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Raven Tower
Raven Tower | Ann Leckie
Gods meddle in the fates of men, men play with the fates of gods, and a pretender must be cast down from the throne in this breathtaking first fantasy novel from Ann Leckie, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards. For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god known as the Raven. He watches over his territory from atop a tower in the powerful port of Vastai. His will is enacted through the Raven's Lease, a human ruler chosen by the god himself. His magic is sustained via the blood sacrifice that every Lease must offer. And under the Raven's watch, the city flourishes.But the power of the Raven is weakening. A usurper has claimed the throne. The kingdom borders are tested by invaders who long for the prosperity that Vastai boasts. And they have made their own alliances with other gods.It is into this unrest that the warrior Eolo--aide to Mawat, the true Lease--arrives. And in seeking to help Mawat reclaim his city, Eolo discovers that the Raven's Tower holds a secret. Its foundations conceal a dark history that has been waiting to reveal itself...and to set in motion a chain of events that could destroy Iraden forever.
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humouress
The Raven Tower | Ann Leckie

Narrated by a god to one of the characters in second person (get your head around that!) it‘s an interesting take on the evolution of the world. The god (as far as I‘ve read) hasn‘t moved from the time they gained awareness although the world has changed around them. They narrate their story to ‘you‘ in flashbacks while also recounting their first encounter with ‘you‘.

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humouress
The Raven Tower | Ann Leckie

Just starting this one. Much as with her ‘Ancillary Justice‘ series Leckie throws you in at the deep end - and her deep ends have unusual currents. In this case, the unknown narrator addresses you and tells you ‘your‘ story from their perspective.

rretzler Hey! How have you been? Glad you‘re reading this book. I can‘t wait to hear what you think. 1mo
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saresmoore
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Panpan

Well, this was a disappointment. The overall concept is trite, the second-person narration is obnoxious, the writing is lackluster, and the pacing is painfully slow. I finished, still wondering when something interesting was going to happen and also desperate for the end. The ending was lame, too, clearly a setup for a sequel.

squirrelbrain 👎 ☹️ 1mo
Leftcoastzen Don‘t hold back , tell us what you really think.😂Thanks for the honest review ! When certain genres are hot , I think they over publish thinking everything will sell. 1mo
saresmoore @Leftcoastzen I know, I felt like I should qualify it with something nice, but I really couldn‘t think of anything. I‘m sure if I was face to face with the author, I‘d be able to come up with something. 😬 1mo
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TrishB Not rushing to read anytime soon then.... 1mo
rabbitprincess Oh boo! I so liked her Ancillary Justice series ☹️ 1mo
merelybookish I hope it was short! 1mo
saresmoore @merelybookish 400 pages, but with large print and wide margins. Still, the content could easily and perhaps more successfully been condensed into a short story or novella. 1mo
saresmoore @rabbitprincess I want to try Ancillary Justice, still. I‘ve heard such good things about it! 1mo
saresmoore @TrishB Some have really enjoyed it and I think even @Lindy ended up liking it, but I was underwhelmed. 1mo
Lindy @saresmoore Whaaaa! 😫 I‘m sorry it wasn‘t for you. I recommend avoiding 1mo
saresmoore @Lindy No need to apologize! I‘m glad I finished it because I would have always wondered if I missed out on something. And thank you for the recommendation! 1mo
Lindy @saresmoore I hope my wording was clear. Stay well away from 🚫 1mo
mjdowens I only made it about 1/4 of the way through and just couldn‘t do it. I was confused and lost the whole time 1mo
saresmoore @Lindy Yes, I read you loud & clear. I almost wish there was an anti-TBR stack, since I find I‘m repeatedly drawn to books like that. 1mo
saresmoore @mjdowens I was surprised that it was pretty much one note throughout. I don‘t think you missed out on anything. 1mo
vivastory Hey, Sara, May is a bit early to be raving about your favorite book of the year!! Sheesh! 😆 1mo
saresmoore @vivastory Guess I won‘t be talking about this one on Reading Envy! 🙃 1mo
vivastory Are you going to be a guest soon? 1mo
saresmoore @vivastory Not recording until September, but it‘s been on my mind. I‘ve had a slow reading year, so far. 1mo
LeahBergen I have an uncontrollable urge to “stack” this just to be funny. 😂😂😂 1mo
readordierachel Well, shoot. This sounded so good! 1mo
saresmoore @readordierachel It did to me, too! 1mo
Branwen I felt the SAME way about this! I couldn't even finish it, the point of view just drove me nuts! 😝 1mo
saresmoore @Branwen That makes me feel better because I know you read much more widely in this genre than I do! I have been craving SFF and even high fantasy lately. I started All Systems Red and I‘m loving it. I also bought The Priory of the Orange Tree as a Kindle deal recently, so hoping that will scratch the itch. I‘m open to recs, though, if you have any! 1mo
Branwen @saresmoore Yes, I was really surprised at my dislike for this book! The genre I just love, and because of that it's rare for me to find a book in fantasy that I don't like, but...well, it was kust awful! 😁 Oooh, Priory of the Orange Tree is SO FREAKING WONDERFUL! I'm reading it now, and kerp being blown away by it! GREAT CHOICE! 😄👍 1mo
Branwen @saresmoore I would also reccomend Middlegame by Seanan Mcguire! I just finished that and it was marvelous! Time travel, clones, complex storytelling, and overall great characters. Actually, the Wayward Children series by the same author is also fantastic. It's about children who go to other worlds and how they cope with coming back to our world when they're a bit older. 1mo
Branwen @saresmoore I've also just started a fantasy book called A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland which is really good! The protagonist is a cranky old man and he's amazing! 🤣😂 1mo
Branwen @saresmoore Those were all fantasy recs. If you're looking for scifi I HIGHLY RECCOMEND The Expanse series. Hands down one of the best series I've ever read! 1mo
saresmoore @Branwen Yay! Such great recommendations! Thank yoooou! ♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
Branwen @saresmoore You are very welcome! Anytime, friend! 🤗💕📚 1mo
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hissingpotatoes
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1/5⭐ Amazingly there's almost no plot OR character development. Usually books show progress in at least one area. There are so many layers of distancing, like the narrator's recounting of long past events, the irritating 2nd-person narration of the only interesting character, and the infodumping. I enjoyed the difficulty of Leckie's Imperial Radch series, but if this book has anything going for it, it went completely over my head. #bookemon

