The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the mecha aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall. It doesn’t matter that the girls often die from the mental strain.
When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, it’s to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister’s death. But she gets her vengeance in a way nobody expected—she kills him through the psychic link between pilots and emerges from the cockpit unscathed. She is labeled an Iron Widow, a much-feared and much-silenced kind of female pilot who can sacrifice boys to power up Chrysalises instead.
To tame her unnerving yet invaluable mental strength, she is paired up with Li Shimin, the strongest and most controversial male pilot in Huaxia. But now that Zetian has had a taste of power, she will not cower so easily. She will miss no opportunity to leverage their combined might and infamy to survive attempt after attempt on her life, until she can figure out exactly why the pilot system works in its misogynist way—and stop more girls from being sacrificed.
In an apocalyptic world, peasant girl Zetian sets out to avenge her sisters death by using her Qi to help power a fighting machine, a Chrysalises, for Huaxia in the war against the Hundans.
Qi is the vital essence that sustains everything in this world and keeps a boy/girl pair mentally connected in the war machines. Zetian is now the Iron Widow and gets a bit more than she bargained for in her new partner, Li Shimin, the Iron Demon.
Although I loved Zetian and her feminism, I actually thought she was a psychopath!! I loved her! I was out of breath reading it! Li Shimin I just wanted to cuddle all the time and along with them for the ride is Yizhi, calm, patient Yizhi.
The three of them and what grew into their relationship made my heart sing! The killer boy and the sweet boy and the psycho girl. A perfect triangle.
Welcome to Closing the Chapter! I hope you had a great reading month?
I had a bad start to the month after popping a disc out in my back and trapping a nerve. The pain was so bad! Fabulous timing for the start of school holidays, my poor son basically had to stay in with me and to top it off, his pc broke as well so hasn’t been the greatest of months! Onwards and upwards though eh!
I decided I needed to read some of my Netgalley books this month and I knew it was going to be a great reading month and I wasn’t wrong! I read 9 books and half of them were Netgalley reads!
Dark Prince by Michelle Hercules See my review here
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune See my review here
The Gilded Cage by Lynette Noni See my review here
Fire With Fire by Destiny Soria See my review here
Because You’re Mine by Clare Contreas See my review here
The kingdom of Kandala is on the brink of disaster. Rifts between sectors have only worsened since a sickness began ravaging the land, and within the Royal Palace, the king holds a tenuous peace with a ruthless hand.
King Harristan was thrust into power after his parents’ shocking assassination, leaving the younger Prince Corrick to take on the brutal role of the King’s Justice. The brothers have learned to react mercilessly to any sign of rebellion–it’s the only way to maintain order when the sickness can strike anywhere, and the only known cure, an elixir made from delicate Moonflower petals, is severely limited.
Out in the Wilds, apothecary apprentice Tessa Cade is tired of seeing her neighbors die, their suffering ignored by the unyielding royals. Every night, she and her best friend Wes risk their lives to steal Moonflower petals and distribute the elixir to those who need it most–but it’s still not enough.
As rumors spread that the cure no longer works and sparks of rebellion begin to flare, a particularly cruel act from the King’s Justice makes Tessa desperate enough to try the impossible: sneaking into the palace. But what she finds upon her arrival makes her wonder if it’s even possible to fix Kandala without destroying it first.
Set in a richly imaginative world with striking similarities to our own, Brigid Kemmerer’s captivating new series is about those with power and those without . . . and what happens when someone is brave enough to imagine a new future.
‘Mind your mettle, Tessa.’
What a vile world Tessa lives in, Kandala has a sickness that can only be staved off with moonflower petals so obviously they are a hot commodity and as usual, the rich prosper and the poor suffer. Tessa tries to put this right by stealing the moonflower, making a medicine and distributing to the poor.
But it all goes wrong…..well sort of. Every cloud has a silver lining and all that and in this case it like a sort of very pale silver of linings!
This was a story that hooks you straight in and makes you want more and more and I need that next book to see how this story continues!
Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.
Raikama has dark magic of her own, and she banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes, and warning Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die.
Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and, on her journey, uncovers a conspiracy to overtake the throne—a conspiracy more twisted and deceitful, more cunning and complex, than even Raikama’s betrayal. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to contain—no matter what it costs her.
Utter perfection! I totally fell in love with this story from the get go!
Shiori and her 6 brothers are cursed by her stepmother and the story follows Shiori and her journey to basically put things right.
Shiori is an amazing lead character, she is smart, resilient, hard working and totally loveable.
Takkan is another who warmed my heart I love him!!!
But I was always trying to glimpse, Seryu the dragon prince, I loved him more!
The characters, the plot, the old lore and stories, the magic, the world building were all spot on and the writing just flowed!
As I said this is an utterly fabulous fairytale with a twist at the end I never saw coming. I need book 2!
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Today’s theme is – Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time
I have a slipped disc and sitting is not easy at the moment so I have just added a list below with no pics – forgive me if this post is sparse!
* Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas * From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout * The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune * Untouchable by Sam Mariano * Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley * Golden Dynasty by Kristen Ashley * Dragons Lair by Chantal Fernando * Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor * Illuminae by Jay Kristoff