The Skull Throne
Publication Date: 2015-03-31
The powerful saga of humans winnowed to the brink of extinction by night-stalking demons, and the survivors who fight back, has kept readers breathless as they eagerly turned the pages. Now the thrilling fourth volume, The Skull Throne, raises the stakes as it carries the action in shocking new directions. The Skull Throne of Krasia stands empty. Built from the skulls of fallen generals and demon princes, it is a seat of honor and ancient, powerful magic, keeping the demon corelings at bay. From atop the throne, Ahmann Jardir was meant to conquer the known world, forging its isolated peoples into a unified army to rise up and end the demon war once and for all. But Arlen Bales, the Warded Man, stood against this course, challenging Jardir to a duel he could not in honor refuse. Rather than risk defeat,
My Review - The Skull Throne Bk 4
This book I was somewhat disappointed in, mainly because I think I over hyped it. The book provided great background on the structure of the kingdoms and sets a great story for the final book but I would have liked a lot more action and more demon fighting.
Circle of Reign
Publication Date: 2014-07-24
Lands Die.The Living Light Fades.An Ancient Darkness Awakens.The Living Light that sustains Arlethia is dwindling.An unknown, vicious enemy approaches in stealth from beyond the northern glaciers, a wasteland of ice that spans hundreds of miles. A clandestine brotherhood of assassins, held in check by the Light for millennia, seeks to break their maledictive shackles and unleash their bloodlust upon the world. Those that should stand with Arlethia clothe themselves in betrayal, desiring her secrets for themselves, leaving Arlethia to stand alone.The rebirthing of lands ceased decades ago. The world of Våleira is dying. Only Arlethia, the Western Province of the Realm, remains untainted by the Ancient Dark's Influence. Reign, the young daughter of Arlethian Lord Thannuel Kerr, becomes entangled in a perilous web of deceit, greed, and assassination plots after witnessing something horrific - something that will destroy all she knows and loves.
My Review - Circle of Reign
So far this book as been quite good. I would recommend the title if you like Brandon Sanderson and any writers similar to his style and genre. I think in some parts it may be a little bit too complex for the sake of complexity, but still a great read.
The Shadow of What Was Lost: The Licanius Trilogy, Book 1
Publication Date: 2014-08-02
"It has been twenty years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs - once thought of almost as gods - were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs' fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion's Four Tenets.
My Review - The Shadow of What Was Lost
I really liked this (Book One) because it was narrated by Michael Kramer, who tells the story extremely well. The book talks about essence and the ablility to use a second power (you will need to read) to augment another. It is not as creative as some writers in the area of magical powers but still a very good book that I finished in a week.
Sterling: Mageri, Book 1
Publication Date: 2012-12-28
Zoë Merrick lived an ordinary life until late one night, she was brutally attacked and left for dead. She was found, covered in blood, and taken in by an ex-soldier named Adam. Zoë didn't just survive that night - she underwent a physical transformation and acquired unexplainable abilities. Severed from her old life, her frustration grows as she tries to comprehend what's happening to her. Serendipity leads her to Justus De Gradi.
My Review - Sterling: Mageri
This title was recommended to me by a friend and I have to be honest I could not finish it.. I felt like I was reading a romance noval that tried to be more interesting than it was. In the end, just not my kind of book.
Shards of a Broken Crown, Book 4
Publication Date: 2010-12-28
The demon is no more. The enemy has been routed. But all is not well . . . Winter's icy grasp is loosening on the world. The Emerald Queen's vanquished army has its broken back to the Bitter Sea. And treachery is its only recourse. A lackey has declared himself Lord of the defeated, amassing the still fearsome remnants of a ruthless fighting force together for one final assault on a weakened, vulnerable realm.
My Review - Shards of a Broken Crown
I started this book but haven't managed to finish it yet, I think because I had left it too long between Book Three and Book Four in this series to remember what is happening. I will need to go back and read the last few chapters from book three to do it justice. I really like Feist as an author, so I have no doubt this will be excellent.
Blood of Innocents: The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 2
Publication Date: 2014-06-13
Anasoma, jewel of the Mahruse Empire, has fallen. As Caldan and his companions flee the city, horrors from the time of the Shattering begin to close in. With Miranda's mind broken by forbidden sorcery, Caldan is forced to disobey the most sacrosanct laws of the Protectors if he is to have any chance of healing her. But when one of the emperor's warlocks arrives to take control of him, he begins to suspect his burgeoning powers may be more of a curse than a blessing, and that the enemies assailing the empire may be rivaled by even more sinister forces within.
