Length - 430 Pages
Rating - 4 Stars
As second son of the King of Levathia, seventeen-year-old Valerian desires the quiet life of a scholarly monk. But when he fails to save his older brother in battle, Valerian must instead become crown prince. While a traitorous knight schemes against him, Valerian meets Mercy, a pacifist Healer with whom he can speak mind-to-mind like the great dragons. Their bond emboldens Valerian to seek out the legendary dragons and ask for their help against the monsters who killed his brother. Can Valerian survive the traitor's assassins long enough to find the dragons? And if he does, can he convince them to lay aside their hatred of humans and help him save the land from destruction?
Author - Katy Huth Jones
Length - 430 Pages
Rating - 4 Stars
Sometimes to tell one story…
Two must be told.
Eve feels as if she’s been cursed her entire life.
Yet far, far away in Mare-Marie, where magic is banned, a peculiar Princess remains indoors, unable to bare the outside world.
Eve escapes into her mind, searching for a switch…to turn off her thoughts.
But when fears take over and anxiety digs its claws.
Three thousand years ago, Agora was brought to the brink of annihilation by the Third Great War. Since then, all has remained peaceful, until now. Challenges present themselves daily and their response is paramount to survival.
Author - RJ Brousseau
Length - 331 Pages
Star Rating - 4.5
So I should probably get something off my chest: I am a major GOT nerd. I'm talking over the top. As soon as I started reading Battle for Honor: Gates, I thought about the GOT world and its characters. However, is that fair? Maybe in the form of flattery - let's face it, GOT is pretty big - but this novel deserves to stand alone.
You can compare this novel to GOT and LOTR (as so many others have) all you like, but the truth is, it doesn't need a comparison.
I read this book over 2 days on my commute back and forth to work. Twice in this period I almost missed my stop. I was telling myself read faster! as the stop approached. I didn't want to put it down.
From the complex and clever wife of the Elf King, to the human, Marcus, who let's face it, is kind of rad, this book is an absolute page turner.
The story begins with Marcus who wakes up naked, unsure of who he is. As the story unravels, he learns his purpose and becomes a pivotal role in the adventure - the Hero. Thorel, a dwarf, becomes another major character of the story who we know from very early on, is destined for greatness.
The book is written in present tense, and very well done. The scene comes to life around you, transporting your imagination to the fantasy world within the story. In particular - and one of the reasons I almost missed my stop - was that of Marcus scaling the cliff face - simple, yet so well written. This book is filled with short bursts of greatness like this.
I have only touched on the very fine points of what makes this book great. If you're a lover of fantasy, this book is for you. Elves, Orcs, Dwarfs and Gods are all part of this story line which is centred around a great war, and weaved together magnificently.
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Nyx is a feline shapeshifter, lost and alone, host to a fierce and ferocious being that lies deep inside her. She harbors a deadly secret and is running for her life when she is saved by Elmiryn, a cursed warrior on a quest for revenge.
Author - Illise Montoya
Length - 313 Pages
Star Rating - 4
I'm not a reader of fantasy generally, but I try to move onto a new genre with each book that I read. Tributaries was a book I may have skipped over in the past, however, I'm very glad that I didn't in this case.
One of my most favorite feelings is that of captivating characters. That realisation that characters will live on, spilling back into your memory long after reading about them. This is how I feel about Elmiryn & Nyx, the two heroes of the story.
They are so oddly matched it just works. Both of them have a past that haunts them, and a are very much in need of a friend. Ultimately, this is what the book is about. Companionship; finding strength in others.
Nyx is a shapeshifter. Isolated and on the run, she meets Elmiryn, a warrior who saves her life. The two become unlikely allies and find themselves on a quest that not only tests their physical and mental strength, but also their growing friendship.
The story is written in from the character's perspectives. Sometimes we are Nyx, sometimes Elmiryn. This keeps the story moving, however, I did find myself doubling back over paragraphs.
That said, Montoya has a wonderful writing style that, at times, was quite refined.
Definitely a must read for lovers of fantasy.
I'm sure there will be more from these characters in the future.
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