#BookReview : Shadowed By Despair (Laith #3) by Candace Robinson #ShadowedByDespair #Fantasy #releaseday @literarydust

Shadowed By Despair (Laith #3) by Candace Robinson
Publication Date : May 19th 2020
Publisher : The Parliament House 
Genre : Dark Fantasy
Pages : 240
Stars : ★★★★★

Perin expected eternal darkness after his death, yet the land of Laith has other plans for him. Snapped awake with a desperate hunger for flesh, he fights the urge to feed, knowing that once he gives in to temptation, there is no turning back.

Tavarra’s deepest desire was always to be human. When she received her one true wish, the journey had already claimed those she cared about. Alone, she fights through each day, forgetting how to truly live.

To strip away his new curse, Perin needs to retrieve an enchanted liquid and bring it back to the Stone of Desire. Despite his unpredictability, and him being the monster this time, Tavarra chooses to help. Tied by fate and loneliness, they must cross the sea into a deadly part of Laith and find the solution before Perin’s hunger overtakes him.

*** Note : I received e-ARC of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to author. ***

Previous books I read in this series-

Shadowed By Despair was amazing dark fantasy, final book in Laith trilogy. It revolved around adventurous journey of Perin and Tavarra to break curse but this time not Tavarra’s but Perin’s curse. It was about not judging whole species based on bad experience, two sides of the world that has both evil and good in it, love, new friendship, and for a change let others help and care for you.

Writing was great- like previous books of this series- addictive, compelling, and vivid. Setting of Laith was fantastic. This time more of the land was explored and new creatures, dangers and stories were told. It was written in third person narrative from Tavarra and Perin’s POV, alternatively.

Shadowed by Despair started weeks after the second book ended and Perin coming back to life in grave. His love for his sister and Tavarra gave him strength to dig out of grave and started looking for them and first place he looked was at stone of desire. He suspected something was wrong with him but when stone answered him his suspicion was confirmed, he was cursed to crave for blood and meat not just any but human’ or humanlike creatures. To break the curse he needed to travel to the land from where nobody returned to tell the tale. On his way to this adventure he met Tavarra.

Tavarra was curse-free but what she did as a beast wasn’t forgotten and lead to new kind of danger. Luckily she formed unlikely friendship with Jovkin and together they went to the sea where they met Perin. When she discovered what happened to him she joined him on his adventure like he helped her in previous book.

I was curious to find out what they will discover on this new land, what danger lurks there, how they will find what stone has asked or if they will return before it’s too late.

This was amazing book part romance and full of dangerous adventure. I loved how author converted zombie concept into this twisted tale. World was best part of the book. I enjoyed seeing new side of Laith that was filled with Mer people, ugly goblins, weird trees and birds, cobwebbed forest and mud creatures. They all made me crinkle my nose in disgust and pop out my eyes more than once. What I loved most was goddess Zada’s story, mystery of Kova Island, and Vaden’s story and his secret.

My most favorite character was, of course, Tavarra. She was as strong as she was as beast but little less. Her stubbornness, fierceness, and intimidating look didn’t go away with her curse. I loved her for understanding supporting Perin’s situation and helping him to bear it, convincing him to let her care for him, sticking with him till the end.

Now there was competition for my second favorite character because both Vaden and Perin were amazing. While Perin kept things serious and gloomy, Vaden made me smile and melt my heart.

Perin was still haunted by his father’s cruelty. Even if he died he couldn’t shake off his poisonous memories and words. I was still annoyed at him for keeping all this secret from Rhona in second book but when I dived into his memories, I could see why he feared his father and couldn’t say anything to Rhona. His love for Rhona was amazing. I could see why it was hard for him to let other choose and take care of him, not making decisions for them. When Tavarra met him again slowly it changed. She helped him develop come out of his misery and nightmare.

I loved Perin and Tavrra’s relationship. They were perfect for each other. They understood each other’s feelings best and knew what they needed to do to help and grow throughout the book.

When author emailed me with the book I was praying to “Authors’ God” (if they exist!) to send my message to author, let nobody die in this book please. If you see track record somebody died in all previous book. I wouldn’t say if my prayer was answered or not but author sure kept me on the edge, biting my nails, repeating mantra of my prayer throughout the book.

