Rhythm of War

Rhythm of War (The Stormlight Archive, #4)Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gemstones infused with stormlight for Bk 4 of the sprawling, ambitious Stormlight Archive. πŸ’Ž This book is over 1,200 pages, took me two months to read, and I loved all of it. It feels like the middle book in a series in a good way. Sanderson has earned the space to develop complex characters. Kaladin Stormblessed struggles with both major depressive episodes (incl. suicidal ideation) and what’s basically PTSD. And when he does heroic feats, he’s not magically cured of those problems!

❝He lived on willpower alone. But what would happen when he ran out of strength? What would happen when he simply… couldn’t?❞

It shouldn’t be so radical but it’s refreshing and heart-wrenching. Also quick shout-out to my brightness Navani for being 40+ and a badass scholar, holding the tower together while being (in my head) totally foxy.

The Ancestor

The AncestorThe Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this deeply weird book. πŸ’œ I expected a modern gothic haunted castle story, and it has that, but then things go much further into 😳😳 territory. It doesn’t all totally make a ton of sense (her poor husband?!? the kidnapped girl?!?) but the author’s tone is so steady I just flowed along with all the delicious absurdity. And I are one of these cupcakes for breakfast.

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Mazes of Power

Mazes of Power (The Broken Trust, #1)Mazes of Power by Juliette Wade
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Richly detailed and fast-paced. I could have used more background on the alien planet and how the humans came to occupy the underground cave system, but maybe that’s coming in another book. The prose is interesting, a bit stilted and awkward in a way that actually reflects a society with different moral standards. Worthwhile!