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The Ancient Legacy
The Ancient Legacy
by Mitchell Graham
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding finale, 30 Mar. 2005
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This 3rd and final novel takes place 3 years after the 2nd book with the allies defeated and evil with a storng hold n the world. Mathew has to regain his ring and help defend against the combined might of the Orrocks and their allies.
Mitchell brings the series to a very sitisfying close. Once again he makes you care what happens to the characters and nicely balances the power of the rings. We find out more of the ancient civilisation and what happened, the links with the Orrocks and how the world will be affected. Likewise the characters grow, Teanna, Mathew, Lara, Collins... almost everyone changes as their personality develop as you would expect in such trying circumstances.
Brilliantly written and excellent value for money. I was immediately on the internet searching for more books from ths author - sadly this is his first trilogy but i'm sure there'll be more to come!


The Emerald Cavern (Fifth Ring)
The Emerald Cavern (Fifth Ring)
by Mitchell Graham
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently written, 30 Mar. 2005
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In this second book, Mathew has fled to Sennia to escape his murder charge but finds that the country as not as safe as he wishes with a new ring bearer, treachery and conflict. Mitchell continues to develop his characters and plotline extremely well, focusing on the main characters who were prevailent in the first novel. Gritty and full of excitement, he moves away from the 'typical' fantasy story and begins to develop a world and plotline specific to his own work. Unlike the first novel, this book takes on a grittier feel as the characters realisethe danger they are in. A truly excellent novel that i read in one sitting before moving onto the next truly.
For those of you who like original fantasy that is well written in an Epic like scale, this should be an automatic buy.


Dragon Venom (Tor Fantasy)
Dragon Venom (Tor Fantasy)
by Lawrence Watt-Evans
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Climax, 3 Nov. 2004
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An interesting end to a well written series.
Well written as always, the book shows you more of the harsh side of Arlian - the dragonheart side if you will - whilst developing new areas of interest in the lands outside those of man. We find out what came before the dragons, how they came to power etc. which ties the books together nicely. Whilst neither of the sequels match the strength of the first book, both are a solid read that have enough different about them to keep you entertained.


Blood Rites (Dresden Files) (The Dresden Files)
Blood Rites (Dresden Files) (The Dresden Files)
by Jim Butcher
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely excellent, 12 Aug. 2004
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Its not often you can get to book 6 and feel you've barely scratched the surface of the characters, plot etc. yet still finish the book in one sitting. This is one of those series that just seems to gain in breadth and skill. As there's no write up i'll give a quick overview:
Harry Dresden is Chicago's only practicing wizard investigator and is listed in the yellow pages. Thomas (white vamp) wants him to investigate a case for him. A movie producer is being cursed, and people around him keep on dying in strange ways. Harry jumps right in and there's plenty of action on every page. Demons, puppies, vampires, police, mysterious assassins, wizards, succubi, it's all there.
We get to see more of his growing relationship with Murphy, Ebenezer and Kincaid ome back in and there are a few twists that were definitely a surprise and an ending that seems to move Harry in a different direction to where he has always been left before. This time his life will have changed forever.
Its hard to say more without ruining it - suffice to say if you liked any of the other books you'll love this one. If you're new start with book 1 and work through. It's worth it.


Deathstalker Return (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Deathstalker Return (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Simon R. Green
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous penultimate book, 21 May 2004
Well. Where to start... the 8th book in the Deathstalker cycle is excellent, the reintroduction of old characters gives new life to the book and allows a better association with the characters.
The story is set immediately after Legacy and is essentially split into two parts: Lewis & co., and Finn/Douglas.
This book will keep Simon R Green fans happy. Death and villainy, heroism and matyrdom - its all in there. Finn kinda becomes the guy Dram always wanted to be whilst Lewis gets what he always wanted...
Pretty much everything you wanted to know at the end of Deathstalker Destiny is revealed although the book ends with an excellent cliff hanger that lets you know the final book will be a humdinger.
In short - I loved it. I can barely wait for Deathstalker Coda. This book enriches the entire series - its not often you can say that on book 8!


