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Book Review: Lord of the Rings, Return of the King, by J. R. Tolkien

What the book is about

The third and final instalment of the Lord of the rings saga, gives us an ending to the destruction of middle earth and the corruption of anything remotely good. In this book, we find Frodo and Sam finally in the midst of mount doom, finally able to destroy the ring.

Aragorn finds his place as king among kings and Gandalf and Shadowfax are reunited and allowed to remain that way. Characters are finally able to find some sort of ending to each of their stories.

What I liked about this book.

I guess after reading the first two novels and watching Frodo and Sam come so close to death on so many occasions that even knowing the ending made me wonder if the pair would be able to endure such tests of will and spirit. I also enjoyed the fact that Gandalf the White rides among them to help the armies won their campaigns.

One other specific moment in which I did really enjoy was the interactions between Legolas and Gimli during their time amongst those who m death had already claimed. The Dwarf tries hard to separate himself from his fears, but like many before him, found his knees felt as though they were jelly!

What I didn’t like about this book.

There really isn’t a lot not to like! It finishes with the destruction of the ring, which in turn stops the total destruction of middle earth.

Overall

I have to say I did have doubts about this series. Having watched the Movie Trilogy a number of times, so spotting the numerous differences and additions along with what was left out of the movie’s became almost a game. I have to admit I was disappointed that certain love stories only existed in the movie. However, the author has written such an entertaining dialogue that it barely matters. I feel that both author and trilogy will remain some of histories longest remembered stories. Overall, I very much enjoyed the third novel, The Return of the King and I am happy I can now say that I have finally read these books. I recommend the book to anyone interested in epic fantasy. I gave this book a rating of 9/10 stars.

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Book Suggestions: A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine (2019

Could be worth a closer look 📚 💯 👏 👍

Abstract

Ambassador Mahit Dzmare travels to the Teixcalaanli Empire’s interstellar capital, eager to take up her new post. Yet when she arrives, she discovers her predecessor was murdered. But no one will admit his death wasn’t accidental – and she might be next.

Now Mahit must navigate the capital’s enticing yet deadly halls of power, to discover dangerous truths. And while she hunts for the killer, Mahit must somehow prevent the rapacious Empire from annexing her home: a small, fiercely independent mining station.

As she sinks deeper into an alien culture that is all too seductive, Mahit engages in intrigues of her own. For she’s hiding an extraordinary technological secret, one which might destroy her station and its way of life. Or it might save them from annihilation.

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Read All The Books: Storm and Fury, by Jennifer Armentrout (2019).

Love the look of this book. Gargoyle protectors? Just this concept in itself is enough to make want to rad it just to discover what this could possibly be!

About:

Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens – gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.

When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again – but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light.

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Book Suggestions: Lady Smoke, by Laura Sebastian (2019).

Another stunning and captivating book cover.

Abstract

The Kaiser murdered Theodosia’s mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six. He took her country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess – a pet to toy with and humiliate for ten long years. That era has ended. The Kaiser thought his prisoner weak and defenceless. He didn’t realise that a sharp mind is the deadliest weapon.

Theo no longer wears a crown of ashes. She has taken back her rightful title, and a hostage – Prinz Soren. But her people remain enslaved under the Kaiser’s rule, and now she is thousands of miles away from them and her throne.

To get them back, she will need an army. Only, securing an army means she must trust her aunt, the dreaded pirate Dragonsbane. And according to Dragonsbane, an army can only be produced if Theo takes a husband. Something an Astrean Queen has never done.

Theo knows that freedom comes at a price, but she is determined to find a way to save her country without losing herself.

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Book Suggestions: Nightblood, by Elly Blake (2018).

The cover for some reason has drawn me in. Apparently this the finale to a great series. This could be well worth checking out.

In this heart-pounding finale of Elly Blake’s gorgeously written and action-packed Frostblood Saga, the fate of Frostbloods, Firebloods, and all of humanity is at stake

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Abstract

Frost and fire have joined forces. Now, they must wage a war against darkness…

Ruby and Arcus face a more dangerous enemy than they could ever have imagined. Once Eurus opens the Gate of Light, darkness will be unleashed upon the world for all eternity. 

The Frostbloods and Firebloods have formed a tentative alliance, and are now preparing for war – but Ruby is the only one who can prevent the catastrophe which is coming. 

With the blood of night running in her veins, the line between good and evil becomes blurred. Ruby must be strong enough to face the darkness within – or else everyone she loves will be swallowed up by the night…

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Reading Suggestions: 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 Review: The Two Towers J. R. R. Tolkien (2009).

What is the book about?

The second book in a fantastic fantasy series. The Two Towers follows the story line of the Fellowship of the Rings, enforcing the obvious split in the shout lived group. Frodo and Sam go on, forging forth in the attempt to take the ruling ring of Saramon to Mount Doom to be destroyed. The way becomes increasingly dangerous and constant perils keep falling at their feet. Even Gollum makes a reappearance becoming their untrusted guide through marsh lands.

On the other side of the story, Legolas, Gimli, and Aragorn, continue on in pursuit of the other remaining hobbits who have been taken captive by Orc’s. Fortunately, luck is on their side and their fate is much more pleasant than what they hope for. They are even lucky enough to be reunited with old friends thought to be lost.

What I like most about this book

When Aragorn and his small company finally find the lost Hobbits would have to be my favourite part of the book. The last thing expected was that they would be discovered completely  they safe and sound filling their bellies and smoking up a storm!

What I didn’t like about the book

Again I found some of the descriptions of place and people tedious at times. But the excitement and thrill of the story line surpass such problems.

Overall

I have definitely enjoyed reading this second novel in what has turned out to be quite enjoyable. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the fantasy genre. I believe that all age groups of readers would enjoy this book. Although I do implore younger readers have adult supervision/ input.