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Book Review: Magician: Master (The Riftwar Saga, #2) by Raymond E. Feist

Book Review: Magician: Master (The Riftwar Saga, #2) by Raymond E. Feist

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Magician: Master by Raymond E. Feist

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Series: The Riftwar Saga (Book #2 of 3 or 4), The Riftwar Cycle (Book #2 of 31)

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy, Classic Fantasy

Pages: 523 pages (Kindle edition)

Published: November 1982


I feel like nostalgia goggles are needed to enjoy this to the fullest now. I gave this an honest attempt, but I won’t be continuing with the Riftwar Saga.

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Book Review: The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

Book Review: The Maidens by Alex Michaelides


The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher, Macmillan Audio, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The premise for The Maidens immediately piqued my interest. A ritualistic murder on a prestigious college campus, with a Classics professor and his select group of all female students, known as the Maidens, at the center of the intrigue? Yes, please. I love dark academia, especially when combined with the study of Ancient Greek and classical literature. I went in hoping form something along the lines of The Secret History, which I absolutely adore. But I liked what this book pretended to be far more than what it actually was. If that makes sense. Alas, The Maidens fell a bit flat for me.

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Cover Reveal: Mother Pig (Houndstooth, #2) by Travis M. Riddle

Cover Reveal: Mother Pig (Houndstooth, #2) by Travis M. Riddle

Hi everyone! Petrik from Novel Notions here.

Today, we’re here to bring you a beautiful cover reveal of Mother Pig. How about that for a book title? This is the second book in Houndstooth series by Travis M. Riddle. I haven’t read this series yet, but from what I’ve heard, this series sounds like a great and refreshing read. Let me know what you think of the cover art and whether this series interests you or not! Thank you so much to Travis Riddle for giving me the opportunity to host this cover reveal! Without further ado, here’s the cover reveal to Mother Pig!

Cover art illustrated & designed by: Deranged Doctor Design

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Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman


The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Ocean at the End of the Lane was the very first Gaiman book I ever read. I’ve sense read nearly everything he’s written, and have discovered that my favorite way to ingest his stories is via audio when he reads the books himself. His voice is divine, and I’ve found that listening to him tell his own stories adds to the magic for me. So what better way to revisit the novel that first charmed me into reading his work than by trying it on audio? It was the right decision. I was once again transported into this nameless boy’s childhood adventures, and Gaiman’s voice merely added to the charm of the tale.

“Words save our lives, sometimes.”

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Book Review: Magician: Apprentice (The Riftwar Saga, #1) by Raymond E. Feist

Book Review: Magician: Apprentice (The Riftwar Saga, #1) by Raymond E. Feist

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Magician: Apprentice by Raymond E. Feist

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Series: The Riftwar Saga (Book #1 of 3 or 4), The Riftwar Cycle (Book #1 of 31)

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy, Classic Fantasy

Pages: 509 pages (Kindle edition)

Published: 1st October 1982


Magician: Apprentice is a familiar and enjoyable start to a beloved classic fantasy series.

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Guest Interview with Ben Kane

Guest Interview with Ben Kane

Hi everyone, Petrik from Novel Notions here. Today we have our first ever Guest Interview done by Kyle Erikson. We’re so honored to have Kyle’s enthusiasm to post his interview with Ben Kane on Novel Notions. This awesome interview is a bit long, but it’s filled with many interesting information and answers regarding histories, TV adaptations, and writing. Without further ado, here’s Kyle’s interview with Ben Kane!

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Blog Tour: The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman

Blog Tour: The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman

Hi everyone! Petrik from Novel Notions here. We, the team at Novel Notions, are very thrilled and honored that we were asked by Gollancz to participate in the blog tour for the The Blacktongue Thief, the first book in Blacktongue trilogy, by Christopher Buehlman.

For those of you who haven’t heard of The Blacktongue Thief, this is one of the most hyped adult fantasy books of the year. Within this blog tour, I will be re-posting my spoiler-free review of the book. And also, I want to announce that I’ll be doing an interview with Christopher Buehlman tomorrow. The interview will be posted on Thursday; the UK release date of the novel. Without further ado, here’s my review of The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman!

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Book Review: Death of Kings (The Last Kingdom, #6) by Bernard Cornwell

Book Review: Death of Kings (The Last Kingdom, #6) by Bernard Cornwell

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Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: The Last Kingdom (Book #6 of 13)

Genre: Historical fiction

Pages: 357 pages (Kindle edition)

Published: 29th September 2011 by HarperCollins


This was not as good as Season 3 of the TV series, but Cornwell successfully delivered a fitting conclusion to the first part of the series.

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Book Review: The Legend of Eli Monpress (The Legend of Eli Monpress, #1-3) by Rachel Aaron

Book Review: The Legend of Eli Monpress (The Legend of Eli Monpress, #1-3) by Rachel Aaron

The Legend of Eli Monpress by Rachel Aaron

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: The Legend of Eli Monpress (Books #1-3 of 5)

Genre: Fantasy, high fantasy

Published:  February 2012 by Orbit (UK and US)


Rachel Aaron’s debut fantasy series, The Legend of Eli Monpress, was so addictively entertaining and fun that I blasted through all three books in the first omnibus in just four days.

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Manga Review: Death Note All-in-One Edition (Death Note, #1-13) by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

Manga Review: Death Note All-in-One Edition (Death Note, #1-13) by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

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

Death Note: All-in-One Edition by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series: Death Note (#1-13)

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Psychological, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Pages: 2400 pages

Published: 5th September 2017 by VIZ Media LLC


Death Note is a masterwork that eventually will become a classic in the manga/anime industry; in my opinion, it already did.

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