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Barry’s Bloody Books

A wander through the world of speculative fiction where I look at all things fun and fantastical…

  • Lord of the Silver Bow by David Gemmell

    22nd Sep 2021 by

    Brilliant read, both sad and uplifting. This begins David Gemmell’s trilogy about the fall of Troy, though this book starts before the long war kicked off. It’s told from multiple viewpoints, some only a few paragraphs, other’s get much more screentime. Our main POV’s are Helikaon, a prince of Dardania, Andromache, sent as a bride… Read more

  • Shadowfane by Janny Wurts

    14th Sep 2021 by

    Good end to the series. Again there’s not too much of a time difference between this book and the previous, though the first quarter covers a decent bit of time. Jaric is now on the Isle of the Vaere and Taen is back on Imrill Kand, and things are looking slightly more hopeful for humanity.… Read more

  • Keeper of the Keys by Janny Wurts

    27th Aug 2021 by

    Didn’t hold my interest as much as the first book. This starts off immediately after the events of the first one. Jaric and Taen have recovered the keys but Jaric is still trying everything he can possible think of to not do the cycle of fire and become like his father. What follows are these… Read more

  • Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

    9th Aug 2021 by

    Wow, I just enjoyed that so much, it’s a beautiful book. Piranesi (not his name, he’s not sure what it is and doesn’t particularly care) leaves in the World, which is a series of halls and chambers that are full of statues, which cover three levels. The ground levels contain the sea whereas the upper… Read more

  • Stormwarden by Janny Wurts

    5th Aug 2021 by

    It’s been an awfully long time since I read this but it holds up well. Set in a world where humanity is in constant threat of annihilation by demons we find a sorcerer called Anskiere arrested for the murder of four thousand people. During his arrest he releases a geas, to the surviving son of… Read more

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