Friday, February 24, 2012
Friday Reading Journal #4
I was a reading machine this past week and I think it is due to the fact that I read over a variety of different genres. As of last weeks reading journal I was 1/2 way through Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater and while enjoying the story of Sam and Grace I was a little annoyed at a few of the secondary characters because they seemed juvenile and threw off the tone of the book.
Next up was Night Birds' Reign by Holly Taylor. I chose to read this one because it fit part of a reading challenge which asked me to pick a book where either the first or last name of the author was the same as mine. For some reason I was under the impression that this book was straight fantasy. It wasn't. It is a fantasy story about King Arthur albeit a pretty creative one. The setting is Kymru AKA Wales (Kymru is actually Faroese for Wales) in the 5th Century. It is divided into several kingdoms all of which have their rulers, druids, bards, and captains. These roles are much more complex than they sound because each of them have additional abilities depending on their calling. For example Druids can weave fire. One man each generation has all these abilities plus the ability to walk in the past and see the future. This person is the Dreamer and here this is Gwydion. A High King for Kymru only comes when danger is imminent and there hasn't been one for over 200 years-until Gwydion has a dream that tells him one will come soon. What follows is an epic novel involving an oath to protect the future High King and a quest to track down the sacred items needed for the High King to take his rightful place. This was entirely different from what I expected but I liked it. The only drawback was a bunch of songs/poems etc that play into the story that didn't really hold my interest and the pronunciation of a lot names/places in the book because they were Welsh. Definitely an interesting concept. I wasn't in the mood for an Arthur book when I snagged this one but I couldn't put it down once I started it. Will continue with this series (which I think is four books total) eventually.
As of this writing I am about 50 pages into Glow by Jessica Maria Tuccelli and so far I am very much enjoying the writing.