The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Short but intriguing and beautiful. This is the story of a man, who after returning to his boyhood home town for a funeral, starts to remember a summer from when he was seven and met a girl called Lettie and her family. Things immediately start to become quite strange, especially once a new nanny comes …

The Light of All That Falls by James Islington

Brilliant end to a great series. I’m not going to go into the plot here as usual, this being the last book of the series. Let’s just say that a year has passed and all the characters are getting into place for the epic conclusion. The character growth in these books are amazing. They are …

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 …

Enchanter’s End Game by David Eddings

Great end to the series. So all the buildup, prophecies etc were all leading up to here and honestly, it was quite satisfying. We finally get to meet Torak and learn what it was all about and it was pretty cool. The actual dual was shorter than I remember but everything before and after makes …

Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings

In some ways this felt the weakest of the books so far though it was still very enjoyable. The last book ended very abruptly and so this one starts off exactly at that point. Garion and company are dealing with the consequences of that encounter and are fleeing back towards safety. Actually this book is …

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