Book Review: Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

“Sometimes a hypocrite is nothing more than a man in the process of changing.”

Synopsis
Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive, #3)

Dalinar Kholin’s Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction, and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

Nestled in the mountains high above the storms, in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths dark secrets lurking in its depths. And Dalinar realizes that his holy mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put aside Dalinar’s blood-soaked past and stand together–and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past–even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not prevent the end of civilization.

Review

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I’m going to start this by saying Ths Stormlight Archives is one of my favourite books series, with the first book ‘The Way of Kings’ potentially being my all time favourite book. This is pretty impressive in itself as I generally only read fantasy, especially epic fantasy when I’m really in the mood for it and to be labelled all time favourite, well that’s just something else entirely haha. Mainly what I’m trying to say is that I was a tad excited for this one, (okay maybe a bit more than a tad). So what did I think?

Well it was pretty much everything I expected to be which was both totally awesome and sort of disappointing at the same time. What I mean by that is I had high expectations it’s one I have been waiting eagerly for and pre-ordered as soon as I could so the fact that it met all those expectations was fantastic, it was kind of disappointing because it didn’t go above those expectations, the last two books, especially the first was full of so many  ‘whoa’ moments that although there was definitely a few scattered within this book I kind of expected that at least something would be revealed which kind of took away from the effect. Now I know this is most definitely a first world problem but it just didn’t leave me with that absolutely knocked my socks of kind of feeling. At this point there is also a lot of characters and whole lot of POV chapters that sometimes I did have to go back and just refresh myself on what was going on. I also think I missed a fair bit there is just too much going on the whole time. But you know that’s what re-reads are for.

What I did adore about this book is getting to not only explore the main characters a whole lot more, some of whom I was becoming increasingly worried about but we got to delve into a lot of minor character development, I know I just said that there were a few to many different POV but some were ones I had been dying to read! There was also two absolute draw dropping moments in my opinion in the book, the kind that I had been sitting patiently waiting for and I’m going to be honest really didn’t see them coming! In a 1300 page book though it would of been nice to see maybe one or two more. With all that said I did thoroughly enjoy reading through the book, and am definitely waiting for the next already!

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes, I think it’s kind of necessary 

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Of course


 

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An Unexpected Bonding – Lilly Rayman

“I find myself floating in a dreamlike state, but I’m surrounded by darkness. Yet I know I’m still alive, despite my last memory being of a wolf’s jaw locked around my neck, trying to squeeze the life out of me.”

Goodreads Synopsis:

For centuries there has been hatred, bloodshed and killing between the vampire and 24793221wolf nations. A supernatural race, older than both vampire and wolf, have foreseen a future of peace and prosperity. The few work together for the benefit of all, to bring about this peace. Meanwhile, enemies within the wolf nation are working to upset the balance of power. Will the unexpected bonding between wolf and vampire be enough to overcome the centuries of hatred and bring peace and unity to all? Will the wolf and the vampire overcome their own heartaches to accept their bonding and let romance evolve? At the death of her mother, Livvie was now the only wolf-less member of the Romulus pack, and found it almost impossible to live with them. With the Alpha’s permission she left to travel the country. When she fell in love, she found her place in the world and settled with the man of her dreams on his cattle ranch in Texas. But after nearly a decade away from the pack, Livvie’s life is about to change. Darius, an ancient vampire, son of the Egyptian Sun God Ra, is wandering. His heart is aching, and his soul is restless. Eventually he finds himself in Texas, working for a beautiful woman with a magnetic pull he does not understand. It’s only when she is taken from him, that he recognises a bond that is stronger than all others. The truth of that bond will shake him to his core. Isia is Darius’ twin sister. She has also found herself in a life threatening situation, unable to free herself and praying for death to claim her. Until she is found and rescued from an unlikely source, and her life takes an unexpected change of immense proportions. As Beta of the Romulus pack, Cato has worked tirelessly at his Alpha’s side. After decades of searching and never finding his soul-mate, he had given up on his search, and resigned himself that maybe the Fates were not to be so kind to him. But on a rescue mission for a lost pack member, Cato finds out that Fate had plans for him all along.

