Today I’m bringing a double dose of reviews to the blog highlighting two of my last reads from 2016.
Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston
Published by Disney Lucasfilm Press on October 11, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction
Pages: 353 Format: Hardcover Source: Library
Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars, and before she re-appeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally, her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa, and the Rebel Alliance…
I fell absolutely in love with Ahsoka Tano while watching Clone Wars and knew I had to pick up any written adventure of hers to fill in the missing pieces of her life in canon. Working in between major plot points, E.K. Johnston does a great job of bringing this beloved character to the page and creating a narrative befitting the scope of the galaxy. On the run after Order 66, Ahsoka struggles to trust others and maintains distance from the larger world and I appreciated the inner monologue delving into her thoughts. Overall this one didn’t blow me away but I really really enjoyed it.
Nemesis by Anna Banks
Published by Feiwel & Friends on October 4, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 368 Format: Hardcover Source: Gift
Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.
Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But Mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.
Sepora’s gift may be able to save Tarik’s kingdom. But should she risk exposing herself and her growing feelings for her nemesis?
I’d been curious about Nemesis for a while and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The writing is wonderfully descriptive and truly paints a unique world into existence. Obviously there’s a lot of inspiration from Ancient Egypt which I’m all about and both Sepora and Tarik were compelling enough characters. I definitely felt that chemistry and loved the concept of spectorium too. Overall I’m really happy I got this as a gift and I’m excited to see what happens next.
So have you read either of these books? Are they on your TBR? Let me know in the comments below!