The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan.

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

When The Two Rivers is attacked by Trollocs-a savage tribe of half-men, half-beasts- five villagers flee that night into a world they barely imagined, with new dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light.

The Eye of the World is the debut novel to the massive Wheel of Time series written by Robert Jordan. I don’t know what pushed me to start a 14 book series this year but I have done it and now there is no going back to normal😂. It’s one of the most popular fantasy series in the genre and I can see why people love it so much. The EotW was one of the strongest first books I have read this year. It wasn’t perfect but it had so many memorable moments that gets deeply rooted inside your head and doesn’t leave until you are forced to read the second book (which I did 🙈). I really loved that Jordan was so patient with us. He didn’t rush into anything and takes his sweet time in setting up the environment and the atmosphere in the book. His pacing at first, seemed slow but it always built into intense, action packed scenes that made me feel high and excited. His writing was beautiful and cozy. Jordan was very descriptive about every single part of the world and it never felt like an unnecessary info-dumping for me. It was a travelling story for the majority of the book and there were parts that felt a bit tedious but I was wasn’t much bothered by it because even those tedious parts always paid off with great moments in the end.

The characters in the book were really interesting as well. We primarily follow this book from Rand and Perrin’s perspectives. It has the classic ‘chosen one’ trope but we don’t know which one of the three boys is the chosen one until the end. It was a little predictable for me but I still loved their journey and their growth as a group and as individuals. I can’t say I have a favorite character in this book because there were so many of them and their development wasn’t as indepth as it is in the subsequent books but I ended up liking all of them anyway. The EotW is a more adventure and plot driven story but it definitely dives deeper into its characters later in the story. The Two River kids grow a lot over the course of the series and sometimes its hard to imagine that they started their journey from here. Rand, Mat, Perrin and Nynaeve have a special place in my heart now and will probably stay their for a long time. Okay I lied about my favorites🤭. I am just a little bit biased to Perrin but it’s only because I am 4 books deeper into the series and it has somewhat influenced my objective review for this book😂.

The magic system in this series was a bit vague in the first book. There was little information about how the magic worked, only that males and females can weild different powers and it’s catastrophic for a man to have such strong magical abilities inside them. The women who are able to channel the One power are called Aes sedai but they aren’t always received well by the people. It’s a part of the story that we slowly explore more later in the series. The one power is complex and mysterious with numerous rules and limitations. It’s not a huge part of the plot and doesn’t drive the story in book 1 but it does create a lot of problems for one of our main characters, Moiraine who is an Aes Sedai herself and her warder Lan. Speaking of Moiraine, I loved her character in this book. She is one of the most iconic characters in this series and I wish she had more povs. But it made sense why she doesn’t have a lot of her own point of views in the story. She was a character that was shrouded in layers of secrets and the twist and turns in the books wouldn’t have the same impact if we knew what was going on in her head most of the time. She was so badass in this book and her actions scenes were done incredibly well. I can’t wait to see her in the upcoming tv show. There was another character that appeared in the middle of the book and stole my heart within seconds of his presence🥺. I would take a bullet for that person if I could because he was so freaking adorable and gentle. He exuded so much positivity whenever he talked and you just know he would be the biggest cheerleader for our characters in the series. I am not exaggerating when I say that his presence was a balm to my soul😌. Someday, I will definitely write an appreciation post for all the characters I fell for in this series.

Anyways, I think that’s all I have to say about the Eye of the World so far. This review is two months late and some parts of the book have blurred in my head. I have been obsessed with this series in a way I have never been before. I haven’t read anything new in September except WoT and it has been a blast. It has pushed me though a very intense and busy month and I am so grateful for the audiobooks as well for enhancing the experience of the series for me. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are incredible narrators and I could listen to Michael’s voice all day because it’s so soothing to my ears😌. I might do a dedicated review of the first five books of the series in the future because there is a lot to say and I don’t think I can keep it spoiler free😂. Seriously, if you can’t read it then you should definitely listen to it. I guarantee that you will love the series if you are into ‘good vs evil’ trope in your fantasy books because that’s what the series is all about.

Rate – 8/10.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments section down below and we can have a chat😁. Until then..

August 2021 Wrap Up.

Hey guys! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I haven’t been unploading much lately because it’s been a really busy month for me. I don’t know how long it will go on but I’ll probably be less busier by the end of September. Anyways, August was an extraordinarily good reading month for me. I haven’t read a single disappointing book and all of them have been absolutely fantastic. It has mostly been a month of sequels for me but I was also able to start another popular fantasy series mostly because the upcoming tv show adaptation got me all hyped up (you’ll know what I am talking about)😉. So, Let’s jump right into my wrap up.

1. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir.

Rate – 10/10.

2. The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time#1) by Robert Jordan.

Rate – 8.5/10.

3. Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad trilogy#2) by S.A. Chakraborty.

Rate – 9/10.

