Review: The Horse And His Boy By C.S. Lewis


A gripping journey of self discovery for two young heroes in a race against time to thwart a terrible conspiracy.


Book CoverThe Horse And His Boy
(The Chronicles Of Narnia, Book 3)

C.S. Lewis

Genre: Children’s, High Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Kindle Edition, 252 Pages
Date: 6th October 2009 (First Published 1954)


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If anyone were to ask me which of the seven books of The Chronicles Of Narnia is the best, without hesitation I would reply, The Horse And His Boy; although I would have no argument with anyone who considered Prince Caspian to be the better book. While they are both excellent reads, what elevates the former over the latter, as well as the other Narnia books, is its unique status within the series. It is the only instalment whose premise doesn’t involve young protagonists from our world being transported to the world of Narnia at a time of great need. In fact, though the story takes place during the reign of the Pevensie siblings, and features cameo appearances by them, Narnia only plays a small part in the book’s setting and plot. The story unfolds mostly in the land of Calormen, far to the south, before moving to Archenland and Narnia, much later on.

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Review: Voice Of The Gods By Trudi Canavan


A disappointing book brings a disappointing trilogy to a disappointing conclusion.


Book CoverVoice Of The Gods
(The Age Of The Five Trilogy, Book 3)

Trudi Canavan

Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 672 Pages
Date: 3rd April 2008 (First Published 2006)

ISBN-10: 1841495174
ISBN-13: 978-1841495170

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It’s fair to say that the first two books of The Age Of The Five Trilogy were underwhelming to me. In spite of this I held on to the hope that history would repeat itself; that the third instalment of this Trudi Canavan trilogy would blow me away in the same manner as book three of The Black Magician Trilogy, had done. Regrettably, my hope was misplaced. Not only is Voice Of The Gods not in the same league as, The High Lord, it is also the weakest book of this trilogy.

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Review: Quicksilver Twilight By Stan Nicholls


Regrettably, the Quicksilver Trilogy falls at the final hurdle, with this disappointingly anti-climactic third book.


Book CoverQuicksilver Twilight
(Quicksilver Trilogy, Book 3)

Stan Nicholls

Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Format: Paperback, 448 Pages
Date: 4th June 2007 (First Published 2006)

ISBN-10: 0007141548
ISBN-13: 978-0007141548

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Quicksilver Twilight is the concluding part of Stan Nicholls’ Quicksilver Trilogy, and I must confess that I approached it with a certain amount of trepidation. For one thing, there are numerous examples of trilogies which had very good first and second books, only to be tarnished by a poor third. But what really concerned me was that, to my mind at least, the way book two ended severely limited what could unfold in this one. I wish that I could say that my concerns were unwarranted, but sadly Quicksilver Twilight is not the ending that this trilogy so richly deserved.

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Review: Brilliance Of The Moon By Lian Hearn


Five battles. Four to win. One to lose. Takeo and Kaede’s journey reaches a dramatic and violent conclusion.


Book CoverBrilliance Of The Moon
(Tales Of The Otori, Book 3)

Lian Hearn

Genre: Historical Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Picador
Format: Paperback, 368 Pages
Date: 1st April 2005 (First Published 2004)

ISBN-10: 0330426931
ISBN-13: 978-0330426930

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With Brilliance Of The Moon, author, Lian Hearn takes readers back to the world of the Three Countries for (what was intended to be) the final time. While there has subsequently been further instalments, book three of Tales Of The Otori does bring to a close the story of protagonists Takeo and Kaede.

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Review: The High Lord By Trudi Canavan


Prepare yourselves for the dramatic and spectacular conclusion to The Black Magician Trilogy.


Book CoverThe High Lord
(The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 3)

Trudi Canavan

Genre: High Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 656 Pages
Date: 4th March 2010 (First Published 2003)

ISBN-10: 1841499625
ISBN-13: 978-1841499628

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When embarking upon a literary trilogy, one always hopes that the third book will “hit the ball out of the park”, metaphorically speaking; that any remaining unanswered questions from the first two instalments are resolved; that all loose ends are tied up. While some trilogies fail to achieve this, The High Lord most certainly succeeds in this regard. The final instalment of The Black Magician Trilogy is a triumph for author Trudi Canavan in every respect.

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