Paul Krueger Ï 9 charactersThanks to Leigh Bardugo I am now strangely drawn to any book with the word crow in the title Let s see how this goes We all have such finite time even when the spirits are kind representation own voices asian inspired author is Filipino asian inspired worlds and characters Sanbu Islands Phillipines inspired Tomoda Japanese inspired Shang Chinese inspired Jeongson Korean inspired Dahal Indian inspiredueer characters gay bi lesbian trans ff relationship mm relationshiptrigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers Even though I really really enjoyed this I have to admit I was a little disappointed because I was expecting this to get 5 stars and be a new all time fave but alas We ll start with the things I loved the avatar and okemon inspired elements avatar and Crash Landing (Bear Creek, pokemon were both HUGEarts of my childhood We had the avatar influence metalpacting metalbending and the okemon influence shadepacting bond between the souls of human and animal which I LOVED There was also a super interesting *discussion on whether enslaving another creature s spirit is okay or *on whether enslaving another creature s spirit is okay or ever since I became an adult I always felt kinda icky about this with okemon THE CHARACTERS omg i m OBSESSED with Lee Jimuro Lee is SO badass and Jimuro reminded me so much of Zuko from ATLAThings that kinda didn t work for me the fact that this is of an urban fantasy has technology and cars and such and my The Famoux (The Famoux, preferred fantasy is of an ancient feeling world it was kind of dense a lot of the time i found myself not really wanting toick it up even though when i was reading it i was enjoying myself the fact that the only trans character was lowkey a villain lameoverall i definitely recommend this one it just wasn t a new favourite unfortunately trigger warnings colonisation genocide gun violence loss of loved ones war themes mention of suicide gore a literal giant spider ron weasley would hate that scene lol injured animals lots and lots and lots of violence sanbuna lore had countless monsters but the worst of them wore a human face highly entertaining and eventually heart wrenching modern fantasy centering on the aftermath of war steel crow saga is set in
An Industrialized World Inindustrialized world in a number of countries are slowly recovering from the repercussions of imperialism and colonization at
The Heart Of The Storyheart of the story four main characters who all take on a POV at some Dragons Gap point and show some great character arcs and growth throughoutconsidering how character driven this novel is i ll take a moment to describe each of themfirst up sergeant tala a young woman who s been fighting in the resistance of sanbu ever since she couldick up a gun the only manner of existence she knows is war always ready to fight always ready to die it s the only thing that s still holding her together even once the war is officially overtala is stuck with the task of escorting jimuro the only surviving royal member of the tomoda empire home safely bookish stuck up and Bared for Her Bear (Wylde Bears painfully removed from his country s role in the war he s being used as aawn by sanbu save his life Best Seller (English Edition) put him on the throne and ensureeace rather than The Lone Star Groom: Bachelor Billionaire Romances possibly kickstart tomoda s oppressive regime once hot on tala and jimuro s heels is xiulan a self styled detective with a flair for theatrics 28th in line for the shang throne. Four destinies collide in a uniue fantasy world of war and wonders where empire is won with enchanted steel and magical animal companions fight alongside their masters in battleA soldier with a curseTala lost her family to the empress’s army and has spent her life avenging them in battle But the empress’s crimes don’t haunt her half as much as the crimes Tala has committed against the laws of magic and her own flesh and blood Arince with a debtJimuro has inherited the ashes of an empire Now that the revolution Xiulan wants to rove to her family that she is worth considering as a ruler her To Protect His Mate (Wolfe Brothers, plan delivering jimuro straight into her father s handsin order to do so she enlists the help of lee a uick fingered thief from jeongson a country long oppressed by tomoda and shang both lee cares about very little other than money and freedom and as she tags along with xiulan she s not afraid to mouth her offthrow some gimmicky magic of summoning soulpacted animals or manipulating metal into the mix and you ve got a surprisingly engaging cross country roadtrip that s great for bonding recovering fromsychological trauma and examining the complex issues of colonialismthis is a fun nuanced book with a bit of a young adult ish vibeits world is truly a modern fantasy universe we go a bit beyond the gaslamp stuff of guns and trains and move up all the way to cars movies telephones etca lot of the book s Star Wars Rogue Squadron II Rogue Leader Instruction booklet pagecount is spent on the intricacies of the cultures of the four main countries in this book sanbu based on thehilippines shang based on china jeongson based on korea and tomoda based on japan krueger has got this down flat from mouth watering descriptions of various dishes to subtle ways of how etiuette language and customs have formed our four Boom protagonistsit makes the world feel all the rich and believable i ve seen someeople mention how it s lazy as it s taken directly from countries existing in our world all that makes me do is raise my eyebrow and think about the TONS of highly raised classic fantasy that also takes directly from uhm i don t know how about the english countrysideanyway the lotting of this story is good enough to give its characters an incentive to move towards an end goal but the true heart lies in how they developthe story starts out with two main Good Morning, Buddha pairs tala and jimuro awkwardly navigating the roles of freedom fighter and former colonizer and then there s xiulan and lee masters of witty banter and flying by the seats of theirants who hide a lot of Personal Delivery pain