It seemed like after The Hunger Games released and followed with an even more successful film there’s been a rash of teen books gracing the shelves featuring power heroines. The talented young Veronica Roth pinned the Divergent series, the Brit Samantha Shannon has introduced us to The Bone Season and the pink-haired Laini Taylor captivates with the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. Well, I’m not just saying this because Laini is from California or because she has published a comic book or that her husband’s a comic book artist – I truly think her series is my favorite so far – granted, I haven’t completed The Bone Season yet – and it’s good as well. The way Laini describes the moody misty landscape of Prague, the protagonist Karou’s relationship with the characters in her sketch book and the bond she shares with her best friend and tiny puppeteer is mesmerizing. Khristine Hvam narrated characterizations truly draw you into the story. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to the opening of this book over and over again because I love the world that she’s created. This is a book about the eternal struggle that exists between good and evil as seen through the magical worlds of Angels and Demons interwoven within the human world. There’s humor, teen love, art classes, Poison Kitchen and teeth that are collected for reasons so interesting that I won’t tell you here and spoil the surprise. I’ve read and listened to a lot of books over the years and this book and the series is one of the best yet. And I’m not just saying this because Laini’s a cute lady. Check it out and recommend it to a friend. The sequels are Days of Blood and Starlight and Dreams of Gods and Monsters (released April 8th 2014). The film rights have already been scoped up so a script is in the works.
I will try my best not to give any spoilers. Hell, the title could be considered a spoiler, but it's more like a cryptic code that only time can unlock for you to say, "Oh...I get it, now..!"
Well, in this premiere, relationships seem to be a focus. Daenerys Targaryen questions her control over her dragons. Both Lannister brothers are in danger of losing the ones they love. Jon Snow may have to pay with his life, for his past relationship with Ygritte, and his brief time as a Wildling. The Hound and Arya Stark test their strange bond in battle. And lastly, a presence enters to not only witness the forging of a new royal relationship, but to repay the Lannisters for an old royal marriage turned bloody betrayal, reminiscent of "The Red Wedding."
Not only was the new story well written, but so was the opening recap. In fact, I remember someone in the audience remarking on how she had missed a lot of the last season, but how well the opening recap filled in the missing gaps for her. Yes, indeed, it is hard to believe that they managed to squeeze in so much, so well, including some of Season One. Well, 'sorry about the short review. After all, it is just an hour long show, y' know! However, I thought I would share some pictures from the feast afterwards. Enjoy! Jason O. N. Roberts Founder/Owner/CEO | Otaku no Baka, LLC and ALL Cool Things™ http://www.AllCoolThings.NET/