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The Blood Red City (Never War 2)
The Blood Red City (Never War 2)
by Justin Richards
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Rewarding and Original, 1 April 2015
If you’re after a series that has something different to a lot of books out there, then you really need to try Justin Richards Never War with its alternate world Science Fiction concepts that has not only cracking characters but also top notch prose alongside dialogue.

Here in the second outing the reader is treated to a tale that not only keeps the reader glued but also feels like it has influences of Gerry Anderson within the pages. Back this up with a story arc that doesn’t let up for a moment which when added to an author that understands how to deliver a careful mix of high octane action alongside cooler scenes to let the reader get their breath back all round gives you a book that is as rewarding as the original.


Wild Cards: Lowball (Wild Cards 22)
Wild Cards: Lowball (Wild Cards 22)
by George R.R. Martin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.03

4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this, 1 April 2015
If you want something light full of typical fantastical UF Superhero tropes, then this long running series edited by GRRM will more than hit the spot for readers out there. If you’re a fan you’ll find old friends, if you’re new, well a set of tales to take you on a journey that will more than hit your requirements as a whole host of top talent create a whole new set of short stories.

Back this up with some cracking offerings, some top notch prose and of course links to earlier titles all round give this series an edge that a fair number of others out there haven’t quite hit yet. Magic.


Brotherband: Scorpion Mountain (Brotherband Chronicles Book 5)
Brotherband: Scorpion Mountain (Brotherband Chronicles Book 5)
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars I just love this series, 1 April 2015
The latest Brotherband title and one that will more than hit the spot as the Heron’s help Araluen with a matter of a regicidal contract. As usual with John, the young reader is given a tale of daring, a story of smarts and with a fair few feeling that one of the crew hasn’t come into his own, the reader is treated to seeing him come into his own.

It’s a cracking read and as a fan of the series, its another cracker. They really should consider making these into films as there is so much to offer people of all ages. Cracking.


What Makes This Book So Great: Re-Reading the Classics of Fantasy and SF
What Makes This Book So Great: Re-Reading the Classics of Fantasy and SF
Price: £6.17

4.0 out of 5 stars A great way to see why some books are considered classics, 1 April 2015
If like me you’re on Facebook or Twitter, the odds are you’ve received numerous lists of books asking how many have you read. As a reader it can be quite irksome to find out that you’ve not sat back and read what some people consider classics but to be honest they’re just books that people think you should have read.

Here in this title by Jo, is a book that helps explain why you should read certain titles. It’s easy to follow with well-constructed points of view and backs it all up with a huge selection that really will make your reading list harder to get through (due to the increase in volume.)


Clash of Eagles (A Clash of Eagles)
Clash of Eagles (A Clash of Eagles)
Price: £3.83

3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to get into but well worth it, 1 April 2015
A strange and unusual alternate history title that takes readers into the strange world of “What if” where the roman war enginee invades the America’s with mixed results. Its in part reminiscent of “A Man Called Horse”, has some solid world building and whilst the combat seuqneces worked very well, it was more as an individual battle that the author did very well rather than as an overall army combat. Its definitely a very interesting premise and whilst I initially wasn’t as enthused with it as I thought I would be, I did find that as the tale moved on, I became more engrossed to see how the world would adapt.

Its got some quirky characters, some wonderful dialogue and when added to an arc that will lead the series into one hell of a war, its going to be a case of leaving the reader wondering how the adaptations alongside warfare will effect a world to which many readers are completely unfamiliar. Definitely a series to watch and for me, a tale I was very pleased that I stuck with to the end. Can’t wait to see what book two has in store.


Lady of the Eternal City (The Empress of Rome Book 4)
Lady of the Eternal City (The Empress of Rome Book 4)
Price: £7.12

4.0 out of 5 stars A great read, 1 April 2015
I originally came across Katie in a compendium with Ben Kane and for me, it was not only a great experience having so much talent in one book, but allowed me other area’s to get my Historical Fiction fix from, one of which was Katie’s wonderfully crafted tale that turned me on to her writing.

So whilst I hadn’t read any other stories by her I was more than happy to give this book a go as I loved the way that she not only weaved the arc but also brought characters to life in such a way that you couldn’t help but want to see what would unfurl in their lives.

As with her short story, this tale was wonderfully crafted, the prose was sharp, easy to get into and when added to characters that I just couldn’t get enough of alongside an overall arc that just kept me reading all round made this a wonderful experience. A great story and for me, a series that I’ll be checking out from the beginning as soon as time allows.


The Iron Ghost
The Iron Ghost
Price: £7.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, 1 April 2015
This review is from: The Iron Ghost (Kindle Edition)
If you’re after something a little different that has some cracking twists, a good size cast and hidden agenda’s aplenty then you really should give this book, Jen’s second a go. It has all the things that made the first one stand out (great characters, some wonderful twists and of course a tale that gives fantasy readers what they want) alongside cracking pace and prose.

It’s a cracking addition to the Headline stable and for me, is making Jen a name to watch in the fantasy genre. After all, for me, whilst the first book announces the author to the audience, its always the second that demonstrates whether they were a one hit wonder of if they are able to cope with a professional writing schedule. All round this is a cracking outing and one that I feel will have many readers sitting up and paying attention. Magic.


Dangerous Games
Dangerous Games
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars In one word, magical, 1 April 2015
This review is from: Dangerous Games (Kindle Edition)
I’m a huge fan of anthologies as readers get the chance to try authors that they may not yet have had finances or the time for prior to purchasing the book. Its an easy way to dip into various writing styles and finding what suits in much the same way as finding old friends to spend time with as well as new and exciting possibilities.

Hidden within this title are quite a few gems and with cracking prose and top notch editing when backed with solid editorship alongside cracking talent, presents a book that is a pure joy to read. All round a cracking title for short journeys or for just a tale or two to take up that lunch break or to escape the real world. Magic.


Frozen Grave
Frozen Grave
by Lee Weeks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not exceptional, 1 April 2015
This review is from: Frozen Grave (Paperback)
To be brutal here (almost as brutal as the killings within) this book from Lee Weeks was one that was more middle of the road than real trend setter for me. Whilst the Scandinavians have a good foothold on the market, they tend to be the ones that are presenting readers with something not only new but tales that will stick with you long after the final page is turned.

Whilst this book fails on that angle, there is a good plotline, the characters are reasonable but for me, it just felt lacklustre almost as if it was there to just settle in with the other books out there rather than strike out on its one. All round a book that is an OK read if you’ve nothing better to do but if you want a crime title that really will kick you in the guts, then go for one of the current plethora of European Crime.


Halo: Broken Circle
Halo: Broken Circle
Price: £5.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty flat, 1 April 2015
I don’t know if I’m getting bored with the Halo titles or if they seem to be failing more and more for me as a reader but this latest release was something that was more than flat. It relies on people being fans of the series with two dimensional characters that feel more phantom than anyone you’d want to spend time with.

The overall arc is sadly lacking and at the end of the day, when you really don’t care about either the players or wondering what the hell the plots up to then it is perhaps time to let it go.


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