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10 thoughts on “Citadel of the Sky (Thrones of the Firstborn #1)

  1. J.N. Tomczak J.N. Tomczak says:

    First I want to thank the publisher for the ARC on Netgalley in exhange for my honest reviewSo I just finished Citadel of the Sky and really enjoyed it despite the issues I had with it I will say this the author is not short of imagination And for those of you who are looking for something ORIGINAL this is for youOkay so I want to start with the main issues first because they're important than praise I had problems getting into the beginning of the story I felt as thought the author didn't explain the creatures and the world very well I had to look up what an eidolon was but after that me and the story became better acuaintedAlso I felt that the sentence structure didn't always run smoothly and some sentences were better off on their own And there was also grammar problems Like this passage for example On the other side of the courtyard seven figures in black and white striped cloaks consulting and making measurementsAnother issue was repetition I remember one passage when Tiana first obtains the cursed sword The word blade was used constantly in the same sentence and paragraph when it would have been better to switch between sword and weapon to keep things fresh Here's an example from a text in the story Then she swept her arms together and blue snow across the courtyard swept itself togetherAnd lastly the final battle scene It should have been riveting and tense but instead I was left confused There seemed to be so many actions going on all at once I just didn't make sense to me Everything felt thrown together But what redeemed this story for me to keep reading was actually the characters Something the author did EXTREMELY well in my opinion I loved Tiana but I related to Kiar better because like me she's an introvert Plus I don't know why but I took a liking to the Court Wizard Twist I hope to see of him and Kiar in the next installments And yes that means I will be reading the next books I really did enjoy the story I just think it needs some polishing I can't wait for Citadel of the Sky to come out to buy because I'm getting it Full review is on my book blog at the link below

  2. C.E. Murphy C.E. Murphy says:

    Make room GRRM Chrysoula Tzavelas knows how to bring on the painI’ve just finished CITADEL OF THE SKY and like whoaThis is not GRRM style fantasy let me make that clear You don’t spend every turn of the page in fear that your protagonists are all going to be dead on the next one It’s a cast of several but not thousands It’s also under 300 pages which is like a uarter or a third of the length of a GRRM book And in voice it’s–it’s not even faintly GRRM It’s almost well the tone is like Eddings or Brooks or Lackey or–it’s not grimdark You can’t possibly mistake it for grimdark even if four people are dead by the end of the first paragraph which is one of the greatest opening paragraphs I’ve ever readBut holy crap does it bring on the pain But mostly psychological pain the royal family has a gift for magic that leads to madness and nobody I know writes crazy like Chrysoula does She captures emotion and mindset incredibly well and there were whole scenes I spent going “holy shit THAT’S how you do that in a book”There are two main viewpoint characters in CITADEL Tiana and Kiar Tiana tries desperately to be the Normal Good Girl which her position and surrounding events are never going to let her be The moment where she stops being the Good Girl–for a very necessary reason–is very powerful by dint of coming out of such regular normal language–this isn’t stylised epic it’s epic in a voice you and I would use if we found ourselves caught up in an epic adventure–and she never comes back from that dangerous powerful placeKiar OTOH just doesn’t want to be noticed at all; she’s probably the best realized introvert I’ve ever read She’s also so unassuming as to be slightly maddening which is brilliant characterisation Her magic was a little harder for me to grasp than Tiana’s although I eventually got the hang of it and although I caught a sniff of one with Tiana it’s her romantic very very subplot that really gave me the warm wiggliesSeriously the characterisation in this book #headdesk Not just Kiar and Tiana but the whole royal family some of whom are hardly on the page at all but who are beautifully sketched out with just a few lines In fact it’s one of those characters who ultimately brings the most pain and that’s uite a feat But it’s perfect it’s perfectly done that awful moment and it tells us a huge amount about the characters surrounding it So Well DoneAnd I would like to doff my hat for Soula’s use of–let’s call it negative space Moments when all we see is the reaction rather than the action It makes for a handful of incredibly elegant moments in the book and I am full of admiration for the skillAnd also the descriptions #headdeskMore Seriously while reading her novel WOLF INTERVAL I was torn between wanting to do a Walker PapersSenyaza crossover with her and being painfully aware that my descriptions would look like rudimentary stick figures beside hers This has not changed with CITADEL OF THE SKY Interestingly the writing felt a little rough in places–rougher than the Senyaza books–and I don’t know if that’s because I was reading an ARC or if it was reading it on my e reader or if it was that I read it too disjointedly or if it’s deliberate It was only a very minor distraction and I think only noticeable to me because I’ve read Chrysoula’s other books but I’ll be curious to see if that faint roughness is polished out in the final versionThis is a rare book that I have every intention of re reading before I read its seuel which frankly I would like to get my grabby little hands on right nowI would like to note that the only other writer who has made me think that in those words is Judith Tarr who is kind of renowned for being brilliant

