Book Review: DarkSkull Hall (The Mage Chronicles Book 1) by Lisa Cassidy (published by Tate House)
This YA fantasy is super enjoyable, a quick read with intrigue, well-formed characters, vivid descriptions and excellent worldbuilding. I was completely hooked by the prologue, the writing effortlessly bringing the scene alive for me, and I raced through the novel after that brilliant opening.
Book Review: The Blade Itself (The First Law Book 1) by Joe Abercrombie (published by Gollancz)
Completely torn by this book. I have read so many glowing reviews of it and had some very high hopes for it. I really wanted to love it. It’s lauded as one of the best grimdark fantasy series of recent times and I was looking forward to a gritty, dark and twisted tale with some morally ambiguous characters to love/hate. I’ve read Half a King, the first book of Abercrombie’s YA fantasy series The Shattered Sea, which I enjoyed, and I was hoping this book was going to be darker and grittier.
Book Review: The Black Prism (The Lightbringer Series Book 1) by Brent Weeks (published by Orbit)
Brilliant book! I was completely in awe of the storytelling, worldbuilding, magic system and believable, likable yet flawed characters. And, oh my, the twists that I just didn’t see coming blew me away!
This story focuses on the complex, delicately held together world, of the Seven Satrapies sixteen years after a massive battle between two brothers, both of whom are prisms. But there can only be one and the good guy, Gavin Guile, won. Or did he? I won’t post any spoilers here, but believe me, the twists are great.
Abercrombie, Joe - The Blade Itself (The First Law Trilogy Book 1)
Alderman, Naomi - The Power
Ashton, Dyrk - Paternus (Paternus Trilogy Book 1)
Austin-King, Graham - Faithless
Browder, Bill - Red Notice
Canavan, Trudi - Thief’s Magic
Carey, Jacqueline - Kushiel's Dart (Phedre's Trilogy #1)
Cassidy, Lisa - DarkSkull Hall (The Mage Chronicles Book 1)
Clerge, Nesly - The Anatomy of Cheating
Cline, Emma - The Girls
Coelho, Paulo - The Alchemist
Covey, Stephen R. - The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
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