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Book Recommendations: Kingmaker, by Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes (2019).

An exciting adventure filled with Dragon’s, escapes from danger, plots or murder and more…

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In this exciting adventure, Kate and Sophia and their dragon Dalgren form a desperate plan to free Phillip from prison. Thomas is crowned king and discovers a plot by King Ullr to invade Freya. And Henry is forced to flee to the Aligoes where he makes a discovery that could change the fortunes of his beleaguered nation.

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Reading Suggestions – Across the Void, by S. K. Vaughn (2019).

The cover of this is quite different. It does look however that this might be quite a good book and definitely something to take a closer look at.

Book Synopsis

May Knox floats in space, the only survivor of a catastrophic accident. There is just one person who can save her: a man whose heart she broke, millions of miles away.

It’s Christmas Day, 2067.

Silent Night drifts across the ruins of a wrecked spaceship, listing helplessly in the black. A sole woman, May, stirs within – the last person left alive of a disastrous first manned mission to Europa, a moon of Jupiter.

There is only one person who can help her – her ex-husband Stephen, a NASA scientist who was heading up the mission back on Earth. Until, that is, she broke his heart and he left both her and the mission.

Now May clings to life and it is only his voice travelling across the fathomless miles that can bring her home.

In this twisty, gasp-inducing thriller, when each breath is a fight for survival, their relationship is the difference between life and death.

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Book Review: The Betrayal of Ka, by Shea R. Oliver (2015).

Book Review: The Betrayal of Ka, by Shea R Oliver (2015).

This is not something of my normal genre. This is in fact way more sci-fi than I normally read in a year! But as I was asked to review this title I thought I would at least give it the benefit of the doubt. It’s begins with a space adventure setting. A spaceship lands on Earth with the main character intent in the destruction of people with special abilities. Ka, the main character, is fro. Another planet which has decided to invade earth.

The storyline really isn’t my cup of tea. But basically it is well written and has strongly built characters and plot. Political struggles become the centre theme of the story, along with Ka trying to find himself along the way.

I fell that this book is overall written well and would appeal to most sci-fi fans. I would recommend this to the young adult age group and I believe they would find it well worth the read. I give this book a rating of 7/10 stars.

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Book Review: The Mad Ship, by Robin Hobb (2008).

The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb is the second book in the exceptional fantasy series The Liveship Traders, in which readers are transported into a magical and sometimes cruel world where Dragon’s are ore than just a possibility. This novel takes up where the last ends with Althea returning home aboard the Liveship Ophelia, Brashen is sailing as first mate aboard the Springeve, and Wintrow remains with the Vivacia seeing to Captain Kennit’s leg.

As always, robin Hob gives readers an amazing tale of heartache and adventure. Althea returns home to find her family not doing at all as well as she had hoped. Brashen realises the Vivacia has gotten into trouble and is concerned for Althea. Paragon realises he is to have a new life, and a good life, whilst it looks like the sea serpents are way more than they first appear to be. Wintrow finds his own destiny aligning with that of his captors and begins to make more of the life he thought had been ruined completely. Readers are also graced with further knowledge of Dragons, Trehaug and the existence of the long lost Elderlings.

This well written novel continues on with this completely breathtaking story at a fast pace that keeps readers turning pages far longer than intended. With Bingtown’s existence threatened as War with the Chalcedon , readers are left with many questions answered but with many more answers yet to come. A complete page turner, I found myself exited to find out what happens next. This always being the first sign of a good fantasy series.

Overall, I feel this is a fantastic addition in the Liveship Traders series, and I enjoyed it immensely. My most favourite storyline, surprisingly being that of Malta and her evolution from spoiled child to intelligent young woman. I would recommend this novel to young adults upward. I doubt that there are many fantasy genre fans that could resist this book. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.

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Book Review: Ship of Magic, by Robin Hobb (1999).

Liveships! This novel brings the reader into a luxurious fantasy world to a place known as Bingtown. Where families of ancient lineage have fought and worked o survive in an extremely difficult time. Deals have been wrought amongst Rain Wild Traders, who have come from the Rain Wilds, and those who have made the port of Bingtown, their home. These deals and agreements must still be honoured by today’s descendants and debts must be paid, by gold or by blood. After all, a ship carved of Wizard Wood was never going to come cheaply.

