BETTER TO PRESERVE LIFE, THAN DESTROY IT
A YOUNG WOMAN IS THRUST TO THE FOREFRONT OF A STRUGGLE TO SAVE AN ISLAND AND END THE PERSECUTION OF HER PEOPLE
The Lost Sentinel
(Silent Sea Chronicles, Book 1)
Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: Suzanne Rogerson
Format: Kindle Edition, 473 Pages
Date: 16th June 2017
An advance copy of this title was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced the content of the review, or the opinions expressed therein.
Would the mention of people being hoodwinked into acting against their own interests by an unscrupulous political leader, exploiting their ignorance and prejudice to persuade them to scapegoat a minority group for all their problems, cause you to think of real world events? It probably would; as would the plight of refugees; as would hardships brought about by environmental issues. In this respect, The Lost Sentinel (book 1 of a new fantasy trilogy) by Suzanne Rogerson, is a very topical novel given that theses themes very apparently served as inspiration for the story, and are central to its plot.
THE ONCE AND FUTURE QUEEN
FOR SEVEN HUNDRED YEARS THEY HAVE AWAITED THE FULFILMENT OF PROPHECY, NOW THE WAIT IS FINALLY OVER
Daughter Of The Blood
(The Black Jewels Trilogy, Book 1)
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Format: Paperback, 416 Pages
Date: 6st March 2014 (First Published 1998)
In a world of demonic realms, ruled by a sadistic matriarchy of rival witch queens; where men are subjugated and enslaved via magical penis rings, to be used as both sex slaves and as weapons (to destroy young, soon-to-be witches by savagely fucking away their virginity, leaving them permanently damaged and unable to use the Craft), a long overdue reckoning is coming. Three men: two brutalised sex slaves (half-brothers, and the illegitimate offspring of The High Lord of Hell) plus their estranged father, await the fulfilment of a seven hundred year old prophecy that will overturn the decadent, corrupt order of The Blood; the arrival of an all-powerful witch who will rule over all the realms. But there’s just one little snag. When she shows up, she’s a prepubescent kid who has no idea who she is destined to become; and so it is, the mismatched trio (and allies) must protect her before she can be destroyed, or worse, corrupted by The Blood.
FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD
THE FITTINGLY WONDERFUL MODERN FAIRY TALE WITH BRAINS, HEART AND COURAGE THAT BECAME A TIMELESS CLASSIC
The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz
(The Oz Series, Book 1)
L. Frank Baum
Genre: Children’s Classic, Juvenile Fantasy
Publisher: Hesperus Press
Format: Paperback, 448 Pages
Date: 1st April 2013 (First Published 1900)
In the introduction to his defining work, The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, American children’s author, L. Frank Baum mentioned that his purpose in writing the story was to bring about a new kind of fairy tale for children to enjoy. He was of the view that the traditional fairy tales of old should essentially be confined to the dustbin of history; that it was no longer required for children’s stories to be cautionary tales with moral lessons to impart, as morality was now part of a modern education. His goal was to make his book a modernised fairy tale that retained the excitement and entertainment, but did away with all the moralising. Whether his opinion of traditional fairy tales has merit or not is for others to decide.
THEY SEEK HIM HERE, THEY SEEK HIM THERE
AN ELUSIVE CON ARTIST FINDS HIMSELF EMBROILED IN THE DEADLY SCHEME OF A FOE EVEN MORE ELUSIVE
The Lies Of Locke Lamora
(Gentleman Bastard Series, Book 1)
Genre: High Fantasy
Format: Paperback, 544 Pages
Date: 1st February 2007 (First Published 2006)
Warning! This book is liable to make your blood boil if (like this reviewer) you have a deep antipathy towards criminals and criminality. The “hero” of the story, and his associates, are not just criminals, they are the unrepentant variety who take great pleasure in their scumbaggery, and the misery they cause. If their victims were also criminals it would be less of an issue; however, as this is not the case, every misfortune that befalls these lowlifes will warm your heart, while, by the same token, any time they escape their just comeuppance will leave you bemoaning how unfair life is.
A NEW BREED OF (ANTI) HEROINE HAS ARRIVED
ASS-KICKING, HEAD CHOPPING WOMAN RE-WRITES THE CONVENTIONS OF A GENRE AS SHE UNDERTAKES A MISSION SHE CAN’T REFUSE
(Bel Dame Apocrypha, Book 1)
Genre: Science Fantasy
Publisher: Del Rey
Format: Paperback, 432 Pages
Date: 16th January 2014 (First Published 2010)
Part science fiction, part urban fantasy, God’s War is a rather difficult novel to nail down, due in no small part to its inherent contradictions. For example, certain facets of the book are incredibly original and unique, yet the plot progresses in a very predictable manner; there is little, if anything, within the run-of-the-mill narrative that will take you by surprise. Also, several interesting characters are introduced throughout the story, yet interesting never translates into memorable; you’ll have a hard time remembering any names once you’ve finished reading the book. It is a novel that is rather good at setting up expectations, but not so good at meeting them.
THE QUOTABLE QUOTE OF THE DAY
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I do not believe that I am made of the stuff which constitutes heroes, because, in all of the hundreds of instances that my voluntary acts have placed me face to face with death, I cannot recall a single one where any alternative step to that I took occurred to me until many hours later.
Edgar Rice Burroughs
A Princess Of Mars
IT TOOK A SECOND TO CHANGE ELENA’S LIFE…
FEW READERS WILL ESCAPE THE SENSE OF DEJA VU. YES, YOU’VE READ THIS STORY NUMEROUS TIMES BEFORE
(The Women Of The Otherworld, Book 1)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback, 464 Pages
Date: 6th May 2010 (First Published 2001)
When Kelley Armstrong’s debut novel, Bitten, was first published in 2001 the urban fantasy genre was still very much in its infancy, hence the book didn’t need to do much to stand out; Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series was more or less the only high profile competition. As the market was not yet as saturated as it is today the tropes that readers now come to expect of the genre had not been established. One obvious benefit of this circumstance is that readers at the time would more than likely not have viewed the story as lacking in originality. Sixteen years later, however, anyone reading the book for the first won’t be able to escape the feeling they’ve read it all before.