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Book Review: Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King

Book Review: Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King


Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I read this book and wrote big portions of this review while ill. So if it doesn’t make a ton of sense, that’s why. In my defense, the book made less and less sense as I read it, the stories flowing less effortlessly and feeling more forced. Which is common with King. Sticking the landing just isn’t his strength.

Out of all of the Stephen King books I’ve read, this one is by far the strangest, at least in terms of set-up. It’s not a novel, per se, nor is it a collection of short stories. These interconnected novellas become more and more dependent on one another as they progress, telling different facets of the same story in a way.

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Book Review: The Desert Prince (The Nightfall Saga, #1) by Peter V. Brett

Book Review: The Desert Prince (The Nightfall Saga, #1) by Peter V. Brett

ARC provided by the publishers—Del Rey & Harper Voyager—in exchange for an honest review.

Cover art illustrated by: Tommy Arnold

The Desert Prince by Peter V. Brett

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Series: The Nightfall Saga (Book #1 of 3)

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, High fantasy, YA fantasy

Pages: 656 pages (Kindle edition)

Published: 3rd August 2021 by Del Rey (US) & 5th August 2021 by Harper Voyager (UK)


I won’t lie; I’m disappointed with The Desert Prince, but I have to acknowledge that this is a case of “not for me” due to having read The Demon Cycle.

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Book Review: The Rose and The Thorn (The Riyria Chronicles, #2) by Michael J. Sullivan

Book Review: The Rose and The Thorn (The Riyria Chronicles, #2) by Michael J. Sullivan

The Rose and The Thorn by Michael J. Sullivan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series: The Riyria Chronicles (Book #2)

Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy

Published: 17th Sept 2013 by Orbit


My third time reading The Rose and The Thorn, and it still felt just as wonderful to be back.

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Book Review: Spirits of Vengeance (Mortal Techniques) by Rob J. Hayes

Book Review: Spirits of Vengeance (Mortal Techniques) by Rob J. Hayes

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Cover art illustrated by: Felix Ortiz

Cover art designed by: STK.Kreations

Spirits of Vengeance by Rob J. Hayes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series: Mortal Techniques (Book #3)

Genre: Fantasy, High fantasy, Wuxia

Pages: 554 pages (Kindle edition)

Published: 28th September 2021 by Rob J. Hayes (Self-published)


Rob J. Hayes has done it. He has created a novel that surpassed Never Die; Spirits of Vengeance is not only my favorite novel in the Mortal Techniques series, but it is also Hayes’s best work so far.

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Book Review: The Empty Throne (The Last Kingdom, #8) by Bernard Cornwell

Book Review: The Empty Throne (The Last Kingdom, #8) by Bernard Cornwell

The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: The Last Kingdom (Book #8 of 13)

Genre: Historical fiction

Pages: 353 pages (Kindle edition)

Published: 23rd October 2014 by HarperCollins


The Empty Throne was an improvement over The Pagan Lord, and it somehow felt refreshing despite its formulaic structure.

“I wondered why the gods no longer came to earth. It would make belief so much easier.”

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Book Review: The Tyrant’s Law (The Dagger and the Coin, #3) by Daniel Abraham

Book Review: The Tyrant’s Law (The Dagger and the Coin, #3) by Daniel Abraham

The Tyrant’s Law by Daniel Abraham

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: The Dagger and the Coin (Book #3 of 5)

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy

Pages: 512 pages (Kindle edition)

Published: 14th May 2013 by Orbit


There’s no doubt for me that this was another great read, but I also have to admit that I didn’t enjoy this one as much as The King’s Blood.

“Knowing something another man wanted to know was a kind of power. Maybe the best kind.”

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