Adventure Books

book review | The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French | The Lot Lands 1

the grey bastards jonathan french the lot landsAuthor: Jonathan French
Title: The Grey Bastards
Series: The Lot Lands 1
Genre: High Fantasy
Pages: 529
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Thick books are hard to review, for they tend to encompass a very long period of time, with too many events happening. Such is “The Grey Bastards” by Jonathan French, a great book that doesn’t really fit in a single paragraph to express what was it all about.

About the Book: Jackal and his other half-orc brothers and sisters, The True Bastards, lived a relatively easy life in the Lot Lands, all up until a series of events, starting with a single pebble, sent down this mountain of almost leisure down in an avalanche. An argument with knights, a stolen and sold elven girl in the hands of the nastiest possible monster, an appearance of half-orc wizard, a being unheard of… There’s a tension for war in the air, with almost every possible enemy. Jackal isn’t sure their old chief is capable of keeping them all alive, and the wind already smells of blood.

My Opinion: I do greatly enjoy books told from non-human perspectives; extra points for them not being elves too. Nothing against elves, I love them dearly, but I’m pretty sure we’re all a little too used to fantasy meaning elves and dwarves as the only possible adventurers. Characters are written well, with tales of their own, even if their characters sometimes blend together. The book is a pretty good example of what’s epic fantasy adventure like, but made better by overload of filthy jokes, down to earth heroes, and clever beasts. The only problem I had were the overly long discussions that led nowhere, or to conclusions that could’ve been reached in two sentences.

A good book, not the best, but definitely good, so a 4 out of 5 from me.

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book review | Streams of Silver by R.A. Salvatore | high fantasy

streams of silver r.a. salvatore high fantasy book cover forgotten realms dark elf legend of drizztAuthor: R.A. Salvatore
Title: Streams of Silver
Series: The Legend of Drizzt 5
Genre: High Fantasy; Adventure Lit.
Pages: 349
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

At times it’s good to rest with known characters in unknown lands. Such was “Streams of Silver” by R.A. Salvatore, fifth book in The Legend of Drizzt series, second book in the second trilogy of it. And it’s just getting better and better.

About the Book: Drizzt, our infamous kind-hearted dark elf, allows his dwarven friend to convince him to embark on yet another deadly dangerous expedition. This time it’s to find the legendary Mithril Halls, where the dwarf originates from. He, due to trauma of the battle that has left no survivors, and turned the legendary kingdom into a fairy tale, a myth, cannot recall much of it, just the general existence of it. But one thing is clear to everyone in the party off onto an adventure: neither the path there, nor the Halls themselves will be safe. For whatever destroyed the Mithril Halls might very well still lurk in the deep darkness underground.

My Opinion: Oh, this was good. This was Moria meets Deep Roads good. With foes in the dark, forgotten evil magic awaiting, darkness taking shape. And treasure filled halls, history of ancient dwarven kingdom wiped out.

These are really great so far. Could definitely recommend to anyone into classic adventure-filled high fantasy. A 5 out of 5 from me.

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Lughnasadh | 05][07 | Best and Worst

From Beltane to Lughnasadh, the best, the worst, and the overrated!

05 – 07

The Best:

1 05 07 Best

  • Vita Nostra by Marina Dyachenko: A masterful book too big to describe, to review. If you’ve ever read Labyrinths of Echo by Max Fray, this is kinda like that, but even more. It’s very interesting, and very complex in the very best way.
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  • Girl with a Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson: I have no doubt these books will be, if they’re not yet, classics of the genre. It’s an amazing, dark detective, full of plots, characters, and a core line. It is dark though, like really dark.
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  • Heroes by Stephen Fry: You can’t go wrong with Stephen Fry. This book wittily retells the tales of heroes and how they, so to speak, cleaned the world of the ancient monsters, and made way for, well, us.
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  • The Henchmen of Zenda by K.J. Charles: Oh how I missed adventure! The swords classing in the night! Shots fired in the dark! Frantic horse rides through thick forests! A marvelous book I will so absolutely read again.
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  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer: I have no idea how Marissa Meyer is so good at writing villains, but she is, and it’s wow, it’s just wow.
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  • Redemption’s Blade by Adrian Tchaikovsky: A.T. is now one of my favorite authors. This book reminded me how much I love the classical high fantasy. I think it might be good to battle reading slum too, if the size doesn’t intimidate you during those nasty dark days.
    [review]

The Worst:

1 05 07 Worst

  • I, Ripper by Stephen Hunter: I’ve no clue how one can mess up such plump tale as that of Jack the Ripper, but here it is.
    [review]
  • The Shanghai Factor by Charles McCarry: This book made me realize I don’t like spy stories. A book mostly about nothing.
    [review]
  • The Last Hellfighter by Thomas S. Flowers: Much like Ripper, this book had a dusting of a fatty tale it merely took a dusting from, the Bram Stoker’s Dracula. But author chose the safe way. Vampires and “safe way” don’t mix well.
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The Overrated:

  • We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia: I expected so much. And it had so much potential. Instead it’s a dry choking hazard. But, not gonna lie, I’m kinda curious if the next one could be better.
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book review | The Henchmen of Zenda by K.J. Charles

henchmen of zenda kj charles book coverAuthor: K.J. Charles
Title: The Henchmen of Zenda
Series: –
Genre: LGBT+ Literature; Adventures
Pages: 232
Rate: 5-5 | Goodreads

Finally! At last I got to read The Henchmen of Zenda by K.J. Charles, a book for which I’ve read The Prisoner of Zenda. You don’t need to, but it definitely adds an amusement factor to already know a great deal about some villains, and then see them in KJC spotlight.

About the Book: A tale as old as time, two brothers fighting for a throne. Yet, usually it is pretty clear who’s the good guy in this all, and so you’d know whom to cheer on. But Jasper Detchard, Black Michael’s man, can see neither of them to be good or proper, fit to lead the whole country. Still, his job is to get rid of the opponent in such a manner that the blame doesn’t fall on Black Michael. Which turns out is not such an easy feat, even with a drunkard like the king of Ruritania. It’s just that they just had the king. And yet there he is, getting crowned. Almost like he could be in two places at once. Or had a doppelganger!

My Opinion: This is such a classic adventure book, full of sword fights, villains, princesses, courtesans, imposters, and so on. The plot is thick with intrigue, double-crossing, allies in unlikely places, brave souls, attacks on stormy nights, and consolation in lover’s arms. I loved this book, it was the best damn thing, and I will re-read it as time allows at last.

A great book. 5 out of 5, I’ll spare you the words.

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