Climax was filled with anxious feeling. When I thought phew no more danger now, out of nowhere came new kind of danger. I was holding my breath when end was near and there came another shock. I admit I couldn’t have guessed it. End was wonderful and I loved that last chapter.

Overall, Shadowed by Despair was gripping, adventurous, page-turner, and twisted fantasy with amazing world and characters. I recommend it to all dark fantasy lovers, but note it should be read it order.

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#BookReview : The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon #ThePrioryoftheOrangeTree #BooksTeacupnReviews #HighFantasy

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Publication date: February 26th 2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Genre: High Fantasy / LGBT + Magic and dragons
Pages: 830
Stars: ★★★★★

A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction – but assassins are getting closer to her door. Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tane has trained to be a dragonrider since she was a child, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel. Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

*** Note: I purchased this book ***

The Priory of the Orange Tree was fantastic high fantasy that revolved around the world fearing the big bad dragon that was stirring from his thousand years long sleep to bring chaos and destruction in the world and characters trying to save the world from him. It was about magic and mages, royal politics, religion and hypocrisy, legends with its truth and lies, love and friendship, good vs bad dragons, and putting away differences to fight the darkness of the world and changing mindset for great good.

Wow! This book is simply awesome. It was 800 page long book and there wasn’t a single page I didn’t enjoy. The writing was beautiful, flawless, and mesmerizing. The author is a brilliant storyteller who chained me to this huge tome from the very beginning and transported me in the world of Virtudom, dragons, dragon lovers and dragon slayers, legends, pirates and outlaws.

The Priory of the Orange Tree was written in third person narrative, divided into six sections with alternative chapters mostly from East and West and some chapters from South, telling the story of main characters living in kingdoms and queendoms in cardinal points of this world. Thank goodness, there was a map or I would have lost directions in this world.

The plot was amazing and it was more complex than I thought. The world and the characters were vast and were equally balanced. The first section was all about world and character building. The story followed Ead and Queen Sabran in West, Tane and Professor Roos in East, and Lord Arteloch Beck (Loth) in South.

“No woman should be made to fear that she was not enough.”

In the west, Ead Duryan was set in Inys court to protect the Queen, Sabran Berethnet. Her duty was to ensure her safety as it was said Berethnet line kept the Nameless One (our bad dragon) tied to the abyss. Ead had secrets. She was a mage of the priory, one of the best handmaiden, born to slay dragons. She kept a watchful eye on the queen for 7 years but she was away from priory for too long, her magic is fading, and to keep queen safe she must get close to the queen. She discovered somebody was trying to harm Sabran. The question was who? And then high western dragons (high-rank dragons of Nameless One’s army and equally dangerous) were rising. I was curious to see how Ead was going to save Sabran from the threat flying towards Inys without revealing her true identity.

I loved every part of this narration. I loved reading western culture and their blind faith in this part. Court of Inys and castle was also described wonderfully. The politics and legend was the heart of this narration and then sizzling f/f romance.

In the East we are introduced to eastern culture and the life of Tane and Professor Roos. Tane’s only dream was to become a dragon rider but arrival of a stranger changed the course of life. She hid him instead of reporting him to officials so her selection ceremony didn’t interrupt. Doctor Roos got involved in this web of hiding stranger and it made things even worse for Tane. I liked how events unfolded. I was curious to find out what role she was going to play in the whole story and what will happen to her dragon.

I loved reading about different islands in the East, the empire of twelve lakes, harsh Eastern law, pirates and their journey, and the story of the second mage in this narration.

In South, Lord Arteloth Beck (Loth) was carrying out a spy mission. But he wasn’t a spy! he was sent away from Inys so he couldn’t be in way of Queen Sabran’s marriage. There were rumors he and Sabran were lovers but actually they were best friends. Night Hawk of Inys court sent him to his doom without notifying the Queen. On arriving in Carscaro, he discovered the reality of the castle and person sitting on the throne and many other secrets. I was curious to see if he could ever find his way back to Inys.

In this I enjoyed reading about wyrms, other creatures of the south, about Priory and the real legend, and customs of the south.

“Piety can turn the power-hungry into monsters,’ Ead said. ‘They can twist any teaching to justify their actions.”

