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Listed below are the latest featured reader reviews on the site. Some are positive in praise, some are negative in criticism, but the one thing they all have in common is that they are well written and explain their reasoning. We can never have enough reader reviews as they add to the quality of the site, making it ever more useful for visitors.

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

10 stars

This book hooked me right away. Filled with stunning writing, wonderfully chilling case and lovable and intriguing character,I could not recommend it more. I like to put it as\"even a scene as inocent as drinking tea in the library can give you the chills. The screaming staircase is a rousing tale with so much food for thought.

Mira
Canada

The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien

10 stars

This book is the plateu and skeleton of all fantasy books. If you want to be a charachter of the fantatic world, you must definitely read this book. From the beggining as every book for me it was hard to understand. But then it got so interesting that i felt freedom while reading the book. I personally am a big fan of fantasy books. Tolkein made me a fan of that world which undiscoverable and so interesting that every second you think of it. Thats why i give this book 10 out of 10.

George
Georgia

Fallen by Lauren Kate

1 stars

This book was abololutely horrid, anyone who likes this book has no brain. Saying it copies other books like twilight and the vampire diaries are truly correct. Luce is a stupid girl who runs back and forth pathetically trying to get Daniels attention, while he treats her like crap (no not \"angry\" LIKE CRAP). She has no self respect. All they do is kiss and when they\'re talking—they argue, that whorelauren Kate tries desperately at a pathetic attempt to make luce and Daniel the best love story that kills all love stories (that was romeo and Juliet people), well whore Lauren—you failed. There\'s no compatibility between Luce and Daniel, Luce is a bitch who hates can for no reason beAcuSe he\'s Evillllll WHEN SHE DIdnt KNOW IT. Remember Lucinda (because she JUST PREFERS Luce over Lucinda like bella does) Cam was ACTUALLY treated you like you had a soul, which you don\'t. Luce doesn\'t even ackolege that other\'s die as well in the world or care that the world is suffering, this book is so self-consuming the Kardashians would be jealous. Daniel hates the spotlight? Please he adores it! And whore Lauren kate had to make Luce \"INVENT\" (God invents everything educate yourself) love just to make her and Daniel look like the best and special, this idea was used stupidly. You\'re saying twilight and vampire dairies should die because this seem to NOT compare it is retarded, fallen does copy twilight and vampire diaries even a bit from the fallen. Well those books sold more fyi. Why does whore Lauren have to make every guy in the world choose Luce, doesn\'t make their love sound so specail if she\'s okay with KISSING OTHER GUYS. And all she does is whine, whine, whine. Why does whore Lauren has to make her so annoying and is aware of this? You know books like twilight and Harry potter weren\'t so popular for having bad characters. Brainless Luce has to get tied to a fucking table, does she have no strength? No because she\'s weak mentally and physically—She even can\'t climb a mother frucking tree by herself. Luce isn\'t a role model—there is no role models in this book. What is this book even about? The portrayal of love is used stupidity and whore Lauren goes on to try to describe love when it\'s indescribable. She leaves things unmentioned and unexplained. Like HOW DOES LUCINDAS STUPID LIFE ENDANGER THE UNIVERSE?? The universe of whore Lauren\'s world just HAS to revolve around Luce. Like what\'s up with the straight nose and square jawline? It\'s EXACTLY LIKE EDWARD. I could go on and on with the terribleness of this book.

Bubbles
UK

Golgotha Falls: Genesis by George Udenkwo

10 stars

I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy. This book was different from the usual formula. The main character is morally dubious but likeable, unlike the do no wrong characters of many books. The setting is fantastic with a dark gothic feel mixed with science fiction future. The occasional sexual overtones were unusual too. This book for me was unpredictable which I liked. The science fiction parts great too. Strong characters too such as the very much likeable and unusual Djoba. A book that u can\'t put down. 10

Anon
UK

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

10 stars

I think I fell in with Sanderson\'s writing when he finished up the Wheel of Time series BETTER than the man who started it! I went on to read Mistborn which set me up nicely to read The Way of the Kings. I would say that if long high fantasy books aren\'t your thing and if you read so slow that you will forget what the 300 pages said before where; do not read this book. This 1000+ page tome isn\'t for the faint of heart. You can\'t just slog through it. You need to remember things about it to understand, he leaves clues. That being said: 10 stars. Amazing. Has lore, warlords, species racism, soldiers, medieval battle tactics, and of course, fantasy magic. Keep in mind, it takes authors years to write this long of a book and Sanderson writes multiple at the same time. If you don\'t want to start this series until he is done, wait until he is finished writing them all. There is a progress bar on his website that is very informative on the stage of all his current books. Sanderson is the best of the best. He has multiple books that are top in fantasy, which should be clue enough.

Lauren
United States

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by NK Jemisin

10 stars

There is something to be said about authors that bring you into the realm of a different world, who\'s writing is so original that you buy it and more than that, it reels you in. Jemisin did this so convincingly for me, that I\'ve read this book three times. Each time, the small description that is given for this book is, of itself, deceptive and I think that it isn\'t the book I must have read already. This book gives you a whole world: complete with social constructs, totalitarian rule, and broken gods. The main character is but a girl, born in a distant kingdom. Her life is changed completely with the death of her mother. She is welcomed back into the bosom of the ruling kingdom due to bloodlines, but she isn\'t their largest fan. A strange place built on bloodlust, lies, and lack of weakness. Her only friends are more than they let on and have an agenda of their own. This girl, can turn the whole world upside down. I have memories of this book that have left impressions so deep, I constantly remember scenes that I try to remember to recall the title. Which is probably my only complaint. The title is in itself unmemorable in my opinion. Hundred Thousand Kingdom... 100,000 Kingdoms? I digress. I think my favorite thing about Jemisin\'s writing is her complete understanding of social constructs and character emotions. Her characters are relatable in various ways and she strives to show contextual acceptance of every flaw. Something relatable to all readers. I love her writing. She is up there with Patrick Rothfuss (maybe even higher since she actually knows to how wrap up trilogies in a timely fashion)... Just saying. Maybe Brandon Sanderson is a better comparison.

