Review: Lover Eternal [Black Dagger Brotherhood #2] 3/5 (1)
All , Erotica , Fantasy , Paranormal , Romance / February 6, 2020

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.

Review: Queen of Fire [Raven’s Shadow #3] 5/5 (1)
Adventure , All , Fantasy , War / January 27, 2020

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: Tower Lord [Raven’s Shadow #2] 4/5 (1)
Adventure , All , Fantasy , War / January 15, 2020

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 you love to hate (or hate to love) and a hint of romance. Oh, and some badass female characters. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love any well-developed character regardless of the gender but I rarely see a female one done right (or rather, done the way I like it).

Review: Blood Song [Raven’s Shadow #1] 4/5 (1)
Adventure , All , Fantasy , War / January 4, 2020

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.

Review: The Dragon Reborn [Wheel of Time #3] 5/5 (1)
Adventure , All , Fantasy / September 16, 2019

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 Eye of the World [Wheel of Time #1 ] 5/5 (1)
Adventure , All , Fantasy / September 16, 2019

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: New Spring [Wheel of Time #0] 4/5 (1)
Adventure , All , Fantasy / September 12, 2019

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 I haven’t finished the series (don’t judge me, it can still be my favorite – those books are 600+ each and he has, like, 14 of them) but I have now set my mind to it. I’m on maternity leave with a baby and I’ll be going on a lot of walks so long live the audio books.

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 proof of that. And the funny part is that the books in the Hainish cycle are not even following the same storyline. In the best case scenario we have a brief mention of planets or species we know from before but other than that every book starts with new characters, new planet and new social, racial or alien issue.

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, our people, are forced to live a simple life and are afraid of advancing in any field of technology since the Shings, the Liars of Earth, the Enemy of Mankind, the bad guys, would destroy them.

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 since every book would be expected to provide a satisfying ending and resolution of the plot. On the other side, each book is too short for me to really fall in love with the characters or the story. And I don’t get to read about them again so even if I do, I’ll be left wanting more.