Review of ~ Ian C. Esslemont – Deadhouse Landing (Path to Ascendancy #2)

This will be posted on Fantasy Book Review shortly. I’m pretty sure I’m the first blogger to review this so decided to post it here early before anyone takes my claim to fame away from me lol.

9/10

I received an advanced copy of Deadhouse Landing in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Ian C. Esslemont and Macmillan/Forge for this opportunity.

Deadhouse Landing is the engaging and stunning second novel within the Path to Ascendancy trilogy and is set prior to the events of Erikson’s The Malazan Book of the Fallen and Esslemont’s Malazan Empire. We are presented an incredibly detailed world that the two friends co-created and share in their literary endeavours right down to the places, characters, histories, terminology, and magic. If you aren’t familiar with their works then this would be a terrible place to start. (more…)

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Review of ~ Graham Austin-King – Faithless

8.5/10

I received a free copy of Faithless in exchange for an honest review and would like to thank Graham Austin-King for this opportunity.

Faithless is set in a dark and claustrophobic subterranean environment. The action mainly takes place within the temples, the underground cities, or within the literal darkness of the mines. Everyone within this cataclysmic domain revere and offer service to the Forgefather. We follow a 15-year-old lad called Wynn who has essentially been sold off as a slave to this mysterious cause by his father in exchange for a few coins. Wynn’s under the impression that he’s here to study and pay homage for what should only be 12-months. Perhaps the truth of the matter is a bit darker than that. The second point of view perspective is that of novice priest Kharios who has been within this territory below the surface for years and goes about his days working a forge. (more…)

Review of ~ Benedict Patrick – Those Brave, Foolish Souls from the City of Swords (Yarnsworld #3)

Originally posted on Fantasy Book Review.

8/10

I would like to thank Benedict Patrick for kindly sending me an advanced reader copy of Those Brave, Foolish Souls from the City of Swords in exchange for an honest review. The City of Swords is the home of the Bravadori. These warriors, that are divided into different factions, have the Knack, which grants them special capabilities that equate to exceptional sword-fighting prowess. Their tales are known throughout the world, as it the quality of their awe-inspiring deeds and undeniable valour. Arturo has long admired these talented mask-wearing heroes from afar, wishing to become one of them and perhaps recreate similar outstanding actions that can be written within the pages of legends. He finds himself at the aforementioned city to hopefully make his dreams come true. He’s young, has acquired a mask, and has a few farm-ravaging bandits under his kill-count but he was not prepared for what would await him in this famous city. (more…)

Review of ~ Emma Newman – Weaver’s Lament (Industrial Magic #2)

6.5/10

I received an advanced copy of Weaver’s Lament via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Emma Newman and Tor for the opportunity.

Following on from Brother’s Ruin, Ben is now in Manchester fulfilling his studies and duties for the Royal Society (of magic). He is now an apprentice Mage and the lifestyle is treating him well. There’s an issue though. He’s running one of the mills where peculiar and unexplainable events have been happening. He seeks the aid of his sister Charlotte, a Mage herself but currently under the radar of the establishment. What should have been a nice holiday to Manchester doesn’t quite transpire that way as Charlotte goes undercover in the mill to find out what on Earth is going on. (more…)

Review of ~ Melissa Caruso – The Tethered Mage (Swords and Fire #1)

Originally posted on Fantasy Book Review

8/10I received a review copy of The Tethered Mage in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Melissa Caruso, Nazia, and Orbit.

I received a review copy of The Tethered Mage in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Melissa Caruso, Nazia, and Orbit.

Less than a week ago I had no idea what to read next. I picked up this book as the cover looked gorgeous and contained quotations from RJ Barker, Anna Smith Spark, and Vic James. I’m super happy that I did and I would describe this book as YA political fantasy with magic – almost like the perfect mix of Gilded Cage and The Lies of Locke Lamora.

The world of Eruvia has had a lasting peace under the guidance of the Empire based in the city of Raverra. One of the contributing factors to how the peace is kept is that the Empire control the Falcons. They are mage-marked warlocks, some of who control magical destruction capabilities that can engulf and eradicate whole cities with ease. (more…)

Review of ~ John Gwynne – A Time of Dread (Of Blood and Bone #1)

As originally posted on Fantasy Book Review

9/10

I received an advanced copy of A Time of Dread in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank John Gwynne and Pan MacMillan for this opportunity.

The story places readers within the Land of the Faithful approximately 120 years after the conclusion of the novel Wrath, which was an epic, brutal, and fulfilling climax to one of my favourite ever fantasy series. The angel-like Ben-Elim rule the land now from their base at the giant-erected fortress of Drassil. They’ve spent generations uniting the nations and tracking the remaining forces of the grotesque and scarily powerful Kadoshim, their Eternal enemy. The Kadoshim’s leader, Asroth is frozen in metal within the Ben-Elim’s stronghold but that doesn’t mean his faithful aren’t out there plotting, sacrificing innocents and boiling up some horrid actions that could equate to A Time of Dread. (more…)

Review of ~ Rob J. Hayes – Where Loyalties Lie (Best Laid Plans #1)

8.5/10

Where Loyalties Lie is the first book in The Best Laid Plans duology and will be followed up by The Fifth Empire of Man shortly. This novel was assigned to me as part of Fantasy Book Review’s contribution to the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off and it has progressed to our internal semi-final stage. I think many fantasy readers will wish to read this based on the next two words: grimdark pirates! The two main characters in this pirate-tastic tale are the legendary Captains’ Drake Morrass, who’s only out for himself, and Keelin Stillwater, the best swordsman within the pirate isles. The two become unlikely allies as a larger threat beckons. The Empire is burning cities, killing women and children, and are essentially looking to eradicate piracy and all involved whilst manning the largest and greatest warships ever seen. The pirates need to unite or they are finished. (more…)