Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! Today is a day full of posts. There are two cover reveals planned. One of these should already be online if the scheduling system of this site worked perfectly. (which would be the first time, to be honest. It usually never works on its own) And the other cover reveal is planned after this book review.
But now without further ado, let’s start with this post.
Saig had always lived on the edge of acceptance. Unlike a proper daughter of the head family, she longed for the freedom of the open woods over the confinement of her home. It was enough to drive away the two people who should, by rights, have been her closest companions.
But her perfect, responsible cousin Auris–destined to be the city’s headwoman and resentful of Saig’s inability to conform–would never be her friend again.
And her surly cousin Trei–aware of how his foreign ancestry undermined his own standing in society–would always look at her as a reminder of their shared differences.
Until a series of mysterious disappearances forces all three of the cousins onto the same side. Driven to protect their city and prove themselves, they join the effort to hunt down the perpetrators. What they find is a trap designed to bring their society crashing down, and the power to reshape their city’s future. There’s just one problem–the three of them have always bitterly disagreed on what that future should look like.
Author – Marina Ermakova
Title – Chains Carried on Wings
Publisher – I think that it’s selfpublished but I’m not sure I didn’t find any info!
Publication date – May 23rd, 2018
Pages – 227
Price – 3.98$ (kindle version)
Series – Clydian Chronicles #1
Version – ebook*
Genre – Fantasy/Young Adult
Trigger Warning – Violence, murder, death, abduction
Language – English
As a book blogger, you are always looking out for new review opportunities. And don’t tell me something else because I know it’s true! I swore to myself to never ask for review copies again because I already have so many unread ARCs from last year but here we are again! At least I’ve managed to not look at the NetGalley catalogue for the past 6 months. But nevermind, we are not talking about Netgalley today so back to the main topic.
As I was browsing through Xpressobooktours catalogue I saw the beautiful cover of this book in there. And I couldn’t resist! I suppose that this won’t come as a surprise to you because otherwise, I wouldn’t be writing this review. I can proudly say that I do not regret my decision of requesting this book because it was such a great reading experience. I think, no I know that I’ve read something similar last year but I can’t remember the title of that book so if anyone has read Chains carried on wings and knows of what other book I’m talking please let me know because I honestly can’t remember and I’m kind of ashamed. This never happened to me before! Nevermind, let’s start with the actual review!
# What I liked
First of all I really liked the plot. Like I mentioned above it reminded me of a book I’ve already read and I remember liking it but nothing more. But still even if Chains carried on wings reminded me of another book. The plot was still pretty unique. And can we talk about the worldbuilding, please? I loved that one. We stayed in the village and in the woods the whole time but I had the whole setting imagined in my mind. It’s pretty rare that I can see the characters and their world that detailed in my mind without having seen illustrations before. However here it was the case. Can I say that I want to visit Saig in the future? Because I imagine her village to be very pretty!
The second thing I liked was that the reader was immediately in the story. It was a straight to action kind of book. We already know the main problems the book is going to talk about from the very beginning. And it stays like that until the very end of the book. Well, of course, they found out the problem in the meantime and they also found a solution. Plus we already have a few questions open for the second book. Which also means that I want to read the second book like instantly but for obvious reasons I can’t because a) the book isn’t out and b) so many other books to read first!
Another super thing is that this book wasn’t slow-paced at all. You know that I can’t stand reading a slow-paced book I usually either DNF it or I get angry with myself because I want to know what’s going to happen next. It happens on very rare occasions that I like slow-paced books. Alas as this wasn’t the case here (meaning: the book was very fast-paced with short chapters and straight to the point) I didn’t have any problems and I found myself enjoying Chains Carried on Wings a lot. So that’s a big like!
We were also in the presence of very likeable characters. Saig’s cousins got on my nerves a lot but I still liked them. Marina Ermakova managed to write her characters perfectly. They were full of flaws and all had their own strengths! No one was the same, every character had their own style. Well, of course, I hated the villains. They weren’t likeable at all in my eyes. And even there Ermakova wrote them in such a perfect way that you just have to hate them! Yep, it’s perfectly safe to say, that I liked her writing style very much!
# What I disliked
The parts where a young woman is saying that another woman shouldn’t go hunting as it’s only an occupation for men was kind of annoying. But that she only wanted the other woman to be happy was kind of contradictory. I know that in most fantasy books women never have very important hard tasks to do and that the books are set in a more medieval setting, so it is kind of a normal living style for women. It usually never disturbs me that much but I don’t know I found it kind of annoying. Could be because I’m in the middle of my revision week before exams and that I’m a bit stressed. But still, I gave the book a four-star rating because it was really and I mean really good. So maybe on a re-read when I’m in a better mood it won’t annoy me so much? Who knows!
# Favourite Character
Without a doubt I have to say Saig! She was by far the best character in this book. Even though the others were very likaeble Saig has won a place in my heart!
Overall I’d recommend this book to every fantasy lover. Especially if you’re new to the genre and would love to read something “easier” in the fantasy genre. I think Chains Carried on Wings is the perfect way to enter that world.
Have you read Chains Carried on Wings by Marina Ermakova? Or do you plan on reading it? Please let me know in the comments below!
*a review copy of this book was sent to me by XpressoBookTours in exchange for an honest review!
The cover and synopsis come from their respective Goodreads page!