book review

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…)

Review of ~ Joe Abercrombie – Before They Are Hanged (The First Law #2)

8.5/10

“We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged” – Heinrich Heine

Before They Are Hanged is Abercrombie’s second entry into the twisted and grim world of The First Law. It follows on from the three story arcs that The Blade itself stylishly led towards. Bayaz, the first of the Magi is venturing to the end of the Earth with his bizarre collection of distinctive personnel for reasons unbeknown to all apart from the Mage himself. Superior Glokta has traveled South to infiltrate the politics of an allied nation, hoping to find out what happened to his ill-fated predecessor and preparing defences for the attacks soon to be initiated by an advancing and ultimately imminent rival army. The remaining narrative intertwines the stories of the rough-living, legendary warrior group of Threetrees and the Dogman with the troubles in the North where the Union is tackling the Northern King’s great forces. Here we follow the action of “the worst-armed, worst-trained and worst-led army in the world” (more…)

Guest Review of ~ Robert Jordan – The Eye Of The World (Wheel of Time #1)

8.5/10

“The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills”

The Eye of the World, the first epic fantasy book in the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, provided me with exactly the kind of experience I expected from it.
1. An old school fantasy feel.
2. Lots of intense descriptions of every small detail that normally my brain just tries to ignore and piece together itself.
3. Tons and tons of traveling. (No campfire is left to the imagination)
4. Enough epicness to prove that it is truly one of the greats.

Reading the Eye of the World, I have realized that I have grown out of many of the less modern fantasy themes and styles of writing. (more…)

Review of ~ Joe Abercrombie – The Blade Itself (The First Law #1)

8/10

I was up until half five yesterday morning reading intensely to finish off this story. I didn’t write the review then as it would have been a tired, mumbled mess with little to no eloquence and it wouldn’t have included any cool sounding words. Let’s see how I get on now after a good nights sleep. Prior to reading this, I had completed Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea trilogy and enjoyed it a lot. Where that was classic story focused fantasy with twists aplenty, this is best described as a macabre, dark and twisted character study of morally questionable individuals. (more…)

Review of ~ James Patterson – Kiss The Girls (Alex Cross #2)

9/10

I received an ARC of Kiss the Girls via NetGalley and I would like to thank James Patterson, Random House UK, Cornerstone and Arrow. Although this is a well-known classic thriller, first released in 1995, a new version with that strikingly awesome cover is being published on 29 June 2017. Kiss the Girls is the second outing featuring detective and psychologist Alex Cross and it follows on from the excellent Along Came A Spider. (more…)

Review of ~ Adrian G. Hilder – The General’s Legacy, Part One: Inheritance (The General of Valendo #1)

8/10

To begin, I would like to Adrian G. Hilder and Camdaw for sending me a copy of The General’s Legacy, Part 1: Inheritance in exchange for an honest review. This is the excellent and highly polished first part of Hilder’s debut outing. Part 2: Whiteland King will complete The General’s Legacy when it is released shortly.

The tale begins in a highly intriguing manner with readers about to witness an epic battle revealing the intense hatred between the two opposing armies of Valendo and Nearhon. We are introduced to the aging General Garon who is one of the finest warriors, thinkers, and commanders ever recorded within the War Histories of Valendo. (more…)

Review of ~ Mark Lawrence – The Wheel Of Osheim (The Red Queen’s War #3)

9.5/10

By all means, check out my reviews of book #1 and #2. This is just a quick review as I do not wish to spoil anything critical to this story or repeat my previous reviews.

The Wheel of Osheim was the only book I could have possibly read next following on from the ultimate cliffhanger at the conclusion of the previous story. So, apologies to other authors whose books I have still to review but I simply had to find out what events would follow the prior outing and also, to see how The Red Queen’s war against a mirror floating mage lady concluded. In addition, to review how the two ladies movements of the pieces on the world’s chess game would lead to a culmination and how the developments would affect The Broken Empire. (more…)