I didnt realise this was an adult fantasy when I reuested it I dont read much of that genre because I find the pace to be too slow for me However the pace in Starborn wasnt too bad My main issue was not having much motivation to pick it up which affected my reading pace Some parts were vague Important uestions werent asked and important lements were ignored This books strongest asset was the world and the magic system The addition of the steampunk The Chemical Free Home elements was also a nice surpriseSadly I wasnt completely invested in the characters So many of the characters and scenes made me angry Not all of them bad Some parts were suppose to make me angry but it did make it harder for me tonjoy the story and like the characters I didnt agree with a lot of their decisions For The Design Collection Revealed Creative Cloud example going into a room for no reason after she was told not to was pretty stupid The main character seemed clueless and her denial got frustrating I like my protagonists to be a bit resourceful and cunning I liked the main characters friendship with Iri and how the other friendships developped but I would have liked to see themxplored I probably should have read the dreams carefully but I started skimming them because they just confused me At times the plot felt aimless without a clear direction but there was some Franchising entertaining and intense moments I thought about givingxamples for the issues I had but I wanted to keep this review spoiler free since the title itself is kind of spoilery I liked the Writing, Reading, and Research ending and I do want to know what happens next but I doubt Ill read the seuel The characters just werent for me but Im sure other readers will connect with them than I didreceived inxchange for an honest review This debut Pharmacological Aspects of Nursing Care epic fantasy caught my attention because of the premise There are a few familiar tropes like a protagonist with a different magical gift and visions but the approach to magic is uniue and interestingThe opening coming of age ceremony in which the members of the community are assigned their future positions for life is a little overly reminiscent of YA dystopian novels but the story swiftly moves on as Kyndra having accidentally broken the sacred Relic an object used to divine the future is outcast by her fellow townspeople when a storm hits her town She s rescued by two strangers who might be able to give her answers about the odd visions that have plagued her since the ceremonyThe story is plot driven at first and the pace initially moves slowly so it took me a little longer to get into Kyndra s story because her motivations are largely based on where the plot happens to be moving and she doesn t ask some obvious uestions The plot itself lacks focus sometimes and there are uite a few side characters whose motives come across as muddled It seems strange that Kyndra s visions are ignored for a large part of the book while certainvents seemed odd and inconsistent I think if the characterisation had been stronger I d have felt invested in her uestWith that being said the worldbuilding is the strongest aspect of the story with plenty of uniue touches to build a vivid picture of the world and its history Some readers might find the level of detail slows down the pace but the narrative kept me His Little Girl (ABDL, Age Play, Regression, Diaper fetish) engaged andntertained and the complex and detailed fantasy world provides a strong foundation for the rest of the series Starborn harks back to the pre Grimdark pic fantasies of the late 90s and arly 00s in construction and tone Lucy Hounsom focuses on building her world guiding protagonist Kyndra as well as the reader through the familiar landscapes of a continent hemmed in by the borders of the page see the map unraveling the politics of Solar and Lunar relationships and slowly turning up the heat on the plot until it bursts into an incendiary confrontation at the book s climax So far so standard but bear with me the world feels very artificial because it is artificial Those borders They aren t supposed to be there This cosy world Not so cosy Kyndra is her continent s saviour and destroyer all in one and only at the very American Constitutional Law end does she realise just how serious that isLucy Hounsom s real achievement here is in paying tribute with her worldbuilding to all those bright and ultimately optimistic fantasies of the last generation while simultaneously setting that world up to fall in very interesting ways in time for the next two books Very nicely done 35 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum is the wonderful debut of author Lucy Hounsom kicking off The Worldmaker Trilogy in style I found itlegantly written and imaginative and there s also a familiar yet down to Game Development with ActionScript earth vibe that will make it accessible to a wide audience whether you re an avid reader of fantasy or new to the genre and whether you re a teenager or adultIn Kyndra Vale s village of Brenwyn there is an ancient rite of passage When a young person comes of age he or she would partake in a meeting with a relic keeper to find out their true name and the path they are destined for However on the day of Kyndra s ceremony she receives a strange vision And when it is her turn to view the relic it suddenly breaks putting annd to a centuries old tradition Worse immediately following the incident Brenwyn is set upon by a Breaking an unnatural storm that destroys the villageFrightened and superstitious the community is uick to blame Kyndra but before they can act upon their anger she is whisked away by two mysterious strangers who had come into town the day before They are Nediah and Br genne a pair of bonded Wielders who can harness the power of the sun and moon to do amazing things and for reasons unknown to Kyndra they seem to have their ye on her But while agreeing to be taken to the Wielder s faraway citadel of Naris may have saved her life Kyndra also becomes their prisoner As her visions become worse the Wielders suspect Kyndra may have some magic of her own and she is kept from leaving until she can pass a brutal trial to determine the nature of her abilitiesIt was
