Book Reviews

Book Review: Druid’s Sword, by Sara Douglass (2010)

This is the final novel to the Troy Game saga authored by Sara Douglass. Druid’s Sword brings an ending to a somewhat repetitive story that if I am to be truly honest wasn’t quite what I had expected. I’m not entirely sure if its because of the repetition of events from past lives especially those which have been repeated in previous novels, or because of the storyline itself. The introduction of an adolescent Grace and Catling really tip the scales into the realm of the new, but all in all I felt as though I was rereading books already read.

Although disappointed, I did continue to the end of the novel and I did enjoy what was new and different. There is obviously something even more mysterious and dangerous coming. But will it heal or destroy this precious land they all seem to say they care about so much? I am at the point where I wish they would just “throw away the ring already”!!!

Overall I would recommend this tittle to those that love mythological fantasy that have patience for reputation in the attempt to find the storyline birdied beneath. I give this book a rating of 7/10 stars


Book Reviews

Book Review: Hades Daughter, by Sara Douglass (2002).

A blast from the past in more ways than one! Hades Daughter is a fantasy fiction novel with a strong essence of mythological history interwoven within. I have very much enjoyed this novel finding it to be a definite page turner that keeps the reader ever awake late at night vowing that the current chapter shall be their last!

The story revolves around what is known as “The Troy Game” and becomes the main focus of all essential characters. My favourites being Brutus and Cornelia. Brutus, the ambitious leader of the forsaken Trojans, looking for a home, is the King an of said game, and is at its centre. Cornelia, Princess of Mesopotamia, is taken as wife to Brutus, who also holds the Goddess MAG within her womb. Both sensation characters that capture readers attention quickly and written in such a way that the reader begins to feel their emotions and really become a part of the book.

The way in which the book follows along with ancient mythology and history really gives the book an honest or realistic feeling although it is obviously a fantasy novel. I feel it’s almost a sense of “it just might of happened” about it (for lack of a better description)!

Overall I believe this book is fantastic. A great Aussie author has given the genre of fantasy something well worth the read. I recommend that anyone interested in this genre as I think it’s something all fantasy lovers would really enjoy. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.


Reading Suggestions

Read All The Books: Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas (2016).

This is supposed to be the first novel an extremely good series of books. I have already added it to my #mustread list. I have a feeling it will be a novel that is difficult to put down. I guess i will know in time.

Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament – fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

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Book Reviews

Book Review (re-edit): A storm of Swords, by George R. R. Martin. 2000. Book 3 in the Game of Thrones series.

A Storm of Swords, authored by George R. R. Martin begins with five kings battling for the right to the Iron Throne, whilst long lost magic’s are slowly reawakening. The story picks up a little before the ending of the previous book, A Clash of Kings, and opens in a Prologue of Men at the Nights Watch, “brothers”, devoted to protecting the realm of the Seven Kingdoms from dangers beyond the too foot wall, marking the end of the civilized world.
The prologue sets the tone for the rest of the book, defined by death, dark magic, and gut wrenching tragedy; yet even this does not prepare you for some of the pages that follow. We are reintroduced to characters known to us previously, but in a new light as many of them now given their own point of view. Most notably Jaime Lannister, a lethal swordsman, secret father of King Joffrey born as a result of the incestuous union between himself and his twin sister Cersei. Until this point Jaime Lannister has been one of the worst enemies of the Stark family, however, A storm of Swords provides an intriguing insight into his actions and motives, somehow worming his way into most people’s empathetic side.

Other chapters in the book are told through the eyes of the Stark children Arya, Bran, and Sansa and their bastard born brother Jon Snow, who is now a member of the Nights Watch. The children have been separated since the murder of their father, and the uprising of their brother Robb as King in the North. Arya is crossing the war torn Westeros, heading for Riverrun, where her mother and brother seek refuge in the castle in which Catelyn Stark spent her childhood. Sansa remains trapped in King’s landing, where she is forced to behave as though she loves and is loyal to King Joffery, and his mother Queen Regent Cersei. Bran and the youngest Stark Rickon, have separated and are both crossing the North in search of answers, whilst Jon is beyond the wall feigning loyalty to the wildling free folk in order to infiltrate the army that intends on breaching the divide between the Seven Kingdoms.

Further into Westeros Lady Catelyn Stark releases Jamile Lannister ina bid to send her servant Breinne of Tarth, a female Knight, to see him safely to Kings Landing and exchange him for her daughter Sansa who Catelyn believes is one of her two remaining children. At Riverrun Catelyn watches her son Robb conduct his army making brave and foolish decisions. These chapters allow you a wonderfully maternal insight into the war, where Catelyn, desperate and grief stricken, will do anything to reunite herself with her remaining children.

Robb finds himself wed to a young girl, Jeyne, breaking a promise made to one of the least trustworthy lords. in Kings Landing Tyrion Lannister is locked in a constant battle for power against his sister, which he finds himself at the losing end off upon the arrival of his father, Lord Tywin Lannister , who takes up the role of Kings Hand instantly. He begins by forcing marriage upon Tyrion and Sansa, in a so called attempt to forge peace across the shattered Kingdom. However, this simply leads to more tension and tragedy within the castle walls and death that marks a turn in the fate of Tyrion Lannister forever.

So much happening with one novel can make a very exhausting read. It almost becomes an information overload, in that George adds twists and turns to no end, until the readers head is spinning faster than a top. I even found myself re-reading parts to make sure that I kept up with the story line. A Storm of swords, the third in the Game of Thrones series is filled with promise of even more adventure to come. A mesmerizing read filled with intrigue and excitement, I give the book a rating of 9.5/10.


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Book Review: Luna of mine, by Quinn Loftis. (Book 8 of the Grey Wolf series.)

The eighth book of this series takes a different direction to the rest, taking us back through history before the merging of the Romanian packs, to a time when Vasile had yet to find his mate. Alina takes advantage of the ALL girls vacation to tell her story in the hopes to share wisdom and give them the insight and strength they will need being mated to such dominant males. 

Alina begins the story when she was merely 16 years old and the pack Alphas of the time had ‘moved on’ to their next life. These Alphas were none other than Vasile’s parents. Alina reflects on their first meeting and the first time he used their bond to talk with her, and how her father thought it best she wait till she was of age before completing the mate bond. Alina tells the girls of Vasile’s exile and how he regained what was his. Even the Fae Perizada popped up a few times giving us the sense she much older than anyone could fathom!

Although I thoroughly enjoyed this story I felt there was much less of the usual atmosphere that usually created in these novels. It’s really goes to show that the the three American girls really make the story unique. What sarcasm and humour was added would have been difficult to add in due to the scene set for the storyline. However the story of Vasile and Alina was fantastic even without the sarcastic extras. 

Despite this novel not being the favourite of this series I still give it a ranking of 7/10 stars and recommend this book to young to mid teens.