Friday, March 31, 2017
Adam's smooth writing makes this a delight to read. Lucy is independent, confident, and a bit sassy, especially when it comes to her encounters with the overbearing Lord Blackwell. Her discoveries about the manor, the people, and what transpired happens over a gradual period. My only complaint is an unfortunate predictable villain monologue near the end that is, of course, used to save the protagonist's life.
Although this is the only book the author has written in the Steampunk genre, I hope for more in the future.
More by the Author:
The Secret of India Orchid
From Cairo, With Love
Friday, March 24, 2017
While I enjoyed the multiple plot lines and how they were woven together, the writing itself jumped a lot and a lot of events were tedious. Neither of the agents were particularly engaging. The narrator often mentions how adept Newbury and Hobbes are, but we don't see it until the very end when all is revealed. I'm not compelled to continue the series due to my many gripes.
Books in the Series:
The Osiris Ritual
The Immortality Engine
The Executioner's Heart
Friday, March 17, 2017
One of my favorite parts of the Assassin's Creed video game series is the alternating and intersecting plot lines, so I was happy to see this same point of view carried on into this stand alone novel. The way in which Simon's consciousness merges with Gabriel's throughout the Animus portions of the novel were well-done. Gabriel's discovery intertwines in the modern world with Simon's plotline perfectly. While the plotlines of this novel come together in the end, there is still an openness at the end for future books.
As somebody who has read a lot on Joan of Arc, I was pleased to see some dialogue throughout the past reflect what is recorded in pieces such as Joan of Arc: By Herself and Witnesses. Many of the alternative ways events unfold I have seen speculated in other texts with alternative ideas of how things happened. I was satisfied with how the author decided to mix fiction with known history for the sake of plot.
For those who enjoy the Assassin's Creed series this is a fantastic addition. For those who are interested in a different idea of how Joan of Arc's life may have been, this is also a good read.
Friday, March 10, 2017
The adults and children in the book are of varying color and ability, so children will certainly see both themselves and the people around them. If you are looking for a book to encourage right action at a young age, this is a good piece to read.
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Friday, March 3, 2017
I was happy I had chosen to listen to the audiobook version, which is narrated by Poehler herself and many others, including Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Patrick Stewart, and even her own mom and dad, it brought the writing to life as they acted out the parts. We hear about Poehler's early experiences as she struggles to live off of waitress wages while simultaneously spending her nights as a member of the comedy troupe, Upright Citizens Brigade, as well as her experiences with the many celebrities and politicians she's had the pleasure of working with during her time on SNL and many other projects. We also get to learn how she keeps up with her career, while caring for her wonderful family.
If you are a fan of Amy Poehler, as I am, I definitely recommend her humorous autobiography to get a glimpse of who Poehler really is behind the scenes.
More featuring Amy:
Upright Citizen's Brigade
Saturday Night Live: Best of Amy Poehler
Parks and Recreation