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.
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.
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 style are solid. They are around 800+ pages long each (unless you’ve got the new edition where this book is separated in two). But that’s okay, we’re talking about major epic fantasy saga here. They are supposed to be long.
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 understood. I love the fact that both the people of Karhide and Orgoreyn are so different in their biology and way of thinking and most of all I loved the fact that Le Guin threw unfamiliar words and concepts our way and didn’t stop to overexplain them. This allowed us to understand Genli Ai, the main character, much better; to walk in his shoes, so to speak, since we were confused and learning just as he was.
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 and secrets and it has new characters and a fresh story.
Review: Ah, true old-school fantasy feels like home <3 I used to avoid reading in the fantasy genre out of fear that it would influence my writing and ideas but as many, much better writers have said, writers must read. So I think this book marks my return to what inspired me to read and write. A Wizard of Earthsea is the first book of the series by Ursula K. Le Guin, one of the very first big fantasy writers (and a woman at that). I got the books from my mom who first bought and read them shortly after giving birth to me (or was that The Wheel of Time? Can’t remember). So when we talk about the series calling it old-time fantasy is really accurate.
Review: We are now on the fifth book of the Skulduggery Pleasant Series, Mortal Coil, by Derek Landy and by now you should all be going crazy about the Skeleton Detective and his smart-mouth partner, Valkyrie. Honestly, I am currently pumped up after reading the last book (just finished #6 and you’ll be getting that review soon) so I may be a bit incapable of being impartial in this. Scratch that, I don’t remember ever being impartial when it comes to a book I like.
Review: Dark Days is the fourth book of the famous series Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy and my favorite one so far. I will go ahead and assume you have already read the previous ones – with this one you can expect a great amount of action, dark and witty humor, punching, threatening and boasting. And, yeah, and some dark, ominous prophecy.
To be honest with you, I don’t necessary think this is the best of Landy’s books but it certainly made me twice as invested in the story and in the characters.