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Book Review: Lord of the Rings, Return of the King, by J. R. Tolkien

What the book is about

The third and final instalment of the Lord of the rings saga, gives us an ending to the destruction of middle earth and the corruption of anything remotely good. In this book, we find Frodo and Sam finally in the midst of mount doom, finally able to destroy the ring.

Aragorn finds his place as king among kings and Gandalf and Shadowfax are reunited and allowed to remain that way. Characters are finally able to find some sort of ending to each of their stories.

What I liked about this book.

I guess after reading the first two novels and watching Frodo and Sam come so close to death on so many occasions that even knowing the ending made me wonder if the pair would be able to endure such tests of will and spirit. I also enjoyed the fact that Gandalf the White rides among them to help the armies won their campaigns.

One other specific moment in which I did really enjoy was the interactions between Legolas and Gimli during their time amongst those who m death had already claimed. The Dwarf tries hard to separate himself from his fears, but like many before him, found his knees felt as though they were jelly!

What I didn’t like about this book.

There really isn’t a lot not to like! It finishes with the destruction of the ring, which in turn stops the total destruction of middle earth.

Overall

I have to say I did have doubts about this series. Having watched the Movie Trilogy a number of times, so spotting the numerous differences and additions along with what was left out of the movie’s became almost a game. I have to admit I was disappointed that certain love stories only existed in the movie. However, the author has written such an entertaining dialogue that it barely matters. I feel that both author and trilogy will remain some of histories longest remembered stories. Overall, I very much enjoyed the third novel, The Return of the King and I am happy I can now say that I have finally read these books. I recommend the book to anyone interested in epic fantasy. I gave this book a rating of 9/10 stars.

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Book Ideas: Shadow Sun Rebellion, by Dave Willmarth (2019).

Looks interesting 👍 👀 🤔 📚

Should be worth taking a look 💫

Abstract

The one year Stabilization period has ended, and the aliens are colonizing earth! Allistor and his people have prepared as well as possible, and now they’ll find out if it was enough.

In this third book of the Shadow Sun series, Earth’s survivors continue to fight for their lives, and to reclaim as much of the earth as they can for the human race. More than one alien faction threatens their existence, while others prove to be staunch allies. Allistor and company learn more about the system, its mechanics and politics, and take the first step in bringing the fight to their enemies off-world!

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Book Review: Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring, by J. R. R. Tolkien (1954).

What is the book about?

The first in a fantastic fantasy series that will most likely remain completely epic throughout the ages. The Fellowship of the Rings is the beginning of what can only be described as a journey to end it all. We are introduced to a species called Hobbits or halfling as they are often known as. These amazing creatures have their own sort of magic, being able to withstand evil influences better than most races in middle earth.

Frodo a hobbit from the Shire, becomes a central character when he inherits a long lost ring from his uncle Bilbo and finds himself in danger he and his friends, Samwise, Pippin, and Merry had never believed were possible. With help and instruction from several friends, they manage to travel to Rivendell, where the Fellowship of the ring is born.

The Fellowship consists of members of a variety of races. Legolas the Elf, Gi mi ti the Dwarf and even Gandalf who at the time is a wizened old grey Wizard. This mismatched bunch start out on the journey that will end a time of evil by taking the Ring to mount Doom to be destroyed.

What is the book about?

I would have to say that the the most interesting and enjoyable sections to read revolve around the Hobbits and their flight from the Shire. It is during this journey that Sam’s loyalty to Frodo comes to the surface. Particularly when Sam speaks of Strider, the stranger met at Bree.

What I didn’t like about this book

Overall

I have to admit I have enjoyed book one of the Lord of the Rings series. It has everything required in an epic fantasy novel with th much more depth than I thought possible. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in the fantasy genre. overall, I give this book a rating of 8.5/10 stars.

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Book Suggestions: Blood Trial, by Kelly St. Claire (2019).

Something worth while taking a second look at.

Abstract

The dice are rolled at midnight.

As the twenty-one-year-old heiress to the Le Spyre fortune, my life should consist of strawberry mojitos and golf carts. Right?

But I’m determined to forge my own path.

Desperate to escape the meaningless games of the rich, I flee my family’s estate.

Secret alias—check.
Place to sleep—uh, kind of?
Job—crap!

I’ve bitten off more than I can chew, but that’s the least of my worries.

My city is a giant board game. The players are supernatural— freakin’ vampires—including an overbearing crown prince whose unwanted attention could spell my demise.

Now, I must play their deadly game, or my grandmother and best friend will pay the ultimate price

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Book Suggestions: Dark King, by C. N. Crawford (2019).

This looks like it could be good. Something to add to the #mustread list

Abstract

Once I was a fae princess with sea-magic at my fingertips. Now? I’m a hunted supernatural in a squalid shop, stripped of my power. My only comforts are stale cookies, Elvis records, and my hula-hoop. Then a lethally sexy fae king arrives and rips even those away. 

After the brutal king throws me in prison, I strike a bargain with him: my freedom in exchange for helping him find a magic blade. What Lyr doesn’t know is that the blade might restore my stolen magic. 

But as we journey, the gorgeous jerk starts to make me feel things I’ve never felt. When Lyr touches me, desire ignites. I see raging passion in his eyes too. If I give in, I risk losing my chance at reclaiming my power…and, even worse, I could be forfeiting my life.

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Book Review: Angel Mage, by Garth Nyx (2019).

What a different way to use magic in a storyline! It’s not completely unique but the way in which magic’s and Angels are used in this tale is fantastic. A lot of the characters names are familiar from modern religions which I think makes the text more relatable to readers.

This tale begins with the awakening of Liliathe and her re-emergence into a world she had worked to create for her own means. With the use of Angel magic and her own Mage talents, she sets off events that domino into big trouble!

I found the book to be well written, using intelligent prose and holding just the right amount of humour. I believe this book would appeal to many young adults who enjoy the fantasy genre. I feel that it was just not quite as “complicated” in comparison to my normal reads. It’s not that I found the novel lacking or boring, I just found it difficult to focus in some areas.

Overall, this book has kept me interested throughout and has been an enjoyable read. Hope to see more great things from this author in the future. I recommend this not only to YA age group, but to anyone interested in fantasy. I give this book a rating of 7/10 stars.

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Book Review: The Providence of Fire, by Brian Staveley (2015).

This is the second book in the Chronicle of the Unhewn authored by Brian Staveley which has been a fanastic continuation to a hectic adventure of war and magic. Adare struggles to be the best queen for her people, even though it has always been a male upon the throne, she feels that she is still the best person for the job, especially since her brothers, Valin and Kadden are either missing or unable to perform the tasks needed.

The threat of war from the people beyond the kingdoms borders is becoming more real and the inevitable battle closer each day, and the realm is in turmoil in either repetition for disaster and war or fleeing for safety.

This has been a fast paced adventure with some interesting characters and the inclusion of magics really make the story intriguing. I found this book quite good overall although I did find myself very confused in a variety of areas, although after a few rereads was able to get back on track. I will continue on with the series, but I do hope I can figure things through a bit better with the next instalment. Even saying that, I did enjoy the overall storyline.

Overall I believe this book has been well with the read and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels that are in the “Game of Thrones” type genre. I give this book a rating of 8.5/10 stars.

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