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Download Book ↠ Citadel of the Sky Ì Thrones of the Firstborn #1 ✓ Randarenewables ✓ Her not very Serene Highness Princess Tiana tries her best not to think about the dark lords ravaging her country or how the magic in her bloodline makes her family go mad The descendanHer not very Serene Highness Princess Tiana tries her best not to think about the dark lords ravaging her country or how the magic in her bloodline makes her family go mad The descendant of a legendary hero she prefers bringing the myths of old to life on the theater stage not Make room GRRM Chrysoula Tzavelas knows how to bring on the painI’ve just finished CITADEL OF THE SKY and like whoaThis is not GRRM style fantasy let me make that clear You don’t spend every turn of the page in fear that your protagonists are all going to be dead on the next one It’s a cast of several but not thousands It’s also under 300 pages which is like a uarter or a third of the length of a GRRM book And in voice it’s–it’s not even faintly GRRM It’s almost well the tone is like Eddings or Brooks or Lackey or–it’s not grimdark You can’t possibly mistake it for grimdark even if four people are dead by the end of the first paragraph which is one of the greatest opening paragraphs I’ve ever readBut holy crap does it bring on the pain But mostly psychological pain the royal family has a gift for magic that leads to madness and nobody I know writes crazy like Chrysoula does She captures emotion and mindset incredibly well and there were whole scenes I spent going “holy shit THAT’S how you do that in a book”There are two main viewpoint characters in CITADEL Tiana and Kiar Tiana tries desperately to be the Normal Good Girl which her position and surrounding events are never going to let her be The moment where she stops being the Good Girl–for a very necessary reason–is very powerful by dint of coming out of such regular normal language–this isn’t stylised epic it’s epic in a voice you and I would use if we found ourselves caught up in an epic adventure–and she never comes back from that dangerous powerful placeKiar OTOH just doesn’t want to be noticed at all; she’s probably the best realized introvert I’ve ever read She’s also so unassuming as to be slightly maddening which is brilliant characterisation Her magic was a little harder for me to grasp than Tiana’s although I eventually got the hang of it and although I caught a sniff of one with Tiana it’s her romantic very very subplot that really gave me the warm wiggliesSeriously the characterisation in this book #headdesk Not just Kiar and Tiana but the whole royal family some of whom are hardly on the page at all but who are beautifully sketched out with just a few lines In fact it’s one of those characters who ultimately brings the most pain and that’s uite a feat But it’s perfect it’s perfectly done that awful moment and it tells us a huge amount about the characters surrounding it So Well DoneAnd I would like to doff my hat for Soula’s use of–let’s call it negative space Moments when all we see is the reaction rather than the action It makes for a handful of incredibly elegant moments in the book and I am full of admiration for the skillAnd also the descriptions #headdeskMore Seriously while reading her novel WOLF INTERVAL I was torn between wanting to do a Walker PapersSenyaza crossover with her and being painfully aware that my descriptions would look like rudimentary stick figures beside hers This has not changed with CITADEL OF THE SKY Interestingly the writing felt a little rough in places–rougher than the Senyaza books–and I don’t know if that’s because I was reading an ARC or if it was reading it on my e reader or if it was that I read it too disjointedly or if it’s deliberate It was only a very minor distraction and I think only noticeable to me because I’ve read Chrysoula’s other books but I’ll be curious to see if that faint roughness is polished out in the final versionThis is a rare book that I have every intention of re reading before I read its seuel which frankly I would like to get my grabby little hands on right nowI would like to note that the only other writer who has made me think that in those words is Judith Tarr who is kind of renowned for being brilliant

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On the battlefieldThen a rash of suspicious deaths strikes the Regents trusted advisors friends and guides to her troubled royal family and the Noble’s Council tries to cover it all up Tiana is determined to get to the bottom of the murders and the conspiracy even if that m 7 January 2016 000 FREE on Kindle

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Citadel of the Sky Thrones of the Firstborn #1Eans making a dangerous pact with a telepathic demon trapped in a magical sword But he may just be the edge she needs to save the people she lovesCursed sword in hand Tiana and her friends prepare to face the encroaching darkness ­ and the ultimate truth about her and her fami I found this book through Kickstarter having no previous knowledge of the author's work I was hooked as soon as I read the preview I backed the Kickstarter immediately and spent days wondering what happened next while I waited for the Kickstarter to end and my purchase to be filled This book has a gripping constantly evolving plot with a tinge of horror set in a world with uniue and complex systems of religion politics and magicThe only thing I disliked about it is that it ends on a cliffhanger I'm surprised to see the royal family's magic described as making them go mad in the blurb because that makes this book sound like every other story that uses a sort of generic madness as a trope when it's the opposite No one goes mad in this book The madness isn't used as a threat there's no pretense that the characters are Normal and Sane now but might Go Mad in some irrevocable fate worse than death way if they do the wrong thing None of that This is a book in which a bunch of people who are mentally ill now already do their best to cope and also rule a country solve mysteries and fight off invading armies I cannot say strongly enough how impressed I am with the balance this book maintains in portraying the characters who have the royal blood and thus the royal magic and the royal madness Too often disabilities in fiction are either completely tragic they make a person incapable of doing anything worthwhile ever or they exist in theory but don't really affect the characters in any significant way This book balances the significant effects of the royal madness with the still significant abilities of the royals to control not only their own lives but the whole kingdom The royals' experiences are sometimes genuinely scary and they sometimes struggle with themselves and wish some of their symptoms would go away but they are also all full characters with their own agency They make their own choices They work around their symptoms and live their lives as best they can Among the different members of the royal family we see many different attitudes toward mental illness and many different ways of coping The main character Tiana resents being treated as fragile and fears that people will be afraid of her She tries to hide her symptoms and act as normal as possible especially around strangers but her desire to be normal and accepted is at odds with her curiosity Kiar Tiana's cousin is introverted and closed off She maintains outward self control and poise by avoiding other people and her own emotions while inside she's filled with self doubt King Shonathan Tiana's father drifts through life trying to avoid thinking about painful memories Shanasee another cousin has the greatest magical power of any member of the royal family currently alive but refuses to use her abilities She played a large part in ending the last magical threat to the kingdom and was horrified by the results of her actionsThe Regents mentioned in the blurb exist in the confusing territory between friend relative and caregiver They grow up alongside the members of the royal family after being chosen by them but they are trained to help the royals control their powers and stay anchored in reality and the Regents as a group have their own political power and interests This creates a lot of mixed feelings on both sides Kiar doesn't have a regent and feels that having one would be admitting to weakness; Tiana cares deeply for her regent Lisette but also sometimes resents Lisette's kindness and finds it condescending