Review: Prince Of Thorns By Mark Lawrence


THE THORNS TAUGHT HIM A LESSON IN BLOOD

A PRECOCIOUS, VENGEFUL PRINCE INDULGES IN WANTON ATROCITIES IN PURSUIT OF REVENGE AND HIS AMBITION TO CLAIM THE THRONE.

 

Book CoverPrince Of Thorns
(The Broken Empire Trilogy, Book 1)

Mark Lawrence

Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Format: Paperback, 416 Pages
Date: 12th April 2012 (First Published 2011)

ISBN-10: 0007423632
ISBN-13: 978-0007423637

 
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Survivor; royalty; bandit leader; petulant murderer; callous rapist; and quite possibly deranged. Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath is all these things and more, yet only fourteen years old. Though his immoral behaviour is impossible to justify, Jorg is, nonetheless, a damaged, vengeful personality whose motives go beyond a burning desire to exact a terrible revenge. He harbours ambitions to become king by the age of fifteen, and he might just pull it off. But is the path he walks one of his own choosing? Or is Jorg merely a puppet on someone else’s strings?

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Review: The Painted Man By Peter V. Brett


ENTER A WORLD WHERE DARKNESS BELONGS TO DEMONS

IS HUMANITY’S LAST HOPE FOR SURVIVAL ONE BOY GUIDED BY ANCIENT TALES OF TAKING THE FIGHT TO DEMONKIND?

 

Book CoverThe Painted Man
(The Demon Cycle, Book 1)

Peter V. Brett

Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Format: Paperback, 560 Pages
Date: 31st January 2013 (First Published 2008)

ISBN-10: 0007492545
ISBN-13: 978-0007492541

 
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For three centuries humanity has lived in fear of the setting of the sun, for dusk marks the rising of the demons from the earth―to spend the hours of darkness slaughtering anyone and everyone they can find. The only protection against the ravenous hordes from The Core are magical, defensive wards to keep the demons at bay until the sun rises. For one young boy, a life of cowering inside warded habitations at night, hoping not to be torn to pieces, is no life at all. Inspired by ancient tales of a time when humanity successfully waged war against the demons, killing the seemingly unkillable with the long lost knowledge of offensive wards, Arlen Bales resolves to one day take the fight to the denizens of The Core, once again.

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Review: Sabriel By Garth Nix


SHE WALKS IN DEATH WITH SWORD AND BELLS

WITH UNWAVERING DEVOTION TO HER FATHER, SABRIEL MUST RETURN TO THE LAND OF HER BIRTH TO CONFRONT AN AWAKENED EVIL

 

Book CoverSabriel
(The Old Kingdom, Book 1)

Garth Nix

Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Paperback, 311 Pages
Date: 3rd June 2014 (First Published 1995)

ISBN-10: 0062315552
ISBN-13: 978-0062315557

 
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In stark contrast to all her peers at Wyverly College, Sabriel had a highly unusual upbringing―not least because she was born on the other side of The Wall, in The Old Kingdom, where Free Magic and Charter Magic are an everyday, accepted reality. As the daughter of the Abhorsen, a necromancer dedicated to protecting the world by ensuring the dead remain dead, her childhood was spent learning the legacy of her forebears: how to crossover into Death and use the tools of the “trade” to banish the dead, preventing them from returning to the world of the living to wreak havoc. But now Sabriel’s absence from the land of her birth is about to end. Her beloved father has gone missing as an ancient darkness awakens in The Old Kingdom. She must leave the safety of boarding school life in Ancelstierre and head back across The Wall in search of her father, for only she has the power to find and rescue him from Death before it’s too late.

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Review: Master Of Crows By Grace Draven


A ROMANCE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN!

EQUAL PARTS FANTASY AND ROMANCE THIS MUST READ TALE SKILLFULLY BLENDS EVERYTHING THAT’S GOOD ABOUT BOTH GENRES

 

Book CoverMaster Of Crows
(Master Of Crows, Book 1)

Grace Draven

Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Self-Published (Createspace)
Format: Paperback, 392 Pages
Date: 30th June 2014 (First Published 2009)

ISBN-10: 1500369489
ISBN-13: 978-1500369484

 
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There has long been a stigma attached to self-published books. It is generally assumed that such works are of poor quality, and of lesser merit for lacking the validation of a publishing house behind them. In other words, a self-published author is a writer who wasn’t good enough to get an agent let alone a publishing contract. This attitude isn’t entirely unjustified. There is an abundance of material out there that isn’t fit to be published, and the advent of the ereader and the associated ebook marketplaces (most notably Amazon’s Kindle Store) has exacerbated the quantity of dreck available. However, the automatic assumption that self-published books are less worthwhile has started to shift. An increasing number of self-published gems are being unearthed by readers prepared to look, and among them is Master Of Crows.

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Quote: The Lies Of Locke Lamora, “We’re A Different Sort Of Thief…”


THE QUOTABLE QUOTE OF THE DAY

 

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“We’re a different sort of thief here, Lamora. Deception and misdirection are our tools. We don’t believe in hard work when a false face and a good line of bullshit can do so much more.”

 
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Indie Focus: Review Of The Lost Sentinel By Suzanne Rogerson


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

 

Book CoverThe Lost Sentinel
(Silent Sea Chronicles, Book 1)

Suzanne Rogerson

Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: Suzanne Rogerson
Format: Paperback, 364 Pages
Date: 15st June 2017

ISBN-10: 1546622152
ISBN-13: 978-1546622154

 
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DISCLAIMER:
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
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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.

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Quote: The Curse Of Chalion, “I Don’t Duel Boy…”


THE QUOTABLE QUOTE OF THE DAY

 

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“I don’t duel, boy. I kill as a soldier kills, which is as a butcher kills, as quickly, efficiently, and with as least risk to myself as I can arrange.”

Lois McMaster Bujold
The Curse Of Chalion

 
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Review: The Lies Of Locke Lamora By Scott Lynch


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

 

Book CoverThe Lies Of Locke Lamora
(Gentleman Bastard Series, Book 1)

Scott Lynch

Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback, 544 Pages
Date: 1st February 2007 (First Published 2006)

ISBN-10: 0575079754
ISBN-13: 978-0575079755

 
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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.

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Review: The Curse Of Chalion By Lois McMaster Bujold


A DARK CLOUD HANGS OVER THE HOUSE OF CHALION

A RELUCTANT HERO IS THRUST INTO THE ROLE OF SAVIOUR, TO PROTECT THE ROYAL HEIR TO THE THRONE FROM A SINISTER CURSE

 

Book CoverThe Curse Of Chalion
(World Of The Five Gods, Book 1)

Lois McMaster Bujold

Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Paperback, 448 Pages
Date: 11th April 2006 (First Published 2000)

ISBN-10: 0061134244
ISBN-13: 978-0061134241

 
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Lois McMaster Bujold is an author whose name is, perhaps, synonymous with science fiction. However, no reader could have any genuine concerns when a writer of her calibre chooses to step somewhat out of her comfort zone to write a high fantasy novel. Bujold is, after all, one of the most acclaimed and decorated genre authors ever, with four Hugo Awards for best novel to her name; equalling Robert Heinlein’s record. That being the case, it should come as no surprise to learn that The Curse Of Chalion is a splendid novel, coming as it does, from a writer with such a pedigree.

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