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.

Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames

9 stars

I'm no wordsmith to explain how much I enjoyed this book, but I have read my fair share of fantasy. This... This was magnificent. I've read many authors from David Gemmell, R.A. Salvatore, Mercedes Lackey and many more, but the joy, sadness and attachment I have to these characters in one book is amazing. I'm 28 books into the Drizzt series and somehow I find myself more familiar and bonded to Tam and Fable than Drizzt and the Companions of the hall. I might just be an emotional guy, but knowing I have no more to read of Tam her newly acquired family of Fable is almost bringing me to tears. I will undoubtedly read this multiple times, and find more joy from each read. A masterpiece that few books have been able to replicate.


The Last Mortal Bond by Brian Staveley

3 stars

I'm with Daryl Brown. I enjoyed The Emperor's Blades, though I largely agreed with your criticism. I also thought the first half of The Providence of Fire rather dull, though still doable. The second half caught steam again, so I was eager to begin with The Last Mortal Bond. What a disappointment. The first 40 chapters had almost all introductions that safely can be skipped: Staveley endlessly is either describing landscapes or the thoughts of the protagonists or both. The last 20 chapters I mainly read diagonally. They were not only boring but also predictable. The few attempted twists were lame. I rated the book one point lower than DarylB because at the end I didn't care about Kaden, Adare and Valyn anymore either. Their characters had changed (duh) by becoming onedimensional (bah). And never mind that we won't learn what happened with several sidekicks we learned to love.


Legion by Brandon Sanderson

8 stars

‘Cometh the hour, cometh the man’, succinctly sums up the central character/idea in this short entertaining novelette. I loved the interplay between the lead character’s ‘aspects’ which are so much more entertaining than even the plot of this book - a photographic time machine of sorts. The short length of this book also leads to its joy that is ...how can it resolve itself in such a short amount of print. It does so, just, enticing one to the next novel in the series. Well worth a few hours of one’s time. Enjoy.


Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling

10 stars

This book made me feel like I was taken to another land. I love it and others should too. I really enjoyed the humpr and thrill that were somehow mixed together into a perfect story. J.K Rowling has that little touch that makes everyone LOVE her books. EVeryone needs to buy it!


Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

10 stars

It is the best dystopian novel I have ever read A really nice sense of humor and very good language the idea of the world of this novel is very unique - not just the fact that the whole society is based on colours one can see, but also the strange inventions and phenomena that are randomly laying around. just one warning: after a few chapters you wont be able to stop.


The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

10 stars

It is a 10. You can get lost in The Lord of the Rings. If you allow it to it can transform your life. It touches on many aspects of the world today and highlights internal struggles and the need for victory over those difficulties. Yet it keeps you entertained and is not moralistic in anyway. There is ecstatic joy and deep and troubling waters to cross in this story of the Dark Lord trying to subdue Middle Earth without the majority of the population not even knowing there is danger. Yet small and mighty forces alike must stand up to the evil in the world. There is a price to pay that each person must decide whether they will first of all be aware of the darknessof the soul. Secondly, decide to oppose EVIL no matter what the cost. And thirdly understand that even in victory there is tremendous loss. But when fighting the good fight there neverending satisfaction and that it is well worth the struggle.


Fatal Revenant by Stephen Donaldson

2 stars

I loved the first two trilogies from Stephen Donaldson so much that I have reread them three times. I found Runes of the Earth and Fatal Revenant too complex to understand and not an enjoyable read as a consequence. Twice I have started reading Fatal Revenant and and given up one third of the way through the book. Did not bother with the next two books. Where has the magic gone Stephen?


A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay

10 stars

I fell into this tale and never wanted to climb out. I agree that this could be his best work, or at least rivals his best, and it did remind me overall of The Lions of All-Rassan. The shifting points of view, the gorgeous prose, the deeply-written characters, and the unpredictability of the plot, all of these make the story even better. I wished I had been reading on my Kindle so I could highlight, but which words would I not have highlighted?? This is an exceptional piece of fiction and highly recommended.


Dawn of Wonder by Jonathan Renshaw

10 stars

If you like Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, Brent Weeks or Patrick Rothfuss then this is for you. I was surprised at how amazing this novel is.


White Gold Wielder by Stephen Donaldson

10 stars

This is the second book of the second trilogy. I read these books as a teenager and 40 years later I am still not less pleased with the books content. Great imagination and vision truly original. Forget in depth analysis of professional critiques. This is a great followup to the original trilogy and fans should be eager to buy this series


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