Monday, June 22, 2020

Guild of Tokens

Guild of TokensGuild of Tokens by Jon Auerbach
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Guild of Tokens is a modern urban fantasy that bring the grind of rpgs to life for Jen Jacobs. Jen by day is a video game developer., at night she is working her way up the ranks by questing from the quest board. She soon grows tired of the gathering item quests and sets out to learn the why behind the quests.

This book is very well written, the plot will keep you guessing, and watching Jen go from mild mannered doormat into a confident problem solver. Most of the change happens after she meets Beatrice an alchemist that teaches her the things she has been wanting to know. Jens opinion of Beatrice changes as she finds out more about her dark past.

The magic in this book is more of a natural style magic instead of users wielding god like powers. The magic system is tied mainly to alchemy, the art of mixing compounds to get new materials. The magic is all around you just have to know where to find it. I liked where it was found anywhere from fruit to rodent internal organs.

I listened to the audiobook for this one and really enjoyed it. Tavia Gilbert is the narrator and she did an excellent job. I liked that there was no extra sound effects added to the book as I find those very distracting.

This was a fast fun book to go through especially if you like the LitRPG genre. I am looking forward for more from this series.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Spit and Song

Spit and Song (Ustlian Tales #2)Spit and Song by Travis M. Riddle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Spit and Song book two of the Ustlian Tales is a wonderful slice of life fantasy that is a nice change of pace from my normal reads. I usually don’t like the slice of life category but there is something about the way Travis writes that keeps me going. His characters leap off the page and make you really care about them.

The book centers around Kali and Puk. Kali is a Faif a person with multi-color skin and bright red hair, Puk on the other hand is a small being with blue damp skin and eyes like a snail. Kali is a travelling merchant crossing the desert to small towns selling her goods, be it potions or instruments. Puk is a travelling singer in a troupe, until he gets to high to perform and is kicked out and left in Seroo,s Eye. The town got its name for being built inside an Aeons skull right under the eye socket. They meet at her parent’s inn, and during a trip to a drug den, Puk overhears about a job to recover a book for a lot of money so he talks to Kali. They agree to do it and split the money, so they can both achieve their goal of getting across the ocean to Atlua.

This book started slower, but with reason. The author used the time to really develop characters that were very realistic. Kali is full of dreams for being a merchant that can bring goods from across the sea, from Atlua, to a wider market. Puk only has dreams of his next high, being an addict to firespit, and getting home to Atlua. This common goal of getting to Atlua is what brings the two together for the job.

I really enjoyed the interactions between the two main characters. Puk at first takes advantage of her being naïve, but slowly changes away from that as he spends more time with her. Kali being so naïve trusts a drug addict and learns quickly from her mistakes. I enjoyed how the characters changed because of what happened and more so of each other.

There is a magic in the way Travis tells a story, I noticed it when I read Balam, Spring. He can build characters and social interactions that will keep you hanging on, like you are a fly on the wall watching everything that happens. I was so invested in the characters I hated for the book to end.
This was a great read and I am looking forward to anything else Travis puts out for us to read.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

The Obisidan Tower

The Obsidian Tower (Rooks and Ruin, #1)The Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I would like to thank Orbit and NetGalley for the review copy of this book.

Wow, The Obsidian Tower is a great book. Melissa Caruso has given us one outstanding story with lots of magic, political intrigue, and some interesting twists and turns. I had never read anything from this author before, but definitely will be reading more from her.

"Guard the tower, ward the stone. Find your answers writ in bone. Keep your trust through wits or war--nothing must unseal the door."

This book starts with Ryxander, known as Ryx to all, as she tries to negotiate peace between two countries. The same night her grandmother The WitchLord of Vaskandar is called away to seal with a chimera on the border. While her grandmother is away, a visiting noble is accidentally killed by Ryx and the Obsidian Tower is opened. Things spin wildly out of control from there for Ryx as she tries to continue the diplomatic negotiations, while trying yo solve the mystery of the tower and how word of it escaped.

This book has a lot of action to it but violence is always the last option for Ryx. She would rather use her skills of diplomacy and her quick mind to avoid violence at all costs. I enjoyed this aspect of the book, most novels have swords drawn or spells cast before questions are asked. Seeing a different approach to handling conflict was very welcome.

All the characters in this tale are very believable, the villains are evil but not to the point of loathing the mentions of them. My favorites were the Rookery the magic investigators, they were a welcome as experts in magic but none of them have enough power to be considered a mage.

This is a twisting tale of murder, political intrigue, and magical mytsery that is sure to satisfy any fan of fantasy.

View all my reviews

Velocity Weapon

Velocity Weapon (The Protectorate #1)Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O'Keefe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Imagine waking up in an evacuation pod in the medical bay of an enemy space ship, alone on an AI ship and find that you have been in the pod for over 200 years and everyone you know was destroyed in an attack on your planet. That is what Megan E. O’Keefe has laid out for us in Velocity Weapon. This is one of the Best Sci Fi novels I have read in a while, it has everything I want in a space opera politics, advanced AI systems, and secrets around every corner.

This novel is told from two main POV’s Sergeant Sanda Greeve and Keeper Biran Greeve. Sanda is in charge of a space battleship, while her brother Biran is finishing keeper training. There is an ambush during a routine mission and she finds herself in an AI controlled ship 230 years after her ship was destroyed. Biran is realizing his dream of being a keeper, one of the members of the leadership with a chip implanted in his head that contains portions of the governments biggest secrets. I love the way this novel was written.

This book starts kind of slow with our heroine Sanda waking up on an enemy research ship that the sole inhabitant is the AI that calls itself Bero. The ship informs her that it has been 230 years since the attack on her ship, that took one of her legs, and also the attack in which her home world was destroyed. The other main character is Biran Greeve he is graduating from Keeper school to start into working for the government. He starts a mad search for his sister against the wishes of the government and ruffles many feathers in the process. There is not a lot more I can say without getting into too many spoilers, I loved the constant guessing at what was next. As the tale goes on it picks up speed and comes to a dramatic conclusion.

This is a wonderful read and I am eagerly waiting to see what comes next for Sanda, Biran, and Bero.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

The New World by Mark Lawrence

The New WorldThe New World by Mark Lawrence
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I would like to thank Mark Lawrence for a review copy of this short story.

The New World returns us to the world of the Broken Empire to go along with Jalan and Snorri as they set off on another adventure together. Jalan hasnt changed since we kast saw him after the last time we saw him as a Cardinal in the Church of Roma. His lecherous ways have once again gotten him ontp trouble and he is being sent to the New World.

