Book Reviews

Book Review: Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (2017). Book of the Ancestor – Book 1. 


There was a reason I couldn’t wait to read this book and as soon as I began I realised why! Mark Lawrence has out done himself with his latest creation – Red Sister. An amazing book, making it impossible to put down, Red Sister begins with story of Nona, and how she finds herself caged in the clutches of a child-taker after being given away by her village. Mark Lawrence spins an amazing tale for this character and builds her into a person the reader barracks for throughout the novel. 

Of course Nona is not the only character of the book, and she is eventually joined by others when she reaches her destination. She finds herself housed by nuns and befriended by girls she had only dreamt of meeting. Friendship being of utmost importance to Nona, and she shows this numerous times throughout the novel. 

With her sisters, Nona finds herself in a variety of predicaments and adventures. Some of them adding to her learning as a Red Sister, others adding to the bonds of friendship. The most strongest friendships being forged with Clera, Ara and Hessa. Together they learn their trades of magics and fighting with and without weaponry. Each girl showing their own special talent. 

The novel is full of thrilling adventure, love and death. Each page holds the answers to the questions of the pages before and all together form a wonderous story that has the reader glued throughout. Mark Lawrence has revealed his Own form of magic in creating this novel, producing words that create a tale to be remembered long after the last page has been turned. 

I have loved every chapter and every page of this book. From chapter one I have been engrossed in the world the author has created for some amazing characters that can easily be seen in the minds eye, they are written so real. I recommend this book to anyone interested in fantasy of the age of young adult onwards. I have given the book a rating of 10/10 stars. Thank you Mark Lawrence for giving us the most exceptional novel I have read so far this year. 

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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: 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 Review: The Wheel of Osheim, by Mark Lawrence (2016). Book 3: The Red Queen Wars. 

Mark Lawrence has outdone himself with an amazing third novel to an already intriguing and imaginative series. The Red Queen Wars have completely captured my imagination and painted a picture of a both civilized yet hostile world, driven by greed and power. Throughout the series Jalan Kendeth and Snorri Ver Snagason have become true heros and I have loved watching Jalan become someone of worth and eventually growing in to a man of honour. 

This the the third and final installment, The wheel of Osheim, brings us straight into the thick of action, and sees Jalan being propelled from Hel, finding himself on top of a sand dune in the middle of a desert. He still holds the key. Snorri is no where to be seen.
After narrowly escaping from the desert after being somewhat rescued by a Sheik, Jalan makes his way back to the Red March and inevitably his Grandmother, The Red Queen. Much has changed for Jalan, and the effects of his travels show clearly to those who know him best. On his return the Red Queen declares her brother Garyus King while she goes off to fight the war with The Lady Blue. She also names Jalan the new Marshall of the Red March. 
Fortunately for Jalan, even though all Hell may breaking loose around him, he is able to “break loose” Snorri from Hel, and have him at his side on what looks to be an impossible quest. 
Mark Lawrence has created an extra ordinary character in Jalan and I have just fallen in love! His sense of humour, his honesty, his out look on life. A cowardly under-dog proving his worth, even if it has come a little late. The imagination and genius put into these characters is superb, and this is also seen in the world created for them. 
I have to reccomend this novel to anyone who enjoys fantasy. On par with my 2 most favorite authors, I give the wheel of Oshei in the rating of 8.5 out of 10 stars. Thank you Mark Lawrence you have given me an new author to dote on!
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Book Review: The Liar’s Key, by Mark Lawrence (2015). The Red Queen Wars – Book 2.

The Liar’s key is the second novel in the Red Queen Wars written by Mark Lawrence, and is even better than the first. We start out once more with our favourite Prince and Viking, crossing treacherous terrain to open Hells door with Loki’s key. In addition to Tuttagu, the ever loyal Underoth, we gain two other companions. A young boy, orphaned before their very eyes, named Hennen, and volva by the name of Kara whose magical abilities seem strangely dark. 

Jalan intends to follow the party as far as his home, where he intends to return to his old life. Snorri however, intends to open Hells door and retrieve his family, or die trying. 

But as with all well made plans, neither of our heroes are able to follow them through as they had hoped. Instead they find themselves on totally different paths, destined to cross again in the nearest future. 

This installment of the Red Queen Wars is fast paced and and filled with action. The ups and downs which the characters go through gives each personality and depth, but none so much as Jalan. He really evolves in this book and grows into someone the reader can be proud of. 

I have to admit I am surprised by this novel, in that I really didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I have. My assumption that the storyline had peaked was completely wrong. There is so much more to this tale and it has me honestly looking forward to reading the next novel. 

Having really enjoyed The Liar’s Key, by Mark Lawrence, I have given it the rating of 7.5/10 stars. I recommend this novel to a more mature audience,mainly due to content and humor. Great work overall.

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Book Review: Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence (2014). Red Queen Wars- Book 1.

I found this book whilst exploring recommendations on good reads. I wasn’t sure exactly what i was getting into with this novel but I found myself compelled to read it and at least give it a go. I am glad I gave it a try. In fact, I have spent several months reading this particular novel (due to life responsibilities, a new child in the house, and the finding of a new hobby!) I have to say it has intrigued me enough to keep coming back to it every time I hadthe chance to read. 

It all begins with the introduction of a spoiled young prince by the name of Jalan, the Grandson of the Queen of the Red March. Jalan, as it turns out, has an eye for the ladies both in and out of court, as well as a liking of number of gambling activities, including the fighting pits. The former being the precise place he comes into contact with a huge Viking by the name of Snorri. He had already known of his gigantuen size from previous engagements, and this offered him a variety of opportunities, all of which he wished to exploit for his own benefit. Unfortunately for Jalan, both Snorri and the silent sister had other plans for the duo’s future. A carefully planned and executed spell pronounced one “Light sworn” and the other “Dark sworn”,  with visiting beings of the same value at dawn and dusk of each day. 