Robin Hobb has indeed out done herself once again with the creation of so many wonderful characters that its difficult to decide on a favourite. Or even one that I look more than the others! Although Althea has admittedly stolen my heart. She has courage and determination and I think that is what I found most appealing about her. That and her strength living in what is predominantly a patriarchal business. Wintrow, on the other hand holds a different kind of strength, and his character is also very appealing. He has strong convictions and tries his hardest to remain true them even though he is put through so much turmoil vey young. It hard not to look at this character without a little bit of awe. Who else could withstand losing a digit without a sound?

As always, this is a well written novel with intelligent prose and amazing storyline’s. The idea that a ship can potentially have a life of its own in a way so unusual keeps readers engaged throughout. Not to mention the curiously tantalising snipits of information focused on the serpents who appear to be trailing behind most Slaving Vessels. Do they follow merely for the predictable food source or is there truly something much more?

I have to admit I have truly enjoyed this first book in the Liveship Traders Series, authored by the fabulous Robin Hobb. I would recommend it to young adult readers and older, who enjoy adventure and intrigue within their fantasy. I give this book a 10/10 star rating.

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Book Review: The Betrayal of Ka, by Shea R Oliver (2015).

This is not something of my normal genre. This is in fact way more sci-fi than I normally read in a year! But as I was asked to review this title I thought I would at least give it the benefit of the doubt. It’s begins with a space adventure setting. A spaceship lands on Earth with the main character intent in the destruction of people with special abilities. Ka, the main character, is fro. Another planet which has decided to invade earth.

The storyline really isn’t my cup of tea. But basically it is well written and has strongly built characters and plot. Political struggles become the centre theme of the story, along with Ka trying to find himself along the way.

I fell that this book is overall written well and would appeal to most sci-fi fans. I would recommend this to the young adult age group and I believe they would find it well worth the read. I give this book a rating of 7/10 stars.

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Book Review: Assassin’s Fate, by Robin Hobb (2017).

The final book to the Fitz and the Fool series, Assassin’s Fate, by Robin Hobb, is a remarkably breathtaking story that had me in genuine tears of sadness and anguish, or laughing hysterically, again with tears, on a number of occasions. This book has given closure to the long journey of Fitz and the Fool, and it is this finality that I think readers will enjoy most. It is a truly fitting ending for two of the most unforgettable characters I have ever had the pleasure to follow.

The book continues the quest to rescue Bee and take revenge on those who have tormented both Bee and the Fool. But they are not alone, having the aid of dragon ships and dragons alike. The tale intertwined with other series written by Robin Hobb and both the Dragons of Kelsingra and their Elderlings as well as the Liveships of Bingtown become participants in what becomes a mission to merely stay alive. It is with the help of these unlikely allies, they are able to bring to an end the evils of the Whites and there Servants.

However, this comes at great cost. There are many casualties and even deaths, each a major blow to both Fitz and the Fool. And it is this loss and sense of survival that forces Fitz to make the decision of sacrifice in order to ensure his daughters safety. Unfortunately for the Fool this doesn’t go as well as planned and a change in circumstance twists fate even further for both himself and Fitz, leaving the novels ending quite heartfelt and unexpected. Even so, the ending is definitely satisfying for those true fans of the series.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the Fitz and the Fool series immensely, being unable to put it down once I began. I have always enjoyed Robin Hobbs creations but she has most definitely out done herself with this series and especially in this the final book Assassin’s Fate. I recommend this book to anyone who remotely like fantasy fiction, or anyone who isn’t scared to use a little imagination. Fabulous read, one which I am sure to read over and over again. Well done Robin Hobb. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.

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Book Review: Fool’s Quest, by Robin Hobb (2015).

As with most of Robin Hobb’s tittles, I spend the majority of the novel with my heart in my throat, and this book was no exception! Fool’s Quest is the second novel in the Fitz and the Fool series, and the continuation of Fitz and Bee’s suffering at the hands of the “Servants”, who clearly serve no- one but themselves.

In this second novel to the Fitz and the Fool series, the reason for the strange messengers appearing in Withywoods becomes more apparent. There are much bigger cogs turning than what is first perceived. The Fool has returned to his beloved Catalyst, and with him follows an incredible amount of trouble. Seeking aid for Beloved causes Fitz to separate from his daughter Bee, which provides the perfect opportunity for evil to strike, and they strike hard at that. Not only does Bee find herself kidnapped, she also finds that she is subject to frequent brutality.

It isn’t long before news of the savage attack on Withywoods, reaches Buck Keep and Fitz is forced to make some rash and risky decisions which begins the harrowing rescue of Bee. The Fool although brutalised believes Bee is the Unexpected Son told in prophecy, and vows to join Fitz on his journey not only to assist in the rescue but also assist in the destruction of the Servants of Clerres.

