Featured reader reviews: Page 8

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 Black Elfstone by Terry Brooks

10 stars

First book review I've ever left (and I'm certainly no reading genius). This is partially why I've followed almost all of Terry Brooks offerings. He makes fantasy easier for the reader. To be concise, this novel weaves a fair few characters into the story with a number plot lines that are slightly more appealing than some of the more worn out threads of earlier editions. The characters seem more amibguous in nature (in a good way). I was often suspicious of them all even if they ultimately turned out to be honourable. The tempo was good when compared with the likes of Sword. If only on a practical level, airflight seems to have given the series the ability to switch direction geographically with greater ease lending quicker scene changes. When I finished I was left wondering "what will become of such and such a character". I didn't feel like it was yet another fantasy story being trawled over a trilogy (in this case there will be four books). I have felt this in the past. With Black Elfstone I feel like lots was covered and there's still plenty left to uncover. Just a small note, there is an air of sexuality/sexual mischief alluded to in a number of areas which I've never witnessed before with Terry. Nothing gratuitous but I'm sure you'll recognise it. An enjoyable read reminding me of why I like Terry's more reader friendly approach to fantasy. I never lust for Silmarillion like descriptions or back references so I'm particularly pleased when I'm not asked to wade through them. Hope you all enjoy

Owen
United Kingdom

The Deverry Cycle by Katharine Kerr

10 stars

I couldn't put KK's first eight books down. I'm always surprised they are rarely mentioned in top fantasy series lists. Her system of magic is brilliant. Her Deverry is gritty and believable with a cast of characters that you can follow through their reincarnations over a violent 400 plus years. Highly recommend.

Troy
Canada

Swan Song by Robert McCammon

10 stars

I would give it a 12 out of 10 if i could. If you could only read one book about the apocalypse this should be it. I have read every post apocalypse book I could get my hands on, old ones, new ones, kindle only ones. Nothing compares to Swan Song. The hardest part of reading Swan Song was the knowledge that there was no book to follow. But it didn't need one. Thank you Robert, it is the best book I ever read, and about every 5 years I pick it up ad read it again.... WHERE IS THE MOVIE ???

Lisa
Canada

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

10 stars

This is a book that I could read forever and never get bored, the pure complexity of culture and all together raw feelings displayed by all the characters is incredible, I do believe though that my favourite piece of his works is the concept of the 7 words to make a girl love you. It’s so much fun to find all the different places 7 word sentences appear when Kvothe is speaking to any number of girls. There are very few books out there that have pulled me so thoroughly into the story so completely that on my best and my worst days Rothfuss' words make me forget who and where I am. We all share the fear, joy, laughter and sorrows that take place. We experience the jolt of surprise as "Kote" pauses in his story from his younger self. In my personal opinion for all that that is worth, Patrick Rothfuss is right there along the authors of the classics and even surpassing a few of them. I take great joy in telling people about his works and look forward to what he might come out with next.

Rachelle
United States of America

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

10 stars

One of my favorites, ever. So good! I love the fact that Kvothe breaks the trifecta mold. Most contend with the character that is proactive, likable, and powerful. I think the way that Rothfuss overcomes this is absolutely brilliant. In the autobiographical style in which he writes, we are allowed to take the lead role. Now we are awesome just like Kvothe. Also, inside of this character is where we see the most interesting bits, his weaknesses. Now he's less perfect, but more interesting. Pure genius, all there is to it.

Adam
United States

The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay

9 stars

Few books have brought me to tears as much as this one. An epic tale of love and loss. If their countrymen had been as noble and tolerant as the three main characters, what wonders they could have created together. Left me crying over what might have been. Brave and good people having to cope with a world not as they wanted it to be but as it was. By taking you into the hearts and minds of the people caught up in an epic, world changing struggle, it brings ycloser to the truth of human experience than the history it parallels.

Kristin
USA

The Crippled God by Steven Erikson

10 stars

A fantastic end to a fantastic series. Certainly rewards those who made it to the end. To Tom from Withernsea, I think you need to read back your own review and realise the immense hypocrisy of your statements. Furthermore, I'd place a heavy wager that Ol' Will himself would love many of the narratives in these books!

Dan
England

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.

Sian
Australia

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.

Zayah
Canada

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.

Rob
Canada

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