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Book Review: The King’s Buccaneer, by Raymond E. Feist.

About this book:

Set ten years after the events in “Prince of the Blood”, this book is a remarkable adventure of mystery and magic.In Amos Trask’s ship, Prince Nicholas and Squire Harry set sail for a friendly visit to Uncle Martin in Crydee. But while the two are guests in Crydee, disaster strikes.

Nicholas, third son of Prince Arutha, is a gifted youngster, but sheltered by life at his father’s court in Krondor. To learn more of the world outside the palace walls, Nicholas and his squire, Harry, set sail for pastoral Crydee, where Arutha grew up.

Shortly after their arrival, Crydee is brutally attacked. The castle is reduced to ruins, the townspeople slaughtered and two young noblewomen – friends of Nicholas – are abducted.

As Nicholas ventures further from the familiar landmarks of his home in pursuit of the invaders, he learns that there is more at stake than the fate of his friends, more even than fate of the Kingdom of the Isles, for behind the murderous pirates stands a force that threatens the entire world of Midkemia, and only he is destined to confront this terrifying threat

What I thought:

An interesting read, though completely different from what I had expected. I guess my knowledge of sea voyages such as appear is this novel is quite limited. I did however find the story line to remain intriguing. The characters really make the book worth the read. The author has again distinguished himself in his characters as they are well defined and imaginative. Following the youngest son of Arutha on his journey to become a man was quite entertaining even though I feel it’s not quite of the same standard as the Rift War saga. I have enjoyed it nonetheless.

Overall I would recommend this book to the more mature age group who are interested in the fiction fantasy genre. All in all the Sons of Krondor are worth the read. I give this book the rating of 7.5/10 stars.

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Book Review: The Poison Song, by Jen Williams.

About this book:

All is chaos. All is confusion. The Jure’lia are weak, but the war is far from over.

Ebora was once a glorious city, defended by legendary warriors and celebrated in song. Now refugees from every corner of Sarn seek shelter within its crumbling walls, and the enemy that has poisoned their land won’t lie dormant for long.

The deep-rooted connection that Tormalin, Noon and the scholar Vintage share with their Eboran war-beasts has kept them alive so far. But with Tor distracted, and his sister Hestillion hell-bent on bringing ruthless order to the next Jure’lia attack, the people of Sarn need all the help they can get.

Noon is no stranger to playing with fire and knows just where to recruit a new – and powerful – army. But even she underestimates the epic quest that is to come. It is a journey wrought with pain and sacrifice – a reckoning that will change the face of Sarn forever.

My Thoughts

The third and final book in the Winnowing Flame Trilogy, has been exciting and full of suspense. Plunging straight into conflict as soon as the first few pages have gone by, this book has been impossible to close. I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next. This book has an intersting and fitting ending. I like endings that are different. Not all stories have a happy ending for all characters.

Overall this book has been far from what i had expected but even better than i had hoped. I feel the series is well worth the read. I recommend this book to all fantasy lovers, young and old. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.

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Book Review: Prince of the Blood, by Raymond E. Feist.

Krondor’s Son’s is the second epic fantasy set that I have endeavoured upon. The Rift War Saga was an amazing series and the characters have captured my heart and imagination. This is a seriously good writer and the story line itself is one which is impossible to put down once picked up. And I have not been disappointed in this first book of a two part series. I had always hoped that Arutha’s sons were going to have a future story since their father was such a fantastic and complicated character, I hoped that some of these traits would be passed on. I was again not disappointed in the least.

This book takes the twin prince’s Borric and Erland into territory they are both unfamiliar with and unprepared to deal with. It is with a lot of luck that either of them makes it to the final pages! The story is fast paced and the adventure unravels quickly before the reader before our hearts break from events that will change the future for many of them forever. Emotions run high at various stages throughout this read, but the devastation of separation is one that stays in my mind, as well as the elation of the addition of old friends to the ever growing regal’s and nobles of Sarn.

Overall I have to say I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. Once I started and familiar names and places began to appear on the pages, I found myself easily plunged back into Sarn and the world that contains Pug, Tomas, Arthura, Lyam, Anita, Martin, and so many more fantastic characters. I recommend this book to anyone interested in fantasy fiction. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.

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Book Review: A Darkness at Sethanon, by Raymond E. Feist.

