Throwback Thursday: The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3)

The Hero of Ages The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3)
By: Brandon Sanderson
Website: http://brandonsanderson.com/
Release Date: October 14th, 2008
Publisher: Tor Books
Series: Mistborn Series
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Returning to the world of Vin, Elend and the rest of Kelsier’s crew was enjoyable and it kept me hooked on this series. The action is still there, the characters are still well written and the story only gets more complicated from here on out.

If you haven’t read the first two books…go back and do that before reading on. The story picks up  after the previous book left off. From here on out there are SPOILERS.  

Throwback Thursday: The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2)

The Well of Ascension The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2)
By: Brandon Sanderson
Website: http://brandonsanderson.com/
Release Date: August 21st, 2007
Publisher: Tor Books
Series: Mistborn Series
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Returning to the world of Vin, Elend and the rest of Kelsier’s crew was enjoyable and it kept me hooked on this series. The action is still there, the characters are still well written and the story only gets more complicated from here on out.

Review: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)

the-final-empire The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)
By: Brandon Sanderson
Website: http://brandonsanderson.com/
Release Date: July 25, 2006
Publisher: Tor Books
Series: Mistborn Series
Award: Prix Elbakin.net for Meilleur roman fantasy traduit (2010)
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Authors who are capable of writing from multiple point of views are impressive and Brandon Sanderson is fantastic at doing just that. When recommended this book series by a friend I was told that there’s a badass female main character with powers and trust issues. Sold.  

Review: Paladin of the Fates

paladin-of-the-fates Paladin of the Fates
By: Jai J. Mongiovi
Website: https://www.facebook.com/paladinjaimongiovi/
Release Date: November 28, 2016
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Series: The Paladin Series
Received From: Jai J. Mongiovi
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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When first picking up a new book I’m always hesitant. Will I like it? Will I hate it? Will I become obsessed with it? These questions double when I am aware that the book is the start of a series. So, imagine how many questions I had when picking up this book. My reasons for hesitation, despite having come upon it as a former coworker did the cover art and knows of my fantasy obsession, really stemmed from the fact that this book is part of a proposed series. Which means, should I become obsessed, I will need to wait for the next installments. So, while I was hesitating due to my usual “getting involved in a series” questions I decided something: just go for it. I am glad I did. Read on if you want to know more about why you should read this book.

Review: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

the-aeronauts-windlass-by-jim-butcher The Aeronaut’s Windlass
By: Jim Butcher
Website: http://www.jim-butcher.com/
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Publisher: Roc
Series: The Cinder Spires (Book #1)
Award: Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel (2016), Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award for Fantasy Adventure (2015, Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fantasy (2015)
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I finally, finally, read The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher. This was another binge read. A whopping 570 pages in a day. And it was great. And I loved it. And you need to read it too.

Okay, okay. I know. I’m a fan of Jim Butcher’s work, so maybe this isn’t as un-biased a review as it could be. And, sure, I have a thing for binge reading giant fantasy books. But, really, guys, this book!

The Aeronaut’s Windlass is the first book in a new series by Jim Butcher. The tale is set in a fantasy world filled with airships and aeronauts, people living in giant spires far above the earth’s surface, and a surprise attack that throws the country into immediate war. And it isn’t like other fantasy series.

Throwback Thursday: Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind

wizards-first-rule-terry-goodkind Wizard's First Rule
By: Terry Goodkind
Release Date: January 1994
Publisher: Tor
Series: Sword of Truth, Book #1
Award: Locus Award Nominee for Best First Novel (1995)
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I finally did it. I finally read Terry Goodkind’s Wizard’s First Rule. I meant to read this for years. It’s my husband’s favorite book of all time. We have two physical copies and an ebook version. And, finally, after years of nagging, I sat down and read the whole thing. At once. All the way through. All 800 some odd pages. In less than 24 hours. It was just that good. I love, love, high fantasy and this one was wonderful.

Now, high fantasy can be a tricky thing in that it seems to divide everyone who claims they love high fantasy. There three groups as I see it. 1 – If I see a trope I will burn this book. 2 – Give me a Gandalf clone and give him to me now. 3 – Those who read both innovative novels and long series that rely heavily upon their predecessors in the genre.

So, where does this one fall?

Review: The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

the-grace-of-kings-by-ken-liu The Grace of Kings
By: Ken Liu
Website: http://kenliu.name/
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Series: The Dandelion Dynasty, Book #1
Award: Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel (2015), Locus Award for Best First Novel (2016)
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The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu is a good book. Part of me liked it – really liked it. The other part of me? Not so much. The prose is beautiful. Ken Liu can really write. The depravity of war and conquest is more terrifying, the heat of battle more intense, simply because it was he who wrote it.

The world building was done extremely well. The world is vast, and its politics well outlined. However, as detailed and well-constructed the as the world itself is, the characters lack in depth.