Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

A further step up I think from the previous. This is when the story starts to get really interesting. It still has the general feel of the others but has definitely gotten darker with more adult themes starting to emerge. I really feel for the character Sirius Black. His life has been mostly terrible and …

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

A definite improvement on the first book, which was hampered by too much scene and world building. The story takes a slightly darker turn and is the better for it though it still contains the wonder of the first book. I’ll be honest with these books there’s not much to say that probably hasn’t been …

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

I read these books initially much older than a lot of people, I’d say I was in my late teens, early twenties. I think the first three had been released. It’s probably why I don’t enjoy this one so much. It’s starts off strongish, but I was bored for a lot of the middle part …

Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft

So this continues Senlin’s adventures in the Tower a few months after the ending of the first book. Senlin and his crew have become (very courteous) pirates in the quest to find his wife. In this book we explore more of the tower and get a greater understanding of what it’s about. We also get …

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

I had heard a lot about this book before I started so I was a little anxious that it wouldn’t live up to the hype. I am very pleased to say that it most definitely did. It begins with our only POV, Thomas Senlin, about to arrive at the Tower of Babel with his new …

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

So we start off pretty much exactly where we left off after Words of Radiance. Urithiru has been found, Radiants have been revealed and the end is nigh. I won’t go into too much detail here about the plot because most of the Fantasy community is aware of Stormlight and also for fear of spoilers. …

Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson

A nice little novella which is set in between Stormlight 2 and 3. It follows Lift who has a minor role in the interludes in the main Stormlight books. I like the character but I am still not fond of her constant use of ‘awesome’. It is too American in the context and always takes …

The Heart of Stone by Ben Galley

I’d read a review of this on Goodreads and the premise had me intrigued. It is a standalone story of a Golem, told primarily from his point of view. At the beginning of the story he is already 400 years old and spent most of that time in war. He is tired and jaded of …

Grave Peril by Jim Butcher

The third book sees Harry Dresden, Wizard face off against even greater odds. I won’t say what he’s up against as that would be spoilers but there were a few times I was wondering how the hell he would get out of it. The story starts off with a plague of ghosts infecting Chicago and …

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