Crown of Thunder

Crown of Thunder

In the sequel to the acclaimed Beasts Made of Night, Taj has escaped Kos, but Queen Karima will go to any means necessary—including using the most deadly magic—to track him down.Taj is headed west, but the consequences of leaving Kos behind confront him at every turn. Innocent civilians flee to refugee camps as Karima's dark magic continues to descend on the city. Taj must...

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  • Julie

    A sweeping, action-packed epic that follows the sin-eater Taj, mage Aliya, and protector Arzu as they struggle to survive outside of Kos. But the evil queen Karima's reach is far and it won't be long before they must return to right her wrongs. This was such a worthy follow-up to BEASTS MADE OF NIGHT! I highly recommend for fans of Tomi Adeyemi's CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE or Nnedi Okorafor's work.

  • Stephanie

    I received an advanced reader’s copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

    Please note, this review contains spoilers for Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi.

    Crown of Thunder picks up shortly after the events in Beasts Made of Night. When our story opens, Taj is still reeling from the betrayals of both Karima and Bo, and has sketchy memories at best of exactly what happened when he pulled the inisisa from his own body and seemingly peeled away the shadows on it. The rebels are tryin

    I received an advanced reader’s copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

    Please note, this review contains spoilers for Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi.

    Crown of Thunder picks up shortly after the events in Beasts Made of Night. When our story opens, Taj is still reeling from the betrayals of both Karima and Bo, and has sketchy memories at best of exactly what happened when he pulled the inisisa from his own body and seemingly peeled away the shadows on it. The rebels are trying to regroup after the arashi attack on Kos, when Karima and Bo find them and attack with a new weapon; Karima and her algebraists have figured out how to attach metal plates to inisisa and are using them as armored infantry. Taj and Aliya become separated from the rest of the rebels and now find themselves on the run from Karima and her forces. Karima has also put a bounty on Taj’s head and he’s pretty much fair game to anyone who can catch him and drag him back to Kos, which is making finding shelter and help a little difficult. Their only choice is to head west, away from Kos, to try to find aid, and maybe some answers as to what exactly Taj did with that inisisa in the woods. While Taj is grappling with his guilt about Bo, and leaving Kos behind, Aliya seems to be hiding some secrets of her own.

    I absolutely LOVED this book, and I liked it about 300% more than I liked the first one. First of all, Aliya, and the other females in this book, are way more fleshed out than in BMoN; part of that, I think, stems from Taj’s growth as a character, as he becomes less self-involved over the course of book 2. I also loved the way Onyebuchi explored the themes of guilt and sin, and how the two concepts are entertwined with forgiveness and absolution. Crown of Thunder also gives us a better look into how math and the algebraists tie in with this worlds religion, which was only sort of alluded to in BMoN.

    My only complaint is that I felt the book ended really abrubtly with little in the way of a denouement.

    This is a perfect read for anyone who likes Black Panther, Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor, and/or Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.

  • Stephanie Ward

    'Crown of Thunder' is the fascinating and unique sequel to 'Beasts Made of Night'. The two together create a wholly original and highly imaginative series that fans of YA fantasy are definitely going to want to pick up. I personally flew through both of these books, one right after the other, in about 2 days. From the very beginning of this beautifully told story, I was enchanted and sucked into Taj's world. The author writes with such vivid imagery and detailed descriptions that I could easily

    'Crown of Thunder' is the fascinating and unique sequel to 'Beasts Made of Night'. The two together create a wholly original and highly imaginative series that fans of YA fantasy are definitely going to want to pick up. I personally flew through both of these books, one right after the other, in about 2 days. From the very beginning of this beautifully told story, I was enchanted and sucked into Taj's world. The author writes with such vivid imagery and detailed descriptions that I could easily picture myself alongside Taj in this dark world he lives in. Everything came to life before my eyes, which is kind of unusual for me to get so submersed in a world that I have no sort of connection with.

    I loved Taj as the main character. He grows and matures so much in the story, and it really shows at the end of the book. I thought he was brave, smart, courageous, but also had flaws that made him realistic and easy to identify with as well. The secondary characters like Aliya, Bo, Arzu, and even Queen Karima were also well rounded and complex, which made them feel realistic to me as well. The plot was intricately woven and filled with action and even a bit of romance. I couldn't help but fall inside the story and couldn't stop reading until I had finished the book. I loved the ideas of the Sin-Eaters, the inisisa, the aki and so much else was utterly fascinating to me and I greatly enjoyed learning about all of it. I could definitely read more in this series, but I'm not sure if the author is going to be doing any more installments. I very highly recommend this book to fans of YA, fantasy, paranormal, and even dystopia and romance - there's a bit of something for everyone.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

    Picking up right where Beasts Made of Night left off, Crown of Thunder throws us right back into the action again. As we navigate this new world, we're besides Taj as he must make sense of the new world order and where he belongs. But what confronts Taj and Aliya are secrets that threaten to destabilize everything they thought they knew. And the secrets might already be out.

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    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

    Picking up right where Beasts Made of Night left off, Crown of Thunder throws us right back into the action again. As we navigate this new world, we're besides Taj as he must make sense of the new world order and where he belongs. But what confronts Taj and Aliya are secrets that threaten to destabilize everything they thought they knew. And the secrets might already be out.

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  • Carolyn

    I liked book 1 well enough...I liked this one more. I would say it's 3.5-4 stars...but...

