Archive for March, 2015


This is the final part for Shadow’s Edge. So many things happen in this section! Diana and I will be starting Beyond the Shadows next.

*As a reminder, we’re both doing giveaways for this trilogy. If you haven’t entered already, you can do so on our introduction post.

**The following may contain spoilers for The Way of Shadows and Shadow’s Edge.

 

Did anything surprise you in this section?

{Diana} THE END. Really, everything in the last 100 pages or so, but HOLY COW, THAT ENDING!!! Brent Weeks is a evil genius and I bow down to him in reverence.

{Heather} I completely agree with Diana. The ending was a huge surprise! I was so excited that I squealed. I’m ready for the next book. *Grabby hands*

 

Who was your favorite character in this section?

{Diana} Like Heather, I liked Lilly a lot in the last section, but her part in the final battle of this book really cemented my admiration of her. Her loyalty to Logan is unwavering and that totally makes her a winner in my book 😉

{Heather} I definitely agree with Diana about Lilly. I would have to say Vi for this section. She’s really growing on me as a character, and I like where she’s headed. I can’t wait to see more from her.

 

Who was your least favorite character?

{Diana} Move over Elene, there’s a new biatch in town—Terah Graesin. OMG, I hate her SO MUCH. So, so much. Like, I was screaming at the book in public because of her. I seriously hope she dies a horrible, horrible death.

{Heather} Diana and I are very synced up with these questions. I can’t stand Terah Graesin! I thought Elene was bad, but no Terah had to prove me wrong. Why does she have to be so awful? I really hope she meets a ferali . . .

 

What was your favorite quote or passage?

{Diana} My favorite quote in this section comes from Logan as he addresses the masses on the eve of the last battle. I’m not gonna lie, it kind of gave me chills.

“Let me tell you what I learned in the Hole. I learned that in suffering, we find the true measure of our strength. I learned that a man can be a coward one day and a hero the next. I learned that I’m not as good a man as I thought I was. But the most important thing is this: I learned that though it cost me dearly, I can change. I learned that what has been broken can be made new. Do you know who taught me that? A prostitute. In a bitter woman who made her living in shame, I found honor, courage, and loyalty. She inspired me and she saved me.”

*slow claps* King Gyre! King Gyre! King Gyre! Ahem. What?! It’s not like you didn’t know that I’m Team Logan all the way 😉

{Heather} Besides the amazing speech Logan gives, my other favorite quote is when Momma K is talking to Kylar about showing a certain character compassion.

“What did Durzo teach you, Kylar?” Momma K asked. “A wetboy is a knife. Is the guilt the knife’s or the hand’s?”

“Both, and damn Durzo for his lies.”

I won’t say who they are talking about, but I thought this quote really did justice for him/her. Momma K is asking Kylar if it’s the killers fault for the murder or the person who hired the killer. I find this really interesting considering Kylar’s past, and I think it puts the whole thing in perspective because it’s not just one person’s fault when a wetboy kills someone. That person shouldn’t be the only one held responsible when two parties were involved in the murder. This quote just really stuck out to me, and I liked it.

 

What do you think will happen next?

{Diana} I literally have no predictions for what will happen in Beyond the Shadows. Weeks has already shown that he’s not afraid to make terrible things happen and that he’s most definitely a fan of high shock value, AND I’ve already had people warn me about the craziness that is the next book, soooooo I’ve got nothing. I really hope that something truly horrendous befalls Terah Graesin though. *crosses fingers*

{Heather} I’m not entirely sure but I hope Logan can take his place as King without someone *cough* Graesin *cough* trying to take it from him. I want to know more about the Wolf character. He is too mysterious, and I feel like he’s up to something. Chad keeps hinting at the third book being even better, but I’m not sure I can handle all of the twists. These books are just so good!

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Part three of our Shadow’s Edge buddy read. Next week, we will be finishing this book and moving on to book three, Beyond the Shadows, in April.

*As a reminder, we’re both doing giveaways for this trilogy. If you haven’t entered already, you can do so on our introduction post.

**The following may contain spoilers for the first book, The Way of Shadows.

 

Did anything surprise you in this section?

