Gates of Stone

Gates of Stone

Angus Macallan / Jun 27, 2019

Gates of Stone In a world of blood and magic a powerful epic fantasy beginsAN EMPEROR S DAUGHTER WHO WILL NOT BE DENIEDJust before her sixteenth birthday Princess Katerina is refused her rightful place as heir to

  • Title: Gates of Stone
  • Author: Angus Macallan
  • ISBN: Gates of Stone
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  • Page: 378
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  • In a world of blood and magic, a powerful epic fantasy beginsAN EMPEROR S DAUGHTER WHO WILL NOT BE DENIEDJust before her sixteenth birthday, Princess Katerina is refused her rightful place as heir to the Empire of the Ice Bear solely because of her sex Determined to regain her inheritance, she murders the foreign lord she s been ordered to marry and embarks on a peril In a world of blood and magic, a powerful epic fantasy beginsAN EMPEROR S DAUGHTER WHO WILL NOT BE DENIEDJust before her sixteenth birthday, Princess Katerina is refused her rightful place as heir to the Empire of the Ice Bear solely because of her sex Determined to regain her inheritance, she murders the foreign lord she s been ordered to marry and embarks on a perilous voyage to the lush, tropical islands of the Laut Besar in search of the vast wealth and power she needs to claim the Empire for herself.A PRINCE FORCED TO TAKE A STANDOn a small island kingdom, Prince Arjun s idyllic life is shattered when a malignant sorcerer invades, slaughters his people and steals the sacred sword of Jun s ancestors With his royal father dead and his palace in ruins, Jun reluctantly tracks the sorcerer and the magical blade far across the pirate infested waters of the Laut Besar.A SORCERER SEEKING TO DESTROY THE WORLDLong ago the powerful relics known as the Seven Keys were used to safely lock away the terrifying evils of the Seven Hells With Jun s ancient sword in his grasp, the sorcerer Mangku has claimed the first Key, and begun his mission to unleash catastrophe upon the land.As the destinies of these three entwine in the lawless islands of the Laut Besar, the fate of humanity hangs in the balance For if the sorcerer cannot be stopped, the world itself will be unmade Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 544 pages Expected publication February 19th 2019 by Ace Books More Details Original Title Gates of Stone ISBN 0451490274 ISBN13 9780451490278 Edition Language English Series Lord of the Islands 1 Other Editions 1 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Gates of Stone, please sign up