This is a short continuation of the tales of Snorri and Jalan, if you have read The Red Queen’s War then you know how their travels go. If you haven’t read it let’s just say Snorri does all the hard work, while Jalan whines and complains about everything. This time the are traveling across the Atlantis Ocean on a mission for the church.

I can say that I love Mark Lawrence’s books but Jalan is my least favorite character. His constant lack of any decent character traits, for me, makes him less of a desire to read about. However Snorri is one I would love to read more about, but when mixed together in what I like to refer to as the odd couple of fantasy Jalan still has a way to take some of the enjoyment out of it.

Overall I found this short romp with the odd couple more entertaining and Jalan less irritating than normal. There is not a lot of action in this but, what is there is exciting. I would say to go pick it up normally, but this short story is only available in the Red Queen’s War omnibus edition. If you do happen to get a shance to read it is a good high seas tale of this interesting duo.

View all my reviews

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett

Shorefall (Founders, #2)Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I finished reading Foundryside I immediately started looking for the sequel. Jump ahead a year and here comes Shorefall on Netgalley and I had too jump on it. Shorefall is book two of The Founders series by Robert Jackson Bennett. It picks up a short time after Foundryside ends,
and this one takes off like a rocket and never looks back. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and now am waiting on the next installment of the series.

One of my favorite things about the story is the magic system the author has made. The magic is called scriving, you basically write a definition on an item to convince it of something not true. You could convince a wheel it was rolling downhill and have a self-moving carriage, or convince a sword that it is always falling at a high speed to make it more effective. With this magic system reality can be bent to the will of the scriver, making almost endless possibilities of what can be accomplished through magic.

Shorefall runs at an incredible pace and never looks back. It starts with the introduction of the first Heirophant and moves with breakneck speed to the cliffhanger of a conclusion. Bennett has such a way of captivating you with his words that the pace feels natural and never rushed. Even the small breaks in the action where he builds the plot and the characters flow just as nicely.

The characters are another high point of the tale, The author builds such wonderful characters. The heros of the tale are people you want to get behind and cheer on, but the character I liked the most was the first Heirophant. Robert has such a talent for building the villian into someone that you want to see fail. Also the character development and revalations that come through the story just add to the richness of the world we have been gifted.

Shorefall is a unique tale that will take you along for a wild ride. I cant wait for the next book in the series

Monday, April 13, 2020

Bookshelf Symphony

The Bookshelf Symphony is a unique album that is the creation of Austin Farmer, in which he creates epic songs that were inspired by his favorite books. I found this idea very intriguing and have listened to the album so many times now, and even now I am listening to it as I write this. These songs are epic in scale and sound. If you are a fan of Two Steps From Hell, Epic North, or AudioMachine you will enjoy this album. I had the chance to ask Austin a few questions about one of the songs on this album. The song I got to ask about is the opening track “Extraction”. He got the inspiration for this track from the book of the same name Extraction by Stephanie Diaz. If you care to listen here is a link to the song on Spotify Here are the questions I asked Austin about his work the first was about his inspiration: Was there a certain scene in the book that inspired the song Extraction, or is this from a general influence of the book?   Extraction (by Stephanie Diaz, published by St. Martin’s Griffin) is such a thrilling, brilliant novel. This song is based on Chapter 14 in the book where the protagonist, Clementine, experiences one of her first major tests of strength and perseverance against a few enemies. Without giving too much away, this song was what I imagined would be playing during this scene. This song has a few different sections or movements to it that represent that chapter. In the intro of the song, I wanted to evoke a launching feeling, where every 4 measures, you feel a sense of suspension with bells and synths, only to be pulled back down by gravity with a huge bass drum downbeat, almost like you’re launching into Phantom or another realm. Then, the song speeds into section 2 with a cello line that enters into a driving, rhythmic beat that brings about a sense of adrenaline and empowerment, just as Clementine is feeling. The third section has a triumphant feel to it, featuring a huge orchestral jam session that ends on the cello theme heard in the second section of the song. I had so much fun creating this. You should definitely check out this book. After reading his thoughts on the book I think I will look for this on myself. I also asked about his future plans.   2. Do you plan on making any future book inspired albums like this one, or do you have plans to move in another direction?   I would definitely love to create a sequel for The Bookshelf Symphony Orchestra or to turn it into a series. I intended this to be an album people can play to seek inspiration while writing or reading (I have so many different writing playlists I have created over the years!) It took about 2 years to create The Bookshelf Symphony Orchestra, from writing the demoes, to pitching the idea, to fully re-arranging and producing the songs with new equipment. I have a few other bands and projects that I am a part of, so I would love to create another one in the future.   I for one will be looking for anything Austin does in the future. I have really enjoyed listening to this album and hope you will all check it out! Check out Stephanie Diaz's website and social media (and be sure to pick up a copy of Extraction from @StMartinsPress): @stephaniediaz   Thank you very much!  

Monday, March 30, 2020

Along the Razors Edge by Rob Hayes

Along the Razor's Edge (The War Eternal #1)Along the Razor's Edge by Rob J. Hayes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a review copy of this from the author, many thanks to Rob Hayes

About the book:

Eskara was betryed by her lifelong best friend Josef and forced to surrender to the Terrelan Empire ending the war. They were then sentenced to The Pit, the unescapable forced labor prison camp that is a huge hole in the ground with no way out. The onlu problem is the Eskara has sworn vengence on those who put her in the pit but she must first find a way out.

At age 15, Eskara is one of the most powerful sorcerours around, able to use magic from 5 different sources, she is a mighty foe to have. After being betrayed and forced to surrender to the enemy she is stripped of her sources of magic and sent to The Pit to spend the rest of her life in a labor camp.

A few thoughts:

I enjoyed this book so much, every book I read from Rob is better than the last one and this new series looks to be very promising. Along the Razors Edge is written like a memoir, the main character is telling the story of how she got to where she is in her life. There are loads of things said that show some of the things she accomplished later in her life but enough is not said to keep you vested in the story.

The world building is accomplished mainly through flashbacks to earlier in her life before she was put into the pit, and I cant wait to see more of this world outside of the pit but the majority of this tale is placed in the prison. The author did do a wonderful job of crafting The Pit and I could feel the despair coming of the pages.

The magic system in this novel is one of my favorites. You have to ingest a source, a crystallized piece of magic and keep it in your stomach to be able to cast magic. The abilities that the sorcerours have when they are casting magic is limited to what they can think of.

Overall, this is one of the most fun books I have read this year. Rob has set the bar high to start this series I cant wait to see what happens next with Eskara.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Sixteenth Watch by Myke Cole

Sixteenth WatchSixteenth Watch by Myke Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I would like to thank Angry Robot Books for sending me a copy of this book, the following is my unbiased opinion of the book.

