Author: James

Hi, I’m James. I love reading a wide range of books, playing pool in a couple of leagues, seeing friends and losing myself in role playing games and shoot ’em ups on Xbox One. I recently passed my CII Certificate in Insurance and my Google Certificate in Online Marketing. I am currently studying for my CII Insurance Diploma and my Shaw Academy Diploma in Graphic Design. In the near future I wish to take a course to become a life coach provided by The Coaching Academy. I like to mix things up a bit and I am always either reading or studying. I attended university at Aberystwyth, Wales where I made many amazing friends. If I save up money for a few years then when I am 35 I want to do another degree at an accelerated pace of study and get invited into a secret cult where lecturers and geniuses discuss nonsensical nothingness over expensive wine.

Review of ~ Mike Shackle – We are the Dead

8/10

I received a review copy of We Are The Dead in exchange for an honest review. I’m writing this for Grimdark Magazine and it will be posted on that website on the 16th of August 2019 for the blog tour. Thank you to Mike Shackle and Gollancz for the opportunity.

Tinnstra is the daughter of the legion’s and the nation’s finest Shulka warrior, Grim Dagon. Although an extremely extraordinary fighter herself, she is training as an initiate and always holds thoughts of doubt, fear, and incompetence in her mind regarding her potential actions. (more…)

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How to become a successful book reviewer. Tips and advice.

This article attacked my mind whilst I was dreaming so I thought I’d put the words down as soon as I woke up. Without meaning to sound big-headed as that isn’t my intention, I’ve been pretty popular in this review game but I’ve learnt a few things the hard way. There’s no A-B-C way to become popular in this scene but I hope what I write here can help at least a few people. (more…)

Review of ~ Robin Hobb – Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy #2)

9/10

“Wolves have no kings.”

Minor spoilers may follow. After being poisoned in the Mountain Kingdom towards the end of Assassin’s Apprentice, Fitz’s is a broken and crippled shell of his former self. He swears to himself that he will no longer be one of King Shrewd’s men and will not return to Buckeep. The day before Burrich and Hands are set to venture back to the capital Fitz has a sort of fever dream. (more…)

Review of ~ Rob J. Hayes – Never Die

7.5/10

I received an uncorrected proof copy of Never Die in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Rob J. Hayes for the opportunity.

The tale begins with an assault on Kaishi City. The notorious bandit Flaming Fist is searching for his missing daughter and will literally burn, and his accompanying rebel army will destroy anyone in his path until he has found her. (more…)

Review of ~ Robin Hobb – Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy #1)

8/10

Originally posted on FanFiAddict. This will just be a casual review as I know that the majority of fantasy fans on my friends list will have read/ at least know of this book.

This was an interesting reading experience for me. It only took me about 5 years to finish! I tried it 3 times and couldn’t get further than the 30% point. I attempted it in it’s paperback and audiobook form but to no avail. That being stated, I still knew it wasn’t a bad tale, so I put it back on the shelf for another time in 1, 5, 10, or 20 years when I would give it another go. (more…)

Review of ~ Tom Lloyd – Knight of Stars (The God Fragments #3)

7/10

I received an advanced review copy of Knight of Stars in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Tom Lloyd and Gollancz.

“We’re here to drink beer an’ fuck people up, but we ain’t halfway through the beer yet.”

After somehow surviving the labyrinth of Jarrazir the soldiers of Anatin’s Mercenary Deck seem like they have a simple task for the next few weeks. Lots of drinking, violence, sex, and banter whilst visiting the picturesque Mage Islands and dealing with a debt issue. It turns out that there may be a few complications. Giant golanthas, dragon-like tyserns, Mastrunners, and Teshen – the Knight of Stars – having to deal with his ex-girlfriend. (more…)