Review: The Burning White by Brent Weeks

The Burning White is the long-awaited fifth and final novel in Brent WeeksThe Lightbringer series.

Plot:

War has come to the Chromeria’s doorstep. The White King and his army of wights and pagans set fire to peaceful lands, and people. They want to overthrow the entire system, and have gods by their sides to help them do it. The Order of the Broken Eye has set a one-eyed, starved and colourless Gavin on a quest to find their god, and kill it. He has accepted, for what choice does he have? Kip and the Mighty are trying to save as many as they can from the enemy, but find themselves outnumbered, and burning through their luxin quickly. Teia is working hard, spying for Karris, and killing for the Order. She hopes to bring them all down in one fell swoop, but she’s just one girl armed with paryl. All of them wish to stop the invasion and save the innocent people caught in the crossfire, but failure is only one bad decision away. Continue reading

Review: Horizon Zero Dawn

Though I’d heard the title Horizon Zero Dawn come up a few times here and there on the internet after the game was released, I hadn’t really thought about buying and playing it after I finished God of War and saw some pictures on the internet of Kratos, Atreus and Aloy, and also of Geralt of Rivia and Aloy. I was intrigued, read some reviews and purchased the game.

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Review: The Ace of Skulls by Chris Wooding

The Ace of Skulls is the fourth and final book in the Tales of the Ketty Jay series by Chris Wooding.

Plot:

The crew of the Ketty Jay has been set up, betrayed, double-crossed and shot down. They’ve done terrible things for money, and displayed heroics for no other reason than righteousness. They’re rascals with a heart. But now civil war has come to Vardia, and captain Darian Frey knows his was a large part in its conception. The Archduke’s forces and the religious Awakeners are at each other’s throats, and Vardia is caught int he middle. Frey is determined to keep his crew out of the war, but chaos has a way of disrupting the best laid of plans.

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Review: Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

Throne of the Crescent Moon is the debut novel by American writer Saladin Ahmed, and the first book in The Crescent Moon Kingdoms series. I’ve had this one on my TBR pile for a while now, and it’s been staring at me, all that time, from my bookshelves, telling me to read it.

Plot:

Doctor Adoulla Makhslood is a ghul hunter, but he’s getting up there in age and his body isn’t what it used to be. He’s looking forward to retire in his beloved city of Dhamsawaat and spend the rest of his days drinking delicious teas and enjoying the company of friends. But he knows a peaceful life isn’t for those in his profession: he’ll be fighting ghuls until he’s dead. Adoulla and his devout assistant Raseed go ghul hunting after they find out a village of marsh dwellers has been slaughtered, but they aren’t prepared for what they end up getting entangled in. Something worse than regular ghuls is threatening Dhamsawaat. He recruits his old friends, Litaz the alkhemist and husband Dawoud whose magic is fuelled by his own life force. They are also joined by Badawi tribeswoman Zamia, whose band has been murdered by the same seemingly unstoppable force. Together they must navigate the magical, and the political, for there’s civil war brewing in Dhamsawaat.

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Review: Spiderlight by Adrian Tchaikovsky

A friend of mine had already recommended Adrian Tchaikovsky‘s Shadows of the Apt series to me, but even though I bought the first novel in the series, I jumped at the opportunity to read a stand-alone of his first. To give me a taste of his writing style. That opportunity was Spiderlight.

Plot:

Nth is a spider, a creature of Dark, and completely content to do spidery things, when a group of Man enters the woods he lives in. They burn a path through his many brethren, right up to his mother. He fears for his mother’s live then, and would gladly have given his life to defend hers. But his mother makes a deal with these humans, and one of those conditions is having one of her brood guide them towards the Dark Lord the humans mean to defeat. That guide is be Nth.

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Review: The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin

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I actually bought N.K. Jemisin‘s The Inheritance Trilogy first, but I decided to start on The Dreamblood duology (series?) first. This was my first encounter with N.K. Jemisin and I’m glad it was The Killing Moon that introduced me to her.

Plot:

Ehiru is a Gatherer – one of those who have sworn to keep the city of Gujaareh peaceful. The Gatherers spin magic from dreams when the people of the city sleep and use the magic to help, heal and protect the citizens from those who are corrupt. But when people start dying in their sleep under suspicious circumstances, it is Ehiru who must find out the truth.

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Review: Troy series by David Gemmell &Stella Gemmell

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David Gemmell is one of favourite authors – if not my all-time favourite; he’s the one who hooked me and truly began my journey into the Fantasy genre. This series is a trilogy of historical Fantasy about the Trojan War and it’s spectacular. I was a bit anxious at first when I bought them because 1) I have a love for Greek myths and this is perhaps my favourite, 2) the two last books have been published posthumously and to read these books, knowing that these were literally the last books he ever wrote, would be hard and 3) because the third book was finished by his wife Stella Gemmell, of whom I haven’t read any book, yet. (Though I’m planning on purchasing The City) Continue reading