This book was a fun read, but probably not memorable enough to revisit. That's totally fine, though.Anara is a world that's policed by a tyrannical Watch, and the Order of Keepers has been outlawed. We follow the Keeper Galen and his apprentice Raffi on their adventures. Carys, an undercover member of the Watch joins them on their journey.Things I enjoyed:- The combination of technology and fantasy - the descriptions of the Relics sound very similar to modern technology, but they seem to be artifacts of magical power. I loved the underpinnings of science fiction in this world of mostly mythological fantasy.- Carys' character was done well, her thoughts and how her perceptions change made her seem real. There were no sudden turnarounds in character - everything was nice and gradual.- I thought the Sekoi were an interesting addition, I can't wait to find out how they fit into this world.- Galen and Raffi were good protagonists. Even though they weren't given too much detail or complexity, I was able to get a good sense of what they were like.- I liked the alternating third/first person narration.I'm definitely going to keep up with this series.
I’ve seen Marcus Samuelsson on a lot of TV shows and liked him a lot, so I was pretty stoked when I won Yes, Chef on LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers programme.Samuelsson has certainly had a very interesting life, and it was fascinating to read his perspective as an Ethiopian adopted by a Swedish family, transplanted to the US. I learned a lot about Sweden, the restaurant industry, Ethiopian spices, and a lot more, so I would recommend the book for that reason.The negatives: this book is clearly ghost-written – even though it’s written in the first person, there’s a peculiar detachment to it which I found slightly off-putting. Also, Samuelsson is not always the most likeable of people, especially when he abandons his daughter and tries to justify it “without sounding like a jerk.”
This book was excellent. When I first started reading it, I appreciated it mostly for the ideas and the writing (Language is really cool!) I was afraid that that the characters would be flat and there would not be much of an emotional core to the book. I was happy to be proven wrong - the book delivers on every count.