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The Paladins (The Artisans) Paperback – May 3, 2016
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Anyway, the lovely writing and intense pace made this book a page-turner that I would have finished in less time had I not been traveling. The ending brought everything together nicely with all romantic entanglements taken care of. And so, of course, I was left with a smile on my face. Ah, Cole!
While The Artisans is pretty obviously a new take on the classic "Beauty and the Beast" story, The Paladins is quite a bit different. I felt like there were several fairy tales and myths incorporated in this book, and I actually thought that was much more exciting than just retelling one specific story. There's a little Rapunzel, a little generic damsel in distress, and a lot of Greek mythology (especially centering around Pan and the Labyrinth). For me, everything meshed together well and it didn't feel like Reece was trying to do too much. I'm sure there were references to things that I didn't catch because I wasn't familiar with certain elements of the stories, but I did enjoy all of the things I did recognize. I think this would still be a fun read for someone who isn't familiar with much of the mythology or anything, because Reece establishes the rules of the world in her own way so that things still feel fresh and new.
The Paladins is written from Gideon, Cole, and Raven's perspectives, and I was so glad to be able to see what the boys were thinking. Don't get me wrong, I loved being in Raven's head for The Artisans, but I don't think this book would have been anywhere near as good if we had only seen things from Raven. The fresh viewpoints really added a depth to this story that helped move events along at a great pace, especially when everyone was split up.Read more ›
In this book we get to know Cole quite a bit more. I absolutely loved his character. To be truthful, I loved all the characters. They are impossible not to fall in love with. I really enjoyed how this book alternated between three different narrators. The chapters switched between Cole, Gideon, and Raven. It flowed perfectly and it was written in a way that was never once confusing as to who was telling the story.
The world building was fantastic. I felt like the story had come alive while I was reading. Everything going on around me just vanished away. Nothing could distract from my reading. I could go on and on and on about this book but I don't want to give any of the fantastic surprises this book has in store for you. Trust me and pick up this book. If you want a good escape from reality this one is so worth it. You could easily pick up this book and not be confused if you didn't read the first one. I wouldn't recommend missing out on the first one though. Both stories had completely different things going on and they are both worth reading.
The story ended perfectly.Read more ›
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Thank you, Julie Reece, for upping the creepiness in round two of The Artisans. Creepiness is a favorite thing of mine, and this book delivered. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jaime Lynn
I loved this book. It was even spookier (especially as a sort of psychological thriller) than the first one, which I guess is good if you like that sort of thing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Allyssa Painter
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