Book Reviews

Book Review: Shadow of a Dark Queen, by Raymond E Feist.

My Thoughts 🙂

This story has had me completely speechless. The last thing I had expected was to be following such amazing characters who have endeavoured on such an emotional roller coaster. I am still dumbstruck at the beginning of all as Erik and Roo become “dead men”. The way the rest of the story is entwined with these characters initial dilemmas is just phenomenal. Thus making this book one that draws readers in and doesn’t let go until the end.

I feel that this book is something that many people would enjoy. Especially readers who like to guess what will happen next and are surprised when they don’t get it right! This book really leaves you guessing.

My two favourite characters have to be Roo and Erik. Even though both are so different from one another they manage to compliment each other in some very peculiar ways. I have definitely loved following their adventure across the seas away from their home and the principality of Krondor.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in fantasy fiction. It is well worth the read and gives a great setting for what will most spectacularly the first of a tremendous epic sage. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.

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Book Review: The King’s Buccaneer, by Raymond E. Feist.

About this book:

Set ten years after the events in “Prince of the Blood”, this book is a remarkable adventure of mystery and magic.In Amos Trask’s ship, Prince Nicholas and Squire Harry set sail for a friendly visit to Uncle Martin in Crydee. But while the two are guests in Crydee, disaster strikes.

Nicholas, third son of Prince Arutha, is a gifted youngster, but sheltered by life at his father’s court in Krondor. To learn more of the world outside the palace walls, Nicholas and his squire, Harry, set sail for pastoral Crydee, where Arutha grew up.

Shortly after their arrival, Crydee is brutally attacked. The castle is reduced to ruins, the townspeople slaughtered and two young noblewomen – friends of Nicholas – are abducted.

As Nicholas ventures further from the familiar landmarks of his home in pursuit of the invaders, he learns that there is more at stake than the fate of his friends, more even than fate of the Kingdom of the Isles, for behind the murderous pirates stands a force that threatens the entire world of Midkemia, and only he is destined to confront this terrifying threat

What I thought:

An interesting read, though completely different from what I had expected. I guess my knowledge of sea voyages such as appear is this novel is quite limited. I did however find the story line to remain intriguing. The characters really make the book worth the read. The author has again distinguished himself in his characters as they are well defined and imaginative. Following the youngest son of Arutha on his journey to become a man was quite entertaining even though I feel it’s not quite of the same standard as the Rift War saga. I have enjoyed it nonetheless.

Overall I would recommend this book to the more mature age group who are interested in the fiction fantasy genre. All in all the Sons of Krondor are worth the read. I give this book the rating of 7.5/10 stars.

Reading Suggestions

Book Suggestions: Lady Smoke, by Laura Sebastian (2019).

Another stunning and captivating book cover. It really caught my eye and it looks as though the storyline is quite good also.

Abstract

The Kaiser murdered Theodosia’s mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six. He took her country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess – a pet to toy with and humiliate for ten long years. That era has ended. The Kaiser thought his prisoner weak and defenceless. He didn’t realise that a sharp mind is the deadliest weapon.

Theo no longer wears a crown of ashes. She has taken back her rightful title, and a hostage – Prinz Soren. But her people remain enslaved under the Kaiser’s rule, and now she is thousands of miles away from them and her throne.

To get them back, she will need an army. Only, securing an army means she must trust her aunt, the dreaded pirate Dragonsbane. And according to Dragonsbane, an army can only be produced if Theo takes a husband. Something an Astrean Queen has never done.

Theo knows that freedom comes at a price, but she is determined to find a way to save her country without losing herself.

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Book Review: A Darkness at Sethanon, by Raymond E. Feist.

I thought the second book in this series was exciting…. But this, the third book, surpasses and surprises. What an ending, and so much carnage! There isn’t much here that I didn’t enjoy thoroughly. Finally Mikedemia can have some sort of peace.

Pug, Tomas and the three con Doin brothers are central again in this story, however Arutha makes the biggest appearance. At the centre of yet another war with an ancient enemy, our hero’s make their mission to stop it and hopefully destroy it. But it isn’t as easy as it sounds. There are many obstacles to overcome and much knowledge to be sought before the last battle can be fought and won.

Throughout this series I have enjoyed the stories of Pug and Arutha the most. Though in this final instalment I have found much respect for Guy BasTyra. A man that tried to do the right thing the wrong way. But still Pug and Arutha’s stories are still that which I enjoy best.

Overall I have to admit to these books being a fantastic fantasy series and the final giving readers the answers that they wished to know. I have thoroughly enjoyed this journey with some well written and sculptured characters. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the fantasy genre and give it a rating of 10/10 stars.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Prince of the Blood, by Raymond E. Feist.

Krondor’s Son’s is the second epic fantasy set that I have endeavoured upon. The Rift War Saga was an amazing series and the characters have captured my heart and imagination. This is a seriously good writer and the story line itself is one which is impossible to put down once picked up. And I have not been disappointed in this first book of a two part series. I had always hoped that Arutha’s sons were going to have a future story since their father was such a fantastic and complicated character, I hoped that some of these traits would be passed on. I was again not disappointed in the least.

