Despite the problems that prevented me from fully falling in love with Warbreaker as I did with Skyward, this was a heartwarming story with good, clean banter, effective prose, and a few slick twists that made me ashamed of relying on first impressions.
You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.
There are no new ideas here. Don't be fooled by the Chinese aesthetic--the story is the same betrayed exile fighting for her birthright, gathering allies in unexpected places that you see all too often in YA fantasy.
When it comes to them, bad isn't just cool. It's understandable. It's worth rooting for. Maybe, sometimes, if you let the boundaries blur enough, it's even right.
Scalzi delivers all the high-stakes adventure and cutthroat twists in his trademark cinematic, assured writing style, with snappy dialogue seemingly written to translate to the silver screen.