{Diana} Only everything that happened in the Hole! And that’s A LOT of stuff, let me tell you! I may have yelled at the book a lot in this section.

{Heather} Everything in the Hole definitely surprised me too. I wasn’t expecting things to go that way. Hu Gibbet’s part was also a big surprise to me. I really want to tell everybody what happened, but I can’t spoil it. Go read the book now!

 

Who was your favorite character in this section?

{Diana} Since I was pretty preoccupied with the goings-on taking place in the Hole, my favorite character this go ’round is definitely Gnasher. The big guy was so protective of Logan that it’s hard not to love him.

{Heather} I have to say Lilly was my favorite this round. Her actions in the hole for this section were very selfless, and I really liked what she did for Logan. So much stuff happens in the Hole.

 

Who was your least favorite character?

{Diana} Fin. Fin, Fin, Fin, a thousand times FIN. I hate that guy. I yelled a lot because of that guy. I was extremely happy when that guy got what was coming to him. EXTREMELY happy.

{Heather} I’ll definitely agree with Diana on Fin, but I also didn’t like Gorkhy. He is such an awful person, and when it’s revealed how truly horrible he is, I wanted something terrible to happen to him.

 

What was your favorite quote or passage?

{Diana} I’m sorry, but it’s about to get a tad bit spoilery. The passage that I like doesn’t really give away any major plot points, but it does kind of allude to them, so you’ve been warned.

“You’ll doom us all,” Agon said. “You have the kind of power I’d die for, and you won’t use it to help us. Damn you.” . . .
“I know it doesn’t make sense,” [Kylar] said. “But I swore to leave this behind me. I broke that vow for Logan. That cost me Elene’s love and Uly’s trust. I didn’t abandon them so I could steal another life, but so I could save a life. Do you understand?”

I liked this quote because it showcases Kylar’s honor. That may sound strange because he admits to breaking vows and whatnot, but Agon and Momma K have just offered him the motherload of all wetboy jobs, and instead he chooses to use his powers for good to save a friend who may or may not be alive. It’s like, yeah, he’s made some sacrifices, but he’s gonna be darn sure that whatever he does next will be worthy of those sacrifices. Does that make sense?

{Heather} My quote will also be a bit spoilery. I’ll just say it’s a character talking to Kylar.

The man smiled wolfishly at him. “You are nothing but a fat, awkward child in the land of giants. You close your mouth instead of eating. You speak when you should listen. What are you for? Any answer I gave you’d reject. So why should I waste my time? You’re as arrogant as your master ever was, and you don’t have a shred of his wisdom. I find you wanting.”

“What am I supposed to do?”

“Better. Do better.”

I really like this quote because it helps put Kylar in his place for this scene. I like Kylar’s character, but he still needs to grow in some areas, especially when it comes to his powers. He’s only just beginning to understand everything, but he acts as if he already knows everything. I can’t wait to see more interaction between Kylar and this character.

 

What do you think will happen next?

{Diana} I haven’t got a clue, but I really want to know what’s going on with Elene (even though I still hate her) and Uly and Feir and Curouch and Jenine and Dorian and Solon. . . and the list goes on and on. Weeks seriously owes us some answers before the end of this book. LOTS of answers.

{Heather} Deaths. Lots of death. I’m pretty much waiting for the rest of the cast to die. Brent Weeks is not afraid to kill off his characters. I try not to get too attached to anyone for fear they will die.

This is part two of our Shadow’s Edge buddy read. We’re almost halfway through now and everything is getting intense. If you missed part one, you can find it here.

*As a reminder, we’re both doing giveaways for this trilogy. If you haven’t entered already, you can do so on our introduction post.

**The following may contain spoilers for the first book, The Way of Shadows.

Did anything surprise you in this section?

{Diana} I think the more appropriate question would be, “What didn’t surprise me in this section?” There was that thing with Dorian and the weave, that thing with Kylar and Retribution (which made me question Kylar’s sanity, BTW), who Tenser really was, that time with Logan and the pointy thing, and THAT THING WITH JARL. So, yeah. Plenty of surprises 😉

{Heather} I completely agree with Diana on this one. Everything was a mess, haha. In this section, everything started to build tension, and the story took quite a few turns I wasn’t expecting. The whole thing with Jarl really surprised me. I was not prepared for that scene at all. Brent Weeks, what are you doing to us?!

