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Book Review: Paper and Fire (The Great Library, #2) by Rachel Caine

Book Review: Paper and Fire (The Great Library, #2) by Rachel Caine

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars.

Series: The Great Library (Book 2 of 5)

Genre:  Young adult, alternate history, historical fantasy, fantasy

Published: July 2016 by Berkley Books (US) and Allison & Busby (UK)


Another close-to-perfect read, Paper and Fire was a superb sequel in The Great Library series, one that is on track to become a favourite.

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Book Review: King of Assassins (The Wounded Kingdom, #3) by R.J. Barker

Book Review: King of Assassins (The Wounded Kingdom, #3) by R.J. Barker

King of Assassins by R.J. Barker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Genre: Fantasy, mystery

Published: 7th Aug 2018 by Orbit US & 9th Aug 2018 by Orbit UK


King of Assassins is a powerfully poignant conclusion to a remarkably captivating trilogy.

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Book Review: Nolyn (The Rise and Fall, #1) by Michael J. Sullivan

Book Review: Nolyn (The Rise and Fall, #1) by Michael J. Sullivan

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Nolyn by Michael J. Sullivan

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars.

Series: The Rise and Fall (Book 1 of 3)

Genre: Fantasy, high fantasy, classic fantasy

Publication date: 3rd August 2021 by Grim Oak Press


Nolyn was yet another well-crafted and enthralling tale from a masterful storyteller, who never fails to give me what I craved from the world of Elan.

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Book Review: Bag of Bones by Stephen King

Book Review: Bag of Bones by Stephen King


Bag of Bones by Stephen King
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

As I’ve been reading through King’s back catalogue, I’ve come across very few of his stories that hadn’t been spoiled to some extent for me, simply by the culture in which we live. While I had never read The Shining or Pet Sematary or ‘Salem’s Lot, I had some idea what was going to happen because they’re so present in our collective cultural psyche. The same could be said for Carrie, and Misery, and IT, and so many other King novels. But Bag of Bones? I went into this one completely blind. And as with Needful Things and Rose Madder, other books of his that I knew nothing about, it was more impactful because of my lack of exposure. It’s not among my favorite King books I’ve read, but Bag of Bones will be sticking with me for a while.

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Book Review: Priest of Gallows (War for the Rose Throne, #3) by Peter McLean

Book Review: Priest of Gallows (War for the Rose Throne, #3) by Peter McLean

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Priest of Gallows by Peter McLean

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: War for the Rose Throne (Book #3 of 4)

Genre: Fantasy, Grimdark Fantasy

Pages: 384 pages (Paperback edition)

Published: 27th May 2021 by Jo Fletcher


Priest of Gallows was addictive and instantly immersive as ever.

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Book Review: The Galaxy, and the Ground Within (Wayfarers, #4) by Becky Chambers

Book Review: The Galaxy, and the Ground Within (Wayfarers, #4) by Becky Chambers

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The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: Wayfarers (Book 4 of 4)

Genre: Science fiction

Published: 18th Feb 2021 by Hodder & Stoughton & 20th April 2021 by Harper Voyager


The Galaxy, and the Ground Within concludes Becky Chambers’ wonderfully charming science fiction series with another heartwarming story that is so characteristic of all the Wayfarers books.

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Book Review: The Last Watch (The Divide, #1) by J.S. Dewes

Book Review: The Last Watch (The Divide, #1) by J.S. Dewes

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The Last Watch by J.S. Dewes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Series: The Divide (Book #1 of 2)

Genre: Science fiction, space opera

Pages: 472 pages (Kindle edition)

Published: 20th April 2021 by Tor Books


The Last Watch was good, but I believe it would work better as a movie than a novel.

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Book Review: The Burning Land (The Last Kingdom, #5) by Bernard Cornwell

Book Review: The Burning Land (The Last Kingdom, #5) by Bernard Cornwell

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The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: The Last Kingdom (Book #5 of 13)

Genre: Historical fiction

Pages: 403 pages (Kindle edition)

Published: 1st October 2009 by HarperCollins


Uthred has often been called hot-headed but considering his circumstances, I think his patience is applaudable.

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Book Review: Blood of Assassins (The Wounded Kingdom, #2) by R.J. Barker

Book Review: Blood of Assassins (The Wounded Kingdom, #2) by R.J. Barker

 

Blood of Assassins by R.J. Barker

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Genre: Fantasy, mystery

Published: 13th Feb 2018 by Orbit US & 15th Feb 2018 by Orbit UK


An impressive sequel to an excellent debut, Blood of Assassins draws upon the compelling character development of Girton Club-Foot to underscore a storyline which is at once engaging and unpredictable.

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Book Review: The Crown Tower (The Riyria Chronicles, #1) by Michael J. Sullivan

Book Review: The Crown Tower (The Riyria Chronicles, #1) by Michael J. Sullivan

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The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: The Riyria Chronicles (Book #1)

Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy

Pages: 422 pages (Kindle edition)

Published: 6th August 2013 by Orbit


Rather than The Crown Conspiracy, I personally think The Crown Tower is a greater starting point to Royce and Hadrian’s story.

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