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Place of birth: Brunssum (Netherlands)
Now living: Tilburg (Netherlands)

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Koen Peters's 21 reviews

Winter Be My Shield by Jo Spurrier (Children of the Black Sun)

For more than a dozen years we’ve been taught to fear winter by the increasingly popular phrase “Winter is coming…” (Thanks, George!), but its dangers seem abstruse, and far from the sheltered life that we are familiar with. In this debut by Jo Spurrier, we get a glimpse of the horror that is winter. The constant exposur...

8.8/10

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The Eye of Valeria by TR Rankin (The Valerian Chronicles)

What does it mean to be a king? Is it a thing ordained by the gods, or to be seized with an iron fist? Or, is it something else entirely, something visceral to a man himself that makes him a king? And what happens to the man when that crown is taken away? Balazar, a Valerian, is such a man. At the age of fifteen this heir to the throne of Valeri...

7.0/10

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Isinda by Rhett C Bruno

Isinda is a world inhabited by several races. One race, the Deimor, used to reign supreme over all these races because they are a warrior-race. The other races did not like this and decided to field a huge army to defeat the Deimor. Their incredible number was just enough to succeed, but immediately afterwards their alliance broke up and every r...

4.5/10

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The Prodigal Mage by Karen Miller (Kingmaker, Kingbreaker)

Life has been peaceful since the tragic events of The Awakened Mage. Asher of Resthaven, the Innocent Mage, has settled down and most remains of Morg’s magic have been eradicated. But the worst is yet to come...Moods sour and tension rises as nearly ten years after the defeat of Morg, Olken all over Lur feel a huge sense of unease i...

9.0/10

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The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn)

A lot of writers return to worlds that they have created; it’s such a waste after all to discard all those places, peoples and cultures that you’ve brought to life. But Sanderson went a step further! Instead of, as he phrases it, clinging to “[...] the idea of fantasy worlds as static places, where millennia would pass and tech...

9.8/10

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In Wilder Lands by Jim Galford (The Fall of Eldvar)

As a wildling, Estin is despised by the inhabitants of his city. Being lower than a beggar, every day is a f(l)ight for survival. When he’s tricked into doing a job for the Thieves’ Guild his life takes an unexpected turn. He meets a prideful wildling, something he would have deemed impossible. When she’s attacked and captured ...

8.0/10

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The Omen Machine by Terry Goodkind (The Sword of Truth Series)

An accident leads to the discovery of a mysterious machine that has rested hidden deep underground for countless millennia. The machine awakens to begin issuing a series of increasingly alarming, if minor, omens. The omens turn out to be astonishingly accurate, and ever more ominous.As Zedd tries to figure out how to destroy the sinister ...

7.7/10

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The Awakened Mage by Karen Miller (Kingmaker, Kingbreaker)

Few could forget the mind-blowing last chapter of The Innocent Mage, which turned the whole world upside down. Immediately picking up the pace, the Awakened Mage continues directly after the dreadful accident. Grief-stricken, Gar and Asher try with all their might to keep everything together. The odds are not in their favour though, since they a...

9.0/10

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Big Dragons Don't Cry by CM Barrett (A Dragon´┐Żs Guide to Destiny)

Big Dragons Don’t Cry is a tale about a young kitten, Tara, who is conceived to become the Chosen, she who will start The Quest. No-one knows exactly what the Quest entails, but all cats are sure that it is of the upmost importance. The only thing that they know is that humanity has gone too far, and the only thing that can restore the wor...

8.5/10

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Swallowed By The Cracks by Thomas McMahon Browne and Smith

Swallowed By The Cracks is the latest (7th) compilation of four Dark Fantasy / Horror writers by John Everson and Bill Breedlove. They are the producers of the yearly ‘Dark Arts Books’ anthologies. The latest four authors that contributed to their anthology were Lee Thomas, Gary McMahon, S. G. Browne and Michael Marshall Smith. Each ...

