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Book Review: The Bitter Twins, by Jen Williams (2018).

The second book in this series has been an incredible addition to The Winnowing Flame Trilogy. The story continues where the last book ended with those left in Ebora trying to survive another invasion by the Worm people. With their less than suitable War Beasts and lack of Eboran riders life has been difficult for all of them, but there was no way they could sit idle in the face of danger.

Each of the characters have grown even more complete in this novel. Each with strong relationships with each other and the War Beasts who were born from the pods of the Tree God. Even Vintage seems more connected with all involved. Especially when returning with Eri and Nan. However not all is as it seems. When they split up in the hope of finding a way to forge their special fighting bonds, Tor and Noon find out more about the past than they have bargained for. As for the others, their attempts to fight the war don’t turn out as they plan either.

The novel is written in an easy to read fashion, and portrays the characters, as well as the storyline in such a way that makes this book difficult to put down. A definite page turner, there is a lot of action and adventure, as well as joy and heartache. I found Hestillion’s storyline to be the most surprising, with her differences in opinion and changes of heart, it is concerning that she could be part of the downfall of Ebora.

Overall, I have really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the following. I recommend this book to all epic fantasy lovers of all age groups. I feel that it would be enjoyed greatly by anyone who enjoys fantasy. I give the book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.

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Book Review: Magician, by Raymond E. Feist (1982).

I have actually owned this book for quite a while, but keep on adding it to the bottom of my reading list. Mostly due to the daunting thickness and the publication of more titles that I decide I just have to read first. However, with the current situation with rampaging viruses and the need to remain indoors, I have found that I have managed to complete a read of this famous fantasy novel. I have to admit that I have enjoyed reading every bit of it, even though at times I would never manage to get to the end of the novel!

This book compares to that of the Lord of the Rings series, however has its own epic storyline that makes it stand out with its own separateness. It is a complete world of magic and possibilities with some utterly fantastic characters that have been compiled by a tremendous author. Following Pug and his counterparts throughout this novel has been a joy. Each are well developed and how they play into the storyline seamlessly. My most favourite characters would have to be Pug and Tomas. Both of them having suffered and gained so much from the chain of actions that neither had any idea would occur.

The storyline itself is one of amazing feats. I found it difficult to predict most of what was happening, and most of what I found was surprising to say the least! It is full of adventure and intrigue, with people almost always at war, there is always something happening. This makes this book really become a page turner and in various areas is impossible to put down especially when lives our our favorites are on the line. I have to admit to a few late nights reading, waking up to find my glasses askew and my book still in my lap. But I also must say that it was well worth it.

Overall I believe this to be one of the greatest epic fantasy novels written and I am really looking forward to read what is to follow in the next book in the series. I feel the adult age group who favor the fantasy genre will enjoy this book, as will anyone who loved Lord of the Rings and the Game of Thrones series. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars. Well worth the read.

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Book Review: Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare (2010).

I saw the 10th year collection of this novel at the shops the other day and I decided I absolutely had to have it! This book has been sitting on my #mustread list for a very long time, and seeing this beautiful edition I couldn’t resist. Inside I was thrilled to find that the story is as amazing as the look of the cover. An intriguing read, Clockwork Angel is a fantastic read.

The novel is set in the 1800’s in London, and although the characters and storyline are fictional, the reader is easily able to imagine themselves within this time and place. The author has put in a lot of effort and study into the Victorian era to ensure that the book has the right feel and the places are recognizable. Each of the characters a familiar in some ways, especially after having read the Shadowhunters series, and are portrayed in a likeable and interesting way. The book is written in an easy to understand language and the prose makes it enjoyable and fluent.

My favorite character remains Jem throughout. I find him to be the most intriguing. Will does have a lot of secrets that I would love to drag out of him! But he isn’t exactly the friendliest of people and its easy to dislike him, especially after he treats Tessa the way in which he does. It was also nice to have Magnus Bane amongst the group, however I would have liked to have seen a little more of him. Perhaps that will be the case in the next book. We can only hope!

Overall, I believe this is a great book for epic fantasy fiction novels. It would be great for the young adult age group, but I think anyone interested in the supernatural would enjoy this book if given a chance. Cassandra Clare is a great author after all! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. I give this book a rating of 8/10 stars.

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Book Review: The Cruel Prince, by Holly Black (2018).

The beginning of this book had me totally dumbfounded. It is the first novel that I have read authored by Holly Black, and so I was very unsure of what to expect. Jude and Taryn, twin human girls, along with their oldest sister Vivienne, are witness to a great atrocity that changes their mortal lives forever.

June and Taryn find themselves living in the world of faerie, and show readers just how difficult it is for them as mortals to fit in with the folk of faerie. Fortunately, through a strange twist of fate, Vivienne fits in flawlessly.

June becomes the central character, who wishes to become a knight and earn her place amongst the high court fold. Her twin sister decides that marrying a member of the high court would e her way of finding her place amongst the folk.

The book itself is well written and fun to read. The prose is distinguishable as the beauty of the way the faerie speak. It’s lovely to read and to listen to, and I feel gives the book a lot of character. The storyline itself is full of adventure and magic. Something I always enjoy in my books especially when told the way this one has been.

Overall I have enjoyed reading this book very much and I am eager to read the next instalment to what looks to be a very interesting series. The book has left with many questions and wondering about what will happen to my favourite characters. Recommend this book to anyone interested in the faerie. I understand that this book may not be everyone’s cup of tea although they enjoy the fantasy fiction genre. However, I do believe this book will peal to the majority I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.

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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.