Lauren
United States

Gardens Of The Moon by Steven Erikson

10 stars

You\'ll see people complain and say it\'s boring, complicated, a mess, poorly explained, haphazard, slow, etc These books are not written for most people. If you are intelligent, perceptive, thoughtful, and have a good memory then you may feel none of these things I myself found the characters, magic system, plot, locales, etc all understandable, enjoyable, well thought out, and greatly explained. It simply is the greatest work of fiction that I have ever read in my life and nothing comes close. If you\'re someone who quickly understands things and can connect dots from page 30 in book 1 to page 270 in book 4, you\'ll love it too possibly. If you can\'t then I\'m sorry for your loss.

Frank
USA

The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

3 stars

I read this years ago when it first came out. At that time, I had been reading fantasy for fifteen years or so and had even studied LOTR in high school and college so I was pretty well versed in fantasy. I found the book highly derivative of Tolkien although somewhat interesting, much more so than I could justified. My biggest problem was the ending which was a terrific letdown. I went \"Huh?\". In retrospect, it reminds me of Douglas Adams\' brief mention in his Hitchhiker series of a proof that God does not exist; God reads it, says \"Oh\" (or something like that), and promptly disappears. All that action for such a letdown. Knowing this also make First King of Shannara less than enjoyable when it came out. Most of the other books I have enjoyed, some more than others although Legends of Shannara left me with a feeling that there ought to be more.

Jack
USA

Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell

8 stars

This book surprised me. I didn\'t know much about this series, nor the author, before starting it; I\'ve only read passing comparisons to Dumas\' \"The Three Musketeers.\" The comparison is accurate, as the book revolves around Falcio, Kest, and Brasti, three swashbuckling heroes that try and uphold The King\'s Law, even though their King is dead, and most of the world blames them for it. Their honor stripped, they now live in a lawless society where most of the world curses their name, and they can only find meager guard or mercenary jobs. They\'re clinging to a shred of hope that was bestowed upon them by their King before he was slain by the enemy Dukes, but after years of empty searching, their morale is understandably low. The story picks up during what seems like a simple guard job that very quickly goes off the rails. Our heroes are framed and on the run, which sets off a chain of events that spans an impressive amount of locations for such a short, fast-moving book. Villains are everywhere in this lawless society, which makes every day seem a bit worse than the one before. It\'s impressive how deep the trouble continues to sink Falcio and his companions. This leads me into discussing some of the more impressive traits of this story: the pacing, which is wonderfully fast and exciting; the vividly-detailed swordplay, which is a mainstay throughout the adventure; and the quick, witty humor and dialogue that recalls Nicholas Eames and Scott Lynch. There is magic in this world, and it is used sparingly. There\'s also guns, but they are the early versions of which need lots of time for reloading. If I had any gripes, I might admit that the ending felt a bit rushed. There were several major events that seemed to get packed into very few pages, with a good portion of the \'how\' and \'why\' glossed over. I\'ll reserve judgment on de Castell\'s choice of what to share when I read further volumes: I get a sense that he has a greater purpose in mind, and I am very much looking forward to seeing how this very accessible, extremely fun adventure continues.

Adam
USA

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

10 stars

Having read a few of the reviews here, I would make a few observations. - The Lord of the Rings, is not fast paced action adventure fantasy, if you do not have patience, you will not enjoy it. It\'s like a fine wine, savour it, do not try to devour it quickly. - LOTR, is the very first epic scale fantasy. Every single other epic fantasy, every epic sci-fi, and half the art and music of the last 60 years has been influenced, or inspired by LOTR. It\'s is genesis and should be considered that way. - Tolkien, didn\'t just write a book, he spent most of his life creating an entire world, it\'s history, its mythology, its geography, it\'s languages etc. The scale of what he created is truly staggering and vastly more in depth than anyone before or since has ever attempted, remember this is the lifes work of 1 man... - If you are one of those who demand instant gratification, move on, you simply won\'t get it, or have the patience to enjoy one of the greatest masterpieces ever written. To the review, I first read LOTR, age 11, having been bitten by the middle earth bug with the Hobbit at about age 9. It took a lot of effort for an 11 year old to read, I got bored in places, but stuck with it because I had to know what was going to happen. By the time I had gotten to the end I had fallen in love. I still didn\'t understand much of what Tolkien was trying to tell me, but as I got older and wiser, I came to truly understand what he had written and that even the \"boring bits\" are well worth reading, simply because of the wisdom he is trying to impart. As quick fix epic fantasy, there are better books out there, but for those with the patience and understanding it remains the greatest fantasy book ever written. That\'s before we consider that all those that have come since LOTR owe their existence to Tolkien and this masterpiece. My personal Tolkien favourite though has got to be the Silmarillion and I for one am very glad that Peter Jackson will never get his hands on that beloved book.

Duncan
England

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