Tag: court-politics

Nov 05
The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Reviews 0 ★★★★½

Kelsea, now firmly settled into her role as the Queen of the Tear, is now preparing for war with the neighbouring kingdom of Mortmesme. The Invasion of the Tearling begins with an incursion into the disputed territory between the two kingdoms and ends with a siege. But the invasion and the accompanying war is only one element in this complicated book, and I've loved how Johansen wove all the different threads together to create a masterpiece of a story. My favourite aspect of The Invasion of the Tearling, unsurprisingly, is Kelsea. She's not perfect by any means, she's actually one...

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Nov 12
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Reviews 3 ★★★★★

An amazing book, even more so when you realise it’s a début. Début novels usually don’t come to readers so richly told and well-executed. I recommend The Queen of the Tearling to readers of fantasy, and fans of the works of Trudi Canavan and Sarah J. Maas will devour it.

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Aug 18
The Falcon Throne by Karen Miller

The Falcon Throne by Karen Miller

Reviews 4 ★★★★★

I’ve loved The Falcon Throne! I’ve been in a haze since I finished it, and I just want to buy lots of copies of it and make others read it. However, at over 500 pages, there’s no doubt that it’s going to challenge some readers! I think fans of the genre will fall in love with this world and its characters and, like me, will be begging to get their hands on the next instalment.

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Jun 03
The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley

Reviews 0 ★★★½

The Emperor’s Blades is one of my most anticipated reads of 2014. It sounds like a promising début: an awesome world populated by people who aren’t all white, some sinister sounding magic and politics, and a story following the Emperor’s three children after his death.

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May 07
Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop

Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop

Reviews 9 ★★★½

I recommend this book to those who enjoy high fantasy and are interested in reading a dark, blood-filled story that inverts common tropes of the genre (matriarchal society, dark powers and Saetan are good). A successful examination of what darkness in human nature really means, Daughter of the Blood showcases Bishop’s potential and sets up a highly successful series.

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Jan 21
Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan

Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan

Reviews 5 ★★★½

An impressive tale exploring the consequences of a revolution against a monarchy, Promise of Blood begins the story of the man who overthrows his King and is left to with a kingdom on the brink of war. I think it’s an admirable début, set in an impeccably created world and…

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Nov 22
The Tower Broken by Mazarkis Williams

The Tower Broken by Mazarkis Williams

Reviews 1

The Tower Broken is the final book in the Tower and Knife trilogy by Mazarkis Williams, a series I have adored since the first book came out. This book rounds out the story well and answers all the questions and curiosities I’d had, and in general, does a much better…

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May 23
Valley of Shields by Duncan Lay

Valley of Shields by Duncan Lay

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

Date published: 1st April 2013 Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers AU Format: Paperback, 560 pages Series: Empire of Bones, Book 2 ISBN 13: 9780732294199 ISBN 10: 0732294193 Categories: Fantasy Goodreads / Booktopia / Bookworld Source: provided by publisher for review Challenge: Australian Writer’s Reading Challenge Cast out from his homeland, Sendatsu has used his sword-fighting talents to survive in…

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Apr 10
Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

Reviews 7 ★★

Date published: 1st February 2013 Publisher: Gollancz (Hachette AU) Format: Paperback, 288 pages Series: The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, Book 1 ISBN 13: 9780575132924 ISBN 10: 0575132922 Categories: Fantasy Goodreads / The Book Depository / Booktopia / Bookworld Source: provided for review by the publisher The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, land of djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, Khalifs and…

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