Book Reviews

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: Shadowless, by Randall McNally (2017).

This is most definitely a fantastically original novel by an intriguing author. Shadowless is a clever an inventive story based on the idea that Gods are quite evil and have committed so very horrific crimes on the humans over which they preside. One heinous act is to rape mortal women, bringing about children born with magic in their blood, abilities and skills of the God who fathered them. All this bit minus the very important Shadow.

The novel is written in a way that I found to be quite confusing. In a way, it comes across as several different stories only coming together much later in the book. I am honestly unsure if this what caused my attention to drift or if I was merely confused with each tale not constantly coinciding with the last. But once the characters finally meet and unite under a single goal things start to get interesting. Amrodan may not be as genuinely good as he so fantastically portrays.

I found the storyline itself to be exciting and action packed with a number of twists that easily shocked and surprised at each turn. Ultimately the story is original and unique and so is the way it is delivered to readers. I feel that there is much more to this story and there will likely be some great tales to follow on.

Overall I enjoyed this book Shadowless and would recommend it to readers who enjoy fantasy and action. Something a little different to the gods of old. I give this book a rating of 8.5/10 stars.

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Book Review: Eldest, by Christopher Paolini (2005).

After many dangerous feats, Eragon Shade Slayer is now able to continue his journey to finish his training as a Dragon Rider. But even though he has seemingly one the last battle there is still a war brewing. It is time for the Varden and it’s allies make a plan.

I found this second novel of the Inheritance series to be a little more confusing than the first. Especially with the storyline glittering between Eragon and his cousin Roran. Although with some re-reading it was possible to wrap my mind around the storyline. I feel that perhaps I has expected the storyline to be different to what was on the page which made it seem lacking.

I found that both Eragon and Saphira unable to find the romantic relationships they had hoped for. Although they both grow in wisdom from the experience, and become closer to one another because of it, doesn’t take away the loneliness of the storyline. But I am sure there is a reason for this to be revealed much later in the story.

Overall I found this to be an entertaining read even though I did spend some of my time confused. I recommend this book to anyone who has a love of Dragons and fantasy novels. I give this book a rating of 8.5/10 stars.

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Book Review: Eragon, by Christopher Paolini (2002).

My love of Dragons is what ultimately made my decision to read this novel. It has been on my must read list for a long time, and has been set aside many times for other purposes. However, it is definitely a book that should have been read much sooner! Eragon is most definitely a novel worth reading, delighting readers with adventure and a beautiful story about the relationship between a boy and his Dragon.

The story begins with Eragon, a somewhat average boy on the verge of entering manhood, whom had been raised by his uncle alongside his cousin Roran. However, Eragon’s quiet life quickly changes once he comes in contact with a Dragon’s egg. Deciding to keep the egg, Eragon’s hides and raises Saphira, and soon learns he has been chosen by his dragon the bece a fabled Dragon Rider. It isn’t long before what was first thought to be simply an old storyteller, turns out to be an especially proficient ally. Brom is able to tell Eragon a lot of what he had wondered and not had anyone to ask before.

It isn’t long before the introduction of Urgels and Shades make the adventure begin and our hero’s are driven into a journey that doesn’t necessarily hold their best interests at heart. Frrought with danger at every corner, Eragon, Saphira and Brom attempt feats few have manage to succeed in the past.

What I found to be fascinating in the “warm and fuzzy” realm would have to be the close relationship that is quickly founded between Dragon and rider. There is a deep connection that I feel neither of them truly understand in the beginning but blossoms into something great. I especially love the way Saphira endears him with the title “little one”. It’s double meaning really makes me giggle.

Overall, I feel that this is one of the lighter feel books on terms of Fantasy novels but absolutely worth the read. I have enjoyed this book and recommend this book to anyone who has a love for Dragon’s. I give Eragon by Christopher Paolini a rating of 9/10 stars.

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Book Review: Ship of Destiny, by Robin Hobb (2001).

Ship of Destiny is the final novel in the fantastic Liveship Traders Trilogy. This is an amazing finally for the Serpents and Liveships. Even if it is nothing like what readers are expecting. In this novel, readers find most of the answers they have hoped for, although there are a number of new questions that emerge. Perhaps there is still hope for more books!

