Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Kolchae (Book Review &Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: Kolchae (#2 in Annals of Lusiartha trilogy)
Author:  R. Ann Humphries
Publisher:  29 Palms Publishing LLC
Published Date: 15th December 2014
Rating: 4 stars
 

Synopsis: Lusiartha is at war. The Sovereign is moving his Regiment in full force against the Siarthens, targeting Rilan and his fellow kolchae.

Supplies in the underground base grow limited, spirits are low, and tensions grow between Rilan and Noril.

When a kolcha is captured during a desperate Setu raid, Rilan must choose between his responsibilities as the rebel leader, and his loyalty to his friends.

The fate of a nation hangs in the balance, but is Rilan strong enough to sacrifice his friends to save Lusiartha?


Review: I was originally going to give this book a rating of three stars, but by the time I got to the ending I knew I would have to raise it to four. Why is that? Well, it’s because this book is so clever.

I liked the second half of the book more than the first. But I also liked this book more than the last one, and that is because I found the writing style was better and it was easier for me to connect to the characters. The beginning of the book tries up any loose ends from the previous book and moves on. There was a lot of character development in this story (gotta love that ;) ) and a lot of war as well. At times I felt like there was a bit too much war. But then again, it was supposed to be the main plot.

In a way I wished this book had a different point of view and was read as one of the other Kolchae. But then again, I also didn’t want that because Rilan had so much to offer in this book.

Now, let me tell you why this book was so clever. Even though we are in a completely different world from our own and the situation and circumstances are different, I felt like there were a lot of themes we could connect to and should think about. There was the theme of slavery and war, and how those two things can change people and their principles. There was the theme of friendship and love, which is a common one. Another was mixing cultures and then there was also the theme of racism, seeing as in their world all there is is black and white, but that might change now.

This book is not for the faint hearted either. As I was hearing about the results of torture I was cringing inwardly because that must have hurt. So be prepared for that. Also, what I loved was that although a war was going on on the surface, there was also the struggle between powers – the war commander versus the leader of the people. It was a good addition to the story.

There was a pretty big plot twist in this novel which has set up what might be a good book for the final one in this trilogy! And the cliffhanger ending helped with that. I cannot wait to read the final book in this series.
 
Giveaway! Enter to win one of the two ebook copies of Kolchae. Open internationally! Just click the word below!
 

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Olivia’s Question: What themes do you like reading about in a novel?

Olivia-Savannah x

34 comments:

  1. Okay, since this is a review for a second book in a series I didn't wanna risk reading it mainly to avoid spoilers but, I'm gonna answer your question because I loved to do so every single time hehehe and to be honest, I like reading about harsh topics. It doesn't mean the books has to be like a stab in the heart but I love when authors deal with heavy themes in their books.

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    1. I do believe I made it spoiler free, but I do understand why you were hesitant to read it! I agree - it doesn't need to stab you but it should be able to bring across a message on the subject well enough. :)

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  2. Hi Olivia - I love it when things take a turn for the better. Great review! Thanks. :)

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    1. Yes, the more a series improves, the happier I become!

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  3. Great review! I'm not really into that type of story but it sounds great for those who are.

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    1. Thanks. And yes, not every book is for everyone! ;)

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  4. I love anything that has an historic twist to it..especially if it has been well reaearched

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    1. Yes, historical novels that are accurate make me very happy too!

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  5. For anyone concerned about Kolchae being book two, book one (Sedich) is featured in Olivia's birthday bash giveaway! Enter for a chance to win both! :)

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    1. Thanks Ann! I should've mentioned it in the review >.<

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  6. Great review, glad to see you are enjoying this series. I agree with Noelia on the question, I love when authors are willing to tackle tough themes.

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    1. Thanks Charnell! Tough themes can be very good if handled well in a novel.

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  7. Good review. I'm not crazy about anything focused on wars but I do enjoy a plot that is well developed and one where I can't predict what is coming next.

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    1. Yes, well thought out plots are the best ones!

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  8. This is new to me, but I must admit that I'm intrigued. Great review!

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  9. I like that the book was so clever that you had to up the stars. Also- I guess it is better that the second half of the book was better than the first- because otherwise it would have been a letdown! :) Great review.
    ~Jess

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    1. Yes, books like this do deserve more recognition for it! And I would agree! It is better when they gradually improve rather than go downhill ^.^

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  10. Great review! This is my first time reading about this series.

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    1. I hope it won't be the last as well! It's a series that deserves some recognition.

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  11. I enjoying reading about friendship and character growth.

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    1. Those are some really good themes for authors to include. :)

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  12. Ohh .. the synopsis of the novel has me hooked on it now o.O I'm happy to hear you enjoyed reading this series<3 Great review :) Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Benish! I am looking forward to the final one in the trilogy as well.

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  13. Nice review! I need to read more books like this. Sounds like it actually has a message and it's also entertaining.

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  14. Great review! It appears to be an excellent story in the dystopian genre. I appreciate an author who can create a whole new world with interesting characters. It takes a special talent to do that and it sounds like R. Ann has that talent. When does book 3 come out?

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    1. She definitely does! Seeing as book 2 was only just released I do believe it would be next year or soon. I am not entirely sure...

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  15. Great review! Never heard of this one before.

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    1. Thanks Lekeisha! It's always good to learn about new books :)

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