My Review - Blood of Innocents
This is an Australian author and these books represent some great writing similar to that of my favourite authors. I liked his first book in this series so much that half way through I made sure I purchased this copy as well, so I wouldn't have to take a break in between. In some places it can be annoying as the hero starts to work out his powers and obvious traps are fallen into, but the magic usage is explained differently with A LOT of scope for more uses. Interestingly - the author now has been picked up by a major publishing company and these books are being re-worked for a new release.
A Crucible of Souls: The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 1
Publication Date: 2013-07-24
When Caldan's parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers. But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths.
My Review - Crucible of Souls
This is the first book I have read by Mitchell Hogan (Australian author) and it is fantastic! I really like the way the author talks about the journey to discover the nature of the various magics. It can be a bit slow in parts and the hero certainly can act 'dumb' in spots but I really enjoyed it nevertheless.
Messenger's Legacy (Novella)
Publication Date: 2014-11-30
A brand new novella set in the engrossing world of The Demon Cycle from bestselling fantasy author Peter V. Brett. Humanity has been brought to the brink of extinction. Each night, the world is overrun by demons. Bloodthirsty creatures of nightmare that have been hunting the surface for over 300 years. A scant few hamlets and half-starved city-states are all that remain of a once proud civilization, and it is only by hiding behind wards, ancient symbols with the power to repel the demons, that they survive
My Review - Messenger's Legacy
So, as I awaited the release of The Skull Throne I needed a 'fix' as I really like this series. Its very short but was good to get some background story around the main characters.
The Phoenix Transformed: Book Three of the Enduring Flame
Publication Date: 2010-08-03
In The Enduring Flame trilogy, Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory have given readers a new view of the complex and fascinating world they originally created for The Obsidian Trilogy.nbsp; Jumping one thousand years in time, Lackey and Mallory have told the compelling story of Harrier Gillain, the first Knight-Mage in a thousand years; Tiercel Rolfort, the first High Mage in hundreds of years; and Shaiara, the young leader of a desert tribe who takes both boys under her wing but finds that shehas a special affection for Harrier.
My Review - The Phoenix Transformed
It is not very often you can read three books in a series in a row but happily, this series was one. After 75 listening hours I thought that the ending was great and I can recommend this series for the general epic fantasy fan.
The Phoenix Endangered: Book Two of the Enduring Flame
Publication Date: 2009-08-04
In The Phoenix Endangered, second in The Enduring Flame trilogy, Tiercel, a budding High Mage, and Harrier, a reluctant Knight-Mage, develop greater power-and learn of the evils of war when they see the devastation caused by the fanatical armies of the Wild Mage Bisochim.The desert tribespeople led by young Shaiara flee Bisochim's evil, seeking a legendary oasis deep in the desert-a refuge that may hold the key to stopping Bisochim and preserving the Balance between Light and Darkness... or that may be the cause of Light's ultimate downfall.
My Review - The Phoenix Endangered
I really really liked this series and the finish was great! I had read the previous series and found that while the 'enemy' in this series was not developed anywhere near enough, the way Wild magic and High magic worked together in different ways meant it was still enjoyable.
The Phoenix Unchained: Book One of The Enduring Flame
Publication Date: 2008-08-26
Young Tiercel Rolfort is studying Ancient History. When his reading reveals a system of High Magic he has never heard of before, Tyr tries to cast a spell . . . and sets his bedroom on fire. Harrier Gillain, son of the Harbormaster, has been hauling Tyr out of scrapes since he was three years old; When Tyr decides to seek help from the Elves, Harrier knows he'll have to go along and make sure Tyr doesn't burn down the whole forest.Wild Mage Bisochim has discovered that the Balance between Light and Dark has shifted too far toward the Light.
My Review - The Phoenix Unchained
This series follows on from The Obsidian Trilogy and I really enjoyed the epic story involving two forms of magic, High and Wild. I really recommend this book for those getting into longer epic fantasy reading titles as it's easy to read and the characters are very likeable.
Renegade's Magic: The Soldier Son Trilogy, Book 3
Publication Date: 2009-03-31
Loyal, privileged, and brave--a soldier in the service of the King of Gernia--Nevare Burvelle survived a devastating plague of enemy sorcery, but at a terrible cost to his soul, body, and heart. Now he stands wrongly accused of unspeakable crimes, including murder, the most heinous of them all. Suddenly an outcast and a fugitive, he remains a hostage to the Speck magic that shackles him to a savage alter ego who would destroy everything Nevare holds dear. Perhaps, however, this curse that has long abused him can be used by him instead--a mighty weapon he can learn to wield for his own purposes. But down what perilous road will this desperate new quest lead him? And what will be the ultimate incarnation of Nevare Burvelle?
