Get your own mushrooms, or my review of Children of Lightning

children of lightning

Children of Lightning

By: Annie K Wong

Publisher: Independent

Publication Date: September 27th, 2014

Format: eARC


Secrets beget secrets. The curse that befell the Hollows clan has left them incapable of producing male offspring. To extend their bloodline, they have formed a covenant with the serpentine Ophidians, who give them children. In return, the Hollows must keep these monstrous creatures well fed, though the details of the procurement are so abominable that the truth is never revealed to the other clans. In their homeland of Matikki, they live like outcasts.

Through a series of chance discoveries, the secrets of the ancient curse unfold before a warrior named Writhren Hollow. Is her purely female clan the result of a lapse of divine providence, or are the Hollows themselves victims of an enslavement scheme?

If Writhren frees her clan from the covenant, she risks the wrath of the Ophidians and the future of her bloodline. If she keeps the truth of the curse to herself, she is a traitor to her own kind. Either way, she will suffer for what she must do.

This is not a story of redemption, but regret. This is Writhren’s story.

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2 star (pheonix)

I was so excited for this book. I opened it as an unknown entity, but the writing was incredible and the world incredibly unique. However, the uniqueness was its downfall. There was too much of a new world for me, all of these new names, new species, and while the creation story of all of these new creatures was elegantly written, I still have no idea what these things actually looked like, other than not human-like.

I was ready to power my way through all of the above, until the mushroom scene. The mushroom scene was awful. The mushroom scene was one of the most convoluted scenes I have ever read. So, these two creature sisters are picking mushrooms for their mother’s birthday and these guys come up and are nice enough to say that the mushrooms they are picking are the evil twins of the actual mushrooms they were looking for. So instead of being all like “thanks for the tip” the elder sister is like “GIVE ME YOUR MUSHROOMS” and the helpful guy is like “dufuq?” So the sister, because the guy won’t give up the mushrooms that he needs to feed his sick parents, decides that she needs to kill the guy to get the mushrooms. And then the sister is pissed at the dead guy because the guy wouldn’t give up the mushrooms “making” her kill him and at the mc for letting the younger brother get away. And then the sister starts talking about how a war could start because of what happened, all due to some darn mushrooms.

And then the mother didn’t even like them. And that’s when I stopped reading.

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