Ead (26 yrs old) was my most favorite character in whole book. She was everything I would want in heroine. Badass, smart, clever, a warrior and a killer. She also had a broader perspective who not just cared for her home but also for Inys and whole humanity. She never feared anything until she fell in love. Lot of things changed and it got really exciting. She was the only person who was unfazed by the appearance of high western and even the Nameless One in the end battle. She found a lot of secrets and truth behind stories and every mystery. The more I read about her, her act and reaction and her adventure, the more I admired and loved her.

“All stories grow from a seed of truth,’ Truyde said. ‘They are knowledge after figuration.”

Sabran (27 yrs old) was headstrong, imperious, and orthodox woman at first. I even said her a fool but once I knew more about her, her secrets and fears, her childhood and her dreams, like Ead, I warmed to her. She had a face of steel and heart filled with compassion and love. She surprised me when she got to know the truth about her religion and legend and later the biggest shocking secret. No one can endure so much but only Sabran. She was one true queen and I loved her at the end.

“I do not sleep because I am not only afraid of the monsters at my door, but also of the monsters my own mind can conjure. The ones that live within.”

Loth (30 yrs old) was another favorite character. It took more than one adventure for him to change his belief. He got so many shocks throughout the book. I loved him for his loyalty and friendship. His sister was braver and broad minded than him. I loved Margret throughout the book.

Tane (19 yrs old) was young and naïve and little flawed. She was ambitious. Her dream and her best friend were only one she cared about and when that was taken away because of her one mistake she became weak and hollow. She kept feeling guilty for breaking law, even when her dragon assured her she didn’t do wrong. It was so sad and tragic to see everything falling apart for her. But I loved her determination and the way she changed things in second half of the book.

I thought at first Doctor Roos (64 yrs old) will not be important character but I was wrong. He was one flawed character and not likable. He was opportunist and selfish. Shadow of the past was seeped deep in him and his exile only served to fester the dead in him. One thing was, he didn’t deny his flaws and who he was. He knew he was not honest and righteous person and what he did was wrong and I liked how his adventure, encounter with pirates and dragons, and hope changed his view.

“I realized, that she had been spoon-fed a story from the day she was born. She had been taught no other way to be. And yet, I saw that despite everything, some part of her was self-made. This part, small as it appeared at first, was forged in the fire of her own strength, and resisted her cage. And I understood…that this part was made of steel. The part who she truly was.”

Mysteries, actions, adventure, and surprises were in abundance. There was so much going on throughout the book.Each chapters and section revealedso many stories, myths, legends and tales of this world that was set in CE 1005. Two legends were center part of the story. One was from west and sounth of Gallian Berethnest and the damsel and another from the east about another mage and dragons that was revealed in second half of the book.

My most favorite part of the book was these legends and the two sides of it, how Ead and other characters found the evidence of the truth in this legend and about magic, about mage of east, and how both legends connected at the end and provided a key to fight the Nameless One.

Climax was exciting and tense. When the final battle started it got even more excited. It was not narrated like battles we read in other fantasy. It was exactly the way it should be, all chaos broke free and all fighting the common enemy. It ended a bit earlier than expected but it was amazing. The end also showed what happened to each character and what they did after the battle. I was bit confused by what happened to Tane, I must admit it was weird and unclear. I had to go to Goodreads and the reader’s discussion about this. The answers were satisfactory and like them I hope this might be a link to other book author is planning to write in this world.

“Some truths are safest buried. Some castles best kept in the sky. There’s promise in tales that are yet to be spoken.”

Overall, The Priory of the Orange Tree was fantastic, mesmerizing, fast-paced, and mind-blowing fantasy with complex world and amazing characters. As said in the praises, “it was epic fantasy at its finest”. Even after reading 800 pages, I didn’t want it to end. It was that good. I highly recommend this book. I’m surely getting other books by Samantha Shannon.

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#BookReview : Avocado Bliss by Candace Robinson, Gerardo Delgadillo #AvocadoBliss #Contemporary @literarydust @Gero_Delgadillo @EvernightTeen

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Avocado Bliss by Candace Robinson, Gerardo Delgadillo
Publication Date: March 27th 2020
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 232
Stars: ★★★★★

Dacre Vinson has spent the majority of his life in quite the predicament—even the surf and his books can’t erase his Type 1 diabetes. But when Dacre’s family moves to a new Mexican town, an eccentric girl obsessed with trees offers him a job on the spot, leading to what could be the perfect distraction from his problems.

