Memory, Sorrow and Thorn by Tad Williams is widely considered to be one of the greatest Epic Fantasy series ever, which makes the fact that I haven’t bothered reading it until now all the worse. What follows are my thoughts and spoiler free review of the first book in that series: The Dragonbone Chair.Continue reading “Review: The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams”
The vast majority of the time I sit down to write my work in progress (WIP) I end up getting distracted and doing very little. In fact, this blog was the result of the
Angel Dark Lord of Procrastination resting her wing gently on my shoulder bludgeoning me with her Hammer of Dithering. Though to be fair, at least the blog leads me to actually write something every now and again. Like today, for example. I’m going to discuss all the things I end up doing, rather than actually writing my WIP.
Today’s review is The Girl and the Stars (Book one of the Book of the Ice series). Lawrence’s previous series include The Broken Empire, The Red Queen’s War, and the The Book of the Ancestor.Continue reading “Review: The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence”
Today I’m going to provide a brief review of The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb. This series is generally considered to be one of the all time greats of modern fantasy fiction. Spoilers are not included.Continue reading “Review: The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb”
Today I am going to provide a review of The Winnowing Flame Trilogy by Jen Williams. The trilogy consists of The Ninth Rain, The Bitter Twins and The Poison Song. I will be talking about my thoughts on the ending, but I won’t be giving away any specific information that could be considered as spoilers.Continue reading “Review: The Winnowing Flame Trilogy by Jen Williams”
Today is World Book Day. So, here is one my favourite passages from a book. A message of hope in the face of overwhelming darkness. No prize for guessing which series this is from.Continue reading “World Book Day”
A very dramatic title for a short blog post, which is basically to say I’ve changed the photo on my blog and social media banners. The title of this post is actually the title of the prologue to A Memory of Light, the final book in the Wheel of Time. I chose it because it’s my favourite book in the series, but mostly because it’s the only thing I could think of that mentions banners.
I reorganised the book shelf so the photo includes books and authors of significance to me.Continue reading “By Grace and Banners Fallen”
I’ve been taking a break in my quest to reread The Wheel of Time as of late. I had to, otherwise I would have burned myself out, just like an inexperienced Aes Sedai may have done channelling too much of the One Power. I’ve finished book 5, and reading some non-Robert Jordan books in the meantime.
While The Wheel of Time remains my favourite fantasy series, it can become overwhelming if you try to read the fourteen massive tomes too quickly. There are just so many characters and plots that it is easy to get a bit lost. I am enjoying it, but now I’ve had a bit of a break, I’ve realised there is something that has been bugging me throughout the reread.
There will be spoilers from this point on.Continue reading “Turnings of the Wheel”
And so, we come to Part 2 of my list of Fantasy fiction that I think everyone should read. Before I start I’ll do a quick recap of the books that appeared in Part 1;
- The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
- The Raven’s Mark series by Ed McDonald
- The Godblind Trilogy by Anna Stephens
Shall we go on? Here’s a photo of someone in a shop looking at books. You should do that too…and buy them, obviously, it’s not a damn library.Continue reading “Fantasy You Should Read – Part 2”
I haven’t written in this blog in a while. I’d say it’s because I’ve been too busy looking after my six-month old child, but that would be a lie, especially as she sleeps from 8pm right through until the morning. I’ve just been procrastination incarnate. But here I am, back again, ready to write some nonsense for a very small audience – hurrah!
Today, I’m going to write briefly about some fantasy novels / series that I think you should read. Let’s face it, I mean fantasy series, not novels. When was the last time you saw a stand alone fantasy novel that wasn’t a prequel, or a Neil Gaiman book? Incidentally, while Neil Gaiman is great, I haven’t included any of his books in this blog, but maybe I will in a future entry to this.
FYI – there will be no plot spoilers in this, you will be glad to know.Continue reading “Fantasy You Should Read – Part 1”