I loved participating in Wyrd & Wonder! Thank you for organizing it, Imryl, Lisa and Jorie. I enjoyed reading all the fantasy-themed blog posts. Some of my favourites were this love letter to maps in books on Realms of my Mind, this post about Victorian era fantasy on Jessticulates and ten books featuring dragons on Zezee with books. I managed to read five fantasy books this May. Here are the books and my thoughts about them.
The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey – 3 stars
This book was a reread to decide if I want to continue the trilogy. Four years after I first read it, I didn’t remember much. I do know I gave the book 4 stars. The second time I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first time. I loved the fact that Echo lives in a library and loves books. The regular references to other books were so nice! The world as well as the characters were okay, but nothing was especially noteworthy. Since there are so many other books to read, and never enough time, I won’t continue this trilogy.
The Dollmaker of Krakow by R.M. Romero – 5 stars
My favourite book of this month! The story is just as beautiful as the cover. I think it’s a great book to learn children about the Second World War. Adults will enjoy it too, though. It’s about a living doll whose name is Karolina. A magical wind brought her from the Land of Dolls in the hands of a dollmaker in Krakow. The dollmaker is a kind-hearted, but shy man. He is a wonderful character and I immediately loved him. Karolina helps him to make friends. But everything changes when the Nazis invade Poland. The friends of Karolina and the Dollmaker are Jewish and their lives are in danger.
The Crimson Skew (Mapmakers Trilogy, #3) by S.E. Grove – 4 stars
A good conclusion to a great trilogy! I can’t tell anything about the plot without spoiling the other books. But all the characters from the previous books play a (small) roll. I also liked how we keep learning new things about the world.
Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1) by Robin Hobb – 4 stars
Typical for Robin Hobb’s books are amazing characters and a slow pacing. This was also true for Assassin’s Apprentice. Because the book takes its time, you really get to know the characters. The story is told from the perspective of Fitz. Because he is a royal bastard, his life at the royal household is harsh and lonely. Some people hate him for what he is. But for the royal family Fitz is in the perfect position to become their personal assassin.
Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy, #2) by Robin Hobb – 4 stars
This book is twice as big as the first part, and that isn’t a bad thing. It means there’s a lot of space for character development. Not only Fitz, but also most of the side characters change throughout the story. Tensions in Buckkeep slowly keep rising too. It’s was interesting to read how small things that happen add up until everything explodes…