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Review of ~ Sarah Gailey – River of Teeth

7/10

I received an advanced copy of River of Teeth via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sarah Gailey and Tor.

River of Teeth is an alternative history/fantasy Western adventure where the cowboys and mercenaries ride hippos instead of horses. Winslow Houndstooth is the main protagonist and he has been assigned a mission by government officials which involves brutal feral man-eating hippos and a shady gangster who runs a canal based gambling empire. For this mission, Houndstooth is able to assemble his own entourage which includes a chubby con-woman, an ex-best friend sharpshooter, and a deadly assassin. (more…)

Review of ~ R.J. Barker – Age of Assassins (The Wounded Kingdom #1)

8.5/10 – Will be posted to Fantasy Book Review shortly.

I received an advanced copy of Age of Assassins in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Orbit Books, Nazia, and R.J. Barker for this opportunity.

Age of Assassins was simply unputdownable. It has been a long time since I have devoured a book so fast. From the quality of this tale, it is almost unbelievable that this is R.J. Barker’s debut outing. The main characters that we follow are a 15-year-old disabled assassin called Girton Club-Foot and his Master who is arguably one of the finest and most experienced killers who has ever dwelt within the Tired Lands. After a blistering opening section and certain complications at Castle Maniyadoc they are assigned to take on a deadly business venture which requires them to track down a lurking fellow assassin who is contracted to kill the heir to the throne. (more…)

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 ~ 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 ~ 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…)