Humans have started living on the moon! So far only the Americans and Chinese have establised territories on the moon. The borders are patrolled by The US Coast Guard, The US Navy, and The PLAN (The Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Navy). Now the tensions are rising between the US and Chinese and war seems imminent. Now it is up to the Coast Guard to try and prevent the first war in space.

I loved this book, Myke Cole has created one of my favorite female protaganists in Coast Guard Capt. Jane Oliver. She is not the typical bombshell, young heroine, instead she is middle aged, hard as nails, and takes no crap from no one. She is well balanced against her Executive Office Wen Ho her constant companion, and close friend.

The story starts with her running an mission with her husband who is a commander in the Navy, the mission goes wrong and her husband dies on the mission. Then she is assigned to lead SAR-1, a small boarding team, to win the Boarding Actions event, a televised competition between the Armed Forces. As the story progresses she has to face the past and learn to use it to help her and her crew.

The hardest part of reading this story for me was the use of the military acronyms. Thankfully, the author included a glossary to reference the terms you dont know. Other than that the pacing was wonderful there is plenty of action, people working theough difficult emotions, and a gritty realness that sucks you in and and keeps you reading.

I had a total blast reading this novel and would gladly read anything else Myke wanted to put in this story line. I really cant say too much more about it with out getting into spoiler areas, which I will refrain from. All in all, if you are looking for a fast paced, military action, Sci-Fi novel this is the one you are looking for.

Kingshold by D.P. Wooliscroft

Kingshold (The Wildfire Cycle #1)Kingshold by D.P. Woolliscroft
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A corrupt king and a wizard that is fed up with monarchies lead the kingdom to its first ever election for a ruler. In this wonderful tale you follow the bard Mareth as he sets out to swing the people to who he believes is the best candidate. Joining him is Trypp, Florian, and Motega a trio of scoundrels that are returning home, and Neenahwi the wizard’s daughter. Together they try to work together to turn the tide of the election to get the best person possible elected. This book has it all political intrigue, swords, magic, dwarves, and the biggest turtle ever.

This is a wonderful story, with some wonderful characters. The real strength of this tale lies in the characters. Each of them is fleshed out well and given such depth its hard not to identify with them. Mareth the bard is the idealistic bard, Alana is the servant girl to smart for her station, and Hoskin the chancellor is one of my favorites I just loved his sarcasm and his love for taunting the nobles as they come to him.

This one has some magic to it, though it is shown that only a few people can use it and it costs life force to use it. The focus, however is the political aspect of a country having elections for the first time. The candidates are not above having each other murdered or letting things get out of hand in the city to help their cause and hinder their opponents. The pace of the book is centered around the political aspect, so it is a slower paced book, but the characters and the dialogue make up for the lack of pace to the story. There are parts that the action does pick up but the most part is a slower burn.

The author has constructed a very large world here. There are several other countries and cities mentioned, as well as the wild continent that has yet to be fully explored. You also have the underground kingdom of the Dwarves to visit. I am waiting for more from the author to show the rest of this wonderful world he has given us.

Even though it starts slow this one takes you on a wonderful ride through the political scene of Kingshold and gives some good action scenes along the way. I highly recommend all fantasy fans to read this lovely tale.

About the author
Born in Derby in England, on the day before mid-summers day, David Peter Woolliscroft was very nearly magical. If only his dear old mum could have held on for another day. But magic called out to him over the years, with a many a book being devoured for its arcane properties. David studied Accounting at Cardiff University where numbers weaved their own kind of magic and he has since been a successful business leader in the intervening twenty years.
Adventures have been had. More books devoured and then one day, David had read enough where the ideas he had kept bottled up needed a release valve. And thus, rising out of the self doubt like a phoenix at a clicky keyboard, a writer was born. The Wildfire Cycle is David's debut series.
He is married to his wife Haneen and has a daughter Liberty, who all live with their mini golden doodle Rosie in Princeton NJ.
David is one of the few crabs to escape the crab pot.

Twitter - @dpwoolliscroft

View all my reviews

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Missing: A Mason Gray Case by William C. Markham

Missing (Mason Gray #1)Missing by William C. Markham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb: Mason Gray is a walking cliche, complete with trench coat and fedora, and he knows it.

A former cop turned private investigator, he has a solid grip on the world around him. But when he finds a dead man in his apartment, he knows his career in on the line...again. The police are corrupt, he’s being chased by an assassin, and he learns that vampires might actually be real. To solve this case, he must choose to go through the looking glass, wrestle with demons both figurative and literal, and- of course- save the girl

Fans of the Dresden Files, Nightside, Alex Verus, and the Iron Druid Chronicles are sure to enjoy this thriller with a supernatural twist.

I received a copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review, and I would like to thank William C. Markham for the review copy.

This book grabbed me from the beginning with the noir style and the gritty voice of the narrator Adam Barr. Mason Gray is your typical private investigator form the trench coat to the fedora, but his world is upended when his case goes into the supernatural.

This book is a fast paced ride with plenty of action in it. The world building is limited, but being placed in a current major city, its not really needed. The story is similar to The Dresden Files but this one brings the supernatural in a lot slower. I do like the way that Gray did approach the supernatural slowly and with an open mind accepting what he was finding instead of fighting against it.

I truly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the further adventures of Mason Gray.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Master of Sorrows by Justin T. Call

Master of Sorrows (The Silent Gods, #1)Master of Sorrows by Justin Travis Call
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was given an early copy of Master of Sorrows by Blackstone Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb: Among the Academy's warrior-thieves, Annev de Breth is an outlier. Unlike his classmates who were stolen as infants from the capital city, Annev was born in the small village of Chaenbalu, was believed to be executed, and then unknowingly raised by his parents' killers.

Seventeen years later, Annev struggles with the burdens of a forbidden magic, a forgotten heritage, and a secret deformity. When he is subsequently caught between the warring ideologies of his priestly mentor and the Academy's masters, he must choose between forfeiting his promising future at the Academy or betraying his closest friends. Each decision leads to a deeper dilemma, until Annev finds himself pressed into a quest he does not wish to fulfil.

Will he finally embrace the doctrine of his tutors, murder a stranger, and abandon his mentor? Or will he accept the more difficult truth of who he is . . . and the darker truth of what he may become . . .

Master of Sorrows is the debut from Justin T. Call and it is spectacular, I was completely absorbed from page one! This book has everything you need in it magic, swords, betrayal, dark secrets, and of course the prophecy.

