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I was not privileged but I was lucky enough to travel the world and who managed to immerse myself in many cultures which have taught me a lot. I love learning new information about basically everything but with an emphasis on human rights, history, the universe, multiculturalism. I cannot say I live in a specific country because, since 2007, I had the opportunity to live in several countries on different continents and I did not manage to decide where exactly to settle down so I am still trying to do a semester in one country (studying or teaching - and sometimes both), the next in a different one and so on. I loved to paint, write and sing as a child, but due to unfortunate circumstances I had to give it all up until I turned 24 and I met the artist I most admire in this world and who had an amazing reaction to what I was doing and so I decided to give my passions another chance and turned from a career as a political consultant to teaching universal history and doing things related to art (so I would not say that my life has changed since 2012, I just completely shifted focus, whoaaa :D ).
on Nov. 07, 2013 :
I bought it a few days back and I could not put it down. I like the story, I like the characters, I like the setting, I like the plots and subplots. When I got to the third part of the book, "I am awake and blood is what I crave!", I realized the serious business that was going down and it was nail-biting, heartbreaking and exciting at the same time. My favorite chapter in this part is "To kill a gorgon", it is just perfect and also "The sacrifice" is fantastic in the fifth part of the book.
However I have some complains: Why did you kill some of the characters I had grown to care for? Really? I mean my brain understands it, but emotionally I did not understand it. I will not write names so as to not spoil it for others. That scene when one of Elena's brothers dies at the hands of another family member, OMG that is just so heartbreaking and I was looking forward to the development of that particular character. He was so amazing as a brother, as a leader, as a person in general and then he dies. It reminded me of the death of Robb Stark in GoT. Sure these two characters had very different lives and very different endings, but they both are tragic heroes and stirred up a whirlwind of emotions. But, I have to say that when one of the heroes dies, that's when I got that serious business was going to go down and it became even more intriguing.
There were some moments when I felt like throwing away my Kindle while reading, cause I was so pissed off at how Zeus reacted to Mikael and Elijah, ah and don't even get me started with Akira, can anyone say CONTROL FREAK? I loved, then disliked, then ended up loving Elena again. Ruwana is my favorite character, smart, intriguing, and she is powerful in a kingdom where she is part of an almost insignificant minority and she opens the door to possibility and option to Mikael who would otherwise probably have ended up being a thief or something like that. I want more of Ch'o. The last chapter of the book takes place some time after all the events of the story so does that mean that there will be a second volume? If so, I want more Ch'o and definitely more Ruwana.
And one more thing: My family is a mixture of people from 2 continents and I liked this book also because of its ethnic diversity. Good job on that one!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Nov. 05, 2013 :
Brilliant! The characters are very well developed and I could relate to many of them, I could feel what they were going through. The protagonists are imperfect and it is those flaws that make them that much more interesting. Great antagonists, they made me feel both hate and compassion for them. I warmed up to Aria only to dislike her and then feel pity for her. I despised Akira, Rim, Aron, Kali, only to find myself feeling like they suffered great injustices and that somehow they have a good reason for doing what they did.
Some of my favorite characters are Ch'o, Isodor, Elena, Zeus, Akira, Mikael, Elijah, Ruwana, Rosh. The worlds are very diverse, there's no stereotyping with characters according to their color, ethnicity, inclinations, passions and so on, and this made it that much better to read. This little planet of ours needs more books like this, more books that have diverse characters like the ones here and who knows maybe we as humans will learn to appreciate one another more.
The universe created is very interesting and unique. There are four worlds, unlike what I read before, presented with just enough description to get a sense of them, it does not go on talking about useless things, which is great, it is fast paced, especially after the first 50 pages, the plots were intricate but easy to follow, it has a lot of unexpected events and that kept me wanting to read more.
Hat off to you for not presenting the same old fantasy land filled with tales of good defeating evil. This was an engaging read with many twists and turns.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)