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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