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Book Suggestions: The Steel Remains, by Richard Morgan.

Could be worth taking a closer look 💫⭐️📚📖👍

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Ringil, the hero of the bloody slaughter at Gallows Gap is a legend to all who don’t know him and a twisted degenerate to those that do. A veteran of the wars against the lizards he makes a living from telling credulous travellers of his exploits. Until one day he is pulled away from his life and into the depths of the Empire’s slave trade. Where he will discover a secret infinitely more frightening than the trade in lives.

Archeth – pragmatist, cynic and engineer, the last of her race – is called from her work at the whim of the most powerful man in the Empire and sent to its farthest reaches to investigate a demonic incursion against the Empire’s borders.

Egar Dragonbane, steppe-nomad, one-time fighter for the Empire finds himself entangled in a small-town battle between common sense and religious fervour. But out in the wider world there is something on the move far more alien than any of his tribe’s petty gods. 

Anti-social, anti-heroic, and decidedly irritated, all three of them are about to be sent unwillingly forth into a vicious, vigorous and thoroughly unsuspecting fantasy world. Called upon by an Empire that owes them everything and gave them nothing.

Richard Morgan brings his trademark visceral writing style, turbo-driven plotting and thought provoking characterisation to the fantasy genre and produces a landmark work with his first foray.

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Reading Suggestions: Knight of the Silver Circle by Duncan M. Hamilton (2019).

Written by a fantastic author, this is set to be well worth the read 📖👌🌻📚☕️💫

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Dragons have returned after a thousand years, but greater dangers lurk in the shadows…

As the lines between enemy and ally blur, Guillot dal Villerauvais is drawn farther into the life and service he had left far behind. Solène attempts to come to terms with the great magical talent she fears is as much a curse as a blessing, while the Prince Bishop’s quest for power twists and turns, and takes on a life of its own.

With dragons to slay, and an enemy whose grip on the kingdom grows ever tighter, Gill and his comrades must fight to remain true to themselves, while standing at the precipice of a kingdom in peril.

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Book Review: Malice, John Gwynne (2012).

An absolutely fantastic beginning to what is set to be a fabulous series, The Failthful and the Fallen, Malice is the debu novel written by a totally magnificent author John Gwynne. I rate this author up there with those such as Mark Lawrence and Robin Hobb for sure. And I feel that a book really needs to have made an impact to be classed in this category.

Throughout the novel we meet the different people from the different realms of the Banished Lands. Veradis, Kastell , Cywen, Nathair, and many others, all of which are really well written and portrayed throughout the novel. My absolute favourite character would have to be Corban. With his “underdog” persona at the beginning of the book, to watching him mature into himself and eventually grow into a gifted young man who is capable of more than he could ever imagine.

Corban seems to have a way with animals and they become very loyal to him in such a way they protect him from dangers of a variety of sources. His sister Cywen remains at his side along the way, and gives him encouragement, and her belief in him along the way. However, there are many evils at work and most Corban has no clue exist. Envision has set forth a tide that is destined to change the Banished lands as it has always been known.

The book has been written in a way that takes readers into the midst of the story, amongst the chaos and lives of its characters. It Is easy to fall in love with quite a few of them and then become easily hooked on the storyline.

This has been a fabulous read and I can’t wait to begin reading the next. I am overly curious to find out what happens with Corban and his friends and family, as well as to see who remains friend and who foe. Things are sure to be different now. But what exactly does that entail. I would recommend this novel to anyone interested in the fantasy genre. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.

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Book Suggestions: The Name of All Things, by Jenn Lyons 2019.

The Name of All Things is book two in Jenn Lyons’ thrilling epic fantasy series, A Chorus of Dragons, which began with The Ruin of Kings.

You can have everything you want. If you sacrifice everything you believe . . .

Kihrin D’Mon is a wanted man after killing the Emperor of Quur – and not in a good way. So he heads for Jorat, to find the fourth person named in prophesy, who will either save or damn the world.

He meets Janel Theranon, who claims she already knows him. And she wants Kihrin’s help in saving Jorat’s capital from a dragon, who can only be slain with his sword’s magic. Unwittingly, Kirin also finds himself at the centre of a rebellion. One which puts him in direct opposition to Relos Var, his old enemy.

For too long, Janel’s battled the wizard alone – even betraying her ideals to bring him down. However, Var owns one of the world’s most powerful artefacts: the Name of All Things. It bestows knowledge, which Var uses to gain what he wants most. This is now Kihrin D’Mon – and the world may not survive the consequences

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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 Ideas: The Library of the Unwritten, by A. J. Hackwith (2019).

This looks like it could be quite good 📚😊📖👌💫

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Many years ago, Claire was named Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing– a neutral space in Hell where all the stories unfinished by their authors reside. Her job consists mainly of repairing and organizing books, but also of keeping an eye on restless stories that risk materializing as characters and escaping the library. When a Hero escapes from his book and goes in search of his author, Claire must track and capture him with the help of former muse and current assistant Brevity and nervous demon courier Leto.

But what should have been a simple retrieval goes horrifyingly wrong when the terrifyingly angelic Ramiel attacks them, convinced that they hold the Devil’s Bible. The text of the Devil’s Bible is a powerful weapon in the power struggle between Heaven and Hell, so it falls to the librarians to find a book with the power to reshape the boundaries between Heaven, Hell….and Earth.

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Book Suggestions: The Pale Swordsman, Robert Ryan (2018).

Ancient evil wakes from eons old sleep, and pits its strength against the world of man…

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Brand, exiled since his youth from the land he should rightfully rule, returns home. But nothing is as it seems, and the usurper who murdered his parents and sent countless assassins to kill him is not his greatest threat.

A magician serves the usurper, and his power is of a kind both deadly and rare. Brand does not know of his existence, but the magician divines his coming and his purpose. He cannot let Brand live, for he is the sort of man who can tumble thrones and challenge fate itself.

Brand, intent on righting past wrongs, gathers an army as he journeys. But enemies beset him. Beasts of magic hunt him. And the pale swordsman who is not a man stalks him across the land. Brand enters a world of magic, a time of chaos and a crossroads of destiny. For a dark shadow of evil reaches forth to conquer, and one man will not stop it, nor will one kingdom sate its lust for dominion…

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