Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,230
Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (148 of 168)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,230 - Total Helpful Votes: 148 of 168
Broken Prince (The Broken Ones Book 2) by Jen Wylie
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable series!, 20 July 2014
I admit I am not a young adult. Not even a new adult. Indeed, in all honesty I am probably best described as an old adult. Nevertheless I thoroughly enjoyed both books in the series so far. I have bought many books on the strength of the blurb only to discover that what is not made clear is that they are most suitable for very young YA - and are too simplistic for adults. Not so this series. This series is well written, has an interesting plot and some good characters. The character development is particularly strong, and I shall certainly look for the next books in the series as I have begun to care for the characters.

As a YA book it definitely merits five stars. As an adult… Read more
Tower Lord: Book 2 of Raven's Shadow by Anthony Ryan
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The change of structure in this novel (as opposed to the first of the series) has certainly polarised opinion among reviewers!! It reminds me of the furore that followed Bob Dylan's decision to 'go electric' - with folk fans accusing him of 'selling out' and of betraying them.

The structure of Blood Lord was in the David Gemmell tradition while Tower Lord is (apparently) in the style of George Martin. I can only assume this is so as I didn't finish Game of Thrones as I (sotto voce) didn't like it. Many reviewers have suggested reasons for this change ranging from pressure from publishers/editors, a blatant attempt to emulate Martin's success to outright commercialism (though what… Read more
The Mountains Rise (Embers of Illeniel Book 1) by Michael G. Manning
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!!, 29 Jun 2014
I usually race through books (hey, I am retired, I have a lot of time on my hands) but not this one!

It is a dark fantasy and I needed to stop in order to give myself time to reflect and consider what I had read before moving on. It is a book that forces you to consider what it is to be human and what is essential to growth and development. It is a book that makes you think about the meaning of life.

It is about isolation, pain, sorrow and anger, about the need for love, family, hope and friendship. It is deep, meaningful and philosophical.

If you enjoy a book that makes you think, that trusts the reader to deal with complex, difficult issues then you will… Read more