Review: After the big disappointment that was Dark Lover, the first of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, I think J. R. Ward is growing on me. Very slowly. Dark Lover was basically plotless (if you don’t count getting into a woman’s pants a plot), exaggerated and cringy. Lover Eternal is still all of those things but, like, on a smaller, more bearable scale....

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Review: Dark Lover by J. R. Ward is the first book of the Black Brotherhood series and it is a okey book if you compare it to other in its genre. It has passion, it has danger and Ward is trying to do something different with the whole vampire thrope which is awesome. But reading Dark Lover after reading Queen of Fire by Ryan was like eating plain green salad after eating delicious, juicy stake with barbeque sause and mouth-watering seasoning. ...

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Review: When I started the first book of the Raven’s Shadow series by Anthony Ryan, Blood Song, I wasn’t sure where all of this was going and if I wanted to be on that journey. The style was good, the story was interesting but there was too much focus on fighting, fighting and fighting. For sure, a fantasy story without a war or fighting is sacrilege but Ryan took it to another level....

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Review: It has been some time since a book made me stay up till the early hours of the night. And on top of that I’m already sleep deprived, being a new mom and all, so using my sleep time for reading this book is the biggest compliment I could give it. The second book of the series by Anthony Ryan, Tower Lord, was everything you could hope for in a fantasy series. It had massive worldbuilding, epic battles, magic, betrayals, bad guys yo...

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Review: Blood Song is Anthony Ryan's first book of the fantasy series Raven's Shadow (and in general). It follows the story of Vaelin Al Sorna, a boy with a destiny bigger than anyone can imagine. I was rather sceptical about that part, it has been done too many times (I'm guilty of that too, I'm afraid) but I read on nonetheless. Vaelin is the son of the Battle Lord of King Janus, the monarch ruling the kingdom he lives in....

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Review: The third installment, The Dragon Reborn, from the series The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, is possibly my favorite one so far. By now I am invested in the heroes and heroines, I have my favorites and the plot has entangled enough to keep me on my toes all the time. I don’t say the others were not as good or interesting but with the development of the story our involvement and interest is supposed to grow, is it not? Of course it is....

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Review: The Great Hunt is book two of the epic saga Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan in case you’ve failed to read the title of this post 😀 So you can expect more of the same – awesome adventures, magic and a whole lot of magical creatures, secrets, lies and darkfriends everywhere. Oh, and an invasion! If you’re reading this then you’ve probably finished book one which means you’re awesome and I like you 😀 If you have ...

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Review: The Wheel of Time is an epic fantasy series by Robert Jordan which basically sets the base for all future fantasy stories to come. Along with Tolkien, those two men are like ‘the founding fathers’ of fantasy genre and with a good reason. The Eye of the World is the first book of fourteen (I know, I know, that’s a lot) and every one of those books can be used as a weapon and I don’t just mean that the language and writing styl...

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Review: Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan is one of my favorite series of all time. Truth be told, it is not everybody’s cup of tea and I have found that many grow bored with the massive world-building, numerous story lines and more characters than you can remember. But not me. I love that shit. I love the world, the tiny details that make everything come to live and the care with which the author builds every character. A fun fact is that ...

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Review: Every time I write a review on a book that is considered ‘classic’ or the sort I’m afraid I am missing something or that, I don’t know, I’m not smart enough to understand the underlying message of the story. Or maybe, just maybe, the fact that some books are considered outstanding in their themes, characters or plots doesn’t make them any less boring to death....

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Review: The Word for World is Forest [Hainish Cycle #5] 5/5 (2)
All , Fantasy , Sci-Fi / June 16, 2019

Review: I don’t know if it is just me but when I am reading a series I grow to like them more and more with every next book. I’m not sure if the author is getting better or the stories, if I am just more familiar with the style and the story but it has been true for almost every series I read (where I managed to go past the second book). The Word for World is Forest by Ursula Le Guin, the fifth book in the series, is living pr...

Review: The Left Hand of Darkness [Hainish Cycle #4] 5/5 (1)
All , Fantasy , Sci-Fi / June 15, 2019

Review: I think the Hainish Cycle is growing on me. After I got rid of the initial expectations of what a Sci-Fi from the ’70s should be like I actually started enjoying myself. And The Left Hand of Darkness was the peak of the series. The longest so far, I found The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin to be a fantastic tale of a man that is thrown amid different cultures and struggles to understand them and to be underst...

Review: City of Illusions [Hainish Cycle #3] 4/5 (1)
All , Fantasy , Sci-Fi / June 9, 2019

Review: Well! Here we are already on the third book of the series and finally I am excited. City of Illusions is, no doubt, the most suspenseful and well-planned book by Ursula Le Guin (in my humble opinion). I was getting kind of scared that I would be utterly disappointed by the Hainish cycle but I can see hope at the end of the tunnel. In City of Illusions we move back to Earth, hundreds of years in the future, where people, ou...

Review: Planet of Exile [Hainish Cycle #2] 4/5 (1)
All , Fantasy , Sci-Fi / June 7, 2019

Review: I started Planet of Exile by Ursula Le Guin convinced I wouldn’t like it. After all, the previous book was a great disappointment for me. Funny enough, I was surprised. The Hainish Cycle is a series of short novels connected only by the author’s name and a few distant connections between characters and places. So essentially you don’t have to read the other books to understand this one. From one side this is awesome ...

Review: Rocannon’s World [Hainish Cycle #1] 2/5 (1)
All , Fantasy , Sci-Fi / June 6, 2019

Review:     It's been a long time since I've read any Sci-Fi books so I feel a bit rusty in commenting. When I went through Ender's Game and Speaker of the Death I was so hyped that I couldn't put them down. It was strange, the jargon took some getting used to but still, it was super entertaining. Things were a bit different with Rocannon's World by Ursula Le Guin.     Despite being written in two different genres, this book and th...

Review: The Other Wind [Earthsea cycle #6] 3/5 (1)
All , Fantasy / June 2, 2019

Review: I don’t know why but all book or series endings leave me with a bitter taste in my mouth. Maybe I hate endings, or maybe I don’t like how the author decided to end their story — either way, I am never happy to read the last page. The Other Wind, the sixth book of the Earthsea cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin, and so far the last one confirmed, was not what I expected as a conclusion of the story. It started promising with a...

Review: Tales of Earthsea [Earthsea Cycle #5] 3/5 (1)
All , Fantasy / May 28, 2019

Review: Tales From Earthsea is a collection of short stories from the world of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin that take place before, during and after the events in the original storyline. It consists of five short stories – The Finder, Darkrose and Diamond, The bones of the Earth, On the High March and Dragonfly. Personally, I am not a big fan of short stories. I simply do not believe they are able to convey a full, meaningful plot ...

Review: Tehanu [Earthsea Cycle #4] 4/5 (1)
All , Fantasy / May 27, 2019

Review: It’s amazing how fast I am going through books these days. I’m not sure if it is this specific series that make it so easy or I am just in my element 😀 Tehanu, the fourth book of the Earthsea cycle by Ursula Le Guin, is the last book of the original series. As such I expected it all to tie neatly together with a bow on top. I do love stories which give us more answers than questions at the end. And in a way, Teha...

Review: The Farthest Shore [Earthsea Cycle, #3] 3/5 (1)
All , Fantasy / May 26, 2019

Review: As you can see, I am still going strong with the Ursula Le Guin‘s wave and I even think I’ll be able to finish all her works (that I have) in no time. I did notice, however, that the more I read the more I realize that just good prose is not enough. When I started with the first two books, A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan, I thought that their plot would be connected in some way. It turns out that the only connec...

Review: The Tombs of Atuan [Earthsea Cycle #2] 4/5 (1)
All , Fantasy / May 24, 2019

Review: As I expected, I dipped my toes in the pool of fantasy and now there is no power on earth to get me out of the water 😀 I’ve missed the intricate world-building and the wizards and powerful darkness lurking in the shadows. The Tombs of Atuan is the second book of Earthsea cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin and my favorite so far. It has the same melodic prose that was present in the first one, it has the taste of magic...