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Ancient Kings (The Young Ancients Book 9)
Ancient Kings (The Young Ancients Book 9)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A slightly disappointing finale to the Tor sequence, 4 July 2014
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This book is listed as ancient kings book 9 but I originally bought it as Tor book 7 and expected that it would follow from Tor book 6 (i.e. Slave Line) it doesn't. The whole threat from the larval with which the previous book ended is all over by this book which is disappointing as I wasn't interested in reading books which starred Timon or Tierra as neither have come across as pleasant personalities in previous books and again fail to do so in this book and so I won't be reading more in this series as apparently this is the last in which Tor is the main protagonist.

Most of the plot in this book are about consequences of actions which are partially to do with Tor but mainly to do with Tierra, Richard, Burkes and in fact just about everybody other than Tor so he ends up having to deal with the consequences of this. As well as coming to a realisation as to the results of him bringing so much magic to Noram. The results of all this is a far from satisfying book although as I have enjoyed the series thus far I wouldn't rate it lower the 3 stars.


Bryant & May and the Invisible Code: (Bryant & May Book 10)
Bryant & May and the Invisible Code: (Bryant & May Book 10)
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4.0 out of 5 stars These books are an ongoing pleasure, 23 Jan 2014
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Most of the books I read are science fiction and fantasy but I have been reading Christopher Fowler since his first book Roofworld. Some of his books don't appeal but the Bryant and May series are always readable even when on occasion parts of the plots get repetitive. In this book the author seems to be suggesting this when his characters ask why everything always has to happen at the last minute.

This book looks at Oskar Kasavian and his roles both in his previous job and this one. There are a lot of red herrings thrown in your way but I have to say that for me the final twist was a little more obvious than in many of the books.

I enjoyed this book but it is not his best. It is by no means his worst either.


The Diamond Coronal (Gemstone Series, Epic Swords & Sorcery Fantasy, Book 1)
The Diamond Coronal (Gemstone Series, Epic Swords & Sorcery Fantasy, Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book but with flaws, 21 Jan 2014
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This is a fairly standard fantasy books in a lot of ways. We have a couple of companions (One a wizard and the other a dwarf) who set out to find a magical staff and have a lot of mishaps, fights, adventures etc on the way. There perhaps a few too many fights and there isn't really any anticipation that the heroes won't survive, especially with the large number of healing potions etc that they have.

There are some really clunky bits of the story. Although there is a reasonable amount of interaction between dwarf and wizard when they get a new companion she barely gets to say a word. There are some fairly awful spelling mistakes, the one that grated most for me was the use of strait instead of straight. Also the use of language throughout the book seemed to slow the flow of the story.

I'd rate this no more than 3.5 and am perhaps being too generous.


The One-eyed Man: A Fugue, with Winds and Accompaniment
The One-eyed Man: A Fugue, with Winds and Accompaniment
by L. E. Modesitt
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars A typical Modesitt Science Fiction novel, 30 Dec 2013
If you have read more than one of Modesitt's science fiction novels then you could almost predict his hero. Intelligent and much more perceptive than most of those around him, physically active and with combat skills. This time he isn't a pilot or ex-pilot but given that the story mainly takes place on one planet and with little flying that doesn't matter. This is a typical book in other ways, a complicated series of events are happening and it is up to us the reader as well as the protagonist to pick up the clues that are hidden throughout the book and solve the issue of what is going on before disaster occurs.

It is hard to really like the protagonist and aspects of his character don't always ring true e.g. if he is so perceptive then how comes he and his wife were divorced in the manner it happened. This isn't one of his truly classic books but it is still much better than many of the other science fiction books written as it requires an intelligent reader to appreciate it.


Zachary Pill, Of Monsters and Magic (The Zachary Pill series - book 1 in the wizard dragon epic fantasy)
Zachary Pill, Of Monsters and Magic (The Zachary Pill series - book 1 in the wizard dragon epic fantasy)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Such a frustrating book, 23 Dec 2013
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I am sure that there are plenty of people who have children and keep secrets from them but I can't believe that this is the case when someone is out to kill your entire family. This is only of the annoying aspects of this book. Obviously this book is written for younger people but in my experience that doesn't mean uncritical minds. Even my 6 year old would question how a loving mother could just abandon her child and wonder why a powerful wizard would fail to tell their son anything, especially when lack of knowledge could then cause huge problems and by this I mean the opening premise of the book.

There are many good things about this story. The characterisation is well done and the energy and excitement are constant but the lack of internal logic is at the best distracting and at times made me want to shout at the author.


Wizard Dawning (The Battle Wizard Saga Book 1)
Wizard Dawning (The Battle Wizard Saga Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly generic, 23 Dec 2013
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This story could have been written 500 years ago and much would be the same. Boy being trained by his elderly relative to take over the mantle of ultimate warrior for the good guys - check, evil baddy who killed his father - check, mistakes made that are only non-fatal because of others - check.

The characters are ok without being fantastic. The monsters are drawn from a variety of mythos and without any explanations as to why these particular creatures. The writing reads well and I finished the story in less than two hours (it is quite short).

There is one basic flaw that loses the story one star. The device that he is given that allows him to become a superhuman warrior also breaks black magic spells cast on him. However Sig can't do magic because of a black magic spell cast on him! The author doesn't provide any explanation for this major contradiction.


Venture Untamed (The Venture Books Book 1)
Venture Untamed (The Venture Books Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not really a fantasy book but still good., 23 Dec 2013
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This is the story of a boy who has all the makings of a prize fighter, something which is apparently good in the society in which he lives. However as a bonded servant he is the lowest of the low and all of society appears to be conspiring against him in his desire to achieve his goals.

For me this book read like a story from Southern USA around the end of the slave period. The fighting seems to be wrestling but could be just as easily MMA. The characters are well drawn and the story flows. I'm tempted to get the next book


The Golden Griffin (book #3) (The Dark Citadel)
The Golden Griffin (book #3) (The Dark Citadel)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Too little happens for this to be excellent, 20 Dec 2013
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Whilst this is a good continuation of the story, this lacks some of the best qualities of the other two books. Firstly, character development is reduced. Daria is the only character who gets proper screen time and her development as a leader and in her relationship with both Darik and her mother feel very reduced and constricted. Then Toth doesn't appear at all. Without the big baddy the little baddies don't really fulfill the role.

In fact the whole story feels like it is just a holding pattern until the plot will be allowed to return properly in the next book. There are a few suggestions as to potential plot lines and the role of Darik in future events are given a few vague hints but these need to be expanded soon.


The Free Kingdoms (book #2) (The Dark Citadel)
The Free Kingdoms (book #2) (The Dark Citadel)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent story, 20 Dec 2013
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The second of the Dark Citadel books and this is equally as good as the first book. We see character development from all the major characters and a tightly plotted story that keeps the action flowing. It finishes with a major battle where everything hangs in the balance.


Diviner's Prophecy (Diviner's Trilogy Book 1)
Diviner's Prophecy (Diviner's Trilogy Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice number of twists and turns, 19 Dec 2013
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As a male reading a book that is clearly written from a female perspective I didn't find this grating. The plot contrivance of a heroine with no memory was hardly original but did serve to introduce the world of the story from a fresh perspective. The characters are well written and the world well realised. There is always the impression of things happening in the world away from the focus of the story.

I did have a slight niggle with the reasons for the memory loss as explained towards the end but it wasn't enough for me to dislike this story. I'm very tempted to buy the next book.


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