Thursday, 28 June 2012

Review- The Weeping Empress by Sadie S. Forsythe

Title: The Weeping Empress
Series: The Weeping Empress
Author: Sadie S. Forsythe
Published: December 14th 2011
Book 1 

(Sent by the Author)
An intricate world of bloodshed, slaughter and demise brings forth a young woman named Chiyo Alglaeca. Waking up in an unfamiliar part of the world, Chiyo finds herself enclosed in a battle with unknown forces. She does not know who the hero or the villain is, she does not know where her family is and she does not know where to go. 

The battle results in two energetic yet serene men with triumph and Chiyo, deciding that she has nowhere else to go, follows along. Chiyo has evolved throughout the novel by travelling with the two men overtime that are like brothers to her and transformed into a bloodthirsty warrior that shows no remorse to her victims. As Chiyo strengthens in terms of her form and skill, she becomes a companion to the two men who love to cause mayhem for the deceitful emperor.


The first part of this remarkable novel that I absolutely adored was how Sadie S. Forsythe describes each situation in extraordinary detail. The way the characters feel, appear and interpret situations is just one of many factors that highlight the theme of revenge. Forsythe has an obvious passion and talent for writing as she explores the life and experiences of her characters. They develop into confident and unstoppable beings that have a purpose in their world. I was constantly entranced into the world of Chiyo and did not want to put the book down for any reason whatsoever. The end of each chapter left me keen to continue and discover what happens in the next impeccable section.

There was a slight part of this novel that I didn’t find very appealing. It was the fact that whenever there were words in another language, I had to keep flicking back to the glossary to see what it meant. It occurred very rarely in the novel and was not enough to lose a star. The cover of the novel was also a little bit bland and does not give readers a reason to pick up the book. This was also not enough to lose a star because the content of the novel was outstanding and impressive.

Overall, the novel was a breathtaking debut and it left me eager for the sequel to come out (even though that will take a while). With the superb content that it has, The Weeping Empress is a novel that should be read by all people between the ages of 14+. Sadie S. Forsythe is an amazing author that should be renowned for the time and effort she put into The Weeping Empress.

Rating 5/5


14 comments:

  1. Nice Review! I agree, I dislike going back to that forsaken glossary! Did you read Alex's review on this novel? I was surprised it was that god, as you said the cover is not appealing, usually the contents contribute to it's cover... Usually..

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    1. Thanks Nic, despite the minor faults this novel is still great in content.
      I think the cover should be a little more colourful and yes I have read Alex's review of it. It looks like he liked it as well.
      Thanks again,
      ~Daniel~

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  2. Hello :)
    You have got a cute blog here! I like your design, style of writing, and your ideas, almost everything...
    I'm a new follower :) Can you do me a favor and follow my blog back? Here:
    http://insomnia-of-books.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Soma,
      I am now your newest follower. Thank you for the kind words... I like your blog too... very creative.
      ~Daniel~

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  3. Great Review Daniel. I like the way you tell the story without giving too much away. I will definitely be reading this when I get the chance. I do agree with you about the cover though.

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    1. Thanks Aaron, I did find it difficult not to give anything away because this was an amazing novel and I just wanted to tell you what it was about. Like I said about the cover, it needs to be more exciting so readers pick it up in the first place
      Thanks again,
      ~Daniel~

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  4. Thank you for the review--both the praise and the criticisms. It's important to know things like people think the cover it too static, ie unappealing. The chrysanthemum was chosen because is symbolizes death in some (mostly european) countries, grief in a number of east asian countries, but is a positive symbol in the US. They're all themes in the book. But that fact is irrelevant if no one picks it up in the first place. Similarly, Daniel isn't the first person to dislike the glossary. I've always loved a glossary, but I'm an admitted word nerd. More importantly I thought it would be disingenuous to describe a katana with the language of a broad sword, even if more familiar. I did try to make it a little easier on the reader with the diagram. I always welcome comments and discussion.

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    1. Hello Sadie,
      I figured it would be important to see both the praise and criticisms so it can help in your next book. In regards to the cover, I honestly had no idea that it was a chrysanthemum. Now it makes sense to me and is rather sensible. The diagram of the Katana did help out in how I imagined the characters weapons and fighting positions.
      Thanks so much for giving me a chance to read this amazing novel and I wish you many happy endeavors in the future.
      ~Daniel~

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  5. Thank you so much for commenting on my Harry Potter Post :D. I am glad I summed the book up! :D Thank you for following me too. I have returned the favor! new follower! BTW, this book sounds so good!

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    1. Thank you for commenting as well. The book is really excellent so you should give it a go. Thanks Again...
      ~Daniel~

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  6. Brilliant Review Daniel. Glad you seemed to really enjoy this novel. I agree with you 100% on the cover. Can't wait to see some more upcoming reviews!

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    1. Thank you so much Alex,
      it looks as though most people agree with me about the cover. I must say that your review on this novel was amazing as well...
      Thanks again
      ~Daniel~

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  7. Great review on The Weeping Empress, I hope to able to read this soon. It seems like a good mix of murder and adventure

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    1. If you are into all of the adventure and murder genre's then this is absolutely the book for you. Thanks for the comment,
      ~Daniel~

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