Who was your favorite character in this section?

{Diana} I’m gonna have to go with Logan this time. I’m fascinated by his character growth and how he’s handling everything that he’s been through. I also really liked General/Commander/Whatever-He-Is Agon. He’s just SO honorable and, like, one of the only characters that you can trust. I think.

{Heather} I would have to say Jarl for this section. He was really owning his role and taking charge. It’s really interesting to see how he’s changed since the start of the trilogy. My second favorite character would have to be Elene . . . just kidding (See next question).

Who was your least favorite character?

{Diana} ELENE. Gah! I just want to shake her! I STRONGLY dislike how she’s trying to change and, dare I say, manipulate Kylar. Yes, he loves her, and yes, he decided to give up the biz for her, but can’t she see what it’s doing to him??? Having him fight his nature and potentially break a vow that he made to her and OTHER STUPID THINGS THAT MADE ME YELL AT MY BOOK LIKE A CRAZY PERSON IS HURTING HIM. Ahem. She’s smothering him and I don’t like it, not one bit.

{Heather} Elene for sure! I hope she develops more in the rest of the trilogy because I really don’t like her now. I don’t hate her . . . no, I’m pretty sure I hate her. I can’t stand what she does to Kylar and how she acts superior to him. Whenever I read a chapter with her in it, I mentally check out because I want to smack her so much.

What was your favorite quote or passage?

{Diana} There’s a part where Momma K and Agon are talking about their strategies for the rebellion, which somehow leads to them talking about their shared history and how (*POSSIBLE SPOILER*) even if he wanted to be with her he couldn’t because there’s a chance that his wife might still be alive somewhere and how he couldn’t betray her as long as that chance was still alive, so could she please help him to resist his attraction to her (“her” being Momma K). First of all, I love how noble Agon is, and second of all (and finally getting to the point) I loved this exchange at the end of their conversation:

“You’ve chosen a hard road,” she said.
“Not a road, a battle. Sometimes life is our battlefield. We must do what we know to do, not what we want to do.”

Can I get a “TRUTH”? I feel like this rings true not only in real life, but also for the majority of characters in this book.

{Heather} Uly has been through a lot in her life, and I really like how this quote gives her more depth. It’s a reminder that children can suffer just as much as adults, and it makes it even worse when they become victims.

If anyone thought children couldn’t suffer pain as deeply as adults, Kylar wished they could see Uly’s eyes now. For all he loved her, he’d been treating her as a child rather than as a human being.

I enjoy this whole scene with Uly because it also shows that she still has some innocence left even after everything she’s been through. It shows more about the relationship between her and Kylar and how close they’ve become.

What do you think will happen next?

{Diana} Honestly, I’ve stopped trying to figure it out—I’m usually wrong anyway! But, I think we’re about to head into some serious chaos. Things are definitely picking up steam and I’m pretty sure it’s all about to hit the proverbial fan 😉

{Heather} I’m pretty sure some people are going to die. No idea who, but I wouldn’t be upset if it was Elene.

Diana and I begin our buddy read with Shadow’s Edge (The second book in The Night Angel Trilogy).

I was going to add a summary to this post of the events that take place in these chapters, but I don’t want to spoil any more than we have to. I want everyone to enjoy all the twists and turns that this trilogy offers. If anyone would like a summary of what happened, I will be more than happy to add one in.

*As a reminder, we’re both doing giveaways for this trilogy. If you haven’t entered already, you can do so on our introduction post.

**The following may contain spoilers for the first book, The Way of Shadows.

Did anything surprise you in this section?

{Diana} You know, there really hasn’t been anything that’s made me gape in astonishment and yell “Whaaaaaaaat???!!!” at the book yet—but I can feel it coming. There are things-a-brewing though, I can feel it.
Wait. I take that back. I was kind of surprised at that job Kylar took, the one down at the docks. It went south pretty quick and I’m still wondering what in the world it was all about. I mean, I see that it’s tied to a certain plot thread, but I don’t really grasp the importance of it yet. So there’s that.

