Good morning my lovelies, and happy Saturday! For todays Ace of Shades features, I’ve snagged a brand new book tag from Min and her Books. Min is on the Doves team, but this tag is so great, I had to give it a go! I’ve updated Question 4 to my team, team Irons, but do check out the original post and Min’s blog in general. 🙂
Ace of Shades takes place in the very mysterious, very dangerous City of Sin. Name a fictional city with a personality of it’s own!
from Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
First of all, Amanda Foody’s worldbuilding is simply amazing. From the flavors to the sights and smells and sounds… you’ll be completely immersed in her worlds.
I think Gammorah stands out to me because of the people who live in it, as though they give the moving city a beating heart. There is magic in its people, but also in the city itself. Besides, it is so complex (it would have to be, to be a constantly mobile city).
My favorite individual touch to this fictional city, though, is the pillar of salt. This is a direct reference to the biblical city of Gammorah, where Lot’s wife turns back to see the destruction and becomes salt. It gives the city an extra layer of depth that I found really neat.
The City of Sin is home to three ruthless gangs: the Irons, the Scarhands and the Doves. Tell us about your favorite fictional criminal family/gang!
This is not a book answer, but I love the group in Now You See Me (and part two as well, when the girl gets replaced). I really, really enjoyed both those films and trying to unravel their magic and their plot. Also Morgan Freeman as a villain? And Michael Caine, too? Loved that whole movie.
Seriously, though, that crew works together amazingly and what they create is remarkable.
Enne and Levi are about to be thrown into a deadly game… Name your favorite book in which the characters must play with, and for, their lives.
by Suzanne Collins
I actually like the arena better in Catching Fire, but The Hunger Games is the one that started it all. While I would never want to go there myself, the intricacy of the arena’s design, the rating of the players, the way they are gambled on and financed… it’s all fascinating. And horrible.
Of course, The Hunger Games doesn’t leave everyone with the option of getting out alive. Unless you find a glitch in the system.
The Irons are a gang of cheats… What is your favorite character that tricks and sneaks around in order to get what they need?
Harry, Ron, and Hermione
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
The trio is really good at getting information that they are not necessarily supposed to have. In particular, Rubeus Hagrid is putty in their hands. Every time I read this series, I find myself chuckling at Hagrid’s most often repeated line.
The City of Sin is full of people with dark and complicated pasts. Name one book or book series you used to like, but don’t anymore.
by Elaine Cunnigham
When I was younger, I adored the New Jedi Order series. In particular, I loved Jaina Solo. After The Force Awakens came out, I tried to dive back in and reread the series, but I didn’t get past Vector Prime. The writing was just too awkward and clunky for me.
That is not to say that others in the New Jedi Order would have been as yucky for me as Vector Prime? It’s more that once I reread that one, I had no desire to jump in and reread the others. I adored the series in high school, and Dark Journey got five stars from me when I first read it (I loved it) but I think I’ve mostly grown out of the Star Wars extended universe.
With complicated pasts abound, we can find many… burnt cinnamon rolls, so to speak. Name a character that has prickly and tough exterior, but is actually a sweetheart deep down!
from the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
Artemis tries to be a tough customer. He’s a boy genius and arrogant to the extreme. I start reading this series in middle school and the last book came out the year after I graduated college. Like Harry Potter, I was able to grow up with Artemis Fowl, and it was wonderful to watch his character grow from a brat to a sweet and loving young man.
Admittedly, I think the twins did it to him, but there’s a whole odd twist there that I don’t want to spoil. Either way, Artemis is not as cold and heartless as he seems.
ALSO THE MOVIE THAT HAS BEEN PROMISED FOR FIFTEEN YEARS WAS ANNOUNCED LAST MONTH IN DISNEY’S 2019 LINEUP I AM DYING.
Not only anti-heroes live in the Ace of Shades world! In New Reynes, one can find plenty of villains as well. Which bookish character do you just love to hate?
from The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
I will not going into detail here because of who Murtagh is and what he does, but can I just say that I knew he was a sniveling brat from the start? Did not fool me AT ALL.
When my husband started reading this series several years ago and told me he liked the character (BEFORE EVERYTHING) I nearly imploded from wanting to flail and tell him how very wrong he was.
You, much like our main character Enne’s mother, went missing in the City of Sin. The main character from the last book you read is the one looking for you… How screwed are you?
The last book I finished (as of writing this) was Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones. Considering how far and deep Liesl went to save her sister, I am not in the least concerned!
Liesl is pretty badass, y’all.
That’s the whole tag! I hope you guys enjoyed it! 🙂 Please do feel free to steal this one, and I’m going to tag a handful of my fellow Irons! Check out their blogs – it’s been so much fun collaborating with these folks, and they write some great stuff! <3
Ace of Shades releases on April 10th, 2018
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