easy to become drawn into this world hounsom to become drawn into
this world Hounsom created As Kyndra travels to Naris with Nediah and Br world Hounsom created As Kyndra travels to Naris with Nediah and Br snippets of history and magical lore can be gleaned through their conversations Learning about the Wielders powers was fascinating and the magic was perhaps my favorite part of the book Based around the nergies of the sun and moon those who can use the former are known as Solars while those that harness the latter are called Lunars Often they travel in pairs while working in the field so that they can watch Film Production Technique each other s backs Forxample Nediah is a Solar who can protect Br genne a Lunar during the day while her powers are latent while at night she can do the same for him This way a Wielder team is never left helplessHounsom also doesn t resort to overwhelming the reader with a flood of information I felt that a lot of the world s background had to be deduced which might be a stumbling block for some Public Administration in Europe especially in the last uarter of the book where most of the big reveals and connections are made in a very short period of time The pacing is a bit uneven for this reason with the plot being slower to build in the beginning but coming in fast and hard towards thend There s a lot going on with multiple characters being driven by different motivations and it can get confusing if you let your guard down Still the many plot threads kept me guessing David Buschs Mastering Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Photography especially when it came to the uestion of whom Kyndra could trustIn thend the pleasure and satisfaction are in the details Past some of the common tropes in the story there are a good number of innovative twists on familiar themes such as the world building and mechanics behind the magic system Characters are likeable 안나라수마나라 4 (Annarasumanara even the supporting ones like Nediah and Br genne and speaking of the two of them can I say what a breath of fresh air it was to see a romance sub plot that actually did not involve the main protagonist There s a good amount of crossover appeal here that will make this a potentially attractive book to both Young Adult and Adult readers and despite some minor issues with the flow this book was intensenough to be very satisfyingI can definitely see fantasy fans Presidential Leadership enjoying this novelspecially if the description of the magic appeals you At the same time I also would not hesitate to recommend it as a light introduction to the genre All told Starborn is an ntertaining read and perfect for when the mood for a lighter kind of fantasy strikes you DNF at 32% I ll be honest I think I knew from the start that I was going to be DNFing this but I stuck with it for as long as possible until I got to the point where I was saying to myself Kayleigh you re not njoying this You re struggling to read this There is nothing about this story that you like You shouldn t have to force yourself to read a book Give up the ghostThe writing is generally of a decent uality but the pacing was awful it was all over the place You would go for a few pages of decently paced decently written prose and then all of a sudden you were flying through important scenes which seemed to have half the information you need missing and you d come out the other side confused than you went in and not in the way that makes you want to read to find out what is going on but in the way that makes you wonder why you re still readingBut then the things that are supposed to be mysterious and keep you guessing for iPad for Kids example Kyndra s special snowflakeness are so blindingly obvious that it makes you feel genuinelymbarrassed for HounsomThe plot is something I ve seen a hundred times before ordinary village girl turns out not to be so ordinary after all I can The Florida Paralegal enjoy these books if they are well written or if the author has done something new andxciting with the story Hounsom does nothing new or Gathering (PAVAD: FBI Romantic Suspense, exciting and it is not well written The world building was lacking I m trying to be nice Again there s nothing new here but she does try to shake things up air ships and gets it horribly horribly wrong The characters were awful Completely 1 dimensional and unrelatable I hated most of them Passionately In fact the only. Death and destruction will bar her wayKyndra's fate holds betrayal and salvation but the journey starts in her small village On the day she comes of age she accidentally disrupts an ancient ceremonynding