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City of Skies files City of Skies, read online City of Skies, free City of Skies, free City of Skies, City of Skies 7cb8d4fad ONE GIRL A DEADLY QUEST AN EPIC JOURNEYNora Hunt Has Just Joined The Deadly Quest To Discover The Ancient Legend Of The Nine Worlds Of The Vikings Her Post Apocalyptic Dystopian World, Triangle Of Peace, Is The Only Home She S Ever Known But At Sixteen Years Old, The Skilled Young Warrior Joins An Elite Band Of Raiders Called Jarls Her Mission Merely To Win The Perilous Battle For The Artifacts That Awakens The Viking Realms And Avoid Falling In Love With The Charming Boy Who Just Happens To Be Her Worst Enemyand She S Not Quite Sure Which Task Is Difficult But When Nora Learns The Norse Gods Bestowed Her With A Mystical Secret Tattooed On Her Back The Stakes Are Higher Than Ever To Claim The Great Viking EmpiresExperience The Beginning Of This Fast Paced Fantasy Saga That Will Have You Turning The Pages If You Are A Fan Of Divergent, The Hunger Games And Cassandra Clare You Will Enjoy This SeriesWarning This Book Contains Action, Mystery, Romance And General Badassery Read At Your Own RiskThe Viking Assassin Series City Of SkiesCity Of VikingsCity Of Assassins Out Early


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  1. says:

    Im not that familiar with Norse mythology besides the Movie Thor and Vikings so I thought that aspect was compelling The raider school was fascinating and I loved all the training quests Nora had to go on I thought the training was really exciting I liked how the contrast in beliefs between the east and the west affected Nora Her mysterious past and abilities intrigued me The explanation for her abilities was interesting I enjoyed her relationship with Helena but was kind of sad with how things ended.I would have loved it if Nora was a little snarky I feel like it would have fit her well For example, when her allocator was complaining about her first day I wish she would have said something to defend herself, like What do you expect I need than a freaking minute to adjust to being ripped from my home and thrown into a completely new environment I also wanted her to tell her teacher that the only reason he was upset was because she knew all the answers.I dont know how to feel about Frederick He makes an entertaining rival but not a very good romantic interest Im not a big fan of arrogant, manipulative or controlling love interests but I dont think I was meant to like Frederick in this book I probably wasnt meant to trust him but I think the sequel might surprise us One of the major things that bothered me was how he grabbed Noras shirt and told her to stop asking silly questions.I didnt like how Nora was always thinking about Frederick because it made her seem kind of needy and I imagined her as the independent type I wasnt a fan of the romance in general but its not the main focus of the story I also wasnt impressed when they didnt give her time to say goodbye to her friends and when they wouldnt tell her why they were taking her away but I think the author did that on purpose to make me feel for the character.I saw the Karen thing coming and I was a little disappointed we didnt didnt get any new information from her about Nora abilities but Im sure we ll get anwsers in the sequel I had a difficult time following some of the world building and the mountain climbing scene Despite my issues the story kept me engaged and I enjoyed all the action For an indie debut series this is a good start and I think the sequel has potentiel to get even better Not to mention, I love finding enjoyable books from diverse authors received in exchange for an honest review


  2. says:

    okay, hold on to your chair, get your drink of choice, and if no where near a toilet then you better grab an adult diaper, cause when you start this you will not be able to put it down I loved divergent and I cannot rave enough about this book I know I am posting reviews at breakneck speed these days, I am posting reviews even from books I read, starting in around 1976, when I was 6 and yes, I still remember them Giving props for those who deserve it, and between posting my reviews for books read and fell in love with long ago, it is like I have won the freaking lottery I have picked up one book after another this month, and guess what all but 2 were 5 stars or this book was NO EXCEPTION this book was so well written, deep, complex and makes you see it in your head like a movie, very vivid descriptions and the relationships are so well described, you get invested deeply, feeling so many emotions like it is you a very well rounded book, and I am a fan, will be getting this series


  3. says:

