Review – Malice

2020, REVIEW

Author: John Gwynne
Pages: 628
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪.5

Synopsis from author website

Winner of the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut, 2012

Called a ‘Hell of a debut’ by bestselling author Conn Iggulden, Malice by John Gwynne is the first in The Faithful and the Fallen series.

Young Corban watches enviously as boys become warriors, learning the art of war. He yearns to wield his sword and spear to protect his king’s realm. But that day will come all too soon. Only when he loses those he loves will he learn the true price of courage.

The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed in battle, the earth running dark with their heartsblood. Although the giant-clans were broken in ages past, their ruined fortresses still scar the land. But now giants stir anew, the very stones weep blood and there are sightings of giant wyrms. Those who can still read the signs see a threat far greater than the ancient wars. Sorrow will darken the world, as angels and demons make it their battlefield. Then there will be a war to end all wars.

High King Aquilus summons his fellow kings to council, seeking an alliance in this time of need. Prophesy indicates darkness and light will demand two champions, the Black Sun and the Bright Star. They would be wise to seek out both, for if the Black Sun gains ascendancy, mankind’s hopes and dreams will fall to dust.

My thoughts

My first thought – I absolutely love this book. I enjoyed watching Corban, grow from a unconfident boy to an confident man. I loved watching his relationship with his sister grow and mature, from the other sister looking after him to her realising he is a grown man and can stand up for himself. As an older sister, I recognised this as something I went through with my brother. I found the story to be perfectly paced and didn’t get drawn out.

There were characters I loved, like Gar and Tull and characters I couldn’t stand like Rafe and Nathair.I really like when a author can make me feel strong feelings towards certain characters. I found all the characters development was done extremely well.

The only thing I have as a small complaint was that there are alot of characters which sometimes could get a little confused at the beginning, this would be easier as the book went on.

The ending was really well done and I can’t wait to get the next book in the series.

Overall a really good book and I will definitely be carrying on with the series.

Have you read this book? what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Review – The Assassin’s Blade

2020, REVIEW

Author: Sarah J Maas
Pages: 345
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪.5

Synopsis

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassins’ Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam.

In these action-packed prequel novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery . . .

Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine and find out how the legend begins in the five page-turning prequel novellas to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.

My thoughts

This is a book is full of novellas which go with The Throne of Glass series.

I did a little research regarding the best place to start as my husband surprised me with the entire series. I read that Sarah J Maas says this book is book 0 in the series. I decided to read this book first before starting the series. I am hoping this is going to give me a little better understanding of Celaena and her back story going into the series.

The stories add another dimension to Celaena, they show the multiple different sides to her. I like the friendships in this book and the different ways in which Sarah J Maas presents them. The scheming and the dishonesty along side the growing friendships.

I can’t to read the rest of the series now and see how Celaena grows throughout everything

Have you read this series? what did you think of it, let me know in the comments below.

Midweek update

2020, Midweek update

Hey readers…

Just a quick a quick update about where I am up to this week with my reading.

I am still trying to get out of a reading funk I am currently in. I am really enjoying the two books I am currently making my way through, so I can’t blame it on the fact I am reading the wrong books at the moment.

I am currently still making my way through The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. I am 351 pages into this one and I am finding the story is picking up and I am getting more attached to the characters. I can’t wait to dive into this more and get more into the story.

I am also reading Malice by John Gwynne and again this book is really good. I am 96 pages into this. The characters are extremely likeable and the plot is gripping.

My reading goal for the year is 75 books and I am currently 9 books behind schedule so I will need to pick up more books and hopefully I should be out my funk soon so that I can complete this challenge.

I am also a very big planner and organiser, I have just currently bought a new planner, the Passion Planner, and I am finding that I am managing time a little better so I am going to schedule in books I want to read in the month so hopefully this will help me get back on track. I do have a planning blog that I am starting it and its linked in the menu bar at the top of my page.

What have you been up to this week? What have you been reading? Let me know in the comments below

Book Review – The Alloy of Law

2019

Author: Brandon Sanderson
Pages: 325
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪

Synopsis

Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.

Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet even as science and technology are reaching new heights, the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world. Out in the frontier lands known as the Roughs, they are crucial tools for the brave men and women attempting to establish order and justice.

One such is Waxillium Ladrian, a rare Twinborn who can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will.

After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax has been forced by family tragedy to return to the metropolis of Elendel. Now he must reluctantly put away his guns and assume the duties and dignity incumbent upon the head of a noble house. Or so he thinks, until he learns the hard way that the mansions and elegant tree-lined streets of the city can be even more dangerous than the dusty plains of the Roughs.

My thoughts

This book didn’t grip me as the original trilogy did, the beginning was a little slow, but it did pick up towards the middle and the end of the book. Don’t get me wrong I still enjoyed myself when reading this book and I enjoyed getting to know the characters of this new series.

Waxillium – Is an honourable character who has been through some things in his past. I really enjoyed this character.

Wayne – He is a very witty and loyal to Waxillium. He brings the humour to the story and compliments Wax amazingly. I love the dynamic between the two characters

Marasi – She is a strong character who takes what she wants into her own hands and doesn’t let Wax tell her she can’t do something. I really want to see how this character develops throughout the story.

I will continue on with the series, I love the way Brandon Sanderson tells writes the stories he is telling.

July TBR

2020, TBR

Hey Readers…

Just thought I would do a quick post to go over what I am hoping to read/continue to read in the month of July.

The two books I am carrying over from June are:

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

I am currently enjoying these books and think I should have The Assassin’s blade read by the end of today

The books I am planning to read in the month of July are:

The City of Brass by S.A Chakraborty

This book will be a re-read for me but I want to continue on with the rest of the series and I would prefer to do this after refreshing myself with the story and the world again.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson

I hope I manage to get through all these books, my reading has been drifting off in recent months so I am hoping to get back onto this month and get through some of the series I have unfinished on my shelves.

If you have read any of these let me know what you thought of them and let me know what your reading in the comments below.

-Happy reading
XOXO