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Shadow and Betrayal: Book One of The Long Price
Shadow and Betrayal: Book One of The Long Price
Price: 5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for fantasy readers., 2 Sep 2013
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The Long Price Quartet is an excellent example of fantasy written with a specific goal - to describe the arc of a man's life - set against a concept that is both simple and world-changing in its power - the andat. I struggled slightly with the second part of the quartet as it seemed characters avoided drawing conclusions to keep the plot going, but nevertheless it is a very good read.


The Eye With Which The Universe Beholds Itself (Apollo Quartet)
The Eye With Which The Universe Beholds Itself (Apollo Quartet)
Price: 2.05

5.0 out of 5 stars Well-researched, detail-oriented SF., 2 Sep 2013
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The second of the Apollo Quartet novellas does not disappoint, with an engaging and clever premise that unfolds with deliberate care through to the final pages. Stunning work.


Seasons of War: Book Two of The Long Price
Seasons of War: Book Two of The Long Price
Price: 5.49

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent continuation & conclusion, 2 Sep 2013
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The Long Price Quartet is an ambitious and engaging text, well worth reading. A great example of modern fantasy writing.


Blood and Feathers (Blood & Feathers 1)
Blood and Feathers (Blood & Feathers 1)
by Lou Morgan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.34

5.0 out of 5 stars Blood and Feathers is a confident debut., 5 Oct 2012
Working on the premise that the War between Heaven and Hell is starting to gather momentum, the main character Alice finds herself stuck smack dab in the middle of it. Far from being asked to pick a side, it becomes abundantly and immediately clear that both sides have plans for her, and neither seems overly worried about her opinion on the matter.

It's a tricky balance, but Morgan handles the telling with aplomb. Sailing the course between Scylla and Charybdis, the reader's sympathy stays rooted in the most important part: the human one. What's most impressive is that no-one gets off lightly here. Everyone suffers, everyone makes sacrifices. There are no easy paths offered to anyone, and it makes for a thrilling read.

With the sequel already due August next year, it'll be interesting to see where things go from here.


Seven Wonders (Angry Robot)
Seven Wonders (Angry Robot)
by Adam Christopher
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.47

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excitement! Adventure! Thrills! What more could you ask for?, 4 Oct 2012
Note: this review is based on the limited edition hardback of Seven Wonders.

Seven Wonders is a fun, and in spite of its length, rapid read that demonstrates a seemingly-boundless enthusiasm for the world of the superhero.

From a fairly direct premise - average Joe, or Tony in this case, wakes up with superpowers and disturbs the balance of the world's last remaining super-stalemate - the story winds itself tighter and tighter, drawing more and more characters into the conflict and putting pressure on the cracks between those caught right in the centre. With the final turns of the screw, the entire story erupts into a conflict that dwarfs the initial scope of the story, and for a moment it feels as though the enormous momentum that Christopher has unleashed is too much to be reined in.

I'm glad to say he pulls it off, and wraps the novel up with a deft and balanced hand.

This is excellent writing, full of charm, wit, and - best of all - adventure.


The Copper Promise: Ghosts of the Citadel
The Copper Promise: Ghosts of the Citadel

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good fun, slick read., 21 Dec 2011
The Copper Promise is a fun, punchy episode full of action, adventure, and strong characterisation. While the expectation for epic fantasy is to wallow along for three volumes or more, this is a stripped-down, slick tale that makes for equally satisfying reading.

William's writing is great fun, lively and descriptive, firmly building on the fantasy with some nods to classic horror that serve well in darkening the twisting corridors of her haunted Citadel.

Thoroughly worth reading, and looking forward to the next instalment.


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