Author: youandibooks

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 ~ Tom Lloyd – Stranger of Tempest (The God Fragments #1)

7.5/10

I received a free copy of Stranger of Tempest in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Tom Lloyd and Gollancz.

I am not ashamed to admit that I was drawn to reading this book by how stunning Jon McCoy’s cover artwork is. The second thing that made me think this novel was well worth my time is that it has one of the best opening chapters that I have read in a long time which begins with… (more…)

Review of ~ Nicholas Eames – Kings of the Wyld (The Band #1)

8.5/10

I received a free copy of Kings of the Wyld in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Nicholas Eames, Nazia, and Orbit Books.

Saga were a world famous band containing five legendary mercenaries who were feared, respected and completely admired. Bards’ sang their praises, ladies wanted their babies, and children wanted to emulate them. Essentially, everyone throughout the lands of Grandual knew the tales of this crew’s awe-inspiring exploits when they tackled the unbelievable dangers in the notorious Heartwyld but that was nineteen years ago…
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Review of ~ Laura M Hughes – Danse Macabre

7/10

“All angels are men, all men are crows, and all crows are liars.”

Danse Macabre is Laura M Hughes’s debut outing and at only 56 pages I was able to read this novella in about an hour. It follows a seemingly innocent and shy young girl called Blue who has to complete a mission given to her by a disfigured being claiming to be an angel. This shadowy fiend haunts a graveyard and states that Blue has to murder ten sinners and upon completion, her deceased mother and sister can escape purgatory and ascend unto Heaven. (more…)

Review of ~ David Gemmell – Lord of the Silver Bow (Troy #1)

8.5/10

Lord of the Silver Bow is the first story in Gemmell’s Troy trilogy and it was a joy to read. Although this is the first Gemmell book that I have read, I know that he is often heralded as the King of writing Heroic Fantasy. His skill in this field mixed with a story incorporating some of the greatest mythological heroes of all time seems to me like a perfect mix and aid in making this a stunning historical fiction book. (more…)

Review of ~ Ed McDonald – Blackwing (Ravens’ Mark #1)

9/10

I received an advanced copy of Blackwing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Ed McDonald, Orion Publishing Group and Gollancz. *Minor spoilers may follow*

McDonald begins this tale by placing the reader in the Misery – following the action of Captain Galharrow and his crew of Blackwing mercenaries during their latest mission. The Misery is a post-apocalyptic, shifting wasteland under a broken and wailing bruise-coloured sky. This vast expanse of land is unpredictable, frightening and full of unspeakably grotesque mutated creatures. Only the bravest dare venture throughout these parts, navigating under the guidance of the three moons. (more…)

Goodreads Book Tag

I was “tagged” after reading Bentley’s article over at Book Bastion and seeing as I am having a dull day in awaiting the gasman, I thought I would give this a go!

1) What was the last book you marked as “read”?

BTAH
Joe Abercrombie – Before They Are Hanged

“A character-driven fantasy story that is unequaled in the genre. Gripping, gritty, thrilling and pretty damn awesome.” – Excerpt from my review which can be found here.

2. What are you currently reading?

blackwing  dawn  laok

Ed McDonald – Blackwing
Theodore Brun – A Mighty Dawn
Joe Abercrombie – The Last Argument of Kings

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Guest Review of ~ Steven Erikson – Gardens Of The Moon (Malazan Book Of The Fallen #1)

9.5/10 – Review by Holden R Johnson (The Red Heir)

“Convergence,” Tool said. “Power ever draws other power.”

Why have I waited so long to read this?
There will be spoilers in the section that discusses characters – so please tread lightly!

Gardens of the Moon, The first entry in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series is best described as a convergence. The tapestry weaved by Erikson is something I am both amazed by as a reader and envious of as a writer. I now know another level that I hope to achieve and as my friend stated recently, I may have to rethink my rating system for other books. (more…)