Paperback, 544 Pages
Adult/ Epic Fantasy
By: Jen Williams
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/4
“Don’t be afraid of who you are.”
The Ninth Rain was The Fantasy Guild book of the month for the month of August and I am so glad it was picked because I have been willing to read this book for a while and it was one of my priority reads for this year and I finally read it and I really enjoyed it.
I was initially attracted to this series because of its awesome covers and I am glad the inside reflects this beauty too. The story follows three main characters and how their paths cross to restore the glory of Ebora. In short, there were on going wars with alien like creatures in the past and the God Tree would use the help of beasts to defeat them and things have been quiet lately but not for long!
The writing is awesome, I loved William’s writing and I finished the book in three days. I was confused at the beginning and some of the basic things are only explained later but that is not unusual for an adult epic fantasy novel and I promise that things get much better the more you read. I did not read William’s previous books and I am not very interested in them but I think I could feel an experience when I read this book and I love that.
What I really loved about this book is that I enjoyed all the characters, there were no chapters that I wanted to skip and there was always something interesting happening to the characters which would leave me wanting more as a reader. I love books of this kind and I can’t wait to see more of Tor, Vintage and Noon! The witches were very interesting and all the different creatures were also out of the usual stereotypes in this kind of story.
The world building is great, It is a mix of fantasy with a bit of sci-fi, I think the word “”Weird” fits this book perfectly because I did not expect the enemies to be giant bug like creatures. At one point, I got strong Studio Ghibli vibes from this one and I started seeing it in my mind in that style and I mean this in the best possible way!
The plot is slow at first and it picks up gradually towards an explosive and cool ending. This also gave me “The Way of Kings” vibes because they did have some similarities in the story line. I wish that this book had a map and some illustrations -that were described but not shown- because it would have enhanced the experience tremendously.
“There is, it seems to me, a certain type of man who is terrified of the idea of a woman wielding power, of any sort; the type of man who is willing to dress up his terror in any sort of trappings to legitimise it.”
Summary: Really enjoyed this one with all its weirdness, it gave me Studio Ghibli * The Way of Kings vibes which I really like. I loved the writing and the characters. The plot takes some time to pick up and so does the confusion which makes getting into this a bit hard but worth it. I am most definitely continuing this series ASAP!