Book Reviews

Book Review: A Time Of Dread, by John Gwynne (2018).

What a remarkable book. I am quite surprised how quickly I have taken to this series and become invested in their characters. As with all new series I feel the characters must be of strong persona so as to get the story up and going. Without giving too much away and/or boring the reader with information from the past. John Gwynne has mastered the art of character creation and it was pretty early on that I became hooked, and finding it difficult to put down when one of my favourites is in peril.

We find ourselves looking through the eyes of a variety of main characters as the war amongst the Ben-Elim and Kadoshim becomes more and more obvious. Drem has remained one of my favourites from the start. As we follow him and his father Olin and their journey him for winter. Only to be confronted by unwanted changes and a whole league of trouble. Not only does Drem suffer a major hurt and loss so do many of the other char terms such as Bleda and Riv. Both seem to be trying to find their way in the world and have somehow managed to find each others friendship. And Sig…. Oh Sig… I was appreciating this character but now no more…

I have to say I feel this is going to be a fantastic series with a wealth of characters and settings. The storyline, while feeling familiars unique to anything I have read and so I have enjoyed this very much. I would recommend this to all lovers of Fantasy novels. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Jorundyr’s Path, by M. Hamilton (2017).

Review:

Another fantastic novel authored by M. Hamilton, Jorundyr’s Path is the second novel in the Wolf of the North series. We begin by rejoining Wulfric on his quest to carry out a blood debt he believes he owes his lost love Adalhaid. From here we embark on an adventure that takes Wulferic far from home, and he finds himself learning the ways of the world despite himself.

This novel takes off right where it’s predecessor finished. The story is told by the Maesterspaeker and as the story goes, he has returned the following evening to continue his epic tale, so only a minimal explanation is given to catch up readers and remind them of previous events. From here there is a whirlwind of movement and change and Written in a way that keeps readers on the edge of their seats with gripping writing of this story. This time each of the characters take voice in the story, and there is an additional audience member now following the story from the tavern bar. We find our hero becomes more and more famous, and our villain digs a deeper hole for himself, and the plot continues to thicken.

I have found this novel to be another wonderful read. I have loved the adventure, devastation and romance. It’s been extremely difficult to put down and has me extremely excited to read the next book. I recommend this book to adults interested in the fantasy genre. Those who enjoy war and politics would definitely enjoy this series authored by a very talented M. Hamilton. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.

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Synopsis:

Jorundyr’s Path is walked only by the brave. It is survived only by the strong.
As Wulfric pursues Adalhaid’s Blood Debt, he soon learns that the path to revenge is never easy, and the desires of men and the will of gods rarely meet. Aethelman seeks answers to questions long ignored. Rodulf chases power and wealth.
From the streets of Elzburg to the dry plains of Darvaros, Wulfric walks Jorundyr’s Path and encounters a world larger than he could ever have dreamed of: filled with friends, enemies, and danger—the crucible from which heroes are forged. ~ Kindle

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