{Heather} I have to say what Logan does to survive shocked me quite a bit. I mean I had a hunch that he might have to do something like that, but I didn’t actually think about him doing it until it happened. I just feel so bad for him because he’s a good person, and he didn’t deserve what happened to him. Although, I do think everything that he is going through will make him an even stronger character. Now, all he needs to do is get out of the Hole.

 

Who was your favorite character in this section?

{Diana} The obvious answer here would be Kylar, right? But honestly, I’m really liking Uly right know. The poor girl has been through so much recently and yet, despite that, she has this strength about her that’s pretty inspiring. Plus, being only 11, she still has that childlike wonder and sense of innocence that definitely provides a ray of light in this kind of dark story—not to mention comic relief 😉

{Heather} Logan is the answer to this question as well, haha. I just really like how his character is developing, and I like that he isn’t the perfectly untainted character anymore. As of now, he’s still trying to keep to his morals. It’s interesting to see how he reacts to his new situation, and I can’t wait to see what happens WHEN he gets out. There is no IF. He will get out. I know it . . . at least I hope. O.O

 

Who was your least favorite character?

{Diana} Ooooh, this one is a toss up between the Godking, Garoth Ursuul, and Verdmeister Neph Dada at the moment. The Godking is evil and power-hungry (and does some pretty gross things on page 7), but Neph Dada is conniving and sneaky and obviously has some kind of nefarious plan tucked up his sleeve. . . I’m not sure which is worse.

{Heather} Besides the Godking and Hu Gibbet, I have to say that I’m not a big fan of Elene. I just don’t like how she’s trying to change Kylar. I understand why she would want to, but I want Kylar to embrace his new talents. It’s not that I don’t like her character. I just don’t like that she’s trying to change him. They both had rough childhoods, and I want her to understand his point of view.

 

What was your favorite quote or passage?

{Diana} I’m totally loving the banter between Kylar, Elene, and Uly, but I think I’m going to go with a quote from Momma K:

“Just because it’s a dream doesn’t mean it’s a lie.”

Things have never been great in Cenaria, especially in the Warrens, but since the Khalidorians invaded things have been positively dire. When Momma K said that to Jarl, it kind of gave me a little spark of hope—hope that maybe they’ll rally, fight back, and change things for the better. I won’t be holding my breath though; Brent Weeks has a way of dashing dreams LOL.

{Heather} I also really like that banter between Kylar, Elene, and Uly. I found myself laughing out loud at quite a few bits of their dialogue. However, my favorite quote would have to be from Dorian:

“Why is it, my shadow-striding friend, that we don’t fear dreams? We lose consciousness, lose control, things happen with no apparent logic and abiding by no apparent rules. Friends appear and morph into strangers. Environments shift abruptly, and we rarely question it. We don’t fear dreams, but we do fear madness, and death terrifies us.”

I’ve never really thought of dreams like this, and I like Dorian’s point. Even though we have no control, we don’t fear dreams like we do other aspects in our lives. It’s an interesting concept to think about.

 

What do you think will happen next?

{Diana} Well that’s a loaded question! There’s no telling where Weeks is going to take us! But, I HOPE that Kylar is finally going to snap out of it and embrace his destiny (sounds epic, right?) and that Logan finds a way to escape the Hole *crosses fingers*.

{Heather} I completely agree with Diana. I want Kylar to go back to being a wetboy, and I want Logan to escape the Hole. Logan needs to get out, or I will be so mad. He’s been through so much, and I want him to get out and become the leader that everyone needs.