The Paragon and the Vivacia, two of the beloved Liveships who have been main characters throughout all three novels finally learn the complete truth of what they are and what they have become. They also learn and then decide how they will live out the ret of their lives. Families, thought to be lost forever are finally reunited. They find a way against all odds to find one another. One of my utmost favourite storyline’s has to be the one of Reynolds’s and Malta. In book one I really found it difficult to like Malta’s character. She was selfish, immature, vindictive and manipulative. As the novels continue her character grows and it is here in the final novel that she emerges as a woman with knowledge and purpose. She has finally grown-up. Her reuniting with Reyn, with the help of Tintaglia is just a perfect ending to their story.

Another favourite character and storyline would have to e that of Amber and Parragon. The relationship between both the carpenter and the figurehead is a strange one. Their developing a bond and eventually Paragon allowing Amber to re-carve most of his body and completely rework his face, is an intriguing story of its own. The thrilling part of being that Paragon is able see with his new eyes, after years of bitter blindness.

The story of Kyle Haven is a tragic one and something I kind of hadn’t really expected. It wasn’t a shock that he had been beaten and poorly treated, so much as how badly his mind had adled and death would most likely have been more of a kindness than living as he was. I didn’t believe they would find him at all, and if he was, he would be returned to Keffria, even if he was less than whole. His death is somewhat ironic, and a kindness for everyone.

Obviously Althea and Brashen’s love story looks set to have their happily ever after. But it doesn’t seem the case for Wintrow and Etta. Their story is the one that remains up in the air. Will they become a couple? Will there really be a child born as Kennit Heir? And exactly what will this chill be heir to?

Overall, I have to admit to loving this novel is paced nicely with strong characters that capture hearts and storyline’s that dazzle the mind. I would recommend this novel as well as the rest of the series, to anyone who enjoys the fantasy genre, from the ages of young adult and older. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.

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Book Review: Wrath of a Mad God, by Raymond E. Feist.

What This Book is About…

To save the future of both empires, the powerful sorcerer Pug and the Conclave of Shadows have journeyed into the darkest of terrain: the Dasati home world. There, traveling undercover among the bloodthirsty and ruthless Dasati, they have encountered Bek, a disturbing young stranger whose secrets may prove more important than Pug knows.

And back in the realm of Midkemia, as the young warriors Tad, Zane, and their friends protect the Kingdom from raiders, Miranda finds herself a prisoner of the Dasati, and, even more ominously, of Pug’s nemesis, the evil sorcerer Leso Varen. And Pug finds himself allied with a friend thought long dead, a friend whose remarkable powers will be sorely needed in the battle to come . . . a battle that will bring them all together in one great struggle for the future and very soul of Midkemia.

What I Thought…

Another amazing novel to add to an ever growing series. If you enjoy epic fantasy then this book is a definite must read. Raymond E Feist is a fantastic author and doesn’t at all fall short in this book.

As always Pug’s character is one of my most favourites. It’s as though the lands just can’t be saved in the right way unless Pug has a hand in it. However in this book he is much needed to destroy the hateful Leso Varen. of purse it isn’t as easy as just killing him with a knife, but as always Pug and the Conclave manage to succeed in the most adventurous way.

Overall, I believe anyone interested in the fantasy genre would kick themselves for not diving into this series. I give the book a rating of 9.5 /10 stars.

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Book Review: Into a Dark Realm, by Raymond E. Feist.

What This Book is About…

The Conclave of Shadows has foiled the Nighthawks’ attempt to plunge the Empire of Great Kesh into civil war and now has undertaken to stamp out the Guild of Assassins, root and branch. But as the brotherhood of murder is being obliterated, Pug and his allies are confronted with an even more dire question: where is Leso Varen? They discover that the mad sorcerer has taken refuge on the world of Kelewan, among the most powerful men and women of that empire, the Magicians of the Assembly. Pug also learns that the massive hordes of the Dasati―the most vicious group of assassins he has ever known―is poised to make a joint invasion of both Kelewan and Midkemia.

To save the future of both empires, Pug and the Conclave of Shadows must journey into another realm of reality, into the darkest realm they have ever encountered: the Dasati home world!

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What I Thought…

Wow! What a fantastic addition. Every time I’m sure that there couldn’t possibly more, there it appears. This time Pug and Magnus have a difficult journey to defeat Leso Varen. This being one of the most difficult tasks Pug and his followers have ever faced.

As each book continues to prove, Raymond E Feist has an elegant writing style that is read easily and difficult to stop once started. Each character is well defined and for avid readers of these novels are almost alive in how they peak readers imagination.

Overall I feel this book would be good for readers in the young adult age group onward. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the Fantasy Fiction genre. I give this book a rating of 9/10 stars.

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Book Review: Flight of the Nighthawks, by Raymond E. Feist.

