Set in a post catastrophe future Earth where alien invasion has unleashed power of magic J Patrick Black s Ninth City Burning is a finely crafted and original science fantasy epic full of wonder and spectacle Highly Revenant recommended Just so you know this author created a world and he is going to tell you about every single detail of every single corner of this world down to the tiniest minutiae Hope youe comfortableEspecially considering I just Pumpkinflowers read FIRST KING OF SHANNARA and I found it such a slog because it was so overwritten I was not expecting to get thrownight into another Any action in the story any character development all lost in the expansive pit of detail that is this book And I don t say that lovingly I felt like I was being schooled half the time If I wanted to Wonderful Memories of It's a Wonderful Life read an engineering textbook I d justead an engineering textbook I zoned out on about half of the book It just couldn t hold my attention with all of the unnecessary detail about how every little element of this world worked You seriously could have cut out about 34 of NINTH CITY BURNING and you d still have the same storyCharacter development Uh not much of it I felt people like Rae and Naomi who were supposed to be tribal nomads who wandered the country were erratic at best I don t know if their style of speech was supposed to be satirical or not but it was so Green Eyed Envy ridiculous I couldn t keep my focus Naomi is a twelve year old and she talks like she s in a MFA program trying to showcase her bank of SAT words Apparently this is how the tribes talk Before they got brought into the city they came across another tribe that sounded like a bunch of lawyers I don t know if this is a instead of having poorly educated tribespeople I m going to have highly educated tribespeople but not actually substantiate why type of thing but it just didn t fit Plus Rachel the older sister was supposed to be so concerned about Naomi going to war but they basically forgot about each other for a third of the book Only to geteminded of each other at the endKizabel s POV chapters had footnotes Some of them were seemingly meant to be pithy and cute and a nominal play on pop culture but I was over it When I m already slogging through an overwritten book the last thing I need are chapters The A-List Diet Fitness Plan riddled with footnotesTorro was just annoying toead I hated his voice Somewhat stream of consciousness and supposed to be of a lower educational level but things kept slipping through that he probably wouldn t say things about how systems worked technological details etc The kid was a canner As in a guy who canned food and lived in what is basically a low income settlement Yes he was on par with Kizabel and engineer in explanting how things worked All unexplained as to how he would know any of itVinneas I didn t see much change in He was probably the dullest character of them all and most forgettable Jax would be second to Vinneas on the dull scale At least he grew a little bit as a character He started off an afraid little boy and ended up still a little boy but one that would jump head first into a fight for the greater goodAll of the characters seemed to have the same level of knowledge about the science and magic going on in this world and when talking about it they all sounded exactly the same I m going to go ahead and call this one authorial insert and leave it at thatThe story in NINTH CITY BURNING is secondary to all of the world building Black has done There s actually very little story here The aliens are faceless mentions for the majority of the book until the very end at the first major battle and even then you don t get to see what they actually look like They The Amethyst Road re a distant threat that I m supposed to care about when they attack Only I can t muster up the energy toI was so incredibly boredeading this book And it took me so long to ead because of the dry science class lectures I kept getting on world specific science I m not kidding when I say 34 of this book can be cut and you d still get the same story It s unnecessarily long there s very little character or plot development very little story and next to no conflict outside of an unknown distant force Any action is drowned out in extraneous detail or told in a way that completely emoves the eader from immediacy many times being from a character that wasn t involved and
