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Thief with No Shadow
Thief with No Shadow
by Emily Gee
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £4.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read with interesting characters, 22 Sep 2009
A brilliant first novel from Emily Gee, this tale centres around people and not events which is why I think it as received mix reactions. Its about people and not places how we react to one another and the development of opinions, emotions and self discovery.

There is fantasy, magic and romance but they are not the crux of the story it goes beyond that. I think that is what I like so much about this tale, it is a breath of fresh air to the genre. No it is not high powered magical battles, no great shadow of oppression facing a nation, but four people thrown together in a small arena of life and the tensions and reactions that follow. Its very real in its feeling as you read even though there are mythical creatures and family curses the human character and emotions; pride, hate, compassion, grief, fear, love, remorse, guilt and redemption all mix in this fantastic tale.

This book is one of my favourites and a well read copy will always have a place on my book case.


The Laurentine Spy
The Laurentine Spy
by Emily Gee
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.64

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emily Gee has done it agian!, 22 Sep 2009
This review is from: The Laurentine Spy (Paperback)
The Laurentine Spy is Emily's second book, her first a masterpiece and a favourite of mine I prayed she would write another book and here it is! Believe me its not a disappointment. Characters you feel for, and a real sense of the danger and reality of being a spy. The two main characters Saliel and Athen take you on a journey as you enter their world of the duel lives they lead. Unaware of who each other is in the court they form two very different relationships. The threat of detection is ever near and a horrible death awaits if captured. But for Saliel the danger is worse, for she has the eye, a small amount of magic which if caught would see her burnt at the stake as a witch.

This tale is as with her first novel about character development. We see things from more than one point of view as the story unfolds. The multi layers of each of the main two characters take you on an impossible journey not just physically but emotionally as both must set aside prejudices, pain, betrayals and emotional traumas to help each other survive.

From the first page to the last this tale grips you and refuses to let go, often reviews will state that a book is a real page turner or that they couldn't put it down...this is true in the case of the Laurentine Spy, I read it in a day...nothing mattered save the next page.


Graceling
Graceling
by Kristin Cashore
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic page turner, 22 Sep 2009
This review is from: Graceling (Paperback)
I took a chance on this book and I was not let down. Graceling is a compelling tale of a woman rebelling and becoming her own person with out compromising herself. Graces as gifts the ability to do something with remarkable skill. You may have the grace of cooking, dancing, art, or even fighting or mind reading to name but a few. Graced are marked by their eyes one colour different from the other in a number of combinations. Katsa, kings niece, was graced. yet hers was the grace to kill, she had speed and strength and skill in a deadly combination. she was not her own woman though forced to do the bidding of her uncle she was seen as little more and a savage thug. But this was not who Katsa was, and she started to rebel, she created the council. A group of people from all walks of life and all of the kingdoms dedicated to the greater good. they worked in secret. When an old man, father to a far off island king is kidnapped the council and Katsa track him down. unable to find motive or reason for his capture Katsa is drawn into a deadly mystery which could lead to her death, or worse a mindless puppet to a cruel man.

Katsa must learn the truth of her grace and push it to its limits with the help from the council and a grace fighter grandson to the kidnapped man she moves to uncover what is going on and try to gain her freedom from her uncle. But as she does and as she vows never to let her independence go she discovers love, unable to submit to another vowed never to marry and unwilling to compromise her freedom and self reliance she must make some hard choices.


Lord of the Fading Lands
Lord of the Fading Lands
by C.L. Wilson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Only 5 stars? I wish I could give it 10!, 22 Sep 2009
As a book I added this to my collection as the one I thought I would try but not sure if I would like dispute its many positive reviews. how glad I am that I did. When my package of several books arrived i eagerly ravished the others throwing this one to the side as the last choice and in doing so unwittingly saved the best for last.

The lord of the fading lands is a tale of fey, magic, passion, despair, romance and mystery. It takes you on a roller-coaster of emotions and weaves a tale so real in the minds eye you could have sworn you where there. The tale is of Rain King of the Fey and the last of the Tarien Souls a Fey with strong magic and the ability to turn at will in to one of the great Tarien's magical cat like creatures with wing and flame. Fey is declining and Rain desperate to save it. Haunted by a past filled with lost and despair which led to madness and distribution he was brought back from the brink only by the combined powers of the fey and great control.

Ellie is the adopted daughter of a woodcarver and his wife, she too has darkness in her past. Her soul calls out to Rain's and his answers. A quest to find her and a burning need heightened by his Tarien soul results. All the while a darkness is building in the north and the Mages or Eld are gaining power once more. It was they who slain Rain's first love causing the madness and destruction which near burnt the world. This Truemate bond between Ellie and Rain could cause the world to face the power of the scorching once more. Rain must control his Tarien within and win the heart and soul of Ellie, and she must try and overcome her fear of him, his rage and despair and her own growing fears for the darkness within her to except the truemating. Of course that is not their only problem, the noble of her homeland are not too happy to see a peasant raised to the status of Queen of the Fey, as both Rain and Ellie are thrown into the politics of the land a battle just as dangerous as an they currently face.

