Mia Hollow


The Beating of his Wings

by Paul Hoffman

Strangely, it was a much less violent ending than the one I expected. And, really, there’s no way anyone would call this book violence-free.

There is, after all, two instances of death by slow bludgeoning.

And, still, I felt it milder than the previous two. It might be because there were fewer deaths where Thomas Cale was directly involved and observing? I think I will blame it all on the strange and debilitating sickness that brings him down from the avenging angel thing he had going on before.


spoiler alert

I think this is ultimately a sad story, with a sad and anti-climatic ending. But it is the only way it could have gone. After all the suffering, the betrayals, the loss, and the life-or-death battles won… the only thing left for Cale is an absolute disappointment. And we’re left not knowing what becomes of him.

He gave everything of himself to save a world that didn’t want him.  they were so afraid of him because they didn’t understand him; because he didn’t operate under the same twisted and corrupt rules as they did. Bu, because it was the only way they knew, his way (that in no way was better nor worse) was simply scary and unacceptable.

And the three boys raised for nothing more but murder in a horrible place, don’t understand the world any more than the world understands them. And they have only each other and their war effort.

And then, not even that.

I really liked this series. I liked that it made me think about the silly things that have become acceptable in our society only because it is the only way we know. I liked that it makes fun of our baser selves without being funny. And I liked that this all continues to feel familiar while feeling totally new.

What I didn’t like was the strange illness that weakens and kind of disfigures Thomas Cale in this book. I didn’t see the point of it, and it felt like it was making the book unnecessarily long and slow at times.

I don’t know if I would read the third one again, but I definitely enjoyed the whole series and felt it was given a satisfying ending.

No closure whatsoever. That feels like the right kind of end for this story.

“In order to survive I’ve had to lie, cheat, murder and destroy. Now I have to do the same so that millions of others can survive with me”


The Beating of his Wings by Paul Hoffman

“… each one of his endless triumphs is not generally achieved by heroism and noble audacity but through brutal trickery ad conscienceless pragmatism”.


The Beating of his Wings by Paul Hoffman

Trust vs Fear

C: ” They should have trusted me” 

IP: “No doubt. But they were afraid”.

The Beating of his Wings by Paul Hoffman


One of the things that make me root for Thomas Cale, even when in some moments he is the bad guy f the story, is that he just seems to rub people the wrong way. it is not really that he wrongs them (even when in some cases he does) but that evrybody keeps on betraing him out of fear or because they don’t undrstand him. It is just sad.

Girl Power

C: “You don’t know how to fight?”

A: “No. My arms are so weak I get out of breath lifting up a powder puff”

C: ” I could teach you”

A: “Only if you let me teach you how to wear a corset”.

C: “Why would I want to do that?”

A: “Exactly”

C: “Not exactly at all. I don’t want to be a girl”. 

A: ” And I don’t want to be a soldier. I want to be a general”. 


The Beating of His Wings by Paul Hoffman

“(…)he had been responsible for the deaths of ten thousand men killed in a single day, so it was only a question of how many thousands and how many days.”

The Beating of His Wings by Paul Hoffman

The Left hand of God (2)

I just finished reading, World War Z, for what I think was the third or fourth time, and it left me feeling in the mood for something filled with a complex plot that can keep my brain more engaged than my emotions.

What do you think? Is The Beating of his Wings be a good choice?  If I remember correctly, everything was starting to go badly for my favorite psychotic murdering kid. He was sick, I think. Was it the lack of war opportunities? The monks were looking for him, right? He’s meant to end the world if I’m not mistaken.

I’ll finally get to the conclusion of this story.

Collecting words

Have I mentioned how I love words?

There are always new words out there to learn and be amazed at. One of the many reasons I wish I could speak an innumerable amount of languages is to learn and collect all these words.
This is also one of the reasons I really enjoyed Melissa Grey‘s writing in The Savage Dawn, she freely and openly gave out the words and their meaning.

I love this about this book. I might have to go through all my books marking all my favorite word, from now on.

Do you also gather up your favorite words?

Maybe even label them with post-its?

The Savage Dawn

by Melissa Grey

I can certainly say that I am now a fan of Melissa Gre’s writing. I loved the references and the dialogs and even the characters, but I cannot say that I absolutely loved this book.

The individual parts were awesome. Bird people with feathers for hair? Loved it! Dragon people with scales on their faces? Loved it! The lonely human stuck in the middle of an ancient war only to have ended up uniting them all to fight a common stronger enemy? Absolutely amazing! But still… somehow, I feel there was something missing. Something that is not there and keeps me from loving it all as a whole.

First, let me tell you about all the things I adored. OK, it is mostly to things that I adored in this book, and why it is my favorite in the whole series… Jasper and Dorian.

That was just simply one of the cutest couples I’ve ever read about. I was hanging from every page waiting to know what was to be of them. From the whole “I cannot be happy without my prince” thing at the beginning, through the whole “you cannot have him” bit, and all the way to the new Dragon Prince and his Avicen consort. That was simply the wildest love story! Absolutely one of my all-time favorites. I would totally read this whole trilogy over and over, just to experience them time and time again.

And maybe that’s one of the reasons I was left a tad unsatisfied. For a moment there I was biting my nails out of my fingers thinking that my favorite couple will be split apart irrevocably and how totally depressing that would be.. and then, no! They both survived the war and can live happily ever after. Except… that they come from two very different societies that have been at war with each other for centuries and they are both needed at their respective homes for the reparation and rebuiling… but we wouldn’t know anything about it, becuse the book ends without letting us hear from them. At all.

I understand that the main story there was about the Firebird and all this magic that she supposedly had (that she ended up not knowing how to use and not needing to save the world), and her ill-fated romance with this prince whose throne was stolen, whose sister went homicidal, who has been tortured and still jusmps into battle with her…

But I needed more Jasper & Dorian!

And even a little bit more Ivy or Rowan… or even some more of The Ala. I feel like a lot was going on behind scenes that we missed and would’ve been awesome to read about.

On the other hand… I think Echo and Cauis’s ending was great. That huge sacrifice and pain, and that tiny and slim ray of hope barely out of reach. Genious! I really like that.

What did you think?

Who id you prefer, Caius and Echo or Jasper and Dorian?