Featured reader reviews: Page 9

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 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

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

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