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Book Review: The Hand of the Sun King (Pact and Pattern, #1) by J.T. Greathouse

Book Review: The Hand of the Sun King (Pact and Pattern, #1) by J.T. Greathouse

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Cover art illustrated by: Patrick Knowles

The Hand of the Sun King by J.T. Greathouse

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series: Pact and Pattern (Book #1 of 3)

Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy

Pages: 416 pages (Kindle edition)

Published: 5th August 2021 by Gollancz


An all-around marvelously crafted fantasy debut; The Hand of the Sun King has cemented its spot as the best fantasy debut of the year.

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Book Review: Protector (Athenian series, #2) by Conn Iggulden

Book Review: Protector (Athenian series, #2) by Conn Iggulden

 

Protector by Conn Iggulden

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Published: 13th May 2021 (Michael Joseph)

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Picking up where The Gates of Athens left off, Protector launches the reader right back into the thick of war..

The situation is desperate. The people of Athens have fled from the advancing Persian army- the woman and children evacuated to safety, men conscripted to the fleet. Now, their city burns. But the Athenians are down, not out. Their navy remains strong and there’s hope that Sparta might, finally, come out from behind its wall. Only working together can the Greeks hope to stand against the overwhelming numbers of the Persian forces. Anything other than a definitive victory will mean utter destruction. What happens next will change the world as they know it…

 

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Book Review: The Heroes (First Law World, #5) by Joe Abercrombie

Book Review: The Heroes (First Law World, #5) by Joe Abercrombie

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(This is a repost of an old review I wrote in July 2017)

Cover art illustrated by: Didier Graffet & Dave Senior

The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: First Law World (Book #5 of 10)

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Grimdark fantasy

Pages: 664 pages (UK paperback edition)

Published: 27th January 2011 by Gollancz (UK) and 7th February 2011 by Orbit (US)


The Heroes depicted an unforgettable three days of intricate battles; Joe Abercrombie has once again proved himself to be my shining star in grimdark fantasy.

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Book Review: Wintersteel (Cradle, #8) by Will Wight

Book Review: Wintersteel (Cradle, #8) by Will Wight

Wintersteel by Will Wight

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: Cradle (Book #8 of 12)

Genre: Fantasy, Progression Fantasy, Xianxia

Published: 6th October 2020 by Hidden Gnome Publishing (Indie)


Wintersteel was yet another immensely addictive, fun and fantastic continuation in the Cradle series, which just keeps getting more epic with each book. 

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Book Review: The Blacktongue Thief (Blacktongue, #1) by Christopher Buehlman

Book Review: The Blacktongue Thief (Blacktongue, #1) by Christopher Buehlman

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Cover art illustrated by: Marie Bergeron

The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: Blacktongue (Book #1 of 3)

Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy

Pages: 416 pages (Kindle edition)

Published: 27th May 2021 by Gollancz (UK) and 25th May 2021 by Tor Books (US)


The Blacktongue Thief is an immense entertainment manifesting in a fantasy novel.

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Book Review: A Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough

Book Review: A Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough

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A Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Genre: Non-fiction, auto-biography, environmental/climate awareness & science

Published: 1st October 2020 by Ebury Press (Random House UK) and 6th October 2020 by Grand Central Publishing (Hachette Book)


Brilliance was what I’ve expected from Attenborough, and brilliance was exactly what I got.

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Book Review: Best Served Cold (First Law World, #4) by Joe Abercrombie

Book Review: Best Served Cold (First Law World, #4) by Joe Abercrombie

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Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: First Law World (Book #4 of 10)

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Grimdark fantasy

Pages: 664 pages (UK paperback edition)

Published: 5th June 2009 by Gollancz (UK) and 29th July 2009 by Orbit (US)


A magnificent tale of vengeance filled with bloody actions, betrayal, and humor.

“One cannot grow without pain. One cannot improve without it. Suffering drives us to achieve great things.”

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