I can’t get over how well-crafted this novel is. There is so much lore and back story hidden here and its easily given to you with out feeling like its just a huge info dump. There are passages that are from the history books teaching about the gods of the land. Which I thought was a great way to give the back story without hurting the narrative.

The host of characters here is wonderful and its easy to follow and to get behind the main character Annev, whose POV is used for the entire story. According to prophecy he is to be a villain, but his upbringing has him fighting against that. I really enjoyed his character and spent enough time in his thoughts to understand his outlook and his desire to fight against the prophecy.

Justin’s writing style is very easy to read and is very engaging, you will find yourself reading more in a sitting than you realized. I truly had a hard time putting this one down at the end of reading sessions.

In short this was a blast to read and I highly recommend it to all.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Smoke and Stone by Michael R. Fletcher

Smoke and Stone (City of Sacrifice, #1)Smoke and Stone by Michael R. Fletcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given an advance copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

After a cataclysmic war of the gods, the last of humanity huddles in Bastion, a colossal ringed city. Beyond the outermost wall lies endless desert haunted by the souls of all the world’s dead.

Trapped in a rigid caste system, Nuru, a young street sorcerer, lives in the outer ring. She dreams of escape and freedom. When something contacts her from beyond the wall, she risks everything and leaps at the opportunity. Mother Death, a banished god seeking to reclaim her place in Bastion’s patchwork pantheon, has found her way back into the city.

Akachi, born to the wealth and splendour of Bastion’s inner rings, is a priest of Cloud Serpent, Lord of the Hunt. A temple-trained sorcerer, he is tasked with bringing peace to the troublesome outer ring. Drawn into a dark and violent world of assassins, gangs, and street sorcerers, he battles the spreading influence of Mother Death in a desperate attempt to save Bastion.

The story is split between two points of view, Akachi the high-born priest of an abandoned temple and Nuru the street sorceress. Both of whom rely on heavy doses of narcotics to fuel their magic. At the beginning Akachi is only out to prove to his superiors that he can be a priest while Nuru is consumed with making a figurine from her dreams.

The world Fletcher has crafted her is very small, being only one city, but that allows for a lot more depth to the history and building of the culture that is very well done. Some of the little details like seeing the wear on the rock, or noticing that the ditches are similar to his sacrifice table shows great detail to the attention.

Overall this is a very enjoyable book for any fans of grimdark/dark fantasy. I am looking forward to seeing how the rest of the story plays out.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Valley of the Free by Michael Sliter

Valley of the Free: Pandemonium Rising (#0.5)Valley of the Free: Pandemonium Rising by Michael Sliter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This novella from Mike Sliter gives the story of how Ferl's Company came to be, and the battle that forged them into the mercenary group they are now.

I was surprised when I saw Petrik do the reveal on this one and immediately picked it up and was not disappointed. Sliter delivered again with a wonderful short story about Ferl's first mercenary mission.

True to his style it was bloody and dark. I have always enjoyed his characters though they are morally grey they are still fleshed out and have a way to get you behind them even when they have to make the hard decisions.

I really enjoyed the way he was able to go back in forth with the narratives timeline telling events both before and after Ferl got his crew together. The jumps in time flow seamlessly and add more depth to the tale.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and am ready to get back into this world again.

If you liked Solace Lost and Wisdom Lost this is a must read.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie

A Little Hatred (The Age of Madness, #1)A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow, this novel is exactly what I have been waiting on. It was so wonderful getting back into Adua and the bloody north to see how the world has changed. The mixed feelings of nostalgia mixed with the new characters and technological advancements just hit the spot in what I was wanting.
It has been 30 years since the events of Last Arguments of Kings and the world has changed, it’s in the beginning stages of an industrial revolution that is causing strife between classes as the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. This leads to a resistance movement that government is trying to squash while dealing with full blown war in the north. All of this is portrayed in the typical Abercrombie fashion grim and bloody.
We also have a handful of new to learn. Rikke born with the long sight, is learning how to use and interpret her gift for seeing the future. Savine Dan Glokta daughter of Sand Dan Glokta the feared Arch Lector of the House of Questions. She is a socialite, and an investor trying to prove that a woman can do more than a man. Leo Dan Brock is the son of a noble and the leader of the forces in the north, trying to stop the war. We also get to see some old favorites come back into the story Caul Shivers, Bayaz, and Jezal just to name a few
Overall this book is a grim telling of a country marching into the future with new technology while dealing with internal rebellion and war to the north. This tale was worth the wait and I am so excited to see where the story goes from here.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Wrath of Storms by Steven McKinnon

Wrath of Storms (The Raincatcher's Ballad #2)Wrath of Storms by Steven McKinnon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was provided a review copy by the author for a honest review.

Steven McKinnon has another hot one here. Wrath of Storms picks up a short time after the end of Symphony of the Wind with Tyson, Serena, and crew trying to get to Frosthaven to find Musa’s Temple to see if they can rid Serena of her Siren song.

I can’t say enough about Wrath of Storms, it has everything Symphony of the Wind had and takes it to a new level. Mckinnon continues with his world, it blows my mind how easily he crafts this world. He adds more depth to Dalthea, while adding new locations like Ryndara, Tarevia, and others.

At the end of Symphony, we saw Serena coming into her power and coming to grips with it and the fear it instills in others. Now we see Serena test the limits of her powers and find just how far she can go with her power. Tyson also gets fleshed out more, becoming less of the suicidal good guy to moving on from his past.

The battle scenes are taken up a few ticks this time. The battles were very good in Symphony, however the battles in Wrath of Storms feel larger in scale and add some new machines. At the same time some of the battles prove as a testing ground for Serena’s abilities.

Damien has disappeared back to his training grounds to see if he can overcome the bloodlust that is threatening to consume him. A bloodlust that also talks to him and claims helps him as he battles. It was shown in the first book that he wasn’t as efficient in battle is he didn’t kill and that issue gets explored deeper in his part of the story.

Wrath of Storms add a lot of depth and more twists and turns than a mountain road. Cant wait to see the next book in the series

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes

The Imaginary CorpseThe Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was provided a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Friends are being murdered, not in the normal stay gone for a short time then come back like nothing happened. They are being killed permanently and that has never happened before in the StillReal. Now Detective Tippy is on the case trying to find the monster that is threating all of the StillReal.

Wow this is one of the most original books I have read in a long time. The entire concept of the StillReal and the Friends that live there really impressed me (being written in noir style really got me since I so enjoy that style). The StillReal is where imaginary friends or ideas that have been loved too much to just disappear go. If you can imagine it, it can be found there from a plush yellow triceratops detective named Tippy to a walking hand named Spiderfinger.