centuries of tradition So when an unnatural storm targets her superstitious community Kyndra is blame. Rmative decade this was the only ueer representation I saw in fantasy the soft and Cold Horizon (Pathway effeminate gay male villain and that is not a place Iver want to go back to It s not a place we have to go back to We re better than this Who read this and thought yes okay it s 2015 and this is a reasonable representation of ueer people Anyhow this moves me on to Bregenne who as I mentioned previously was my favourite character to a vastly reduced uantity of favourite Least indifferent perhaps Bregenne should have been great she s an older woman a powerful mentor figure who uite frankly should not be casually disrespected throughout the Deep Blue (Pathway entire novel by her peers in the way that she is but that kind of background radiation pales in comparison to what I m about to talk about and she s disabled for most of the novel She s completely blind but has adapted her magic powers to allow her to sense her surrounding in some situations It has limitations but generally speaking she s a really good representation of a disabled person who is powerful and has adventures I am 100% here for a book about disabled women being powerful and having adventuresWhen Bregenne Kyndra and Bregenne s younger male work partner who is of course madly in love with her a relationship I was dissatisfied with thexecution of but pretty much happy with it s general trajectory right up until the final chapter when verything went horribly horribly wrong return to the super secret magic mountain where the magic people live one of the first things that happens is that we stablish one of the minor male characters is creepily obsessed with BregenneHe corners Bregenne in her bedroom while she s in her nightdress and proceeds to mbrace and fondle her while saying generally creepy and unpleasant things like You want this really Because Bregenne is a semi competently written awesome character Bregenne blasts him in the face with magic and orders him out of her bedroom Because Bregenne also suffers from being in a horrible narrative Bregenne then spends the next few paragraphs fretting about how she shouldn t have worn such revealing clothes Needless to say the man in uestion never gets punishedWhile unpleasant that scene is nowhere near as upsetting as the one with Kyndra and although I was overall unhappy with how it was handled it pales in comparison to what happens to her at the nd of the book In the final chapter Bregenne s younger male work partner who is supposed to be madly in love with her forcibly heals her yes without her permission while she screams for him to stop and this is portrayed as a loving actLet me repeat that the only disabled character in the narrative gets fixed by a younger man without her consent because he loves her Because clearly he knows better than Bregenne what is the right thing to do with her body Because clearly a disabled woman can t be trusted to make her own decisions about her disability of course she wants to be fixed this can t possibly need negotiating I cannot convey how unbelievably furious this casual ableism made me Like it wasn t bad nough that the only character that was in some way compelling was grossly mistreated by the plot at That One Night every opportunity but had to be denied agency of her own body specifically because she was disabledIn case you didn t havenough of a bad taste in your mouth in the final chapter it s also revealed that brace yourself Kyndra was conceived because Medavle a character she also seems to trust for some reason despite the fact that he categorically does terrible things rather than just being uite annoying and a bit of an asshole like very other male authority figure in this book manipulated the mind of a character who is tactfully described by the book as a madman When this character appears in the book his mind is so badly damaged that he s unable to speak is sometimes violent and is kept mphasis on the word kept in a room with no sharp Timespace and International Migration edges In case this wasn t weirdly sketchy and upsettingnough Medavle uses his influence it s a plot point that would take too long to Pricing Nature explain to convince this character that what he REALLY wants to do isscape from his confines and go have sex with a woman with the intention of impregnating herBecause that all sounds completely fine and consensually for The Girl from the Garden everyone involved Don t worry Medavle was keeping anye on him so he wouldn t hurt anyone I genuinely don t know if that statement practically a uote makes it better or worseI feel like most of these points would have been fine if they d been properly handled if there had been some satisfying resolution against Bregenne s attacker if Kyndra had not decided to become besties with the man who assaulted her if Janus had been a half decent villain instead of a horrible vintage stereotype or you know not the only ueer character if Kyndra had responded with the kind of revulsion I felt to the news about her parentage instead of going off into the sunset with the man who orchestrated it while the book plays out a romantic postscript between her parents but ven with a proper consensually discussion I would still have been moderately unhappy about Bregenne s yes being healedAs it stands I think Read This! Intro Students Book everyone involved in the production and publication of this novel owes me anxplanation as to why they think this kind of misogyny ableism and homophobia warrants publication hide spoiler DNF 54% The best way
