The Tiger's Watch by Julia EmberThe Tiger's Watch by Julia Ember

The Tiger's Watch

byJulia Ember

Paperback | August 22, 2017

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Title:The Tiger's WatchFormat:PaperbackDimensions:180 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.38 inPublished:August 22, 2017Publisher:Dreamspinner PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1635334853

ISBN - 13:9781635334852

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from So much happens! You will not be unsatisfied by the end! Having to escape their home and having to go a monastery is not the worse thing that Tashi and Pharo will have to go through. Little after they arrive, enemies troops enter the land and they are forced to hide and pretend to be servants. Not only that but gender-fluid Tashi is forced to shave their head in order to hide from the enemies. Not only does Tashi need to change their appearance, but they also need to hide their power to bond with animals, especially when Xian, the leader of the Myeik troops, request them as his servant. As his servant, they have the perfect opportunity to spy on him. What they didn't expect was to start having feelings for the enemy commander. Ultimately, Tashi needs to decide where their loyalty lies: with their country and best friend, Pharo, or with the people invading it. First of all, I have to say that I am impressed with everything that happened in such a short book. Characters were brought to life. A world was built. Connections between characters and reader were made. One of my biggest turn-offs when it comes to short books is that most of the time every single little issue gets resolved by the next chapter. Well, with The Tiger's Watch, it gets resolved in a timely manner and in a way that makes sense. It felt like so much was happening, that this could not have possibly been an 180-page book. Every moment was filled with action, and not only kick-ass action, but also plot-action that had the plot moving with every page, and not jumping around nonsensically. In regards to the characters, I really liked all of them, even those who I didn't. They were all each their own person. Most importantly, they gave more meaning the story. Tashi and Pharo are inhabitors with the ability to bond with an animal: a tiger and a wolf respectively. Not only did the animals played a big role in the story, but they also felt like their own entity, not like they were being controlled or pushed into what the story needed. They just were what they were. I've said before, and I'm gonna keep saying it, I'm so impressed with so much happening in such a short book, this included. Besides the bond with animals, there are other types of magic in this book. I don't know if I should talk about them since they would be, in my opinion, a spoiler. In addition to that, that type of magic was not explored much since it happened near the end of the book. However, this is the first book in a, hopefully long, series, so I'm hoping it will be explored more in the following books. Speaking of other books in the series, my edition contained an excerpt from the next book that I had to stop myself from reading before writing this review because I know that I would get hung up on the fact that I would have to wait until April (according to Goodreads) to read the next one, and I would have spent the entirety of this review talking about my theories for that book. But back to this book, I would really recommend it. It's short, it's fast paced, so much happens in a short (reading) time that when you turn that last page, you are satisfied with the story. Then, you can take comfort in the fact that there will be a next book soon with me.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So much happens in such a short time! You will not be unsatisfied by the end! Review also available in my blog (Michelle & The Red Bookshelf) Having to escape their home and having to go a monastery is not the worse thing that Tashi and Pharo will have to go through. Little after they arrive, enemies troops enter the land and they are forced to hide and pretend to be servants. Not only that but gender-fluid Tashi is forced to shave their head in order to hide from the enemies. Not only does Tashi need to change their appearance, but they also need to hide their power to bond with animals, especially when Xian, the leader of the Myeik troops, request them as his servant. As his servant, they must spy on him. What they didn't expect was to start having feelings for the enemy commander. Ultimately, Tashi needs to decide where their loyalty lies: with their country and best friend, Pharo, or with the people invading it. First of all, I have to say that I am impressed with everything that happened in such a short book. Characters were brought to life. A world was built. Connections between characters and reader were made. One of my biggest turn-offs when it comes to short books is that most of the time every single little issue gets resolved by the next chapter. Well, with The Tiger's Watch, it gets resolved in a timely manner and in a way that makes sense. It felt like so much was happening, that this could not have possibly been an 180-page book. Every moment was filled with action, and not only kick-ass action, but also plot-action that had the plot moving with every page, and not jumping around nonsensically. In regards to the characters, I really liked all of them, even those who I didn't. They were all each their own person. Most importantly, they gave more meaning the story. Tashi and Pharo are inhabitors with the ability to bond with an animal: a tiger and a wolf respectively. Not only did the animals played a big role in the story, but they also felt like their own entity, not like they were being controlled or pushed into what the story needed. They just were what they were. I've said before, and I'm gonna keep saying it, I'm so impressed with so much happening in such a short book, this included. Besides the bond with animals, there are other types of magic in this book. I don't know if I should talk about them since they would be, in my opinion, a spoiler. In addition to that, that type of magic was not explored much since it happened near the end of the book. However, this is the first book in a, hopefully long, series, so I'm hoping it will be explored more in the following books. Speaking of other books in the series, my edition contained an excerpt from the next book that I had to stop myself from reading before writing this review because I know that I would get hung up on the fact that I would have to wait until April (according to Goodreads) to read the next one, and I would have spent the entirety of this review talking about my theories for that book. But back to this book, I would really recommend it. It's short, it's fast paced, so much happens in a short (reading) time that when you turn that last page, you are satisfied with the story. Then, you can take comfort in the fact that there will be a next book soon with me.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great start to a new diverse series! **I want to send a big thank you to Julia Ember who was nice enough to send me a copy of Tiger's Watch in exchange for a review!** Thoughts After Reading Way too short! Why did it have to end like that?! LIKES - LOVED Tashi. They were super cute yea kind of badass at the same time? It made for an interesting character. - Also a big yay for a non-binary main character, especially in a fantasy book! - I like the general idea of this book. The whole bond with animals was epic and I kind of liked that the plot took place in the middle of a war. - Ok but can we talk about the fact that people in this world can be bonded to animals?? Like how cool would that be? I especially loved that the humans lifespans were cut if they were bonded though. Magic isn't all butterflies and rainbows so I liked this consequence! DISLIKES - The only thing I disliked was that the book wasn't longer. I could have used more of everything. A little more plot, world-building, character development, and general explanations. It was fine without all that but that's what would have pushed it up an extra star for me. - Also as much as I loved Tashi, I hated their decision at the end and I wanted to reach into the pages and give them a good shake! Sadly that would have changed the plot for the next book. Again, not a bad thing, it just bothered me a teeny bit. SUMMARY Pick this one up! It's short and sweet but full of all kinds of great fantasy elements!
Date published: 2017-08-09