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Book Review: Valour, by John Gwynne (2014).

Valour is the second book in the Faithless and the Fallen series authored by incredible John Gwynne. This series has turned out to be more exciting and interesting than I had anywhere near imagined. Corbin is a fantastic character and completely captured my imagination. Especially since he has this amazing relationship with the Wolven, Storm. I think that is what originally had captured my attention. But the constant heroism, empathy and strength portrayed by this character is fabulous. Not only is Corbin an extraordinary character, there are several additional characters that have won my heart. Cywen, Corbin’s brother, and Brina have also made there ways into my heart. Cywen as in the maiden who works hard and for all the right reasons and deserves much more than she receives, and Brina the elderly woman wise, and full of criticism, ready with the comic relief right when it’s needed. There is also Filede and Maquin. An unexpected live between two complete polar opposite. However, as the old saying goes, opposites attract.Again this is another book well written by John Gwynne. It has kept me at a constant book vigil being very difficult to put down once in the swing of the story. I am currently heartbroken and in much need of reading the final book. Which thankfully is not out of reach. As this book has left me with many questions I just have to have an answer to and soon! Overall I highly praise John Gwynne and officially hold him in league with my favourites Robin Hobb Nd Mark Lawrence. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the fantasy genre and of the young adult age and older. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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Reading Ideas: Dawn of Wonder, Jonathan Renshaw (2015).

Interesting looking cover 📖☕️📚

Could be worth a closer look.


When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems.

The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation’s royal academy – a whole world of secrets in itself.

But this is only the beginning of his discoveries. Something is stirring in the land, something more ominous than the rising threat of hostile nations. Fearful travellers whisper of an ancient power breathing over Thirna, changing it, waking it. In the very heart of these stirrings, Aedan encounters that which defies belief, leaving him speechless with terror – and wonder.

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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 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 📚😊📖👌💫


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 Review: Origin, by Dan Brown (2017).

What an adventure! Admittedly I have spent a lot of time confused with this book. Most of the concepts and language way over my head, and way too much to Google and continue to read with fluency. However, as Dan Brown has the knack of doing, he gives readers just enough knowledge to understand the main concepts if read carefully. This is definitely well worth the read. So much so that I believe it to be in the category of his previous novel The Da Vinci Code.

Throughout this novel, readers follow the story of Robert Langdon the infamous professor as he and yet another ”lady friend” enter into a dangerous mission to broadcast their dear friend’s unique announcement to the entire world. With the help of Winston the Super Computer that has capabilities beyond anyone wildest dreams, they are able to show the world what Edmond Kirsch had been trying to tell the world before he is… stopped.

Although much of the novel is filled with problem-solving and jetting across the countryside there is an obvious romance and bromance amongst the main characters. This helps to keep the story flowing when some of the cryptic intelligence spews across the page and increased concentration is required to keep up.

As I have mentioned numerous times I found the overall story confusing as a lot of it was simply beyond my understanding. However, I have to acknowledge that the ideas portrayed have definitely have caused a lot of thought surrounding the questions ”Where did we come from? Where are we going?”.

Overall this has been an interesting and enjoyable read that I believe most fantasy lovers would enjoy. I would recommend this book to the older age group although young adults could find this interesting provided they are set for a challenge. I give this book a rating of 8.5/10 stars.


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Book Review: Eldest, by Christopher Paolini (2005).

After many dangerous feats, Eragon Shade Slayer is now able to continue his journey to finish his training as a Dragon Rider. But even though he has seemingly one the last battle there is still a war brewing. It is time for the Varden and it’s allies make a plan.

I found this second novel of the Inheritance series to be a little more confusing than the first. Especially with the storyline glittering between Eragon and his cousin Roran. Although with some re-reading it was possible to wrap my mind around the storyline. I feel that perhaps I has expected the storyline to be different to what was on the page which made it seem lacking.

I found that both Eragon and Saphira unable to find the romantic relationships they had hoped for. Although they both grow in wisdom from the experience, and become closer to one another because of it, doesn’t take away the loneliness of the storyline. But I am sure there is a reason for this to be revealed much later in the story.

Overall I found this to be an entertaining read even though I did spend some of my time confused. I recommend this book to anyone who has a love of Dragons and fantasy novels. I give this book a rating of 8.5/10 stars.