Book Reviews

Book Review – Road Brothers by Mark Lawrence (2017).

Synopsis

This is a collection of fourteen stories of murder, mayhem, pathos, and philosophy, all set in the world of the Broken Empire.

Within these pages, you will find tales of men such as Red Kent, Sir Makin, Rike, Burlow and the Nuban, telling of their origins and the events that forged them. There is Jorg himself, striding the page as a child of six, as a teenage wanderer and as a young king. And then there is a tale about Prince Jalan Kendeth – liar, cheat, womaniser and coward.

To the new reader, welcome to a lawless world where wit and sword are the most useful weapons, and danger lurks as much in candle-lit palaces as in dark alleys and dense woodland. To those who have already journeyed with Jorg, we hope you will enjoy renewing old acquaintances with your favourite characters. ~ Kindle ~

Book Review

What a treat. As an avid fan of Mark Lawrence work I found this book of short stories a nice way to fill in some gaps, and just generally keep these unforgettable characters alive that little bit longer. Honestly, the Red Queen Wars Series and the Broken Empire series, we’re absolutely amazing and books I could read over many times, and knowing each time I would find something new or a different view of the storyline. So this book of short stories made me smile greatly through reminiscing over beloved characters such as Jorge and Japan, and those who surrounded them in their time, like Makin, Burlow, Red Kent, Father Gomst and many many more.

Each story bright back many memories from their related series, and there were a few that really did seem to fill some gaps in knowledge, but also have the reader a chance to look at the characters in a completely different light. For example, I found myself captivated in the story of Sim and his killing of the Princess whom thought him a storyteller. It’s very different looking at the world through his eyes and strips away a lot of characters innocence.

My favourite tale however, has to be the final story of Jalan Kendeth and his day of losses on a fortune in gold coins. This had me giggling the entire time I was reading and then laughing out loud at the end when Jalan is shown up by the princesses! Fantastic story and so typical of Jalan.

Overall, I have to say I have thoroughly enjoyed reading yet another of Mark Lawrence fantastic works, and am eagerly awaiting future classics in the making. I recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the previously named series as well as to anyone who likes a fabulous fantasy novel in a dystopian world of strangeness and adventure. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: The Obelisk Gate by N K Jemisin (2016).

On the Cover:

The season of endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night.

Essun has found shelter, but not her missing daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request only Essun can grant.

Review:

The second book of N K Jemisin series does not disappoint in any way. It delves further along the storyline of Essun and her current life in Castrima (since all characters merged into the present Damaya, Syenite, Essun!). It’s a fantastic novel filled with adventure and suspense and does not forget to indulge into what is happening to Nassun, the beloved lost daughter.

There are many ups and downs within this novel, and heartbreak is one emotion that is a constant. Losing Alabaster is only the beginning. The knowing that Nassun is alive but not know where she is would heartbreak on its own. To not know how she fairs yet know her life continues would be torture to any mother. Again the unique prose in which N. K. Jemisin writes this series has me intrigued. Even though I am sure it is through Hoa that the story is being told, I still find myself second guessing with certain key phrases, but I am sure that is for a reason which will unfold as the tale continues.

Overall, I enjoyed the storyline of Essun and her fight to live and protect what she sees to most extents and purposes as – “her Comm”. And so we see her go to great lengths to ensure it remains intact. Most of what she does has never been considered let alone been allowed to transpire, and so there is a shock at the enormity and the power to which Essun wields, along with the hearty tug of emotion brought forth from someone protecting their own.

The only comment towards the negative aspect in this book would be considered more of a comment than a criticism. The scene in which Jija attacks Nassun and is eventually killed by the very powers he fears from his daughter becomes one that is hard to swallow. It isn’t a bad thing as I am sure it will somehow build character in the daughter. It just seems so tragic and hurtful to have to destroy one’s own family especially when it seems that he is all she has for the moment. But then again its not as though Essun has grown without blemishes of character and soul. The world they live in isn’t exactly soft living.

The Obelisk Gate, is one of the Epic novels in a fantastic series authored by N. K. Jemisin. I have thoroughly enjoyed this novel and genuinely excited to read the next book in the series. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the fantasy fiction genre in the young adult and older age groups. I give this book a rating of 9/10 stars.

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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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Fantasy Fiction, Reading Suggestions

Book Ideas – Forged, by Liam Reese (2018).

The description for this title caught my eye. This is something I will definitely be taking a closer look at 📚👍👏👌🤓😉📖

Synopsis

Her kingdom violently usurped by her immortal uncle, her lands in turmoil, she must seek out one of the legendary and outcast Forged, mages possessing the ability to change humans into different forms. His mythical powers are her only hope.

Thorn, a cursed outcast among his people, has lived alone, suffering their vilification his entire life when a strange woman appears, enticing him with fame and fortune.

To help her wrest back her throne he needs the Anvil, a magical artifact hidden in the high mountains by an order of giant monks. On their journey Thorn conceals a dangerous lie—his powers are erratic and a danger to them all. If he cannot take the Anvil, all hope will be lost. Thorn has no choice but to hope that when his betrayal is revealed, he is not reviled forever.

Thorn has no choice but to move forward. No choice but to use whatever abilities are at his disposal to forge a path to victory—and hope that when his companions discover his betrayal, he is not reviled forever.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Empire of Dirt, by Philip C Quaintrell (2017).

What a fantastic novel to follow the first in this action packed, heartbreaking adventurous fantasy series. Dragons have to be one of my favourite fantasy creatures, and Empire of Dirt is on no shortage of these. Nor in Elves, Mage, and of course evil Darkakin. The story remains fast paced and adventurous, and another novel difficult to put down.