What This Book is About…

Flight of Nighthawks picks up two years after Exile’s Return as Pug, the powerful sorcerer, awakens from a nightmare that portends destruction for all of Midkemia. Disturbed by his dream, Pug calls for a convening of the Conclave of Shadows.

Meanwhile, in a small town on the other side of Midkemia, two young brothers are coming of age. As they travel away from home, towards apprenticeships and adulthood, the boys are attacked by bandits and mistakenly transported to Sorcerer’s Isle, the home of the Conclave of Shadows.

Though they are untrained and unready, the brothers will join the powerful, mysterious Conclave to confront Midkemia’s most looming evil yet―the Nighthawks, assassins feared throughout the centuries. And Pug will face his old nemesis, the evil wizard formerly known as Sidi, now Leso Varen, in a confrontation with everything at stake: his honor, his life, and the future of Midkemia.

What I Thought…

As with all of this epic series, Flight of the Night Hawks is a fantastic novel with adventure and intrigue galore. My favourite characters return to fight for Midkemia and keep it safe yet again, and do so in a way that kept me reading much later into the night than I should have! As always, Pug is at the centre of the turmoil desperately trying to keep everyone safe and alive, and with him Miranda, Nacor, and a variety of new names join the cause.

As with all of Raymond E. Feist’s books, this one was well written and wonderful to read. Each character is portrayed elegantly and the storyline is fresh and clean, which makes this book difficult to put down yet again! And now that I have finished it I can’t wait to read the next one.

Overall, this book has been a pleasure to read and I definitely would recommend it to anyone interested in the fantasy fiction genre. I feel anyone from young adult up would find an interest in this book. I give this book a rating of 9/10 stars.

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Book Review: The Raven Coven, by Emma Miles.

A fantastic second book to The Raven Tower, this book by Emma Miles, begins straight off continuing on with the story of Kesta and Jorrun. These two were fantastic characters in the first book and have developed even further into unforgettable in the second. After the destruction of Chem, which Jorrun and Kesta along with Osun had instigated they returned to their prospective homes. However, it isn’t long before they find how much turmoil has occurred due to their actions. Many innocent lives are lost, and those who now have power positions, are abusing their positions. It is up to Jorrun and Kesta to attempt to change things for the better.

As its predecessor, The Raven Coven is a well written book with interesting and inspiring characters. It is easy to read, but not written in a way that makes it simple. The storyline is fresh and compelling and I found this to be even more so in this book than the first. I have found it quite difficult to put down in some places! Especially when Jorrun is strangely affected by a mysterious god, and Kesta begins teaching the Coven of the Raven.

I have to admit Kesta’s character remains my favourite. She is strong and powerful and knows what she wants. She has morals and ethics, but she doesn’t lack in empathy or compassion either. She is a natural leader and does well in her role. Her relationship with Jorrun continues to grow as does her love for him. It is quite interesting to watch their relationship develop.

Overall, I feel this is a great book in what’s looking to be quite and exciting series. I have enjoyed the storyline very much and I believe anyone interested in the Epic Fantasy genre would enjoy this book. I recommend this book to anyone of the young teenage age group and older. I give this book a rating of 9/10 stars.

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Book Review: Exiles Return, by Raymond E. Feist.

What This Book is About…

Tal Hawkins has succeeded in wreaking revenge on Kaspar, the evil Duke of Olasko. Banished to a distant land, Kaspar begins a journey that will take him halfway around the world. Reduced to the role of farm-hand, then common laborer, the former ruler endures dangers and horrors beyond his imagination as he struggles to return home.

But fate, or some dark agency, has more in store for the man who was once tyrant of Olasko. As he travels, he is chosen to play a part in a much larger drama, a struggle between good and evil ages in the making. Dark powers are again in motion, and Kaspar discovers the herald of a threat not seen across the land since the legendary Riftwar and Serpentwar: A dark empire in a distant realm seeks entrance to Midkemia and Kaspar has unwittingly discovered the key. Now it is up to this unlikely hero to save Midkemia from the threat of unconditional defeat―and utter destruction.

What I thought…

Things have changed for Kasper. It’s not an easy existence if your not backed with names and wealth. In fact Kasper not only shows resilience to harsh conditions, he appears to grow personally also. The ideals he once lived by no longer consume him as they once did, as his paths cross with people on a different land to his home.

A well written novel, this book I found to be the most intriguing of the series. Kaspers,growth really captures my attention and I am in quiet awe of his achievements. Although not always perfect, he does redeem himself somewhat.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the Epic fantasy genre and are prepared to follow an ever growing list of books! I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars