Series: Mind Games (Book One)
Published: December 3rd, 2013
Page Count: 237
Genre: Young Adult, Teen Romance, Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery
Read Count: Once
Duration: July 3rd – July 11th
Rated? Four Stars
Darkness falls …Despair abounds …Evil reigns …Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider.
It is the journey of a lifetime, filled with awe-inspiring new places and people, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn’t sure whom he can trust. Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle back home in Carvahall – one that puts Eragon in even graver danger. Will the king’s dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life.
Fia is her best character yet. Will be reading the sequel. Happy to support Kiersten White!
Now, I have read five of Kiersten White’s books, and I feel as through my attachment to them varies. She has fantastic concepts, and always uses a new twist on her stories that I have no doubt whatsoever appeal to younger readers. I liked her Paranormalcy triolgy and was a little disappointed in The Chaos of the Stars.
Mind Games was right in the middle. Yes, the two sisters felt similar. Yes, the bouncing around in first person between two characters in both past and present was annoying. But the story? The story was really good. Enough secrets were unearthed that I wasn’t frustrated with plot progression, and enough remained buried that I certainly intend to read the next book.
White writes with an edge I really like. She is witty and opinionated and believes in strong, original female characters that have every right to fall in love, but don’t lose themselves in it, and I think that distinction is very important and certainly separates her from most of the YA Teen Romance writers. I really like her.
I also liked Fia. I think it’s her best character, from what I’ve read of her so far.