There are so many things happening all over the realm, with characters spread out throughout the lands. But of all of them I would have to say I like Gideon the best. He is a young Mage that isn’t entirely sure of his direction in the world, and ends up finding himself in the centre of an adventure of a lifetime. I feel that Gideon Thorn will come to believe meeting the Dragon’s is the best thing that has ever happened to him.

The relationship and connection between characters are extremely well written and portrayed in a way that really shows the reader the deeper relationships between them. Which also gives the reader ample opportunity to choose a favourite, but still enjoy each characters storyline individually without losing interest and skipping forward (heavens forbid!).

Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy at its best. Filled with amazing magic and more, this book is a great read for the young adult age group and above. I have really enjoyed reading this novel and I honestly can’t wait to read the final book in the series. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.

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Fantasy Fiction

Book Review: The Blood Debt, by Duncan M. Hamilton (2017).

Review:

The third and final book to the Wolf of the North series, is a fantastic ending to the much adored story of Wulfric Wolframson. A warrior worthy of his hero status, even if his closest friend Jagovere has embellished the tale over their years together. The story continues following the maesterspeakers story in a tavern, waiting for Wolfric to arrive, and the reader finally finds out why he has been loitering so long awaiting his old friend.

The story advances quickly, as we watch Rodulf rise to the top of his game and right before his ultimate goal finally comes into fruition, has it swiftly taken from beneath him. Adahlaid’s death at his hands being one of the most heart breaking moments of the entire series, as the wickedness of his cruel act is realised. Giving the eventual name of Wolferic’s sword a fine and fitting name.

The Blood debt, has kept me awake at times when I really should have been sleeping! It’s been very difficult to put down this novel and I have honestly enjoyed reading it greatly. The characters are unique though easily familiar not far into the series. Each book seems to get even better. As humble hero’s go, Wolferic Wolframson has most definitely become one of my favourites after reading this series.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy fiction of epic heroism, and a more humble hero you won’t really find! And I give this book the rating of 10/10 stars. I will definitely have to add more titles written by this author to my reading list.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Queen of Fire, by Anthony Ryan (2015).

Queen of Fire by Anthony Ryan is the final novel in the Raven’s Shadow series. Again this author does not disappoint, delivering an exciting story filled with action, intrigue and war. In this book we follow the last of Vaelin’s exploits in the war against the Ally.

At the beginning of this novel we learn Queen Lerna has been miraculously healed by use of the the Dark which before now has been viewed as an evil needing to be hidden or destroyed. However, from this healing comes forth a power which the Queen intends to persuade to fight on her side and help win the war.

Reva, now much more than a well trained assassin, finds herself in the midst of an unbelievable situation in the clutches of the Empress who is the current host of an ancient and deadly evil. It is up to Frentis, Vaelin, and all those fighting on the side of good to save her, and hopefully bring an end to the war and bring forth peace to the realm and beyond.

I found this novel, although well written, slightly slower to take off than its predecessors but once into the swing of the things once more it progresses along just nicely. Overall I found this a fantastic novel and a wonderful series. I recommend this book to anyone interested in dystopian fantasy and enjoys novels such as Game of Thrones and the like. Raven’s Shadow series is most definitely worth the read. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Court of Thorns and Roses by Sara J Maas (2015).

Basic Storyline

Feyre, daughter of a once wealthy family, is left with two sisters and a damaged father to care for after her mother becomes ill and dies. She is the only one who hunts and is able to provide anything of value for her family to live on. Unfortunately she doesn’t realise that one of her kills was actually a Fae and Feyre had therefore broken the law. Tammin takes Feyre as payment of her life debt that she now knows to live in his court. Feyre is far from happy about this idea and fights it with all she is worth.

Who are the characters that stand out?

Feyre is an obviously one that stands out, mostly being the heroine of the story. Tammin is the hero of the story and the mysterious Fae Lord that peeks Feyre’s curiosity. Slowly, Tammin manages to change her feelings toward the people she has been taught to hate since she was a little girl. She finds that most of what she is taught as a child is false and the faerie are much different from what she had first believed.

Who is your favourite and why?

Although not one of the two main characters, Lucien seemed to steal my interest throughout this novel. Even though Tammin says he loves Feyre and shows obvious affection for her, something still seems fake about him for lack of a better word. Lucien however, seems more of a genuine fellow who has a hidden love for Feyre even though Tammin is his dearest friend.

Is this book easy to read and written well?

Yes! This book is definitely well written, and easy to keep focus while reading. 

Would you recommend this book to other fantasy fiction fans?

I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in the fantasy fiction genre.

What do you rate this book?

I give this book a rating if 8.5/10 stars.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Holy Sister, by Mark Lawrence (2019).

This book was more than worth the wait! Holy Sister, the third and final book of the Ancestor series is one of war and death, but it is also one of love and life. It’s an amazing roller coaster ride that everyone she experience even just once. Again we follow Nona Grey as she plays her role in saving Abeth. It is the subtle changes in Nona’s character that can be easily missed that really make the story. We learn in this final book just how much Nona has grown and how much she has come to learn in this final novel and it is quite amazing what faith can really do if one believes.

Throughout the book we find ourselves travelling back and forth from the escape of the previous book and the present which has the war almost pounding at the gates. Each scene is explosive and action packed and impossible to put down. I have barely been able to the book down!

I don’t want to give anything away with this book so I won’t go into detail of my favourite parts. Just know that this is a MUST READ series that is incredibly written and has a storyline that will keep any reader completely hooked from the first page.

Much praise to Mark Lawrence on the creation of the Ancestor series. I implore anyone who enjoys fabulously written characters in a fantasy storyline that is utterly amazing then these are the books for you. I give this book a rating 10/10 stars.

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