saresmoore I just looked this up to see if others had liked it. I‘m 60 pages in and bored out of my mind! Plus, yes, very much agree about the second person. Yeesh. 1mo
hissingpotatoes @saresmoore Sorry you're bored, but I'm glad it's not just me! 1mo
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saresmoore
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Good thing I picked up this giant, engrossing fantasy novel from the library this morning because my car be dead.

monalyisha Ack! Good luck! 🍀🤞🏻 1mo
saresmoore @monalyisha Thank you! 1mo
kgriffith Oh noes! I hope you‘re safe and that help is on the way. 1mo
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RealBooks4ever Oh no! Hope it isn‘t serious! 💜 🚙 1mo
wordslinger42 Hope it's fixed soon! 1mo
saresmoore @kgriffith Thank you! Fortunately, I was in the parking lot of the nicest Goodwill in town and my husband was able to come rescue me. @RealBooks4ever Still not sure what‘s wrong with the car, but hopefully we‘ll be able to get it running soon! 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
Suet624 But look at that book!!! 1mo
saresmoore @Suet624 Isn‘t it impressive? I hope it will be amazing and I‘ll breeze right through. I had a craving for a big, fat high fantasy from a female author and this was just sitting on the shelf, waiting for me! Abundance! 1mo
Suet624 Aw, I'm so happy for you. Your wish satisfied. Hope you are well.... 1mo
LeahBergen Well, that sucks (but thank goodness for the fat book!). 1mo
Cathythoughts Broken down cars & yet there is still abundance to be found ♥️👍🏻love this 1mo
DivineDiana Hope the repairs were minor.🤞🏻Glad you were prepared! 👏🏻 1mo
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annkuch13
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A late Sunday shelfie. This is my favorite section of shelves.
#shelfie

Erofan 😍 2mo
GypsyKat Gorgeous! 2mo
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shanaqui
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My Raven Tower tote is proving to be a good library bag. Full marks. Emphasis on full.

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nitalibrarian
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This fantasy came out in February and the ebook is on sale just for today. It's one of my favorite reads of 2019.

Dragon Downloaded! 👍😀🐉 3mo
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Lindy
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I‘m glad that I stuck with this past the first hour of the #audiobook (the point where I considered bailing). I became so invested that I didn‘t want to stop listening, one of the few times I could say that insomnia was a blessing, because it allowed me to finish a riveting novel in record time. Among the intriguing cast of characters are gods, humans raised to be sacrificed to gods, and a couple of pragmatic queers. #LGBTQ fantasy

saresmoore I am reading this now (in print) and trying to decide whether or not to bail. The second person narration and all the tangential history/world building is irksome! I‘m about 60 pages in. 1mo
Lindy @saresmoore I understand. I seriously contemplated bailing even though I‘ve loved Leckie‘s previous work. This one seemed disappointingly derivative, at the beginning. At 60 pages, it sounds like you are near what was the tipping point for me. Once I was hooked, I didn‘t want to stop. 1mo
saresmoore I will give it some more time—thank you! I‘m ready to be hooked. 1mo
Lindy @saresmoore 🍀👍 1mo
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Lindy
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I‘m an hour into this and considering bailing. The narrator, Adjoa Andoh, is one of my favourites, so that‘s not the problem. It just seems too predictable, in spite of being told from a god‘s viewpoint. It‘s possibly too soon after Black Leopard Red Wolf for me to read another fantasy. I loved Ann Leckie‘s Imperial Radch series so much, however, that I will give this audiobook another hour before making up my mind.

