Some book titles and covers can really catch ones eye. This one does just that. I think this could be well worth the read. The second book in The Sworn Saga.
Meredith Rider, known as Red, has been captured once more by Sworn soldiers and taken to the capital of the werewolf empire. There, she is forced to train with a group of other captive girls in the arts and graces of the Chosen, the unlucky human girls whose DNA is compatible with that of werewolves.
In other words–breeders.
Red isn’t about have babies for the enemy. She’s going to escape or die trying.
And her conflicted feelings for the darkly handsome, cruelly cunning Vixor Rae, the Sworn champion of the Alpha who goes by the nickname Silver Wolf, are only going to get in her way.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
Rescued, recruited, and trained by the mysterious Conclave of Shadows, Tal Hawkins, hero of Talon of the Silver Hawk has become one of their most effective operatives. But to destroy the nemesis who annihilated his people, the evil Duke of Olasko, Tad must sell his soul. Masquerading as a noble from the far western territory of the Kingdom of the Isles, he must insinuate himself into the duke’s confidence and carry out his most heinous and dangerous commands―even though it means betraying his own moral code.
Driven to the brink, Tal eventually defies the duke―and is imprisoned and left to die in the Fortress of Despair. But the determined young man will not be beaten. Alone, armed only with his courage and wits, Tal makes a daring escape. Returning to Olasko, he will finally brings revenge on his hated enemy.
What I thought…
The evolution of Tal has most definitely been worth the read. He has found that he has a destiny chosen for him by some other power. This book also delves much deeper into why the Duke of Olasko has any interest in wanting Tal’s people dead. A question that becomes more intriguing the further the story gets.
Overall, the book is well written as always and in a language which puts images into the readers mind with amazing creative settings and characters which I here found to be unforgettable for lack of better words.
I have enjoyed this book and feel that it has made a great second novel to this series. I recommend this book all fantasy lovers, of the adult age group. I give this book a rating of 8/10 stars.
In a distant land, high among the snow-capped mountains, a peaceful nation is mercilessly put to the sword . . . yet one will survive. Little more than a boy, Talon of the Silver Hawk must carry on until, someday, he can take vengeance.
Leaving the icy fastness of his ancient home, Talon descends into the dangerous land of his adversary. Treading a perilous path, he must survive battlefields, court intrigues, treacherous enemies, backstabbing friends, and beautiful yet deadly women to discover the evil responsible for the annihilation of his people.
What I Thought…
What a story! The violent death of an entire people is something that I hadn’t expected. Tal’s response to the situation and his actions after it were also not what I had expected. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel and how things are setting up for further storylines.
Of course Tal has become centre character and one I really enjoy reading about. He definitley has his whole world turned upside down, though given the chance has the opportunity to great things. Most of which he had never imagined!
I recommend this book to all fantasy fiction lovers, I think those who enjoy the game of thrones series would really like these series by a very clever author. I give this book a rating of 8.5 /10 stars.
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.
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 😁