Review: The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

I had only read Deerskin by Robin McKinley previously, and I bought The Blue Sword because I liked her writing style and storytelling. It was a very good decision on my part, if I do say so myself.

Plot:

Harry Crewe is an orphan of high standing who is sent, by her brother, to live in Damar, a desert country shared by the native Hillfolk and the Homelanders. Her life there is quiet, and somewhat dull, but she grows to love the land even so. Then, one night, she is taken from the home of her caretakers in the night, by Corlath, the Hillfolk King. She knows not his purpose, and neither does he. All he knows is he’ll need her in the war to come. Continue reading

Review: Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay

Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay is the third book by this author that I’ve read so far, and as always, Kay delivers.

Plot:

Shen Tai has been labouring for two years to lay at rest the bones of the thousands of Kitan and Taguran warriors that lie naked at Kuala Nor, in honour of his late father. He labours day after day, and listens to the angry and sad voices of the ghosts of the slain at night. Soldiers from both sides of the conflict, and both fortresses on either side, honour his hard work, and help by providing provisions and whatever he might need. The official mourning period is almost over, but Shen Tai has not yet thought of what he would do when it is. Then a princess of Kitan, now one of the Tarugan leader’s wives, gifts him with 250 Sardian horses. A most dangerous gift that causes Tai’s world to change forever.

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Review: Kellanved’s Reach by Ian. C. Esslemont

Kellanved’s Reach is the final instalment of the Path to Ascendancy trilogy by Ian C. Esslemont, and I remember pre-ordering it as soon as I heard it was coming out.

Plot:

Kellanved, Dancer and Surly have great plans for Malaz Island, and Kellanved has even greater plans for the future. The city states of Quon Tali are warring amongst each other, too busy to care much about the upstart Dal Honese mage scheming behind the scenes. But they should take him more seriously, as should everyone who serves him, or call him his ally. Kellanved cares little about politics or war. He is looking to uncover a mystery, one much darker and more dangerous than anyone could imagine. The Army of Dust and Bone. Continue reading

Review: The Providence of Fire by Brian Staveley

The Providence of Fire is the second book in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series by Brian Staveley. I started this one immediately after finishing The Emperor’s Blades.

Plot:

The children of the late Emperor of Annur all go their separate ways towards figuring out who is behind the coup and the murder of their father. Kaden, the heir to the throne, seeks to ally with the Ishien; an elusive sect of monks devoted to defeating the Csestriim. Valyn and his Wing are making their way through the steppe towards Annur, but the Urghul are in their way. And Adare, eldest child and daughter, who now knows who murdered her father, does everything in her power to stay out of his hands and secure her own army. None of them knows whom to trust, and who the true enemy is.

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Review: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Hearts of Stone & Blood and Wine

I’m just going to come out and say it: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is my favourite game of all the games I’ve played so far since I got my PS4. I have the strange penchant to start with the third installment of game series (God of War, Diablo, Dragon Age), and this time it was no different. I never played the previous games, but I owned The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski, and I read that immediately after starting up the game. I bought this game at the end of 2015, beginning of 2016, and though I finished the main quest of Wild Hunt somewhere in 2017, it wasn’t until yesterday that I finished the last of the two DLC.

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Review: Heart of Granite by James Barclay

Heart of Granite by James Barclay is the first book in the Blood & Fire series. It’s more sci fi than I thought it would be, (as in…completely) but that doesn’t throw me off as much as it would have years ago.

Plot:

War has torn the world apart, and there are no signs that the war is going to end anytime soon. Max Halloran is a hunter-killer drake pilot of the behemoth Heart of Granite, and if you were to ask the man himself, the best of the best. He is a part of Inferno-X, and his glamorous life consists mostly of getting praise, piloting his drake Martha, fighting the enemy, and sleeping with his girlfriend. He’s living the dream and partying hard, knowing that a drake pilot’s life tends to be brief. Either you die on the wing, or you Fall. But then Max hears something he shouldn’t, something that turns his world upside down. And he refuses to let it go.

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Review: Lady of the Lake by Andrzej Sapkowski

Lady of the Lake is the last book in the Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski. I’ve heard that there’s another book, Season of Storms, which will come out (translated in English) in 2018, but I think that one’s a short story collection.

Plot:

Ciri escaped the torturing arms of her pursuer, and fled into the Tower of Swallows. It transported her to a world of Elves, but not the Elves she knows. She is a prisoner, and they will only let her go if she agrees to do one thing. One terrible thing. Meanwhile Geralt is looking for Ciri back in their world with his companions, trying to save her from those who wish to harm her, or control her. Yennefer has been put in chains, and tortured, by people who want to get their hands on her surrogate daughter. And the Emperor of Nilfgaard too has his eye on the prize.

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Review: The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks

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The Blood Mirror is the fourth and penultimate book in Brent WeeksThe Lightbringer series. I preordered this one and when I received it, I read it from cover to cover in two and a half days. I would’ve probably finished it sooner if I didn’t have to work one of those days.

Plot:

The Colour Prince has now declared himself the White King, and the Chromeria is slowly losing the war. Karris, as the new White, is trying all she can to keep the strands that keep their society together from unravelling, but is still hurt by the kidnapping of Gavin, right after she saved him, and from right under her nose. Andross Guile is now promachos, and Zymun is the Prism Elect; he can’t become the true Prism until a certain knife has been found. Kip and the Mighty are fighting the White King’s army, contesting his advance every step of the way. Teia finds out the world she lives in is no longer black and white. Gavin is held captive in a prison of his own design, and finds out some horrible truths about the world, and himself.

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Review: The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie

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The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie is another stand-alone novel in the world we first explored with The First Law trilogy. It comes after Best Served Cold, and before Red Country.

Plot:

Black Dow took the North from the Bloody-Nine by stabbing him in the back and now rules with a black and iron fist. The Dogman and in turn the Union have come to make war, to get revenge for the death of Logen Ninefingers, and to further other agendas. Both sides are stubborn, both sides claim they’re in the right. But what’s right about war?

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