Tag: court-politics

Mar 28
Malice by John Gwynne

Malice by John Gwynne

Reviews 2 ★★★★

John Gwynne tells his story through the eyes of a large cast of characters, each readily identified with and easy to believe. The striking thing is that Gwynne has chosen characters that are usually looked over to narrate his book: never the power players or chief politicians, but their guards, children, best friends and counsellors. It lends a quality to this epic fantasy that most others lack, bringing an element of reality to the narrative. The larger-than-life characters and their deeds are tempered by voices that tell the story. Although the characters easily fall into archetypes, I think the author does...

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Feb 06
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Reviews 1 ★★★★★

I’ve waited so long for this book, but when I finally got it, I was afraid to start reading – what if it wasn’t as good as Cinder, what if I don’t like Scarlet, is there enough Kai in it? Scarlet, I am ecstatic to say, is just as awesome…

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Jan 16
The Iron King by Maurice Druon

The Iron King by Maurice Druon

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

I hate the word unputdownable. I really do. But I’m going to use it, because that’s exactly what The Iron King is: terribly difficult to put down once the cover is cracked. I shouldn’t be surprised as the series comes highly recommended by none other than George R. R. Martin…

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Jan 07
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Reviews 1 ★★★★

Brandon Sanderson frequently comments that he intended Warbreaker and Elantris to dovetail: examining the same issues but dealing with them differently. I read Warbreaker with his intent in mind, and think it does indeed go well with the story-line of Elantris. It is an earlier work of Sanderson’s (pre Mistborn), so…

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Dec 07
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Reviews 0

Date published: 11th December 2012 Publisher: Razorbill (Penguin AU) Format: Hardback, 412 pages Series: Falling Kingdoms, Book 1 ISBN 13: 9781595145840 ISBN 10: 1595145842 Categories: YA – Fantasy Goodreads / The Book Depository / Booktopia / Bookworld Source: provided for review by publisher In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest…

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Aug 10
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Reviews 2

Date published: 7th August 2012 Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s US Format: Paperback, 404 pages Series: Throne of Glass, Book 1 ISBN 13: 9781599906959 ISBN 10: 1599906953 Categories: Fantasy Goodreads / The Book Depository / Booktopia (AU) Source: provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review Challenge: 2012 Debut Author Challenge After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt…

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May 13
Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Reviews 0

Deadly Grace. Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight – she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege,…

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Apr 16
The Rebel Prince by Celine Kiernan

The Rebel Prince by Celine Kiernan

Reviews 0 ★★★★

I was looking forward to finally meeting Prince Alberon after reading about him in the previous two books. But when we meet him it is instantly clear that Alberon is no longer a boy, but rather a harsh and somewhat unhinged young man who is sure of his power as…

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Mar 13
The Crowded Shadows by Celine Kiernan

The Crowded Shadows by Celine Kiernan

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Just like The Poison Throne, this book is heavily driven by its characters and their relationships. While the plot moves slowly and is punctuated with long discussions, readers are kept engaged by the interactions between characters. These discussions also provide insight into the politics and history of the world as…

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Feb 13
Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb

Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

As the final book in The Farseer Trilogy, I was expecting great things from Assassin’s Quest, and it did not disappoint. It is a strong book, full of surprises and plot twists, and it kept me guessing until the last page. Fitz’s journey has been wonderful, and I feel like…

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Feb 07
Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb

Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

The story-telling in this series keeps getting better. I was sucked into this book from the first chapter, and found myself reading it hungrily in large chunks. While the action moved slowly, it was driven by character development. Prince Regal’s scheming allowed the climax to build steadily, with the author…

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