Featured reader reviews: Page 2

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 Deverry Cycle by Katharine Kerr

10 stars

I love these books so much that I've read them til they fell apart. I even named my daughter Dallandra after the strong powerful silver mage.


Variant by Robison Wells

10 stars

I honestly dislike reading books. I’ve read a few that were good but nowhere near as good as The Variant. I couldn’t even put this book down. The way the author describes each scene makes me visualize everything so clearly. I literally had a mini mental breakdown at the end because I found out it’s a cliff hanger and I have to read the sequel. I’m still looking for the sequel book because I really need to know what happens next. I recommend everyone to read this book! It’s honestly so different and plot twisty.


The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

9 stars

A very well-written and interesting tale that will keep you up as you promise yourself, "only one more page." While some of the negative comments here have some truth to them the negative scores are an unfair judgement. There were a couple of inconsistencies but regardless I loved this novel from cover to cover and recommend it to all of my friends.


The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula Le Guin

10 stars

Although I read it a while ago now, I liked it very much, though I agree that there were parts which needed to be read for the advancement of the plot rather than what was actually taking place, if you know what I mean. My father ( I think) first gave it to me to read to get me to read something else other than The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter ( two book series I still hold close to my heart) and I must say it did the trick! Not overly focused on bloody gory action, something which I personally find quite boring, it embodied more philosophical ideas and the language whisked me off the distant islands of the Archipelago. I still have the phrase 'as far away as Selidor' stuck in my head along with other phrases, it is so eloquent! Good for children and adults alike, a good read, I'd completely recommend it.

a young fantasy reader
a rather nice place in my opinion

Boneland by Alan Garner

2 stars

Wow! So disappointing! It’s hard to see Boneland as related to The Weirdstone or Moon of Gomrath at all. Boneland as sequel to Weirdstone/Gomrath is like TS Elliot writing The Return of the King or Kurosawa directing the third Matrix movie. A complete change of character. I’ve read Weirdstone and The Moon of Gomrath probably a dozen times so I was just happy to hear that a third had been written. And I was happy to indulge Garner with the finale – after all it’s his book and he’s had 30 years to ponder it. I imagine most Weirdstone/Gomrath readers are of a broadly similar demographic. Most of us would have read the first two in the 60/70s and be in our 50/60s now. And Garner has grown up too, so I appreciate his offer to share a more mature journey. In the intervening 30 years I’ve read classics, history, meta-politics, comparative mythology/religion and esoteric spirituality, so I get Boneland. I understand where Garner is taking it. However, I found Colin’s spergy, intellectual condescension and atheism annoying and I found his progressive idealism passe. And why the green virtue signalling in a fictional story originally about Celtic/Norse mythology? I assume these character developments were auto-biographical and reflect a liberal world view? However there was absolutely no need to reflect any kind of socio-political view in a sequel where none was present before. Do liberals assume everyone has a liberal wold views? Very disappointing.


Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

10 stars

There are no words to describe this book. It is absolutely one of my favourites. Red Sister was so beautifully written and Nona, the main character, is raw and real. I like that the characters have flaws and aren't perfect. I read a lot of books in this same genre, but never have I ever read a book like Red Sister. Many of the horrible truths of humanity are seen in this book and Nona's journey throughout the novel is inspiring. We watch Nona grow as a person and we almost grow along with her. I love the fact that this novel has no romantic relationships even though the main character is female. Nona Grey is truly a strong female lead character. And Mark Lawrence is truly a talented and excellent writer.

South Africa

The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams

7 stars

I enjoyed it the series. First Book = Amazing. Secound Book = Good. Third Book = Ok. Third Book - Part 2 = ..what? I have to say I was recommended this book by sites relating it to books such as, Kingkiller Chronicles or the Mistborn series. Definitely not in their realm as it has little to no magic other than "the Art", which really isn't much of anything. Has amazing characters and a great plot (quest) but really lacks in the final book. Its mind-boggling how bad the ending is. It wasn't that it was poorly written or I didn't agree with the events. It just was built up and up and right when its about to get interesting... goes nowhere and then oh, here's a long epilogue. There basically was no conclusion. Id say its worth a read but try not to be disappointed with the ending.


The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

9 stars

Can we just appreciate how B-E-A-UTIFUL this cover is? The edition that arrived in the FairyLoot box actually had some exclusive silver foiling - see my instagram photo at the bottom of this review for a peek at that edition! But I absolutely adore this cover. Asha is the daughter of the Dragon King, and her mission is to hunt and kill all dragons into extinction - why would the Dragon King want to kill all dragons? A few years previously, the first dragon, oldest of all the dragons, burned their home of Firgaarrd. Asha is given the title of Iskari; from the old stories, the character who brings about destruction. Fantasy books are my thing, completely - and having read the synopsis of this book, and hearing so much about it, it really had a lot to live up to! The plot itself I found almost to be coming to a conclusion around 60% of the way into the book, but then... plot twist! Yayyy!! This book contains many issues affecting both modern-day and historical lives; where Skral are enslaved by the Draksors, and our protagonist; thanks to her upbringing, seems to believe that a slave should not be able to look a Draksor in the eye, nor should they have the same rights - however there are moments within this book where cracks begin to appear. Her brother Dax, and the very forward and rebellious slave, Torwin, begin to question her beliefs, and Asha wonders what her brother's recent trip to the Scrublands was really to do with. I always worry when I come across another book with Dragons in, but Ciccarelli is able to add her own original twist to the creatures which makes the book a lot more refreshing. There are some cliché themes running through the book, the forbidden and expected love, the thinking-she-is-bad-when-really-she-is-good. There were huge and exciting plot twists which rescued this and ensured that the book remained engaging and captivating. In some places some of the characters fell a little flat in my opinion, but the majority are rich, complex, and diverse. Dax was probably one of my favourites, despite his quiet nature, and withdrawn stance for much of the story, when he does come into his own he is loyal, and willing to do anything for the good of the realm. Asha's betrothed - Jarrik - is a tyrant, but this does not stop Dax from stepping up to protect his sister when necessary, despite his sister being feared across Firgaard. This book makes an amazing and magical debut novel, with a diverse cast, and exciting plotlines running through the book. My one criticism is that I felt like the plot was ending long before the end of the book - causing my attention to falter a bit; though the plot twist did redeem this! The characters are mostly vibrant and provide entertainment and action keeping the story going at a nice pace throughout the book. Overall I am awarding this book 9*/10. I really enjoyed the originality the author used with the dragons to take the creatures we love to have in our fantasy stories, and make them her own whilst not taking away from their familiarity. It was an action packed story, with lots of mysterious twists and turns. I would recommend this to fans of the Snow Like Ashes series, and Throne of Glass.


Rise of The Wolf by Curtis Jobling

10 stars

Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf by: Curtis Jobling This is a great book about werelords (people who can turn into animals), unfair rulers, mystery, and a lot of suspense. Drew, the main character, is an average boy who lives in Cold Coast, a small farming town. He lives on a farm with his mother, Tilly Ferran, his father, Mack Ferran, and his twin brother, Trent Ferran. Drew was the opposite of his father in every aspect (except that Drew is a guy). Trent, on the other hand, is almost the spitting image of his father. Drew has a special connection with animals (AWESOME!!!!!), and he’s sweet like his mother. One day, Mack and Trent go to the market. While they’re gone, a wererat kills Tilly and leaves Drew greatly wounded. During the fight, Drew transforms into a terrible creature. Drew later finds out that he’s a werewolf, and the last of his kind. Before he leaves his home in Cold Coast, his father blames Drew for killing Tilly, and stabs Drew! Drew runs away to Dyerwood, a dangerous place for anyone to travel in. Drew found a scout’s apprentice named Whitley who fell off her horse and passed out when she saw Drew. Eventually, her master, a man named Hogan, caught Drew and brought him to Duke Bergan of the werebears. Later, Prince Luke came to get Drew to find out who and what he was. (Yeah, the prince of all of Lyssia and the seven realms has no clue who the last werewolf is. Laugh all you want.) Drew breaks free thanks to Lord Hector, a wereboar. They go on many adventures to help free Lyssia and the seven realms from the king, King Leopold the werelion. Read the book and enjoy!

United States

Swan Song by Robert McCammon

10 stars

If I could only read just one book for the rest of my life I would choose Swan Song, without a doubt. Which is no small feat considering how many books I've fallen in love with since I first started reading. There is just something so undeniably magical about McCammon's writing and storytelling ablility. This is a book that I would recommend EVERYONE read (even those who don't typically like the horror genre). You won't regret it 😁


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