Review: Kingdom of the Wicked [Skulduggery Pleasant #7]
Adventure , All , Children Literature , Fantasy / March 9, 2019

Title: Kingdom of the Wicked Author: Derek Landy Genre: Fantasy/ Children Literature/ Adventure Publication date: 2012 Summary: Magic is a disease. Across the land, normal people are suddenly developing wild and unstable powers. Infected by a rare strain of magic, they are unwittingly endangering their own lives and the lives of the people around them. Terrified and confused, their only hope lies with the Sanctuary. Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain are needed now more than ever. And then there’s the small matter of Kitana. A normal teenage girl who, along with her normal teenage friends, becomes infected. Becomes powerful. Becomes corrupted. Wielding the magic of gods, they’re set to tear the city apart unless someone stands up against them. Looks like it’s going to be another one of those days…     Oh, how I missed Skulduggery and Valkyrie. It has been a long time since I read the last book and now that I am thinking about it I am not sure why I allowed such a big break between them. Derek Landy is definitely one of my favorite authors – his humor, his easy-going style and the numerous adventures packed tightly in single book do not allow room…

Review: Blood of Elves [The Witcher #1]
All , Fantasy / March 1, 2019

Title: Blood of Elves Author: Andrzej Sapkowski Genre: Fantasy/ Adventure Publication date: 1994 Summary: For over a century, humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves have lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over, and now the races are fighting once again. The only good elf, it seems, is a dead elf. Geralt of Rivia, the cunning assassin known as The Witcher, has been waiting for the birth of a prophesied child. This child has the power to change the world – for good, or for evil. As the threat of war hangs over the land and the child is hunted for her extraordinary powers, it will become Geralt’s responsibility to protect them all – and the Witcher never accepts defeat. The Witcher returns in this sequel to The Last Wish, as the inhabitants of his world become embroiled in a state of total war.     After reading the first two books I was left with mixed feelings for this series. I really wanted to like it because many of my friends read it and liked it, and because I’ve seen some of the cinematic of the game and they looked awesome. So I said to…

Review: Sword of Destiny [The Witcher #0.2]
All , Fantasy / February 27, 2019

Title: Sword of Destiny  Author: Andrzej Sapkowski Genre: Fantasy First Publication date: 1993 Summary: Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety. In this collection of short stories, following the adventures of the hit collection THE LAST WISH, join Geralt as he battles monsters, demons and prejudices alike…       I have finally finished Sword of Destiny, the second collection of short stories accompanying The Witcher series, and I am left with very mixed feelings. By now I realized that Andrzej Sapkowski‘s style is a bit too philosophical, too pompous at times and I have come to terms with that. Maybe it is just the translation, as I am reading it in English, but there are times when the characters talk and talk about things…

Review: Magic Triumphs [Kate Daniels #10]
All , Fantasy / February 23, 2019

Title: Magic Triumphs Author: Ilona Andrews Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Romance/ Adventure Publication date: 2018 Summary:     Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She’s made friends and enemies. She’s found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be.     Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones. And when a mysterious box is delivered to Kate’s doorstep, a threat of war from the ancient enemy who nearly destroyed her family, she knows their time is up.     Kate Daniels sees no other choice but to combine forces with the unlikeliest of allies. She knows betrayal is inevitable. She knows she may not survive the coming battle. But she has to try.     For her child.     For Atlanta.    For the world.    Every good things must come to…

Review: Iron and Magic [Iron Covenant #1]
All , Fantasy / February 20, 2019

Title: Iron and Magic Author: Ilona Andrews Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Romance/ Adventure Publication date: 2018 Summary: Hugh d’Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast.  Elara Harper is a creature who should not exist. Her enemies call her Abomination; her people call her White Lady. Tasked with their protection, she’s trapped between the magical heavyweights about to collide and plunge the state of Kentucky into a war that humans have no power to stop. Desperate to shield her people and their simple way of life, she would accept help from the devil himself—and Hugh d’Ambray might qualify.  Hugh needs a base, Elara needs soldiers. Both are…

Review: Magic Binds [Kate Daniels #9]
All , Fantasy / February 19, 2019

Title: Magic Binds Author: Ilona Andrews Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Romance/ Adventure Publication date: 2016 Summary: Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this… Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar… Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead. The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…    Magic Binds is the 9th book of the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews and by now I am really out of nice things to say. Looking back I realize with awe how much more complicated and serious the story became without loosing its specific humor and passion. Most series fall prey to this…

Review: Magic Breaks [Kate Daniels #7]
All , Fantasy / February 14, 2019

Title: Magic Breaks Author: Ilona Andrews Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Romance/ Adventure Publication date: 2014 Summary: No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: if there’s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it… As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate. As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear…    Oh, how I…

Review: Infernal Devices [The Hungry City Chronicles, #3]
All , Dystopian fiction , Fantasy / December 25, 2018

Title: Infernal Devices Author: Philip Reeve Genre: Fantasy/ Steampunk/ Adventure Publication date: 2005 Summary: The mighty engines of Anchorage have been rusted and dead for years. The derelict city no longer roams the Ice Wastes, but has settled on the edge of the land that was once America. Tom Natsworthy and Hester Shaw are happy in the safety of a static settlement, but their daughter, Wren, is desperate for adventure. When a dangerously charming submarine pirate offers her a chance to escape, Wren doesn’t think twice about leaving her home and her parents behind. But the pirate wants something in return — Wren must steal the mysterious Tin Book. To do so will ignite a conflict that could tear the whole world apart.      Infernal Devices by Philip Reeve is the third book of the series and my favorite so far. Maybe it is because it takes place sixteen years later and we have a new cast of characters (more or less) or maybe because I grew to love this world and Philip Reeve just keeps expanding it and making it even more exciting. Either way, I am glad to have started the series and the fact that I read three…

Review: Mortal Engines [The Hungry City Chronicles, #1]
All , Dystopian fiction , Fantasy / December 23, 2018

Title: Mortal Engines Author: Philip Reeve Genre: Fantasy/ Steampunk/ Adventure Publication date: 2001 Summary: The great traction city London has been skulking in the hills to avoid the bigger, faster, hungrier cities loose in the Great Hunting Ground. But now, the sinister plans of Lord Mayor Mangus Crome can finally unfold. Thaddeus Valentine, London’s Head Historian and adored famous archaeologist, and his lovely daughter, Katherine, are down in The Gut when the young assassin with the black scarf strikes toward his heart, saved by the quick intervention of Tom, a lowly third-class apprentice. Racing after the fleeing girl, Tom suddenly glimpses her hideous face: scarred from forehead to jaw, nose a smashed stump, a single eye glaring back at him. “Look at what your Valentine did to me!” she screams. “Ask him! Ask him what he did to Hester Shaw!” And with that she jumps down the waste chute to her death. Minutes later Tom finds himself tumbling down the same chute and stranded in the Out-Country, a sea of mud scored by the huge caterpillar tracks of cities like the one now steaming off over the horizon. In a stunning literary debut, Philip Reeve has created a painful dangerous…

Review: Ender’s Game [Ender Series #1]
All , Sci-Fi / May 10, 2018

Title: Ender’s Game Author: Orson Scott Card Genre: Fantasy/ Science Fiction Publication date: 1994 Summary: In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine.  Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister. Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit…