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Book Review: The Queen of Nothing, by Holly Black (2019).

What an awesome book! The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black is the third and final book in the Folk of the Air series. And what an adventure it has turned out to be! It all begins with Jude in exhile from faerie, and living with her sister and brother in the mortal world. Since Heather moved out after returning from the faerie, and is the reason why his wife Jude remains in the mortal world. So basically there is a whole lot going on and everything is in turmoil.

This book is full of adventure and excitement throughout, and it brings together all storylines which helps to explain many unanswered questions that were brought about in the previous novels. I have found this book almost impossible to put down. The storyline has so many twists and turns that I had difficulty and other times found it impossible to predict what was going to happen. Jude has her hands full with everything going on, and her life and well being hang in the balance a lot of the time. I am actually surprised at the amount she manages to do in this novel. I guess that what happens when one is raised in the lands of Faerie.

Basically, this book ha been written in such a well established setting and with such fabulous characters that reading makes you feel surrounded by magic yourself. I found it hard not to keep reading once I started, and I feel a little sad knowing that the series is over.

Overall I would recommend this book to all fantasy lovers and to those that enjoy the magic of the faerie. I think that young adult and older age groups would definitely enjoy this book. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.

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Book Review: The Ninth Rain, by Jen Williams (2017).

The Ninth Rain is an exciting fantasy adventure that takes readers to dangerous new realm on the verge of being wiped out by strange creatures that ultimately travel from the skies. Ebora was a once great city where its people were revered as hero’s and champions of wars against such creatures But their power died along with their god,

This story revolves around one such Eboran, Tormalin, a human known as Vintage and a Fell Witch named Noon. This unusual trio find themselves together after Vintage takes both Tormalin and Noon into her employ on one of her exploration missions to find the reminiscence of the enemy.

I feel this is another fantastically unique and intriguing storyline, which made it almost impossible to set down. Easy to read and understand, the text is a delight to read. The addition of well crafted characters makes such a read completely worthwhile. I have to admit I have really enjoyed reading this book and am definitely looking forward to the next book in “The Winowing Flame Trilogy”.

Overall, I feel that anyone who enjoys fantasy fiction epic novels they would definitely enjoy this book written by Jen Williams. I recommend this book to fantasy lovers of an adult age group I give this book a rating of 9/10 stars.

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Book Review: The Blacksmith Queen, by G. A. Aiken (2019).

Another book that turned out to completely different from my prediction. This book had been recommended to me by a friend and I thought I would give it a try. I am glad that I did, because this as turned out to be a brilliant read.

As epic fantasy goes, this book ticks all the required boxes to make it great. The main character Keeley , a blacksmith by trade, becomes elevated to a much higher and courtly position when war confronts the world as she knows it. Her sister Beatrice,being at the centre of much mischief and her entire family remained unaware. Keeley however, realises she must become involved in the attempt to keep her family and loved ones sage. Which means joining forces with a number of magical beings she would never have dreamt about.

This book is well written, with fabulous characters each with own eccentricities. Although the language used may not appeal to all readers There is a lot of swearing and adult themed references. But I feel this just adds to the characters personality as well as the storyline itself.

Overall, I have really enjoyed this book. It’s a unique to me and it had me laughing and in awe throughout the book. I feel all fantasy fiction lovers will find this book to be quite intriguing I recommend this book to the adult age group and I give this book the rating 10/10 stars.

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Book Review: Saviour, by J. R. Ward (2019).

Saviour is the latest novel in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. After reading all of the others I felt compelled to read it even though I honestly couldn’t imagine there being any more stories without it becoming too like any of its predecessors. I also didn’t believe that there was any more brothers to set up with amazing women. But I had forgotten about Murhder! He finally came free from his mental space, and found a female to love.

As always this was a well written novel expected from J. R. Ward, as well as easy to read. And as always not far into the book I was hooked. The humorous storyline, the dash of romance, and the addition of the Vampire genre is definitley something I can easily lose myself in.

There isn’t a great deal not to like in this book. An easy read, with the perfect amountof Vampirism and romance. I have always enjoyed the quirkiness of the relationships and the challenges they overcome. Great read for those who enjoy Vampire Romance.

Overall I thought Saviour, by J. R. Ward is a great easy to read book that I could easily read again. I recommend this book a rating or 7/10 stars.

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Book Review: Dispel Illusions, by Mark Lawrence (2020).

This is the final book in the Impossible Times series authored by one of the best fantasy novelists, Mark Lawrence. This is an incredible ending to this set. As usual it is one that manages to be completely impossible to predict and has a variety of twists that I couldn’t have even imagined.

I don’t want to give too much away for this novel, because it is just too good to spoil. But I do want to say there is a really good ending, with Nick remaining the most central character. Also, Dungeons and Dragons makes an appearance, which I just adore as part of this series.

Overall I have absolutley loved this series and most of all this third book Dispel Illusions. Mark Lawrence is an amazing author and his books have always been some of the best reads. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in fantasy fiction genre. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.

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Book Review: The Wicked King, by Holly Black (2019).

The Wicked Kng by Holly Black is the second book in the Folk of the Air series, and an absolutely fantastic read. The all mortal Jude has managed to crown her enemy Cardan High King of Faerie and convinced her sister Vivi to take their younger brother Oak to give him a chance at the childhood her and her sisters never had. What isn’t commonly known is that Cardan has fallen prey to a trick of Jude’s and in fact she has him under her complete control.

This book continues Jude’s quest to rule faerie using Carda until such time as Oak comes of age and is able to take over the throne. but things are so far from what they appear to be, and Jude finds a variety of challenges set in her path. Such threats include those old and new, like the threat from the Undersea and the feelings she finds herself developing unavoidable for Cardan.

As always the Faerie is full of tricks and tragedies, but also excitement and daring. Jude is atthe centre of all of these things and she manages to survive with the majority of her dignity intact. Even though those such as Locke would love nothing more to make her feel irrelevant.

Again, this book is elegantly written with prose befitting the faerie. The characters are well written and its easy to follow and understand, givin readers an opportunity to create images of them in their minds eye. The storyline remains unique and has had me wishing there wa s’more time to read!

Overall, I believe this book is a brilliant 2nd novel in the series. It is a great read and highly recommend it to anyone interested in the fantasy genre, especially if you like the idea of the faerie and all thy they entail. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.

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

The third and final novel in the series, Nightblood brings an interesting and adventurous. Ruby brings the eventual peace to both the home lands of Firebloods and Frostbloods. Thanks to one brave woman and the two men who love her.

I found this series to be a fantastic read and worth the late nights spent on the book. I would recommend this book to young adult readers, and older with interest in the epic fantasy genre. I give this book a rating of 7.5/10 stars.