    OMG, I love this book so freaking much It reminds me a bit of the Divergent series because of the different factions Can t go into detail, since I don t want to ruin the book for anyone, but trust me when I say there s lots of action, interesting friendships etc This is a book you wanna read


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    At 29% I m throwing in the towel.It s not terrible, but it s not that good either Reading this is a chore I couldn t tell up to the point I stopped if this book better fits as Sci Fi or Fantasy There are some hints that make me think probably Fantasy I do know it s not Epic Fantasy and it s not Urban Fantasy Dystopian, maybe Post Apocalyptic no Post Apocalyptic suggests to me a society that has devolved into a state without advanced technology, at the very least That is not the case here It also suggests to me a story taking place in an imagined future of our real world Also not the case here This seems most likely to be a mash up of Fantasy and Sci Fi.It s also not Historical Fiction, or Children s Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Myths for starters it isn t a Children s book , as I ve seen it being touted elsewhere.I also came across zero Norse mythology, beyond the mention of Loki Literally just a mention Doesn t mean there isn t any, but there isn t any up to 29%.It did not remind me of Divergent or The Hunger Games except in the broadest and vaguest of ways, nor does it compare with either of those books, in my opinion.The Short Worldbuilding is sparse, haphazard and relies mostly on telling, not showing Mostly revealed by exposition by the main character Nora.The story is written in first person, present tense Which can be tedious to read, and means what we re told about the world comes from what the MC knows except for what she frustratingly withholds from us and comes to us mostly in the form of info dumps.I didn t dislike Nora, but I didn t really like her either As both the primary focus character and our narrator she comes off as pretty blah She s also really judgey, and has a bit of a mean streak I truly think her character suffers from the first person, present narration Poor Nora isn t up to the task of performing both roles well.The way it s written there s really no tension or emotional investment in what is going on, even where there definitely should be some We re told the Republic is cruel , but never shown that We re told not submitting to the recruitment where young people are assessed and assigned an allocation by the government, is a death sentence But since we re simply told this it doesn t really carry any impact Even being taken away from her home doesn t seem all that dire, although certainly not being happy about it is understandable There just never seemed to be any weight to what was going on.The writing is pretty good, in general I didn t notice any glaring grammatical issues, or punctuation problems I did notice strange wrong word usage multiple times As if the book were written by someone who is very good at English, however is not a native English speaker, and therefore makes an occasional mistake in word usage.Being transported on a ferry she says, The ferry shakes, which gives the impression it s about to break apart or something What becomes clear soon after is she s simply meaning the normal tossing about in rough seas, causing the MC to become seasick.Describing the feeling of being given a shot of medicine Something cold patches my arm, but I don t react I think the word that is wanted here is pinches.Nora is contradictory, and says contradictory things about what she wants and what she thinks This makes the story confusing, and her character feel muddled.She states she knows what she s been chosen to do Leave the East I say What would I do in the West I have a feeling Dan knows I sure do, but I don t want to believe it And then she doesn t know, I m leaving the East I ve been chosen, but to do what I have no idea why they re taking me to the West and where I will be allocated What is my destiny On Page 4 she says, but living on the edge is the one thing I want But after being chosen to be trained to be an elite Raider who go into the dangerous Forbidden Territories to look for the rud magical Viking relics she says, But I m not happy I m terrified I have no idea what s going to happen to me from this point on That s right, Nora, and you ve been selected for an allocation reserved for the privileged Tanya is skillfully selling the idea to me but doesn t mention that raiders live a life on the edge dark and dangerous like the girl on the motorcycle What if I refuse I say deliberately to provoke her My freedom has already been taken away from me, and the only reason I m not resisting is because I want to find my dad and somehow contact this woman, Karen Who could she be She already said she wanted to live on the edge, she should be thrilled There were several times when we receive some explanation right after something occurs where knowing that information would have helped us make sense of the story Where I d read something that raised questions, only to find the information I needed was soon to follow This made the flow of the story feel choppy, and kept jolting me out of the story This story is not immersive I was constantly taken out of the story by this sort of thing.Sometimes things are not explained at all For example Rainbow people are mentioned twice,Page 5 Rainbow people sit at the long wooden table and benches outside Page 33 Gustav stands among the rainbow people in Blossom Heights when I walk by Who what are rainbow people We re never