This year I’m going to host an Advent Book Calendar event, where Jen and me are going to pick one book every day until December 24th. Books we’ve read this year, and tell you why you should pick it up. You can check our progress in the Advent Book Calendar 2018 introduction post, where you can “open” the windows every day and find out what we have for your reading pleasure!
My pick for day 10 is the sequel to a book I had a mixed relationship with. A Star Reckoner’s lot was a beautiful character orientated story that had one of the most love it or hate it endings that I have seen in a book in a long time.
An Ill-fated Sky took all that I loved in book one, improved on it and built around and up from the fragments in ASRL, resulting in this gorgeously rich story. I fell in love all over again with the characters, the setting, and Drake’s style of writing – which has such a vivid and somewhat surreal quality that it makes me want to paint. This book earns its spot here by having some of my favorite characters of this last year. If you have read book one, and are on the fence about continuing this series, do so now, you won’t regret it.
“It’s only natural that these characters would be drawn to one another in the aftermath of the first book. Everything about them is tied-up in one another because of their association with Ashtadukht. Grief revenge, betrayal, the fall-out of book one has them totally fucked-up and nothing feels more right, than them trying to survive it together.“
Tirdad will forsake honour. With his sword, or on it.
All his life, Tirdad has been an honourable man. Right until the point where honour made him run his sword through his beloved cousin, ending her rebellion.
Wracked with guilt, Tirdad is ready to forsake his honour, forget the past, and forge a new path ahead, but in a cruel twist of fate, Tirdad becomes bonded to the blade that made him a kinslayer. Cursed by the sword, Tirdad inherits both his cousin’s planet-reckoning powers and the conspiracy against her that forced her into rebellion.
The celestial powers are now his to command against those same enemies, if he dares risk the mayhem that inevitably follows, but he may not have any choice if he wants to unravel the plot that destroyed his House. Divs, yazatas, star-reckoners, Tirdad will face them all as he travels across Iran, sowing chaos and reaping curse.