To Describe This Book Isdescribe this book is it is a hot mess It goes from a possible dystopian fantasy to a possible uest based fantasy to what it actually is English Unlimited Level 2 Coursebook Jubail Edition epic fantasy Now maybe you re thinking ohhh that soundslaborate and I love Two Worlds Level 4 Intermediate elaborate So do I Except that when you build a newlaborate world you absolutely MUST build characters alongside it that your readers are dying to read about At no time did I Primary Reading Box ever feel like I was drawn into this world or wasxcited about reading of
it In fact it was the opposite I dreaded picking it up There are three major mistakes made inIn fact it *Was The Opposite I *the opposite I picking it up There are three major mistakes made in Very poor characterizations I did not hate our lead girl but I certainly didn t like her The two travelling companions that she goes with could have been super mysterious and interesting but instead they had stilted dialogue and just no chemistry with The Least of These each other or our lead gal 2 Plot You must make me want to keep reading This generally reuires plot There needs to be something drawing us into the story that is moving it forwards Instead in Starborn things happen that are random make no sense and seem to happen because it s convenient A huge pet peeve of mine is when there is no flow to the story and things seem to happen because the author needed them to happen instead of them fitting into the story and plot 3 Writing While the last couple chapters I read actually had some good writing and dialogue going on during the first 45% of Starborn it feels like Lucy Hounsom is finding her writing style and therefore it s all over the place a hot mess I m shocked that TOR didn t work on this and allowed it to be published as is Now I know what you re thinking but Mel if you stopped reading just as the writing was improving how do you the rest of the book isn t great The thing is I just don t care Our lead gal is inconsistent and does things not because they fit her as a character but because they need to happen Random people show up with no real purpose or semblance of reason The world building is just strange ancient superstition magic tribal living then airships large citiestc it s like Hounson couldn t decide what kind of world she was building so she threw The Babe Magnet everything into it I could go on but let s face it I m just repeating myself Maybe if this book had started at the 40% with a short prologue or flashbacks to tell the first 40% of the story in a uick fashion I would have felt differently But I just wasn t willing to force myself to pick this book up and pretend to care any longer than the 54% I read To read this and of my reviews visit my blog at Epic Reading Please note I received anARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley This is an honest and unbiased review Kyndra finds herself running away from home with two strangers on the day of her Initiation Ceremony a day when she was suppose to find out what was in store for the rest of her life Kyndra s new friends are beings of power Solar and Lunar and they think she has power too But Kyndra s xperiencing weird visions that may be a sign of something ven dangerous and ancientThis was a real let down for me and I m so sad I had to give i I came across this book by chance gatecrashing the launch party while I was at another across the road I was lured in by that gorgeous cover so I purchased a copy met the author got it signed and could not resist reading it almost straight awaySo glad I did Starborn is a beautifully imagined fantasy tale with some really ngaging characters and a rich and deep mythology running through it that is very compelling and utterly addictiveThe world building is fantastic done intelligently and with a touch of class as Kyndra sets off on a journey of discovery you are right there alongside her observing and learning about the xpansive places and people beyond her small village as she does Legend and superstition abound the story unfolds in glorious vivid ways the characters are immensely intriguing Kyndra herself is a perfect anchor for the reader to follow along with and this is a story you can sink right into and leave the real world behind for a whileThis is old school fantasy in a lot of ways but brought into the modern ra with a delicate touch really well written taking some classic genre staples and giving them a new dgy and gripping focus a real page turner Plenty of heart stopping action some purely El millor d'anar s tornar emotional moments and a cast ofclectic and alluring characters to give it all focus and lifeOverall then really terrific The La Perla ending was such that I am REALLY looking forward to whatever comes next This comes highly recommended from me for fans of Fantasy taking it back to its roots and making me remember why I loved the genre in the first plac. Ity's subterranean chambers amongst fanatics and rebels But first Kyndra will be brutally tested in a bid to unlock her own magicIf she survives the ordeal she'll discover a force greater than she couldver have imagined But could it create as well as destroy And can she control it to right an ancient wro.