Salbatora Tames has one true love, her avocado farm. Her family constantly nudges her to be more social, but Sal much prefers the dirt, the sun, and the solitude. Besides, trees listen better than people do.

For Sal and Dacre, their job won’t stay easy breezy for long, not when an avocado delivery to Palenque, Mexico pops up on their radar. Together, they embark on a road trip across the jungle, where they form a tighter bond. However, as obstacles arise, their new-found troubles may lead to more woes than bliss.

*** Note: I received this e-copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to author. ***

Other books I read by the same authors:

Avocado Bliss was refreshing YA contemporary romance that revolved around Avocado lover, Salbatora and Diabetes fighter, Dacre. It was about life of Type 1 diabetic, everyday struggle with disease, passion, coming out of shell and grief, insecurities with new friendship and love.

This was my second book coauthored by Candace and Gerardo and let’s not count individual books by them I read. I read all their books and like those books, this was written wonderfully. I enjoyed this even more than Bacon Pie. It was lovely and refreshing to read alternative perspective of Salbatora (Sal) and Dacre.

It started with Dacre flying with his two baby brothers from US (where dad lived) to Mexico (where his mother lived and had great job).  His whole life he and his brothers travelled back and forth to live with each parent. Moreover, diagnosed with Diabetes Type 1 at very young age made life even more struggling and challenging for Dacre. This time when they shift to new Mexican town, he stumbled upon a job at organic avocado farm, offered by peculiar avocado obsessed girl, Sal.

Sal lived robotic life, too organized and too methodical. But behind her robotic shell she was suffering from grief of losing her aunt. Ever since her aunt’s death she lost herself in her passion, Avocado farm. It was her true love and she didn’t feel it practical to dress and live like other normal girls even though her family and friends pushed her to be more social.

When Sal and Dace started working together both formed friendship but there was a big delivery and road trip filled with adventure and danger. It was interesting to find out what happened on the road trip, how it will affect their new found friendship and if it will stay same even after the trip.

I liked all characters. They were interesting, realistic, and both authors brought them to life. Dacre’s both brothers and Sal’s dad were cool. I loved Dacre and Sal most.

Dacre was clever, an amazing brother and person. He carried responsibility as son, elder brother and of his diabetes so well. He put everybody’s feeling before him and smiled for them. I could see and feel why it was tough for him to cope with new change on returning to his mom’s house. Even with his reasoning, he overreacted a little. It was like he traded place with his middle brother for this particular situation and to come out of it or rather put a distance and have breathing space, he joined avocado farm and later two days road trip with Sal. I liked how this trip changed him and his feelings towards his mom and Sal.

During the trip I knew more about his thoughts and feeling towards his disease, why he was single, what he was going through inside, and why he took that decision after climax.

Through him I got to know more about Diabetes Type 1. My grandmother had Diabetes type 2, my aunt has it as well but I don’t know anybody with Type 1 in real life. While reading this book I could see their situation was not as bad as it was with Type 1. I saw them taking tablets, exercise regularly, and some food restriction and have seen how bad it can be if they didn’t take care, but they didn’t have to check sugar as frequently as Dacre was checking here. Authors had represented the disease, symptoms and struggle of diabetics so well.

Sal was peculiar but cute peculiar. She loved her avocado farm and trees like a baby. The farm and her Pa was her life. I liked her the way she gave them priority, organized her day, took care of deliveries and trees. I don’t know why everybody pushing her. She was truly comfortable with her life and in fact loved it. They were right to worry but I felt she was amazing with the way she was and lived. I admired her more when she got to know about Dacre’s diabetes and the way she handled it throughout the trip.

The road trip to Palenque and then adventure in jungle was both hilarious and dangerous. I wouldn’t give much detail. It’s best that way because it’s so much fun reading this part with its surprises. I do feel they shouldn’t have gone in that forest. It was stupid but oh God, the series of events in there were so eventful. They both acted exactly opposite how I expected. That little Mayan world info was interesting. Both Dacre and Sal were developed but weren’t perfect and I liked how the seed of their friendship grew throughout this book and found perfect bond with their imperfection. I enjoyed conversation and chemistry between these two.

