Sunday, 29 January 2017

Last Stand

*****
5 Stars/5


Thanks to Rachel E Carter for giving me this book to review.

Last Stand is the brilliant final book in The Black Mage series. It is fast paced and keeps you on the edge of your seat with all the twists and turns. This story is an emotional rollercoaster and is the darkest story of the series with some very dark points.

Ryiah is determined to stop Blayne even though it will cost her everything, and she is a good character who is selfless even though she doesn’t see it herself. This is the first book where I truly understand Darren (probably because I have read Non-Heir) and I really liked his character, especially in the first third of the book, as he is so understanding and caring despite him being under so much stress. I felt very sorry for both Ryiah and Darren as they are both caught in situations they cannot escape no matter how much they want to.


I love this book and this series, and I cannot wait to read Rachel’s next book. I really recommend Last Stand and The Black Mage to anyone as they are excellent Fantasy books. 

Friday, 27 January 2017

Non-Heir

****
4 Stars/5


Thanks to Rachel E Carter for giving me this book to review.

Non-Heir is the prequel novella to The Black Mage series, in which we discover how Darren and Blayne became the people they are in the series. It is really well written and has a dark tone.

We get to understand Darren’s motives and why he acts so cold and competitive, also why he is so protective of Blayne. Darren is complex and, despite everything that has happened to him, he still has goodness in him and he is really lonely. I was not expecting how sorry I felt for Blayne and I understood how he turned into a monster after everything his father put him through, this doesn’t mean I agree or in anyway like him, apart from when he was young, but he is also a victim.


This novella is a great addition to this series which really adds to the story. I would recommend Non-Heir to fans of The Black Mage series.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Rhodi's Light

**
2 Stars/5


Thanks to Netgalley and Patchwork Press for giving me this book to review.

Rhodi’s Light has an interesting story idea but I found it severely lacked world building. I could not tell if this book was a fantasy or dystopian novel as it had magic and swords but also cars and phones, which made it a confusing read. It also didn’t grab me as I was not at all curious about what was going to happen next.

I felt sorry for Dylan but mostly I didn’t really like her as she was a brat, immature and not at all likeable, I preferred her brother Devin. I didn’t care both of those and their masters Tavana and Talidin, especially Talidin who a day after learning that Dylan and Devin’s parents died in a car crash drives them around fast and very recklessly.


It had potential but I was just too confused with the lack of world building and DNF at 39%.

Monday, 16 January 2017

The Secret City

***
3 Stars/5


Thanks to Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for giving me this book to review.

The Secret City is an enjoyable paranormal sequel to The Secret Fire which is fast paced. There more romance in this book and more action but I never felt worried about whether Sacha and Taylor would survive. One touch in this book I liked was the use of different symbols at the start of each chapter to show whose POV it is, out of Taylor, Sacha and Louisa.

Taylor is struggling to learn control of her powers but is more confident than she was in the last book; however, I still found that she was just too perfect. Sacha feels useless and is unsure how he can be helpful in stopping his curse, which he is growing more fearful about as it draws closer. I like how sweet the romance between Sacha and Taylor is and how they would do anything to keep each other safe. We get to learn more about Louisa and her past in this book which I liked.

I found the ending anticlimactic and I cannot tell if this book is the end of the series. I would recommend The Secret City to fans of the first book The Secret Fire.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

The Hanging Tree

****
4 Stars/5


Thanks to Netgalley and Orion Publishing Group for giving me this book to review.

Suspicious deaths are happening, places are being blown up, and it seems that Lady Tyburn’s daughter is involved.  Peter owes Lady Ty a favour, which she is calling in to hide her daughter’s involvement, and it seems that Lesley and The Faceless Man are part of the whole mess too.  How will Peter, and his boss Nightingale, survive this magical mayhem?

I really enjoyed this book, as I also did the previous books, because Ben Aaronovitch brings a lot of humour and local knowledge to what should be everyday policing situation.  However, when River Goddesses, and others of the magical community are involved, and the investigating officers are a wizard and his apprentice, what starts off as everyday, rapidly turns into anything but!

Peter Grant is a brilliant main character.  He is a very down to earth person who tries to quantify magic scientifically.  He is a very multidimensional character, who has other interests outside of policing and magic – he is interested in science, history and architecture, and is dating Beverley Brook, one of the River Goddesses, a tributary of Mother Thames.


I enjoyed The Hanging Tree, it feels as if it was written for the Harry Potter generation, where magic has grown up a bit, and it also has Terry Pratchett style humour which makes you laugh out loud.  I would recommend this book to fans of the previous Ben Aaronovitch books, also to fans of Terry Pratchett, Jasper Fforde, and grown-up Harry Potter fans.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Closer to the Chest

****
4 Stars/5


Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group for giving me this book to review.

Closer to the Chest is a very enjoyable book which goes at a variable pace which starts off slow and builds to a crescendo by the end. The story can be a bit predictable as it follows the outline of many other Mercedes Lackey books, it does not mean it is any less enjoyable for that.

My favourite character is Nicholas, because whilst most Heralds are meant to be practically perfect, Nicholas shows that they still have some human foibles. The villains are a new one, and it can be predictable because you know that they're going to be beaten however it is always interesting to find out how they lose, and why they're doing this.


I enjoyed Closer to the Chest and would recommend it to readers of the earlier Magsseries and readers of other Mercedes Lackey books.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Fall of Thrones and Thorns

***
3 Stars/5


Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for giving me this book to review.

Synopsis
War hurtles in, a typhoon over the sea.
After Bree’s life was torn apart, Nereidium had represented a haven to her. A place that – if she could save it – was beyond the King’s reach.
And, at last, she’s arrived upon its shores. But things in Nereidium are not what they should be.
The land is plagued by a rash of mysterious earthquakes, the likes of whichj it’s never known. The governors are distracted by old traditions, while Bree and her friends grapple with changing identities and the sense that the longer they wait to take action… the greater the danger from Egria grows.
Bree is tired of living under the shadow of King Langdon’s power. And she’s tired of waiting for him to be the first to act.
In this final chapter of the Threats of Sky and Sea series, it all comes down to Nereidium or Egria. To Bree or the King. It’s kill… or be killed.
And not everyone will escape the battle unscathed.

Review
Fall of Thrones and Thorns is the enjoyable conclusion of this trilogy, which has action, world building and a bit of romance. However, this book didn’t capture me as much as the previous two books as the first half of the book was slow and didn’t grip me and the second half was too fast paced and confusing. I liked that we got the POV from Bree, Aleta and Caden but I felt lots of the storylines seemed to appear in this book without any mention of them in the previous two books, for example the shaker plot.

Bree is struggling in this novel with her new responsibilities and people’s expectations of her, but I felt that she didn’t really care about her people or her new home and all she ever thought of was about her friends, what is going on in Egria, and how things are done differently in Nereidium.  Caden is still protective and intelligent, but I didn’t feel there was any growth to his character in this book. I found Aleta to be my favourite in this book as she wants to discover who she is now that her life has been turned upside-down, where she belongs and what to do with her future. 

The ending was rushed and I was not a big fan of how all of the side characters had coupled up as it seemed really unrealistic but I did enjoy this book. I would recommend Fall of Thrones and Thorns to fans of the first two books Threats of Sky and Sea and Riot of Storm and Smoke.

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