Review:

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I’m going to be honest I was expecting something completely different going into this book, but I can safely say though surprised it was a good surprise. Now the main reason I expected something different was because this is not like the usual vampire/werewolf book I have read before, for one it includes Fae. Two it gives an interesting origin story for both vampires and wolf, which originate partly from Egyptian and Roman legend, both of which I adore.

The stories itself is full of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged, as I mentioned there is a bit of back story and most characters also have a history which the reader get’s to explore. All characters where well written and each had a distinct voice which I thought was impressive as there are a lot of characters! What was also intriguing to me was that the Wolf’s and their humans had different personalities, two beings living as one, I really liked this idea as it gives a whole other aspect to the idea of ‘Werewolf or Wolf’. Another thing that I thought the author did incredibly well with was being able to incorporate so many ‘mythical creatures’ each had their part to play and where able to easily be incorporated into the world.

My only kind of problem with the story was that at times I found it hard to follow, not because of the number of characters, but because some scenes get repeated from a different perspective, which I like as tool to see into the characters minds and personalities but I did find confusing at times.

However this is definitely a book I would recommend, especially those looking for a different kind of take on vampires and werewolf (and fae)!

Thank you to the Author for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

 

Book Review: The Hundredth Queen by Emily R King

“We are all half-demon, half-god. The demon half being the mortal side that continually errs, and the godly half being the side that strives to improve. In each life, we endeavour to raise our standing and become closer to everlasting perfection.”

Goodreads Synopsis:The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen, #1)

As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.

In Emily R. King’s thrilling fantasy debut, an orphan girl blossoms into a warrior, summoning courage and confidence in her fearless quest to upend tradition, overthrow an empire, and reclaim her life as her own.

Review:

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I had seen this book floating around Goodreads, so when I saw it NetGalley I knew it was one I had to request, the story-line seemed interesting and I really love that cover! However I felt that although this book had so much potential but in the end just didn’t quite meet the mark, not to say that it wasn’t entertaining, it was just a little too predictable.

Kalinda begins her journey as the unattractive sickly orphan who has so much potential, although she see’s herself as less able then her other ‘sisters’ she has an ‘inner fire’ which shines through. Although I didn’t really connect to her as a character I didn’t dislike her and she definitely had her moments of awesomeness. I think the main problem that I had was the instalove between her and Deven, it just didn’t feel like they worked as a couple, there was no build up, no real sexual tension between them, but after the first time they saw each other they were obsessed. I don’t always mind instalove in books but it just didn’t feel right in this one.

The plot was fast paced and I did enjoy the overall story, yes there were parts which were painfully predictable, but it was well thought out and engaging and the main reason I brought my rating up from 3 to 3 and a half stars. The ending wasn’t as ‘explosive’ as it could of been but it showed that the author was willing to put lives on the line to move the book forward which for me is always something good to see. I will definitely be checking out the next book in the series but not with any sense of urgency.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3.5/5

Would I read again: Probably not

Would I Recommend: If you like YA fantasy then this is probably for you

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Indie Author Showcase – Chris Pridmore

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to another Indie Author Showcase! The author of today’s showcase is Chris Pridmore and his debut novel ‘The Last Child of Leif’.

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Forced from my home, I find myself fleeing from the evil forces that killed my father. My mother and Sebastian, our protector, are by my side — but for how long?

I soon find myself travelling with a circus led by a kindly man called Konrad, but my young mind doesn’t know who to trust. Sebastian seems less at ease with every passing day. I’m struggling to cope with the tragedy that has befallen me, and the world now seems a lot more dangerous than I had ever imagined.

My name is Prince Valiant, and I am a Child of Leif.

Getting to know Chris:

Chris Pridmore was born and raised in Harlow, Essex. He moved to Scotland to study chemistry at the University of St Andrews, and now lives in Llandudno, North Wales. In the past, Chris often thought about writing a book but always considered it a pipe dream. It wasn’t until he suffered a serious head injury that he decided it was time to stop dreaming and start doing. Three years later, after somehow finding time to write around work, getting a black belt in Karate, getting married and preparing for his second child, the first draft of his first book was finished.

– The book is an epic fantasy fiction story.

– The story is told from the perspective of the main character, as he looks back on his life from the gallows.

– I started writing the story after a close call with death which required brain surgery to fix.