and heart underneath humor and deflectionand it s great to see all of them grow especially jimuro and xiulan therivileged of *The Two They Start *two they start with borderline offensive and hurtful ideas about tala s and lee s cultures and way of living and it s not just a cheap uick Redemption Arc that s thrown around here for either of them the La Viña de Naboth ,Tomo I process takes time and has many layers which gives a genuine weight to the growth of these charactersi greatly admire krueger s ability to underline the necessity of acknowledging the horror of an imperialist system and not walking away from your crimes by taking responsibility for them while also examining the trauma andain from the Gettysburgs Battlefield Photographer-William H Tipton point of view of someone who sart of that imperialistcolonist regimeit s the in EDIT 6202020 Hi all unfortunately I have to retract my support of this book because several women have come forward on Twitter stating that he is a serial harasser I believe these women I don t have much to say so for a elouent and thorough statement Husband In Training please see Sahlea s statementOriginal Review Okay I m surprised that my Goodreads hive mind that s ya ll ya ll are the best hadn t alerted me to this book iconic book earlier Steel Crow Saga is a super ueer Asian inspired young adult fantasy novel that blends elements of Avatar The Last Airbender and. As brought down his kingdom he must depend on Tala to bring him home safe But it was his army who murdered her family Now Tala will be his redemption or his downfallA detective with a grudgeXiulan is an eccentricipe smoking detective who can solve any mystery but the biggest mystery of all is her true identity She’s a Live Wire (Elite Ops, princess in disguise and shelans to secure her throne by Words of Radiance, Part 1 (The Stormlight Archive presenting her father with the ultimaterize the world’s most wanted rinceA thief with a broken heartLee is a small time criminal who live. Paul Krueger delivers In his sopho book he writes from the erspectives of four characters whose respective nations are Krueger delivers In his sopho book he writes from the erspectives of four characters whose respective nations are of China Japan the Philippines and Korea Some are rogues and some are royals each with distinct voices and desires such as to avenge fallen family members who died in war or to secure the throne of their country These characters aths crisscross until they all unite against one common enemy who Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl possesses theower to tear all of their worlds asunderI love how this book addresses dark and heavy topics while still feeling so compulsively readable which did remind me of what it felt like to watch Avatar The Last Airbender Krueger shows the effects of imperialism from the vantage Film on the Left points of both the colonizer and the colonized ranging from therivilege that comes with systemic Public Policy Making power to thesychological trauma that accompanies seeing your loved ones slaughtered His characters though almost bounce off the The Artists Way Morning Pages Journal page with their charismaticersonalities and their witty funny dialogue and distinct *characteristics Our four main characters Xiulan Lee Tala and Jimuro each *Our four main characters Xiulan Lee Tala and Jimuro each well written The Mob personal motivations as well as uniueerspectives which helps keep the stakes high and the Gentlemen Prefer Curves (Perfect Fit, plot moving After reading this book for only a little while I felt this sense of trust with Krueger that he knew these characters well that he cared about them and that heut forth every effort Who Killed Blanche DuBois? possible for us to connect with them as well whichaid off such that I did tear up during the final fight scene in the novelThe only constructive
Critiue I Have Toward ThisI have toward this is that the development of Tala and Jimuro s relationship felt a bit rushed or forced Though I love how their last interaction in the novel allows for breathing room and time to heal which felt much authentic I think the uickness of their relationship forming when they first met especially given the extent to which they could or should have opposed one another took me out of the narrative a bit Overall highly recommended for those who want a young adult fantasy with lots of LGBT representation including a ff couple a couple of bisexual characters though one could be Utopia pansexual I m not entirely sure and a trans major though not main character I hope this novel gets the attention that white ueer stories do yep that s me beingetty because it deserves it Thank you to my bff Natasha for recommending Steel Crow Saga and Goodreads friends O Jogo do Acaso please send me any and all ueer POC books you d recommend or want me to read and review This effing book broke me in half and made me soar Just when I m down about reading I find a freaking gem This book is like nothing I have ever read before and it gave me all of the feels I love every single one of these characters immensely What reeled me in from the summary was the animal stuff I mean those who know me could have figured that one out But there is so much to this story and it ripped my heart out The book is about family war vengeance bonding with animals and things heartbreak and a bit of comedy thrown in for good measure Bottom line I loved it so very much Thank you to Netgalley and the Pub for a digital copy of this wonderful book I must totter off now andre order my The Wedding Day physical copy Happy Reading Mel ME BLOG. S by only one law Leave them before they leave you But when Princess Xiulan asks her to be herartner in crime and offers her a magical animal companion as a reward she can’t say no and soon finds she doesn’t want to leave the Firefight (The Reckoners, princess behind This band of rogues and royals should all be enemies but they unite for a commonurpose to defeat an unstoppable killer who defies the laws of magic In this battle they will forge unexpected bonds of friendship and love that will change their lives and begin to change the wor.