Book Reviews

Book Review – The Wolf of the North by Duncan M. Hamilton (2016).

Synopsis:

It has been generations since the Northlands have seen a hero worthy of the title. Many have made the claim, but few have lived to defend it. Timid, weak, and bullied, Wulfric is as unlikely a candidate as there could be.

A chance encounter with an ancient and mysterious object awakens a latent gift, and Wulfric’s life changes course. Against a backdrop of war, tragedy, and an enemy whose hatred for him knows no bounds, Wulfric will be forged from a young boy, into the Wolf of the North. This is his tale.

Review:

The Wolf of the North is a heroic tale of Wulfric Wolframson, a young boy of Leondorf, a village in the Northlands, whom finds himself a warrior. The story begins with Wulfric as a child and details his growth into adulthood, during which times he overcomes his first foes. It isn’t long before he begins his warrior training and finds himself starting out on a journey he least expects.

I enjoyed the fluent and imaginative prose the story is written in. It makes for a definite page turner and makes the book impossible to put down In certain places. Especially during Wulfric’s warrior training and the events that follow. It is nice to see that there is a little romance in this story, between Adahlaid and Wulfric, which serves to soften the edges of the savage warriors persona. The addition of magic is also a bonus, and it is included in a way that allows it to be part of everyday life for those with the knowledge, but ordinary people can access it with the right knowledge.

Wulfric’s storyline is very fabulous, and watching his growth from young boy to adulthood has been a great read. The author has really made an awesome character who has a heart that is obviously going to place in more danger and difficult situations in the future. I have become very fond of Wulferic within the pages of this novel and I honestly can’t wait to dive into the next novel In the series.

Overall I have found it impossible to find anything negative to say about this book, it has been a joy to read. I would recommend The Wolf of the North, by M. Hamilton to adults who enjoy the fantasy dystopian genre. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Aversity, by Claire Farrell (2012).

There were a lot of questions posed at the end of the last book Clarity. Thankfully, Claire Farrell thought it necessary to fill in holes by producing book #2.5 Adversity. In this novel we learn the story through the eyes of Amelia.

As with the books prior to this in the series, the prose is simple, but the storyline holds much promise. Understanding things through Amelia’s eyes shows yet another side to the story, shedding light on the strangeness of her dreams and illness and her sudden change into a Werewolf. In this book it is her ancestor Kali and her own saga that unfolds before readers, and it has to be said that it is a tale that is hard to put down. Even though this series is written very simply, readers of all age groups can easily get caught up in this series by an amazing author.

Overall I have to admit I have become quite fond of the characters in this novel, especially the main trio, Nathan, Perdy, and Amelia. Each i

Of them fitting together in a bond that can’t really have been all because of a curse, surely! I recommend this book to young adults interested in the fantasy genre or an interest in werewolves. I give this book a rating of 8/10 stars.

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Book Reviews

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. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book Reviews

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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Book Review: City of Heavenly Fire, by Cassandra Clare. Book 6 of the Shadow Hunters series. 


The final instalment of this series has yet again given readers another thrilling novel, following the party of supernaturals in their attempts to stop Sebastian and his evil plans of destruction. Definitely a page turner, with constant action and surprises in the storyline. 
The Institutes are being invaded and attacked by Sebastian and his followers which causes Shadow Hunters to flee to Alicante. Sebastian threatens to destroy all they hold dear if Clary and Jace are not sent to him. With council representatives captured and mass betrayal by the Seelie Queen, it is up to Clary and her friends to make things right. But as usual it is easier said than done. Jace continues to struggle controlling the heavenly fire, which causes relationship issues for him and Clary. Izzy realises her true feelings for Simon who continues to be a terrible vampire! As for Alec, well he learns where his heart should be. 

Overall this episode has to be one of my favourites purely for the storyline between Alec and Magnus. Even though Clary and Jace are the main characters with the epic love story, I felt the intimate moments between the two were becoming more and more frequent as well as repetitive. By the end, I have to admit I was beginning to roll my eyes and sigh when I reached those sections of the book. In the beginning when they thought they were brother and sister it was suspenseful and intriguing. But once they realised that they weren’t I feel like it should have moved forward somehow instead of what seemed more like a stalemate through at least 3-4 books only moving on in this final book. However, in saying that I give the novel a rating of 6/10 stars and recommend this book for mid teens and up. 

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As a series I feel that the storyline was dragged out too long and the whole Jace and Clary saga is what ended up turning me off. Overall I rate the series 4.5/10 stars

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Book Reviews

Book Review: City of Lost Souls, by Cassandra Clare 2012. Book 5 in the Shadow Hunter series.


Jace has managed to get himself bonded to Sebastian and along with mark of Lilith, is causing him to behave very unlike himself. So much so that Clary, Simon, Alec, Izy, Magnus, Maia, and Jordan to find a way to rescue him. In this, the 5th episode in the Shadow Hunter series, the author has presented a thrilling suspenseful storyline that keeps readers wanting to turn the page to see what happens next. 
Clary joins Jace and Sebastian in their hidden apartment and tries to learn Sebastian’s plans are. She realises Jace has been “brainwashed” so to speak, and the only way to save him is to sever the bond between the two boys without hurting Jace. In their attempts to help, Magnus raises a Demon, and struggles with his relationship with Alec who is finding it hard to deal with Magnus’ immortality. Izy has realised she has deep feelings for Simon, and does her best to implicate this, however Simon just doesn’t seem to catch on the way she hoped. Izy isn’t Simon’s only worry, he also is forced to deal with his family who are either unaware of his vampirism, along with being a part of Clary’s plan so she could stay in contact with the others. 

