June Up Sum



June 2018

Wow, another month done and dusted.  It’s just getting depressing now.  Where is the year going?  Anyway, I got another eleven books read this month.  I’m just waiting for the reading slump to hit at some point over the summer and I barely read anything.  I hope it doesn’t, I’m rattling closer and closer to my goal of 100 books in 2018.

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The Demon Cycle series by Peter V. Brett

Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett: What I liked, What I didn’t like.


Books in the series:

  1. The Painted Man
  2. The Desert Spear
  3. The Daylight War
  4. The Skull Throne
  5. The Core

After almost a year and a half, I have finally finished the Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett (had to have them all in paperback).  Five books which tell the story of a war between humans and demons which takes the action from the smallest village right to the centre of the core.  To be honest with you, I am not entirely sure I would have ever picked this series up, it was always something I just looked over but my friend bought me The Painted Man for Christmas 2016 so I finally got around to starting it.

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Review: Bloodmage by Stephen Aryan


Stephen Aryan

Age of Darkness #2


481 pages



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



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


Publication date: 21/6/2018



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



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


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.


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.


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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The Free Books on iBooks: Clockwork Alchemist by Sara C. Roethle

Clockwork Alchemist

Sarah C. Roethle


Five months, five books: four of them were absolutely dreadful and one was meh so I was not feeling very hopeful when I downloaded this months book, Clockwork Alchemist.  I have found that, so far, most of the free books on iBooks are not very good so my expectations have hit rock bottom (not that they were very high to begin with) but, at last, I found something that wasn’t completely horrible.

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