Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett

Great as always, I always find myself returning to Pratchett when I need a pick me up. Set pretty much straight after Witches Abroad, Granny, Nanny Ogg and Magrat are back home after their adventures. Things seem mostly normal but it looks like things will change as the Queen of the Elves has set her …

Ravencry by Ed McDonald

A better balance than the first. There’s a four year gap between the last book and this. Galharrow is a little sadder, still drinks as much, but now has some wealth, status, and responsibility by running a full Blackwing company. After a few years of relative peace, things are starting to deteriorate again. There are …

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

5 star first half, 3 star second half. So this is the story of Addie (Adeline) LaRue. To get out of a marriage that she didn’t want, she makes a deal with some sort of spirit/god that she ends up calling Luc. He ensures that she will be free forever to do what she wants, …

The Mage-Fire War by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

Beltur and Jessyla have now been made the councillors of Haven along with their companions and have been charged with getting it under control as it has been essentially lawless for a few years at this stage. However they find that there are bigger forces at play and find themselves caught up in a war …

Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer

I’m honestly not sure if I liked that or not. I think overall I did but there were definitely parts that I struggled through. The book is narrated by an unnamed woman who just calls herself Jane Smith. She lives a fairly normal life with her husband and teenage daughter, and works for a cybersecurity …

The Servant of the Bones by Anne Rice

This was an intriguing read though a bit overwrought in places. It is the story of Azriel, a kind of ghost or demon who was once a mortal man but was transformed. It’s framed in the narrative of him telling his story to an academic and traces his mortal life in the time of Cyrus …

Star Wars: Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil by Drew Karpyshyn

It was obvious where the series was going with the Rule of Two and all but it was still well done and threw up a few unexpected developments. This book is set another ten years after the first book, with Bane and Zannah still in the same master/apprentice relationship, though splits are beginning to show. …

Star Wars: Darth Bane: Rule of Two by Drew Karpyshyn

So this starts off immediately after the events of the first book, at least for the first third, then there is a ten year time jump. Bane has his apprentice and is starting his new philosophy of the ‘Rule of Two’ for the Sith going forward. He has planted enough seeds that the Jedi think …

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