Here we go! First series review of the year! I hope you all had a great new years.
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers ahead.
Iskari Series by Kirsten Ciccarelli
Synopsis From The Book
Why You Should Read:
This series is a wonderful collection of books all taking place in the same world and following the three members of one family, as they fight for love and their world. The themes of the books are nice, as are the connections and relationships that are formed. I recommend the series, if you are interested in the development of a world that has outlawed stories, as well as the repercussions of exiling those who are not like you.
What I Liked:
Characters; All of the main characters and love interests were particularly well rounded and developed. I do believe that Dax was my favorite out of all of them, but otherwise no one really stood out. However, the relationships between the characters and the world was what drove the book and I appreciated that.
Plots; Each of the plots were connected, but they were individual plots. While it would be good to read them in order, it truly is not required.
Magic; The magic system in this book is very lose but very powerful and I liked the way it was woven into the world, particularly with dragons.
History and World Building; This was what drew me to the series as a whole. With all the different cultures, we got rules as well as how they viewed each other and the world. We saw slavery, fear, and indoctrination. We also saw hope, freedom, and choices made at every turn. The history was well established in the first book and continued from that point on. I highly recommend.
Separation of the novels; I like the fact that each book had a different story to tell and that was clear. It was also nice to see how the novels fed to the other and created a lush world. Instead of this series being one big plot, it was three. I liked this.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
More Dragons; The first book was thick with dragons, but the last two were not and I would have liked to have them be a more integral part of the plot.