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Traitor's Blade (The Greatcoats) by Sebastien de Castell
Traitor's Blade (The Greatcoats) by Sebastien de Castell
I really enjoyed this book. Picked it up on my Kindle and could barely put it down. I am not sure whether it is a "debut book" by the author but I think it is. Personally I think it is better than Rothfuss/Dalglish/Scull/Hoffman/Gwynne/Ryan's recent "debut efforts." Not to put them down as they all have written good novels - particularly Rothfuss and Ryan.

There is something in this book and story though that I like. It does nothing particularly new or different - hence not 5 stars - but what it does in a very "typical fantasy" kind of way it does very well. The bad guys are particularly loathsome but cunning, the good guys flawed but decent. The… Read more
Wars of the Roses: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden
Wars of the Roses: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden
Having come off the back of Iggulden's Genghis Khan series I was really looking forward to this book.
To put that into context. I thought the Genghis Khan series much better than his Roman series - partly because he seemed to have found his style and tempo and secondly as an Ancient Historian by degree I have read many better Rome based series than his, which I felt were solid rather than spectacular.
I think this period he has settled on is fascinating - the end of the 100 years war and the Wars of the Roses is a fascinating part of British History - one that actually few Britons know much about in included.
I like what Iggulden has done here, the story is long… Read more
The Harsh Cry of the Heron by Lian Hearn
3.0 out of 5 stars To be judged on its own?, 24 April 2014
I loved the original trilogy of the Tales of the Otori...beautifully realised and written.
This book would always have its problems in terms of the chronology of the situation - the previous books being in a relatively tight and natural time frame this being set 16 years later and having to deal with the few loose strands/issues of destiny etc from the trilogy.
I am not sure why but this book lacks the charm and wonder of the others...and the final part is as deeply unsatisfying as I have read in a long time. Many of mentioned that they feel main characters do things "out of character" and I guess that sums it up as this definitely should not sit alongside the previous… Read more