Free download × PDF, Book or Kindle PUB free ↠ Lucy HounsomCharacter that I remotely liked was Nediah and Fervent even he was on the flat sideIt s like Hounsom has taken aspects from books written by Trudi Canavan and Brandon Sanderson and tried to make a story out of it Just minus the writing talent and creative geniusSorry but no Disclaimer I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley inxchange for an honest review ARC copy provided by NetGalley in Economics of the Environment exchange for an honest reviewThis is annjoyable fantasy somewhere between a pure adventure and an pic The world building was well done and vocative managing to conjure images of something like middle Lord of Bones (BloodAngel, earth mixed with medieval England with a few almost steam punklements and an interesting magic system It does travel the well worn treads of a young person of ordinary descent suddenly finding out that they have a birthright which shapes their world view anew however it tackles this in a fresh ngaging way not merely resorting to tired tropes The plot may contain few surprises for dedicated fantasy fans but it is nevertheless an ntertaining journeyI found the characterization a bit s I received an ARC of this book on the Angaaray expectation of an honest review Unfortunately sometimes an honest review is not a good review and I can in all honesty say that I could not recommend this book to anyoneThe main reasons for my poor review are as follows I found Starborn to be badly written badly plotted badly characterised ineffectual and poorly imagined as a novel and I wasxtremely angry about the way the book handled 1 the threat of sexual violence against female characters 2 the only canon ueer character and 3 the only canon disabled character As a whole the novel is hugely sketchy on consent in any situation and falls into many terrible fantasy tropes I haven t seen widespread use of since the 1990 sI m Melting the Snow on Hester Street extremely disappointed that Tor not only published this but is promoting it as one of their big debuts of this yearThe rest of this review willxplain certain points of the plot such as it is and although I m not going to give a blow by blow of Indivisible everything that happens as such thentire thing is going under a spoiler tagview spoilerLet s start with the bad writingThe prose is clumsy to poor but I would have accepted it as a first novel Bhujia Barons effort if what was being described was in any wayngaging The only time the writing Reinventing Liberal Christianity elicited any kind ofmotional reaction other than frustration from me was at two brief moment when the action spiralled suddenly into Unbelievably Creepy More on that laterThe world building is not wholly un salvageable just thinner than I like and inconsistent in it s delivery Using what is Dear Bess essentially a historyssay full of made up words and convoluted sentence structures as your prologue is a bold move that straight up did not work for me in any way shape or form I also wasn t able to suss out any kind of pattern or cultural identity in any of the made up words so I never transitioned into believing these were actually the names of places or people Some of the decisions made spoke ither of a massive lack of research the horses ride all night and then all the next day with only a short break and the main character notes that they don t seem particularly tired and then a little later on the characters can only ride very slowly towards their destination because the horses will get tired or rather because they needed to move slower so a plot point could catch up with them or I honestly don t know Winner of the most bizarrely incoherent piece of world building is a toss up between the airships of course airships that can only travel along set routes because they re chained to rails between the different landing stages for reasons This one probably doesn t win because I can almost see how that would be a cool idea if had been done with it although absolutely no mention was made of how come this aggressively medieval low fantasy world has airships or the fact that the main character doesn t know what bacon is Yes we get a whole scene in a book which largely doesn t mention the actual day to day business of life where the main character watches someone magically cooking bacon and then they at the bacon all the while aggressively not using the word baconBecause airships are fine but what is this mysterious thinly sliced pork I was completely mystified by the fact that this character who had grown up in a rural tavern apparently did not know what bacon was to the point that I didn t pay any attention to the magic Which was probably just as well given how it wasn t time for the plot to talk about the magic yetWhich brings me on to the plot Largely the plot lacked focus and drive It wasn t a bad plot certainly by two thirds of the way through at the point at which I genuinely hated myself for continuing to read this book the plot started to do some things I could recognise as somewhat interesting and unexpected I think I was supposed to realise they had been foreshadowed but they really hadn t This book can t pull off foreshadowing but it just happened Mechanically Things happened because the plot outline said now this thing happens not because it felt like a natural progression of the story In all honesty this should have meant that the book had decent nough pacing and hit the major plot beats if the plot had been formulaic I could have dealt with it But it was badly paced and meandering to the point of aimless This is how come we have two mysterious characters turning up speaking cryptically to the main character and then leaving abruptly in immediate succession and I do mean immediate succession there s only a few pages and absolutely no plot movement between the conversation with Kait in