Hello again, everyone! Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted anything. I’ve been really busy with pretty much everything. I have been reading though, so that’s always good. I’m ahead of my Goodreads goal by 5 books, and so far, I’ve read 13 books this year. I’m quite happy with that. Now I just have to get back to blogging about it. 🙂

Since the beginning of 2015, Diana (from Brilliantly Novel) and I have been discussing doing a buddy read together. We’re really excited to do this because neither of us have done a buddy read before, and we believe it will be a lot of fun. We decided on The Night Angel Trilogy because both of us owned it and hadn’t read it yet. I read The Way of Shadows (Book #1) last year, so Diana went ahead and caught up with me. Over the next two months, we will be reading books 2 and 3, Shadow’s Edge and Beyond the Shadows. Every Sunday there will be a post recapping what we read during the week, as well as some brief discussion between the two of us.

To celebrate all of this, we decided to do two giveaways as well! Both of us will be giving away the trilogy but in different formats. I’ll be giving away a paperback boxed set from Books-a-Million, and Diana will be giving away the ebook versions from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Be sure to check out all the details and rules at the end of this post to enter!

Diana has graciously prepared our reading schedule for the next two months. If you would like to read along with us, all of the information is below:

Shadow’s Edge Reading Schedule

Week 1: March 1-7

  • Read Chapters 1-18
  • Recap on Sunday, March 8

Week 2: March 8-14

  • Read Chapters 19-36
  • Recap on Sunday, March 15

Week 3: March 15-21

  • Read Chapters 37-54
  • Recap on Sunday, March 22

Week 4: March 22-28

  • Read Chapters 55-72
  • Recap on Sunday, March 29

Beyond the Shadows Reading Schedule

Week 1: April 5-11

  • Read Chapters 1-25
  • Recap on Sunday, April 12

Week 2: April 12-18

  • Read Chapters 26-50
  • Recap on Sunday, April 19

Week 3: April 19-25

  • Read Chapters 51-75
  • Recap on Sunday, April 26

Week 4: April 26-May 2

  • Read Chapters 76-Epilogue
  • Recap and Giveaway Winners on Sunday, May 3

Since we both read The Way of Shadows separately, we had a discussion on Twitter when we finished the book. Here is our conversation: (Thanks again to Diana for preparing this for WordPress)

Bookish Talk: The Way of Shadows (Night Angel #1)

