Tuesday, January 19, 2021


And here's another brief post about two books I don't have much to talk about...


A very special holiday short story for readers of the Irin Chronicles
Join Ava, Malachi, and their friends for Midwinter holidays in Prague. The Irin might not celebrate Christmas, but that doesn’t mean Ava has to give up on the holidays. With her children on the way, nothing will stop the newest Irina from celebrating with her growing family. But will lingering doubts and worries about fatherhood let Malachi celebrate the way he wants?
On a Clear Winter Night is a short story set after the first three books of the Irin Chronicles. 

Comment: This is a cute Christmas-type novella set in the world of the Irin Chronicles. I have read some books in this series and I do plan on reading more but this was a novella which feels like a gift to readers. In fact, it's all sweet moments, for it features the anticipation of celebrating festivities among the Irin and also the birth of Ava and Malachi's babies. There isn't much of a plot nor development, only good things and sweet moments to appreciate, so new readers hoping to get an idea about the world with a novella should not pick this one. I think, for me, it was cute enough and made me smile but it's really like a little sweet, not something truly complete.

Grade: 6/10

Comment: I was given this book on Christmas. The author is known for is writings in newspapers, translations, opinion pieces and also the fact he is a monarchic. In this book, which doesn't seem to have translations into other languages, we find a collection of small opinion pieces he wrote for newspapers on several subjects, but mostly about the country and its people. I found most of the articles interesting and one or two even emotional but there are also many which, despite being interesting enough, were only average to me, in terms of reading experience. This is a man who loves words and the language so all the texts are superbly written. However, I don't feel the will to look for other things by him on purpose.

Grade: 6/10

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