told.At 29% I still don t have a good handle of what genre this story is It does seem the basic plot is that of Special girl taken from her home by an authoritative government in order to be trained in order to become a part of an elite group that do a dangerous job and seek rud magical objects.Bottom line Don t recommend Some may enjoy this, but the story doesn t flow, the MC feels wooden, the writing means constantly being taken out of the story to try to make sense of things.The Long The story takes place in a land that has technological advancements a bit beyond our current real world However it s the West division that employs most of this technology, Nora s division the East has little in the way of technology There s a television in a communal area, some people live in broken down buses, and outsiders come in to the area in old cars Nora doesn t even have a bed, she sleeps on a mat There s no indication they reject technology for some principled reason, so I gather they are simply poor due to their insular and communal society In fact we re told they all take a vow of poverty So they do apparently think of poverty as a virtue.The inhabited land is called The Triangle of Peace It has three divisions East, West, North.Page 6 The Empire is meant to govern the divisions in the Triangle, but instead our imperial leaders sit on a passive throne and watch silently while the Republic oppresses us, while it enslaved our own division after ragnarok, the Viking doom The Empire and the Republic, as far as I could make out, are both entities that govern the land of the Triangle However the Empire is subservient and submissive to the Republic Ragarok , as much as I could make out, was a cataclysmic war that reduced this land to the state it s in now, with the different divisions and the authoritarian Republic in charge.Just as a refresher, this is what republic means a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch This does not appear to define this particular Republic, which is corrupt authority known as the Sovereign Republic, seven Lumini Lords were elected to empower the people across all three divisions but instead started a vicious rule They took power from the hands of the people controlling the Triangle So, we have a small group which form an authoritative dictatorship, and it s referred to as the Republic What this actually is, is an oligarchy a small group of people having control of a country, organization, or institution So, there s an oligarchy, but it s called the Republic Just so we aren t confused Because, that s confusing In a republic representatives aren t elected to empower the people, the people are empowered and elect representatives Somehow these guys just grabbed power and authority for themselves, in some way that is not explained, and now we have a dictatorship How they stay in power, and why don t the people kick them out of power No idea like the statue of capitalism standing tall in the clear blue waters The statue is 300 hundred feet tall with a large hand raised toward the sky, the hand holding a glittering pot of gold It is the magnificent symbol of the West division s wealth and prosperity ruled by the Sovereign Republic It appears the author doesn t really understand capitalism either, because it s not wealth and prosperity and definitely not ruled by the Sovereign Republic aka oligarchy.Why there even is an Empire along with this is also confusing and never explained Prior to this power grab the same land was both, at the same time, an Empire and a Republic Having both an Empress, and the supreme power in the hands of the people Which doesn t make sense But ok The seven lords are descendants of an old and powerful Viking society, and rumor has it they are great wizards behind their sealed silver masks, rarely making public appearances There are many references to some past Viking society, as well as artifacts However the current world doesn t seem to have any real influences from such a society, and nothing much is said about them I gathered that this Viking society was around prior to the huge war about 100 years before this story starts, but I could be wrong We get throw away mentions of it, but no actual information or explanations.Where I stopped after a scene taken straight from the opening of Indiana Jones I kid you not Obtain relic, having to replace the object s weight with something else in order to avoid the booby trap of boulders coming at you All magically known about in advance by one of the trainees in the group Take a look But Frederick tells us that stones will release if the statue is removed, rolling in our direction like an avalanche It is clearly a hidden trap I rolled my eyes at this so hard I hurt myself Borrowing from this iconic scene in such an obvious way is just dumb.First impressions This book has several things that make me very skeptical Or, how not to write a blurb Comparisons to very popular books rarely a good idea If you like The Mortal Instrument Series you re going to love this Book Um, I was not impressed with Mortal Instruments anyway If you are a fan of Divergent, The Hunger Games and Cassandra Clare you will enjoy this series I liked Divergent ok, Liked the Hunger Games 1 2, but didn t like Katniss much, didn t care enough to read the third one Am definitely not a fan of Cassandra Clare.What I am however is a Fantasy reader And a Sci Fi Reader I wonder if whoever wrote this blurb is even aware of the fact that The Mortal Instrument Series isn t even the same genre as Divergent or Hunger Games This blurb is actually telling me, a YA Fantasy reader, that I should probably give