Tag: Fantasy

My Top Five Fantasy Worlds

My Top Five Fantasy Worlds

It’s no secret to my regular blog readers that I adore fantasy: I just love how through it we can leave behind the mundane world of jobs, schools and grimy towns to discover new, fantastical worlds where magic is rife and literally anything could happen. In fact, the vividness and inventiveness of the world in which a fantasy story is set is one of the primary ways I judge it, whether that world is colourful and enchanting, or gritty and dark. Hence why I thought doing a round up of five of my all time favourite fantasy worlds would make a… Read more »

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

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

‘Checking her anger, she spoke in measured tones. ‘You are not a “captive”. You are my property.’ Kevin studied Mara’s face, ‘No.’ A grin lit his features, rendered wicked and humourless by the anger that lay behind. ‘Your captive. Nothing more. Never anything more.’ After reading and loving the first book in Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts Empire Trilogy, I went straight back to the library the following day to check out the second book, and was over a hundred pages in after the first day. I enjoyed this book just as much as the first, and whoever has already checked the… Read more »

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

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

‘A voice rang out. ‘We seek the Lady of the Acoma!’ The Lady of the Acoma. Like a cold knife plunged into the pit of her stomach, the words cut through Mara’s soul. That one sentence forever changed her life.’ Way back when I first started this blog, I posted a review of Raymond E. Feist’s amazing Riftwar Saga, and was recommended in the comments to check out the Empire Trilogy that he had co-written with fellow fantasy author Janny Wurts. Well, over a year later and I’ve finally made a start on this series, and I really wish I… Read more »

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Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

‘A queen – a raging and fiery and perhaps more than a little cruel – had found him tonight…Despite the dirt and blood on her, Aelin’s face was tan and flushed with colour, and – different. Older, as if the stillness and power she radiated had honed not just her soul but also the very shape of her.’ Warning: Spoilers When the long-awaited fourth Throne of Glass book was released and the flood of reviews started coming in, it’s fair to say I was a little worried. Despite the Throne of Glass books’ status as a hugely loved series in the… Read more »

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Review: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Review: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

‘I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life…My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.’ As someone who reads a lot of fantasy, there is a danger that all the books I read can become a bit samey (eg. a lot of LOTR rip offs). So its been pretty refreshing lately that I’ve not only read the uniquely wonderful Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson but also The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss… Read more »

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Review: The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

Review: The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

‘“What do you want?” she whispered. You know what I want. You’ve always known. And she did. She had sensed it in the moment when she had touched the thing. Ruin, she called it. It had very simple desires. To see the world come to its end.’ So, I finally did it: I completed Brandon Sanderson’s epic Mistborn trilogy. Before reading this series I had been meaning to read some of Sanderson’s books for ages, and I wasn’t disappointed, as I absolutely loved this! I am now super excited to read some of his other books (I particularly have my… Read more »

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Review: Half The World by Joe Abercrombie

Review: Half The World by Joe Abercrombie

‘”In time she will send half the world against us. If we are to resist her, we need allies.” “Where do we find allies?” Father Yarvi smiled. “Amongst our enemies, where else?”‘ It has literally been months since I read Half A King, the first book in Joe Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea series, and I’ve finally read the second book Half The World. Hooray! To be honest, although I loved Half A King I had kind of been putting off reading Half The World because I was worried about the fact it looked (from the blurb at least) as if the… Read more »

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

“You can either die tonight or offer your life to Prythian by living in it forever, forsaking the human realm.”’ Warning: Minor spoilers. Considering my love of Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series (and you should check out my Heir of Fire review for some serious ranting about this series!) I was really excited to see her take on a completely different story, set of characters and world in A Court of Thorns and Roses. I was certainly curious as to whether or not I would like it as much as Throne of Glass, and whilst I don’t think… Read more »

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Review: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

Review: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

‘The Lord Ruler was dead. Even a year later, Vin sometimes found that concept difficult to grasp. The Lord Ruler had been…everything. King and god, lawmaker and ultimate authority. He had been eternal and absolute, and now he was dead.’ A few weeks ago I reviewed the first book in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn Trilogy, The Final Empire, and I’ve finally got round to reading the second book in the series, The Well of Ascension. Following on from the events of The Final Empire, the kingdom is adjusting to life without the tyrannical rule of the Lord Ruler. Elend Venture rules as… Read more »

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My Top Ten Harry Potter Characters

My Top Ten Harry Potter Characters

Warning: Anyone who hasn’t read the Harry Potter books, be warned that this list includes spoilers for the entire series (which you should go and read right now!). Like so many others who were children or teenagers in the late nineties/early noughties, I grew up reading Harry Potter. My parents bought me the first two books for my eighth birthday, and from then on I was hooked. Every year after that I was queuing up outside bookshops on the day of the latest release to get my hands on the newest adventures of Harry, Ron and Hermione. In fact there’s been… Read more »

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