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ARC Review: Dogma of the Five Kingdoms (Book 2 of A Five Kingdoms of Cordizal Series)

Dogma of the Five Kingdoms by Charles K. Jordan In Dogma of the Five Kingdoms , Book 2 of his Five Kingdoms of Cordizal series, Charles K. Jordan again plunges us straightaway into the events unfolding on the continent of Cordizal. Though the war between the Five Kingdoms and the undead Scourge continues, the focus in Book 2 is on the unfolding scheme of the mysterious figure Ta'Lin and his followers. As the book unfolds we see Ta'Lin working to resurrect powerful magik from the past. His scheme threatens to bring an end to the Five Kingdoms themselves, and may lead to a fate worse than death for their citizens. Book 2 picks up right where Book 1 left off. (My review of the first book is here .) While there is the occasional bit of backstory provided, most of the action proceeds apace. The Kingdoms of the Grang, the Nawahl, the Ramons, Arzans and Xandrans, and the ongoing war, are taken as a given. Some of the happenings in Book 1 are alluded to, but not delved into or repeate

Book Review: A Beginner's Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious

A Beginner's Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious
by Roya Hakakian

I really wanted to like A Beginner's Guide to America. The idea is certainly a winner - a book about the experience of a recent immigrant to America, written by a recent immigrant in the form of a guidebook.

Unfortunately, I just didn't connect with this book.

Perhaps it was because it was told in the 2nd person. "You" came to America with this or that expectation, after "you" suffered this or that experience in your homeland. In small quantities 2nd person works, but when an author writes a whole book that way there is a risk that your readers may not connect with your "you".

Maybe it's the way the author put the material together. Hakakian took her own immigrant experience, and blended it in with the experiences of other recent immigrants she interviewed into a single thread. The problem is not all the experiences blend together and without any attachment to real people it was harder to connect.

Don't get me wrong - there were parts of the book I did connect with. But overall I can't really recommend this one. Two stars ⭐⭐. 

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