17 September 2019

ARC Review // A House of Rage and Sorrow

Title: A House of Rage and Sorrow
Author: Sangu Mandanna
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Published: 17th September 2019
Pages: 336 pages 

One kingdom. One crown. One family.

“Maybe it’s time the great House of Rey came to an end. After all, what are we now? Just a house of rage and sorrow.”

Esmae once wanted nothing more than to help her golden brother win the crown of Kali but that dream died with her best friend. Alexi broke her heart, and she vowed to destroy him for it. And with her sentient warship Titania beside her, how can she possibly fail?

As gods, beasts, and kingdoms choose sides, Alexi seeks out a weapon more devastating than even Titania. Past lives threaten the present. Old enemies claim their due. And Esmae cannot outrun the ghosts and the questions that haunt her. What really happened to her father? What was the third boon her mother asked of Amba? For in the shadows, lurking in wait, are secrets that will swallow her whole.

The House of Rey is at war. And the entire galaxy will bleed before the end.

I shall try something different today, since in my review of A Spark of White Fire, I already rambled about how brilliant and entrancing the writing is, the amazingness of the characters and the fabulous world building. So, today I'm sharing with you three reasons why you should get yourself a copy A House of Rage and Sorrow - an astonishing sequel to A Spark of White Fire - from your nearest bookshop.

Esmae is so freaking incredible! After being betrayed by her brother and losing her best friend, Esmae wants revenge - she's a true warrior at heart and nothing will stop her from having it even if it means ruining Alexi. I never expected that I could love Esmae more than I already did. There's so much rage inside her and yet she's so shattered. All she ever wanted was to be accepted and loved by her brothers and mother and now, after losing Rama, she needs to get used to a reality where there is too much hatred in her heart when it comes to her family.

"I scream monsters out of the dark and gargoyles to life." 

I mentioned before that Esmae is strong, but in this sequel, where she is struggling to accepted the events of A Spark of White Fire, I got to see how truly strong she is. The world isn't black and white and she must make decisions that are morally ambiguous - decisions that hurt her to make, because under all the strength and rage there's sorrow - everything and everyone was taken from her. I really wish I could hug Esmae... I'm glad she had Max to stand by her side - I'm glad that Max was there to giver her his love.

Indian mythology is so compelling. The storyline is inspired the Mahabharata. In A House of Rage and Sorrow, the author makes use of many bits of Indian mythology and folk tales to craft a vast world where Indian Gods intertwine perfectly in a world of sentient spaceships. Talking about sentient spaceships, Titania is also a very good reason to pick this novel. That spaceship has lots of sass! In the end, every new addition brings a lot more colour to this space opera.

Secrets and mysteries to be unveiled at every page. If there were secrets to be unravelled in A Spark of White Fire, in A House of Rage and Sorrow hidden secrets that will leave you gasping can be found in every page. There were so many twists and surprises that I just could not put the book down for a second. I don't want to spoil a single word of the story, so all I'm doing to say is that in the final chapters the curses, the family rivalry and the political intrigue (all themes that are a huge part of the storyline) will just sweep you off your feet and leave you dying to get your hands on the third novel as soon as it comes out... Do you think it is too early to queue in front of a bookshop to get my copy?

Have you already read A House of Rage and Sorrow? 
Do you love Esmae as much as I do? 

Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher/author for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

10 comments:

  1. For some reason, I didn't know this was a sequel so I skimmed over your review. Esmae sounds phenomenal! And I totally love that name! And I'm all here for Indian mythology! I'll have to check out the first novel!
    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

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    1. A Spark of White Fire is a brilliant book. I hope you give it an opportunity.

      Happy readings! 😊

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  2. I'm not familiar with this series but Esmae sounds like such a great character.

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    1. Esmae is a brilliantly written character. Happy readings! 😊

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  3. I definitely need to give this series a chance! The mythology sounds fantastic!

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    1. The mythology is perfectly intertwined with the story.
      Happy readings! 😊

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  4. I do love a sequel that still keeps you wanting to read more. I would say queuing outside the bookshop for the third one might be a bit much, but it's definitely acceptable to regularly check out the bookshop waiting for the release day to happen.

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    1. I must agree with you: it's better to regularly check out the bookshop. Or maybe just pre-order the book.

      Happy readings! 😊

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  5. I LOVED the first book, so I'm really excited to see that book two is just as good!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. I can guarantee you that the second book is equally amazing.

      Happy readings! 😊

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