread throughout the whole thing, and something morbidly fascinating about it as well. Beautifully written and evocative, the novel was impossible to put down. I’m really looking forward to more from this series.
Thank you to HarperCollins UK, Harper Fiction for approving my request to view the title.
David was in the hospital. He was there because he was being hit on the head one too many times. While he was there, he needed to rest and didn't checked out of the hospital by himself.
A thief came to his room and stole his boots. He likes his boots and wants them back. So he tried to catch the thief. He did met someone else and he knocked him out. The thing is, this guy was working for MI5.
So... his left one agent partner-less. He was then ordered to stay longer in the hospital to help out this agent. There was some highly radioactive stored near the hospital. The agent got news that there is a danger that someone would steal these radioactive materials that could be used as poison or dirty bomb.
The running around is a bit strange. So who is the bad guy here?
There is some actions and some plot twists. It is an OK fun read.
With Con’s book coming out later this year, I had the desire to re-read the series and first up was Dark Craving, Hal and Cassie’s story. With having already read the series I did notice a few things about Ulrik's story that changed, and Con seemed more accepting of Cassie than I remembered. I loved revisiting where it all started. Rhys was very much against the relationship, which I forgot about, and Hal and Cassie steamed up the page beautifully. Loved it and ready for more.
The first part of this book tells some really interesting things about salt in relation to crystals which I haven't come across before. I found this section very interesting and informative. Then the second chapter went into tarot card correspondences and I found this part much less helpful, suggesting several stones that might go with each card to the extent that the reader might as well make up their own system if they want to correlate crystals with cards at all.
This is followed by suggested spells, which are always subjective. Some interesting ideas for those who are looking for spells, which is after all what the book is about! The properties and spell suggestions for several kinds of crystals follow, especially different kinds of quartz and chalcedony. At some points I was made aware that I hadn't read the first book, which would be necessary to get complete information. While the rhymes for the spells were cringeworthy, the ideas themselves were solid and worth adapting.
One of the most interesting things the book talked about was making grids of gemstones, to enhance their power. It's an interesting idea and worth some experimentation. The book then goes on to suggest spells to use crystals for enhancing natural intuition. I liked that the appendices included a list of the stones dealt with in that book, including their crystal structures, as well as a glossary that covered both geological and new age terms. Overall it was interesting enough to make me curious about the first book in the series and to wonder if further books are planned.