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. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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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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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. 

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 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 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 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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Book Review: Definitely Dead, by Charlaine Harris. (Book 6 in the Sookie Stackhouse series 2006).

Sookie begins the sixth novel of the series with a boyfriend with a beating heart, no matter that it belongs to a were-tiger! Which is lucky for her that he is, even though he does struggle to protect her numerous times through this book. Sookie is attacked physically by a werewolf at the beginning of the book, and Bill attacks her emotionally by telling her the real reason for his courting her (persuaded by Eric), which of course crushes her heart into a million tiny pieces. But she doesn’t really have much time to contemplate this since she is required in New Orleans to deal with her dead cousin, Hadley’s estate.

Hadley had not only become a Vampire and made a life for herself before she had died the “true death”, she had also become the queen of Louisiana’s “companion” so to speak, which Sookie later finds she had actually cared quite deeply for her. She had owned her own apartment above the landlady who also happened to be a witch named Amelia, who assisted Sookie in finding out how Hadley had died (and the where abouts of a bracelet supposedly in Hadley’s possession), and why a newly made Vampire had attacked them once the stasis spell (cast by Amelia to ensure cleaning wasn’t necessary) had worn off. What’s even more strange is the new Vampire was actually a missing werewolf who worked with Quin.Luckily Sookie is able to untangle events to an extent, finding the bracelet for the Queen and discovering the identity of who had been sending the werewolf attackers. Debbie Pelt has one hell of a meddling family, however they still abide by traditional rules and the father is able to take control of Debbie’s determined younger sister. The book concludes with Sookie and her entourage returning to Bon Temp.
Amazingly Sookie is still going after everything that’s happened. She has had no time to process what’s really been going on around her with what Bill said to her in the hospital and the death of her cousin. Charlaine Harris has left us with a bit of a cliff hanger here. What will Sookie do? Will she ever speak to Bill again or if she does will be only as she stakes him? What will happen between her and Quin, considering they seem to make a pretty hot couple? And how long will Sookie’s new house guest be staying?
Charlaine Harris has written another great book with a lot of action packed adventure. Definitely Dead is a great book for anyone who like a supernatural and romantic genre. Looking forward to the next book. I have given Definitely Dead a rating of 7/10. Recommended for anyone 15 years or older.

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Book Review: Dead as a Doornail, by Charlaine Harris. (Book 5 in the Sookie Stackhouse series 2005).

Wow! Poor Sookie! She doesn’t seem to be able to catch a break! This book is that jammed pack full of action I’m surprised she has time to use the bathroom! The fifth book of the Sookie Stackhouse series, Dead as a Doornail, authored by Charlaine Harris, begins with Sookie concerned about her brother since it’s the first full moon since Jason had been bitten several times by a were-panther. Luckily for her Calvin Norris from Hotshot offered to take care of him whilst in his “state”, but unluckily for Calvin he is a victim of a shooting and only one of a number of shootings which have targeted shifters in the Louisiana area recently. Sam is even shot in the leg outside Merlotte’s and had to hire a new cook – Sweetie (since Lafayette died in book 4) and “borrows” a bartender, named “Charles Twining” from Eric Northman to work at Merlottles.
Meanwhile the leader of the werewolf pack in Sheverport, is hit by a car and Alcide goes to Sookie for help to achieve pack leader status for his father. Unfortunately Alcide is sneaky and manipulative in the ways he gets Sookie to help, and this causes friction between the two. Not to mention the anger and frustration they feel once the werewolves begin choosing their new leader. Sookie leaves Alcide angry and not wanting to see him again any time soon. Although she really wouldn’t mind running into the were-tiger Quin (the referee at the werewolf event), sometime in the near future!

She seems to have so much going on in her life that everything is spinning out of control at a rapid rate. Since the shooter assumes Sookie is as bad if not even worse than being an actual shifter, even she gets shot when going to the library! This is enough to send her into action to deal with the case,  with the help of Sam (her boss) and even Andy Bellefluer (a local police officer).

To top it all off, there has to be some kind of Vampire complication running through the book somewhere! It turns out Charles is not the gentleman Vampire she first believed. In fact he turns out to be an assassin, who was sent by Long Shadow’s “maker” (the Vampire who was staked because of what Sookie had read using her gift) to take revenge. Sookie is nearly strangled by Charles when the men in the bar intervene, and stake Charles in the back area of Merlotte’s, right before Pam and Eric arrive.

Sookie also enlists Eric’s help to save her friend Tara Thornton from a particularly nasty Vampire, who had been keeping her for his amusement, food and general satisfaction. Eric makes a deal with Sookie and he fixes the issue with Tara and she tells him about their life together while he was under the witches spell. She also tells him about how he had taken a bullet that was meant for her and she had shot Debbie Pelt in the head and then let him take her body somewhere and hide it.

With a doubt, Charlaine Harris has a grand ability to weave a story of fiction that keeps the reader unable to stop reading. I can’t believe the imagination and creativity one must have to deliver such incredible story lines. I am immensely enjoying this series so far. I give Dead as a Doornail a 8/10 rating.