I really enjoyed this whole series. Book 2 finds Kellen - magical outcast from his Jan’tep family - beginning to accept his new status as outlaw and trickster, while learning that there is a whole world outside the insular society he grew up in.
Sebastian de Castell starts off another tale of magic and swordplay with The Traitor’s Blade. Falcio, Kest, and Brasti make a nice addition to the tradition started by Dumas’ Athos, Aramis, and Porthos. 😀
Your whole society is based on magic, your dad is the head of the family and a powerful magi, your sister is a magical prodigy, and your magic just sputtered and died on the day of your magical trials.
Every think programming is magic? IT IS. Ever wonder complain that your code is doing what you said instead of what you meant? BEWARE. Magic and technology, mystical hacking, sentient objects and the ancient and tormented souls that drive them…
After getting a bit tired of my library’s digital collection of #scifi, I’m branching off into #fantasy for a while, and finding some great series to dive into. I really need to add to my list of “books-read” posts #reading2020
“Klatchian coffee has an even bigger sobering effect than an unexpected brown envelope from the tax man. In fact, coffee enthusiasts take the precaution of getting thoroughly drunk before touching the stuff, because Klatchian coffee takes you back through sobriety and, if you’re not careful, out the other side, where the mind of man should not go.”
Book 2 of the Tao books by Wesley Chu. This series has gotten some guff due to The Lives of Tao being written as a National Novel Writing Month project, and perhaps I was more invested having read the Io books first, but dammit I really like these books.
Also, knowing that there was a third book in the queue, the ending of this one was a big WHAAaaa? (but it was worth it in book 3)
Having first read the Io books, I finally realized that the Tao books (which I had been skipping in the library list of scifi books for a couple of years, why I do not know) were set 20 years earlier in the same universe and introduced about half the characters.
The Quasing Wars world is really fun to read, and the relationships that Tao and Io have with their hosts are both similar and entirely different.
Technology-enabled shared consciousness? Fascinating. Takes some interesting twists and turns, though the world the characters inhabit is somewhat under-developed. Would like to see more from the author.
Dual protagonists, bodied and unbodied, that will drive you crazy not knowing whether to love them, smack them, or hate them, with stakes both personal and global? What’s not to love? #reading#scifi#reading2020
Ok, and I JUST realized that this is set in the same universe as Chu’s “Lives of Tao” books, which I skipped, but now have to read. I am facepalming SO HARD. 🤦🏻♂️
The Outside, by Ada Hoffmann, is a mix of #scifi and Lovecraftian #horror (what with the unknowable entities that will melt your brain thing), fascinating in its techno-religious imagery. Check it out. #reading#reading2020