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never read an epic fantasy with world building like the one in Gates of Stone.Angus Macallan is a pseudonym for Angus Donald, a historical fiction writer most well known for The Outlaw Chronicles series Gates of Stone, the first book in Lord of the Islands series marked his first foray into the fantasy genre When I first stumbled upon this book on Twitter, I was utterly filled with joy and disbelief that someone actually wrote an epic fantasy inspired by my home country And it s real and not a joke Macallan cleverly utilized his skills as an author of historical fiction into creating a powerful beginning of an Indonesian inspired epic fantasy series.The two main characters of the book are Katerina and Prince Arjun Just before her sixteenth birthday, Katerina, the rightful heir to the Empire of the Ice Bear was denied her ascension solely because of her gender As such, Katerina was determined to scour the tropical islands of Laut Besar in search of vast power and wealth to regain her rightful inheritance As for Jun, his peaceful life was shattered when a malicious sorcerer came to his island, slaughtered everyone and stole the ancient sword in his father s possession Jun then decided to track down the sorcerer and reclaim the ancient weapon, which apparently was one of the Seven Keys required to unlock a devastating power Although the two main characters are teenagers, their stories contain trigger warnings for rape, gang rape, and some gore.There is a marked contrast in the personalities and character development of the two main characters Katerina exhibits brutality and tyranny her determination to not let anything stand in her way resulted in gruesome cruelty She started off as terrifying and intimidating but as the story progressed, we get to see the depth of her personality peeled off layer by layer Jun, on the other hand, was almost the complete opposite of Katerina in his characterization I enjoyed the two characters development and storylines immensely Admittedly, there was another side POV that took quite a while to spark my interest, Farhan While Katerina and Jun s storylines started with characterization over action sequences, Farhan s POV featured tons of battle scenes right from the beginning with very few breaks in between This isn t necessarily a problem I would imagine that anyone who prefers faster paced narratives with action sequences introduced early on may enjoy his story a lot However, as I ve mentioned this in almost every review of mine, I m a reader that places the utmost priority on characterization It s not until around 70% of the book that I was finally invested in Farhan s story Luckily, even though Farhan s POV didn t really click with me, the other two main characters were dominantly featured.Macallan s prose and action sequences were incredibly engaging and easy to follow It doesn t matter whether it was naval battles, close quarter combats, magic, or sieges, Macallan delivered his vivid and visceral action scenes I believe that his ability to write such great action scenes was one of the two skills stemming from Macallan s experience as a historical fiction author the other is world building Generally, I m not a fan of reading a high fantasy that takes place on the same world like ours but I found the originality and intricacy in the world building to be my favorite part of this book Obviously, I m a bit biased because I ve been living in Indonesia since I was born However, even without being an Indonesian, the book s setting was highly original for an epic fantasy and its Indonesian inspirations were absolutely spot on The islands, the jungle, the fauna, the weapons, the terms, the names, the clothing, and the lore I can t possibly talk about each of them in detail without adding on at least an extra thousand words into this review I ll just list some of these Indonesian influences Pahlawan is an Indonesian word meaning hero Garuda Bird is the symbol for Pancasila, the official foundational philosophy of Indonesia Yawa is derived from Java, the islands of Indonesia Dewa in this book equates to the lower caste of a slave but the word itself means god in Indonesia Muda is an Indonesian word for young Mburu, a hunter in this book, is most likely a derivative of the word pemburu , the Indonesian word for hunter Raja in Indonesia means king Same meaning in this book Istana in Indonesia means castle Same meaning in this book Laut Besar literally means big sea in Indonesia Obat is an addictive narcotic in this book in Indonesia, obat is medicine or drug Hantu Harimau is the other nickname for Ghost Tiger in this book Hantu and harimau literally means Ghost and Tiger in Indonesia Kris search for an image of this unique weapon Additionally, below this is a comparison between the maps of the world inside the book versus Indonesia.Picture The World Map in Gates of StonePicture Map of IndonesiaI purposely left some out, but if you really want to know the meaning behind the other terms while reading this book, do feel free to message me and I ll answer your query the best that I can Indonesian influences aside, other Asian influences from China, India, and Japan were also evident Macallan imbued noteworthy Asian influences into his work with due justice As an avid fantasy reader and a Chinese born, raised, and living in Indonesia, and one who also loves Japanese cultures, I truly applaud Angus Macallan for the courage to write something original and different from the other current mainstream fantasy Gates of Stone is a uniquely great and impactful start to an epic fantasy series Thank you, Angus Macallan I ve read many fantasy books over the past two years, and I m pretty sure I ve never read any with a setting and lore like the one in this book With Gates of Stone, Macallan has established that he s here to stay in the fantasy genre.Official release date February 19th, 2019You can buy the book with free shipping by clicking this link You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions flag 153 likesLike see review View all 38 comments Dec 07, 2018 Bob Milne rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 releases, fantasy epic I ll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn t sure whether I would give it a read The promise of rip roaring action I liked, and a believable Asian inspired setting intrigued me, but tense political drama and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercrombie gave me pause I ve grown tired of the whole