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First Impression Friday – The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

“The scent of wood smoke and roses always took him back there, to the boy he was and would never be again.”

First line in The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

Hi, guys and welcome to a First Impression Friday post. I haven’t done one in a while but First Impression Friday is a weekly meme created by J.W. Martin and is an oppourtunity to talk about a book you’ve just started. I’m going to talk about The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima (finally!!).

I’m reading it as an ebook, and I’m 16% into it meaning I’m almost done with chapter 4. I’m really liking it so far, especially the characters. That Dancer character has some secrets and I’m so intrigued to know what they are. I’m a little worried that the female main character is going for that “not like other girls”-trope. However, she has also shown some surprising aspects of her character so I remain hopeful.

On the negative side is the world building. I’m confused. So many names have been thrown around and I’m just sitting here like… “where’s my map?”. There’s also a lot a culture involved already and I’m struggling a little to keep everything straight in my head.

In general though, my first impression is quite positive. I was a little scared because this is a YA fantasy book from 2009. Those tend not to age well, but I haven’t encountered any problems or overused cliches so far.

This is a book that featured on my 5-star predictions list and so far it still belongs there.

I hope you found this little insight interesting. I look forward to sharing my final thoughts of the book with you all. Have a great weekend!

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First Impression Friday – The Great Hunt

“The man who called himself Bors, at least in this place, sneered at the low murmurung that rolled around the valted chamber like the soft gabble of geese.”

First line in The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan

I’ve started a book and I want to talk about it hence this First Impression Friday post. First Impression Friday is hosted by J. W. Martin and the point of it is to talk about a book you’ve just started to give your initial thoughts and predict whether you’ll end up loving the book or not.

Today’s book is The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan, which is book 2 in The Wheel of Time.

By the way, that is the ugliest cover I’ve ever seen.

Currently, I’m on page 74 of 579 so not very far into it but the first 4 chapters completely held my attention. It starts off pretty intense and I was so excited. However, I’m beginning to get the inkling that Jordan is fooling me again. In the first book, I was kind of bothered by how often he built tension but then wouldn’t let it amount to very much. He’d rather give you an in-depth description of a door frame. I find it annoying to be fooled like that so often. I don’t mind it a couple of times because it’s an efficient way to create suspense. In book 1 it was just such an overused tool.

I do still like the book so far. I’m very excited to see how the overall plot pans out and I’m expecting a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. I don’t think I’ll ever give books in this series more than a 4 because of the writing style. Through that perspective, 4 is pretty good.

Have you read this? Let me know what you thought.

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First Impression Friday – The Way of Kings

“Kalak rounded a rocky stone ridge and stumbled to a stop before the body of a dying thunderclast.”

First line in The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Hey, guys. This is my first post for the weekly meme First Impression Friday which is hosted by J. W. Martin. The point of it is to talk about a book you’ve just started to give your initial thoughts and predict whether you’ll end up loving the book or not.

It sounded very interesting to me because I have a tendency to love beginnings of books. Then it might go downhill from there but I love learning what the book is about. This meme is a way for me to articulate those initial feelings.

Today I’m talking about The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.

So, I’m on page 84 out of 1001 meaning that I’ve barely started this behemoth of a book. It also took a while for it to start properly because it has a prelude AND a prologue. I was a bit confused while reading those, because there was just so much information. Both in terms of the world but also the magic, and I sort of panicked in my effort to remember it all. However, that doesn’t mean that I didn’t like what I read. I still found it very cool.

When I finally got to the actual chapters, I was seriously intriqued by one of the characters from the get-go. I’m very interested in following him and learning more about him. The other POV-character I’ve read from so far hasn’t captured my attention in the same way yet but I’m expecting that to change.

My prediction for this book is that I’ll love it. So many people do! I’ve read Sanderson before so I know that I really enjoy his writing style. I think The Way of Kings will end up with a rating between 4 and 5 stars.