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De los dioses para luego enseñarla al futuro reyTras ser seleccionada como aprendiza Raisa deberá ir con más cuidado y estar más vigilante ue nunca sigue siendo una esclava y cualuier sombra de traición podría suponerle. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book Get ready for 2016 What a super story A brave heroine a caste system gods involved in humans lives what could you want A surprise ending that s what The intricate descriptions of the different writing systems made me sure that they truly existed and that MacMillan was simply telling us about research she had done in some far off part of the world I loved our Raisa who is a scholar as opposed to a soldier and who does not wait for men to save her I loved the idea that there are Goddesses who look after writers We sure could use them

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Sword and Verse

En el reino de ilara la escritura es un don reservado a los nobles y prohibido para todos los demás especialmente para los esclavos Únicamente a la tutora del príncipe y su aprendiza les está permitido aprender la lengua. Review posted on The Eater of Books blogSword and Verse by Kathy MacMillanPublisher Harper Teen Publication Date January 19 2016Rating 5 starsSource eARC from EdelweissSummary from GoodreadsRaisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of ilara Despite her young age her father was teaching her to read and write grooming her to take his place as a Learned One In ilara the Arnathim like Raisa are the lowest class and literacy is a capital offense What s only the king prince tutor and tutor in training are allowed to learn the very highest order language the language of the gods So when the tutor in training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language and Raisa is selected to replace her Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean deathKeeping her secret is hard enough but the romance that s been growing between her and Prince Mati isn t helping matters Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance an underground army of slave rebels to help liberate Arnath slaves She wants to free her people but that would mean aiding a war against Mati As Raisa struggles with what to do she discovers a secret that the ilarites have been hiding for centuries one that if uncovered could bring the kingdom to its kneesWhat I LikedSword and Verse was one of those books that I knew I would enjoy upon reading only the synopsis I remember seeing the title and then the synopsis and then the cover I remember discovering that the author was a fellow Baltian which is REALLY exciting Of all of Harper s 2016 Winter and Spring debuts Sword and Verse was the one I wanted to read the most You probably already saw my top five reasons why I think you should read this book but this will be a in depth and coherent log of my thoughts on the book which was superbNote I will not do this book justice with this review I couldn t do it with my Top Five Reasons post which you should check out it s slightly condensed and I know I can t do it here There are some books that are that great that I just want to say TRUST ME AND READ IT and be done with the review Still I hope I can write a nice review and not spoil thingsAs a child Raisa was chosen to be the next tutor and so she began to learn to read and write alongside the crown prince of ilara Mati Years later Raisa s feelings for Mati have grown and she has also become a very accomplished Tutor mastering the language and symbols with ease Raisa and Mati know they shouldn t feel anything towards each other but they do When war breaks out against ilara Raisa will help the Resistance or stay loyal to ilara there is no easy way out of her past present or futureThis book is written from Raisa s POV and it starts in the past when Raisa is small She wasn t always a distinguished tutor in training she used to be a slave in the kingdom As an Arnath child she never felt welcome in ilara anyway Raisa is a different heroine from what we typically see in YA fantasy these days She isn t bent on saving the world or wielding swords or defying royalty She s loyal to Mati and she doesn t forget her people but she doesn t want to necessarily help the Resistance when it could mean hurting Mati indirectly Raisa is a mentally and emotionally strong young woman which is just as important as being physically tough She is intelligent and kind and has to work through an incredible amount of emotional burden throughout the bookMati is the male protagonist of the book and a very important character in the story He has to lead ilara for various reasons and the learning curve is steep He never wanted to be a part of the conflict and war that ilara is deeply entrenched in but he takes steps to ensure ilara s success Mati is selfless and clever which is one of the reasons why I think him and Raisa are a great pairSo much of this book revolves around language and writing and symbols The Resistance is desperate to have Raisa helping them because she can read and write and she is in the palace Raisa s role as Tutor will be to teach Mati s children how to read and write as well as train the next Tutor So you see that Raisa and Mati s roles were clearly defined from that start but it didn t stop either of them from falling for each from the start We know that Raisa has feelings for Mati since she was little and we find out that he has feelings for her too The romance is a strange one no love triangle but it isn t like any romance I ve read There was a point in the book that broke my heart and it was less than halfway through This book takes place over a year maybe a little over a year not including the prologue A LOT happens during that time in terms of the romance and in terms of the entire story This book is a fantasy novel through and through so there are certain elements of the story that intersect with the romance that really only occur in fantasy novels you ll have to read the book to know what I mean but the romance in this book is very unconventional And I say all of that and mean it in a GOOD way I absolutely love how MacMillan constructed the romance how it developed The romance wraps up in a satisfying way and there is no love triangle NO LOVE TRIANGLE None The romance is one of my favorite aspects of this book So Good Lots of swoon and fangirling from me I will assure youMacMillan also does a great job with the world building Sometimes high fantasy novels seem to blur together in terms of the worlds I didn t find it the case with this book the emphasis on language and symbols made this book highly distinctive as well as the structure of the court and kingdom and the role of religion The ending is stunning in my opinion The book takes it time for the most part in terms of pacing but the climax picks up speed and the ending is eye opening I love the pacing of the book overall and I really liked how the ending felt Everything comes together and the ending wraps up all the loose threads I was really happy with the ending especially in the last few pages This book is a standalone and the ending is perfect for it It s not as tightly wrapped as I would have hoped there are one or two things that I thought were open ended but I have it on good authority that things will be addressed in the future but not as a series So Standalone for the winWhat I Did Not LikeThis book was really satisfying for me so I don t think I have complaints One of the things that I mentioned above was that I found that there were a few things that were open ended Usually this would be a complaint of mine if the book is a standalone which this one is but if those elements will be addressed in future companion novels then by all meansWould I Recommend ItI highly recommend this novel Fantasy fan YA fan someone who enjoyed Kristin Cashore s books or Alexandra Bracken s Brightly Woven etc It s a standalone with an incredible and totally uniue romance and high stakes action and unforgettable world building This stunning debut did not disappoint on any levelRating5 stars That s a rare rating from me I like it when I build a novel up in my head for forever and then the novel turns out to be really really wonderful If you get a chance to read this book do it Don t miss this bookHeh This one did not disappoint We can totally compare it to Fire by Kristin Cashore which happens to be my favorite book of all time Sword and Verse was BEAUTIFULSee five great reasons why you should read Sword and VerseAnd here s a swoony excerpt if you needed further convincing DSUPER EXCITED GUYSJust confirmed that I will be presenting at KidLitCon with AlyssaSusanna in October Can t wait Kathy MacMillan kathysuill August 9 2015

