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Revolution has brought down his kingdom he must depend on Tala to bring him home safe But it was his army who murdered her family Now Tala will be his redemption or his downfallA detective with a grudgeXiulan is an eccentric pipe smoking detective who can solve any mystery but the biggest mystery of all is her true identity She’s a princess in disguise and she plans to secure her throne by presenting her father with the ultimate prize the world’s most wanted princeA thief with a broken heartLee is a small time criminal wh EDIT 6202020 Hi all unfortunately I have to retract my support of this book because several women have come forward on Twitter stating that he is a serial harasser I believe these women I don't have much to say so for a elouent and thorough statement please see Sahlea's statementOriginal Review Okay I’m surprised that my Goodreads hive mind that’s ya’ll ya’ll are the best hadn’t alerted me to this book iconic book earlier Steel Crow Saga is a super ueer Asian inspired young adult fantasy novel that blends elements of Avatar The Last Airbender and Pokémon That description sets the bar high and Paul Krueger delivers In his sopho book he writes from the perspectives of four characters whose respective nations are representative of China Japan the Philippines and Korea Some are rogues and some are royals each with distinct voices and desires such as to avenge fallen family members who died in war or to secure the throne of their country These characters’ paths crisscross until they all unite against one common enemy who possesses the power to tear all of their worlds asunderI love how this book addresses dark and heavy topics while still feeling so compulsively readable which did remind me of what it felt like to watch Avatar The Last Airbender Krueger shows the effects of imperialism from the vantage points of both the colonizer and the colonized ranging from the privilege that comes with systemic power to the psychological trauma that accompanies seeing your loved ones slaughtered His characters though almost bounce off the page with their charismatic personalities and their witty funny dialogue and distinct characteristics Our four main characters Xiulan Lee Tala and Jimuro each have well written personal motivations as well as uniue perspectives which helps keep the stakes high and the plot moving After reading this book for only a little while I felt this sense of trust with Krueger that he knew these characters well that he cared about them and that he put forth every effort possible for us to connect with them as well – which paid off such that I did tear up during the final fight scene in the novelThe only constructive critiue I have toward this book is that the development of Tala and Jimuro’s relationship felt a bit rushed or forced Though I love how their last interaction in the novel allows for breathing room and time to heal which felt much authentic I think the uickness of their relationship forming when they first met – especially given the extent to which they could or should have opposed one another – took me out of the narrative a bit Overall highly recommended for those who want a young adult fantasy with lots of LGBT representation including a ff couple a couple of bisexual characters though one could be pansexual I’m not entirely sure and a trans major though not main character I hope this novel gets the attention that white ueer stories do yep that’s me being petty because it deserves it Thank you to my bff Natasha for recommending Steel Crow Saga and Goodreads friends please send me any and all ueer POC books you’d recommend or want me to read and review

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Steel Crow SagaO lives by only one law Leave them before they leave you But when Princess Xiulan asks her to be her partner in crime and offers her a magical animal companion as a reward she can’t say no and soon finds she doesn’t want to leave the princess behind This band of rogues and royals should all be enemies but they unite for a common purpose to defeat an unstoppable killer who defies the laws of magic In this battle they will forge unexpected bonds of friendship and love that will change their lives and begin to change the wor “We all have such finite time even when the spirits are kind” representation own voices asian inspired author is Filipino asian inspired worlds and characters Sanbu Islands Phillipines inspired; Tomoda Japanese inspired; Shang Chinese inspired; Jeongson Korean inspired; Dahal Indian inspiredueer characters gay bi lesbian trans ff relationship mm relationshiptrigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers★★★★Even though I really really enjoyed this I have to admit I was a little disappointed because I was expecting this to get 5 stars and be a new all time fave but alas We'll start with the things I loved the avatar and pokemon inspired elements avatar and pokemon were both HUGE parts of my childhood We had the avatar influence metalpacting