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On the surface, Silasta appears to be peaceful.
Its nobility consider themselves to be quite civilized given their disdain for violence and turmoil. However, it soon becomes clear that assassination was only the first part of the scheme: The challenges the characters confront range from navigating new duties to trying to survive during a tumultuous time, but the plot is largely a mystery with the characters questioning whom they can trust.
Stories focusing heavily on investigation do not always appeal to me, but this one worked for me since resolving it mattered to main protagonists I cared about and I thought it was well done.
As engaging as I found the story and themes centered on humanity, I thought the highlight was the characters.
Both Jovan and Kalina have similarly refined narrative voices befitting nobility, but their perspectives are each their own. Earlier in the book, I preferred reading his sections largely because of his area of expertise and his close friendship with Tain, a carefree, fun-loving, charismatic person who accepts his new responsibilities with a gravity unexpected by many.
Her respiratory problems and tendency to become ill easily made it impossible for her to build an immunity to poisons without risking her life, and she nearly died when beginning her apprenticeship.
Kalina is determined and resourceful with amazing reserves of inner strength, and it was she who stole the show in the end.
Their main governmental body consists of six inherited positions and six Guild heads appointed by merit, who may or may not be from a noble family. These leaders can be men or women, and their family structure is matrilineal.
City of Lies is a fantastic book with a great premise, enthralling mystery, and compelling three dimensional characters. Even though it lags in places, the last third delivers and the positives far outweigh that one minor negative, making it one of my favorite books of so far.'Only the Heart is an outstanding book; a tense, exciting, moving and wholly engrossing read' Magpies'An exceptionally well told and moving story; a most perceptive, searing and unforgettable account of the Vietnamese boat people' Austral Ed Book News1/5(5).
"An epic novel in a lively and accessible translation by Barbara Harshav. She uncannily captures the highly idiosyncratic voice and lilt, the full measure of provincialism and sophistication, of the master.
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Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Only the Heart This story focuses on the Vo family's fight for freedom from Vietnam. The family leave behind everything, pursuing a dangerous route to escape the devastated ruins of their homeland and . Bill Gates reviews “The Heart” by author Maylis de Kerangal. some campaigns and content may only be available to users in certain areas. Gates Notes will never share and distribute your information with external parties. A poetic novel about grief. Personal. Books. Energy. Sign up My Profile & Settings. Benjamin treats it with profound, heart-tugging respect, and gives us a novel crafted with a resonant sensitivity to the lifelong complexities of family relationships. At the heart of this marvelous novel are four interlocking life histories that unfurl from a single childhood event shared by the central characters.
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