Category Archives: fantasy

Black by Ted Dekker

Black

I read book #0 (Green) of the series with mixed feelings, so I wanted to try book #1 (Black). The fantasy story takes place in two time-periods (current and future) and I really like how the action in both time periods is weaved into one story via the main character, Thomas Hunter – the author does a good job keeping you interested about activities in both timelines. The overall idea and plot is interesting, but I continued to have trouble relating to characters and their actions.

I did enjoy Black more than Green and I think it is a much better series entry point, but I still think the book and the series are “okay”. I’ll go with a fairly weak “recommended” for those who like this type of fantasy.

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Review Submitted by: Andy Ashenfelter
Rating: Recommended
Challenge: Book with a one word title.

Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell

Traitor's Blade

I enjoyed the fantasy novel Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell. The main character is Falcio Val Mond, the First Cantor (leader) of the Greatcoats. The Greatcoats were a group of wandering magistrates who are named for the coat that they wear (which served as armor and storage) and are now disbanded, distrusted, and ridiculed. The backstory is told with periodic flashbacks.

I enjoyed: the dialog (reminds me of the “buddy cop” style movie), learning about sword fighting (“first rule of the sword is put the pointy end into the other man”), the detailed fight scenes, and the plot twist as Falcio completed his quest.

I didn’t like how a couple things were wrapped up at the end with a surprise “intervention” (I’m being deliberately vague) and, although minor, a couple of times I had to re-read because I didn’t realize the book switched to the backstory.

Overall, I enjoyed the book and highly recommend it for people who enjoy fantasy/sword-fighting action. I will likely read more in this series.

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Review Submitted by:  Andy Ashenfelter
Rating: Highly Recommended
Challenge: A book published by a small press.

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily

 

The second book in the Bloodlines series that continues the amazing plot lines started in the first book. It also is a great start to what appears to be the main romance of the series. The book is able to balance adventure and romance very well. It is also able to deal with prejudices that exist in this fantasy world and make them relate to the real world.

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Review Submitted by: Taylor Horkan
Rating: Highly Recommended
Challenge: A book with a color in the title

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines

 

This book is a start to the Bloodlines series. This series is a follow up to Richelle Meads original series Vampire Academy. This book promises a very strong sequel series with a very great set of characters. It really made me want to continue the series.

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Review Submitted by: Taylor Horkan
Rating: Highly Recommended
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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Mass

A Court of Mist and Fury

 

This book is a sequel to A Court of Thrones and Roses and both books are great reads. However, this sequel is even better than the original book. In this book Mass took many of the things she established in her original book and turned them upside down. Many characters and plotlines that were established went in an unexpected direction

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Review Submitted by: Taylor Horkan
Rating: Must Read

A Court of Thornes and Roses by Sarah J Mass

A Court of Thrones and Roses

 

In a world full of many fairy tell retellings Sarah J Mass is able to bring something new to the table. In this story retelling of the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast Sarah J Mass is able to use elements of the original story without making the reader feel like they have read this story before. The story follows the main character Feyre a human woman who is taken from her lonely life into the mysterious and dangerous fairy realm. The book is filled with romance and adventure that will keep any reader interested. Sarah J Mass is also able to create a far from perfect female character who is able to overcome her imperfections to protect the people she loves.

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Review Submitted by: Taylor Horkan
Rating: Highly Recommended
 

Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Cold Burn of Magic

This is the first book of the Black Blade series; it is a young adult, urban fantasy which takes place in Cloudburst Falls. I enjoyed the fantasy world: the monsters, the magic (mostly enhancements to strength, speed, and senses), and the reason why people walked around with swords. The book seems very young adult at times with the main character being “completely captivated” with her potential love interest at first sight, some of the over the top “snarky” dialog (although my daughter is almost a teenager so I may end up re-calibrating), and the (at times) simplistic plot. I could suspend enough belief related to the main characters extraordinary set of skills (it is a fantasy book). Overall it was a light, very enjoyable story, and I plan to finish the series.

I recommend the book (with the caveat that you probably need to enjoy young adult fantasy)

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Review Submitted by: Andy Ashenfelter
Rating: Recommended