Cassandra Clare has come up with another fantastic novel in ~ City of Lost Souls. The storyline remains fresh and unique, although I did find the plot easy to guess compared to the first 4. As all good stories come to an end, perhaps this series is nearly at that point. Overall I felt the book was great and recommend it to mid teens and up, and give it a rating of 5/10.

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Book Review: City of Fallen Angels, by Cassandra Clare. Book 4 in the Shadow Hunter series.


Wow, now I really hadn’t been expecting majority of that! The fourth instalment of this series really brings the plot twists to the table and keeps the reader guessing what is almost impossible to guess. Especially at the end! 
Just when life for our characters finally seems to be going in some sort of normal direction, a new threat seems to be brewing just out of sight. Although Clary is doing her best to be happy for her mother who is finally marrying Luke, she is worried about Jace. They are finally able to be together and for some reason Jace has become distant and strange, and not at all what she had expected. Jace in the other hand is being tormented with nightmares which may be more that mere bad dreams. Meanwhile Simon has his own romantic dilemma’s dating both Izzy and Maia at the same time, not to mention the issues he is having with transitioning into a vampire. 

Life never seems dull for this group of supernatural characters and Cassandra Clare has ensured that it continues to be an action packed emotional roller coaster of a storyline. I have enjoyed this book best of all of the four I have currently read. The authors writing style improves with each publication and the characters become more pronounced and “realistic” in a sense. I recommend this book for mid teens and up and give it a rating of 7.5/10 stars. 

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Book Reviews

Book Review: City of Glass, by Cassandra Clare 2009. Book 3 of the Shadow Hunter series.


Cassandra Clare didn’t disappoint in the third instalment of the series. Twists and turns show new paths for the characters and this novel is the epitome of change. Mostly for the best. There are also some extremely sad moments, when mortality really hits home. 
Even though Jace almost succeeded in stopping Clary from travelling to Idris, she managed to find her own way there and finally got her glimpse of the glass city. And what she sees is everything she dreamt it was. Jace finds truths hidden in a veil of lies and secrets, giving him and Clary the chance at their dreams. Alec and Izzy find themselves grieving, a grief shared by the whole family, as well as being in the centre of a war. Even Simon, who is accidentally brought to Idris finds himself caught up in the war and finds himself inspiring Clary to come up with the idea that could help them win. 

Many of Valentine’s secrets are revealed in this book, and his plans come into fruition, and it’s up to Jace and the others to stop him. Each secret and lie revealed seems to add a twist to the storyline going either way, and it really encourages the reader to turn the page! I was admittedly hooked and will be purchasing the next novel soon. 

I recommend this book for mid teens to adult, and give it a rating of 6.5/10 stars. Well done Cassandra Clare, I hope the following novel is even better!

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Book Reviews

Book Review: City of Ashes, by Cassandra Clare (2008). Book 2 of the Shadow Hunter series.

I was feeling hesitant toward entertaining this instalment of the series, since I found the storyline somewhat awkward to follow. Perhaps it was the newness of the concepts that Cassandra Clare brings to light, but admittedly the second book peeked my interest enough that I will follow through with the series. This book begins with Clary and Simon being in an “on-again off-again” kind of relationship. Which of course means that they really only see each other at night! As expected Clary and Luke (Clary’s ‘adopted’ father/guardian person), are helping Simon through the Vampire transition, which is going as well as can be expected with the characters personality traits. 
Meanwhile back at the Institute, Jace is in serious trouble with the Conclave, especially with one very nasty ‘Inquisitor’, a Shadow Hunter by the name of Imogen. The Lightwoods, along with Magnus Bane aid Jace in his quest against Valentine. 

Excitement and action spills from the pages of the second book of the Shadow Hunter series. I won’t say that I am completely hooked on the series, but I am not giving up just yet. I did enjoy the tension and taboo love which is seen between Jace and Clary. I would bet that majority of readers are hoping that something is very wrong and they are in fact not brother and sister! 

I recommend this book for mid teens and up. The rating – 6/10 stars.

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Book Review: Deadlocked, by Charlaine Harris. (Book 12 in the Sookie Stackhouse series 2012).


Deadlocked, by Charlaine Harris begins with a young girl losing her life at a vampire party – and it looks as though her lover, Eric, might be responsible. Eric swears he didn’t do it, the police don’t believe him, and even Sookie isn’t so sure. Nor is she inclined to take his word for it, not having caught him enjoying the victim’s blood minutes before she was killed.
But something strange is going on. Why had Sookie been asked to come to the fateful party a few minutes early – just to catch Eric in the act? And why had the victim spiked her own blood before approaching Eric? Was it simply because she wanted to be irresistible, or was it something more sinister?

Sookie will have to find out but it’s the worst moment to investigate, as her Fae family are having troubles of their own and Sookie is, inevitably, drawn in. And there is one last complication. The cluviel dor her grandmother left her. It will grant her one wish, which could fulfil Sookie’s heart’s desire. The only problem is, she still doesn’t know what – or who – her heart truly desires.

Deadlocked, the second to last book of this series is full of complications and has made life so difficult for Sookie that it is becoming almost ridiculous. However, Charlaine Harris has written in such a way that readers know there will be a light at the end of the tunnel somewhere. Even if it isn’t what they hope or expect! I give Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris a rating of 7.5/10.

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