My Review - Renegade's Magic
After reading the other two books in this series I really found this one a struggle as it lingered two long on the plight of the hero. I would have liked more action and magic being controlled, instead of the complaining in this one. The series as a whole is good but I was tiring of it at the end...
Publication Date: 2007-11-27
Plague has ravaged the prestigious King's Cavalla of Gernia, decimating the ranks of both cadets and instructors. Yet Nevare Burvelle has made an astonishingly robust recovery, defeating his sworn nemesis while in the throes of the disease and freeing himself--he believes--from the Speck magic that infected him. And now he is journeying home to Widevale, anticipating a tender reunion with his beautiful fiancée, Carsina, and a bright future as a commissioned officer. But there is no haven in the bosom of his kinfolk, for his nights are haunted by grim visions of treachery--and his days are tormented by a strange side-effect of the plague that shames his family and repulses the lady of his heart.
My Review - Forest Mage
Being the second book, I was hoping that it would get better but by the end it focused too much on the hero's struggle and was still missing the build up to him working out his powers. I will persist into the third book though, just to finish the series.
Shaman's Crossing: The Soldier Son Trilogy, Book 1
Publication Date: 2006-08-29
Nevare Burvelle was destined from birth to be a soldier. The second son of a newly anointed nobleman, he must endure the rigors of military training at the elite King's Cavella Academy and survive the hatred, cruelty, and derision of his aristocratic classmates before joining the King of Gernia's brutal campaign of territorial expansion. The life chosen for him will be fraught with hardship, for he must ultimately face a forest-dwelling folk who will not submit easily to a king's tyranny. And they possess an ancient magic their would-be conquerors have long discounted a powerful sorcery that threatens to claim Nevare Burvelle's soul and devastate his world once the Dark Evening brings the carnival to Old Thares.
My Review - Sharman's Crossing
The book was 'okay' but needed more use of his powers to keep me really entertained. I will see how it goes into book two.
Fool's Errand: Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 1
Publication Date: 2002-11-26
For fifteen years FitzChivalry Farseer has lived in self-imposed exile, assumed to be dead by almost all who once cared about him. But now, into his isolated life, visitors begin to arrive: Fitz's mentor from his assassin days; a hedge-witch who foresees the return of a long-lost love; and the Fool, the former White Prophet, who beckons Fitz to fulfill his destiny. nbsp; Then comes the summons he cannot ignore. Prince Dutiful, the young heir to the Farseer throne, has vanished. Fitz, possessed of magical skills both royal and profane, is the only one who can retrieve him in time for his betrothal ceremony, thus sparing the Six Duchies profound political embarrassment . . . or worse.
My Review - Fool's Errand
Like all Robin Hobb books this series is based around a set of connected lands and the various characters and families that make up the region and its magics. This book follows on with FitzChivalry and his days as an assassin and I found it very enjoyable. Don't start at this series though! You need to read the assassin series first.
The Golden Fool: The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 2
Publication Date: 2003-12-09
Prince Dutiful has been rescued from his Piebald kidnappers and the court has resumed its normal rhythms. There FitzChivalry Farseer, gutted by the loss of his wolf bondmate, must take up residence at Buckkeep as a journeyman assassin. Posing as a bodyguard, Fitz becomes the eyes and ears behind the walls, guiding a kingdom straying closer to civil strife each day. Amid a multitude of problems, Fitz must ensure that no one betrays the Prince's secret--one that could topple the throne: that he, like Fitz, possesses the dread "beast magic." Only Fitz's friendship with the Fool brings him solace. But even that is shattered when devastating revelations from the Fool's past are exposed. Bereft of support and adrift in intrigue, Fitz finds that his biggest challenge may be simply to survive.
My Review - The Golden Fool
I really like Fitz as a character as he developed in this book. The fact that Robin didn't dwell on the shortcomings is great as it still made you like him. I couldn't put this one down and bought the second last one straight away.
Fool's Fate: The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 3
Publication Date: 2004-11-23
FitzChivalry Farseer has become firmly ensconced in the queen's court. Along with his mentor, Chade, and the simpleminded yet strongly Skilled Thick, Fitz strives to aid Prince Dutiful on a quest that could secure peace with the Outislands--and win Dutiful the hand of the Narcheska Elliania. The Narcheska has set the prince an unfathomable task: to behead a dragon trapped in ice on the isle of Aslevjal. Yet not all the clans of the Outislands support their effort. Are there darker forces at work behind Elliania's demand? Knowing that the Fool has foretold he will die on the island of ice, Fitz plots to leave his dearest friend behind. But fate cannot so easily be defied.
My Review - Fool's Fate
For me, this final book actually bought together a lot of other stories within Robin Hobb's various series. You could guess the ending but not to the extent that you felt let down. Liked this series almost as much as the Rain Wild Chronicles.