this one a skip.So, this is a way to turn off readers who may actually like this story I ll withhold judgement , and cause those who really did enjoy these other books to either have unrealistic expectations, or experienced and likely often burned by this sort of claim to be very, very skeptical.It also appears to be yet another Romance set in a Fantasy world, and touted as a Fantasy Can we please get some authors who ll write YA Fantasy that is not Romancey Pretty please There are Fantasy readers who are not Romance readers We exist and avoid falling in love with the charming boy who just happens to be her worst enemyand she s not quite sure which task is difficult Just, ugh.Telling me in the blurb Experience the beginning of this fast paced fantasy saga that will have you turning the pages Readers know blurbs are written by the publisher So, hardly a credible, unbiased source of how fast paced it is, and one that cannot possibly know that it will have each and every customer turning the pages The Editorial Reviews section on is a list of quotes from consumer reviews Clue Consumer reviews are not editorial reviews At All.To be fair, this book may not have any editorial reviews, which is perfectly fine readers don t care that much about them, most especially Fantasy and Sci Fi readers professional reviewers tend to be too snooty to care about those genres much , and the publisher may have felt something in that space was better than leaving it blank I d disagree, but fair enough But touting ratings, and reader quotes from GoodReads and or in book promo space Blurb, or Promo area just screams amateur, and that s not a good idea.The number of 4 and 5 star ratings reviews, and how exuberant many are in their praise For a YA Fantasy book published almost a year ago that I have never heard of and none of my YA Fantasy reader Friends and Following have read Combined with how few 3 star reviews and under there are For a book of this sort I d expect 3 star ratings than there are It s on the Listopia list of Best Epic Fantasy Um That is really, really weird Sure, some, or a couple, readers may have loved it so much they stuck it on the list But really, one of the BEST Epic Fantasies A book I ve never heard of, by an author I ve never heard of, when Fantasy and Epic Fantasies are books I am a huge fan of and devour and keep my eye out for, always on the lookout for another good one See, I m very, very skeptical Books don t need to be the best to be perfectly fine and enjoyable reads Most books are not the best Most especially most books that are by unknown, self pubbed authors Most especially in Epic Fantasy, where really, really good books are very rare, and the vast majority are acceptable at best, mediocre, derivative even common.In fact, really good Epic Fantasy books are so exceedingly rare that those that are thought to be very good by Fantasy readers tend to become pretty well heard of by those in Fantasy reading circles.This book is on two pages of Listopia lists That is a lot for a book that only has about 250 ratings Quite a lot To the point that it makes me suspicious how exactly it came to be on so many lists.Confusingly, there are six readers who think this book is actually Urban Fantasy those same six readers, plus another one, think it s also Paranormal Fiction those six readers also think it s Dystopian Post Apocalypic also happen to be among the eight readers who think this book is Epic Fantasy.Um, see, that s really strange Is it Epic Fantasy, Paranormal or Urban Fantasy Dystopian Post Apocalyptic a sub genre of Sci Fi, not Fantasy Cuz those are different things.Maybe these six seven obvious uber fans just don t know what kind of book this really is, or are just sticking a book they love willy nilly on all sorts of lists, whether it fits or not Certainly possible.I noticed another reviewer say, The book fits into the Nordic mystery genre with its cutting edge Viking theme Set in a sci fi, dystopian world There s a Nordic mystery genre Who knew So, is this a Mystery then Because Nordic mystery sounds like it should be a sub genre of Mystery But wait, Set in a sci fi, dystopian world means it s Sci Fi, not Fantasy Well, wouldn t be the first time a book marketed as Fantasy actually was Sci Fi, or that a reader classified a book as Sci Fi that was actually Fantasy Although if it s dystopian then it s definitely gonna be Sci Fi, not Fantasy So perhaps this reader has a better handle of genre than those that think it s Epic Fantasy Then again, the Nordic mystery genre is confusing.Four of these uber fans think it s one of the Best Fantasy Books of the 21 Century three think it s one of the Best Books Ever I can appreciate their fanaticism for what is clearly one of their all time favorite books, I do have to question their judgement, or at least perhaps degree of exposure to many books.What I know after pursuing reader reviews, reading the blurb, and taking a gander at the many listopia lists some excited people have put this book on, I am completely confused about what kind of story this actually is That s not good.What I want in a blurb A good idea of what the book is about and what genre it is in.What I turns me off in a blurb Telling me I ll like it Telling me how awesome it is Telling me how much other people have liked it.Comparisons to very popular books For readers of , If you enjoyed , It s a cross between Book A and Book B Etc.IMO the blurb itself should be free of any promotion, marketing, advertising type verbiage Or at least reasonably so.But it s currently a Kindle freebie, and I am a Fantasy reader, and I sometimes am surprised, so


