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Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal {Just Hatched}

Just Hatched Book Feature

Just Hatched is a feature where I share my first impressions of a book after the first chapter. Check out the announcement post for more information.

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal is a book that will instantly grab attention with that gorgeous cover and then intrigue you with the idea of mediums being used to gather intelligence from soldiers after they die. I am already impressed with how the mediums are involved in military operations and definitely want to read more.

Note: I received an advanced copy of Ghost Talkers from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal {Just Hatched}

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal
Published by Tor Books on Aug. 16th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Historical Fantasy, Military Fantasy
Page Length: 304 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Harford, an intelligence officer. Ginger is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force.

Each soldier heading for the front is conditioned to report to the mediums of the Spirit Corps when they die so the Corps can pass instant information about troop movements to military intelligence.

Ginger and her fellow mediums contribute a great deal to the war efforts, so long as they pass the information through appropriate channels. While Ben is away at the front, Ginger discovers the presence of a traitor. Without the presence of her fiance to validate her findings, the top brass thinks she's just imagining things. Even worse, it is clear that the Spirit Corps is now being directly targeted by the German war effort. Left to her own devices, Ginger has to find out how the Germans are targeting the Spirit Corps and stop them. This is a difficult and dangerous task for a woman of that era, but this time both the spirit and the flesh are willing…

4 Stars

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The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu eARC {3 Stars}

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu is a sweeping tale of war set in a “silk punk” world clearly inspired by various Asian folklores. The Grace of Kings is one of those books that I can see the incredible technical merit of, but didn’t enjoy personally as much as I’d hoped. The tone reminded me starkly of a bird’s-eye-view of the story, instead of connecting closely with one or two characters, so if you don’t need close character connections to enjoy a story, The Grace of Kings might be more for you than it was for me.

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Grace of Kings from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu eARC {3 Stars}

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu (The Dandelion Dynasty #1)
Published by Saga Press on April 7th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Military Fantasy
Page Length: 640 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, soaring battle kites, conspiring goddesses, underwater boats, magical books, as a streetfighter-cum-general who takes her place as the greatest tactitian of the age. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.

3 Stars

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The Thousand Names by Django Wexler ARC {3 Stars}

The Thousand Names by Django Wexler is a military fantasy about a soldier with a secret, an officer just trying to keep his men alive, and a Colonel with an uncanny mind for strategy and luck. The Thousand Names is actually the first military fantasy that I’ve read and reminded me a lot of court intrigue-based fantasy, except with battles instead of court scenes ;-). The Thousand Names is pretty light on the fantasy for the first two-thirds, and taught me that I’m not overly interested in military plots, but the series has promise.

Note: I borrowed a copy of The Thousand Names. Some things may have changed in the final version.

This book has adult content.
The Thousand Names by Django Wexler ARC {3 Stars}

The Thousand Names by Django Wexler (The Shadow Campaigns #1)
Published by Roc on July 2nd, 2013
Genres: Adult, Military Fantasy
Page Length: 528 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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Captain Marcus d’Ivoire, commander of one of the Vordanai empire’s colonial garrisons, was resigned to serving out his days in a sleepy, remote outpost. But that was before a rebellion upended his life. And once the powder smoke settled, he was left in charge of a demoralized force clinging tenuously to a small fortress at the edge of the desert.

To flee from her past, Winter Ihernglass masqueraded as a man and enlisted as a ranker in the Vordanai Colonials, hoping only to avoid notice. But when chance sees her promoted to command, she must win the hearts of her men and lead them into battle against impossible odds.

The fates of both these soldiers and all the men they lead depend on the newly arrived Colonel Janus bet Vhalnich, who has been sent by the ailing king to restore order. His military genius seems to know no bounds, and under his command, Marcus and Winter can feel the tide turning. But their allegiance will be tested as they begin to suspect that the enigmatic Janus’s ambitions extend beyond the battlefield and into the realm of the supernatural—a realm with the power to ignite a meteoric rise, reshape the known world, and change the lives of everyone in its path.

3 Stars

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