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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: 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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Book Review: A Master of Djinn (Dead Djinn Universe, #1) by P. Djeli Clark

Book Review: A Master of Djinn (Dead Djinn Universe, #1) by P. Djeli Clark

Review copy provided by the publisher—Orbit—in exchange for an honest review.

A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: Dead Djinn Universe (Book #1)

Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Steampunk

Pages: 401 pages (UK Kindle edition)

Published: 11st May 2021 by Orbit (UK) and TorDotCom (US)


There’s a lot of praises for A Master of Djinn online, and I can certainly understand why.

“Rich people always have enemies. Usually, that’s how they became rich.”

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Book Review: Servant of the Empire (Riftwar: Empire, #2) by Raymond E. Feist & Janny Wurts

Book Review: Servant of the Empire (Riftwar: Empire, #2) by Raymond E. Feist & Janny Wurts

Servant of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist & Janny Wurts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series: The Riftwar: Empire (Book #2 of 3), The Riftwar Cycle (Book #6 of 31)

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

Pages: 827 pages (UK Paperback edition)

Published: 1st September 1990 by Doubleday


Servant of the Empire is an incredible, political, and massive sequel to the excellent Daughter of the Empire.

“You people never cry enough… Uncried tears remain inside you, like poison.”

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Book Review: The King’s Blood (The Dagger and the Coin, #2) by Daniel Abraham

Book Review: The King’s Blood (The Dagger and the Coin, #2) by Daniel Abraham

The King’s Blood by Daniel Abraham

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: The Dagger and the Coin (Book #2 of 5)

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy

Pages: 517 pages (Kindle edition)

Published: 3rd May 2012 by Orbit


The King’s Blood was a magnificent sequel that expanded upon everything the previous book built.

“Wars are easier to start than end, and where they take you is rarely where you intended to go… It will be better for all of us to avoid it.”

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Book Review: Blacklight Born (The Combat Codes Saga, #3) by Alexander Darwin

Book Review: Blacklight Born (The Combat Codes Saga, #3) by Alexander Darwin

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

Cover art illustrated by: Felix Ortiz

Cover art designed by: STK.Kreations

Blacklight Born by Alexander Darwin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Series: The Combat Codes Saga (Book #3 of 3)

Genre: Science fiction, Dystopia, Martial Arts

Pages: 379 pages (Kindle edition)

Published: 14th July 2021 by Insight Forge Press (Self-published)


To my own bafflement, I finally finished reading a series for the first time this year.

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Book Review: The Pagan Lord (The Last Kingdom, #7) by Bernard Cornwell

Book Review: The Pagan Lord (The Last Kingdom, #7) by Bernard Cornwell

The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Series: The Last Kingdom (Book #7 of 13)

Genre: Historical fiction

Pages: 321 pages (Kindle edition)

Published: 26th September 2013 by HarperCollins


For the first time ever in the series, I actually think The Pagan Lord felt almost completely like a filler book.

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Book Review: The Dragon’s Path (The Dagger and the Coin, #1) by Daniel Abraham

Book Review: The Dragon’s Path (The Dagger and the Coin, #1) by Daniel Abraham

The Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: The Dagger and the Coin (Book #1 of 5)

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy

Pages: 577 pages (Kindle edition)

Published: 7th April 2011 by Orbit


There’s a charm in Abraham’s writing and the stories he tells that just keeps me coming back for more. And the same can be said for The Dragon’s Path.

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