metalbending and the pokemon influence shadepacting bond between the souls of human and animal which I LOVED There was also a super interesting discussion on whether enslaving another creature's spirit is okay or not ever since I became an adult I always felt kinda icky about this with pokemon THE CHARACTERS omg i'm OBSESSED with Lee Jimuro Lee is SO badass and Jimuro reminded me so much of Zuko from ATLAThings that kinda didn't work for me the fact that this is of an urban fantasy has technology and cars and such and my preferred fantasy is of an ancient feeling world it was kind of dense a lot of the time i found myself not really wanting to pick it up even though when i was reading it i was enjoying myself the fact that the only trans character was lowkey a villain lameoverall i definitely recommend this one it just wasn't a new favourite unfortunately trigger warnings colonisation genocide gun violence loss of loved ones war themes mention of suicide gore a literal giant spider ron weasley would hate that scene lol injured animals lots and lots and lots of violence


Paul Krueger ¾ Steel Crow Saga ePub

Steel Crow Saga kindle æ eBook á Paul Krueger á ❮PDF / Epub❯ ✈ Steel Crow Saga ⚣ Author Paul Krueger – Four destinies collide in a uniue fantasy world of war and wonders where empire is won with enchanted steel and magical animal companions fight alongside their mastFour destinies collide in a uniue fantasy world of war and wonders where empire is won with enchanted steel and magical animal companions fight alongside their masters in battleA soldier with a curseTala lost her family to the empress’s army and has spent her life avenging them in battle But the empress’s crimes don’t haunt her half as much as the crimes Tala has committed against the laws Steel Crow PDF or of magic and her own flesh and blood A prince with a debtJimuro has inherited the ashes of an empire Now that the ARC provided by the publisher—Gollancz—in exchange for an honest review455 starsMulti cultural diverse characters superbly character driven narrative; Steel Crow Saga is a brilliant Asiananime inspired fantasyAs an Asian who loves watching anime and reading mangas and SFF novels Steel Crow Saga is a novel that felt as if it was written for me Steel Crow Saga has been published for than a month now and I feel like I’ve sinned—Sloth—for postponing reading this book Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood is one of my favorite anime of all time seriously watch the anime if you haven’t and I also love Pokemon and Avatar The Last Airbender; these three are the most dominant anime inspirations imbued into Steel Crow Saga I REALLY would’ve read this book months ago and I did have the chance to do that because I received the eARC from Gollancz in August But here’s the thing the eARC I received was so terribly formatted—it didn’t even include the entire prologue for one—that I had to give up reading through it 15% in Thankfully what I’ve read so far back then was enough to solidify my decision to wait and read the finished copy instead I’m super pleased that I made this decision; the wait was worth it because this is an amazing AnimeAsian inspired fantasy book that’s worth reading without any hindrance “All the books in the world will never convey the technical realities of a procedure” Although Steel Crow Saga is marked as the first book of a series do know that it is very much a standalone story; there’s no cliffhanger with the main stories whatsoever The main plot revolves around four main characters Tala Jimuro Xiulan and Lee Not only the four main characters have different roles in the story but they also came from different countries that are deeply inspired by Asian countries in our real world Tala is a soldier from Sanbu Phillippines Jimuro is a prince from Tomoda Japanese Xiulan is a detective from Shang China and Lee is a thief from Jeongson Korea As I mentioned at the beginning of my review or maybe you’ve heard of it Steel Crow Saga is enriched by both Anime and Asian inspirations; it makes for a refreshing read for me because incredible Asian inspired fantasy novels are in my opinion relatively harder to find I think Krueger did an awesome job writing this book; Steel Crow Saga is a book about what happened after the big war a story about the neverending cycle of hatred caused by it a story about forgiveness and it’s a book that has everything readers usually love in their character driven fantasy read Do note that it’s better to not expect a fast paced storyline as per the case of the majority of character driven fantasy Krueger takes his time to progress the main story by making sure the characterizations and personality were on point first which he did spectacularly “Sanbuna lore had countless monsters but the worst of them wore a human face” I’ve said this countless times before but character driven stories are my favorite type of novels to read I loved that the book is slow paced; I loved that the author takes his time to prioritize the characterizations foremost making sure that