This is one of the most original novels I have read in a while. The whole concept of the StillReal is so unique that it was a wonderful escape to a unique land. I found this book whimsical at times, at other times I was fighting back the emotions, and then you have a large fight scene to bring up the pace a little.

This is a very enjoyable book to read that has something in it for everyone.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Symphony of the Wind by Steven McKinnon

Symphony of the Wind (The Raincatcher's Ballad #1)Symphony of the Wind by Steven McKinnon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“A bounty hunter with a death wish. A girl with fearsome powers. A kingdom on the brink of destruction.

Symphony of the Wind is the first book in a gritty epic fantasy trilogy. If you like hardened heroes, steampunk airships, and dark magic and monsters, then you’ll love Steven McKinnon’s visceral adventure.”

I was provided a copy of the book Symphony of the Wind by the author in exchange for an honest review. I was interested in this title after seeing it scoring highly in the SPFBO last year, seeing several comments about it being a dark steampunk novel. It was more than that as I was blown away by the book. It has everything you need in this one, tremendous world building, wonderful characters, and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing.

This is Steven McKinnon’s debut fantasy novel and I was captivated from the beginning with steampunk style airships used to collect rainwater to provide water to a kingdom that was decimated by war. Then there is the culture he has created, there is so much lore and backstory included without a huge infodump. The amount of lore and history he has effortlessly pumped in this story really adds a depth that is hard to find.

The story jumps between several POV’s from a third person perspective which I usually don’t care for, but it works with his writing style. The POV’s mainly go between Tyson Gallows, the bounty hunter with a death wish, and Serena, the young girl who is just starting to discover her powers. Some of the side characters get a turn in the POV spotlight and even they are fleshed out very well in a way that makes you care for them as much as the main characters. My favorite being Damien Fieri, the partner of Tyson Gallows, who has his own demons to deal with.

The first quarter of the book I found to be a little slower paced but after that it’s got a very quick pace without feeling rushed. The battle scenes are well done and gritty which is a plus in my book. I didn’t feel that there was an excess of gore or brutality just to have it in there but that it was all done in good taste and relevant to the story. The action is well placed and intense at times I was almost jumping with the events in the book and actually found myself with my mouth hanging open a few times when a plot twist or some other unexpected event showed up.

Overall this is one of the best put together books I have read in a long time. I really was blown away by this debut into fantasy that reads more like a book from a seasoned author. I can’t wait to get into the rest of this series to see how the events unfold. I would give this book a rating of 5 on the grimdark scale.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Lord of Secrets by Breanna Teintze

Lord of Secrets (The Empty Gods, #1)Lord of Secrets by Breanna Teintze
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Corcoran Grey unlicensed mage has been looking for his grandfather for months. This debut novel from Breanna Tientze is a wonderful tale full of magic and treachery. Grey is determined to find his grandfather and will go through all challenges including an immortal necromancer.
Lord of Secrets has a very original magic system where you have to write down the runes for the spell before they can be cast, but each spell you cast poisons you at the same time and requires the mages to either find a way to remove the toxic parts from their body or rest between casting. I really enjoyed this take on magic and found it kind of refreshing instead of having an unlimited supply of magic that can be wielded with no major affects on the caster.
This is a single POV story that we watch through Grey as he goes on an emotional roller coaster from the imprisonment of his grandfather to being hunted by the Guild. Grey is a nice guy that hides himself by acting like a jerk as much as possible. Its nice to watch the changes in him as events happen around him.
I really enjoyed reading this and highly recommend this to be added to your tbr pile.

View all my reviews

Sunday, June 30, 2019

The Stone Road by G.R. Matthews

The Stone Road (The Forbidden List, #1)The Stone Road by G.R. Matthews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two provinces have been at war for 30 years and now they try to settle their differences and establish peace. The story follows Huang member of the Jiin-Wei, the elite division of the military, and Zhou the diplomat From Wubei as they go through the events that will mark the end of the war. Little do they know that the war they are ending is leading to one that is coming that even the emperor knows little about.
“Sword fighting is not a dance, not in battle. You save all that showing off for the duels if you want to. In battle, when you kill, kill quickly, and be ready for the next enemy to come at you. One strike should be all it takes. It’s all you’ll get”
This is a wonderful Asian inspired fantasy that I fell in love with. The characters are well developed. The two main characters separated by war are almost always in the same place or on the way towards each other. The Huang is driven by loyalty and devotion, where Zhou is driven by revenge and anger. The magic is very original, I can’t remember the last time I found two magic systems in one book. One uses written symbols and spoken words, the other is joining with the inner spirit.
“Well, if you want to go off and die within a week or two that is up to you. But, if you want to survive, then you’ll need training. Once the Spirit is out, you can’t return it or lock it away. It is you and you are it, bound together forever. Accept it and learn from it.”
The world building is very good Matthews paints a vivid landscape that is almost as much of a threat as the enemies that are faced. From traversing the plains with little to no provisions, to traversing the mountain passes in winter. Even as far as the streets of Yaart. I felt a full vibrant world full of the bad side of extended war.
This is an impressive debut and I can’t wait to get into the rest of the series.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Chasing Graves by Ben Galley

Chasing Graves (The Chasing Graves Trilogy, #1)Chasing Graves by Ben Galley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Araxes, the city where wealth is counted by souls owned instead of silver owned. The city is also full of soul stealers, which Caltro Basalt runs into and gets himself killed and his spirit sold into illegal servitude.
This is a very interesting tale told from multiple POVs that start to intertwine as the story progresses. The main POV is Caltro bound spirit with a thirst for justice and freedom. Then we have Boran Temsa, soul stealer, murderer, and all-round bad guy. Who only cares to do what benefits him with little care of how it affects others. Nilith the rogue that murdered her husband Farazar, so she could bind his soul and have his possessions. Lastly there is Sisine the empress in waiting who is trying to regain control of the city.
The world building in this book is the most impressive part to me. The city of Araxes is well designed as seen by the multiple maps in the beginning of the book and has centuries of lore to look upon. This is one of the most expansive cities I have seen, and I am impressed with the though and care that went into it.
Overall I found this book enjoyable to read and a wonderful start into the world of Araxes. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Bloodrush by Ben Galley

Bloodrush (The Scarlet Star Trilogy, #1)Bloodrush by Ben Galley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Magick ain’t pretty, it ain’t stars and sparkles. Magick is dirty. It’s rough. Raw. It’s blood and guts and vomit. You hear me?”

Bloodrush is a western fantasy set just after the civil war in the Wyoming frontier of America. A coming of age fantasy that starts with the murder of The Prime Lord and winds up knee deep in the magick of the wild frontier lands.

