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The Wheel of Osheim (Red Queen's War, Book 3)
The Wheel of Osheim (Red Queen's War, Book 3)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 30 April 2017
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The Red Queens War trilogy has been a fantastic read, especially if you did the correct thing and read it after the Broken Empire series, as it fills in details and enhances the world the first trilogy established. I enjoyed reading about Jalen and Snorri's journey, from start to finish (they were perfect foils for each other) and I'll miss following them on further adventures. Nothing else to say apart from if you've read and liked the previous books you will also like this!


American Elsewhere
American Elsewhere
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 17 May 2015
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A great read. I would say this has element's of horror, mystery and sci-fi. It is splendidly written, and the imagery invoked is very realistic (even with the sci-fi elements) though very creepy in places too.

The main character, Mona, inherits a house in a town called Wink which lies in the middle of nowhere, and doesn't appear on any maps. When she reaches the town things seem odd, the people seem strange and there is a mountain with an abandoned laboratory located nearby... Mona wants to investigate the town to learn more about her long deceased mother, who she learns once lived here. The story follows her as she uncovers the mysterious of Wink. To say anymore would honestly spoil things.

Though it starts rather slowly it draws you in and then soon gains pace, sharing it's secrets quite generously. This seems to be a trend of RJB, which I like. Instead of piling secrets upon secrets then revealing everything in the last few chapters in a huge rush, you get answers throughout. It feels rewarding.

Highly recommended.


Half the World (Shattered Sea, Book 2)
Half the World (Shattered Sea, Book 2)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 15 Mar. 2015
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As good as the first instalment, and highly recommended. If you've read any of Joe Abercrombie's books before you'll know what to expect. It closely follows on from book 1, although from two new character view points.

War is looming and alliances need to be formed throughout the Shattered Sea. Father Yarvi sets off on a voyage with hopes of strengthening Gettlands place in the world. With him (among others) are Brand, a young man who wants to 'stand in the light' and become a proud warrior...two things that don't often seem to go hand in hand... and Thorn, a strong willed girl wanting to prove herself in a male dominated world, and be like her hero father no matter what is thrown at her.

This series is described as Young Adult but if you feel put off by that tag don't be. The story is still quintessentially an Abercrombie one, full of action, exciting set pieces and- possibly even more so than usual- relatable characters. I've always felt that is one of the authors biggest strengths, and for me it shines here especially.
I was actually nervous for the two main characters towards the end, as they had been through so much, physically and emotionally, and had come alive so much...each page I was hoping they would be ok (and having read all Joe's previous books knowing full well it wasn't guaranteed!). No spoilers though.

You can't give half a star, but this is 4 and a half from me (because nothing is perfect!), really really enjoyed it.


The Lies of Locke Lamora: The Gentleman Bastard Sequence, Book One (Gentleman Bastards 1)
The Lies of Locke Lamora: The Gentleman Bastard Sequence, Book One (Gentleman Bastards 1)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, 17 Feb. 2015
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I had this on my 'to read' list for a long time and now I've finished it I can't wait to continue the series. There are much more detailed reviews here so all I'll say is....Great characters, exciting set ups and a clever plot. Really very enjoyable


Queen of the Dark Things
Queen of the Dark Things
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good sequel, 19 Oct. 2014
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A very enjoyable read. This sequel expands on the first book, bringing a grander scale and more world building. It has a fast pace and interesting characters, bringing back faves and introducing new ones. The author still seems to be good at tugging at the heart strings occasionally too. All that needs to be said really is if you liked the Dreams and Shadows you will undoubtedly like this too.


Dreams and Shadows
Dreams and Shadows
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable dream, 2 Sept. 2014
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I found this book to be a very enjoyable read, sometimes it literally felt like a dream, oh the clichè. Certainly recommended to anyone who likes the 'hidden world beyond our meagre perception' type story, and yes I will compare it to Neil Gaimans Neverwhere, favourably. Certainly a book of two halves with a distinct sense of fairy tale and magic to the first half, and of realism to the second as we see the results of various actions and events started in the first half. The short chapters make this very easy to read, and hard to put down.

Sometimes it's hard to describe exactly why you enjoy a book so much, and for me this is one of them. It has flaws but I just didn't really care, it was just fun. Sometimes it edges towards horror I would say, and there were some dark moments. And there is some fantastically thought provoking dialogue too, which was interesting. I just really liked it!


