Tag: Fantasy

Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

‘Arin wondered if she would lift her eyes, but wasn’t worried he would be seen in the garden’s shadows. He knew the law of such things: people in brightly lit places cannot see into the dark.’ A couple of weeks ago I published a blog post about just how crazy my physical TBR pile had become, and I asked readers to suggest which book I should tackle next. The one that seemed to come up the most in the comments was The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, so I decided it was time to finally read it after having owned a copy… Read more »

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5 Reasons To Read Fantasy

5 Reasons To Read Fantasy

It’s been a couple of weeks since the first post in my blog series highlighting some of my favourite genres (5 Reasons To Read Historical Fiction), so I thought it was time I did another. Today I’m talking about my all time favourite genre fantasy, and why I think you should read it if you don’t already. And if you do already read fantasy I’d love to hear what you love most about it in the comments! So here are 5 Reasons To Read Fantasy: Escapism. Lets face it, life can be a little mundane at times. In between the… Read more »

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Review: Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

Review: Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

‘“For indeed you have a choice. You can flee and hide, and wait to be found. You can live out your days in terror, without meaning. Or you can take the harder choice, and you can save them.”’ If you remember my post from a couple of weeks back, I explained how I barely ever read randomly any more, and that I had picked this book on a whim at the bookshop to try and remedy that. And I fell so lucky with my random read, because this book was absolutely AMAZING! Set in Celtic Britain, Daughter of the Forest… Read more »

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My Top Ten Sarah J. Maas Characters

My Top Ten Sarah J. Maas Characters

Warning: This post will contain spoilers for most of the currently released Sarah J. Maas books, so don’t read on if you haven’t read them and don’t want them spoilt! I’ve previously done lists of my top ten A Song of Ice and Fire and Harry Potter characters, so I thought it was time to do a list of my favourite Sarah J. Maas characters, seen as she’s one of my favourite authors (yep, I’m a book blogger cliche!). I just recently finished reading the Throne of Glass prequel novellas Assassin’s Blade, so this list includes characters from that, the Throne… Read more »

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Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

‘”There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”’ Warning: Minor Spoilers. Maggie Stiefvater is an author whose work I’ve been meaning to check out for some time, and the Raven Cycle is a series that I’ve heard so much about that I was really excited to finally get to start it. I did enjoy it, but if I’m entirely honest (and please don’t kill me in my sleep Maggie Stiefvater fans!), I didn’t love it quite as much as… Read more »

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Review: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

Review: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

‘Did you talk?’ Glokta could’t help himself, he spluttered with shrill laughter… ‘Did I talk? I talked until my throat was raw. I told them everything I could think of. I screamed every secret I’d heard. I babbled like a fool. When I ran out of things to tell them I made things up. I pissed myself and cried like a girl. Everyone does.’ ‘But not everyone survives. Two years in the Emperor’s prisons. No one else lasted half that long.’ I don’t know why when I still have one more book left to read in Joe Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea trilogy, I decided it was… Read more »

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Series I Haven’t Finished

Series I Haven’t Finished

As a general rule, if I’ve enjoyed the first book in a series, I’ll be all over the second book almost as soon as I’ve finished the first. For example, the A Song of Ice and Fire books (the ones released so far, anyway!) were all devoured within a few weeks, one after the other, and I made short work of Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurt’s Empire Trilogy and Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy. However, I’ve also realised that I tend to start a lot of series and then never finish them, and often it isn’t a case of me not enjoying them, but simply that… Read more »

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Review: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

Review: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

‘He fought as he wished he had all those years ago, for the chance he had missed. In that moment between storms–when the rain stilled and the winds drew in their breaths to blow–he danced with the slayer of kings, and somehow held his own.’ A few weeks ago I posted to rave about the first book in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive, The Way of Kings, and I’ve now read the second book, Words of Radiance and loved it even more. So expect further ranting! In this second instalment (I say instalment as if it’s a small episode, and not… Read more »

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Review: Mistress of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts

Review: Mistress of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts

‘Too many events in this Empire twisted in upon themselves, until centuries of unbending customs led their society towards stagnation and entropy.’ Warning: Minor Spoilers. In this final book in Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts Empire trilogy the level of political intrigue rises (a feat I didn’t think possible after the events of Servant of the Empire) along with the stakes to make this the most exciting book in the entire series. Mara, now Servant of the Empire (an adopted member of the Emperor’s family and an almost mythical figure, adored by the masses) is living in tranquility with… Read more »

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Review: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Review: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

‘Speak again the ancient oaths, life before death. Strength before weakness. Journey before destination. And return to men the Shards they once bore. The Knights Radiant must stand again.’ The Way of Kings is set in a world that is frequently rocked by immense storms, and is in a state of war, centuries after the fall of the legendary Knights Radiant. All that remains of these mythical figures are their Shardblades and Shardplates – armour and swords that transform their users into near invincible warriors. These days the Shards are the property of the highest in the kingdom, and are used in the war… Read more »

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