A compelling read from start to finish a real page turned and a reading way into the wee small hours of the morning book that will leave you begging for more...and rushing out for the next one as I did cursing myself for not buying the whole series in a oner!


The Sword (The sword, the ring & the chalice)
The Sword (The sword, the ring & the chalice)
by Deborah Chester
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a great read!, 12 Sep 2009
this book was a surprisingly great read, I came across it in my local library and reading the back cover thought oh dear this sounds terrible! truly the back blurb did the book no favours! this was a fantastic read and i'm so glad that i couldn't find anything 'better' that day and read this book, rushing out to get the next instalment :)


Princess Ben
Princess Ben
by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an enjoyable tale from start to finish, 10 Sep 2009
This review is from: Princess Ben (Hardcover)
The story of Ben is one of rebellion and realisation, the characters are multi layers with facets and aspects which slowly become exposed as the story unfolds. Beginning with the death of her family the young princess Ben is thrown in to the world of politics and ruler ship for which she is ill equipped to deal with. Her rebellion and resentment for this predicament is focused on her aunt and queen until the tension between them and the trouble brewed to boiling point she is 'imprisoned' in a dirty tower from a secret door in the queens own suite. This is a turning point in Ben's life, thinking it had been hard before now striped of any privileges and 'royal' treatment this punishment was meant to improve Ben's attitude. Instead it opens a forgotten world of magic to her, magic she has to earn the right to learn bit by bit.

Her nightly jaunts into study and exploration do little for her daytime progress at leadership and trouble looms in the form of an expansionist neighbour who has sights set on Ben's kingdom with claims of her inability and lack of suitability to rule been laid at her feet the kingdom faces either a war or the prospect of being merged into the hands of their neighbour...can Ben change her ways and learn to be the princess her Kingdom needs or is the prospect of escape too tempting...And word of a witch in the castle is spreading...fear and misunderstandings are aplenty in the coming of age tale.


THE High King's Tomb, Book Three (Green Rider)
THE High King's Tomb, Book Three (Green Rider)
by Kristen Britain
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bk3 well worth the wait!, 10 Sep 2009
the 3rd instalment of the green rider series which has been a long time coming and continues the story started in The green rider and The First Riders Call. Further character developments of the complex relationships of the characters continues while the problems of the kingdom past and present swirl about the lead roles. A return of a couple of characters and locations from the first book is a nice touch to the story. Cant wait for the next instalment. This book is a must for fans of the first two and if you haven't read them then get a hold of the green rider and hear the rider's call!


Poison Study (MIRA)
Poison Study (MIRA)
by Maria V. Snyder
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will not be disappointed with this book, 10 Sep 2009
This review is from: Poison Study (MIRA) (Paperback)
Yelena is a wonderful character to read, she has depth and reality which suck you in to her story and world. The other characters around her grow with their own stories though as this book is in first person you see this only as Yelena does which leaves to wanting to read just one more page before putting it done...and oh my its now 3am! I rushed out to by the following two books as soon as I finished this one and I'm itching to reread them all!

The characters in this book are not confined to good and bad, they all have shades of both which keeps the story interesting and the interaction of Yelena and those about her real.

The book begins with Yelena facing an execution order and being offered the chance to become the commander's food taster rather than the noose. Valek is the master spy/head of security becomes her trainer in poisons, a character with many shades of grey and is a nice counterpoint to typical 'hero' image. He 'poisons' her so that she must turn up each morning for the antidote or die within a couple of days...as he points out it is an effective deterrent from escape. If life as a food taster is not hazard enough some one is out to kill Yelena and her past and ghosts begin to haunt her, who can she trust? how can she survive? To top it all off magic is a death sentence of its own and it become clear that magic is not only coursing through Yelena's veins but causing trouble in the districts of Ixia. With the odds against her this book leads you through her attempts at survival and friendships as she faces the demons of her past.


The Deed of Paksenarrion
The Deed of Paksenarrion
by Elizabeth Moon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books you'll ever read, 31 Oct 2006
How to even begin to review this masterpiece? Setting aside the fact that it is beautifully writen, that all the characters are well developed and full of life, that the plots are compulsive reading...setting aside all that, there is Paks. If you do not become enchanted with her, feel as she does, as you read this I'll be suprised! She is an ordinary real person tring to forge her own life rather than follow a path set before her. The book will take you on the journey of her life from the time when she runs away to the legend she becomes. It is to this day my all time favourite book and I have yet to find its equal - they say that Moon is Tolkien's true heir I say she has surpassed the master. Please just give it a go you will not regret it!


The Belgariad (Vol 1): Volume One: Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician's Gambit
The Belgariad (Vol 1): Volume One: Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician's Gambit
by David Eddings
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable if predictable read, 28 April 2005
don't get me wrong i loved the tale, an enjoyable read to pass the hours but with often sterotypical characters and predictable plot lines this is not some meaty epic which you have to fight your way through. A good and witty intoduction to fantasy for anyone begining in this genre or a nice easy read for long time fans.


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