amoral, violent, dystopian turn of fantasy, finding it to be something I want to escape from rather than escape into.It didn t help when the booked opened with a I ll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn t sure whether I would give it a read The promise of rip roaring action I liked, and a believable Asian inspired setting intrigued me, but tense political drama and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercrombie gave me pause I ve grown tired of the whole amoral, violent, dystopian turn of fantasy, finding it to be something I want to escape from rather than escape into.It didn t help when the booked opened with a young woman murdering her husband in cold blood although I did take a liking to Katerina right away , before switching to a young prince playing the coward card and hiding as his family is murdered around him Jun was far of a struggle to like It also didn t help that there was such a focus on drug abuse, with the smoking of obat factoring into nearly every scene.And yet, despite all that, I preserved mostly because I knew that Angus Macallan was a pseudonym for Angus Donald, and I hoped that his skill with historical fantasy would show here.Where the book started to win me over was at the close of the first part, as Jun watches Ketut, the skinny fisher girl, reveal herself as the vessel of a god which is the first time the book really fulfills its magical promise , and Farhan picks up a musket in defense of Captain Lodi and his ship which is where we get our first taste of large scale, significant action It is the opening of the second part, however, with Katerina paying an obat addicted beggar to castrate himself a fantastically chilling chapter , in order to demonstrate her intention to gather an army nation of obat addicted slaves, where the book really began to come together for me With that one cut, I went from doubter to believer, from reluctant reader to hungry for.It took me the better part of a month to get through the first 160 pages of Gates of Stone, but less than a week to burn through the remaining 380 The world building is fantastic, and even if the mythology was teased out slower than I would have liked, it impressed me time and time again The storytelling itself was strong, very much coming across as a historical fantasy with elements of epic think a darker, slightly less poetic version of Guy Gavriel Kay and I am excited to say it never went where I expected it to go.More than all of that, the way the character arcs developed was astounding There is real growth and development here, as plagued by doubts and frustrations as they may be, constantly adding layers to character motivations and personalities Katerina may very well be the most exciting character to grace epic fantasy in ages, and if the promise of the climax is carried through into the next book, I just may find myself an addict of a different sort, completely under her powertps beauty in ruins flag 13 likesLike see review Sep 22, 2018 Peter McLean rated it it was amazing Shelves fantasy With tense political drama and rip roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you have the makings of an excellent fantasy debut Angus Macallan is a compelling new voice in epic fantasy flag 10 likesLike see review Jan 09, 2019 Mike Everest Evans rated it really liked it Shelves debut, high fantasy, non western setting fantasy Full review to come on but as a teaser Angus Macallan s foray into fantasy is off to a fantastic start with Gates of Stone Whilst it took me awhile to get invested, the price of admission was well worth the pay off Muskets, magic and mayhem what could you want flag 6 likesLike see review Aug 06, 2018 Virginia rated it really liked it I really liked this book The characters, Katarina, Jun, and Semar, were so fascinating that I had to know how their journeys would end I think Macallan did a fantastic job fleshing out those characters and paced their development really well I haven t seen good character development like this since reading about Jamie Lannister At first I was a little annoyed with Jun, but when he stopped being so pompous, I found myself rooting for him and sympathizing every time he hit an obstacle He s pr I really liked this book The characters, Katarina, Jun, and Semar, were so fascinating that I had to know how their journeys would end I think Macallan did a fantastic job fleshing out those characters and paced their development really well I haven t seen good character development like this since reading about Jamie Lannister At first I was a little annoyed with Jun, but when he stopped being so pompous, I found myself rooting for him and sympathizing every time he hit an obstacle He s probably my favorite character now Not to be outdone though, I adore Katarina s storyline It s really fun to read about strong women who have goals beyond getting married and aren t afraid to get their hands bloody that wedding scene, OMG She is such a badass Let s not ignore the story itself though with it s fantastic descriptions of naval battles, guerilla warfare, and a world very different, yet familiar, to ours After the initial world building, the story really takes off and you won t want to put it down I also really liked how he was playing off of Asian culture It s refreshing to see and pretty unique when it comes to high fantasy since most Asian based stories tend to be in the sci fi realm Read thanks to an ARC from ACE flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 25, 2019 Ash marked it as i need 2019 Shelves approved arcs, high fantasy I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 09, 2019 Minx The Genre Minx Book Reviews rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019, got house martell, fantasy, netgalley arc 2019 I received a digital ARC of this novel courtesy of NetGalley and Ace Books in exchange for an honest and voluntary review Will post full review closer to publication date of February 19, 2019 flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Wendy rated it really liked it Thank you to GoodReads and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy I finally finished this It too me a lot longer than expected Gates of Stone revolves around three characters Jun, a spoiled prince, lives a life of luxury and ease on one of the islands in Laut Besar I can t remember it s name, sorry Until one day his island is raided and some other things happen but I don t want to spoil it This sends Jun on a mystical journey across the islands to catch the raiders and also