Sunday, 14 June 2015

Double Review: True Fire and True Dark by Gary Meehan

Gary Meehan was born in Bolton, Lancashire. He has a BA in Mathematics and Computation from Lincoln College, Oxford, an MSc in Applied Artificial Intelligence from the University of Aberdeen, and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Warwick. He now works as a software engineer. He lives in Derby with his family.

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True Fire (True Trilogy #1)
Behind 400 Pages
Released:  10 June 2014
Genre: High Fantasy 
Publisher: Quercus / Hachette Australia
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At the Other End:

Her sister stolen. Her grandfather murdered. Her home burned to the ground. At just 16, her life destroyed. Now, Megan wants revenge.


But the men who took Megan's precious twin are no ordinary soldiers. The brutal witches, armour-clad and branded with the mark of the True, will stop at nothing to take back the power they once had.


Desperate for a way to destroy them, Megan uncovers a terrifying lie.

A lie that will cast doubt on everything she has ever known, and everyone she has ever trusted. A lie that will put Megan at the heart of the greatest war her world has ever seen...

Betrayal and Lies are fundamental to this book, making it a fast paced story that leaves you wanting to read more.

I really enjoyed this one. I’m not sure why it is compared to Throne of Glass... I didn’t see anything of that in this book so it’s strange to see the comparison. The shocks come straight away in this novel. Even one that is revealed straight away was kept from the blurb, and because of that this book gained a few points in my books from that alone. 

I liked the characters in this book, although it felt like sometimes Megan was a completely different character. One minute she is scared and frightened because the Witches have killed everyone in her town (including her Grandfather) and hates seeing their dead bodies, then a chapter later, she is knifing someone and killing them?! What happened? How did Megan become into this new girl who can kill and has the stomach to? Why is there no remorse after killing her first person? She hasn’t done this before, she should feel something. The woman is pregnant for crying out loud, she should be feeling a bit of remorse! Also, I kind of felt like she was stupid for wanting to go after her sister, sure there is nothing wrong with going after her after she’s been kidnapped by the Witches. But you would think that she is more focused on other aspects, especially if the Witches are coming after Megan for this particular reason (sorry, the reason is a spoiler). I would have thought that once Megan realized that the Witches are after her baby, that she would leave and be somewhere remote, have her baby and give her to someone to take care of as if she were an orphan, then go after the sister! I know it’s a long time to wait, but she knew that her sister wouldn’t be in trouble or anything like that, the Witches would protect her with their lives over her baby as well as Megan’s. I’m happy though that this was done at the end of the book. Megan just sounded really stupid thinking that she could rescue her sister from Witches who have destroyed whole towns, have powerful men at arms, the numbers, and have actual experience fighting. Who does this chick think she is?!

There are a lot of unexpected things that happen in this book. Everything is basically a lie and it’s like I could see if from a mile off, but didn’t know exactly what it was until revealed. It kept me on my toes, and I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next. I really wish that there was a map included in this book. Ok, I wish there was a map included in every fantasy book, but it didn’t make anything hard to understand. 

I’m excited to find out what happens in the next book. It left on a pretty brutal cliffhanger, but luckily my advanced copy of the second book is here with me waiting to be read. I’m excited to find out how everything will be resolved and how it all leads up to it. Just a warning, there isn’t any romance in this book, and surprisingly, it really suited not having it in here. Usually, I would need some sort of romance in a book to keep me going and keep me immersed in the story, but this one was very fast paced and full of action that it didn’t need any love interest. 

Definitely give this book a go, or maybe wait until the rest of the series comes out first! True Fire is worth the read.
True Dark (True Trilogy #2)
Behind 400 Pages
Released: 26 May 2015 
Genre: High Fantasy 
Publisher: Quercus / Hachette Australia
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At the Other End:

The army of the True has risen. They will stop at nothing in their pursuit of power.


But there is something the True hunger for above all else: sixteen-year-old Megan and the baby she has hidden from them. A child who holds the key to their future. A child they will hunt to the end.


In her search for safety, Megan will need allies more than ever before. But even her closest friends are keeping secrets from her. To protect her daughter, can Megan trust anyone but herself?

A fantastic sequel to a thrilling trilogy that has kept me on my toes the entire time and leaves you with a heavy heart as you wait for the final installment.

I did really enjoy this book. Some of the fault with it is my fault because I haven’t had time to read, so this book has dragged on for me a little bit, resulting in me not actually getting into the story. I’m definitely going to have to re-read this series before the third book comes out, just to give it the proper loving that it deserves.

Some things felt weird to me, it was like they were screaming at you and no one either cared or they just didn’t actually listen. In the first book, the prophecy states that there will be a boy and a girl child born. HOWEVER, constantly throughout the book everyone assumes that Megan has had a boy (obviously because Gwyneth had a girl), and they all ask where is he. Always, its where is the boy and no one says anything to correct them! Hello, the prophecy is wrong, meaning that the True have the wrong Mothers, or that their whole prophecy is a load of bull. It’s not until the end that someone says something about it, and even then it’s like it’s no big deal. Seriously, the entire story revolves around this. The whole war is over this. EVERYTHING comes down to this one particular point and no one gives two shits.

I’m not sure if I actually liked Megan any more in this book. She was exactly the same as the girl who mysteriously transformed into this killing machine, but she acts now like she is responsible for everyone blah blah blah. When someone goes to do something dangerous, it’s like Megan steps up and takes over because she thinks that she is the only one who can actually do it. You are not the centre of the universe girl. Grow up. Also, she goes on and on about Cate, yet when they actually get the baby, she doesn’t know how to actually take care of her and ends up running off again and fighting because no one can survive in a fight without this inexperienced twat. Does she really expect that Cate will be the perfect little baby and do everything herself while Megan just watches over her? How old is this girl again? 

I think the only characters I actually liked in this book was Eleanor and Afreyda. Both were exactly who they said they were, and did what they thought was necessary. Frankly, they didn’t act like they were a big shit if they knew they weren’t (they both were in their own rights, but it wasn’t degrading, and only in the appropriate times). Damon just got worse as the book went on, the ending was like a downhill rollercoaster that never went up. This guy is pathetic, sure he lightens the mood sometimes, but on more occasions than not the mood becomes more sour because of him.

I still really wish for a map, especially with all the travelling going on. Despite everything that I didn’t like about the book, it still was a good sequel and continued the story in a good direction. The entire book was filled with things that needed to happen in the storyline, and there was always something happening. You never once get bored, and you just want to keep reading to find out exactly where this is all going to go. 

Even thought I didn’t like some particular things in this book (ahem, Megan and Damon), I still enjoyed this book immensely and am craving for the final book in the trilogy, especially after that KILLER ending.

These novels were received for review via Hachette Australia. These reviews are entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway these reviews or change my personal opinion of the novels.

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