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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Indie Focus: Review Of Flash Gold By Lindsay Buroker


A GIRL’S GOTTA DO WHAT A GIRL’S GOTTA DO!

A PRECOCIOUS HEROINE GETS MORE THAN SHE BARGAINED FOR WHEN ENTERING A RACE TO WIN THE PRIZE MONEY NEEDED TO LEAVE TOWN

 

Book CoverFlash Gold
(Flash Gold Chronicles, Book 1)

Lindsay Buroker

Genre: Alternate History, Steampunk
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eBook, 56 Pages
Date: 27th March 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1458028129

 
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Kali McAlister is a precocious young inventor whose innovations seem far too good to be true, causing some of the inhabitants of Moose Hollow to view her as a witch. The epithet may not be accurate but Kali is in possession of a secret bequeathed to her by her father, that not only enhances her inventions but also holds the key to obtaining the riches that will allow her to escape the life of drudgery she lives in the town. But little does she know that the secret of “flash gold” makes her a target for people who will stop at nothing to obtain it from her. If she is to realise her dream, Kali will need all her resourcefulness to thwart the machinations of her adversaries, and maybe even the help of a mysterious stranger, to win a three day cross-country race.

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Review: The Gauntlet By Karen Chance


NOT WITHOUT HER DAUGHTER!

BEING BOTH WITCH AND MOTHER WILL DRIVE GILLIAN URSWICK ON TO SAVE THE LIFE OF HER CHILD, NO MATTER WHAT IT TAKES.

 

Book CoverThe Gauntlet
(A Kit Marlow Short, Book 1)

Karen Chance

Genre: Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eBook, 52 Pages
Date: 12th October 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1458125934

 
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Few things in life can match the strength and power of the bond between a mother and her child. There are no lengths a mother will not go to, or no hardships and trials she will not endure to protect her offspring. It is a lesson the War Mages holding Gillian Urswick in brutal captivity, while systematically exterminating the covens of her sister witches throughout Europe, will learn to their cost. Gillian is a witch whose love for her daughter will not only drive her to survive her ordeal and break free of her captors in order to save the life of her child, it will also become the catalyst for a power greater than she has ever wielded being bestowed upon her, along with a duty and responsibility that may turn the tide against the War Mages of The Silver Circle.

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Indie Focus: Review Of Just Breathe By Sarah Doughty


URBAN FANTASY’S BEST KEPT SECRET!

AN UNFORGETTABLE HEROINE MUST DISCOVER HERSELF IN ORDER TO CONQUER THE DEMONS OF HER PAST BEFORE IT DESTROYS HER

 

Book CoverJust Breathe
(Earthen Witch, Book 1)

Sarah Doughty

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eBook, 409 Pages
Date: 28th April 2015

ISBN-13: 978-1310871580

 
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A young writer burdened with terrible psychological baggage from her past, struggles to make sense of her life and who she is in the wake of discovering a long-held family secret revealed by her recently deceased grandmother. If learning that she is a witch wasn’t hard enough to contend with, nothing can prepare her for being thrust to the centre of an unseen conflict in the paranormal world that will see her confronted by those who wish to destroy her, those who wish to steal her power, and an implacable enemy determined to do both. If she is to survive, she must be stronger than she’s ever been before. Stronger than she believes she can be.

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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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Review: Superman Red Son By Mark Millar


NATURE OVERCOMES NURTURE

IN THE ELSEWORLDS ALTERNATE REALITY YOU CAN RELY ON SUPERMAN REMAINING THE SAME OLD MAN OF STEEL

 

Book CoverSuperman: Red Son
(An Elseworlds Story)

Mark Millar

Genre: Graphic Novel, Superheroes
Publisher: DC Comics
Format: Paperback, 168 Pages
Date: 15th April 2014 (First Published 2003)

ISBN-10: 1401247113
ISBN-13: 978-1401247119

 
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Despite being unarguably the world’s most recognisable superhero it is much harder to make a case for Superman being the most popular; certainly it’s far from being the truth today in the 21st century. The principal reason for this obvious discrepancy is the all too apparent reality that the Last Son of Krypton just isn’t perceived to be cool any more (if he ever was) in the way other comic book characters such as Batman, Spider-man, and Wolverine are. As for why Kal-El lacks the cool factor that many of his rivals possess, it’s entirely down to two things: firstly, he is such an unambiguously flawless personality whose virtuousness makes for a boring character; secondly, he is generally always depicted as being so overpowered that nothing and no one ever genuinely poses a threat to him (which again makes him less than interesting).

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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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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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Review: Daughter Of The Blood By Anne Bishop


THE ONCE AND FUTURE QUEEN

FOR SEVEN HUNDRED YEARS THEY HAVE AWAITED THE FULFILMENT OF PROPHECY, NOW THE WAIT IS FINALLY OVER

 

Book CoverDaughter Of The Blood
(The Black Jewels Trilogy, Book 1)

Anne Bishop

Genre: Dark Fantasy
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Format: Paperback, 416 Pages
Date: 6st March 2014 (First Published 1998)

ISBN-10: 1848663552
ISBN-13: 978-1848663558

 
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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.

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