It starts with Tonmerion Hark standing beside the dead body of his father after his murder. The boy is rapidly sent to America to live with his aunt until he becomes of legal age to take his inheritance. Along with him his faery friend and protector Rhin Rhen’ar goes with him. Together they take on the wild lands and unexpected turns that will change their lives forever.

There are so many wonderful elements to this book that made it a pure joy to read. You are dropped into a world so wonderfully developed that you can almost feel the hot, dry wind coming off the pages. At the same time the magic system comes in and what a magic system it is. I wont say too much about it since it gets spoiler heavy but this is a magic system that not many people can stomach.

“It’s an ancient magick, one that we’ve practised for thousands of years”

There was one thing that bothered me with the book, and that was at times the book was written to the 4th wall and it was obvious. I noticed at times there are comments or information obviously directed at the reader instead of it being worked in naturally. It wasn’t to distracting, but did seem to interrupt a few of the action scenes.

Overall this is a very fun read and a good start to the Scarlet Star series. I would definitely recommend this book to all.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Outside by Ada Hoffman

The OutsideThe Outside by Ada Hoffmann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I would like to thank Angry Robot Books and NetGalley for the ARC of this book.

Gods, heretics, and an autistic girl cross paths in this thrilling space adventure. Autistic genius Yasira Shien builds a reactor, that could change the human dependency on the gods, and the test run goes very wrong. Then she is recruited by Akavi the Inquisitor for the computer god Nemesis to track down a known heretic and her former mentor Evianna Talirr. Yasira is led on a search for her mentor that makes her question everything she knows including reality itself.

Ada’s universe is well built from the space station at the beginning, to planet surfaces and everything in between. Her craft shines when she is describing the areas affected by Outside and its reality warping effects. I could almost feel the distortion and maddening effects coming off of the pages. The story changes perspectives between the two main characters though it focuses more on Yasira and her struggles to process the information that is presented to her through her autism. I liked how Ada used the autism to make Yasira feel more real and helped to identify with her and her mental struggles to keep pace with the events around her. Akavi’s character on the other hand is cold and calculating using whatever he can to achieve his goals whether it be emotions, torture, kidnapping, etc, etc. He has times that his former humanity shows through but those are brief. Evianna Talirr is a major character and is the perfect opposite of Akavi, where he is by the book she is free spirited.

Though not the darkest Sci Fi I have read, this one has dark elements to it. There is such a fear around the god Nemesis, being the one that seeks out the heretics to kill them to stop the spread of their heresies using any means available. The angels of Nemesis came across to me as a what the KGB would have been like if they had been given unfiltered access to the data that comes across the internet now. There is also the sense of hopelessness in confronting the Outside. A force that cannot be explained or controlled where the laws of reality do not apply. The Outside is also known to cause irreversible madness in people how come into to contact with either the Outside or in some cases just the ideas and knowledge of it can led to utter insanity.

Over all this was an engrossing story of a woman’s search for the truth when she is given partial truths from multiple sides. The story has a few twists and turns throughout to keep you guessing. Highly recommended for fans of Science Fiction with a dark twist.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Heirs of Lydin by Aidan Hennessy

Heirs of Lydin (The Ap'Lydin Chronicles #1)The Heirs of Lydin by Aidan Hennessy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Heirs of Lydin are the prophesied harbingers of the rise or fall of the cult of the horned god. My favorite part was the mystery in both friend and enemy. There was very good character development in Bellaydin. The world development was also very descriptive from Goriinchia to the Land of the Elves.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Boomtown by James A. Moore

BoomtownBoomtown by James A. Moore
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Enter Carson Point just a normal gold rush boomtown until a group of Confederate Army runaways start trying to blame vicious attacks on the Indians in the area.

This book is a dark, bloody ride. The plot is paced very well and the characters are very well fleshed out. I would like to see more from the travels of Jonathon Crowley and Lucas Slate.

The only thing I didnt like about this book was the number of POV's in the book. There are at least different POV's in each chapter sometimes making it hard to read, but it does help to round out the story to give a complete view of what is happening.

View all my reviews

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1)The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Poppy War is one of the grittiest grimdark entries I have read lately, even though it starts off outside of the normal area of grimdark the farther you go the darker it gets.

We begin with Rin a war orphan raised by drug dealers, who has been abused most of her life, passing the prestigious Keju exam to get in to the top academy in the land. At the academy she fights against social discrimination and is treated as an outcast. Once the war breaks out the book takes on extremely dark tones.

This debut was fast paced, bloody, and brilliant! I highly recommend this for grimdark enthusiasts.

Friday, March 15, 2019

The God of Broken Things by Cameron Johnston

God of Broken ThingsGod of Broken Things by Cameron Johnston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

Cameron Johnston delivers again! Edrin Walker is back and has a burning vengeance for the Scarabbus that tried to destroy his home. The sequel to The Traitor God picks up shortly after the end of the book and takes of running from there. Edrin's body is in shambles after his fight with the traitor god but still he presses on to seek revenge for his home of Setharis.

I really enjoyed the first book in the series but when I started reading The God of Broken Things I got to see how good Cameron writes. His characters are well developed but, the world is amazing, and his magic system is on a scale of it's own.

Edrin returned as the same self centered arse I remembered, and develops into a much different person through the story. I love Cameron's character development, it put me in the head of Edrin and really made him come alive.

The world or the part of it we get to see is in the high reaches of a dividing , snow covered, mountain range. It was described as vividly as if it actually exists. From the mountain caves that were made into towns to the ruins of the ancients all was built so wonderfully.

My favorite part is the magic system. The mages gave access to so much power but have to practice extreme self control or risk being overcome with magic and destroyed. All the mages have a different affinity our hero Edrin is known as tyrant, on that has magic that can control minds, and is the most feared mage in the world.

I really cant say much more about it without getting in to spoilers which I stay away from, but The Age of Tyranny is a series that should be on the top of everybody's pile to read.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Uncanny Collateral by Bryan McClellan

Uncanny Collateral (Valkyrie Collection, #1)Uncanny Collateral by Brian McClellan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Alek is a reaper, a kind of debt collector, but not in the standard sense. He collects on debts owed to the Other, the creatures that we only think are stories. When he is put on a mission from death to find who has been stealing souls he gets more than he bargained for.

This is a wonderful start to a new series from Bryan McClellan set in modern day Ohio that perfectly mixes the supernatural in to modern day culture. I liked that it shows that authorities are aware of each other, and work together but regular people don't know until they are affected by the Other.

I really enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the next one! I highly recommend this for your TBR pile.

The Engineer by Darran M. Handshaw

The EngineerThe Engineer by Darran M. Handshaw
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

Darran Handshaw can write characters like no other. His characters are so deep and realistic to me that at times it felt like I was sitting in the workshop with them listening to the banter instead of reading it. Acteon(The Engineer) has plans of being funded to do his research to aid all of Redemption, the crumbling ruin of a city built by the Ancients. As he and his mercenary assistants search into the problems that face them you see more of the world that Darran has crafted.

The only thing I didnt like about it was the pacing. It is a slower paced book so be prepared for a slow burn.

Over all this is a solid book and worth the time to read.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

We Lie With Death by Devin Madson

We Lie With Death (The Reborn Empire #2)We Lie With Death by Devin Madson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

I loved this book from beginning to end! I am already picking this as one of the best books of the year.

Picking up where We Ride the Storm left off, We Lie With Death continues to follow Rah, Cassandra, and, Miko through the bitter times that have come to Kisia. Devin Madson's storytelling is on point throughout the book as she delicately weaves a twisting turning story.

The second book becomes more character driven than the first book did as we get deeper into the main characters and some new points of view are added into the mix that help deepen the story. Some of the characters grow in ways that make you like them more, while others that you thought were something good reveal an evil nature.

I can't recommend this book enough.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Alterlife by Matt Moss

Alterlife (Alterlife, #1)Alterlife by Matt Moss
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Alterlife is the new VR simulation that allows you to make money in game and transfer it to your real bank account. John Crussel is a man down on his luck struggling to provide for his family. At his breaking point he hears of Alterlife and decides that is how he will make money for his family.

This is an interesting story that is found around the intersection of Breaking Bad and Ready Player One. It is a fast paced gripping adventure, laced with mystery and murder. A great read for fans of LitRPG.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Nightmare Keep by Phil Tucker

Killer Dungeon (Euphoria Online #3)Killer Dungeon by Phil Tucker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The last book of the Euphoria Online series. Everything was almost set into place at the end of Nightmare Keep. Chris had woken up the Cruel Winter Guild and was setting a plan to take on Albertus. The ending was not what I expected but it was one wild ride to get there. This series is a whole lot of fun and definitely needs to be read.

I highly recommend this to everyone

Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Blighted City by Scott Kaelen

The Blighted City (The Fractured Tapestry)The Blighted City by Scott Kaelen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for a honest review.

Jalis, Orikin, and Dagra accept a contract to retrieve a family heirloom from a city that was blighted by the gods and left in ruins for hundreds of years. The city however is not as empty as they thought it was.

What I liked best about this book was the character development. As you read through the book the characters become more and more real. You can feel the struggle in some of the decisions and I really got behind the characters.

This book has everything fantasy fanatics are looking for swordplay, an immersive world, wonderful characters, and a little magic.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Never Die by Rob Hayes

Never DieNever Die by Rob J. Hayes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was sent a copy of this book by the author for a honest review.

Never Die set in an Asian themed land features Ein, an enigmatic boy that has the power to bring fallen warriors back to achieve his mission. Starting with Itami Cho, The Whispering Blade, he collects his warriors to attempt to end the rule of a tyrannical emperor.

This book is very well written and a joy to read. The character development is very well thought out and the characters soon feel like travel companions as you read the story. The dialogue and banter between the band of warriors feels so real that it adds further depth to an engrossing tale.

This is a must read.

Monday, December 31, 2018

A Time of Dread by John Gwynne

A Time Of Dread (Of Blood and Bone #1)A Time Of Dread by John Gwynne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was my first book by John Gwynne but I am backtracking now to get the others. This is one of the best written books I have ever read. The atmosphere was so gritty you could feel it coming out of the book. The characters are so well developed it feels like you could reach out and touch them. If you havent read this book yet all I can say is what are you waiting for.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Windcatcher by AJ Norfield

I received a copy of this book through TBRinder to give an honest review. A relic stolen a small team of soldiers sent to recover it on enemy territory. Gavin and Raylan are brothers on a military team sent to recover a relic stolen by the Doskovians. Surrounded by enemies and in unfamiliar territory you race along with them as they face unbelievable odds in their attempt to get home. This book was a total joy to read the characters were very well written and as you get deeper in the story you feel like you are a part of their team. The villians are very dark and are at the center of the darkest parts of the tale. The world building was one of my favorite aspects of the book. The forest felt like I was there and could almost feel the bitter cold and rain as they went through the mountains. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to fans of high fantasy.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Kill Switch by Sean E, Britten

Kill SwitchKill Switch by Sean E. Britten
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author to provide an honest review.

Detective James Hageman was serving life sentence until he was recruited in to the show Slayerz. A brutal contest between 15 pairs of convicted criminals. The prize is freedom for the winning pair, the cost for the losing teams is death, the rules, kill or be killed. Detective Hageman is paired with Dali one of the nations most notorious serial killers. This book is a violent blood-soaked look at a very demented game show were the ratings are killer.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Queen of Nod

Queen of NodQueen of Nod by C.W. Snyder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Alice is now Queen of Nod and her queendom falls under attack from birds that can say one word to a person and turn them to a bloodthirsty killing machine. You race along with Alice to find a way to stop this new evil with wonderful new characters and new worlds to explore. This is a fun fast paced ride that keeps you holding on waiting to see what turns are next.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Hemlock by Jesse Teller

Hemlock (The Manhunters, #2)Hemlock by Jesse Teller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second installment of The Manhunters series and a deeper look into the wizard Rayph Ivoryfist. Still trying to catch all the escapees from the prison break he finds himself in the town of Hemlock going against vampires. Just like in Song the secondary character adds to the story and I have yet to see an angrier, more hate filled individual as Aaron the Marked. His violent outrages and brutal kills makes you wonder what extremes the next Manhuters book will go to. This book is a brutal, bloody thrill ride that makes you wonder what will happen next.

Why do this??

Why did I start a blog, what is the point of all this? I fell in love with reading at an early age, but I was the only one in my group of friends that loved reading. I was picked on and made fun of for reading at times, just left out at others. I always had my books though. The early years were all C.S. Lewis and trips into Narnia, then came the supernatural crime thrillers, and the obligatory YA addiction. Then out of nowhere I decided to read The Fellowship of the Ring and the love of fantasy came back from childhood and I knew from then on it was fantasy for me. I still haven't read all the classic series that are still mentioned but am trying to get to them all. Enough about were I came from and to answer the original question, why? The ultimate reason is to share my love of books with the world. Every time I read a great series my friends/coworkers know it because I cant shut up about it. I decided to start a blog about reading because it reaches a wider audience than just word of mouth to anyone that will listen. I have never been the most wordy person and sometime have trouble getting my thought on the page but the love of reading and sharing the fantastic worlds I have visited still drives me to share my thoughts, however short, on the books I have read. Well I am out of words again but will continue to work to develop this blog and to share the love I have for reading with the world.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Child of Nod

Child of Nod (The Balance #1)Child of Nod by C.W. Snyder
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was provided a copy of the book through TBRindr for an honest review.

Alice wakes up in the forest with no idea how she got there. She soon meets Dog and starts of on her adventure. Jack knows he killed Alice and is now being sent after her in Nod to kill her again. With these and other characters you follow Alice on her way through many perils and dangers in Nod.

Being a short book it contains a wonderful tale of adventure with very interesting characters, with it being shorter it does feel rushed at times but the content of the story is still very enjoyable. The characters all have good stories behind them and shows how they got into Nod and what their roles are.

Overall this is a enjoyable fast read that is a good introduction to the series.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

49TH Mystic

The 49th Mystic (Beyond the Circle, #1)The 49th Mystic by Ted Dekker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The 49th Mystic is a wild ride that grabs you in the beginning and doesnt let go til the end. As you follow the events and spiritual awakening of Rachelle the 49th mystic you will rise and fall with her as it feels like you are walking beside her. This is probably the best work from Ted Dekker!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Days of Ash and Fury, Act One by Sean Hinn

Ash: The Days of Ash and Fury, Act One: Omens of Fury / Tremors of Fury / Spawn of FuryAsh: The Days of Ash and Fury, Act One: Omens of Fury / Tremors of Fury / Spawn of Fury by Sean Hinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Days of Ash and Fury, Act 1 set is the first half of the Ash and Fury set and I cant wait for the rest of the series to be released. The story bases itself around a prophecy of 6 that will come together to save the world from evil.

I had a total blast reading this it's reminiscent of Tolkien. The richness of the story and the attention to character building makes this a story I could lose myself in repeatedly.

The Massacre at Yellow HillThe Massacre at Yellow Hill by C.S. Humble
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yellow Hill is a small Western mining town with a dark secret. That is claiming the lives of local miners. You ride with Ptolemy and Carson as they investigate the dark secret.

The book is well written and fast paced. A very enjoyable read.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Hidden Face by S.C. Flynn

The Hidden Face (Fifth Unmasking #1)The Hidden Face by S.C. Flynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was gifted a copy of this book by the author for an honest review.

Mystery meets high fantasy in The Hidden Face. Dayraven and Sunniva are cast together in a race to uncover the Hidden Face. They find several other groups are also on the search for the face in order to control the face and turn it to their twisted plans. The story is full of plots and schemes as opposing groups try to achieve their ends before anyone else and will stop at nothing to get what they want.

A fast paced, wonderfully written adventure that will take you on a wonderful ride! I cant wait for the next book in the series to come out.

View all my reviews

Friday, September 21, 2018

Rise of the Mystics

Rise of the Mystics (Beyond the Circle, #2)Rise of the Mystics by Ted Dekker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wonderful ride to the finish with Rachelle as she tries to find the last two seals. Ted Dekker pulls out all the stops on this amazing ride to the finish to save the Realm of the Mystics.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Review: Death March

Death March (Euphoria Online, #1)Death March by Phil Tucker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Death March is the first book in the Euphoria Online series from Phil Tucker. This book is extremely fast paced and an utter joy to read. You follow Chris on his journey to use Death March mode of the Euphoria Online game to win a pardon for his brother.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Balam, Spring

Balam, SpringBalam, Spring by Travis M. Riddle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book to leave an honest review through the TBRindr program.

Balam, Spring is an intriguing tale of an epidemic in a small seaside town that Ironically starts with the only person that could heal it, the White Mage. Then steps in Ryckert Ji'ca the ex-merc to try and solve the mystery of the death. He is then accompanied by Aava the new white mage to figure out the cause of the deadly epidemic in the town. The story also focuses on Theo Saen the school teacher. He was the only witness to the death of the white mage and tries to deal with his feelings about her death along with his family history.

This store is plot driven so there is very little character development. Each character does have a good back story to them that is slowly revealed in the book. It is nice seeing the histories of the characters as it lets you understand how the characters got to be how they are and what drives their decisions.

Over all this is a very enjoyable book and I gladly give it 4 stars.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

City of Kings by Rob J Hayes

City of KingsCity of Kings by Rob J. Hayes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book through TBRindr to leave an honest review.

The Wildlands have been controlled by the blooded lords for far too long and they must be stopped. Rose and Black Thorn lay siege to the last city of the blooded lords in an attempt to bring peace to the Wildlands.

Rob J Hayes using his masterful talent has delivered a gripping tale of a city under siege. This book is full of suspense, action, and plenty of blood. A must read for all grimdark fans.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson

We Ride the Storm (The Reborn Empire, #1)We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book for free through TBRindr to leave an honest review. This is an amazing book! We Ride the Storm follows the fall of an empire from the point of view of an assassin, a would be Empress, and a foreign mercenary. The story moves swiftly and keeps you engaged and guessing what happens next. It is one of the best books of the year in my opinion.

Song by Jesse Teller

Song (The Manhunters, #1)Song by Jesse Teller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book through TBRindr to write an honest review.

This book is one of the fastest paced and darkest stories I have read. Rayph Ivoryfist the former court wizard is targeted for revenge by the villains he has put in prison. As he unravels plots to assassinate the king that made him leave the court, to kidnappings and betrayals it is a fast paced thrill ride.

This book is full of magic, brutal fights, and characters that keep you guessing. Any fan of grimdark will enjoy this.

View all my reviews

Monday, July 16, 2018

Solace Lost by Michael Sliter

Solace Lost (Pandemonium Rising #1)Solace Lost by Michael Sliter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through TBRindr to leave an honest review.

Solace Lost follows the lives of several people caught up in the decent of a country into war. Fenrir the fallen soldier, disowned by his father. Emma the mangled servant girl, Meri the serving girl at the inn, Hafgan the humanoid foreigner. All of them cross paths during this fantastic tale of a countries descent into civil war.

The book is very well written and a total pleasure to read. I highly recommend this book to all fans of fantasy.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Daughter of Shadow by Tyler Sehn

Daughter of Shadow (Spiritbinder Saga, #1)Daughter of Shadow by Tyler Sehn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book through TBRindr for an honest review.

Daughter of Shadow follows The Emperor's assassin Melea as she follows his will in spreading his empire. The Shining Empire has an immortal leader that claims to be a god. He tries to use his empire to spread his light across the world. Using Melea as a tool to spread the light through her unusual gifts he leads his empire to war.

This was a very good book to read and am looking forward to the second book in the series.