4. Artificial conditions (The Murderbot Diaries#3) by Martha Wells.

Rate- 9/10

5. The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time#2) by Robert Jordan.

Rate – 9/10.

6. Jade War (The Green Bone Saga#2) by Fonda Lee.

Rate – 8/10.

So that’s all for my wrap up. I will be reviewing some of these books in the future so try to keep an eye out for them as well👀. I have so many thoughts I want to share with all of you but so little time to write and update🙈. But rest assured that I will be back soon. Until then..

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir.

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission–and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, he realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Alone on this tiny ship that’s been cobbled together by every government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it’s up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And thanks to an unexpected ally, he just might have a chance.

Today we are going to talk about one of the most wholesome books I have read this year and that would be Project Hail Mary. This review is going to be pretty short because I have nothing but good things to say about PHM and there is only so much adjectives I know that I can use without sounding weird🤣. Anyways, Project Hail Mary follows our main protagonist, Ryland Grace who wakes up in the middle of a spaceship which is light years away from earth and he has no memories of how he got there. The book switches back and forth between his past and present as he slowly gets his memory back and tries to figure out the reason why he is all alone inside the ship in the first place. Let me just annoyingly emphasize it again that I really REALLY loved this book. Normally I would be very honest in my reviews about what I like or didn’t like about a book but despite its few faults PHM has made me so biased that I can’t help but give it full marks🙈. I haven’t read a book that was so smart and adorable at the same time. Every question had a plausible explanation and every problem had a solution that made so much sense. I don’t know how scientifically accurate the book was but for me it was accurate enough that I didn’t feel lost or confused. It was so clever and the author made it easy to understand with his accessible writing. Everything was intentional and well thought out including the characters. There was someone apart from Ryland that appears around 40% of the book and that person became the MVP of the book for me. All I can say without spoilers is that it’s the kind of person that you would love to be friends with and never let go😌. I am insanely in love with that character and their friendship with Ryland. Their interactions were hilarious and there were so many laugh out loud dialogues in the book. I also loved Ryland a lot. He had a sense of humor that kept him moving even in hard times and I really admired that trait about him. He got anxious and afraid like any other human being but he also had a optimistic side to him that pushed him through difficult times as well. He also had a great pal with him to encourage and cheer him on whenever he had a sad moment and vice versa. I think it’s the kind of book you should read without knowing anything about the plot. There were many twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. The book had a lighthearted tone to it but it also had some incredibly high stakes that made me worry about the characters. Ryland was in a completely unknown location with very little resources and no memory or information about his mission. So he had plenty of dangerous moments throughout his journey that almost killed him several times in the book. But even with my fear for their safety I always got the feeling that everything would somehow workout for them and I believe that’s what the author wanted us to feel in this book. This was a fun, adventurous and emotional journey of two characters who were trying their best to survive and protect their loved ones from an impending doom. I am biased and jealous of Ryland and his friendship with his incredible buddy who I can’t name😄. Project Hail Mary made me super happy and I don’t have anything more to say than that.

Rate – 10/10.

Let me know your thoughts in the comment section down below. Until then..

July 2021 Wrap Up.

Hey guys!! Welcome to my July wrap up. It’s been a great reading month for me because I manage to read 9 books😧. I haven’t done that in more than a year and it feels so good to finally get back to my old reading speed again. I am also excited to share with you that I was able to finish more than 50% of my Goodreads reading challenge this month and it feels absolutely amazing to brag about it 😏. Anyways, let’s get down to the books that I read the month of July👇.

1. Beach Read by Emily Henry.

Rate – 7/10.

Liked the ending but was kinda bored in the middle.

2. The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren.

Rate – 8/10.

Loved it. It was lovely and heartwarming to read. Didn’t expect the twist towards the end but it worked really well in this book. Highly recommend it.

3. Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler.

Rate – 7/10

I was disappointed by this book. It had a great concept and a realistic depiction of what the world could look like in the future if we continue to overuse our natural resources. It was terrifying to see the worst side of humanity but it didn’t blow away my mind the way it did for most people. It was okay for me. Its hard to care about the characters in a book that is written in the form of a journal and we only get snippets of info on the important events happening in the world. There were so many unanswered questions in the book and I understand its not possible to get all the information when I am reading it through first person POV particularly in the format of a diary that only covered some of the major events but I like having all the knowledge about the world in a sci-fi or fantasy setting. So it’s safe to say that it wasn’t the book for me because the format didn’t appeal to my curious, info-hungry mind🤷‍♀️. Also the conclusion didn’t hit the landing with me because it was so abrupt it felt like it ended halfway through the book. But I would still recommend this book because it had a great story and Lauren was a strong character to root for. It also had so many quotable lines about God and religion that was really fascinating to read. It didn’t sound preachy and made a lot more sense than any other religious texts.

4. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren.

Rate – 8.5/10

Loved the book and the chemistry between the characters was great. There were some strong family relationships that stood the test of time. It was lovely to read and again Christina Lauren delivered exactly what I needed.

5. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty.

Rate – 9/10

I really loved this book so much. Easily one of my favorites this year. I did a full review of it a few days back if you are interested to know my full in depth thoughts about it. So damn good😍.

6. Get a life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert.

Rate – 7.5/10

I really enjoyed this book in the first half of it but the later half was just okay for me. I didn’t like the stupid misunderstanding between the two characters towards the end although I did appreciate that it wasn’t dragged on for long. It was a good fun time for me but it could’ve been so much better.

7. Before they are hanged by Joe Abercrombie.

Rate – 9/10.

Another amazing book to add to my list of favorites. It’s one of the best sequels I have read this year. It took me a long ass time to finish this book but it was so worth the effort because I was able to invest my heart and soul into the perilous journey that our characters go through. It packed a punch and I was all up for it. I talked about it in depth in one of my weekly reading updates so you already know how much I love this series. Chef’s 💋

9. Skysworn (Cradle#4) by Will Wight.

Rate – 9/10

I will not say much about this book here because it’s a fourth book in a series and I have also already talked about it in one my weekly reading updates before. Let’s just say it’s my favorite installment so far and I can’t wait to read the next one. Will Wight never disappoints me.

9. Unnamed Memory Volume 3 by Kuji Furumiya.

Rate – 6/10.

Unnamed memory is a light novel series that I have been following for a while now and this month I read the third volume. I liked it and the concept was really good but the execution of the book wasnt done well. I am not sure if it’s because of the translation or if the original book is written in that way but the story was so rushed and it felt like the author was in a hurry to finish the book as fast as he could. It’s disappointing because I saw so much potential in the plot when I read the first volume but it’s been going downhill after that. It did end with a cliffhanger that makes me curious enough to read the next book so hopefully it gets at least a little bit better. The romance between the two leads was the only good thing that kept me reading the book.

So thats all the books I read in the month of July. Before I wrap up this post I just want to say that the next few months will be really busy for me since I am going back to my university but I will try my best to update my blog every once in a while😁. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section down below and we can have a chat.

The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty.

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for…

Wow!! The city of brass has to be one of the most politically complex books ever. The synopsis does not do justice to the what the plot is all about. It started off as a travelling story where Nahri had to find the magical city of Daevabad with her mysterious companion Dara but soon it turned into a deeply intricate political powerplay between two tribes of djinn who had centuries of animosity and hatred for one another. Daevabad had a really intense and violent history with scars that was still fresh in the minds of the people after hundreds of centuries and it felt like everything was barely hanging on the edge. The political landscape in this book felt so volatile that a single spark could’ve lead to a massive explosion in a second and our characters wouldn’t have been able to control it.

Nahri, our protagonist, belonged to the ancient family of Daeva healers called Nahids who are revered by one tribe of djinns, the Daevas but hated by others. She didn’t ask to be thrown into the middle of this conflict so her early days in Daevabad was not easy for her. But she was also the type of person who was adaptable to change. She was not familiar with her new identity and powers but she took the help she was given without any pride and tried to adjust to her new reality as much as she could. She was practically an outsider with absolutely no knowledge about Daevabad and it’s culture so she brought about a fresh perspective to everything we already knew about the kingdom from Ali’s P.O.V. She didnt take any sides and didn’t judge an entire community of djinn based on the mistakes of a few in the past. People tried to pull her into so many different directions but she had a flexible mind that ultimately made her own choice. I loved that she was not a pushover and didn’t let herself get manipulated by anyone. She was a great character through and through. Ali, on the other hand was hard to get attached to at first. He came off as a young foolish prince who wanted to help the underprivileged in his kingdom but failed miserably because he couldn’t make up his mind about who to trust. He was a devout man who unflinchingly believed in his own religion which was good in a way but also created more problems for him. He was a Qahtani prince and his tribe had been a long time enemy of the Daevas who were conquered by the his family about ten centuries ago. He didn’t understand the fact that every side in the conflict was wrong in some way. He meant well but his ideas and reasons for his mistakes always came off as self righteous and preachy. He grows as a character as the book progressed but it was very very slow and subtle change and it was fascinating to see that. It was hard to like Ali at first but I ended up loving his character in the end.

One of the things that stands out the most in this book is the stunning worldbuilding. It is literally in every page. The author will make you live in the place along with the characters. She is fantastic at describing every little nook and corner of a every wall, floor, pillar and even a fountain😅. I couldn’t help but imagine it in my mind in exactly the way it was depicted. It was gorgeous and it’s perfect for a summer read since it has a Middle Asian setting. It was like a food for my imagination. I think it’s the best worldbuilding I have seen so far in terms of aesthetics.

I really loved this book. It has a bit of a learning curve at the beginning but the plot picks up after we cross the 40% mark and it’s a wild ride after that. I am now so excited to read the sequel as soon as I can😄.

Rate – 9/10

Let me know your thoughts in the comment section down below and we can have a chat. Until then..

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