Obsidian: Awakening (Book one of Obsidian Series)

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Obsidian: Awakening (Book one of Obsidian Series)

Obsidian: Awakening (Book one of Obsidian Series)

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Combined with the tense political maneuvering and heady, passionate, love scenes, and simply fantastic writing, there’s plenty in the book to keep the pulse racing, even if the action is not non-stop. Despite being together for almost twenty years, with a son between them, Muradi and Zahara didn’t seem to have moved on from her performatively hating him during sex and passionately wanting him dead. That’s because everything about this magnificent book makes it a fertile oasis for waxing lyrical about it. It might even be impossible to sympathize with his choices and his path, but he suffered more than anyone should ever have to.

Who was she to decide that they were no longer her people to protect if they became Rashais, that eight thousand lives were worthless, the moment they stopped representing her ideals? I think it would have been even better structurally to let either of those plotlines work through at a natural pace. How much you've learned about the world, the politics and the characters without feeling like you at the time. I almost always choose the books I read very carefully because time is precious and I want to be assured I’m well rewarded for my investment. Each has their own battle on many fronts and their own demons to face and conquer to avoid becoming the monster that is perhaps in us all.His visions are numerous and accurate, but he does not always see enough to do anything about them, except suffer. I had this slated for the month of August as it became a buddy read with Dom's Book Club discord server. And because I have a similar antagonistic-erotic relationship in my own work-in-progress novel between a mercenary pilot, and the warlord who hires and tries to kill her near the beginning of the book. But Nazir is hiding secrets of his own, and his dalliance with a sworn enemy could also have sweeping repercussions for his Kha’gan.

There was a reason he’d decided to hold back Lady’s fate until today, and guilt was why he had come. It has obviously been written with much intelligence and passion - for the characters, setting and story - by an author with a great understanding of the human condition. On the other side of the desert, Zahara, captured bride of Salar Muradi, Djari’s enemy and the empire’s undefeated ruler, discovers her husband’s only weakness in the form of his conflicting feelings for her. I picked this book up originally as a filler of time, and hoped for "good enough" - and instead found a well developed plot, believable and relatable characters and a story i couldn't wait to keep reading. At first I was worried that following such a large cast of characters would prevent me from getting emotionally invested, but the opposite couldn’t be more true.It wastes no time on slow or pretty introductions, but instead just drops you straight into the chaos and trauma. Overall, I found this read very enjoyable and I will be looking forward to continuing this series in the future. They’re all so broken and twisted and messed up in so many ways, and all of them are just aching to be loved and accepted and known in a way they’ve never been able to experience, even if they don’t know it.

The opening chapter features warlord/conqueror/heir to the Salasar Empire, prince Muradi, who has just slaughtered a tonne of Shakshi on a campaign in the White Desert. It’s a fundamental assumption, so deep-seated and near the bottom that it’s impossible to categorize, yet it’s there and it changes the whole tone of the novel, what the killing, the fatalism, the despair, what all of it means.

I've had some reads in the past where it seemed like the author was just going for that shock value and it didn't really seem to add much to the story itself. As it was, it felt like neither of them had the emotional intelligence to stop the game playing, and - rather than being determinedly vengeful - Zahara seemed merely petty. That said, love, self-sacrifice, devotion, bravery, family, honour are also to be found within “Obsidian: Awakening”, and the book is not completely devoid of hope. Because they look different, speak differently, act differently, have different beliefs, or live their life by different rules and principles.

Their beginning descriptions were pretty similar: full of pride and absolute conviction in what they believe, refusing to accept the trauma of their life and everyone else sucks if they do. We witness the clash of cultures and individuals through multiple points of view which provide so much insight and, literally, different perspectives, to the extent that my own allegiances switched repeatedly.What I will say, however, is that the plotting involves a super complex spiderweb of threads between characters and events.

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