Book Reviews

Book Review: Talon of the Silver Hawk, by Raymond E Feist.

About this book…

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.

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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.

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 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 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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