Review: Bloodmage by Stephen Aryan

Bloodmage

Stephen Aryan

Age of Darkness #2

Orbit

481 pages

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4/5

Bloodmage, by Stephen Aryan, is the sequel to Battlemage and the second in the Age of Darkness series.  I read Battlemage earlier this year and, despite a few flaws, I very much enjoyed it; therefore I was looking forward to getting back into the world.

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Review: King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

King of Thorns

Mark Lawrence

The Broken Empire #2

Harper Voyager

597 pages

4/5

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Earlier this year, after putting off picking it up for so long, I finally started The Broken Empire series, Starting with Prince of Thorns. It was one of those books where I wasn’t sure what to expect so I didn’t read it so when I did I was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed Prince of Thorns so, several months later, I eventually got around to reading King of Thorns (blame the huge tbr because I can’t stop buying books). Everyone else in the world is discussing Grey Sister and I’m so far behind. Maybe I’ll be caught up by the time the third book in that particular series is released.

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Review: The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French

The Grey Bastards

Jonathan French

The Lot Lands #1

Orbit

Publication date: 21/6/2018

4/5

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ARC provided by Netgalley for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.

Live in the saddle
Die on the Hog

Ever since I saw The Tattooed Book Geek’s excellent review of The Grey Bastards a few weeks ago, I have wanted to read it so, when I saw it on Netgalley, I just had to request it.  The concept intrigued me a lot, I mean it is basically as if Sons of Anarchy crashed head first into a Tolkien novel and began killing and swearing.  What’s not to love about that?

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(sort of) Review: Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Morning Star

Red Rising #3

Pierce Brown

Hodder and Stoughton, 518 pages

5/5

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Holy fuck! That’s all I can really think to say at the moment after finishing Morning Star. What a ride! What a story! This isn’t going to be so much of a review rather simply one really long gush about how much I loved this book. And I mean really loved.

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Review: Ravencry by Ed McDonald

Ravencry 

Series: (Raven’s Mark #2)

Ed McDonald

Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Gollancz

Page count: 432

4.5/ 5

Publishing date: 28 June 2018

Review copy received from Netgalley.  All views are my own.

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Near the end of last year I bought Ed McDonald’s first novel, Blackwing, because the ebook was on offer for 99p and it was too much of a good offer to miss.  It was one of those books that I meant to review but time got away from me and I never got around to doing it.  Nevertheless, I found Blackwing to be a very enjoyable book.  I liked the characters, I liked the story and the world that McDonald created to be highly original (but more on that later).  The only problem I could find with this debut novel was that I found it to be a little too short and it kind of messed with pacing a bit.  I just wanted it to be a little bit longer to flesh some parts out a bit more.  Ravencry takes what happened in Blackwing and builds on it spectacularly.

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Magician by Raymond E. Feist, or, what happens when you don’t know what to make of a book.

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Have you ever read a book and have no idea what to make of it?  Like, at times you think it is very good and it grabs your attention but at others you would rather DNF it than have to go through any more torment of bad pacing and endless conversations that go nowhere.  Then you finally finish it and you can’t even decide what to give it for a rating so you just give it a 3 on Goodreads.  I’ve just had this very experience whilst reading Magician by Raymond E. Feist.

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