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The Warden (2023) 100 eksemplarer
Ordination (2016) 36 eksemplarer
Stillbright (2017) 19 eksemplarer
Necrobane (2024) 18 eksemplarer
Body Broker (2019) 12 eksemplarer
Crusade (2018) 12 eksemplarer
Cheap Heat (2020) 3 eksemplarer

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I admit I was hanging on to this one, waiting to savor it on my vacation, and it did not disappoint. Well, Aelis being a dumbass about self care disappointed a little, but the action and adventure that picks up at breakneck speed from the previous book was perfect. I enjoyed the story arc (argh! Trying to avoid spoilers!) I’m having a hard time about the Morenia development; I like the accountability demanded for Aelis (although I think that it’s also a harsh standard); I wasn’t expecting the ending at all and am Jonesing for the next book immediately! If you liked the first, it’s more of the same in a great way.

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jennybeast | Jan 2, 2024 |
I enjoyed this book, would give it a 3.5 stars out of 5. Really enjoyed the characters and especially Aelis and Pips. Enjoyed the “Northern Exposure” vibes from the beginning.

I personally wanted a little more world building to better understand the different magic types and how they work. It also felt like it wasn’t sure if it wanted to be a slice of life fantasy or a more epic level.

On the whole I enjoyed it and will probably read the sequel when it comes out.
Pyle313 | 5 andre anmeldelser | Dec 22, 2023 |
The Warden had the potential to be a really great book; however, the main character was unlikeable, the setting was poorly explained, and the delivery was more tell than show (which is always a bummer). Aelis talks to herself a lot, and the author uses this to explain various aspects of the book. I want to see what's happening and feel it unfold. I don't want a play-by-play from the main character. Additionally, what she's saying - the terms and phrases she uses - are only vaguely explained.

Why are there so many moons? How do they work? Are we ever going to find out why Aelis has an affinity for one of them? I also wasn't a big fan of how the flashbacks were presented. They felt too planned and intentional. I understand they were supposed to be a way to inform readers of past events, but they seemed to always justify or explain whatever Aelis was currently doing. Why did she and her professor have so much animosity between them? The author barely touches on seemingly crucial details.

I also wanted more from the secondary characters - Tun specifically. I honestly thought he was going to follow her at the end (incognito of course), but even that was a disappointment. The author tried to build up this friendship but then missed an opportunity for it to flourish. The same can be said of Maurenia. Their relationship had so much potential, but the execution left a lot to be desired.

I've said it before and I'll say it again . . . unlikeable main characters make it hard to enjoy a book. Aelis was rude, condescending, wanted to wave her title and elitism around, and had very little regard for the people she was supposed to be protecting. Rus and Martin went out of their way to make sure she had what she needed (whether that was food, basic necessities, or even just information), yet she rarely thanked them or even smiled in their direction. I hated how "stoic" the author tried to make her, because she ended up being someone I didn't want to read about.

It was also very frustrating when things simply "worked out" for Aelis. None of her plans failed. She didn't have any setbacks. She didn't listen when people offered her advice.

Small spoilers: I wish this book had been about a female necromancer with a half-orc best friend and half-elf love interest. I wish they had traveled and adventured together, their bonds growing stronger the longer they were together. I wish Aelis had struggled and failed. I wish she had learned from failing and grown as a character. I wish we had seen her use more of her necromancy and had less of her explaining what everything was. I wish Pips had been included in their adventures and played a larger role. I wish the setting and the world had been described more thoroughly and less verbally.

Like I said, this book had the potential be something amazing. Unfortunately, it fell flat and left me feeling a little disappointed and a lot annoyed. (★★★☆☆)

I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

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doyoudogear | 5 andre anmeldelser | Jun 9, 2023 |
The Warden by Daniel M. Ford
The Warden #1

Aelis de Lenti has just arrived at her destination at what seems the end of the civilized world Her wizard’s tower is in disrepair, a goat her wannabe roommate, and nothing as she had expected it would be in Lone Pine. She feels she has been given a job beneath her capabilities but will do her best to fulfill her duties for the next two years. Aelis’s experience reminded me a bit of graduation from nursing school, putting in my request job in the operating room, but instead being sent to neurosurgical intensive to work nights. Not sure if she or I was best qualified to the jobs we were given…

What I liked:
* Aelis: strong, intelligent, diligent, capable, wise, willing to do her best and to learn
* The flashbacks to her educational experiences and how they played a part in her decision making
* Meeting the villagers of Lone Pine
* The fantasy elements woven into the story
* The way Aelis seemed able to find the essence of issues and then handle what needed to be done whether dealing with a bear, doubting and fearful villagers, outsiders, glamours, injuries, demon trees or…just about anything
* The action scenes
* Feeling a part of the story and caring about the outcome
* Wondering what parts Tunbridge, Rus, Martin, Phillipa, Emilia, Maurenia, the Dobrusz brothers, Elmo, Otto, and some others may play in the future
* That this is a book I can recommend to young adult readers as well as adults
* Curiosity about what will happen in book two

What I didn’t like:
* Who and what I was meant not to like
* Having to wait for book two

Did I like this book? Yes
Would I read more in this series? I think so though it felt aimed at a younger reader than I am

Thank you to NetGalley and Tor Publishing for the ARC – This is my honest review.

4-5 Stars
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CathyGeha | 5 andre anmeldelser | May 1, 2023 |


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