BLOG TOUR POST: Early Thoughts on The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams

THE BITTER TWINS (The Winnowing Flame Trilogy #2)
By Jen Williams
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: 8th March 2018
Format: Paperback (624 pages)

The Ninth Rain has fallen, the Jure’lia have returned, and with Ebora a shadow of its former self, the old enemy are closer to conquering Sarn than ever.

Tormalin the Oathless and the Fell-Witch Noon have their hands full dealing with the first war-beasts to be born in Ebora for nearly three hundred years. But these are not the great mythological warriors of old; hatched too early and with no link to their past lives, the war-beasts have no memory of the many battles they have fought and won, and no concept of how they can possibly do it again. The key to uniting them, according to the scholar Vintage, may lie in a part of Sarn no one really believes exists, but finding it will mean a dangerous journey at a time of war…

Meanwhile, Hestillion is trapped on board the corpse moon, forced into a strange and uneasy alliance with the Jure’lia queen. Something terrifying is growing up there, in the heart of the Behemoth, and the people of Sarn will have no defence against these new monsters. (Goodreads)

First off, this is not a full review. I had committed to the blog tour for this book and had every intention of finishing this book over the weekend and have my review ready to go. I had zipped through the first book, The Ninth Rain, in no time at all, so I was more than confident that it would be a breeze in reading this. I had started the book in plenty of time for the blog post. Nothing would stop me and I even had a plan of action.

1) Read the book during my lunch break at work
2) Read more before I went to bed at night
3) After finishing work for my half day on Friday, come home and read some more.
4) Continue reading this Friday night, Saturday Morning, Saturday night, Sunday Morning and Sunday night.

The plan was almost full proof….. Then Wednesday happened…

If you had been watching the news, in fact many of you would have lived through it, Britain was hit pretty hard by “The Beast from The East”. I was send home early from work and this should have also meant that I could settle down and read The Bitter Twins uninterrupted while the storm battled on. Even this contingency plan did not pan out, for I ended up helping clearing the snow away from the driveway both the Thursday and the Friday. The weekend slipped away and it ended up that I now have a really bad head cold.

So, instead of a full review, I have decided to give a “early feelings” about the book. I currently sitting about a third of the way through the book, but I have to say that The Bitter Twins is proving to be more than a worthy sequel to The Ninth Rain.

The book opens some time after the first book. Noon, Tor, Alasdair and Bern all have bonded with variable success, to a War Beast. Vintage is trying to make her way back to Ebora with her close friend Nanthema and Lady Hestillion is the “guest” of her worlds enemy.

Though these characters are familiar, I could tell that much had happened “off-screen” and that these are not the same character that I had left at the end of the last book. Some of the characters have adapted and are flourishing in their new role in the new status quo. Others are finding it difficult to adapt and even this early in the book, I can see cracks forming.

The scenes with the War Beasts keep giving me very strong “How to Train Your Dragon Vibes”. Even though one of the scenes showcases how under prepared that Tor, Noon, Alasdair, Bern and their War Beasts are in the war against the Jure’lia, there is enough dark humour injected to balance this. I especially find it entertaining to see the interaction between Tor and his War Beast, Kirune.

There hasn’t been very many scenes with Vintage as yet, but she and Nanthema have brought a new character into the story, who I think will play an important part into the overall story.

As for Lady Hestillion, I am getting the feeling that she may be turned by the Jure’lia, especially with the help they have just given her. Hestillion had brought something with her when she was taken to their ship and I have this bad feeling that it may follow a similar path with what happened with the White Walkers in the latest season of Game of Thrones.

I know that this isn’t really a review, but I hope that you find my random thoughts on my progress so far interesting. If you have read The Ninth Rain, you will want to pick this book up. It is cementing my feelings that this series needs to be adapted to the screen.

Please do check back when I post my full review for I am certain that Williams has some tricks up her sleeve that will have me speechless





1 The Ninth Rain
2 The Bitter Twins

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