Ink Mage (A Fire Beneath the Skin #1)
Published 2013 by 47North
My rating: 2.75 inkyThe city of Klaar has never fallen. No enemy has ever made it across the Long Bridge or penetrated the city’s mighty walls. Even when a powerful invading army shows up at the gates, the duke and his daughter, Rina Veraiin, are certain that it poses little threat.
But they are cruelly betrayed from within and, in a horrific spasm of violence, the city is brought to its knees.
My bookshelves: nobility, wizardry, magia, fantasia-epica, netgalley
Strange how honors and burdens are so often confused.
Rina is the would-be duchess in Klaar, when the supposed inexpugnable city is conquered by the Perranese a loyal help her to flee the city.
Let me get strait that this is not a YA book. There is a lot of sex and violence. The tone following the vicissitudes of Tosh -the deserter soldier and one of the others POV- in the city is really diferent, crude and more realistic, than the adventures following Rina traipsing in the wild searching for the wizards with no plan in her head.
What is her aim? Revenge? To me, is like she only wants to be back to her old life. In any moment she thinks in the people of Klaar (SPOILER------>).[, and I still find awful that she just let Kork wounded in the snow when she enters the cave, adn never think in ask for he be allowed inside (hide spoiler)]and I still find awful that she just let Kork wounded in the snow when she enters the cave, adn never think in ask for he be allowed inside <-------SPOILERShe ask a ton of Alem, treating him like a servant and not even thank him. And the fool follow her like a puppy ...
“Rina Veraiin will never know happiness,” Maurizan said. “She is consumed by her own potential, by what she thinks fate has destined for her. She wears her destiny around her neck like a lead weight. It will drag down anyone who tries to hold her up.”
Rina is searching power. Because never mind all the secretive, and the warning about the dangerous wizards, people keep pointing in their direction with a wink to her and they just give up their knowlege?? pleeease. And she master those power in a blink , of course.
The idea of the ink is interesting . Specially /SPOILER----->the first one that allow to add the others<-------SPOILER/ But with the last addition she is too much.
Torsh in the tavern and Braisley with his politics are more credible, specially the guy trying to scape from all this.
Tosh opened his mouth to say something, but couldn’t think of anything that mattered. He tried not to cry, but the ache behind his eyes overpowered him. He let it go and cried with abandon, his animal keening echoing along the deserted, snow-crusted streets of Klaar.
I feel you, Tosh.