    The one niggling thing that keeps me from just full out loving both of these is the habit of having a very tiny moment (like 2 seconds on the page) be something that is then referenced later in the book (repeatedly) as actually having been a very big moment.

    I don't want to further explain without being super spoilerific. But think of when you've seen a movie, and there's a scene at the end where the characte

    I liked book 1 well enough...I liked this one more. I would say it's 3.5-4 stars...but...

    The one niggling thing that keeps me from just full out loving both of these is the habit of having a very tiny moment (like 2 seconds on the page) be something that is then referenced later in the book (repeatedly) as actually having been a very big moment.

    I don't want to further explain without being super spoilerific. But think of when you've seen a movie, and there's a scene at the end where the characters act like something really big happened earlier--and you think "was there an earlier scene cut that would have made that moment seem meaningful?" That's how some of the stuff feels here.

    OK OK I'll try to think of an example (I'm at work and both books are at home)...so in the first book, the kid, Omar I think his name is, is only with Taj for a very very very few scenes. But when he reflects back on Omar in the 2nd book, it sounds as if Omar was a major character in book 1, as if they had shared soooooo many moments together. Does that make sense?

    Anyway, it's a tick this author seems to have quite a few times in both books and every time it popped me out of the narrative.

    OTOH, I really enjoyed this book and saw a lot of growth from book 1. I *think* it is just a duo and not a trilogy. But either way I'll definitely be looking to read more from him!!

  • Paige Green

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Razorbill/Penguin. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

    Rating: 4/5

    Publication Date: October 16th, 2018

    Genre: YA Fantasy

    Recommended Age: 15+ (violence, romance, slight mature scenes, sins, and slight gore)

    Pages: 336

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    Synopsis: Taj is headed west, but the consequences of leaving Kos behind confront him at every turn. Innocent civilians flee to refugee camps as Karima's dark magic continues to descend on the city. Taj must return, bu

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Razorbill/Penguin. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

    Rating: 4/5

    Publication Date: October 16th, 2018

    Genre: YA Fantasy

    Recommended Age: 15+ (violence, romance, slight mature scenes, sins, and slight gore)

    Pages: 336

    Author Website

    Amazon Link

    Synopsis: Taj is headed west, but the consequences of leaving Kos behind confront him at every turn. Innocent civilians flee to refugee camps as Karima's dark magic continues to descend on the city. Taj must return, but first he needs a plan.

    With Arzu's help, Taj and Aliya make it to the village of her ancestors, home of the tastahlik—sin-eaters with Taj's same ability to both battle and call forth sins. As Taj comes to terms with his new magic, he realizes there are two very different groups of tastahlik—one using their powers for good, the other for more selfish ends.

    Aliya is struggling with her own unique capabilities. She's immersed in her work to uncover the secret to Karima's magic, but her health begins to mysteriously deteriorate. With the help of a local western mage, Aliya uncovers her true destiny—a future she's not sure she wants.

    As Taj and Aliya explore their feelings for each other and Arzu connects with her homeland, the local westerners begin to question Taj's true identity. Karima is on his heels, sending dark warnings to the little village where he's hiding. Taj will have to go back and face her before she sends her mostly deadly weapon—Taj's former best friend, Bo.

    I felt like for a sequel this book was well done. The writing was still as strong as it was in the first book and the plot was so interesting. I liked the relationships that were explored in this book and I liked how the characters are more developed in this book. I feel that this was a solid book and I would love to see more of this series.

    However, I do feel that the ending was very rushed and it felt that there were things that were left unsaid. Some of the parts of this book could have used a bit more fleshing out. I also feel that this book had some continuality issues. It felt that there were some parts of this book that didn’t seem to line up with the first book.

    Verdict: Overall, I think this is a solid read and the series is fantastic despite my nitpicking. Definitely pick up book 1 and 2 this Halloween season!

  • Lauren

    *3.5 stars* ARC for review.

    The continuation at this series is just as good as the first.

    The ending left a little wanting/felt a little rushed. I read it a couple times to make sure I didn’t miss anything.

    Still an interesting read. Loved the world building but wish a few things were a little more fleshed out. Maybe they will be in final editing?

  • Sydney

    The plot seemed to not go anywhere for a good majority of the book. Slow. The ending was rushed and I was definitely not satisfied with it. I enjoyed the first one a lot better.

  • Ebehi

    My main issues with the first book were the pacing and the writing, so I was hoping the sequel would be better.

    No. It wasn't.

    Too many situations were resolved by characters suddenly discovering hidden powers but then a few paragraphs later, the characters go back to acting like they haven't just made this major discovery THAT COULD CHANGE EVERYTHING.

    This happened so many times in the book that by the end, I was pretty much rolling my eyes. Things get unnecessarily dire because characters forget

    My main issues with the first book were the pacing and the writing, so I was hoping the sequel would be better.

    No. It wasn't.

    Too many situations were resolved by characters suddenly discovering hidden powers but then a few paragraphs later, the characters go back to acting like they haven't just made this major discovery THAT COULD CHANGE EVERYTHING.

    This happened so many times in the book that by the end, I was pretty much rolling my eyes. Things get unnecessarily dire because characters forget their special powers, then when people are just about to die, then they suddenly remember their powers and even discover new ones!

    The pacing was slightly better than in the first book, but I had a hard time staying interested because most of the "quest" seemed like aimless wandering. And it wasn't clear why anyone wanted Taj so much or why everyone was so invested in protecting him.

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