Review of ~ James Islington – An Echo of Things to Come (The Licanius Trilogy #2)


I received a review copy of An Echo of Things to Come in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Orbit Books and James Islington.

The narrative picks up events one month after The Blinds’ brutal assault on Ilin Illan which concluded The Shadow of What Was Lost. All of the four main point-of-view characters (Davian, Wirr, Asha, and Caeden) find themselves with very different objectives, however, all are hoping to put a stop to what could be an impending invasion beyond reckoning at the hands of a supremely powerful enemy should The Boundary at the edge of Talen Gol fall. (more…)


Review of ~ James Islington – The Shadow of What Was Lost (The Licanius Trilogy #1)


I received a review copy of The Shadow of What Was Lost in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank James Islington and Orbit Books.

To begin with, I really thought this was going to be a “run of the mill” chosen one in a magic school sort of fantasy adventure. Thankfully only about 5-10% takes place at said establishment and the rest embraced a pretty awesome and beautifully depicted fantasy world. It still gives off the “chosen one” vibe throughout but that trope doesn’t bother me if it’s done well. (more…)

Review of ~ RJ Barker – Blood of Assassins (The Wounded Kingdom #2)


I received an advanced review copy of Blood of Assassins in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank RJ Barker and Orbit Books. *May include minor spoilers* To be posted on Fantasy Book Review shortly.

The second novel in The Wounded Kingdom trilogy picks up the action 5-years after the climactic events of Age of Assassins. The assassin Girton Club-Foot and his master have been operating as mercenaries since they left Maniyadoc. They’ve travelled throughout the majority of the Tired Lands following violence and battles, putting their skills in dealing death to use and getting paid for completing vicious and bloody set objectives. (more…)

Review of ~ Fonda Lee – Jade City (The Green Bone Saga #1)


This will be on Fantasy Book Review shortly.

I received a review copy of Jade City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Fonda Lee and Orbit Books.

Although presently at a time of an uneasy peace, the city of Janloon is controlled by two rivals groups which are the No Peak Clan and the Mountain Clan. The families that run the clans are powerful and world famous as they mine and control the Jade. Jade is a precious stone that enhances a warriors capabilities in six disciplines. (more…)

Review of ~ Brandon Sanderson – Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive #3)


This will just be a quick informal review as I know better reviewers have already written essay long assessments on what they think about Oathbringer. This is a difficult one for me to rate actually. The Stormlight Archive is probably my second favourite fantasy world following Malazan. I adore the characters so much. Kaladin is brilliant and I really liked Shallan’s development, especially with reference to Veil. (more…)

Review of ~ R.K Thorne – Mage Slave (The Enslaved Chronciles #1)

7.5/10 – This will be on FBR soon.

R.K. Thorne’s Mage Slave, #1 of The Enslaved Chronicles, is one of Fantasy Book Review’s allocated thirty books to judge for the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off and after completing it I can announce that it is one of our semi-finalists.

At the start of the story, we are introduced to the two main Point of View characters. Firstly, Miara who is the titular Mage Slave. She has magical powers but has been branded and therefore has to use her skills as a ‘creature mage’ to complete missions and objectives given to her by The Dark Master, Daes. (more…)