  3. A Million Books A Million Books says:

    As a HUGE Game of Thrones fan I can say that after while my state of mind could only be classified as LOST in between the second last episode and the season finale it was something HUGE for Citadel of the Sky to pull me out of a Game Of Thrones funk and get me into another world because it was THAT goodI should probably start by saying that I'm NOT going to elaborate on the actual story here because if I tell you what happens why would you read it? Like if someone told me about The Red Wedding I'd probably not have been so heartbroken and shell shocked when it took place But what I should say is that all you GoT fans who just want something as good without all the heartbreak this is the book for itAnd the fact that I'm saying this with all my heart surprises me as well because if I'm being brutally honest I didn't expect to like this book and I started it uite late and only because I had to But trust me there's no bloody murder in this book there's ridiculous number of people to remember there's no to any of the GoT downsides I'm going to end this now but I'm going to say that any fantasy reader will LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Citadel of The Sky with its dual view point and general awesomeness SO READ IT

  4. Angela Angela says:

    7 January 2016 000 FREE on Kindle

  5. Cecelia Isaac Cecelia Isaac says:

    This novel was the F BOM Fall 2018 Book of the Month Full review here On Chrysoula Tzavelas’s author website she describes Citadel of the Sky as the first installment of a pentalogy that explores “what happens generations after the Chosen One defeats the Dark Lord” She takes this premise and runs wild with it throwing readers into a world stagnating under old traditions and vengeful magic Thousands of years after epic battles have become myth the present day magical protectors of the realm have degraded into royal figureheads You see everyone that is born with magic is doomed to go mad and our main protagonist Princess Tiana is no exception

  6. Adele Adele says:

    Disclaimer I received an Advanced Reader Copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This in no way impacted my reviewCitadel of the Sky is a book that I had incredibly high hopes for I was interested in reading this one for a long time However the further I got along into the story the confusing things becameGreat story idea Just a poor execution

  7. Madeline Madeline says:

    I found this book through Kickstarter having no previous knowledge of the author's work I was hooked as soon as I read the preview I backed the Kickstarter immediately and spent days wondering what happened next while I waited for the Kickstarter to end and my purchase to be filled This book has a gripping constantly evolving plot with a tinge of horror set in a world with uniue and complex systems of religion politics and magicThe only thing I disliked about it is that it ends on a cliffhanger I'm surprised to see the royal family's magic described as making them go mad in the blurb because that makes this book sound like every other story that uses a sort of generic madness as a trope when it's the opposite No one goes mad in this book The madness isn't used as a threat there's no pretense that the characters are Normal and Sane now but might Go Mad in some irrevocable fate worse than death way if they do the wrong thing None of that This is a book in which a bunch of people who are mentally ill now already do their best to cope and also rule a country solve mysteries and fight off invading armies I cannot say strongly enough how impressed I am with the balance this book maintains in portraying the characters who have the royal blood and thus the royal magic and the royal madness Too often disabilities in fiction are either completely tragic they make a person incapable of doing anything worthwhile ever or they exist in theory but don't really affect the characters in any significant way This book balances the significant effects of the royal madness with the still significant abilities of the royals to control not only their own lives but the whole kingdom The royals' experiences are sometimes genuinely scary and they sometimes struggle with themselves and wish some of their symptoms would go away but they are also all full characters with their own agency They make their own choices They work around their symptoms and live their lives as best they can Among the different members of the royal family we see many different attitudes toward mental illness and many different ways of coping The main character Tiana resents being treated as fragile and fears that people will be afraid of her She tries to hide her symptoms and act as normal as possible especially around strangers but her desire to be normal and accepted is at odds with her curiosity Kiar Tiana's cousin is introverted and closed off She maintains outward self control and poise by avoiding other people and her own emotions while inside she's filled with self doubt King Shonathan Tiana's father drifts through life trying to avoid thinking about painful memories Shanasee another cousin has the greatest magical power of any member of the royal family currently alive but refuses to use her abilities She played a large part in ending the last magical threat to the kingdom and was horrified by the results of her actionsThe Regents mentioned in the blurb exist in the confusing territory between friend relative and caregiver They grow up alongside the members of the royal family after being chosen by them but they are trained to help the royals control their powers and stay anchored in reality and the Regents as a group have their own political power and interests This creates a lot of mixed feelings on both sides Kiar doesn't have a regent and feels that having one would be admitting to weakness; Tiana cares deeply for her regent Lisette but also sometimes resents Lisette's kindness and finds it condescending

