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Place of birth: Purmerend, Noord-Holland, the Netherlands
Now living: Zuid-Oost Beemster, Noord-Holland, the Netherlands

3 favourite authors

3 favourite books

3 favourite films

David Stoit's 19 reviews

Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence (Broken Empire)

'Emperor of Thorns' is the third and final part of 'The Broken Empire' series, so my advice is to read the previous two books, 'Prince of Thorns' and 'King of Thorns', first. I find that when a new book in a series arrives I normally do not make the effort to re-read the preceding books first but this time, contra...

9.8/10

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Chimera by Rob Thurman (Korsak Brothers series)

Ten years ago, Stefan Korsak's younger brother was kidnapped. Not a day has passed that Stefan hasn't thought about him. As a rising figure in the Russian mafia, he has finally found him. But when he rescues Lukas, he must confront a terrible truth - his brother is no longer his brother. He is a trained, genetically-altered killer. Now, ...

8.2/10

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Ashes of a Black Frost by Chris Evans (The Iron Elves)

The Calahrian Empire is collapsing. All across the realm native populations are rising up to throw off the shackles of colonial rule. Two key factors drive this - the return of the Stars of Power and Knowledge and the spread of the Shadow Monarch's forest. The result is that the Calahrian Imperial Army is stretched thin trying to maintain or...

7.0/10

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The Light of Burning Shadows by Chris Evans (The Iron Elves)

This is the second book in ‘The Iron Elves’ trilogy. It is meant to be read in the right order so if you’ve missed ‘A Darkness forged in Fire’, check out our review, it’s certainly worth your time!The first story began slowly and at first you almost got the impression that the book was just all fun. The...

8.3/10

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Red Country by Joe Abercrombie

“You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”– Obi Wan Kanobi, Star WarsThere is a growing focus on gritty, dirty, realistic tales. Les Miserables was an almost too realistic view of revolutionary France, with all of the dirt, grime, sores, blood, and sweat associated with a poor underclass soci...

8.7/10

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A Darkness Forged in Fire by Chris Evans (The Iron Elves)

Book one of the Iron Elves is the début story of Chris Evans. If I would be asked to describe the book in a small amount of words I would say:  "An enjoyable mix between ‘high-epic’ and military ‘Napoleon war-style  fantasy‘, a kind of mixed version of ‘the Black Company’ and the ‘D...

7.8/10

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Academ’s Fury by Jim Butcher (The Codex Alera)

‘Academ’s Fury’ is the second book in ‘The Codex Alera’ series. ‘Furies of Calderon’ I grudgingly gave a pretty high 7.2. Perhaps a little too high, because there were quite a few points that bothered me a bit.Anyway… I had high expectations for book two, ‘Furies of Calderon’ as...

4.0/10

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Feed by Mira Grant (The Newsflesh Trilogy)

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trai...

4.0/10

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All Seeing Eye by Rob Thurman

Picking up a small, pink shoe from the grass forever changed young Jackson Lee’s life. Not only did its presence mean that his sister Tessa was dead – murdered and stuffed in the deep, black water of a narrow well but the shoe itself told him so.Tessa’s death triggers an even more horrific family massacre, that combined ...

8.2/10

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King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence (Broken Empire)

‘King of Thorns’ is book two of ‘The Broken Empire’ and if you haven’t read ‘Prince of Thorns’ yet I advise you to skip this review and start reading the first book. It certainly is an experience you’ll not easily forget.Why? Because ‘Prince of Thorns’ blew my mind. Sometimes you...

9.7/10

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Madhouse by Rob Thurman (Cal Leandros series)

'My brother had spent a lifetime - mine, at least - telling me that I was normal, that I wasn't a monster. With his help, I'd finally realized that as long as I could remain who I was, I could survive what I was. It was only bad genes...'Half-human Cal Leandros and his brother, Niko, aren't exactly prospering with thei...

8.4/10

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The Concrete Grove by Gary McMahon

My experience with Horror is limited, mostly I read Fantasy and I bought this book with the idea in mind to try some new fantasy. Something laid-back to read, which horror doesn't really seem to aim for in my opinion. Well, all in all, it seemed a waste to not even try it so I reluctantly started reading.I got surprised and not badly ...

8.0/10

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The Highwayman by RA Salvatore (Saga of the First King)

The first thing that comes to mind about this book is that it was entertaining. The plot is all right, the characters are all right, if not a bit two dimensional. Honestly the whole book is all right, for a certain reader.I believe that this story is for those of us that love superhero stories, kind of the American superhero-comics except...

7.0/10

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Furies Of Calderon by Jim Butcher (The Codex Alera)

Jim Butcher has been a big name in the urban fantasy genre for some time. His Dresden Files are, in my opinion, deserving off all the praise they get. I own, up to this date, his whole Dresden series. The last four I've even bought hardcover because I couldn’t wait for the paperback edition... Willingly spending easily twice the cash i...

7.2/10

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Moonshine by Rob Thurman (Cal Leandros series)

I was born a monster.No big deal, right? Monsters are everywhere in this world. But I am not talking your sweaty pedophile or your serial killer with a cold and silent harem buried in his crawling space. No I am talking about the real deal. Creatures that scuttled across the surface of this world when the air was sulphuric acid and the ni...

9.5/10

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Nightlife by Rob Thurman (Cal Leandros series)

'There are monsters among us. There always have been and there always will be. I've know that since I can remember, just like I've always known that I was one... Well, half of one anyway.' Cal Leandros is 19. He eats junk food, he doesn't clean up after himself and fights with his half brother Niko. It's a fairly normal l...

9.0/10

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The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie

This is a stand alone novel, but having previously read Abercrombie's First Law books is highly recommended. Some old heroes return, a new lot show their faces and some of the underlying currents will certainly be recognised.I recommend this story to everyone who wants to read something from of the heroic fantasy genre. Its unique in ...

8.0/10

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White Wolf by David Gemmell (Skilgannon the Damned)

David Gemmell has been one of my favourites since I’ve started upon fantasy. After Tolkien I stubbornly disliked any book I read until came across Legend from Gemmell. That book simply changed my life, making me aware that there were was more brilliant fantasy and since then I’ve searched out and read every book he wrote.Howev...

7.0/10

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Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie

Let me start by making one thing very clear: Joe Abercrombie has a very special gift with words. He is capable of writing beautifully vivid or dangerously horrific scenes with the same quality. I enjoyed ‘The Blade Itself’ well enough, though sadly not enough to continue reading the following two books in the trilogy (“one day&...

7.2/10

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