may Thank you to GoodReads and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy I finally finished this It too me a lot longer than expected Gates of Stone revolves around three characters Jun, a spoiled prince, lives a life of luxury and ease on one of the islands in Laut Besar I can t remember it s name, sorry Until one day his island is raided and some other things happen but I don t want to spoil it This sends Jun on a mystical journey across the islands to catch the raiders and also maybe there were other reasons that you ll have to find out for yourself Of the three characters, Jun was my favorite story line I just love when rich princes are forced to face reality Also, Ketut, one of his traveling companions was awesome and my FAVORITE character of the book I loved her She was well written, with a good part and good motivations Katerina is a cruel princess trying to take over her father s empire Her father marries her off to some southern kingdom s King to get rid of her because he wants her to be happy Anyway, she s mad, she murders her husband and hatches a plan to travel to Laut Besar and eventually take over the empire She is the character I can see many people loving she s driven, she s smart, and she s hardcore She reminds me of Calaena in SJ Maas s Throne of Glass series I however, did not enjoy her I felt she was cruel for no reason though she claims to have a reason, but does having your handmaid whipped to the Bone because she messed up your hair sound like it had good reason behind it The book also fails to explain why she s cruel Is it part of her culture Was her father cruel Don t expect those answers Also, she s too beautiful Everyone thinks she s beautiful, and everyone stays loyal, despite the fact the she is a foreign princess alone in the land Further, she gets away with her husband s murder too easily One person questions her, and that s it Anyway, she s not my cup of tea I feel like she s verging on Mary Suedom However, her Niho guards were interesting The third main character was also boring to me Mangu is the evil sorcerer searching for the keys to the kingdom because he is a member of the original inhabitants of Laut Besar and has been oppressed his whole life until he finds his master Now he practices blood magic of course he does Yawn Was that supposed to be scary Or surprising Anyway, he runs around doing evil deeds, in a stereotypically evil way There is another point of view character whose name I did not bother to remember whose a shady in debt merchant working for some resistance I don t know I didn t pay much attention But he s there readers Just so he doesn t surprise you The first 160 pages were hard to get in to They were sloowww However, after that the pace picks up and the book becomes quite exciting I liked the setting of the islands of Laut Besar The Celestial Republic is another kingdom that I found to be intriguing Overall, it was a fun read after you get past the start I wish some of the characters had been looking stereotypical Mangu Because typical bad guys be boring Anyway, happy reading flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 03, 2019 Chad rated it really liked it I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Gates of Stone introduces the Lord of the Islands series, as such, it has to provide a lot of background information and context before getting too deep into the actual story line Personally, it took a while for me to get into the book, but once I did I was hooked The character development is excellent and the way that Macallan weaves the different story lines together is impressive and seamless After reading Gates of S I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Gates of Stone introduces the Lord of the Islands series, as such, it has to provide a lot of background information and context before getting too deep into the actual story line Personally, it took a while for me to get into the book, but once I did I was hooked The character development is excellent and the way that Macallan weaves the different story lines together is impressive and seamless After reading Gates of Stone I can honestly say that I will be eagerly awaiting the rest of the Lord of the Islands series flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Meghan added it In the market to begin a new epic fantasy series Maybe something to help take the edge off once the final season of Game of Thrones airs on HBO Luckily, there s a new series that will fit the bill coming this February Gates of Stone, the first novel in the Lord of the Islands series, weaves tales of folklore and custom into a comprehensive tale of magic and political drama Game of Thrones in AsiaGates of Stone is being marketed as Game of Thrones in Asia This both helps and hurts the no In the market to begin a new epic fantasy series Maybe something to help take the edge off once the final season of Game of Thrones airs on HBO Luckily, there s a new series that will fit the bill coming this February Gates of Stone, the first novel in the Lord of the Islands series, weaves tales of folklore and custom into a comprehensive tale of magic and political drama Game of Thrones in AsiaGates of Stone is being marketed as Game of Thrones in Asia This both helps and hurts the novel For obvious reasons, comparing a book to a well known property can pull in parts of a dedicated fan base But this can also backfire As we all know, fans are a tricky bunch and can be quite fickle Gates of Stone is an epic fantasy drama with political struggles at its core, much like A Song of Ice and Fire ASOIAF.There are additional similarities between Gates of Stone and Game of Thrones in style, in scope, in brutality And there are things that seem outright identical a brutal horse riding culture and a drinking, scheming, murderous woman with a desire to rule These things provide a two edged sword, to use a fantastical analogy While it may lure some readers in, there is a sense that they ve already committed years to a series and don t need to do the same with a copycat series set in a different climate Personally, I found the initial chapter introducing us to Katerina to fall into that category I was dismayed The book is large and dense and I just wasn t sure if I wanted to read it The brutality and the drug use were blatant and disturbing.But, I kept reading As a result, I was introduced to the other characters in this epic adventure Occasionally, there are bits that call dismayingly call back so familiarly to A Song of Ice and Fire But