This book takes the twin prince’s Borric and Erland into territory they are both unfamiliar with and unprepared to deal with. It is with a lot of luck that either of them makes it to the final pages! The story is fast paced and the adventure unravels quickly before the reader before our hearts break from events that will change the future for many of them forever. Emotions run high at various stages throughout this read, but the devastation of separation is one that stays in my mind, as well as the elation of the addition of old friends to the ever growing regal’s and nobles of Sarn.

Overall I have to say I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. Once I started and familiar names and places began to appear on the pages, I found myself easily plunged back into Sarn and the world that contains Pug, Tomas, Arthura, Lyam, Anita, Martin, and so many more fantastic characters. I recommend this book to anyone interested in fantasy fiction. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.

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Book Review: Silverthorn, by Raymond E. Feist.

For nearly a year peace reigned in the enchanted kingdom of Rillanon. But new challenges awaited Arutha, the Prince of Krondor, when Jimmy the Hand – the youngest thief in the Guild of Mockers – came upon a sinister Nighthawk poised to assassinate him.

What evil power raises the dead and makes corpses do battle with the living at the behest of the Guild of Death? And what high magic can defeat it? Meanwhile, a life-or-death quest must be undertaken to find an antidote to a poison that fells a beautiful princess on her wedding day…

This has been a fabulous read. A real page turner and a must read for those who enjoy the fantasy fiction genre. Pug and Arutha remain my favourite characters and Jimmy comes in at a close second. Definitely an enjoyable journey full of adventure.

Overall I would definitely recommend this book and I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.

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Book Reviews

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 Reviews

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.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Limited Wish, by Mark Lawrence (2019).

Another outstanding mission full of futuristic notions, time travel, and of course D&D! Mark Lawrence has not disappointed in his second book Limited Wish. Although life has changed somewhat for Nick, he is still a teenage boy just trying to get through life on a day to day basis. His circle of friends rally close and help him as best they can but things continue to get stranger and much more complicated.

As Nick soon realises, once time has been changed there is bound to be a reaction to this action eventually. There was no way this was going to be an easy happily ever after story. In fact it turns out that the future may entail a little love and child if the timeline Nick sees comes together. However, when Demus suddenly arrives yet again although somewhat different from the man he had met 6 months earlier it becomes even more complex as the is now a paradoxical timeline that no one had foreseen happen at all. At least not that Nick realises anyway. How could he? It hasn’t happened to him yet!

I have to admit I found the confusion and humour of Nicks story thoroughly enjoyable. It is always nice to read something as crazy as time travel when it has the humour and imagination of Mark Lawrence to walk things along. I don’t want to give away too much of the storyline as I honestly found this to be an enjoyable read and I think there will be a lot of readers that will enjoy this.

Overall I feel that Limited Wish, as well as its predecessor One Word Kill are well worth the read. Who knew D&D could change they way the future can be enacted or at least influence it? I recommend this novel to anyone young adult onward. I also give a rating of 10/10 stars

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Book Reviews

Book Review: One Word Kill, by Mark Lawrence (2019).

A fantastic novel by Mark Lawrence, One Word Kill shows just how influential a game of D&D can be! Especially for the future! The scene is set in 1980s London, when D&D was a big craze and imagination wasn’t on a mobile phone or tablet of some kind. Nick is a teenager and lover of D&D, and he also has Leukemia. Nick plays D&D with his friends every Saturday, and until recently it could be said that nothing really noteworthy has happened to the group. And then Nick became sick and then Demus arrives. Elton, John, Mia, and Simon along with Nick, find themselves in the middle of an event that could potentially change the future.

I have to admit this was not what I had expected from a title authored by Mark Lawrence. However, I found that after only a few pages into the book I was hooked! As always the author plunges into rich characters and portrays them in such a way they quickly become familiar and readers find themselves completely involved in Nick Hayes’ life along with that of his friends. Nick is an awkward teen and his friends are a bunch of oddities themselves, but they love the imaginative and compelling game of D&D brings them all together each Saturday at Simon’s house. The appearance of Demus tips the group off-kilter and all kinds of strange things happen.

Other than the obvious favourite character being Nick (he is a pretty entertaining nerd if I do say so myself), I really enjoyed the role D&D has in the story. The author has not only given readers who have no actual knowledge of the workings of the game and made it seem “cool”. I found myself more often than not reading these parts of the book just for a glimpse at the imaginative stories that they come up with. The whole concept of the future just brings an intriguing twist that had me surprised at every turn.

Admittedly I found the whole time travel thing quite confusing, having to reread sections to understand properly (easier understood the second time around 😜). But that done, the whole concept is quite exciting, hoping Nick is right about the future if he takes on the challenges put in front of him and his friends.

Overall, I have found this utterly intriguing and have loved every minute of Mark Lawrence wit and intense imagination. This book would suit any age group, from young adult up. It definitely has been a journey! I hope that the following novel in this series is just as good. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.

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