I hate the FREAKING EMPEROR of Valoria. ( Please die in book 3 )
No love square, I was wrong about that. ( No Ronan and No Verex only Arin & Kestrel. Thank God )
Mixed feelings for Roshar and The Eastern Queen. ( Could they be trusted though….)
When Arin kissed The Queen. (I was like dude don’t use her to forget Kestrel, not a smart move. Thus, you will never forget her )
Kestrel and Verex ( Thought he will eventually fall in love with her but no he likes someone else ( Risha ). Nevertheless, love their friendship )
Jess ( URGH……. What kind of best friend are you ??? Kestrel saved your god damn life man at least listen to what she had to say )
Ronan ( Douche bag…… I know i know Kestrel broke your heart by rejecting your marriage proposal and liking someone she should have but don’t be such an ass towards her, like you guys known each other since forever )
Kestrel ( LIES LIES LIES………….. So mad at her for not letting Arin know that she’s the MOTH )
General Trajan ( …….. the last few pages just made me HATE him )
Flaws : Too many misunderstandings between Arin & Kestrel ( Not really a flaw though but URGH….)
Rating : 4/5 stars
Overall : T’was a good book. A bit disappointing with some of the characters and that ENDING IN THE BOOK. MAN……..
Amani – has a pair ofblue eyes, which Jin refers to traitor’s eyes; orphan, currently staying at her uncle’s place ; top gun shooter with amazing aiming; don’t want to wed her uncle Asid ; trying to run away to Izman to find her aunt Safiyah ; thinks Izman will give her a better life than Dustwalk ; Blue-Eyed Bandit/Oman/Alidad were her nickname/name in the book other than Amani ; a Demdji, has special ability in them and can only speak the truth, for Amani her’s was controlling the sands ; Noorsham’s sister. ( A strong character )
Jin – Sultan’s sixth son ; real name is Ajinahd ; Ahmed and Naguib’s brother ; met Amani at Deadshot ; hates Miraji but stayed for the sake of Ahmed ; his nose was broken by Shazad once ; carries a broken compass with him all the time ; likes Amani. ( WOW I have really nothing else to say about him. )
Ahmed – the Rebel Prince ; heir to the throne ; the Sultan’s fifth son ; wants to take down the Sultan ; has a sister who is half Djinn, Delila ; built up a following in Izman. (SAME GOES FOR HIM AS WELL )
Shazad – A strong fighter ; broke Jin’s nose ; Amani’s friend ; Sultan’s chief general, General Hamad’s daughter ; known Bahi since six years old. ( Nothing much about her too )
Bahi – Captain of the head army, Captain Reza’s son ; the holy boy ; likes Shazad ; known Shazad since they were six years old ; died in the hands of Noorsham. (Bye Bahi)
Noorsham – Naguib’s men ; Amani’s brother ; killed Bahi and Naguib ; a Demdji with power to burn anything he wishes ; went missing after killing Naguib. (See you in book 2 then)
Individual characters quotes :
‘We just be living to die another day.’ – Amani
‘You are this country, Amani.’ More alive than anything ought to be in this place. All fire and gunpowder, with one finger always on the trigger.’ – Jin
‘You leave at dawn.’ – Ahmed
‘I’m a girl who could’ve done just anything if I’d been a boy.’ – Shazad
‘If you hurt her you will burn in hell.’ – Bahi
‘This city’s not the one that ought to burn.’ – Noorsham
Flaws : Too many names to keep track throughout the book and side characters to remember.
Rating : 4/5 stars
Overall : Action packed story line that involves plenty of escaping and surviving.
*expecting much more action in book 2 after reading book 1*
NO matter how smart/intelligent/observant you are, you ought to be stupid/naive sometimes. ( Kestrel for trusting Arin so easily by telling him everything )
Do NOT judge someone based on their appearance only. ( Arin appears to be a slave, but secretly he plans to take down the Valorian empire )
Try NOT to make hasty decision. ( Kestrel for purchasing Arin during the slave auction )
It’s okay to be weak physically, anyhow should at least have mental toughness. ( Kestrel sailed west to look for help informing the General about the Herran rebellion )
Friends who stood by you always are the best kinds. ( Kestrel can count on Jess and Ronan to be there for her always )
Can’t constantly have the best of both worlds. ( Arin – Herrani people and Kestrel )
Good guys don’t usually gets the girl. ( Kestrel rejected Ronan’s marriage proposal )
The LOVE square ?? Like it’s not already hard enough to ship either Arin & Kestrel or Ronan & Kestrel. Yet, they just have to throw some random marriage proposal from the Emperor asking Kestrel to wed his son. ( not really a flaw but i cannot…..) OMG….. All and all it’s okay.
Rating : 4/5 stars
An enjoyable insta love read which did not really focus on the romance so much, but more on the plot development. ( Arin still continued his plan and didn’t back down for the sake of his affections towards Kestrel )Which i secrtely hoped for, but nevertheless it would be kinda cliche to do that anyway.
It’s that year again where i ‘usually’ participate to see how far or whether the amount of books i read this entire year. (joined in 2015 & 2016 , organised by Goodreads)
In 2017 i vow to read at least 17 book, well it may seem just a handful for some of you but for me personally it’s A LOT. Considering the fact that I procrastinate most of the time. Therefore, we’ll see how it goes….
So 17 books or more here I come. *fingers crossed*
Links to 2015 and 2016’s challenge (completed) are below :