when it doesn t, when Gates of Stones revels in its own story, it is brilliant.The Individualism of Gates of StoneThe Gates of Stone is most engaging as it forges its own path The mythology and the ethnographic studies are inventive and detailed There is an attention to detail in the variety of cultures mixing in the island nations The book is mostly set in the Laut Besar, a region of numerous tropical islands reminiscent of Indonesia There are pirates, cannibals, religious fanatics, merchants, slave traders, drug addicts, and roaming the seas and islands of the Laut Besar.And despite this vast area, the main characters and their story lines converge sooner rather than later This provides a welcome contrast to the occasional plodding pace of ASOIAF Because of this I look forward to the next installment of the Lord of the Islands I m eager to see Ketut and Katerina interact with each other I want to know if Xi Gung will catch up with Farhan Madani And I can t wait to discover the remaining Keys of Power I m eager to see the ultimate impact they will have on the world if brought together There is a lot to enjoy and look forward to in the series flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 14, 2019 Meghan rated it it was amazing Shelves library This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.One of the needs in our library is new exciting sci fi fantasy novels and Gates of Stone sure delivered on the wow factor If I could describe this book the best its like what if Merida from Brave meets Maven from Red Queen and the setting of their adventure is a Game of Thrones type of environment From beginning to end, this book This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.One of the needs in our library is new exciting sci fi fantasy novels and Gates of Stone sure delivered on the wow factor If I could describe this book the best its like what if Merida from Brave meets Maven from Red Queen and the setting of their adventure is a Game of Thrones type of environment From beginning to end, this book was filled with excitement, adventure through every page you turn When I read books like these I examine the title and then read through each chapter with the title in mind This was the first book where the title and the context of the book made sense in the most unique way and the avid sci fi fantasy readers will really appreciate that We will consider adding this book to our sci fi fantasy collection at our library That is why we give this book 5 stars flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 10, 2019 CR rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley My Review This was a very interesting story of one girl who is denied her right to the throne because she s a girl I feared that this being written by a man would make this a very sexist story But I am happy to report that that is not the case This was a very seat of your pants story that was inspired by a large number of different cultures I will say that this one has rape, gang rape and a little bit of gore in so because of that I would say this one is set for higher teen readers This on My Review This was a very interesting story of one girl who is denied her right to the throne because she s a girl I feared that this being written by a man would make this a very sexist story But I am happy to report that that is not the case This was a very seat of your pants story that was inspired by a large number of different cultures I will say that this one has rape, gang rape and a little bit of gore in so because of that I would say this one is set for higher teen readers This one really slightly reminded me of And I Darken by Kristen White Just in the fact that this is way darker than I thought it was going to be It was very good and I really need a finished copy of it but sadly it s not out yet If you are looking for a fast read that you won t be able to put down check this one out Go Into This One Knowing Indonesian inspired, Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences, rape, gang rape, and gore flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 19, 2018 Eleanor Jethro rated it it was amazing What a great read At first it was like what the heck But the further I got into the book the enjoyable it became Alot of back and forth between characters but eventually it all merged.I m glad i kept reading the book as I don t like the back and forth The characters were great as time went on.I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in reading fantasy alot of it was believable even though I was not there in those times so can t attest to any of it flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 06, 2018 Scott Daggan rated it really liked it ARC provided by publisher ACE in exchange for an honest review.Good character development and world building Asian themes given to a fantasy story of politics, religion, and magic Easy for the average reader to find a character to identify with and root for I enjoyed the story, and definitely am looking forward to continuing it in future books flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 12, 2018 Jennifer rated it really liked it I was lucky to win an ARC of Gates of Stone from GR Vivid descriptions and detailed characters create an engaging story I enjoyed the plot development and pace and look forward to the continuation of the series flag Like see review Jan 08, 2019 Sabrina rated it liked it 2.75 Stars Review to come flag Like see review Nov 27, 2018 Lauren DontGoBrekkerMyHeart rated it liked it 3.25 flag Like see review Angus Donald rated it it was amazing Dec 05, 2018 Andre James rated it did not like it Jan 23, 2019 Mark Stone rated it it was amazing Dec 10, 2018 Emma lovey rated it really liked it Feb 01, 2019 Michael rated it really liked it Dec 21, 2018 Lynn rated it it was amazing Dec 06, 2018 Stuti Turmeric isnt your friend It will fly your ship rated it it was amazing Aug 18, 2018 Ricardo Guerrero marked it as to read Jun 06, 2018 Kilikina marked it as to read Jun 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    1. ARC provided by the publisher Berkley Publishing Group Ace in exchange for an honest review.An Indonesian inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences I ve never read an epic fantasy with world building like the one in Gates of Stone.Angus Macallan is a pseudonym for Angus Donald, a historical fiction writer most well known for The Outlaw Chronicles series Gates of Stone, the first book in Lord of the Islands series marked his f [...]


