Book Reviews

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: 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: Druid’s Sword, by Sara Douglass (2010)

This is the final novel to the Troy Game saga authored by Sara Douglass. Druid’s Sword brings an ending to a somewhat repetitive story that if I am to be truly honest wasn’t quite what I had expected. I’m not entirely sure if its because of the repetition of events from past lives especially those which have been repeated in previous novels, or because of the storyline itself. The introduction of an adolescent Grace and Catling really tip the scales into the realm of the new, but all in all I felt as though I was rereading books already read.

Although disappointed, I did continue to the end of the novel and I did enjoy what was new and different. There is obviously something even more mysterious and dangerous coming. But will it heal or destroy this precious land they all seem to say they care about so much? I am at the point where I wish they would just “throw away the ring already”!!!

Overall I would recommend this tittle to those that love mythological fantasy that have patience for reputation in the attempt to find the storyline birdied beneath. I give this book a rating of 7/10 stars

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Book Review: Angel Mage, by Garth Nyx (2019).

What a different way to use magic in a storyline! It’s not complet’ely unique but the way in which magic’s and Angels are used in this tale is fantastic. A lot of the characters names are familiar from modern religions which I think makes the text more relatable to readers.

This tale begins with the awakening of Liliathe and her re-emergence into a world she had worked to create for her own means. With the use of Angel magic and her own Mage talents, she sets off events that domino into big trouble!

I found the book to be well written, using intelligent prose and holding just the right amount of humour. I believe this book would appeal to many young adults who enjoy the fantasy genre. I feel that it was just not quite as “complicated” in comparison to my normal reads. It’s not that I found the novel lacking or boring, I just found it difficult to focus in some areas.

Overall, this book has kept me interested throughout and has been an enjoyable read. Hope to see more great things from this author in the future. I recommend this not only to YA age group, but to anyone interested in fantasy. I give this book a rating of 7/10 stars.

Reading Suggestions

Read All The Books: Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas (2016).

This is supposed to be the first novel an extremely good series of books. I have already added it to my #mustread list. I have a feeling it will be a novel that is difficult to put down. I guess i will know in time.

Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament – fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

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Book Review: Dead Reckoning, by Charlaine Harris. (Book 11 in the Sookie Stackhouse series 2011).


The book Dead Reckoning, begins as Sookie is finally cleaning out the attic, like she’d planned to in the last book. And what does she find? Nothing yet, but she will. The real story begins as Sookie is working at Merlotte’s later that day. She happens to glance up, sees lights outside, and a figure moving fast towards them. She barely has time to yell “Down!” before a fiery bottle is thrown into the bar. Sookie’s apron is briefly on fire before Sam puts it out, and also her hair, as they all scramble to put out all the fires. Shortly after, Eric arrives—he could feel her panic. But he’s almost too angry that Sookie was in danger, and she knows there’s something else bothering him.

Sookie is blood-bonded and married to Eric but she shares her home with her fairy relatives – her cousin Claude and great uncle Dermot. Eric has a new boss, with whom he just can’t get along and Bill is seemingly happy holed up with Judith, an ex-lover and vampire of his bloodline who has been helping him heal from silver poisoning. However, it isn’t long before the delicate peace of Sookie life is shattered. First Merlotte’s is firebombed, then armed hoodlums hold-up the bar looking to kidnap her.
Eric is, as ever, over-protective of Sookie but even he seems distracted. He’s arguing with Pam and won’t tell Sookie what’s wrong. Sookie suspects it has something to do with Victor, Regent of Louisiana, and Eric’s new boss. It’s odd to think of vampires having such mundane problems as hating their boss but since most vampire problems tend to have violent and bloody endings it’s much more thrilling than your typical human workplace drama.

As usual Sookie Stackhouse manages to find herself in predicaments that are completley unexpected and Charlaine Harris has given readers another fabulous instalment to the series. Dead Reckoning, by Charlaine Harris has lived up to the series expectations, with mystery and drama and of course action written amongst the pages. My rating for Dead Reckoning is 8/10.

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