Posts Tagged ‘Fantasy’

A FEAST FOR CROWS by George R R Martin is 1039 pages in length in paperback form. This is #4 in A Song Of Fire And Ice Series.

Brief Description:

After centuries of bitter strife, the seven powers dividing the land have beaten one another into an uneasy truce. But it’s not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters of the Seven Kingdoms gather. Now, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces–some familiar, others only just appearing–emerge from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges of the terrible times ahead. Nobles and commoners, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and sages, are coming together to stake their fortunes…and their lives. For at a feast for crows, many are the guests–but only a few are the survivors.

My Review:

I had a hard time reading this one and possibly it was because I have read the series back to back.  It was not the writing or the content, it was just me.  I like learning about all the characters and possibly because only half of them were in this book and the next book will have the other half of the characters story.  It didn’t make me want to read one more chapter like the last three.

It seems we were left hanging a lot more in this book to, as to what is going to happen to the main characters.  I have waited so long for Cersei to get what was coming to her and she is left hanging in the balance as well.  Or maybe not, that just might be the end.  I suppose it could go either way.  It does seem that Jaime is finished with her machinations though.  For that I am very glad.

I am glad that Samwell  has matured too.  He is someone that came from being a real coward to someone that is having a bit of swagger.  Not a lot yet, but still he is not as frightened as he was.  I am sure he could go up against his father now.

Sansa is still not one of my favorite characters, but I do understand some of the things she does.  I think Littlefinger will control her for a while longer.  You can definitely see the change in him.

I am giving this one 4 out of 5 because I could put this book down and not have to get right back to it.  All of the characters have so much depth and then when they die, it upsets you or at least it does me.

 


A STORM OF SWORDS by George R R Marin is #3 in A Song Of Fire and Ice Epic Fantasy Series. It is 1177 pages in length.

Brief Description:

Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, victim of the sorceress who holds him in her thrall. Young Robb still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons left in the world. And as opposing forces maneuver for the final showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost limits of civilization, accompanied by a horde of mythical Others–a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords….

My Review:

I can’t say enough about this series.  I think I like this one the best of all so far.  It was a book that you just couldn’t put down and when it ended, you wanted to pick up the next one to see what happened next.  Things are not always what they seem and I think this is the part that intrigues me the most.  Just when you hate someone so much, you begin to see the good side even though they are probably evil.  Characters you hated in the beginning you suddenly seem to grow fond of or they do something so out of character, you don’t see it coming.  You really can’t predict what will happen, because just when you think you have it figured out, it changes yet again.  Another reason you can’t put the books down.

The character building in these books is fantastic.  With each chapter you find some new tidbit that you really didn’t know and you wouldn’t expect based on what you already know.  I can see how people speculate on what might happen after one book, but things are changing all the time so what you think might happen doesn’t.  This is the only series of late where I didn’t figure out what was happening at least part way through.

I am giving this 5 out of 5 stars and am going to start listening to the next one to see what happens.  I hope Mr. Martin is writing fast as I really don’t want to be hanging on a cliff for years to come.

 

 

A CLASH OF KINGS by George R R Martin is 969 pages in Paperback length. This is #2 in A Song Of Fire And Ice Series.

Brief Description:

A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel…and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles.

 

My Review:

This series will not let you stop reading.  To me that means the writing is so good, you just have to read the next chapter and then the next one.  I was told in the beginning to not become attached to any of the characters as bad things happen.  This is so true.  It does not detract from the book though and in fact I think it make that much better.  Because you are always wondering what will happen next.

The only thing is all the different characters in the book, sometimes becomes a bit much.  They may have minor parts and that is why you don’t really have to remember them.  This book did not really talk much about Rob and what he was up to.  It was more about the other main characters.

This to me had a bit more of the fantasy aspect of it, because there are dragons and wildlings in this one.  It is still historical in nature to me and possibly that is why it holds your interest for the entire span of the book.  The kings and knights are fighting amongst themselves and you never know who will win.

Interesting surprises in this one and I can’t wait to see what happens to Jon Snow, Arrya and Tyrion.  I believe these to be my favorite characters.  Bran is becoming a much more interesting character too and I want to see how he develops into a young man.

I am giving this 5 out of 5 stars.  This is not a book you can put down for a couple of days and then pick back up, you need to keep reading as there are so many characters to keep track of.


PIVOT POINT by Kasie West is 343 pages in length in e-book format. This is classified as young adult.  It is currently $1.99 for your Kindle on Amazon.  You can’t beat the price and the book was very well written.

Brief Description:
Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier. . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with — her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school — but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

 

My Review:

I loved this young adult book.  It had a little romance, a little fantasy, a little time travel, even though it was brief in scope, and a little mystery.  Addison was a very interesting girl with the power to see what would happen if a choice had to be made.  In the beginning I didn’t understand one chapter was one choice and the next chapter was the other scenario, but once I understood that, everything seemed to make more sense.

I read this book in a day, as I wanted to see which scenario after being viewed would be her choice when the decision was to be made.  I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome.  It was not a predictable ending and I thank the author for that.

Even though this is classified as a young adult book, I think it is a quick and fun read for anyone.  This book had me from page 1 and didn’t let me go until the very end.  In fact I wonder if there will be a sequel to see what Addison does in the future as I did see an opening there.

I am giving this 5 out of 5 stars as I thought it was well written, with the right things to make you keep turning the pages.  It gave you the desire to see what is next and because it was an e-book, I couldn’t peak at the end.  Possibly that is why I read in one day.

THE BOUNDLESS DEEP by Kate Brallier is 432 pages in length in trade paperback form.

Brief Description:

Philosophers have said that we travel through our lives, past and present, surrounded by the same souls, that we spend each new life trying to mend the hurts we’ve done to one another in the past. In The Boundless Deep, Kate Brallier explores this idea in a combination of strong storytelling and gifted characterization. Grad student Liza has long been plagued by vivid dreams of whaling. Offered the chance to trade her land-locked existence for a summer on Nantucket, the well-preserved heart of New England’s whaling trade, Liza jumps at the chance, eager to see how well her dreams mesh with historical reality. The answer is: all too well. Liza’s dreams become highly sexual; her visions of ship’s captain Obadiah Young grow increasingly intense. At times the past and present mix before her eyes, with automobiles replaced by horse-drawn carriages.Though skeptical of Liza’s claims of a past life, whaling museum curator Adam is drawn to Liza’s intense desire to know the truth-about herself, and about Obadiah, accused of murdering his beautiful, young wife.But Adam isn’t the only man with an interest in Liza-handsome Lucian, whose home Liza is sharing for the season, has designs on her as well.In a single summer, Liza must answer the riddle of her dreams, reunite lovers separated by death, solve a hundred-year-old murder . . . and figure out her heart’s desire.

My Review:

I found this book to be very good.  It had a little history, a little romance,  and a few paranormal features to it.  At times you felt like you were back in Nantucket in the 1800′s.  I found this to be fascinating as the present was combined with the past.  There are very interesting dreams that seemed to reflect what happened in the past and why the dreams kept happening, as if the story needed to be told again and forgiveness given.  This was the most important part of the book for me.

I enjoyed learning about whaling and what the men went through on the seas.  I also found it interesting that they would stay out for years at a time and then come to shore.  I figured it was weeks and not years.

To me this had a literary feel to it even though it clearly was a romance novel.  The words seemed to flow from page to page and I thought it was well written.  This author is an editor of books though, so that might be the reason why.

I am giving this 4 out of 5 stars as it seemed to be a bit long and there was a bit more romance than I like, but that is my personal opinion as I am not much of a romance reader.