Climax made my heartbeat stop for a sec. I knew this was coming and yet I wasn’t prepared for it. I was tense and worried along with all characters. Dacre’s decision, his talk with his mother and then his change of heart on arriving back was fabulous. I loved the way Sal was taking it. The hope and happiness and arrived with firecrackers at the end. I absolutely loved the end and those last few lines. It was amazing.

Overall, it was lovely, delightful, and refreshing contemporary with serious topic and unique characters. I highly recommend this book to contemporary romance lovers.

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#BookReview : A Day at the Zoo by Cassie Roberts, Judy Richards (Illustrator) #Childrensbook #ADayAtZoo @AdelaideBooksNY

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A Day at the Zoo by Cassie Roberts
Publication Date: September 1st 2019
Publisher: Adelaide Books
Genre: Children’s book / Picture book
Pages: 22
Stars: ★★★★★

A DAY AT THE ZOO is a vivid and whimsical story about two children and their adventures at the zoo. Enjoy playful rhymes and the strong message of never giving up and always being brave. A wonderful read for children and adults alike.

*** Note: I received this e-copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to publisher. ***

A Day at the Zoo was cute imaginative picture book that revolved around two children and their adventures at the zoo. It was about trying different activities, never saying no to opportunities and enjoy the moment.

In this fun book, Rose and William visiting a zoo where all animals were performing all sort of outdoor activities like cycling, swimming, climbing, skating, etc. cheering kids and encouraging them join them in the activity and have fun. Though Rose and William had a great time watching animals performing their tricks they wondered they would have enjoyed it if they haven’t said no all the time.

Rhymes were wonderful. It was fun to read this book. I plan to read this again with my daughter once she is 3 years old or more.

I liked the message of the book about trying all the activities, not to say no because you fear you might fall or hurt yourself or embarrass because you haven’t done it before or somebody would laugh because you are not good at it. All kids fear trying something for the first time but I’m sure on second and third they start to enjoy it and even love it. Kids need to be encouraged to say yes, at least try new activity once, and give things a go.

Illustrations were colorful and cheerful. Those smile and happiness on animals’ face were enough to encourage kids what they were doing. And those little mice were in all pictures. They made them even more cute.

Overall, it was entertaining story that educate kids both about animals and activates and at the same time encourage them with its great message. I recommend this to all kids and parents. It’s perfect for both parents and children to read together.

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#BookReview : In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree by Michael McLellan @McLellanBooks @RRBookTours #HistoricalFiction

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In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree by Michael McLellan
Publication Date: April 26th 2017
Publisher: Sweet Candy Press
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 269
Stars: ★★★★★

In 1865 a shadow hovers over the nation: the shadow lingers still…

Born into slavery, Henry’s young life is spent working in tobacco drying sheds on Missouri plantations. Freed at the onset of the Civil War, he’s alone, starving, and on the run from Confederate militiamen.

Five years later, Clara Hanfield, the daughter of a powerful New York shipping magnate, escapes her tyrannical father and travels west in pursuit of John Elliot, the man she loves. John, a U.S. Army lieutenant, was sent to the Dakota Territory where he discovers a government conspiracy to incite an all-out war with the Indians; a war meant to finally eliminate them as an obstacle to the westward expansion.

Henry finds himself caught in the middle.

Aided by Clara, John, and his native ally, Standing Elk, Henry must battle hatred, greed, and the ghosts of his past during this turbulent and troubling time in American history.

*** Note: I received e-copy of this book from the author via R&R Book Tours, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to author and Shannon. ***

In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree was historical fiction based on civil war, set in 1861-1866, a dark and brutal time period in American history. It was mainly about racism and its impact, civil war, antagonism, unjust law and exploitation, and fight for survival and what is fair and right.

This book was highly disturbing and evocative. It was filled with so much horrors humans are capable to create and sick psychology. I was shocked reading how politicians and military turned blind eye to what some militia group were doing and its consequence provoked Indians to fight. I kept thinking about book for long time and after long time I don’t have enough or proper words.

Writing was great, hooked me to story from the very first page. It took me longer to finish this book so wouldn’t say it was fast paced and with the topic and events so heavy one cannot rush through the story. Story was written from third person perspective from Henry, John and Clara’s perspective. There were two parallel stories – one of Henry told in dual timeline five years before and later while other of John and Clara.

