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The Blade's Memory (Dragon Blood) Paperback – August 4, 2015
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 4, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 344 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1515361217
- ISBN-13 : 978-1515361213
- Item Weight : 1.11 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.86 x 9 inches
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There was quite a lot of action in this instalment with plenty of banter and shocking revelations that should keep every reader entertained throughout. I was most definitely entertained and I may or may not have been very, very close to exclaiming "OMG" out loud. It may or may not happened once or twice, too ...
But what I really love about Buroker's writing style, is the way she manages to combine action and humour into one lovely package. Example of something funny:
“What’s the plan, sir?” Kaika asked. She may have appeared relaxed, but her eyes were sharp as they regarded Ridge. “I have some explosives in my pack, and I can get more.”
“How will blowing things up help us find the king?” Ridge asked.
“I don’t know, but it would make me feel better.”
“I heard you were drawing on the wall in here like a three-year-old.” Therrik held a lantern up to the bars and stared at the map at the back of the cell.
“Now, Colonel, I take exception to that comment. I believe I have at least the artistic skills of a five-year-old.”
“You’re known for being delusional.”
Ridge looked at the map. “A four-year-old?”
Also, I LOVE Ridge's mom. Just saying. Her interaction with her son was so funny that my family thought I had gone nuts or something because I was wheezing of laughter. Jaxi is also still quite entertaining, but I believe Ridge's mom totally stole the spot for the character who has managed to make laugh the most.
Either way I will use the old saying of “it’s all that and a bag of chips.” This has to be, hands down, my favorite book of the entire series. (I can’t remember if I said that about another book in this series so … shhh.) I apologize for the lack of cohesiveness in this review and admit that it was basically a lot of plain fan girling on my part.
This book was action packed with all of the types of action I like to read about. The scene at the end with the floating air base thingee … so awesome. In one part you have Ridge and crew fighting the Koffa fighters and in the other Sardell, Tolemek, and Captain Kaika working to bring it all down. Just one of those would be exciting enough, but both together? I don’t want to spoil anything, but I so loved that scene and everything that each character had to do/deal with to get their stuff done.
I love a good dog fight and the magic, steam punk, flyers just made it cooler to me. The ending reminded me of the big fight in a Star Wars movie where the rebels are attacking the death star … all of those individual fights, the sheer numbers, and the vastness of the death star that made you question if it were possible since it seemed unbeatable.
Even though this is my second time reading this book I still caught myself holding my breath in anticipation through a lot of the book. It is just that good, at least to me.
In regards to the beginning of the book it was exciting, just not at the same level as that whoa ending. The whole hub-bub with the queen, who would’ve thought that, really, was pretty grrr inducing. I’m glad and not glad that it was taken care of in just one book, but somehow I was thinking it would’ve been spread out … I thought that way till I got near to the end of the book. Once again there are the dual things happening with Ridge wanting to fix things to protect the city and find the king. Then there is Sardell working to figure out the whole issue concerning the people out to kill her and any other magic users.
There were a lot of surprises, some I didn’t even vaguely expect. At times I wondered if everything was going to work out or not and I enjoyed reading about if they were going to or not.
Yes, I'm being a bit silly, but this book had some of the more amusing and outlandish plot elements I've run into in a while. It is based on a solid foundation. From the first page we get a good idea that Sardelle's appearance had caused some ground to kidnap the king and to engage in a ritual of witch-hunting that threatens to tear Iskandia apart. It's logical to the world-building that has gone on before, but....
It did require a heavy suspension of disbelief. There are plot elements here that seem to spawn out of nowhere, and the machinations that Sardelle, Ridge and their friends engage in are in depth while also being almost a satire of what I think could have really happened.
But I haven't been so amused by a mystery tale since I watched the movie Clue and saw the 3 different endings with each one being "how it might have happened."
So kudos to Lindsay for taking the risk. She managed to avoid turning the tale into a farce, while opening up her world a bit.
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Have now purchased and read most of the prequel series Dragon Blood books which link it all together and still smiling and chuckling.
Looking forward to the progression of the series as it was left in an exciting end!