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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: 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

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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Petrik’s Top 10 Books of the Year So Far (1st January-30th June 2021)

Petrik’s Top 10 Books of the Year So Far (1st January-30th June 2021)

Click here if you want to see the list of all the books I’ve read so far this year: Petrik’s Year in Books (2021)

Between 1st January 2021 until 30th June 2021, I’ve read and reviewed 51 books (25k pages).

Please read this first. There will be three rules I set in this list in order for me to give appreciation to more authors rather than having only a few authors hoarding this list. These rules allow me to highlight more authors, and at the same time, I’ll also be able to include both new and older books (many of them still need attention) that I read within this year.

  • Rereads aren’t included.
  • One book per author.
  • The books listed here are not all exclusively published this year; the list consists of the top books I read for the first time within this year. Non-2021 published books on this list will have their first date of publication included.

Do note that although there’s a rank to this list, I HIGHLY recommend every book/series listed below because I loved all of them immensely, and they received a rating of 4.5 or 5 out of 5 stars from me. Without further ado, here are the top 10 books I’ve read this year so far! (All full reviews of the books listed can be found on Novel Notions and my Goodreads page.)

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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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Book Review: Daughter of the Empire (Riftwar: Empire, #1) by Raymond E. Feist & Janny Wurts

Book Review: Daughter of the Empire (Riftwar: Empire, #1) by Raymond E. Feist & Janny Wurts

Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series: The Riftwar: Empire (Book #1 of 3), The Riftwar Cycle (Book #5 of 31)

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

Pages: 528 pages (UK Paperback edition)

Published: 19th May 1987


Daughter of the Empire is a magnificent page-turning political intrigue with an amazing heroine to root for.

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Book Review: The Broken God (The Black Iron Legacy, #3) by Gareth Hanrahan

Book Review: The Broken God (The Black Iron Legacy, #3) by Gareth Hanrahan

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

Cover art illustrated by: Thea Dumitriu

The Broken God by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Series: The Black Iron Legacy (Book #3 of 5)

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy

Pages: 578 pages (Paperback edition)

Published: 20th May 2021 by Orbit (UK) & 18th May 2021 by Orbit (US)


The Broken God continues The Black Iron Legacy’s reputation as one of the most imaginative ongoing fantasy series right now.

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Book Review: The Shadow of the Gods (The Bloodsworn Saga, #1) by John Gwynne

Book Review: The Shadow of the Gods (The Bloodsworn Saga, #1) by John Gwynne

Shadow of the Gods
The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher, Orbit Books, in exchange for an honest review.

The Shadow of the Gods was one of my most anticipated books of 2021. I adored both The Faithful and the Fallen and Of Blood and Bone in their entirety, and I couldn’t wait to see what new world Gwynne was going to create outside of the Banished Lands, which until this point had served as the setting for every novel he’s penned. And he didn’t disappoint. The Norse-inspired Vigrið is a fantastic setting, one I’m sure will only become more and more interesting as the series progresses. However, as with his previous series, the setting and premise might draw a reader in, but the characters are what keeps said reader invested.

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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: 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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