Category: Epic Fantasy

Sep 24
Thief’s Magic (Millennium’s Rule #1) by Trudi Canavan (review)

Thief’s Magic (Millennium’s Rule #1) by Trudi Canavan (review)

This book takes turns telling Tyen and Rielle’s stories from their point of views. The first handful of chapters are Tyen, then the next handful are Rielle, and so on. I liked getting to know about both characters and the people and world around them. However, when it came time to switch to the other character? It always seemed to ‘end’ the chapter on a cliffhanger! There were very few times this didn’t happen. Switch between characters by all means, but not in places that you leave the reader yelling out loud (literally in a few instances!) because of where… Read more »

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Jul 08
Black Trillium (The Saga of the Trillium #1)  by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Julian May, & Andre Norton  (review)

Black Trillium (The Saga of the Trillium #1) by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Julian May, & Andre Norton (review)

I really like Marion Zimmer Bradley and Andre Norton. So I was hoping I would love this book. Unfortunately I ended up DNFing at the 50% mark. The Prologue is long, slow, and reads like a dry history book until the very end where the Black Trillium plant is mentioned. Then it picks up for a bit, and ends shortly thereafter. The rest of the book is a mix of slow slogging through and then interesting bits. Unfortunately the interesting bits didn’t last as long as the slow bits. The princesses themselves didn’t have enough personality to keep me interested…. Read more »

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Nov 09
The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin (book 1) by L. Jagi Lamplighter (review)

The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin (book 1) by L. Jagi Lamplighter (review)

    This book reminded me both of Harry Potter, as well as Narnia, and RPG’s. Each of the main characters had one specific talent that they were really good at. For Rachel, it is an eidetic memory. She can remember everything she has ever heard, read, or seen, and can also play it back to herself to see things she didn’t notice at the time as long as it was in her vision (peripheral or otherwise.) Princess Nastasia is more fixated on authority than Hermione Granger of the Harry Potter books ever was. A teacher says not to do… Read more »

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Sep 16
Luck In The Shadows by Lynn Flewelling (review)

Luck In The Shadows by Lynn Flewelling (review)

    I love this series as far as I’ve read it (which at this point is only to book 3). But commenting only on this first book, everything introduced in the book is relevant. There is no throwing in of random elements just to move the plot along. If it is mentioned once, you can be sure that the person/history/guild/whatever it is, is going to pop up again later in the book, and most likely later in the series as well. There is also not a huge amount of info-dumping. The history you need to know about Skala is… Read more »

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