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The Incendiaries- By R O Kwon – Book Review

D213BAF6-4520-48B4-9DCA-4EAE5CB7532C.jpegThe Incendiaries follows the lives of Will, Phoebe and John. It is written in the third person, in short sharp sentences and chapters, which I must admit to finding hard to get to ‘flow’.

Will is American and studying at Edwards University in New York, he had transferred there after dropping out from his Bible College after losing his faith.

Phoebe who is also a student and she is from South Korea and moved to The US with her mum as a baby. She is also struggling with her faith, after losing her mum in an accident. John is the leader of a cult called Jejah. He had been through awful experiences in China and South Korea and had aided people fleeing North Korea.

This is a tale of lost faith, how it must feel to believe that your whole life has been some kind of lie. The often complex plot looks at how the loss of a persons faith can affect their well-being, both mentally and physically. A good debut novel from R O Kwon and I feel a person of faith may enjoy this more.

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

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Tempests and Slaughter- Tamora Pierce – review

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Tempests and Slaughter

You have a destiny. You aren’t allowed to know it.

Arram Draper is a mage, learning his craft with is friends Orzorne and Varice. This is a magical tale of a school for mages in a time of Gladiators , Slaves and Princes.

This tells of the terms in a magic boarding school, but while there will be comparisons to Harry Potter and Hogwarts, this is very different, with less saving the world adventures.

Arram, and his two friends, Varice and Prince Ozorne, move through the terms of the Imperial University of Carthak, attending classes, making more friends and some enemies, and learning from powerful mages. Arram’s day-to-day life makes up the most of the book and Tamora Pierce has created a World ready for adventure and it feels as if some real drama is around the next corner or the next book….
I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

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The Last Children of Tokyo- book review

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This is a unique tale where children have many health issue, such as soft boiled me and teeth as they do not absorb calcium, but the already aged population are still healthy and spry at over a 100 years old and expect to live forever.

It tells about the relationship between Mumei and his great grandfather, Yoshiro, who looks after him and clearly dotes on him. He often weeps to see poor Mumei struggle, but he always reassures Yoshiro, that he can manage.

I found the insights into Japanese culture fascinating from foods, the interaction between people and even the Japanese style towels.

The story does jump from different perspectives and times but I didn’t find it confusing and it just built the story and characters well. Yoko Tawada, has written an almost poetic tale and she made Mumei and Yoshiro so real I felt for them both and the atmosphere she built stayed with me for some time. I will be reading this again, probably several times. I loved it.