Hell bent on finding his family, kidnapped by a mad man, Jalan finds himself a part of a possible suicide mission, with Snorri at the helm. Traveling in the opposite direction proved too uncomfortable, assumed effects of the spell cast by the Silent Sisters, Jalan had little choice but to go along. With this only the beginning of a much deeper and more elaborate plot, we follow these two unlikely hero’s through Jalan’s eyes, and delve into an era of Vikings, in a world covered with snow. It was this wasteland and Jal’s personal descriptions of it, that had me constantly returning.

Overall, I have to say that this novel authored by Mark Lawrence has captured both my attention and imagination. Jal has a way of progressing through the story line with terrific humour, so even when things get a little slow there is always amusement to observe. With all the obstacles they face during their mission it’s a surprise that Jal has a sense of humour left! Thus far I am enjoying the” Red Queen War” series, and this the first novel – Prince of fools has been a great opening for many future adventures. I give the book a rating of 8/10 stars. Well done Mark Lawrence.

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Book Review: Emperor of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence (2013).

Mark Lawrence has given us an amazing final novel to the Broken Empire series. It has been an incredible journey with Honerous Jorg Ancrath brimming with outrageous adventures which never turn out how you first expect, no matter how good the reader is at predicting plots!

In this novel we follow Jorg and his company to Vyenne, accompanied by the Guilden Guard who protect the royalty of the Hundred. Jorg’s intention is to be voted as Emperor, and has been throughout the series, but in this novel the opportunity finally becomes available. With his entourage of a variety of nobility, including his wife and newly born son, he marches right up to the gates and take what he believes is his. But all along Jorg has an anterior motive. One that will ensure human kinds existence and not eventually burned by the Builders suns.

In his own unique way, Jorg Ancrath has wormed his way into readers hearts, even though he performed some incredibly hideous acts. The feelings he finds for his son and the eventual loyalty he finds for those he chooses to see as family all give Jorg Ancrath enough heart and soul to become somewhat of a hero. Which brings us to the end of the series which in our eyes he remains a hero as the author intends and not wasted and drawn out in further novels. A brief spark, but one that produced such light it has scorched readers so they will never forget the fire that was Jorg Ancrath. Nor the fires alight in many of the other characters, too many to name here but most notably Kathrine, Makin, Father Gomst of course!

I have immensely enjoyed the Broken Empire series and I have to admit I am saddened to say goodbye. There have been some unforgettable characters and amazing plots, twists and turns. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the game of thrones genre and to anyone who enjoy blood and gore laced with humour and unique personality. I give Emperor of Thorns 10/10 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Book Review: King of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence (2012). 


The second novel of the Broken Empire Series has been an amazing journey with Honerous Jorg Ancrath, as he grows older still through to manhood. Mark Lawrence has written an amazing story that constantly surprises the reader giving an epitome of emotional reactions. I found myself laughing hysterically at many comical scenes, stunned and Jorg’s nerve and courage, shocked by his decisions and plans and amazed at the whole book in general. Jorg Ancrath sure has one harrowing tale to tell.

The novel itself flashes back to 4 years earlier and then back again just as it did with the previous novel, but this time instead of filling in the gaps of Jorg’s childhood, it fills in the gaps from the first book during his teenage years. Much of which has been kept hidden, from himself included. Locked away in a small box he keeps hidden at his hip. In this way he is able to keep his plans hidden from the dream sorcerers.  

With strange powers at play behind the scenes which Jorg finds himself slowly unraveling, we learn from Katherine’s Journal about other evils which the “hidden hands” playing the game of thrones has done. She tells of how she herself an those surrounding her have been used as pawns in this invisible game, and she begins to learn how to achieve a sort of dream sorcery herself. 

My favourite parts of the book have to be the battle and fight scenes. Mark Lawrence has done a superb job with describing the fights and war and gore of it all. Jorg can almost be compared to a cat in that he seems to survive the most unbelievable circumstances and come out on top. There really is a magic in the words! 

Overall I have most definitely enjoyed reading King of Thorns and following Jorg Ancrath. I would recommend this novel to young adults and up and I recommend it as a must read for anyone who enjoyed the Game of Thrones series. However I believe Mark Lawrence has taken it even further and is in a league of his own. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars. 

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Book Review: Prince of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence (2011).


Prince of Thorns has been an amazing whirlwind adventure, games of chance, and total madness! It’s been a thrilling opening novel to a series that is set to bring further mayhem and destruction to an already war ridden land where 100 kings and their bloodlines fought to become emperor. Jorge, honourable Prince of Ancrath, is set to be the first man to succeed.

This thrilling tale follows Jorge through his adventures from his torturous youth, to the present mayhem of teenage hood. As an adult King Jorge is set to become formidable. With his band of “brothers” Jorge sets off after the death of his mother and brother, at the ripe old age of 9, causing havoc amongst the lands with his main target the murderer lord Renar his overall game end. However, Jorge doesn’t accomplish his tasks single handed, there are many memorable characters, such as Sir Makin, and some of whom are felled along the way such as the Nuban.

Jorge manages the impossible along his journey, defeating his foes in ways that are surprising and unique, and I found myself glued to each page. There is a surprising likeness to Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, with the obvious “game of thrones” being played as an underlying storyline to the main plot. But no matter the similarities, Prince of Thorns remains unique in plot and framework, and the story itself feels much more “raw”, for lack of a better term!

Overall I have to admit to loving this novel and first of The Broken Empire series. I would recommend this novel to adults who enjoy the secrecy, plotting and battle that royal families play to remain or gain the throne. I have given this book a rating of 9/10 stars and I can’t wait to read the following title.

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