is elaying what had happened in past tenseThe plot so good and the execution of it was so bad relaying what had happened in past tenseThe plot sounds so good and the execution of it was so bad applaud you if your eyes don t glaze over When I Grow Up, I'm Going to Play for the Nebraska Cornhuskers reading this Iteally does make me sad because it Sextus: Ou, Le Romain Des Maremmes: Suivi D'Essais Detaches Sur L'Italie: Par M. Me Hortense Allart de Therase really is a good plot But holy crap author get out of the book Let the story tell itself and stop flooding my head with all of your unnecessary world detail1Ieceived a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest eview Just finished Ninth City Burning and I m already lamenting I won t get to hear from Rae Jax Naomi Vines Imway Kizabel and Torro until the next book Write faster Pat This is a clever and creative story that weaves together a post apocalyptic world with enough science to be believable and enough magic to be fanciful But the true heart of the story are the people who live in this intricately detailed world Delightfully the ladies in the story were written three dimensionally with as many if not desires uirks plans and badassery as any other character something that is typically so sorely missed in science fiction although getting better Also I m a sucker for the interwoven time that goes before eferences to our current time period throughout the story there s something so deliciously satisfying in getting the pop culture Meaning in History: The Theological Implications of the Philosophy of History references Highlyecommend this to anyone looking for a delightful funny Will Gallows and the Snake-Bellied Troll read that blurs the line between Young Adult and Grown Up fiction You won tegret it Note I Nosferatu received a freeeview copy of this book A very solid and creative mili. Centuries of war with aliens threaten the future of human civilization on earth in this gripping epic science fiction debutWe never saw them comingEntire cities disappeared in the blink of an eye leaving nothing but dust and Snuggle Up, Little One: A Treasury of Bedtime Stories rubble When an alienace came to make Earth theirs they brought with them a weapon we had no.
J. Patrick Black Æ 2 Free downloadThe Valentines So maybe just an overall trimming down of the various plot threads to improve pacing and flow wouldn t have been such a bad thing eitherStill there were some great ideas in here when the story wasn t struggling under their weight I loved the concept of thelemity which in akin to magic in many ways and there were also numerous examples of fantastic and original world building One thing I can say for this book is that it is wholly uniue and it also has genuine wide appeal for audiences across the YA and adult spectrumsIn sum Ninth City Burning might not be perfect but it would also be a mistake to dismiss it out of hand It is a solid dynamic debut with some strong ideas and J Patrick Black is clearly a talented writer with lots of potential This being the start of a new trilogy I hope that the seuels will move away from first book problems as the series matures Ninth City Burning by J Patrick Black is an exceptional and graceful debut novel that takes place on Earth approximately five hundred years from now An alien Nefertiti: Egypt's Sun Queen race ofteneferred to as the Valentines due to the day of their arrival are in an apparent deadlock with the legions from the principates of Earth I fell in love with the multiple perspectives Black writes from especially Jax Rae and Kizabel three of the seven perspectives with whom you will explore this similar but foreign environment The novel takes on its uniue theme with the The Jive Talker remnants of the humanace fighting for control of Earth against mysterious aliens using an alienish weapon to aid their struggle thelemity The entirety of Ninth City Burning put together faintly Gargantuan reminds theeader of colossal series headed by books like Starship Troopers Ender s Game and Red RisingI was taken off guard countless times by how much I found myself giggling and laughing throughout Ninth City Burning It is Wolfgang rare to find an author who is a master at using humor within a book that has stakes much higher than The Hunger Games or Divergent series combined Most of the main characters in the novel are young and this could easily beead by adult and young adult audiencesMy favorite thing about Ninth City Burning is the slow start and the constant build up to what is the truth and what is a myth Black leaves a lot for Publishing Women: Salons, the Presses, and the Counter-Reformation in Sixteenth-Century Italy readers to discover with the help of seven important characters along the way You will go into the novel not knowing a lot and will be partially confused at times Trust me it is completely worth it and the pay off in the end is enormous This has turned into my unuestionable favoriteead of 2016 so far I have high expectations for the Wurr 3 (Wurr rest of the series which is supposed to contain at least two books Warning the math science and technology in this book will blow your mind Black explains everything so well that you will begin to believe that thelemity iseal This book is a lot of things all at once It blends Science Fiction and Fantasy while splitting the difference between YA and Кракатит regular writingInstead of having one angsty teen protagonist Black introduces multiple viewpoint characters who thankfully go light on the overwrought teen drama that makes parts of The Hunger Games hard to push though And it does all these things pretty well Ieally enjoyed it and look forward to the seuel My first ever book won in a giveaway I am so pleased especially considering
That The Synopsis To Ninth City Burningthe synopsis to Ninth City Burning some themes I can t get enough of post apocalyptic tale and Werewolf: The Apocalypse resisting an alien invasion However J Patrick Black s first book suffers from a first book problem every good idea ever jam packed into one bookFor the first 150 or so pages we are evolving in a world we can assume to be Earth several hundred years in the future but we don teally know why or who it got to the state it is until one of the characters gets a convenient explanation Once we do figure it out a lot of things start making a lot sense but it can be jarring and keeping up for over a hundred pages without explanation behind the world building is a little irritatingThat being said since this is apparently the first book of a trilogy the idea that it is one massive introduction makes a little sense The story blends sci fi and fantasy elements nicely and when the action gets going the book is very gripping and hard to put down Getting to that point simply Das überforderte Gehirn: Mit Steinzeitwerkzeug in der Hightech-Welt reuires a lot of patience but it isewarding because the world building is complex and impressive Things also get eally fun and awesome after the halfway pointWe meet Jax Naomi and her sister Rae Torro and Kizabel and a few others but those are eally the most interesting ones They live on Earth five hundred years after an invasion attempt by aliens an invasion that backfired when the aliens accidentally triggered unknown powers in some humans a power called aliens accidentally triggered unknown powers in some humans a power called which is sort of like magic but also like the Force in Star Wars This power allowed humans to fight back and the war to defend our planet has been
Going On For Centuries But It Has Been At Aon for centuries but it has been at a for a long time All our characters lead very different lives on this post apocalyptic Earth but their paths will soon cross as the invader Ivy Vines Visions readies itself for an attack of unprecedented magnitudeMultiple POVs is tough giving everyone a distinct voiceeuires a lot of skills and while it sometimes works brilliantly there are passages here and there where it lack credibility specifically with the chapters narrated by Naomi who sound way older than she is supposed to be But I just loved Kizabel s chapters I have a soft spot for mad scientists and she is spunky and mouthy just my type3 stars because it took so long to Mein Plan zur Rettung der unsichtbaren Freundin von nebenan really get going but it has excellent world building engaging characters and because J Patrick Black is clearly a Star Wars fan and he speculates people will still listen to the Clash ever after the apocalypse and I am so on board with tha. Ned for the front lines Those whoefused to support the war have been exiled to the wilds of a Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived in Our House ruined EarthBut the enemy's tactics are changing and Earth's defenders are about to discover this centuries old war has only just begun As a terrible new onslaught looms heroes willise from unlikely uarters and fight back. ,
Tary SF novel The book is written using multiple points of view from at least half a dozen different characters Black does a great job of giving each of the characters very distinct voices Chicken Licken reflecting huge differences in personalities and backgroundsThere are some particularly interesting female characters Kiz the amazingly intelligent creatorengineer Naomi a member of an outsider group known as Walkers who turns out to be aare source of thelemity magic for lack of a better term and her sister Rae a formidable and fearless fighter The main male characters are for the most part efreshingly lacking in Alpha tendencies something that seems hard to avoid in military SF The omance element is so slight as to be practically nonexistent which felt Mindfulness for Black Dogs Blue Days: Finding a Path Through Depression real and in keeping with the characters and their situations If I m being honest though I do have my fingers crossed for certain characters if there is another bookThe worldbuilding here is a highlight interesting and different but not so much that it is hard to understand or imagine Black uses uite a few made up words to describe essential elements in the world but they seem natural in contextIt s clear from the end of the book that there is to come in this story but that said I wouldn t describe the ending as a cliffhanger and I think this book can beead uite satisfactorily as a standalone Although this book was ultimately nothing like I expected it to be I Koshka's Tales: Stories from Russia really