I mostly read urban fantasy, and if they are very good then paranormal romance, dystopians, YA, fantasy, steampunk and sci-fi. Also historical romance.
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Lovers and Beloveds: An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom Book One
on June 10, 2011
Let me rave and rave and rave about this book! I had the same out of body experience when I finished Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey. In some ways this book is similar, but it's different.
There are two strong interconnected story lines. First is Prince Temmin and his coming of age and personal development. Second is a fairytalish story of prophecies and enchantments, good prince vs. bad prince and magic, which is a secret history of Temmin's ancestors.
Temmin's Teacher is some sort of Merlin that has been helping and advising the ruling dynasty for a thousand years. His way of teaching young and naive prince is to let him read this secret history, where he literally lives through everything that happens to the enchanted Princess.
After each session Temmin comes out changed a little bit, his perception of the world and people around him changes as well. The Prince is spoiled and ignorant, but he's got a good heart, he helps people around him.
When during one or the society balls he sees the twins Allis and Issak who serve as The Embodiments of gods Neya and Nerr in a religious structure similar to the one of Carey's world, Temmin is smitten. Allis and Issak in turn see some potential in him as well and suggest that he becomes a Supplicant of their Temple.
The rest of the book is Temmin's struggle to make his choice and his father desperate attempts to stop him by way of intrigues and threats.
The characters are amazing, the development, the tension between Temmin, Allis and Issak is something magical. This is an erotic story in alternative reality very much like Victorian England of the 19th century, but it's not steampunk.
I don't even know what it is, but it's something special, mystical and touching. I loved it, and I can't wait for the next book which hopefully comes out by the end of 2011.
The story starts slow, but you get so involved anyway and it picks up after first 100 pages so much, that you just can't put it down until the end. I know, because I finished reading it last night at 4am and went straight to Paypal to donate some money for my free copy to the author. :)
I have to say that the book is an indie which had a unique funding. Basically 48 fans got together and collected $2500 to sponsor fantastic cover and beautiful editing. I hear second book is being created much the same way. You can go on author's website and read about it.
I can't recommend it enough, but if you loved Jacqueline Carey, you would love this!
Favorite scene: Allis, Issak and Temmin in the garden.
Kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews
on Nov. 29, 2011
G.P.Ching is a beautiful storyteller with a vivid imagination. Not every author will manage to put together an angry half-Chinese boy, a mysterious Indian girl, strange powers, secret gardens, Fallen angels and one big vegetarian cat, and pull it off.
I really enjoyed this book, because it was that strange and eery. The concept of Fallen angels and those who protect humans from them is not unique, but the way G.P.Ching brings the story to life is enchanting.
The characters are really well done and have their own multiple layers, - Jacob and Malini opposing to prejudiced kids in a tiny American town, Dr.Silva in her haunted Victorian house and her weird herbal teas, creepy Fallen angels....
The writing is very engaging, I simply flew through the book. It gets pretty intense closer to the end and involves other dimensions and a fierce battle between Good and Evil. I am very much looking forward to book #2 Weaving Destiny, which I'll probably pick up sometime next year.
Great read and much recommended.