Silver in the Wood is a woodsy folktale that harkens to the old gods and mischievous fae.
Based more on Persian folklore, Whichwood tells the story of Layla, a mordeshoor who washes the dead and sends their spirits off to the next world. And by washing the dead, I mean that she washes the bodies in a tub, hangs them on a clothesline to dry, and then plucks a rose petal out of her mouth.
I was in a fantasy reading slump for months - and The Phantom Forest pulled me out of it.
Pride is a fantastic modern retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, a flirtation of characters who are richer, and those who are poorer.
What is so thrilling about Tahir's writing is that everything, and I mean everything plays a role - every tidbit of information scattered either in Ember or in Torch, every simple line a character says. Nothing is left unused. And it makes the writing as sharp as a Teluman sword.
Sabaa Tahir has a kehanni's skill in weaving a story. An Ember in the Ashes writhes with emotion, tension, and a world so built out, scenes are vivid.
I was a little jealous of Allegra's chance to make as much money as she does right out of school, while living in NYC, and "living the dream." But like anything, once you take a look under the surface, things are anything but a dream.
“People say, ‘I suppose you got bored with life,’ but it wasn’t as sudden as that. The seeds are in you and although it may take ten, twenty, or forty years, eventually you can do what you wanted to do at the beginning.”
4 stars I loved how Vengeful capitalizes on the world and character from Villains #1, while making things badder, darker, and more, well, vengeful.
4 stars Vicious is a superhero-supervillain twist where you can't quite tell who's a hero and who's a villain.