Book Reviews

Book Review: Blood Song, by Anthony Ryan (2011).

On the Cover

Blood Song is the epic first novel in the internationally bestselling Raven’s Shadow seriesan enthralling tale of desperate battles, deadly politics and epic adventure.

We have fought battles that left more than a hundred corpses on the ground and not a word of it has ever been set down. The Order fights, but often it fights in shadow, without glory or reward. We have no banners.

Vaelin Al Sorna is the Sixth Order’s newest recruit. Under their brutal training regime, he learns how to forge a blade, survive the wilds and kill a man quickly and quietly – all in the name of protecting the Realm and the Faith.

Now his skills will be put to the test. War is coming. Vaelin must draw upon the very essence of his strength and cunning if he is to survive the coming conflict. Yet as the world teeters on the edge of chaos, Vaelin will learn that the truth can cut deeper than any sword.

Review.

Blood Song, authored by Anthony Ryan, is a epic novel set in a dystopian land at war. It begins with Vaelin Al Sorna, the son of a well known character of the realm, being left to the Order in which one is taught to fight for the faith. At least so it is done for those of the sixth order. Vaelin begins his journey the moment his father rides away from the Order gates.

He becomes one among many at the beginning, but as time continues and children are either killed during training or tests or just proven unworthy, their number dwindles till Vaelin finds his own band of brothers whom become closer than blood. Each of them willing to die to save the other or protect the other from harm. However, these friendships are tested time and time again and the characters are really moulded in front of the readers eyes, more or less.

It isn’t until the final of the tests when he is forced to kill an innocent man or otherwise die himself, Vaelin realises that the king has more influence on the Faith and its orders that he first thought. The King has had plans for him since his birth and although these didn’t come into fruition, he continues to scheme.

The story in itself is fast paced and exciting. Vaelin and his friends go through many battles that are well described in a prose that easily flows. The fact that Vaelin appears to have the gift of magic in his blood, known as the “Blood song”. with this magic as his guide in times of need, no wonder he becomes such a formidable enemy. The storyline of Vaelin and how he survives to become a famously respected warrior is one that just keeps readers wanting to turn pages. Admittedly I had trouble putting it down.

There wasn’t much that I didn’t enjoy in this novel. From the grisly deaths to the horrifying slaughters, and even the epic love shared between Vaelin and Sherrin. The author has written this novel very well and there is very little if anything of this book I didn’t enjoy.

Overall I would recommend this book to lovers of the dystopian fantasy genre. It’s fast pace and exciting adventures will have readers hooked. Great book. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: The Obelisk Gate by N K Jemisin (2016).

On the Cover:

The season of endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night.

Essun has found shelter, but not her missing daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request only Essun can grant.

Review:

The second book of N K Jemisin series does not disappoint in any way. It delves further along the storyline of Essun and her current life in Castrima (since all characters merged into the present Damaya, Syenite, Essun!). It’s a fantastic novel filled with adventure and suspense and does not forget to indulge into what is happening to Nassun, the beloved lost daughter.

There are many ups and downs within this novel, and heartbreak is one emotion that is a constant. Losing Alabaster is only the beginning. The knowing that Nassun is alive but not know where she is would heartbreak on its own. To not know how she fairs yet know her life continues would be torture to any mother. Again the unique prose in which N. K. Jemisin writes this series has me intrigued. Even though I am sure it is through Hoa that the story is being told, I still find myself second guessing with certain key phrases, but I am sure that is for a reason which will unfold as the tale continues.

Overall, I enjoyed the storyline of Essun and her fight to live and protect what she sees to most extents and purposes as – “her Comm”. And so we see her go to great lengths to ensure it remains intact. Most of what she does has never been considered let alone been allowed to transpire, and so there is a shock at the enormity and the power to which Essun wields, along with the hearty tug of emotion brought forth from someone protecting their own.

The only comment towards the negative aspect in this book would be considered more of a comment than a criticism. The scene in which Jija attacks Nassun and is eventually killed by the very powers he fears from his daughter becomes one that is hard to swallow. It isn’t a bad thing as I am sure it will somehow build character in the daughter. It just seems so tragic and hurtful to have to destroy one’s own family especially when it seems that he is all she has for the moment. But then again its not as though Essun has grown without blemishes of character and soul. The world they live in isn’t exactly soft living.

