I cannot believe it has taken me this long to find out about Pierce Brown and his fantastic trilogy. I finished Red Rising the first novel in the trilogy in late spring of this year and loved it. My one gripe was that I thought the novel lost its way towards the books final act. I just finished Golden Son the second book in the trilogy and quite frankly its one of the best books I've read all year.
A couple of days ago we were watching The Daily Show and they did a segment on how Facebook is where the majority of people get their news. Although for me it's Twitter, I do go on Facebook more then I'd like to admit. My newsfeed is a mixture of anti-Trump, pro-Clinton news articles with the occasional friend posting a picture of his/her kid and a recipe thrown in the mix. This past Sunday I did my normal morning Facebook browsing and came across a video recipe for a Rigatoni Chicken Parm Bake that I immediately showed to Jenn and we decided to try and make it.
Over the last couple of years I've been searching for a fantasy novel to break free of the shackles of the old time tropes. After reading something like The Name of the Wind, its hard to go back to the rather straightforward fantasy novel. Going into A Darker Shade of Magic I had heard such great things that I really thought this might be a new fantasy series to get behind.
It's been a couple of months since the last Chef Joel & Jenn post and with that I know I've begun falling behind my goal to write a certain number of these this year. To try and right that wrong I'm going back and writing up the last one we did in late July right before Jenn whisked me away to Paris for my 30th birthday.
For anyone hoping for a massive recap of our 25-day Europe adventure I'm sorry this post is not it, and quite frankly I'm not sure I could do any justice to what was easily the best trip we've ever taken. So instead this post is meant as a follow-up to our predictions post, where we guessed at what our favorite things from the trip would be.