sâmbătă, 20 februarie 2016

Blog Tour - Four Feasts Till Darkness Series by Christian A. Brown - REVIEW

Feast of Fates (Four Feasts Till Darkness #1)  by Christian A. Brown
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Date of Publication: September 9, 2014 
ISBN: 978-1495907586
Number of pages: 540
Word Count: 212K

Book Description: 

"Love is what binds us in brotherhood, blinds us from hate, and makes us soar with desire.”

Morigan lives a quiet life as the handmaiden to a fatherly old sorcerer named Thackery. But when she crosses paths with Caenith, a not wholly mortal man, her world changes forever. Their meeting sparks long buried magical powers deep within Morigan. As she attempts to understand her newfound abilities, unbidden visions begin to plague her--visions that show a devastating madness descending on one of the Immortal Kings who rules the land.

With Morigan growing more powerful each day, the leaders of the realm soon realize that this young woman could hold the key to their destruction. Suddenly, Morigan finds herself beset by enemies, and she must master her mysterious gifts if she is to survive.

Available at Amazon and Createspace

Feast of Dreams (Four Feasts Till Darkness #2) by Christian A. Brown
Genre: Fantasy Romance

Book Description:

As King Brutus licks his wounds and gathers new strength, two rival queens vow to destroy each other’s nations. 

Lila of Eod, sliding into madness, risks everything in the search for a powerful relic, while Queen Gloriatrix threatens Eod with military might—including three monstrous technomagikal warships. 

Far from this clash of queens, Morigan and the Wolf scour Alabion, hunting for the mad king’s hidden weakness. Their quest brings them face to face with their own pasts, their dark futures…and the Sisters Three themselves.

Unbeknownst to all, a third thread in Geadhain’s tapestry begins to move in the wastes of Mor’Khul. There, a father and son scavenge to survive as they travel south toward a new chapter in Geadhain history.

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About the Author:

Bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Feast of Fates, Christian A. Brown received a Kirkus star in 2014 for the first novel in his genre-changing Four Feasts Till Darkness series. He has appeared on Newstalk 1010, AM640, Daytime Rogers, and Get Bold Today with LeGrande Green. He actively writes a blog about his mother’s journey with cancer and on gender issues in the media. A lover of the weird and wonderful, Brown considers himself an eccentric with a talent for cat-whispering.



This is not the first fantasy series that I've read, but I think it is one of the few with which I struggled a lot.

I'm not a huge fan of fantasy to be honest but I like to read it from time to time, because it's amazing how many beautiful and intricate and complicated worlds can be created and how many characters and lives can be put into danger. For me these books felt fragmented, because everytime I felt like I was missing something, I couldn't understand completely what was going on or who was talking (because there are a tons of characters and perspectives) and I had big issues with picturing the world and the places. 

I couldn't connect with any of the characters even though I liked them and I wanted to understand them better or to get a little more inside their heads and to feel better their emotions. But everytime it was like a wall between us and as much as I wanted I couldn't feel them real; them were and they are to me just bidimensional figures. And I think that I couldn't get closer to the characters because they are so many and there are so many voices and sometimes you won't even realises when the perspective changes... which is very annoying. Maybe if there were not so many perspectives or not so many from the beginning it would have been better. Or it's just me, because I also disliked A Song of Ice and Fire because the huge number of characters was drowning me.

If I tried to deal with the characters and somehow distinguish them in my head, the problems with the writing style and the plot I couldn't fix. The writing style seemed like it was trying too much; sometimes it was too poetic or too gruesome, too sweet, too dark, boring, plain, over - complicated and full of details and descriptions when wasn't necessary. And the plot was again a bit all over the place for me. Yes, I understand, people need to breathe, the story has to breathe and not every page something has to happen. But also you can't give me chapters when nothing happens and in the next chapter I feel like in a war and bombs fall on my head. 

These books are not bad, the story isn't bad, the characters are not plain and boring, but for me wasn't amazing, it didn't blew me away, it didn't get to my expectations (because if you look online these have just huge ratings). Is it me, because I'm not a fan of fantasy or high fantasy or it's the story? I think that this series is that kind of you like and love it or you hate it and you're bored to death. I was in the middle - I liked them, it was nice, but it took me days to finish them, I was in a bit of a slump after I finished them and to be honest I'm not eager to know more.

I would recommend this to fans of fantasy and high fantasy, because if you really love these genres, then you'll like this complicated story, with tons of characters and perspectives and action, and not so much description, even though sometimes it's too much. It also has romance and magic and all the amazing stuff. Just wasn't for me. Maybe because it took a lot for the plot to really pick up and I'm not so patient... or were just the things I discussed above.

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