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La muerteEnamorarse del príncipe no le facilitará las cosas Al contrario Todo termina de complicarse cuando la Resistencia se pone en contacto con ella Raisa deberá escoger entonces si traiciona a su pueblo o a su corazó. Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss I never knew Tyasha ke Demit but her execution started everything This was an okay fantasy story although I lost interest a little at the endRaisa was a bit of an infuriating character because she kept making bad decisions It seemed like even though she knew what she should and shouldn t be doing she kept doing these things anyway and I just wanted to smack her at times to see if it would knock some sense into herThe storyline in this followed Raisa as she began training to be a new tutor and learning the symbols of the different languages She was approached by the resistance and asked to do things for them and also began a bit of a romance with the Prince and seemed once again to not make the best choices The pace was uite slow in this although it did hold my attention pretty well in the first half of the storyThe ending to this was okay although my attention had lapsed a bit by the end This story wasn t uite what I was expecting though as I expected this to be a bit high fantasy and instead there was uite a lot about the writing and the romance65 out of 10


10 thoughts on “Sword and Verse

  1. says:

    Days in the Adytum fell into a dreamlike pattern we talked we kissed occasionally we even did our work” DNF 50%I forced myself to the halfway mark just so I could say I gave this book a decent chance to become good but when someone was murdered around 50% through and it affected me about as much as if someone had coughed that's when I decided it was time to move on to other thingsSometimes when I don't enjoy a book I can still understan

  2. says:

    DNF at 40%This book wasn't overwhelmingly romantic The main character wasn't overwhelmingly stupid I guess the word overwhelming is the key here because it's what this book wasn't It was completely underwhelming and mind numbingly boring and I think that's reason enough for my rating I didn't enjoy it It was about a slave girl who's chosen for some reason to be a royal tutor and all of a sudden the prince falls in love with her Like wtf?

  3. says:

    Review posted on The Eater of Books blogSword and Verse by Kathy MacMillanPublisher Harper Teen Publication Date January 19 2016Rating 5 starsSource eARC from EdelweissSummary from GoodreadsRaisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of ilara Despite her young age her father was teaching her to read and write grooming her to take his place as a Learned One In ilara the Arnathim like Raisa are the lo

  4. says:

    I'm in a strange little muddle at the moment because this book had so many aspects that made me grind my teeth but yet I STILL REALLY LIKED IT?? So who knows Maybe I'm just craving epic fantasy with good world building and t

  5. says:

    YOU GUYSSince I was a teen I've loved fantasy novels The really epic ones with fierce smart flawed female MCs beautiful world build

  6. says:

    I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book Get ready for 2016 What a super story A brave heroine a caste system gods involved in humans' lives what could you want? A surprise ending that's what The intricate descriptions of

  7. says:

    Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss “I never knew Tyasha ke Demit but her execution started everything” This was an okay fantasy story although I lost inte

  8. says:

    Wow okay I adored this book It surprised me so much and so pleasantly I just finished and am still thrumming with the happy energy of a truly satisfying ending The pacing was interesting to me the first half very much serves as an establishing of the world the rules the characters the stakes and the conflict Which is to say that I was at first hooked based solely on the romance while everything else was bein

  9. says:

    I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest reviewThis will probably be one of my favorite debut fantasies of 2

  10. says:

    I was lucky enough to read an early version of this book and if you like YA high fantasy in the veins of Rae Carson then you will LOVE this bookRaisa is raised as a slave in the palace one of only two who are taught the language of the gods writing in order to tutor the prince and council him when he one day becomes king But Raisa d

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