Barry’s Bloody Books

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

  • The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

    31st Aug 2022 by

    This was entertaining enough but I wasn’t mad about it and not sure I’ll continue with the series. Set in Egypt and somewhere in the Middle East during the Napoleonic Wars, this is the story of Nahri as she unwittingly gets herself involved in the secret world of the Djinn and other fantastical races and… Read more

  • The Discord of Gods by Jenn Lyons

    19th Aug 2022 by

    A good end to the series but it definitely lacked tension. So our protagonists are finally out of lockdown and are on the final mission to stop Relos Var, amongst others. That’s about all I can say without spoilers, this being the fifth and final book of the series. Like book three, this was a… Read more

  • The House of Always by Jenn Lyons

    19th Aug 2022 by

    Another fairly left field direction taken in this book though it had it its moments. Took me an age to get through though it wasn’t wholly the fault of the book. The author mentions that the idea of this was started from before Covid but it certainly encapsulates the experience of being stuck in the… Read more

  • The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons

    24th Jun 2022 by

    This book upped the ante even more if that is possible. Told in a similar manner to the previous books, it starts with Kihrin and Thurvishar recovering after some major event of which we nothing at the start. The story is then unfolded from the end of the second book until this scene at the… Read more

  • The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons

    20th Jun 2022 by

    Didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book but it was still a good read. The ‘present’ part of this book is set three days after the events of the first book, however the vast majority is flashbacks from a few years before the events of the first book and gradually overlapping those events… Read more

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