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suzisteffen
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OH MY GOODNESS, someone (Ann Leckie, that is) has been reading her Shakespeare ... and her folklore about gods being strengthened by attention and over time. Loved it. W o w. This would make one HELL of a movie. (Or a British - and therefore limited - miniseries.) DAMN. 4.5 ⭐️

📸: Christiana Clark as Horatio in the 2016 production of Hamlet at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Photo probably by Jenny Graham.

suzisteffen THE MOSQUITOES THOUGH 3mo
suzisteffen And revenge. Revenge and Macbeth. And a very disappointing Hamlet. 3mo
suzisteffen SO MUCH. 3mo
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suzisteffen
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Forgot to preorder this one and then March was “read library books” month, so NOW starting it (& if I‘m lucky, finishing it today too). I LOVE ANN LECKIE‘S BOOKS so ... just can‘t wait. #kobo #sciencefiction #amreading

suzisteffen Ahahahah lol this one is #fantasy, oops! Bet I‘ll still love it. 3mo
ScientistSam I can't wait to see how she does fantasy! 3mo
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AshleyKorinE
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Pickpick

This book was fun and so good. I hope Leckie expands this story with more books because I loved the characters and need to know what happens next. The writing style was odd at first but once you figure out who‘s talking it gets so much better. I suggest reading the physical copy because there‘s no character change break on audio. If you love epic fantasy with hidden POVs this is a good pick it reminded me of The Fifth Season but slightly better.

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catiewithac
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Panpan

#JustTheRightBook sent me this. I‘ve loved every single selection #JTRB sent before, but I hated this one with a passion. The writing is average, the pace is slow, the characters one dimensional. Other readers enjoyed the big “reveal” at the VERY end of the book, but it wasn‘t a surprise to me. It is a YA appropriate fantasy novel with zero sex and only one F-💣 My fav part was the lesson that municipal water service is important for sanitation💦

saresmoore Ha! Great review. I just finished this and felt the same about it. 1mo
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rretzler
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Pickpick

I‘ve read and enjoyed everything by Ann Leckie and this book is no exception. I just finished and I‘m still processing...there was a lot to like-the human protagonist was an intelligent, likeable, and level-headed character, the world-building is interesting, and the writing was excellent. However, the book was a combination of first and second person which was strange and there should have been more character building. Sequel? 4.0/5.0 ⭐️ #2019

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ctboeheim
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Pickpick

I enjoyed the unique narrative style, the never-quite-revealed depths of the focal character, Eolo, and the mysterious narrator. The story gathers momentum slowly, but is as unstoppable as an avalanche by the end.

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SW-T
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Mehso-so

The story is narrated by a patient but vengeful god who happens to be a rock. It‘s the sole narrator and switches between its own story and Eolo‘s.

Pro‘s: original concepts, good world building, nice writing. Leckie has a way with words.

Cons: Slow pace. Conceptually intriguing and boring all at once.

I‘ve read slow-paced novels before and loved them, but this one, though kind of interesting, drags. Worth a try but not a must read.

wordzie Nice review 3mo
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catiewithac
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This. Is. The. Slowest. Book. Ever. (Feels like I‘ve been reading forever but still only on page 195. Also nothing has happened.)

Suet624 Well that‘s unfortunate! 3mo
catiewithac @Suet624 Things are a little better by page 273 but not much. 🐢 3mo
ctboeheim Just finished. The Stone on the hillside will tell you that patience is rewarded in unexpected ways. 3mo
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ctboeheim
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Just started this book. It begins with a really interesting narrative device: what amounts to a second-person narrative. An unseen and unnamed narrator addressing one of the characters as "you." Waiting to see where this goes.

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meganlynae
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Pickpick

I don‘t know guys. Somehow the chatty old rock god turns out to be not so safe and I wasn‘t expecting it. Chilling! I‘ve been interning in the children‘s department at a local library and we often talk about how repetition in literature builds patterns that are soothing and predictable for young children. It works on adults too because I got sucked into the “Here is a story I have heard” pattern without realizing that the stories were warnings.

