Fantasy - General

[ARC Review] Lies of Descent

Fallen God’s War Book 1 by Troy Carrol Bucher
Published on: August 20, 2019

In this new epic fantasy series a world has been created full of enemies that have opposed each other for hundreds of years. The Draegora and Esharii drew sides against each other long ago, but even amongst themselves they have competing factions vying for power.

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The Whispered Tales of Graves Grove

An Anthology Edited by: J.S. Bailey and Kelsey Keating
Published on: October 10, 2017

In April of 1880, Samuel Graves and his followers arrived in British Columbia, where they established the town known as Graves Grove.  However, most of his followers probably didn’t know that Samuel was dedicating this town a being called Talakoth.  This collection of short stories tells of only some of the events that occurred there.

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Audio Book Reviews, Fantasy - General

A Darker Shade of Magic – Audio Book Review

Shades of Magic Book 1 by V.E. Schwab
Published on:  February 24, 2015

I liked a lot of what is in this book, but then there were some parts or conversations that frustrated me so much that at times I almost jerked the headset off my head as I reached to stop the audio book. Right now, I have no idea if it was the character that was driving me crazy or the way that character was portrayed in the audio book.

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Audio Book Reviews, Fantasy - General

The Forgotten Room

Jeremy Logan #4 by Lincoln Child
Published on: May 12, 2015

Forgottenroom

I’ve often suspected that I tend to enjoy books even more when I hear them on audio.  Something about them being acted out and hearing distinct voices makes them become more interesting to me.  Mediocre books become Good.  Good books become Great. Great books become Exceptional.  Take Harry Potter – Most everyone loves Harry Potter, but when you add Jim Dale (U.S. version) to the mix with his 5 gazillion voices and well…his work on Harry Potter was nothing short of fantastic.  There’s a reason he earned a Grammy for it.   So, as I was listening to The Forgotten Room and realizing I wasn’t “loving it” like I usually do, I had to think on why that may be.

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Sword of Kaigen

A Theonite War Story by M.L. Wang
Published on: February 17, 2019
4-stars-1

Sword of Kaigen

“It was a harrowing climb to the high school. Eight hundred twenty-one steps.”

To be honest, I delayed writing this review. I realize now what the issue was.  The issue that I have been ignoring or dreading.  The issue is the emotional trauma I felt after reading this book. Before I picked up the book, when I read others reviews there were several that mentioned that there are 2 climaxes in the book. But these climaxes are not both at the end.  One occurs about 1/2 way in and the other occurs at 70-80% in.  When I initially heard about the 2 climaxes I was like “Awesome. More greatness!”  That, of course, was before I experienced the first climax first-hand.  Before I experienced the emotional trauma.   At that point, I put down the book down for a longer period than I thought I would and I wasn’t even sure I would ever pick it up again.

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The Carbynarah Chronicles

The Carbynarah Chronicles #1 by Jon Franklyn
5-stars

From the very first page of The Carbynarah Chronicles, you are thrust into a story that has already begun. The story is in play and you and the first 2 characters you meet are there to catch up. There is war and it is in progress and from the first page on you never stop being in a battle or preparing for a battle. You always feel like you are driving toward a destination only to meet another diversion or reason that takes you and the main character away to fulfill the need of another part of the war. Although the entire book is set within a war, the actual main story revolves around a Maiggii named Yron. (Maigii meaning not full wizard). As he is pulled into the needs of the moment, we watch his journey and magical growth. However, the magical growth comes with questions and more questions.

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Foundryside

Founders #1 by Robert Jackson Bennett
Publication Date:  August 21, 2018
4-stars-1

Foundryside RD4 clean flatI hate writing reviews for books I have no great love for or no great hate for. I read the book earlier this year, but held off on the review in hopes that somehow I would magically develop some keen insight on my feelings. Alas, it did not occur. So, my outstanding critique and review of the book is that I found Foundryside to be “fine”. I’m rating it a 4, but a very weak 4. More like a 3.89 or something similar.

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