  5. says:

    I loved the story so much I read it nonstop till done Farah s descriptions of the scenes and characters are so clear it is easy to imagine oneself there Also, I found it very endearing the way some of the characters would call each other by their full name rather than just their first name only This book had exciting competitions where I was rooting for the good guys and highly disappointed for the losers Also, a lot of angst in the unrequited romantic feelings between some of the characters I highly recommend reading this book.


  6. says:

    Great Read I love anything Vikings anyway, due to my heritage Great book for teens and older to read This book brought me on a journey with Nora to become a Elite Raider like her dad and find her true identity Suspense and action it keeps you wanting to know what happens next What all magic does she hold Is Frederick really her enemy or is he really her friend What Lies ahead for Nora Will she find her father Will all her questions be answered Will she learn how to use all her magic


  7. says:

    This book was so good It reminded me a bit of Divergent but it also has some elements of Hunger Games Nonetheless, this book is everything I hoped it would be and I am so glad I got to read it


  8. says:

    City of Skies follows Nora hunt as she trains to be a Raider and discover the truth about her father and her identity The author creates a vast and and vivid fantasy world, where much of the land is still a mystery and exploration is a deadly undertaking That s where the Raiders come in, braving the unknown to uncover Viking secrets from ages past The characters are interesting and the story is quick paced, keeping you interested until the astonishing climax A definite read for any fans of Hunger Games or Divergent Series, and a great read for YA and Fantasy fans alike.


  9. says:

    This is an amazing book a real page turner The excitement builds throughout with great, unexpected turns Nora Hunt is a strong character with such determination Her skills continue to develop as she becomes an excellent warrior The book is well written, with vivid descriptions that immerse you into the story I can t wait for the second book.


  10. says:

    This review containers slight spoilers.This is an excellent book with excellent characters and plot development Farah Cook has taken the Norse mythology and planted it in a future that we can all find ourselves a part of if we look in her books It did take me a Chapter or two to get used to the view point being used I m not used to so much emotions in my main characters but when you mainly read books like Dresden Files or Star Trek Wars, it happens However, once I got used to that I really enjoyed the book If I didn t have to go to work, I wouldn t have put it down until I was through I recommend this book for anyone with an interest in mythology, romantic intrigue, and adventures galore In this novel, Nora Hunt is a child that is restraining her true nature from revealing itself She is gifted with extraordinary powers When she is Chosen, and taken from her home District, she begins training to start a new life as a Raider An elite class of society that adventures in to forbidden lands in search of the past During this training, her true self begins to reveal itself and her powers begin to show However, she is in danger from all sides I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review


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