8.0/10

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Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

I have found myself in a bit of a Brandon Sanderson mood, of late, thanks mostly to my lacklustre feelings surrounding ‘Steelheart’, and while I have pulled ‘Way of the Kings’ off the shelf to re-read, I also remembered that ‘Warbreaker’ had a bookmark left in the first 150 pages that I hadn’t returned t...

8.8/10

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Farlander by Col Buchanan (Heart of the World)

Nico is a young lad, trying to find his way in the city of Bar-Khos. Being in a constant state of siege for the last decade hasn’t been good on the city and inside its walls the people are desperate. Willing to do anything for a scrap of food, the streets are littered with thieves and prostitutes. Equally desperate, Nico makes a decision t...

6.5/10

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The Rogue by Trudi Canavan (The Traitor Spy Trilogy)

When an author allows themselves to spend time in a universe across time I’m rather happy. By this I mean when an author publishes books from the same universe, but not necessarily the same time; allowing themselves to tell a larger-form story over a period of decades or centuries.I’ve found myself lucky in regards to reading ...

8.3/10

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Stonewielder by Ian C Esslemont (A Novel of the Malazan Empire)

Even after all of this time I still get frustrated and baffled that people don't seem to realise that an author is not beholden to his readers. What frustrates me even more than that is when a reader feels that they can judge the book on a perceived lack of content; unless the book is the finale in a series and the author has died, you have ...

7.3/10

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Ravenheart by David Gemmell (The Rigante Novels)

The proud Rigante are an oppressed people. Their days of glory hundreds of years in the past, they know are forced to bow their heads to the Varlish, who do everything to make the Rigante feel inferior. The Varlish profess they’re a noble and pure race, but traces of these virtues are almost impossible to find. Rigante are not allowed to c...

9.5/10

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Midnight Falcon by David Gemmell (The Rigante Novels)

Midnight Falcon continues the story of the Rigante, starting several years after Connavar’s legacy. Having crushed the overconfident Stone army over a decade ago, the Keltoi tribes are enjoying a fragile peace. Conn however is not fooled, and keeps the tribes united and his army in the field. For he knows it is inevitable that the Stone pe...

8.7/10

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Sword In The Storm by David Gemmell (The Rigante Novels)

Sword in the Storm tells us about a young hero, Connavar of the Rigante. Burdened by the thought of his father being a coward, he’s eager to prove himself. His thoughts are often shadowed, but his heart beats true. The Seidh, malevolent forces of nature, sense his inner turmoil and decide to use him as a plaything, granting him one wish&he...

9.0/10

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The Lion of Cairo by Scott Oden

“The sun hung in the blood-red sky like a misshapen lump of copper, its edges blackened, its face radiating waves of excruciating heat over a landscape ravaged by war.” … Welcome to Egypt!! The Lion of Cairo takes place, well, mainly in Cairo of course! It's the middle of the twelfth century, during the times of the Crusad...

8.0/10

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The Sword of Albion by Mark Chadbourn (Sword of Albion)

The year is 1588, and tension runs high between Spain and England. It's in this world that the spy Will Swyfte makes his appearance. He's famous throughout all of England for his exploits against the Spanish, but not everything is as it seems…Obscured by history, a race of supernatural beings harasses human kind, by many kn...

6.0/10

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Imager by LE Modesitt Jr (Imager Portfolio)

I've always like Modesitt's books. The Recluce Saga, The Spellsong Saga, and The Corean Chronicles have always stood out as unique in their style of fantasy writing compared to contemporary authors like Feist, Eddings, Wurts, Donaldson etc.… The reason for this is that each book has been strongly imbued with social and political p...

7.6/10

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The Drowning City by Amanda Downum (The Necromancer Chronicles)

The Drowning City is the first book in an upcoming trilogy, The Necromancer Chronicles. It tells of Issylt, a young necromancer and assassin sent to start a revolution. That immediately sets the stage for a dark world and that is what it sure proved to be!The Drowning City, Symir, is a city torn by factions. After years of oppression the ...

6.8/10

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