The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charming, 4 May 2014
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Very short but a charming story. Still manages to fit a lot of imagination in too. Only wish it went on for longer. Enjoyed this a lot


Emperor of Thorns (The Broken Empire Book 3)
Emperor of Thorns (The Broken Empire Book 3)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great end to a great trilogy, 15 Mar. 2014
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I've very much enjoyed this series, the books generally feel like something new and fresh within the genre. As with the first two, Emperor is fast paced and pulls no punches which is what you should expect by now. I really loved the speed of the storytelling, the way things get to the point rapidly but still set up the odd mystery and enticing you to read on. The short chapters are a killer too, just not letting you put the book down! The same vein of dark humour from books 1 & 2, runs through it, mixing well with the magic, violence and desperation of events occurring around and to the main characters. This takes the edge off all the darkness a bit, but not the seriousness.

Jorg Ancrath is a joy to read, he's such an entertaining character. The things he does, or is forced to do, are often outrageous, but like before you can't help but just root for him... even when he is being truly horrible. Although you must remember he is actually the hero here, especially in this last book, where the Dead King is the real enemy.

I find a guilty pleasure reading how Jorg deals with certain problems. Compared to other books where sometimes you think "why doesn't the hero just do this?", Jorg tends to do just that, which is simply very fun to read. The fact he has few morals allows him to do his, but it always feels genuine and not forced or done purely to shock.

As much as I loved this book, nothing is perfect of course. Occasionally it's strengths are also it's weakness. The speed which drags you along can leave you wanting to know more about some secondary characters or locations that are barely known before being left behind. And I felt as the ending of the series I was expecting more. It's always hard to describe what exactly. This is as good as the first two books without doubt, which still means it's great but it didn't feel like the ending, probably untill the last 50 or so pages. But at the very end it was brilliant.

All in all I thoroughly enjoyed the whole series, I'll probably see Jorg Ancrath as one of my fave characters for a long time. I really recommend it highly.


King of Thorns (The Broken Empire Book 2)
King of Thorns (The Broken Empire Book 2)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Return of the King, 17 Feb. 2014
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Book 2 of The Broken Empire series continues the devilishly entertaining story of Jorg Ancrath, and his goal of becoming Emperor and uniting the land. He's facing a gigantic army led by a man prophesied to be the new Emperor, a man who is wise, merciful and brave. The Prince of Arrow is the perfect leader. And Jorg, hopelessly out numbed, is standing against him mainly out of spite! And it's his wedding day...

Again this book is action packed and moves along very fast. Like the first book sometimes this speed, which admittedly creates an exciting momentum, doesn't allow for too much description in certain areas, but I don't think the overall story suffers really. I actually found the whole thing more fun without having to remember hundreds of names, locations and details like a lot of other fantasy series. You still get glimpses of the past civilisation, which I love, and there is more magic and supernatural elements throughout this book than the first. Possibly, on occasion, problems are solved a little too easily or conveniently but again it's nothing major.

The whole point of reading is because of the main character Jorg anyway! He is different from before, he is more knowledgeable of the game being played and the stakes involved, and also more aware of how his actions effect the wider world and people. So he's a bit more thoughtful and a tad less horrible in other words. He can be contradictory, selfish and petulant, but he doesn't seem as evil as he did, occasionally, in the first book. He has remorse and guilt. He's still the best thing about the book of course. Some of his road brother's are still alive, and their return is welcome. They feel like old friends....murderous, back stabbing old friends.

There are two time spans being shown, one set a few months after the end of book one and one 4 years later, and they linked together very well. You also get to see pages of Katherine's diary, which spans the time between the two Jorg time periods, and shows certain events and characters from a different point of view. I felt these sections were a welcome change of pace.

All in all another very entertaining book, and I look forward to reading the last one.


Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire Book 1)
Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 2 Feb. 2014
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What a great book, thoroughly entertaining, brutal and unrelenting. It's a very quick read, the chapters are full to bursting and just the right length to keep you from putting it down. Things get straight to the point most of the time too, which I found refreshing, even if sometimes it does this at the expense of fine detail and a lack of description, which to be honest I didn't mind.

Prince Jorg is a captivating anti hero, intelligent and undoubtedly brave even if it's mostly to spite the people standing in his way. Not that anyone can it seems. Many of his methods make you feel slightly guilty for rooting for him (which I did), and the same goes for his 'road brothers'. A motley crew of cut throats they are too, but you can't help but get attached to them. The rest of the supporting characters are interesting too, from kings to sorcerers.

I liked how the story skipped along and thought there was enough description, or the right kind, to still give you a decent sense of locations and characters, within the medieval setting. There is a nice mix of magic and the supernatural, and also hints and clues to a past civilization, long gone but with the remains present throughout. I particularly liked this aspect.

I look forward to reading the next book, and fully recommend this to any lovers of dark, gritty fantasy. It certainly doesn't pull any punches!


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