enjoyed it and would definitelyead from Black Recommended I admit I didn t even The Deadly Art of Love and Murder read the blurb of this book I chose it purely out of Justine seview and ecommendation It simply panned out great I m not even a sci fi eader I usually prefer my fantasy technology free thank you very much But the idea of military science fantasy no alpha tendencies and a slight The London Marathon romance element sealed the deal for me So this is an interesting and ambitious debu I grabbed this on a whim from the New Releases shelf at the library and ended up falling in love This sci fifantasywar story is definitely for people who like their worldbuilding complex and their magic epically destructive Not for people who dislike multiple narrators pseudoscience or the multiverse Megan Cavittfrom The Best Books We Read In October 2016 3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum City Burning is an impressive debut built upon an array of inventive ideas and wildly original world building It may be a science fiction novel at its core but it also contains plenty of elements that would not be out of place in a fantasy epic The story which takes place hundreds of years in the future is told through no less than half a dozen diverse narratives all woven together to form its brutal premise of war between humanity and an invading alienace Despite this feast of creativity though in some RSPB Pocket Garden Birdwatch respects Ninth City Burning is also an excellent example of too much not always being a good thing It is ambitious for sure but like a lot of debuts I feel it also stumbles a bit from attempting to accomplish than it can handleFive hundred years ago Earth was nearly destroyed by the Valentines named for the day they attacked They brought a seemingly unstoppable weapon aeality bending force known as thelemity which they used to The Courtship Maneuver (The Alpha Billionaire Club - Book 2) raze entire cities to the ground But in doing so the aliens also unwittingly unlocked the latent ability to use thelemity in a number of humans thus giving Earth a fighting chanceHowever even though humanity now possesses the same weapon as the enemy the Valentines are still gaining ground putting pressure on the various Earth precincts to provideesources and soldiers for the war Involuntary drafts are in effect to keep fighters flowing to the front and those with a talent to manipulate thelemity are swiftly identified by the Legion and sent to military academies to hone their power Those who efuse to fight are banished to the far ealms forced to live as disassociated wanderers and outcastsPretty much every group involved in the war is
in this novel with Jax a 12 year old boy already with the weight of the world on his shoulders As a Fontanus he has been identified by Legion as a source of thelemity which means his survival on the battlefield is paramount and entire suads are trained on how to keep him safe But though he is always surrounded Jax has always felt a sense of loneliness created by the distance between himself and fellow soldiers Then there is Naomi a young girl from one of the unincorporated groups who had no idea that humanity was even at war with aliens Her world turns upside down when she is suddenly identified as one of the are individuals who can bend thelemity Naomi s sister Rae a woman in her late teens faces a similar shock as she is sent toRepresented In This Novel
a military academy to train with students much younger than hermilitary academy to train with students much younger than her key character is Torro a factory worker in a settlement that churns out soldiers and supplies for the war effort who becomes a eluctant but brave fighter after he is caught in the draft On the Legion side of things there s Vinneas an officer and a brilliant tactician as well as Kizabel an eccentric engineering geniusThere were probably a couple POVs but at this point I think I ve named all the memorable ones As I had alluded to before this book could have been improved by cutting back in some areas and the first thing I would have educed Is The Number Of Perspective Characters The Story Reached The the number of perspective characters The story eached the mass of POVs early on and I felt that actually became unnecessary distracting and even ineffectualThe concept of thelemity could have been introduced earlier as well and that might have been possible if the introduction had been shorter and less cumbersome Even so I actually enjoyed the first half very much it was the second half that ultimately took away much of my initial excitement by expounding on the details of the war against. Way to fight a universe altering force known as thelemity It seemed nothing could stop it until we discovered we could wield the power tooFive hundred years later the Earth is locked in a grinding war of attrition The talented few capable of bending thelemity to their will are trained in elite military academies desti.