Book started five years back,Henry escaping for freedom and slavery towards Kansas with his wife. It told about his life on run, how he was brought up, his work in shed of Tobacco plantation, how life took fateful turn when he was sold to a white tyrant, what happened once he ran off with his wife. Five years later he was s till struggling to live free life but have somehow earned Red Indians’ respect and now was working as military scout that put him in middle war between military and Native Americans where he soon had to choose a side.

At the same time John Elliot was forced to join military at Dakota Territory because he dared to love daughter of influential and powerful Shipping tycoon, Clara Hanfield. Few days later, Clara ran away from her tyrannical father to search for John so she can live life away from her father with him.

These three characters’ life and perspective changed as they entered this dangerous territory and as they learned ways of Native Americans, saw military’s unfair and inhuman treatment towards them, and experienced their outrage. It was tense and at the same time interesting to read their life and fate to see what they would do and how they would come out of the situation.

All characters were intriguing. We meet all kind of people. Though most of them were cruel and it would be insult to animals if I call them with animals, but some were kind, generous, compassionate and conscience. One was Henry. He was my most favorite. Even after enduring the worst in the world where he was seen lowly, treated worse than animals, and harbored anger and hatred for whites for what they did to him, he never thought about revenge or joined war with Native Americans, at least not in first half of the book. Even when he hurt anybody to save himself or somebody else he felt guilt for long time. Like John, said he was most noble person in the book and set an example on how humans should act and behave even in toughest time.

I like both John Clara and rooted for them. John was misguided and did what he felt was right based on the situation but he regretted it soon enough and started to question what military was doing and soon discovered government conspiracy that wanted to execute Indians. The reason behind it was revealed at the end of the book. He was so young and had less experience on field but still he showed tremendous courage and sensibility. His heart was on right side.

Clara was great throughout the book. Though I felt her decision was reckless, I could see her point. Her father wouldn’t have tolerated news. She was born and brought up in comforts and still she coped well with what she had to endure and days after she was rescued. I kept thinking about all the possibilities regarding her decision, but none looked right. She deserved much more than what she got here in this story.

Planes of prairie and woods of Missouri, slavery, treatments with slaves, psychology of people and their reaction to free black people and then towards treaty with Indian- it all was narrated wonderfully. Until I read this book and later on googling about civil war, I didn’t know Sand Creek Massacre really happened. It was horrible enough to read in the book, I cannot even imagine how could people have shoot defenseless Indians, elders, women and children alike, with no compassion or guilt, in reality. What might have driven them to such extent! And all for piece of land! A government’s petty reason! So that they can gain something, and what? Just look at the casualty number! Nothing can be worth to cause such big toll.

This story made me think how much people have changed and how some still need to look back at history to see what color and racial discrimination can do. Sadly, terrorism and now coronavirus keep influencing this in people. Just last month I read one blogger faced cruel remarks because of race and color; one WhatsApp group was ranting of safeguarding community and banish other community and was teaching same to their kids; I saw one post where a Chinese was beaten because of coronavirus! How some people’s mentality hasn’t evolved. It was mind-boggling and thought-provoking.

Climax was tense and uncertain. I couldn’t guess what character would face next and what they would decide to do about their situation. All that happened from climax to end made me so sad. The feeling of hopelessness I felt since 60% of the book only intensified in this part. The battle before end was tense, exciting and tragic. I wasn’t satisfied with the end in some parts. I was happy with the result of battle but not with what government did and the reason that was revealed for starting this war.

Overall, it was amazing, thought-provoking, and heart breaking historical fiction. I highly recommend this book to those who love to read books based on history and to historical fiction lovers.

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Michael’s love of books began with Beverly Cleary’s The Mouse and the Motorcycle when he was seven-years-old. Later influenced by the works of John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Stephen King, James Baldwin, and Cormac McCarthy, Michael developed his style of storytelling. A self-proclaimed blue-collar writer, he draws on his experiences and observations to bring relevant and compelling topics to life.

Michael lives in Northern California and when he’s not writing, he can usually be found wandering around the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges.

His body of work includes the 2014 novel After and Again, the 2015 novel American Flowers, and the 2017 novel, In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree, as well as various shorts and essays.

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