Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Soldier by Julie Kagawa

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Soldier by Julie Kagawa.

Soldier – HarlequinTeen

I was sore, confused, overwhelmed and felt I could bite something with very little provocation. “I’ll be fine. I’m going to lie down and growl at anything that asks me questions.”
— Chapter 21

“You’re injured.” She shook her head. “Why are you standing here talking to me? Go tell the monks to take care of that. I did not come all this way, across two oceans, to watch you die of blood loss.”
— Chapter 23

I started this book under the impression that this would be the final book in a trilogy, but when I was about halfway through I began to realise that there were way to many loose ends to be even remotely done in the number of pages I had ahead of me. With a new to me author that might have been the case, but as this is my third (fourth, if you count the Iron Fey parts separately) series from Julia Kagawa, I felt confident in my assessment that there was more to come. I just hadn’t gotten the memo. And luckily I was right and there are two more books planned as of now.
I’ll be honest and say there there are parts in this book that I didn’t care about as much as others. But I think that is to be expected from a book with multiple narrators, especially if all of them are a first person narration, which is quite challenging to write I imagine. However, Julie Kagawa manages to give all her narrators a distinct feel so that the reader never forgets who is talking at the moment. And even the non narrating characters. Can I just say that I love Jade and can I please get more of that?
When I looked up if there are going to be more books in the series I was also made aware that there would be a major cliffhanger at the end of this book (then I quickly clicked away because the only thing worse than spoilers are spoilers you caused for yourself). And ... I feel that the term cliffhanger needs to be adjusted for certain authors or that there needs to be a word that more accurately describes the situation. Like when a good author lets you dangle from a moderate cliff then these authors leave you clinging to the cliffs of Kalaupapa ... or something like that.

So while I’m cliff clinging for dear life let me ask you if you had instances of surprise not-final-books in the past. If so, were they pleasant or not so pleasant surprises? Share thoughts and teasers in the comments!


Luxe said...

I haven't read any books with dragons in it. Are you enjoying the book/series so far?

Anonymous said...

This isn't a series or author I've come across, but it does sound really interesting. Thank you for sharing and the thoughtful review you added:). My TT offering this week is an urban fantasy romp I'm enjoying...

abookaddict said...

I remember reading Wayward Pines by Blake Crouch after watching the show on TV. I didn't realize it was part of a trilogy. I must say, I enjoyed the books SO much more than the TV show.
My teaser this week can be found at: http://abookaddictsview.blogspot.com/2016/05/teaser-tuesday-joy-of-less.html

Laura Thomas said...

Oh no. I too thought this was the last book. I guess I don't need to hurry and read it now:)

My TT from Miss Mayhem

Majanka Verstraete said...

I didn't know Julie Kagawa was releasing a new series. I'll have to check this out.

Here's my teaser.

Kathy Martin said...

Two more books planned? I knew that there was at least one more. This series is growing on me. I didn't like the first book very much but each subsequent book has gotten better. My YA teaser this week comes from With Malice by Eileen Cook. Happy reading!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I find that I enjoy reading a series where the books are connected but each one stands on its own too. Maybe that's because it takes me a while to get around to reading the next one in the series! I've heard good things about this author.
My Tuesday post features REDNECK P.I.

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