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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.

Toll the Hounds by Steven Erikson

10 stars

Best book I\'ve ever read, well, there\'s nothing to add, and beside of George rr M and the bible its a literary wonder. Steven Erikson is THE BEST fantasy author of the 20th and 21st century. And those, who don\'t give this book more than eight points are blind.

Dave
Michigan

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

10 stars

Avada Kedavra! On July 21, 2007, J.K. Rowling released the final iconic novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, of an astonishing seven book series. The Harry Potter series are still wildly loved to this day, with 400 million copies sold worldwide, and translated in 68 different languages. The Deathly Hallows is about Harry Potter and his friends finding ways to destroy Voldemort. They learn that even good contains a bit of evil, and vise versa. Even though the trio faces many difficulties, they persevere. And most importantly, they learn that love conquers fear, and this allows then to be selfless in many ways. The Deathly Hallows is written in third person and portrays the thoughts and emotions of each character. This allows readers to thoroughly see inside the characters’ heads. The Deathly Hallows is marvelously written, and closes the series out beautifully.

Corrine Y
United States

Toll the Hounds by Steven Erikson

10 stars

Interesting the bimodal distribution of reviews for this series. I found it to be the most compelling fantasy I\'ve read in many years. I\'ve finished the series and am going through it again... and I\'m doing it for reasons that some complained about - there\'s a LOT going on. There are a lot of characters, the plot\'s are vast... and it\'s often a challenge to stay oriented (especially if you\'re reading the novels over some period of time). Having said that... there are VERY few authors who can keep a story coherent over so many books. Some authors (Like the excellent Jim Butcher) create series that are connected individual stories... and some (Jordan) try to create an expansive story spanning the series... and inevitably fail to some extent (Jordan could have skipped 4 or 5 mid-story novels and not lost anything). Erikson IMO had a mix of the two approaches and looking back from the final novel I felt he was hugely successful at telling the story of the Bridgeburners, neat and clean it is not... but the story arc is there and it\'s compelling.

Dave Kuhn
USA

Phantoms by Dean Koontz

7 stars

I agree with Dark that the subplot towards the end of the book was not needed and it was highly ineffective. I also thought that some of the main characters were stupid in that they kept going for guns when it was quite obvious from the very beginning that they would be ineffective. I also didn\'t think the introduction of Flyte was needed, since it was never really revealed HOW he knew about the ancient enemy. What was the point of even bringing him up, then? Other than that, the book was excellent and kept me on my seat the entire time I was reading it.

Karla
United States

Gardens Of The Moon by Steven Erikson

10 stars

Best series ever read, actually reading it for a 3rd time and enjoying it as ever. 2nd best is Iron Throne. That\'s so rich, breathtaking, it\'s an ufo in fantasyland.

Oliver
Belgium

Lord Foul\'s Bane by Stephen Donaldson

9 stars

This is a great book. Thomas Covenant is unlikeable in this novel, but he probably has the most amazing character arc in fiction. How can one go from so disliking a character to loving him? That\'s what Donaldson does in the course of 6 novels. I can see why people are turned off by this novel, but there really is a lot to miss out on if you don\'t continue.

Kathy
Australia

Into the Wild by Erin Hunter

10 stars

The book is great read! The life of a wild cat is portrayed excellently and the main character is made to be relatable and perfect as the reader enters the world blind like him. We learn all about the Clans with the main character and honestly the further you read the more intrigued in the story you get! I most definitely recommend.

Rookspirit
UK

Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie

10 stars

I\'ve read all of Ambercrombies works and recently picked up a series of short stories called; Sharpe Edge. However Best served Cold is by far his best work. I found myself laughing out loud when I read the first character to feel the wrath of Monzas blunt nosed hammer as it splinters fingers, caves in kneecaps and we see the character spit chicklets as the hammer finds his teeth. Then Monza closes the sale with a crippling blow to the center of the face. You know instantly that like Robert Shaw in Jaws securing his safety belt you the reader are in for a bumpy ride. I rate this work of fiction an 11.

Steve
United States of America

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

10 stars

I am 14 years old and I live in London. I have had horses since I was four and have always loved riding. My mum introduced me to War Horse three years ago and I have read it four times! I just can\'t get enough of it and I cry every time I read it. I really sympathised with Albert, I think he is a very strong character and I really respected the way he looked after his horses. I didn\'t sympathise with Alberts dad, this is because I thought he was a careless man who only thinks about himself. This all changes in the end of the book. I think Michael Morpurgo is an amazing author and he inspires me into writig with all his amazing stories. This book has changed the way I thought about the war and it would be great if any more young readers would like to read it. Thanks.

Samantha Jones
London

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

10 stars

This isn\'t really like other books, even its imitators, though the best of them are similarly long, variable in pace and diverse in language and location. The early part of the story was meant to be a follow-up to The Hobbit, until it switches tracks and increasingly becomes the war story that it actually is. Those who have read war memoirs by anyone who actually lived through a war will know the difference between a war story and an action novel. There has been some discussion about whether, since this can be \"read by teenagers\", LotR is really a \"YA\" novel. I read Arabian Sands at age of 10, so that is a YA story? Go figure. YA is a marketing term, and didn\'t exist in Tolkien\'s day. People just wrote stories. However I think Anon of UK below has it right. It\'s best read when you still have hopes and dreams. As you get older, it may fade more and more into the land of hopes and dreams - but it is you that are changing. Some of the cold bitter side of life can be glimpsed under the surface at times, (If you want more of that, Go To The Silmarillion.) I have a feeling that when you get really old, you may begin to see its relevance again. In these increasingly difficult times, not a week goes by but I remember the words of Galadriel to Sam at the end of The Mirror of Galadriel. Tolkien had after all lived through the time of Hitler. If you want to read it but (like my Granny) can\'t stand little men with furry feet, try reading it backwards from, say, Many Partings. Chapter by chapter, I mean, not word for word. That doesn\'t work. You don\'t have to read it. The Wizard of Earthsea is also a very fine book, and a lot shorter.

Dernhelm
UK

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