My most favourite parts of this novel has to be the conversations between Bee and Nighteyes. The pair make an almighty team that can withstand much and survive, even if Bee does use her “cows teeth” more effectively than Fitz ever had! Each interaction provides effortless humour, and this isn’t lost when the old wolfs spirit returns to Fitz either. The old wolf sarcasm and charm are inserted at just the right times, making this book brilliant.

Overall I believe Robin Hobb has created yet another masterpiece that quenches the thirst of her fanatical readers such as myself, thus being a most fantastic read. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in fantasy fiction or to anyone who remotely has an imagination, as it easily will capture ones thoughts. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.

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Book Review: Fool’s Assassin, by Robin Hobb (2014).

Robin Hobb has delivered many amazing fantasy novels over the past years, developing some incredibly unforgettable characters. Two of my favourites have to be the bastard born FitzChivalry Farseer and his Wit companion Nighteyes. The Farseer Trilogy was an amazing series on its own, but as it intergrated with the Rain Wild chronicles and other series by Robin Hobb its made for a brilliant succession. The addition to a continuation of her stories is well worth the read, bringing back to life characters I thought I would not hear of again till rereading the original series. However, Robin Hobb has created yet more creative fantasy, helping to fill in gaps in other story lines as well as to bring forth an entirely new storyline in Fool’s Assassin.

This novel brings us forth to a time where FitzChivalry has finally found the freedom to live his life as he had always dreamed, with Molly as his wife, and the possibility of another child to fill their hearts and home. Fitz has not completley removed himself from court, but has definitley stepped back into the shadows, continueing on with the name Holder Tom Badgerlock of Withy woods. Under this guise he is able to live a fairly peaceable life with his wife and the last of Molly and Burrich’s children, of which he helped to raise the youngest of them until they finally leave home in search of their own lives and fortune.

As they age, Molly and Fitz give up on the idea of having another child of there own, as she realises her child bearing years have passed. But in true FitzChivalry tradition, events differ from original plans, and incredibly they are astounded to realise they were to become parents. Years, later after much hardship, disbelief and heartbreak, a child is born to them, though she is nothing that the two had expected. Fitz had fathered yet another daughter to Molly, whom they name Bee.

An unusual child born of an unusual birth, Bee is a princess belonging to the Farseer line. It is hard for both parents to remain hopeful in their strange child, as her development is much different to any other of Molly’s children, thus fearing she is simple of mind. Although Fitz desparetly tries to see Bee as any other child, he becomes disheartened especially when the child of his heart prefers he not touch her or hold her. It is not until Molly’s death that Fitz begins to get to know his daughter and become more of a father in her life. Unfortunately raising Bee is not without its events and it isn’t long before she is caught up in horrific circumstances that put her in grave danger. It is up to Fitz to save her.

Fool’s Assassin is an amazing novel that I found almost impossible to put down! I have always deeply enjoyed Robin Hobb’s writing, and this book is no exception. The bringing back to life of one of my all time favorite characters has really been a wonderful read that I have enjoyed from the very first page. To join Fitz in his world of adventure and knowing Nighteyes still lives on within him is a wonderful thought. The storyline itself is unique and incredibly well written. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy writing and a love for magic, and to anyone of the mid teen years and older. Fool’s Assassin is the first of what I believe will be yet another amazing novel written by my favourite author Robin Hobb. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.

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Re-post ~ Book Review: Holy Sister, by Mark Lawrence (2019).

This book was more than worth the wait! Holy Sister, the third and final book of the Ancestor series is one of war and death, but it is also one of love and life. It’s an amazing roller coaster ride that everyone she experience even just once. Again we follow Nona Grey as she plays her role in saving Abeth. It is the subtle changes in Nona’s character that can be easily missed that really make the story. We learn in this final book just how much Nona has grown and how much she has come to learn in this final novel and it is quite amazing what faith can really do if one believes.

Throughout the book we find ourselves travelling back and forth from the escape of the previous book and the present which has the war almost pounding at the gates. Each scene is explosive and action packed and impossible to put down. I have barely been able to the book down!

I don’t want to give anything away with this book so I won’t go into detail of my favourite parts. Just know that this is a MUST READ series that is incredibly written and has a storyline that will keep any reader completely hooked from the first page.

Much praise to Mark Lawrence on the creation of the Ancestor series. I implore anyone who enjoys fabulously written characters in a fantasy storyline that is utterly amazing then these are the books for you. I give this book a rating 10/10 stars.

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