I thought the second book in this series was exciting…. But this, the third book, surpasses and surprises. What an ending, and so much carnage! There isn’t much here that I didn’t enjoy thoroughly. Finally Mikedemia can have some sort of peace.

Pug, Tomas and the three con Doin brothers are central again in this story, however Arutha makes the biggest appearance. At the centre of yet another war with an ancient enemy, our hero’s make their mission to stop it and hopefully destroy it. But it isn’t as easy as it sounds. There are many obstacles to overcome and much knowledge to be sought before the last battle can be fought and won.

Throughout this series I have enjoyed the stories of Pug and Arutha the most. Though in this final instalment I have found much respect for Guy BasTyra. A man that tried to do the right thing the wrong way. But still Pug and Arutha’s stories are still that which I enjoy best.

Overall I have to admit to these books being a fantastic fantasy series and the final giving readers the answers that they wished to know. I have thoroughly enjoyed this journey with some well written and sculptured characters. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the fantasy genre and give it a rating of 10/10 stars.

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Book Review: Silverthorn, by Raymond E. Feist.

For nearly a year peace reigned in the enchanted kingdom of Rillanon. But new challenges awaited Arutha, the Prince of Krondor, when Jimmy the Hand – the youngest thief in the Guild of Mockers – came upon a sinister Nighthawk poised to assassinate him.

What evil power raises the dead and makes corpses do battle with the living at the behest of the Guild of Death? And what high magic can defeat it? Meanwhile, a life-or-death quest must be undertaken to find an antidote to a poison that fells a beautiful princess on her wedding day…

This has been a fabulous read. A real page turner and a must read for those who enjoy the fantasy fiction genre. Pug and Arutha remain my favourite characters and Jimmy comes in at a close second. Definitely an enjoyable journey full of adventure.

Overall I would definitely recommend this book and I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.

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Book Review: Clockwork Prince, by Cassandra Clare (2011).

What a great story. I have always enjoyed the Shadowhunter story lines and this book is no exception. One of the reason’s I am enjoying this series so much I feel is the Victorian era setting. The social beliefs and practices of that time would make a fair challenge to writers trying to add fantasy fiction. However, it seems Cassandra Clare seems to have no issue of building a great story from this time period, producing a fantastic epic fantasy series in The Infernal Instruments.

The storyline itself and the writing style really makes the book a page turner for most readers. There is just enough romance to keep readers wondering what will happen between the characters, almost as much as what will happen in the next adventure the characters are about to embark upon. The books are fairly easy to read, and have just enough language of the Victorian era to make it delightful to follow.

Jem remains my favorite character. His kindness and sensitivity toward everyone in the institute makes him more or less an all around nice guy. Hoewever, recent revelations have made me consider Will a little more completley. He has more of an unfortunate past than I had first assumed giving him a much more alluring personality. I have also found myself feeling more in touch with Tessa. Her character is maturing as the books continue in this saga. She is much more interesting and and brave in this book. She is no where near as innocent as she first seems to be and I feel much more connected with her storyline.

Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this, the second book, in the series, and I feel that there would be many fantasy fiction lovers would enjoy this series for a number of reasons. Mostly for the magical fantasy of the world the author has created. I recommend this book to the young adult age group and older. I believe that younger readers would really enjoy this. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.

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Book Review: The Bitter Twins, by Jen Williams (2018).

The second book in this series has been an incredible addition to The Winnowing Flame Trilogy. The story continues where the last book ended with those left in Ebora trying to survive another invasion by the Worm people. With their less than suitable War Beasts and lack of Eboran riders life has been difficult for all of them, but there was no way they could sit idle in the face of danger.

Each of the characters have grown even more complete in this novel. Each with strong relationships with each other and the War Beasts who were born from the pods of the Tree God. Even Vintage seems more connected with all involved. Especially when returning with Eri and Nan. However not all is as it seems. When they split up in the hope of finding a way to forge their special fighting bonds, Tor and Noon find out more about the past than they have bargained for. As for the others, their attempts to fight the war don’t turn out as they plan either.

The novel is written in an easy to read fashion, and portrays the characters, as well as the storyline in such a way that makes this book difficult to put down. A definite page turner, there is a lot of action and adventure, as well as joy and heartache. I found Hestillion’s storyline to be the most surprising, with her differences in opinion and changes of heart, it is concerning that she could be part of the downfall of Ebora.

Overall, I have really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the following. I recommend this book to all epic fantasy lovers of all age groups. I feel that it would be enjoyed greatly by anyone who enjoys fantasy. I give the book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.

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Book Review: Magician, by Raymond E. Feist (1982).

I have actually owned this book for quite a while, but keep on adding it to the bottom of my reading list. Mostly due to the daunting thickness and the publication of more titles that I decide I just have to read first. However, with the current situation with rampaging viruses and the need to remain indoors, I have found that I have managed to complete a read of this famous fantasy novel. I have to admit that I have enjoyed reading every bit of it, even though at times I would never manage to get to the end of the novel!

This book compares to that of the Lord of the Rings series, however has its own epic storyline that makes it stand out with its own separateness. It is a complete world of magic and possibilities with some utterly fantastic characters that have been compiled by a tremendous author. Following Pug and his counterparts throughout this novel has been a joy. Each are well developed and how they play into the storyline seamlessly. My most favourite characters would have to be Pug and Tomas. Both of them having suffered and gained so much from the chain of actions that neither had any idea would occur.

The storyline itself is one of amazing feats. I found it difficult to predict most of what was happening, and most of what I found was surprising to say the least! It is full of adventure and intrigue, with people almost always at war, there is always something happening. This makes this book really become a page turner and in various areas is impossible to put down especially when lives our our favorites are on the line. I have to admit to a few late nights reading, waking up to find my glasses askew and my book still in my lap. But I also must say that it was well worth it.

Overall I believe this to be one of the greatest epic fantasy novels written and I am really looking forward to read what is to follow in the next book in the series. I feel the adult age group who favor the fantasy genre will enjoy this book, as will anyone who loved Lord of the Rings and the Game of Thrones series. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars. Well worth the read.

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Book Review: Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare (2010).

I saw the 10th year collection of this novel at the shops the other day and I decided I absolutely had to have it! This book has been sitting on my #mustread list for a very long time, and seeing this beautiful edition I couldn’t resist. Inside I was thrilled to find that the story is as amazing as the look of the cover. An intriguing read, Clockwork Angel is a fantastic read.

The novel is set in the 1800’s in London, and although the characters and storyline are fictional, the reader is easily able to imagine themselves within this time and place. The author has put in a lot of effort and study into the Victorian era to ensure that the book has the right feel and the places are recognizable. Each of the characters a familiar in some ways, especially after having read the Shadowhunters series, and are portrayed in a likeable and interesting way. The book is written in an easy to understand language and the prose makes it enjoyable and fluent.

My favorite character remains Jem throughout. I find him to be the most intriguing. Will does have a lot of secrets that I would love to drag out of him! But he isn’t exactly the friendliest of people and its easy to dislike him, especially after he treats Tessa the way in which he does. It was also nice to have Magnus Bane amongst the group, however I would have liked to have seen a little more of him. Perhaps that will be the case in the next book. We can only hope!

Overall, I believe this is a great book for epic fantasy fiction novels. It would be great for the young adult age group, but I think anyone interested in the supernatural would enjoy this book if given a chance. Cassandra Clare is a great author after all! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. I give this book a rating of 8/10 stars.

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Book Review: The Cruel Prince, by Holly Black (2018).

The beginning of this book had me totally dumbfounded. It is the first novel that I have read authored by Holly Black, and so I was very unsure of what to expect. Jude and Taryn, twin human girls, along with their oldest sister Vivienne, are witness to a great atrocity that changes their mortal lives forever.

June and Taryn find themselves living in the world of faerie, and show readers just how difficult it is for them as mortals to fit in with the folk of faerie. Fortunately, through a strange twist of fate, Vivienne fits in flawlessly.

June becomes the central character, who wishes to become a knight and earn her place amongst the high court fold. Her twin sister decides that marrying a member of the high court would e her way of finding her place amongst the folk.

The book itself is well written and fun to read. The prose is distinguishable as the beauty of the way the faerie speak. It’s lovely to read and to listen to, and I feel gives the book a lot of character. The storyline itself is full of adventure and magic. Something I always enjoy in my books especially when told the way this one has been.

Overall I have enjoyed reading this book very much and I am eager to read the next instalment to what looks to be a very interesting series. The book has left with many questions and wondering about what will happen to my favourite characters. Recommend this book to anyone interested in the faerie. I understand that this book may not be everyone’s cup of tea although they enjoy the fantasy fiction genre. However, I do believe this book will peal to the majority I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.