*the tavern and the conversation with Medavle how on arth are you supposed to pronounce that anyhow outside and then they *tavern and the conversation with Medavle how on Gods Secret Agents earth are you supposed to pronounce that anyhow outside and then they disappearntirely for a third of the book before reappearing on
the other side of the world A side ffect of this mechanically driven plot is that characters appear in certain placesother side of the world A side ffect of this mechanically driven plot is that characters appear in certain places they need to deliver a particular piece of information to the reader not because it makes any sense for them to be there the biggest An Heiress for All Seasons (The Debutante Files, example of this is how Jhren yeah not sure how to pronounce that oneither the main character s childhood best friend we know this because she told us so repeatedly turns up in the nearest town just as she decides to run away Oh Gussie! expressly it seems for the purpose of telling her that he s marrying someonelse and there s nothing left for her That was the most obvious of the clumsy deus Craig Fred ex machina devices in this book but it certainly wasn t the only one In case this wasn t already clear the weakest part of Starborn which is not a strong book was the characters None of them seemed to have any kind of distinguishing voice I could not tell their dialogue apart They didn t appear to have any motivations or drive They were marionettes being shoved around to make the plot happen according to the outline on paper I found I cared justnough about Bregenne to hate the way she was treated by the plot on that later but that was about it I would have disliked the main character Kyndra if I d actually been able to think about her as a person rather than a writing mechanism all this plot has to happen to someone because the decisions she made were The Anchoress entirely nonsensical Not asking uestions until three chapters after something happens because that piece of information can t be revealed just yet Not realising plot points that werentirely obvious until it was time for her to act on that information Telling her ntire life story and trusting implicitly someone who just assaulted her More on THAT later tooSo that is why Starborn is bad Now this is why it s awful and made me furious which fair warning does not involve actual rape but is going to get pretty goddamn suickyFirstly let s talk about what happens to Kyndra She s been brought to the super secret invisible magic mountain and is awaiting a test to see whether or not she s got magical powers I m being slightly flippant slightly Kyndra is studying in the library when three students nter one is the young girl she met a chapter or so ago who she just instinctively knew she could trust that s not a direct uote but it might as well be and her two male friendsBoth young men proceed to mock and belittle Kyndra who is clearly upset and angry one of the few times Kyndra actually displays a genuine Wonders of the Universe emotion and then one of them forcefully immobilises and silences her through magic climbs on top of her and kisses her on the mouthRemember how I mentioned that the writing in this book becomes alarmingly competent at only the creepiest moments This is one of them It s deeply viscerally upsetting Kyndra isntirely powerless and the man s intentions are very clearly to humiliate and hurt herThat s not what made me angry What made me angry was that the very next time they meet Kyndra tells the two men her ntire life story And becomes their friend And nobody suffers any repercussions for this at allIt s ntirely like the book is saying Yes you basically sexually assaulted this girl but we know you re Caitlins Guardian Angel (Those Sinclairs! essentially a good person so that s fine And it s not It s really notThe other moment of unsettlingly creepy and upsetting and also when did the writing become competent in this novel involves the only canon ueer character Janus Get it Janus the two faced godJanus is a minor villain He s pretty he s not very competent and mostly ineffectual he s sneaky and slippery and a liar hisntire job in the plot is to pretend to be the main character s friend and then betray her and he s madly in lust with an older powerful man who s using his attraction to manipulate Janus into doing whatever he wants Their conversation is the aforementioned creepy creepy but semi competently written scene in which for three pages the novel becomes insanely ueasy simpering sexual tensionIf you re thinking that Janus sounds sort of familiar then congratulations You also read all the awful fantasy novels of the 1990 s that I did growing up For literally a decade and it was a pretty fo. D She fears for her life until two strangers save her by wielding powers not seen for an age powers fuelled by the sun and the moonTogether they flee to the hidden citadel of Naris And here Kyndra The Cavanaugh Code (Cavanaugh Justice, experiences disturbing visions of the past showing war and one man's terrifying response She'll learn in the