Over vacation I had a lot of time to read which was definitely much needed. Now though I’m left with an overabundance of reviews. Cue a couple of mini review editions as I play catch up. This time around I’m reflecting on The Farmer’s War and The Princess Saves Herself In This One.
The Farmer’s War by Elise Kova
Published by Silver Wing Press on April 23, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 142 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased
Lieutenant Craig Youngly has only ever wanted one thing in his life — to join the illustrious Golden Guard. In pursuit of his goals, he has found himself protege to Raylynn Westwind, notable Guard member and favorite of Prince Baldair. He has fought for two years in the sweltering North and now prepares to embark on a mission on behalf of the Guard that could secure his long-sought membership. It’s the opportunity Craig has been waiting for, until Raylynn’s attention turns toward another swordsman, Daniel Taffl.
Daniel has always been a man of modest aspirations. As a farmer’s son from the East, he seeks a soldier’s wage to support a future for the woman of his dreams when he returns from the front lines. It isn’t until he’s conscripted into Craig’s mission that he learns his sword-craft has caught the eyes of the powers above him.
Craig sees his mission as an opportunity to impress the guard and exert his authority over Daniel. Daniel sees it merely as the chance to secure a more financially stable future. Their goals seem too simple to go awry. But, in the perilous jungles of the North, luck is something both men find to be in short supply.
It’s pretty obvious that I’m a huge Elise Kova fan and as this is the last Golden Guard novella I kind of want to cry. The world of Air Awakens has been phenomenal to explore and The Farmer’s War continues to expand and enhance the places and characters within this realm. Seeing Craig and Daniel in the spotlight was such a wonderful experience and I really enjoyed their backstory. Overall it was a solid prequel and novella and fingers crossed that this isn’t the last we see of this world.
The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace
Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing on March 23, 2017
Genres: Non Fiction, Poetry, Feminism
Pages: 208 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased
“Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we’re off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales.”
A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.
Wow! I really don’t read much poetry but Amanda Lovelace’s The Princess Saves Herself In This One is a must read for all. It’s powerful, personal, honest, and raw. It’s simple yet has such depth. The way this collection is set up works perfectly and really sucks the reader in. The ‘You’ section especially resonates with current issues and people everywhere. I will highly recommend this to every single person. Pick this up!
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