{Diana} Soooo, THE WAY OF SHADOWS was crazy good! There were so many characters and so many plots. . .Brent Weeks is a fantasy writing genius!
{Heather} I know! It’s amazing what he can do with so many characters and sub plots. I was also surprised with all the twists that happened.
{Diana} Right?! Weeks is a master of the “made you look!” And, at one point, I thought he might really be George R.R. Martin in disguise.
{Heather} Haha, exactly. Sometimes I reread sections to see if it was actually true. There were a few moments where I was like “what just happened?!”
{Diana} Speaking of surprises, I was surprised that Azoth was only like 9 when we meet him! That’s so young!
{Heather} Poor Azoth was so young. I was surprised he was that young too. It’s awful all the things he and the other kids went through.
{Diana} Ugh, the guilds were AWFUL! And the stuff that Rat did to Jarl and Doll Girl. . .*shivers*. I thought it was great world building though.
{Heather} I hated Rat! He was so awful! I was glad at least Momma K let them stay inside sometimes. I think the world building was really awesome too. He really has a balance in his writing. Not too much description and just enough action. But that doesn’t mean I’d want to live there. 🙂
{Diana} No joke! Living there would not be pleasant, even if you were nobility—you’d never know who you could trust! But I kind of liked how most situations and characters weren’t exactly how they seemed. Nothing was really black or white, and it kept you on your toes.
{Heather} Yes! I love that the characters are not 100% good or evil. They were depicted as real people and had their own secrets. Who was your favorite character? Or if you had more than one, haha.
{Diana} Oooh, that’s tough. I’m going to take the easy way out and say Durzo, Azoth, and Logan. They were all complex characters and were likable in their own ways. I also really like Dorian. He was pretty funny for a guy with the weight of the world on his shoulders, what with those visions taking their toll on him and all that. What about you? Who was your favorite?
{Heather} Is it strange that I liked the same characters? Haha, Durzo is definitely one of my top favorites though. I don’t know if we want to get into spoilers, but what happened to him made me stare at the page for a good five minutes in disbelief. I was like “No, you’re kidding, right?”
{Diana} Great minds think alike! And, OH MY GOSH I KNOW!!! I thought Weeks was just messing with us again! It’ll be interesting to see how Azoth, or I guess Kylar, adapts in the face of what happened, plot wise and character wise. It’s kind of a big deal.
{Heather} Yeah, it’ll be interesting to see how he acts later on in the series. Who was your least favorite character? I have to say mine would be Rat because he was just awful, and I wanted to punch him in the face.
{Diana} Rat was the worst! I also STRONGLY disliked the King. I might be a horrible person, but I may have been a little bit happy about what happened to him in the end. Also, the Godking was a special kind of evil. I’m kinda scared to see what he’s capable of.
{Heather} Hahaha, I know! I felt the same about the King. The Godking was terrible. It’s disturbing how far he will go to get power.
{Diana} So, at the end of the book there’s still a lot of things that have yet to have been resolved. . .What plotline are you most looking forward to finding out about in SHADOW’S EDGE?
{Heather} I really want to find out what happens to Logan. He went down a creepy hole and I want to see what is going on down there. What about you?
{Diana} THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I WAS GOING TO SAY!!! I really want to know how he gets out, ’cause he’s gotta get out, right? I love it when he says, “Let me make this real clear…You will not break me. The hole will not break me. I will not break. I. Will. Not. Be. Broken.”
{Heather} He better get out! Haha Brent Weeks can’t do that to us. I really like when he says that too. I want him to live! He just seems like a really nice guy and actually cares about others so I want him to get out.
{Diana} Me too. You know, it’s funny. At first I didn’t think I was going to like Logan, but then he ended up being one of my favorite characters. I really liked his and Kylar’s friendship. They were totally BFFs. LOL 🙂
{Heather} Same with me! At first I didn’t think he would be a big deal for me but now I need to know what happens to him. Yes, I like how they first met too. Haha just that their friendship was started because kylar picked a fight with Logan.
{Diana} Yeah, that was pretty great 🙂
{Heather} There were quite a few surprise twists in this story. Was there anything that really surprised you?
{Diana} Oh gosh, there were several things! Like the truth about Roth. And that thing with Jenine at the end. Oh, and that other thing between Durzo and Momma K. And, well, Durzo. And Momma K. LOL. What surprised you?
{Heather} Yes, oh my gosh. Definitely Roth. I was really surprised about him. I cannot believe what happened to Durzo though haha.
{Diana} Not to mention who he really was! Durzo, not Roth . . .well, him too I guess LOL.
{Heather} Hahaha There were so many twists that I didn’t expect. Brent Weeks is definitely a great author. I can’t wait for the next book!
{Diana} Me too!


Giveaways!

Enter to win the complete Night Angel Trilogy (The Way of Shadows, Shadow’s Edge, Beyond the Shadows) by Brent Weeks in Paperback! *US ONLY*

The Rules:

  • This giveaway is open to anyone with a postal address in the United States.
  • The giveaway will run the entire length of the Buddy Read, so from March 1 – May 2, 2015. The winner will be announced in the Recap of the final chapters of BEYOND THE SHADOWS on Sunday, May 3.
  • All Rafflecopter entries will be verified before a winner is announced, so no cheating please.
  • Any personal information divulged for the use of collecting a prize will be expressly used for that purpose. It will not be rented, sold, or otherwise given away for any reason. Ever.

 

Enter to win the complete Night Angel Trilogy (The Way of Shadows, Shadow’s Edge, Beyond the Shadows) by Brent Weeks in eBook!

The Rules:

  • This giveaway is open to anyone who can receive gifted eBooks from Amazon (for Kindles) or Barnes & Noble (for Nooks).
  • The giveaway will run the entire length of the Buddy Read, so from March 1 – May 2, 2015. The winner will be announced in the Recap of the final chapters of BEYOND THE SHADOWS on Sunday, May 3.
  • All Rafflecopter entries will be verified before a winner is announced, so no cheating please.
  • Any personal information divulged for the use of collecting a prize will be expressly used for that purpose. It will not be rented, sold, or otherwise given away for any reason. Ever.