291490Finally finished!

I started the Rogues series years ago and was able to get through the first three real quick.  Took me some time to track down this last one and give it a go.

A brother against brother kind of story.  One seeking to regain the honor of the family, the other seeking to escape the shackles of duty and tradition forced upon him.  Both aided by rogues of differing natures: the younger brother joins forces with a good natured bard, while the elder has a cursed halfling pirate by his side, who between the two share different versions of the same curse.

The only real downside to this is that it took so long to get to the curse part of things, and figure out how it all fits together, but the story itself was interesting enough for me to keep it going.

Nothing overly remarkable about the Yellow Silk, aside from the fact that the artifact that the entire book is named after plays very little part in the actual storyline.

But otherwise a good, solid Realms story and a good end to the Rogues series.

Trying to mix it up a bit now.  I’ve read over 40 Realms books this year so I’m desperate for a change of pace.  Finally checking out the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, Hunger Games is next.

2767052The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.