The Obelisk Gate, is one of the Epic novels in a fantastic series authored by N. K. Jemisin. I have thoroughly enjoyed this novel and genuinely excited to read the next book in the series. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the fantasy fiction genre in the young adult and older age groups. I give this book a rating of 9/10 stars.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: The Obelisk Gate by N K Jemisin (2016).

On the Cover:

The season of endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night.

Essun has found shelter, but not her missing daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request only Essun can grant.

Review:

The second book of N K Jemisin series does not disappoint in any way. It delves further along the storyline of Essun and her current life in Castrima (since all characters merged into the present Damaya, Syenite, Essun!). It’s a fantastic novel filled with adventure and suspense and does not forget to indulge into what is happening to Nassun, the beloved lost daughter.

There are many ups and downs within this novel, and heartbreak is one emotion that is a constant. Losing Alabaster is only the beginning. The knowing that Nassun is alive but not know where she is would heartbreak on its own. To not know how she fairs yet know her life continues would be torture to any mother. Again the unique prose in which N. K. Jemisin writes this series has me intrigued. Even though I am sure it is through Hoa that the story is being told, I still find myself second guessing with certain key phrases, but I am sure that is for a reason which will unfold as the tale continues.

Overall, I enjoyed the storyline of Essun and her fight to live and protect what she sees to most extents and purposes as – “her Comm”. And so we see her go to great lengths to ensure it remains intact. Most of what she does has never been considered let alone been allowed to transpire, and so there is a shock at the enormity and the power to which Essun wields, along with the hearty tug of emotion brought forth from someone protecting their own.

The only comment towards the negative aspect in this book would be considered more of a comment than a criticism. The scene in which Jija attacks Nassun and is eventually killed by the very powers he fears from his daughter becomes one that is hard to swallow. It isn’t a bad thing as I am sure it will somehow build character in the daughter. It just seems so tragic and hurtful to have to destroy one’s own family especially when it seems that he is all she has for the moment. But then again its not as though Essun has grown without blemishes of character and soul. The world they live in isn’t exactly soft living.

The Obelisk Gate, is one of the Epic novels in a fantastic series authored by N. K. Jemisin. I have thoroughly enjoyed this novel and genuinely excited to read the next book in the series. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the fantasy fiction genre in the young adult and older age groups. I give this book a rating of 9/10 stars.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (2018).

On the Cover

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS . . . FOR THE LAST TIME.

IT STARTS WITH THE GREAT RED RIFT across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun.

IT STARTS WITH DEATH, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.

IT STARTS WITH BETRAYAL, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.

This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

Review:

What a fantastic book! I now realise what the hype is all about with this series. The Fifth Season authored by N. K. Jemisin is an amazing fantasy adventure of an incredible degree. The author has delivered a truly magnificent story of a world where one’s curse is a power to destroy as well as to heal which is a legacy passed on from a parent. You are born a Still, or your not…

I have thoroughly enjoyed every page turning word of this novel. The well developed setting is a complete and glorious world filled with its own history of calamities and sorrow, mixed with drinks and drapes of joy and happiness. A world like our own but so different. It’s an amazing creation and readers can easily find themselves lost.

Throughout the novel we follow the three main female leads – Damaya, Syenite, and Essun. All of which carry with them powers of an Orogene. I was absolutely fascinated by each one’s story, captivated to the point which it was quite a shock to learn the twist and how this changes view points within the storyline. Each character fights for their life and place of existence, sometimes more than once.

The only thing I found disconcerting is the way in which the novel is written. The style of storytelling by this author is quite unique and I found it difficult at first to get into some kind of rhythm. However, it doesn’t take long before I realise it becomes a fantastic way to visualise the character in first person and really highlights the saga of this book. I do think the story would quite the same written in any other prose.

Overall I believe this book is another great classic that I have discovered this year. I am eagerly anticipating the next novel to arrive for devouring! I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the fantasy fiction genre as well as those inclined toward paranormal fantasy. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Blackfish City, by Sam J. Miller (2018).

Review:

Blackfish City is a fantastic fantasy novel that is full of intrigue and imagination. The author has created a great dystopian society that generates power with property ownership in a time when real estate just isn’t an easy purchase.

