Now 2020 Previous Articles Road Essays Road Reviews Author Black Authors Title Source Age Genre Series Format Inclusivity LGBTA Portfolio Artwork WIP

Recent posts


Month in review

Reviews
All Together Now by Hope Larson
The Ash Family by Molly Dektar
Batman: The Smile Killer by Jeff Lemire The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed
Cat Me If You Can by Miranda James
Death and Daisies by Amanda Flower
Displacement by Kiku Hughes
Dough or Die by Winnie Archer
Flowers and Foul Play by Amanda Flower
The Game Masters of Garden Place by Denis Markell
Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
Halfbreed by Maria Campbell
How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova
The Invisible Boy by Alyssa Hollingsworth
Joker: Killer Smile by Jeff Lemire
Julia's House Moves On by Ben Hatke
Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech
Something to Say by Lisa Moore Ramée
Steeple by John Allison
Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia
Ten Ways to Hear Snow by Cathy Camper and Kenard Pak
The Third Mushroom by Jennifer L. Holm
This Is All Your Fault by Aminah Mae Safi
The Vanderbeekers Lost and Found by Karina Yan Glaser
The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert
Wayward Witch by Zoraida Córdova
A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher

Miscellaneous
September 2020 Sources

September 2020 Summary

Previous month



Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

Canadian Book Challenge: 2020-2021

Beat the Backlist 2020



Privacy policy

This blog does not collect personal data. It doesn't set cookies. Email addresses are used to respond to comments or "contact us" messages and then deleted.


Incendiary: 10/26/20

Incendiary

Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova is the start of the Hollow Crown series. Renata Convida can take the memories from people through a simple, but painful touch. Her abilities led to the killing of thousands of her people and now as an adult she's out for revenge.

The plot — a quest to get close enough to the king to kill him — shares similarities with the Tiger at Midnight trilogy by Swati Teerdhala and the A Song of Wraiths & Ruin series by Roseanne A. Brown. All three of these series draw from regional histories and myths giving each a rich tapestry of world building and characters.

Where this book falls short is in how the memories Renata takes are represented. Rather than summarizing and internalizing what she's learned, each memory is rendered as an extended scene written out in italics. Some take a paragraph and some go on for pages. Even the shortest of memories is hard to read as a block of italics. To be honest, I skimmed or skipped most of the memories.

The next book is Illusionary. It releases on May 11, 2021.

Four stars

Comments (0)


Lab puppy
Name:
Email (won't be posted):
Blog URL:
Comment:

Twitter Tumblr Flickr Facebook Facebook Contact me

1997-2020 Sarah Sammis