In order for genre writing to be great it does not have to have all of the qualities which make a book literature rather than a novel. For example, Twilight can still be enjoyed by English majors dispute the fact that it is so poorly written.
For a novel to be both a great piece of literature and genre fiction is rare. According to my Junior High English teacher even Isaac Asimov did not make that jump, although Ray Bradbury did.
My point being, this book is an amazing piece of literature. It has great prose, an engaging storyline, and characters worth reading about. It is also an amazing genre fiction. The plot and world are unlike anything else out on the market. This could easily become one of my top ten favorite novels and should make it to the must-read list of every list made after it's date of release.
Iron and Magic is the first in a new series that spins off from Ilona Andrew's Kate Daniels series.
I was not sure how they would pull off writing a series about one of the most ruthless warlords, Hugh d'Ambray. Especially since they were marrying him off. I appreciated that they kept true to the character, while also showing a more personable side. It is there realization that not everyone is evil or good and that all people are a mixture of both. Although, this book is ultimately for fun and not an expression of human nature.
The book is set before the last book in the Kate Daniels series. I inadvertently read it at exactly the right time, and I am glad. While you can read it without reading the Kate Daniel's series it would be best to read the first twelve books in that series before reading this book. I am glad that the Kate Daniels series is ending, and equally glad that this series is starting in the same world. It gives the world a fresh perspective.
My favorite part is the ending. This book is ultimately part of a long series, one that went before and one that went after. I love how they set it up. Not everything was tied up happily ever after - which would not fit Huge d'Ambray, yet enough was to be satisfied that it was a place to end. It was a great start to a new series. I am excited to see where it goes and how it ties into the last book of Kate Daniels.
I had added this book to my TBR list due to the adamant admiration of a BookTuber - I can no longer remember who, but thank you!
This book is a fantasy novel set, in part, in Egypt. It focuses on middle eastern mysticism and acknowledges mysticism from other regions (how cool is that?). The main character is unusual from the start of the novel. She is making her way as an independent women in a society where women were as good as livestock.
The book starts strong with diversity, feminism, intriguing magic, and vivid characters. I was hooked right away and was singing the praise of this novel to other readers that I know. Unfortunately, I feel like the novel lost some of its polish later in the novel. It got a little boring, the characters got a little cliche, and I do not think the ending was as strong as it could have been. Even with that this is a strong five star book.
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