Reviews:

“This book was free on kindle, but time can be precious and free isn’t everything . This book was worth the time to read an unrated book by an unknown author. I read a lot of fantasy and have a library of books started and unfinished in paper and on kindle. This was different, I felt I was in the moving circus, the world building was great and even though there are many characters the writer had the talent to let us get to know all of them. Sebastian, valiant and will have you fight in their corner. I am 85% through the book but wanted to leave a review so hopefully others will give the book a chance. Can’t wait to read the next book and more by the author . Coffee made now back to the last 15%!”

“Whilst browsing books to break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, I came across The Last Child of Leif and unexpectedly discovered that it was worth to read.
The book’s real strength is the way all the ideas fit together to produce a convincing and immersive world. A truly immersive world is created by Chris Pridmore, filled with a unique history and culture, both consistent and enthralling. The pace of the novel is balanced with time to get drawn in before immersing in the turmoil of events. It is very well written and each character has both strengths and flaws that make you angry with them, or annoyed. I do not think of this as bad. Prince Valiant and his protector, Sebastian thread their way through the entire plot, from the lethal effects of essence to the theological and philosophical discussions of moral issues. As you read on, you discover more and more about this well-crafted world, and its enchanting stuff.
I would definitely recommend this book. It takes you away from the humdrum of everyday life and takes you on an adventure that seems so realistic you can identify with it. This is definitely a book that makes me want to read more, to see what happens next and if the characters grow anymore.”

“I loved this book. The first sentence of the prologue gripped my attention and dragged me fully into the world Chris Pridmore has created and I remained fully immersed until the last full stop. In fact, I think part of me is still there, lingering around the carriages hoping to catch a whisper of what happens next!”

If you want to check out this book for yourself you can purchase here. Or if you want to know more check out his awesome website The Last Child of Leif it includes the first chapter as well as character backgrounds!

Also you can Follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisPridmore or Facebook @thelastchildofleif.

If your an Indie author and would like to participate send an email through to f-n-m@outlook.com with your name, the book you would like to showcase and three things you would like your readers to know and I will get back to you asap.

Book Review: The Coven by Chrissy Lessey

‘Magic, witches, and secrets. So many secrets.”

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The future queen awakens…

Newly single mother Stevie Lewis divides her time between raising Charlie, running a store with her best friend, and avoiding the meetings of her mother’s Beaufort Historic Society. Although her life has its challenges, it’s altogether average. Just the way she likes it.

When Vanessa, a ruthless dark witch, launches an attack against young Charlie, Stevie’s simple life derails, and her long-dormant powers awaken. A 300-year-old secret is exposed, revealing her destiny to one day rule the clandestine community of witches who hide in plain sight.

Now she must master her own magical powers before it’s too late. Because Vanessa’s on the warpath, and only Stevie can stop her.

Review:

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Okay not gonna lie I adored this book. The prologue starts of in the past with a sacrifice and three young witches captured by the notorious pirate Blackbeard, before fast forwarding to modern times where there decedents find themselves in all sorts of trouble. The start of the book is a bit choppy as it moves through introducing all of the main characters, it took me a bit to catch up as each had their own chapter but once I had grasped who was who everything seemed to flow seamlessly.

Stevie had to be my favourite character by far and the one whose character development I am eagerly awaiting to see in the next books in the series. (Sidenote, don’t you just hate finding a book you love and knowing you will have to wait for the next in the series. I am not a patient person haha.) What I did like was that although she is a direct descendant of the original ‘Queen’ and is effectively a queen in training she has no idea of her own powers or that exist in the first place, it was great making that discovery with her and I felt it also gave a better understanding of the history and what everyone is really about as everything was explained to her.

The highlight though had to be her relationship with her son Charlie. This something I think the author managed to pull of exceptionally well as what the synopsis does not mention is that Charlie is autistic, and unlike other books I have read I felt she was able to write his character in away that was authentic to the situation. It is her love and devotion for him that ‘awakens’ her powers, and it affects a lot of the decisions she has to make later on in the book.

There is a lot more I could say about how much I loved this book but for now I think I’m going to leave it so this doesn’t end up a rambling mess!

If anyone else has any suggestions for similar books though I would love to hear, I feel a witch/magic book marathon coming on!

Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Already impatiently waiting for the next release haha

 

 

 

Hector Reborn – Ian Thompson

“The strong should protect the weak”

Goodreads Synopsis:Hector Reborn: Volume I: Death & Life

Prince Hector, the greatest defending warrior in the epic Trojan War, is brutally slain by his nemesis Achilles… And finds himself reborn in an astounding new realm.

Traumatized by separation from his family, nation and world, Hector finds it hard to accept the prospect of a new life. His rigid codes of honor and loyalty make him feel as if he has abandoned his war-ravaged home. The beautiful Elsha of the Nemalite people, introduces him to an Elysium of kindness, harmony and magic, where living gods can walk among mortals. The Trojan Prince is enraptured by his new friend and the apparent miracles around him, and at first believes this world is perfect. He gradually learns of a grotesque force which holds the Nemalites under a thrall of fear and hopelessness. Hector cannot stand by and watch the horrors around him – he acts to save his new friends…

But the result of his efforts is not peace, rather the unleashing of a menace that plunges Elysium into hellish turmoil. Guilty of the murder of innocents and hated by his companions, Hector fights to curtail the disaster he has caused. Against him stands an army of Shaltine – supernatural warriors which exude an aura of Fear, rendering all opponents helpless. Countless lives, both on Elysium and back on Hector’s home world, are threatened by a fate far worse than death. And amid all the chaos, desperation and destruction, there awaits a malevolent revelation for Hector…

Something so awful it may destroy Hector’s sanity before it takes his life.

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I have to admit what first interested me about this book was the use of Hector as a main character, I love the movie Troy and this seemed like a good ‘follow on’ if you will. This novel is definitely unique as it incorporates history and fantasy into one whirlwind of a story. We are immediately transported into the world of Hector, the Prince warrior who is determinedly trying to protect his homeland before his death at the hand of Achilles. The new world he is transported into was a little hard to get a grip on at first as everything was fleshed out but I was soon able to gain a grasp of what was going on.

Hector as a character is hard not to like, he has a distinct set of values and is loyal to a fault. Although granted this does get him into trouble later in the book and he is not immune to making mistakes it was good to read. Without giving away too many spoilers the other characters were definitely full of surprises and the author has no qualms about character deaths. Personally I do enjoy this in a novel as it creates genuine fear for the characters and their fates. If you do enjoy fantasy mixed with some historical fiction then I would recommend this for you.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, if you would like to visit their website you can find that here.

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Book Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

“Maybe you’ll win when hell freezes over.”

He raised an eyebrow.

“That could be easily arranged.”

Goodreads Synopsis: 

Every girl who had taken the test has died.The Goddess Test (Goddess Test, #1)

Now it’s Kate’s turn.

It’s always been just Kate and her mom – and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld – and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy – until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.

If she fails…

Review:

What first drew me to the book was the involvement of Greek mythology, I have always loved Greek and Roman Gods so I was pleasantly surprised with this one as the gods are a lot more involved then initially stated. However it has to be said there was a lot of artistic license used in their re-imagining, while this isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it gives more variety to the reading and the story but I can see how it may bother some people. Personally I didn’t mind as I mentioned it does give variety in writing and at least shows that the author is at least willing to try different things.

The start was quite emotional, I liked that Kate is shown to be able to stand up for herself  I was worried she was going to be quite a mild mannered character so was relieved when she turned around and proved me wrong! Her relationship with her mother has to be one of my highlights though as I felt that it was very well written and really did pull at the heartstrings.

Henry and Kate’s relationship took me a little longer to ship, sure they followed what I would call a normal trajectory for a young adult relationship which normally I adore but they just didn’t seem to have any chemistry and it took a long time before I was able to believe them as a couple. The most underwhelming thing for me though were the seven tests, I was expecting huge tests of herculean proportions (excuse the pun) but instead they just felt flat, she didn’t know she was participating half the time and when she did it seemed as if she had just immediately passed. Saying that I did like the idea behind them but it could of possibly been better executed.

The ending as well was something else that I felt fell flat, not because it didn’t surprise me because it did but I was just expecting something more, perhaps my expectations were too high I don’t know I was enjoying the read I just wanted to be enjoying it more. Either way I would still recommend it, especially to anyone who is interested in reading about the Greek Gods.

Rating: 3/5 

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes