Book Reviews

Book Review: Shards of a Broken Crown, by Raymond E Feist.

About this book…

The demon has been defeated and the Kingdom rejoices as the threat to the existence of every living thing on Midkemia has passed, but out of the ashes of war new problems arise, in the brilliant sequel to Rage of a Demon King…The demon is no more…The enemy has been routed, yet peace still eludes the Kingdom. Midkemia lies in smouldering ruins following the Demon King’s siege. Many lives have been lost, including that of the brave James, Duke of Krondor. 

As the people turn their hands to rebuilding their once great nation, a new threat arises from the ashes of war: the fearsome Fadawah, former Commanding General of the Army of the Emerald Queen. He has grasped the fallen reins of command and seeks to forge a personal empire out of the wreckage of the Western Realm. And so it falls to two young men – Jimmy and Dash – grandsons of the late Duke, to gather together the shards of the broken crown and resurrect the Kingdom to its former glory. 

Shards of a Broken Crown is the fourth and concluding book of the Serpentwar Saga.

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What I thought…

Jimmy and Dash are two fantastic characters in this book and have easily become my favourites. I mean who can resist Jimmy the Hands offspring! I have enjoyed all of the books of this series and this one is no exception.

Adventurous as always, the author has produced yet another action packed book filled with mystery and suspense, that takes our characters in further quests for the King, lands and Conclave. As usual there are many dangers, however our characters are more than capable at making the rides turn in their favour.

Overall this book has been a wonderful read with characters that give life to the text. I suggest all fantasy lovers take a look at books by this author. I feel you will pleasantly surprised 😁

I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars

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Book Review: Rage of a Demon King, by Raymond E Feist.

My Thoughts 🙂

The third book in the series The Serpent War Saga, Rage of a Demon King, is a fantastic addition that really adds the element of Magic ramped up to overdrive! This book is less about Roo and Eric and more about Pug, Nakor and Miranda. There is magic energy abundant in this book and the adventures become even more dangerous, with the possibility of the end of the world.

I have missed Pug’s part in things, and I am glad to see Tomas and him reunited yet again! Nakor has become my most favourite character in these books so far and I am totally in awe of how the author makes him so natural and yet completely supernatural all at once! Nakor ticks all the boxes in what I consider to be a top character, one of the main ones being he is hilarious! I have found myself giggling quite often over some of is “tricks”!

Overall I have really enjoyed this book as I have the entire series. I is one I would recommend to all fantasy lovers, and those of all age groups. I give this book the rating of 9.5/10 stars

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Book Review: Rise of a Merchant Prince, by Raymond E Feist.

My Thoughts 🙂

Another fantastic book to the Serpent War Saga. Again I found this impossible to put down. But with this author I am not really surprised! Since returning to Krondor, Eric and Roo have received their freedom and have begun to make their lives again in the city. I found that this book both sets scene for the upcoming war and gives the characters a chance to catch their breaths after what would have been some of the most harrowing events they would have ever dealt with. Eric, now a Seargeant isn’t he army goes on to put his men together and find out what he really wants out of the company. Roo, on the other hand can’t wait to be far away from the nightmare his life had become after the death of Eric’s half brother. Instead, he keeps to his plan of making it as a merchant in the hopes of becoming rich!

As in previous books, the story is well written and full of adventure, even though it isn’t as brutal as the first book. The characters still have many different situations that test them and their morals. I have to admit that Eric and Roo remain my favourite characters in this book, and although some of their endeavours remains to be not as ethical as they could be doesn’t take from the story at all.

The storyline itself is one that reflects the humanity of these characters and makes it known that they are more than just soldiers. They have other wants and dreams, and given the chance they have the ability to become more than what they are. This gives the book a little something I had not expected in the slightest.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the fantasy genre of all age groups. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 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.

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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: 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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Book Review: Darkwitch Rising, by Sara Douglas (2010).

Darkwitch Rising is the third book to the Troy Game series, and is a complete “game changer” no-pun intended. With the birth of Jane and Wayland as brother and sister (Genvissa and Asterion reborn), and the others spread out over England, and still across the seas in Normandy, the game has had to act out of its own volition to ensure things continue to go as has been planned.

In this book we find that all of the characters are fully aware of their last lives, unlike this books predecessor, there are no characters still struggling to figure out what is really set out around them. They are all born fully aware of where they must go and what they must do, and work they way across land and sea to see it done.

My liking for Noah/Caela/Cornelia has definitely diminished, I think more likely due to the characters obvious change and growth that takes away most that I had admired. To take that place is strangely Asterion. The character when learn much about in this book than at any other time, gives the reader a sense that perhaps he really isn’t as bad as they had first thought. I feel that the growth of this character and the changes in beliefs has obviously occurred. So much so that I actually tend to feel sorry for him at different areas of the book.

Overall I did enjoy this book of historical mythology mixed just so as to tell the tale of a likely few that have been caught up in a game and won’t be renounced until after the game is completed. I recommend this book to all who are interested in fantasy fiction, as well as the historical mythology genre. I give this book a rating of 8/10 stars.

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Book Review: God’s Concubine, by Sarah Douglass (2003).

For a second book to a series I found it to be quite intriguing. The author has continued and affirmed the storyline in the representation of the characters in a a new life. It did have quite a bit of overlap that in some novel can be quite tedious. But with the amount of interesting additions it seemed to add to the story rather make it drag.

Again my favourite character is centred on Cornelia now reborn as Caela. She is sweet and holds a hidden strength and from what I understand remains to have some kind of “foundation” and is more “sensible than the others. Although by the end of this second novel I am not sure sensible is exactly the most correct choice of wording.

The moving forward of this story into the next era has been done well. I enjoyed the fact that their roles in society had been muddled over time. It goes past the time of ancient myth, and into a mor civilised time of war! It is still written in a time that is still long enough ago to have no complete knowledge of the goings on of this time at least as in depth as it is portrayed in this novel.

The downfall of this novel I feel if there is one is the slower pace of the story. It doesn’t seem that any of the characters really make much ground other than Caela. Which although may be somewhat greatly significant, it appears to be the only real one.

Overall I have to say that I have really enjoyed this second novel to the Troy Game series. I would recommend this to anyone interested in historical foundations to their novels as well as those who enjoy the fantasy genre. I give this book a rating of 8.5/10 stars.

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Book Review: Hades Daughter, by Sara Douglass (2002).

A blast from the past in more ways than one! Hades Daughter is a fantasy fiction novel with a strong essence of mythological history interwoven within. I have very much enjoyed this novel finding it to be a definite page turner that keeps the reader ever awake late at night vowing that the current chapter shall be their last!

The story revolves around what is known as “The Troy Game” and becomes the main focus of all essential characters. My favourites being Brutus and Cornelia. Brutus, the ambitious leader of the forsaken Trojans, looking for a home, is the King an of said game, and is at its centre. Cornelia, Princess of Mesopotamia, is taken as wife to Brutus, who also holds the Goddess MAG within her womb. Both sensation characters that capture readers attention quickly and written in such a way that the reader begins to feel their emotions and really become a part of the book.

The way in which the book follows along with ancient mythology and history really gives the book an honest or realistic feeling although it is obviously a fantasy novel. I feel it’s almost a sense of “it just might of happened” about it (for lack of a better description)!

Overall I believe this book is fantastic. A great Aussie author has given the genre of fantasy something well worth the read. I recommend that anyone interested in this genre as I think it’s something all fantasy lovers would really enjoy. I give this book a rating of 10/10 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.