When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising.
But surprises aren’t always good.
Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.
For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . .
Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.
At the moment, I am reading the first book in the series, The Last Magician. I will most likely claim it as the last book I complete in March. I like to read series together so I will want to immediately jump into The Devil’s Thief.
The TBR Alphabet Book Tag is a way to organize your ever-growing pile of unread books in a creative way by choosing a book that starts with each letter of the alphabet. I did add a few rules for myself and you’ll find them down below in bold. I found this wonderful blog at Read By Tiffany , make sure to check out her blog!
Name a book title from your TBR for every letter of the alphabet (can exclude words like ‘the’ if need be) these must be books that you have physical/e-book copies of and not ones you intend on getting but haven’t yet.
Try to include different authors for every single one.
At the bottom of your list put how many you could fill in (out of 26).
Tag other people to join in and link back to the person who tagged you.
As I have been trying to use the library more often, I did include a few library books as long as they were ones I was already planning on borrowing soon.
I also included a few books coming out in the next month or so that I plan on immediately buying upon release.
Are you familiar with the ‘If you liked this book, you’ll like this one’ recommendation posts? This blog post is a little different as I put my own twist on it. The book on the left is a recent read that I greatly enjoyed. The corresponding book on the right is a book I added to my TBR because I enjoyed the other one so much.
I LOVED The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. A historical fiction taking place in 1940’s France, it shows us how two very different sisters dealt with the occupation of Germany and showed us that love could still prevail in the toughest of times.
Much like The Nightingale, All the Light We Cannot See is a highly praised historical fiction also based in World-War II France. This book is also written in two perspectives and I am excited to see whether Anthony Doerr can interweave these different perspectives into a smooth narrative.