  8. Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions) Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions) says:

    I got the ARC through Netgalley in exchange for providing an honest reviewIt was my first book from the author and the first thing that caught my eye was it's intriguing synopsis which promises too much fantasyWell coming to the book I've got so many problems with it first of all the writing skills are really hard to understand and there were so many words that aren't clear and confusingOther than the problem with the writing skills there were so many corrections to be done The Only good thing that i liked about this book was its interesting plot and the authors creative imaginationThere were too many characters with unusual names that was pretty hard to followThe story was told in Kiar's and Tiana's pov's that made it difficult to follow because sometimes i've confused Kiar with TianaI don't know who is the protagonist in the story but I've liked Kiar than Tiana The battle at the end was what made me frustrated argh There was no description about some things like eidolon and logos and it took me a while for me understand what they are meant and it would've been better if there was some background story was provided so that we could understand the world with clarityAside from the writing skills and corrections i think it would be a great book

  9. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Firstly I would like to thank netgallery and the author publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review My review is as followsThis book was an OK read; I would like to praise the author for their imaginative but the whole thing for me was that it was trying too hard to be an epic fantasy and I got confused The main character are Kier and Tiana; but if I'm honest neither of these characters grabbed me as interesting I may be too old to relate to these characters though as it seems others liked them very much so I feel I am the problem there The secondary characters are fleeting and I didn't feel they added a great deal to the story so I have nothing to mention here The storyline was action packed but I feel that some of the descriptions of creatures were lacking and I was confused for a whole chunk of this book The pacing was good throughout the whole way through the book I feel as though I am too old for this book as it really didn't grip me the way it has other reviewers and I apologise for this 25 stars

  10. Dan Dan says:

    This book wants to be a magic story in the style of Sanderson aliens are invading and nobody really knows how magic works but they've got to learn the rules really fast if they want to beat the aliensWhere the book falls down is in its failure to explain the rules of magic Partially this is because the viewpoint characters have lived with magic their whole lives so they don't bother with exposition about it the way we learn how it works is by watching them do it But there are a bunch of places where the characters are confused they say stuff like gee wow we have no idea how any of this magic stuff works or what it means sure would be nice to know that and then it never gets explainedComplicating the issue magic and anything related to magic drives the user slowly insane So all the viewpoint characters spend chunks of the story hallucinating or incoherent which makes it difficult to understand what's going onI suspect the book would have benefited from a non magical viewpoint character

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Citadel of the Sky (Thrones of the Firstborn #1) [Reading] ➷ Citadel of the Sky (Thrones of the Firstborn #1) By Chrysoula Tzavelas – A Dark Lord is rising Again But hey that's what the royal family is for right Kicking butt in nice dresses a new epic tradition Her not very Serene Highness Princess Tiana tries her best not to think A Dark Lord is rising Again But hey that's what the royal family is for right Kicking butt in nice dresses a new epic tradition Her not very Serene Highness Citadel of MOBI :å Princess Tiana tries her best not to think about the dark lords ravaging her country or how the magic in her bloodline makes her family go mad The descendant of a legendary hero she prefers bringing the myths of old to life on the theater stage not on the battlefield Then a rash of suspicious deaths strikes the Regents—trusted advisors friends and guides to her troubled royal family—and the Noble’s Council tries to cover it all up Tiana is determined to get to the bottom of the murders and the conspiracy even if that means making a dangerous pact with a telepathic demon trapped in a magical sword But he may just be the edge she needs to save the people she loves Cursed sword in hand Tiana and her friends prepare to face the encroaching darkness­—and the ultimate truth about her and her family.