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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt12 Finally for this week, I have the brand new Ann Leckie novel which is her first foray into fantasy. I loved her Ancillary series & am very much looking forward to seeing how well she does in this genre!🙌🖤🦅

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bookwrm526
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Pickpick

I love Ann Leckie. This one took me longer to get into that her sci-fi books, but I really enjoyed it once it got going. This was my book with an inanimate object as a POV character for the #ReadHarder - a large rock is one of the narrators!

GrilledCheeseSamurai I picked this up the other day and added it to my stack. I'm excited to start it. 👍 3mo
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SW-T
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Excited to see how this goes.

#newbookfeels #newbook

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Angeles
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Pickpick

Totally different from her science fiction series but really imaginative and amazing world building.The book is slow pace at the beginning so some people might not like it but i think it works

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TracyReadsBooks
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Phenomenal. A slow burn of a story which steadily builds to an ending which...just...wow...More than just a story about gods & humans at war, it‘s a story about the nature of belief, faith, religion—how they develop & evolve over time—about tradition, power & much more. There are no grand action sequences but there are innumerable moments, large & small, which tease & reveal until the end. A fascinating, introspective & thought-provoking book.

Becker Great review 4mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Having caught up on my comics for the week, it‘s time to dive into another book. So, I‘m going with my other preorder of the week—Ann Leckie never disappoints and her stories, in addition to always being well-written and very entertaining, always make you think. Definitely looking forward to reading this one.

MellieAntoinette Lately, I‘m always one book behind you! #greatreadingminds! 4mo
TracyReadsBooks @MellieAntoinette Great reading minds indeed! I can‘t wait to see what you think about the book. I‘m really enjoying it so far. 4mo
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Laughterhp
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This is me, impatiently waiting for my 2019 New Release holds!

I like how my library tells me which place I‘m in. My old library didn‘t do that. My new library may have awful hours, but I like the features it has.

MelissaSue81 Ooh. Mine is the same system but it doesn‘t tell me my place in line until they have the book checked in and processed.. i am just 0 until then. 4mo
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shanaqui
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Pickpick

I thought this was brilliant. I love the way it wound up to deliver a punch at the end. I love the POV (and I just know I'm going to be so irritated by people's reactions) and how it solves the problem of who is telling the story to whom (and why), which has always been a thing of mine with first person.

I think i prefer the Imperial Radch books for narrative directness and being a little more predictable that way, but love this too.

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shanaqui
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When I'm getting time to read this, I am enjoying it to bits. The 2nd person POV quickly explains itself to a great degree and actually deals with a pet peeve of mine when it comes to stories that feature 1st person.

But Biscuit was spayed on Wednesday and now won't eat or poop -- other #BunniesofLitsy owners know how serious that is for a bun. So hand feeding every 3 hours and vet trips are EATING MY LIFE, and she's p. mad at me, as you can see.

DivineDiana As a former bun owner, I do know. Sending healing wishes. 🐰 4mo
Clare-Dragonfly Oh no! Biscuit, feel better quickly! 4mo
rabbitprincess Oh Biscuit, feel better soon! Want to see your face, not bunny rump! 🐰♥️ 4mo
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Tanzy13
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Gods meddle in the fates of men, men play with the fates of gods, and a pretender must be cast down from the throne in this breathtaking first fantasy novel from New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards.

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shanaqui
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Look what I arrived home to after a weekend away. 😍 Went sticker crazy to express my excitement properly!

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speljamr
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This months Orbit Loot giveaway: http://swee.ps/jaDVAqEyx

#orbit #orbitbooks #orbitloot

Melissa_J I wish these giveaways were open to those of us outside of the United States 😢 5mo
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Joe_Jones
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Finished this the other day. Starts out slow as I tried to figure out what was going on and then beautifully comes together in a perfect way! The author is a master storyteller who can handle any genre! Fantasy fans will be waiting for this one that comes out In February.

ScientistSam Sooo excited for this! I love Ann Leckie, and didn't know her next release date😀 6mo
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nitalibrarian
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Today on this gorgeous Sunday, I'm starting an ARC of Ann Leckie's February fantasy release. This is my first book by her. #arc #fantasy

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TracyReadsBooks
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And a new Ann Leckie this February! The wishlist grows longer!!!

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AthenaWins
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Ann Leckie has done what she does best. That is to create complex characters, stunning worlds, and a desire for introspection.

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AthenaWins
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It has been such a long time since I've enjoyed a fantasy novel. Always with the same themes and character types I found myself swimming in stagnant water every time I picked one up. But this. This book is different. Such beautiful use of words and interesting turns. Ann Leckie has a gift for character creation and thought-provoking imagery. ♥️ (And I'm not even half way through it!

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AthenaWins
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I'm so excited to have this ARC. My boss even got it signed for me. ♥️ Can't wait to start reading it!