Streams of Silver: Legend of Drizzt: Icewind Dale Trilogy, Book 2
Publication Date: 2007-05-08
The epic tale of everyone's favorite dark elf, Drizzt Do'Urden, reaches new heights! Drizzt Do'Urden struggles with his own inner voices, voices that call him back to the pitiless depths of the Underdark. But louder still are the voices of his newfound friends, and the dream that drives Bruenor Battlehammer on to reclaim Mithral Hall. Time and again they're told to turn back, that some dreams can never be fulfilled, but on they fight -- together.
My Review - Streams of Silver
City of Heavenly Fire: Mortal Instruments, Book 6
Publication Date: 2014-05-27
Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned. Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the thrilling and long-awaited final installment of the bestselling and acclaimed Mortal Instruments
My Review - City of Heavenly Fire
Tower Lord: Raven's Shadow, Book 2
Publication Date: 2014-07-01
he realm burns. Vaelin Al Sorna is tired of war. He's fought countless battles in service to the Realm and Faith. His reward was the loss of his love, the death of his friends and a betrayal by his king. After five years in an Alpiran dungeon, he just wants to go home. Reva intends to welcome Vaelin back with a knife between the ribs. He destroyed her family and ruined her life.
My Review - Tower Lord
Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1
Publication Date: 2013-07-02
We have fought battles that left more than a hundred corpses on the ground and not a word of it has ever been set down. The Order fights, but often it fights in shadow, without glory or reward. We have no banners. Vaelin Al Sorna is the Sixth Order's newest recruit. Under their brutal training regime, he learns how to forge a blade, survive the wilds and kill a man quickly and quietly - all in the name of protecting the Realm and the Faith. Now his skills will be put to the test.
My Review - Blood Song
Prince of Fools: Red Queen's War, Book 1
Publication Date: June 5, 2014
The Red Queen is old but the kings of the Broken Empire fear her as they fear no other. Her grandson Jalan Kendeth is a coward, a cheat, and a womaniser; and 10th in line to the throne. While his grandmother shapes the destiny of millions, Prince Jalan pursues his debauched pleasures. Until he gets entangled with Snorri ver Snagason, a huge Norse axe man, and dragged against his will to the icy north.
My Review - Prince of Fools
Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7
Publication Date: 2014
For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.
My Review - Shattered
Divergent: (Divergent, Book 1)
Publication Date: 2014
For 16-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs. Shocked by the brutality of her new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. The hardest choices may yet lie ahead…. A debut novel that will leave you breathless.
My Review - Divergent
The Crystal Shard: Legend of Drizzt: Icewind Dale Trilogy
Publication Date: 2007-01-09
Drizzt Do’Urden has settled in the windswept towns of Icewind Dale. There, he encounters a young barbarian named Wulfgar, captured in a raid and made the ward of a grizzled dwarf name Bruenor. With Drizzt’s help, Wulfgar will grow from a feral child to a man with the heart of a dwarf, the instincts of a savage, and the soul of a hero. But it will take even more than that to defeat the demonic power of Crenshininbon, the fabled Crystal Shard
My Review - The Crystal Shard
Publication Date: 2014-05-20
In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.Elsewhere, in an land ruled by priests, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels.
My Review - Thief's Magic
Passage to Dawn: Legend of Drizzt: Legacy of the Drow, Book 4
Publication Date: 2008-08-05
Drizzt and Catti-brie have been away from Mithral Hall for six long years, but the pain of a lost companion still weighs heavily on their strong shoulders. Chasing pirates aboard Captain Deudermont's Sea Sprite is enough to draw their attention away from their grief. Then a mysterious castaway on an uncharted island sends them back to the very source of their pain, and into the clutches of a demon with vengeance on his mind.
My Review - Passage to Dawn Bk 4
Sojourn: Legend of Drizzt: Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 3
Publication Date: 2006-06-13
Drizzt DoUrden has forsaken his subterranean home for the harsh unknown of the surface. The young warrior begins a sojourn through a world utterly unlike his own - and finds that acceptance among the surface-dwellers will only come at a great price....
My Review - Sojourn Dark Elf Trilogy Bk 3
Exile: Legend of Drizzt: Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 2
Publication Date: 2006-03-07
Hostile in ways that a surface-dweller could never know, the tunnel-mazes of the Underdark challenge all who tread there. Among these souls are Drizzt Do'Urden and his magical cat, Guenhwyvar. Exiled from his drow homeland, Drizzt must fight for a new home in the boundless labyrinth. Meanwhile, he must watch for signs of pursuit - for the dark elves are not a forgiving race.
My Review - Sojourn Dark Elf Trilogy Bk 2