The scene is set brilliantly and the characters don’t disappoint with rich descriptions and fascinating history’s that follow each of them. There is a lot of mystery behind each face and the author allows history to periodically be retold by characters and opportune times giving the reader a chance to follow the storyline easily.

I really enjoyed the storyline of Kaev and his eventual meeting of Liam. But the arrival of an Orcha being ridden by a woman as though it was the easiest thing in the world would have to be a close second in my favourite parts of the book.

What I did find frustrating would have to be the ending. It all just seems too easy. Yes sure Kaev will have a lot to deal with, and they are all going to need to fight for a place in society. But it just felt almost too easy.

Overall I found the Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller is a fantastic novel that I enjoyed reading very much. I would recommend this novel to young adults and older who enjoy the fantasy fiction genre. I give this book a rating of 8.5/10 stars.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Love’s Prey, by Francesca Quarto (2018).

Review:

I was honoured to be asked to read this novel and give an honest review by the author Francesca Quarto. I was thrilled to find I had been given such an exciting and adventurous book. Love’s Prey was quite a surprising read that delves into the world of Magic in the Native American style. This in itself intrigued me as I haven’t had the privilege of reading many books on this sub-genre. However, the entire novel turns out to be a “diamond in the rough”!

The novel begins with Trisha, the heroine of the tale being viciously attacked by someone trusted. Lucky to escape almost unscathed, she begins her adventure into an unknown world of Magic and Werewolves, which she had only thought possible I her dreams, having only ever existed in stories of her tribe growing up. Thankfully hunky Jackson saves the day and remains by her side in a protective roll, eventually developing into so much more!

I have to admit I really enjoyed the Native American influence throughout this novel. The ideas and use of Magic I felt was unique and extremely exciting. I found this book to be difficult to put down once into the story’s rhythm. The aspects of Revenge were also really well thought out and portrayed. As a reader I could almost feel Jackson’s venomous anger when he destroys what has hurt that is dear to him, that being Teresa.

The only issue I had with this novel would be in its prose. It was hard for me to quite follow the story to start with, but after the first few chapters I do admit to having been enthralled throughout, and really enjoying the storyline the author has written for these characters.

Overall I would recommend this to adults interested in the fantasy fiction genre. Especially for those who have an appetite for Werewolves! I give this book a rating of 7/10stars.

A big thank you and shout out to the author Francesca Quarto. Fantastic book. Can’t wait to ready what’s next. 🤘👍⭐️📚💙😊🙌

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Book Reviews

Book Review – Immortal, by J. R. Ward (2014).

On the Cover.

The Creator invented the game. The stakes were nothing less than the immortal fate of mankind. Yet when fallen angel Jim Heron was challenged to play, he had no idea the voracious demon Devina would be so formidable an adversary-or that the carnal depths to which he was willing to go could prove so fatal.

Devina’s more than ready to claim victory in this war and has her next scheme already underway: Sissy, a defenseless woman under the influence and an unwitting player in the fight for Heron’s heart.

At the defining crossroads between salvation and damnation, Heron is ready to do anything it takes to succeed-a suicide mission that will take him into Heaven and Hell, and into the darkest and most sensual shadows that lie in wait at the end of the world . . .

Review.

The Final book in the Archangel Series by J R Ward is titled Immortal. It is admittedly the best of all six novels, and gives a great conclusion to the war between good and evil. As with all the novels in this series, Jim Heron remains the central character, only this time it his soul that needs saving from the depths of hate and evil. Thankfully he has his Angel buddies, Asian and Eddie to help him out when he needs it. Not to mention Sissy, the love of his life, who he draws evil from within so that her soul may be untainted by Devina, the centre of all evil.

As the story unfolds, there is a final show down in the end, and Devina loses the final battle, with all of the evil she has created amongst her collections disappears along with her. This gives the others the happily ever after they have been hoping for.

Overall I enjoyed this series and especially this last novel Immortal authored by J. R. Ward. She is an exceptional author and has written some fabulous novels with epic paranormal and steamy romance connotations throughout that keeps readers coming back for more. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys the paranormal romance genre especially young adults. I give this book a rating of 7/10 stars.

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