I care about their journeys feelings struggles and moral dilemmas The characterizations given to the main characters were nothing short of incredible; it was rewarding to witness the characters’ development both in attitudes and relationships Further there were many passages that I found to be relatable This one for example “He took off his glasses and polished them with the end of his tie She found it striking how odd the sight was to her She knew they were an artificial addition to his face but that didn’t change the fact that he looked incomplete without them” I feel seen through this little snippet; I’ve been wearing glasses for almost the entirety of my life and I’m not kidding when I say that it has become a part of me and my look I must say that I’m uite surprised by how few people mentioned Full Metal Alchemist inspiration in their review of this book; the inspirations were everywhere For example Tala and Dimangan's familial relationship reminded me of the Elric brothers in Full Metal Alchemist Unfortunately I can’t explain in detail as to why because I don’t want to spoil those who haven’t watched the anime masterpiece which you really should Moreover there’s this obvious nod to the anime that filled me with glee “Lieutenant Riza Special Division” she said borrowing the name from her hawk eyed firing instructor” Picture Riza Hawkeye from Full Metal AlchemistPlus there’s a city called Hagane in this book Hagane is “metal” in Japanese and Full Metal Alchemist in Japan is called Hagane no Renkinjutsushi Alright I’m going to stop talking about Full Metal Alchemist inspirations here otherwise I risk expanding this review even longer than it already is; this entire review is just a long way of me saying “yes read Steel Crow Saga and also watch Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood please” The other two dominant anime inspirations that made this book impressive were Pokemon and Avatar The Last Airbender Do you love reading about fantasy books that have animal companions in it I do Well Krueger leveled it up by making these animal companions come in magic form called Shade and a certain set of people in this book can Shadepact—creating a special bond with these magical animals and making them appear by calling their names just like how it is in Pokemon The second magic system is called Metalpact—bendingcontrol metal to their will “He was Tomodanese and with metal in hand his people could work terrible miracles” The magic systems were simple easy to understand and yet they also made the book especially its actions so much entertaining As I’ve mentioned before Steel Crow Saga may be slow paced and heavy on characterizations but please don’t misunderstand this statement; there’s still plenty of well written action seuences to be found in this book The climax seuences in particular were intensely gripping and emotional Combining the best of both magic and steel Krueger crafted a concluding battle scene that ended Steel Crow Saga impactfully and satisfyinglyBefore I close this review I would like to praise Krueger on his Asian inspiration world building Krueger is a Filipino American author and I’m not Filipino so I won’t claim to understand all the traditions and culture around it The people of Dahal if I’m not mistaken is based on Indian As for the other Asian countries’ traditions languages foods and cultures that I’m familiar with I have to say that Krueger did a great job of implementing them into his world building while making sure that this is still a fantasy book Let’s take a look at this “A Tomodanese surname for her was a tricky thing since the Tomodanese language didn’t have an L sound” In our real world the Japanese Tomodanese in this book language has the same rule applied If I were to say my surname “Leo” in Japanese it would be “Reo” Then for the people of Shang China they called their little sister “meimei” Chinese for little sister and their big sister “jiejie” Chinese for big sister However the usage of language isn’t the only thing that Krueger included even the way the characters behave and the clothing the main characters wear respectively were simply on point Additionally the variety of Asian food and beverages such as soju kimchi soba gochujang mapo tofu adobo etc and the way they’re consumed also enhanced the authenticity of the Asian inspired world buildingPowerfully fueled by a palpable passion for anime fantasy and everything Asian Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger is a magnificently entertaining book you don’t want to miss reading If you’ve been craving for an Asiananime inspired fantasy or maybe character driven fantasy in general with on point characterizations I don’t see how you’ll go wrong with giving Steel Crow Saga a read SidenoteBoth the US UK editions—especially the US edition that’s illustrated by Chun Lo—has gorgeous cover art; I’m going to procure myself a physical copy as soon as I’m ableYou can order the book from Book Depository Free shipping You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions