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Seaward is a book with no disappointment at all in its ending, and one of the finest executions of this genre you will find. Even the high points of Susan Cooper's Dark is Rising series cannot compare to Seaward. If I didn't make it a policy to never give decimal ratings I'd have given Seaward a 9.5, since while the plot surrounding Lugan is a little under-developed this is only a miner inconvenience. I'd therefore recommend Seaward to anyone, whether you love language, magic, character relations, exploration of fundamental issues or strange worlds you will find something here, all melded into a single whole that is simply wonderful!
At the Behest of the Dead is an okay start to a new series. There are a number of issues, but there is also plenty to like. By the end the book the author had really found his feet, and I don't think it is unreasonable to assume that the next book will be a lot better.
Overall, I think that Jenny Pox was a very enjoyable read with a pleasantly surprising ending. It was a breath of fresh air from the recent trend of predictable, brooding romance novels currently being published en mass, so I definitely recommend giving it a try.
In all this book was a good way to kill a few hours, it was entertaining and had enjoyable characters. I will most likely go on to read the next book in the series and hope that the writer goes on to explore more of the world he has created.
This book has been described several times as ‘fresh and original’. Well, I can definitely agree that I’ve never read anything like it before! There is a whole bunch of ideas and themes all crammed into the plot – from time travel and ancient aliens at war, to psychic abilities and interstellar travel. Although I felt that the first half of the book was a bit of a nightmare, I’m glad I fought my way through till the end. I think it sets itself up for the next book in the series very well, and since the novel certainly does not shy away from a complex plot, I expect there to be more plot and character twists in the future.
In conclusion, the pace of this is better than the previous effort; Severus is still a stuffy, boring lead sleuth, but his associates more than make up for his shortcomings. The mystery is confusing enough to hold our attention throughout; the action, right from the first beach to the digging in the villas at the end, is bright and believable. Not bad at all. I will definitely look for the next one.
I'd been looking for something fun to read for a while, the occasional stand-alone fantasy novel, the odd Steampunk book here and there. I fancied something a little more science fiction orientated. After browsing Amazon for a while, I came upon this trilogy, good reviews 4 stars out of 187 reviews, plus it sounded like fun. I also loved the fact that the trilogy had been completed, I hate starting a series then having to wait for the next book to come out.
25 stories full of kaiju-driven mayhem with cities destroyed all over the world. Not every story worked for me, and the order of the stories was not always balanced, but the good and awesome stuff completely outshines anything bad I've said about this anthology. Sometimes humanity wins, sometimes humanity loses, but in the end this anthology, its cast of authors, and its editorial staff are the real winners. Highly recommended.
The Traitor Son Cycle (as this series is called) is definitely a book for fans of “good old fashioned fantasy”. Bastard sons, swords and shields, battle tactics and political intrigue, it’s all here and more, and worth every moment. Miles Cameron is approaching the throne held by writers like Jordan, Erikson, and Sanderson, with his own bag of medieval tricks thrown in for good measure.
The Enchantment Emporium can be confusing at the start (but whose family isn’t?) as you try to get to grips with the numerous layers of aunties, cousins, brothers, sisters and various other family members. But once you get past the first couple of pages it gets easier to understand as the story gets going. It is the mystery of who and what the family is that makes this book such a compulsive and enjoyable read. There are family secrets that need to be shared, loves lost and found and a whole lot of dragons. This is urban fantasy at the top of its game with a strong central focus and engaging characters who really come to life. Once I had finished the book, all I wanted to know was what happens next!
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