Stone of Farewell by Tad Williams

This book definitely suffers from middle child syndrome. After I finished it I realised that nothing much happened, it was basically a travelogue. However I still enjoyed it, there is something nice about the slow unfolding of events. The viewpoint of the series has expanded, Simon is still the main character with the most chapters …

The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams

I really enjoyed this book. Yes the start is slow but I thought that was good, it set the scene for what life was like before it all starts changing. The language is dense and descriptive and sometimes it seems to almost get in the way but it bothered me no more than reading Tolkien …

Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb

I don’t have a lot to say about this. It was the end I kind of expected, not as I would have wished it, which I think is one of the main themes throughout all the series. It was still beautiful. Some of the smaller story-lines felt a little rushed and probably needed more time …

Fool’s Quest by Robin Hobb

Another amazing chapter in the Realm of the Elderlings saga. This book is much faster paced than the previous one but still manages to pack the emotional punch. I think this entry has one of my favorite moments (maybe two) in the whole series, those moments when I’ll be in that wonderful anticipation mode during …

Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb

I have basically grown up with Fitz. I was a teenager reading the Farseer trilogy and now in my late thirties reading this. I mention this as I identify with him quite a bit even though I have lived a vastly different life. I feel for Fitz so much, he tries but makes so many …

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

So this is the last book in the Shades of Magic trilogy, and though I feel personally that each book didn’t quite match what went before I still really enjoyed this book. It was a slow start but the pace and action did increase in tempo and I feel we actually started to see some …

Echoes of the Great Song by David Gemmell

I love this book. It has a lovely melancholic feel as you would expect from a book set just after the end of the world. It is a fast paced book as Gemmell’s usually are but as always he makes you feel for the characters in such a brief period of time. It is a …

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Such an odd book. Almost threw it away after reading the blurb on the back but stuck with it as it was for a book club. Then nearly threw it away again after the first couple of chapters. The writing changes as the characters grow which was off putting at first as I really didn’t …

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Set a few months after the first book we catch up on what’s been happening with our main characters. We also get a new POV in Alucard, and Rhy is also given much more screen time. Most of the book is set around a grand magical contest which is always fun to read about and …

Queen of Fire by Anthony Ryan

I have to say I feel rather let down. I loved Blood Song as nearly everybody does. However I also really liked Tower Lord, I think because I went into it knowing that the style changed from a single, tight knit POV to a multiple sprawling POV style. I enjoyed the new POV’s and the …

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