I had so many amazing things about this book that I was beyond excited to pick it up. I was also a little apprehensive. Sometimes when you have too high of expectations the book does not live up to them. The Gilded Wolves delivered.
My favorite aspect of this book is all the diversity that was included. The setting is an alternate reality of 1800 France. It was a time when diversity was seen as unacceptable, and people were viewed as less than. Yet, every member of this band of thieves were different, they were also the coolest people in the book. In addition to racial diversity there is also diversity in sexual orientation, gender, and ability. My book soul mate is now Zofie, a girl who is a genius in some regards and a complete social disaster.
I love how all characters are seen as human but extraordinary at the same time. I love how the characters, overall, find ways to accept each others differences. However, I also thought that gender roles and even identity could have been challenged a bit more. I also felt that the trail of cookies for Zofie started out as a nice gesture and was taken too far.
The writing was amazing. I was so captured that I never wanted to put the book down. While there were a few instances of pov inconsistencies early on in the book, I was happy that they disappeared completely. I probably would not have even noticed if I was not so enraptured with Zofie's pov. Overall, it had an amazing plot, amazing characters, and a vivid world. This is one book that I could see myself fan girling over. I already looked up dates for the second book and will be stalking the page until the dates are released.
Life Before Legend is a short story collection that is a prequel to the Legend's trilogy. It contains two short stories, one for Day and one for June. The stories are more of an introduction, with the idea that you already have read the trilogy before the short stories.
Of the two stories, my favorite was Days. They were both well written, it was just that June's was a bit more predictable. I already had most of her story pictured.
It really is a quick read, but it was great to have this to turn to after finished the trilogy. I was having a huge book hangover, and one last read of the characters was perfect.
I was terribly worried that The Wheel of Osheim would be just like The Liar's Key. The story starts out with Jal returning from Hel to fornicate with a merchant's daughters - plural, as it at the same time. All while the undead are out to get them.
Then the world, and the book, exploded - literally. Jal's timeline starts crossing with Jorg's (of The Broken Empire) and the plot became interesting. It became everything that I could ask for. I loved the combination of science fiction and fantasy in The Broken Empire series, except I am not a major grit fantasy reader. Jal could never be so dark.
What Jal is, is a man who never wishes to grow up. Thankfully, in The Wheel of Osheim he does just that. Do not get me wrong, he is still Jal. This is a great thing, Jal is an amazing character. It was just nice to see growth - and such growth. He really stepped up for his kingdom, his family, and his friends.
Although. . . Snorri will always be my favorite. The man actually walked through hell for his family. How can you get any more epic than that?
Through it all is Lawrence's great writing and amazing character building. Even if his books are not to your taste, there is no doubt that Lawrence is an amazing writer. The way he builds worlds and characters is nothing short of amazing.
The ending was awesome. It left me chocked up, I may have actually been on the verge of tears at some point. I love Lawrence's Book of the Ancestor series, but (to date) The Wheel of Osheim is my favorite book from him.
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