Choice of the Cat (Vampire Earth (Paperback))
Choice of the Cat (Vampire Earth (Paperback))
by E E Knight
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £5.56

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Continued excellence, 18 May 2004
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An excellent sequel. The story continues following a few months covered in the first few pages. As you would imagine we see a change of role for Valentine that allows the author to look at aspects of the world that were not covered in the first novel. We are introduced to new characters, new races, etc. as well as having the joy of watching the development of the books main character.
A well written book as always, the storyline is better than the first book in that less description is needed and more work has been done on discovery and furthering the plotline rather than backfilling 'what has gone before'... the new developments leave plenty of scope for the continuing development of the storyline and leaves you looking forward to the next book!


Nightingale's Lament: A Novel of the Nightside
Nightingale's Lament: A Novel of the Nightside
by Simon R Green
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Simon Green, 13 May 2004
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It's interesting. When i read the first novel in this series, i thought it was going to be a continuing plotline as per the Death Stalker books... having read books 2 and 3, it seems i was completely wrong. These books follow the same vein as the Hawk and Fisher series. He acts as a private investigator, with each book being a complete novel in itself.
This book was no exception, with our hero working on two more cases and generally defeating evil... in fact typical Green stuff.
We find out a little bit more of his mother and his enemies, but generally it's a straightforward investigator novel (albeit set in the nightside) - the plot was relatively see-through, but the story is well written.
Again its worth buying if you like Greens stuff, but don't expect any great revelations - its not that type of series... at least not yet.


Dark Heart (Dragon's Disciple)
Dark Heart (Dragon's Disciple)
by Margaret Weis
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 12 Jan. 2004
A truly excellent book - i won't go into the review as so many others have done an excelelnt job of it. Even as a stand alone book it is a good read.
I'm only writing to let those who are waiting for book 2 that the series will not be continued at this time because of David Baldwins untimely death.


Dark Hunter: The Chronicles of Galen Sword, Book 3
Dark Hunter: The Chronicles of Galen Sword, Book 3
by Judith Reeves-Stevens
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.13

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 years and worth the wait!, 29 Dec. 2003
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Absolutely outstanding. I could almost leave it at that. They'll be some reading this who are looking at the price and thinking... i'll wait for the std paperback. Don't wait - this is one of the finest series around and now that we've been promised 6 more books, i just hope we get them as quickly as possible.
For those of us who have read the first 2 books, the story continues where it set off with Sword facing charges and plenty still to discover. This time around we do learn more about the first world, Galens past and the Dark Hunter - the great news i that for every question answered there's a whole world of answers still to discover - i've rarely read a book with so many twists.
Its a real page turner, providing just enough glimpses of the future without giving too much information to keep you clamouring for more.
A deep plotline, excellent characters and most importantly the series just keeps on improving - too often authors lose their way in large series, there are no worries here the books just get better and better.
Hope you enjoy it as much as i did.


Nightfeeder: The Chronicles of Galen Sword, Book 2
Nightfeeder: The Chronicles of Galen Sword, Book 2
by Judith Reeves-Stevens
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.93

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Continued excellence, 24 Dec. 2003
If you haven't read shifter - the first book in the series, have a look at that book first as these books can't really be read out of turn to gain the full enjoyment!
For those of you looking for a taste of the second book, it is truly excellent. Moving the story on from the second book was always going to be difficult to keep the edge and suspense that had domindated the first. Remarkably they have succeeded. Other main characters in the book are filled out as the story progresses which gives a nice development to the characters, whilst the plotline reveals even more of this mysterious world that Galen is attempting to rejoin. New races and Clans with new charcters and old mixing well throughout the book i think this book actually beats the first in terms of readability.
I finished wanting more and now 10 years later, book 3 has been released (hopefully any future books will not take so long... hint, hint) - it's been a long wait but this is one of those series that seems to be worth it!


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