    2. I ll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn t sure whether I would give it a read The promise of rip roaring action I liked, and a believable Asian inspired setting intrigued me, but tense political drama and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercrombie gave me pause I ve grown tired of the whole amoral, violent, dystopian turn of fantasy, finding it to be something I want to escape from rather than escape into.It didn t help when the booked opened with a I ll be hone [...]


    3. With tense political drama and rip roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you have the makings of an excellent fantasy debut Angus Macallan is a compelling new voice in epic fantasy.


    4. Full review to come on but as a teaser Angus Macallan s foray into fantasy is off to a fantastic start with Gates of Stone Whilst it took me awhile to get invested, the price of admission was well worth the pay off Muskets, magic and mayhem what could you want


    5. I really liked this book The characters, Katarina, Jun, and Semar, were so fascinating that I had to know how their journeys would end I think Macallan did a fantastic job fleshing out those characters and paced their development really well I haven t seen good character development like this since reading about Jamie Lannister At first I was a little annoyed with Jun, but when he stopped being so pompous, I found myself rooting for him and sympathizing every time he hit an obstacle He s pr I re [...]



    6. I received a digital ARC of this novel courtesy of NetGalley and Ace Books in exchange for an honest and voluntary review Will post full review closer to publication date of February 19, 2019.


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