Review: Master of Whitestorm by Janny Wurts

I initially bought Master of Whitestorm because I’m trying to read more female fantasy authors, and on r/fantasy Janny Wurts came highly recommended. Rather than jump into a series, I decided to try one of her standalones first. Coincidentally, this book also qualifies for the r/fantasy Underrated square, so that’s two birds caught with one stone!

Plot:

Korendir, Master of Whitestorm, is no ordinary man. Enslaved by the Murghai as a boy, now grown into a man he frees himself and Haldeth, his partner on the oars of the slave ship. But if Haldeth thinks Korendir will live out his days in relative safety, peace and freedom, he is sorely mistaken. For Korendir has other plans.

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Review: Diablo III – Reaper of Souls

I initially bought this game because I was looking for co-op games, so I could play with my younger sister. I bought this one, Mortal Kombat X and got Rayman Legends for my birthday, but I ended up playing this game mostly on my own, because my little sister apparently doesn’t enjoy dungeon crawlers. I, however, do. A lot.

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Review: Ptolemy’s Gate by Jonathan Stroud

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Ptolemy’s Gate is the third book in the Bartimaeus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud and the last book of the Bartimaeus trilogy.

Plot:

London’s magical reign is under threat from the commoners who are being born with strange powers of magical perception and resilience. Nathaniel finds himself right in the middle of it, and he’s not happy. You know who else isn’t happy? Bartimaeus. For two long years he’s been forced to stay on earth to serve Nathaniel, who in his mind has now really become John Mandrake, and he’s getting weaker and weaker. And when Kitty, former resistance member, suddenly summons him to ask questions about magic, resilience and (how dare she!) Ptolemy, Bartimaeus feels that things are spiralling out of control. Continue reading

Review: The Golem’s Eye by Jonathan Stroud

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The Golem’s Eye by Jonathan Stroud is the third book of the Bartimaeus Sequence and the second book of the original Bartimaeus trilogy. It takes place two years after the first book.

Plot:

Nathaniel, the name he goes by now is John Mandrake, is now apprenticed to the Minister of Security and is put on the case of cracking down the resistance. Having previously been mugged by some of its members, Nathaniel feels confident he can crack the case. But as time goes by, and other mysterious attacks in London happen, he’s getting nervous. He knows one person who can help him – if you can call him a person really – figure out what the resistance is up to and what kind of creature is attacking London. Summoning Bartimaeus is the only thing he can do, even though it might place him under the scrutiny of his fellow magicians. After all, Bartimaeus knows his birth name. Continue reading

Review: The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

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The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud is the first book of the Bartimaeus sequence; a contemporary YA Fantasy series. The series is comprised of a trilogy, of which The Amulet of Samarkand is the first book, and a prequel which was published after the trilogy. The sequence is made up of the following novels:

  • The Amulet of Samarkand
  • The Golem’s Eye
  • Ptolemy’s Gate
  • The Ring of Solomon (prequel)

In general, I don’t read YA, but this series is just so good and entertaining, that I had to buy it. Continue reading

Review: Demonstorm by James Barclay

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Demonstorm is the third book of The Legend of The Raven series by James Barclay. It was supposed to be the last book in the series – how couldn’t it be with that ending? – but Barclay decided to add the fourth and last book Ravensoul. A good but surprising call. Anyway, here’s my review.

Plot:

Demons are ruling Balaia. Mankind has been enslaved – except for the Wesmen and the Elves. And that is because they have something that the former rulers of Balaia never had. What neither man nor mage ever had. Faith. Though their souls can’t be taken from them with a demon’s touch, they can still be killed. And it’s not just Balaia that’s under threat. The demons have found their way into the dimension of the dragons as well. And the realm of the dead is next. The Raven have been going their separate ways for five years, some living on Herendereth, others on Calaius. They no longer care for Balaia, since its inhabitants were so quick to forget all that The Raven has done for them. But there is one call they cannot ignore. One call they must heed. The dead are being threatened. And Ilkar is amongst them. Continue reading