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Questing Beast
Questing Beast

1.0 out of 5 stars PIRATED, 30 Oct 2012
This review is from: Questing Beast (Kindle Edition)
This books is available for FREE on smashwords. The authors have not given permission for PD publishing to sell it here, they have no contract with PD publishing, PD publishing have stolen this work and are charging you for it. Do not buy!

The High King's Tomb (Green Rider 3)
The High King's Tomb (Green Rider 3)
by Kristen Britain
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating..., 10 Nov 2007
First of all, if you haven't read the first two books you really should before you start this one. The story draws on characters and events seen in both previous books and picks up shortly after the end of First Rider's Call. Regardless of this there is a self contained event here that is concluded to the reader's satisfaction but is still connected to the overall story that seems to be underlying the series so far.
High King's Tomb is entertaining, easily drawing the reader back into Karigan's world, though slow to get going we have a more indepth look into the workings of her world. After such a long wait there isn't much dissapointment regarding characters we've grown to know over the previous books, though some characters that took a much larger role have been reduced to bit parts here.
Unfortunately by the end of High King's Tomb I was left feeling frustrated, the book seemed to be just a platform to set up future events, it had the feel of a fill gap, yes very enjoyable and something to whet my appetite for the follow up, but nothing to move the overall story along or answer any of the questions left hanging at the end of First Rider's Call.
If you liked Green Rider and First Rider's Call you'll like this. If you've been waiting with baited breath for High King's Tomb's release just be prepared to want the next installment all the more after reading it.

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels) (Kate Daniels Novels)
Magic Bites (Kate Daniels) (Kate Daniels Novels)
by Ilona Andrews
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable debut, 6 July 2007
What it says on the back

'Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic...

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate's guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta's magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings- and the death of Kate's guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she's way out of her league- but she wouldn't have it any other way...'

This is a nice, easy read. There's nothing too complex that you have to stop and rewind through everything you've just read but its not so simple that your mind goes to sleep either. The plot is engaging and the details are well thought out. The odd sentence and paragraph lets you know that Kate's story isn't finished yet but the main plotline is wrapped up nice and tidily by the end of the book. Kate is what you might call an 'alpha' woman; aggressive, mouthy and independant but refreshingly she also isn't so determined to go her own way that she puts herself in suicidal situations, she accepts help when she needs it. Romance takes a backseat to the rest of the plot but there is potential to play with in future books. I believe the second book will be titled Magic Burns.

I found this book very enjoyable and well worth reading, especially if you like Patricia Briggs' Moon Called and Michelle Sagara West's Cast in Shadow.

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