Fantasy Books

book review | The Silent Blade by R.A. Salvatore | 11

the silent blade r a salvatore book review legend of drizztAuthor: R.A. Salvatore
Title: The Silent Blade
Series: Paths of Darkness 1
Genre: High Fantasy; Epic Fantasy
Pages: 394
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Felt like a little bit of high fantasy, but didn’t feel like going through the worldbuilding, so I went back to the familiar. “The Silent Blade” by R.A. Salvatore is 11th book in the Legend of Drizzt series, and 1st in the Paths of Darkness trilogy.

About the Book: Evil hearts hear a beckon, a call, see visions full of promise that they can’t resist, that they must answer. Sadly, though, the call comes from a shard kept safe in a pocket of a drow elf on the surface, one who, being a good person himself, hears nothing of sorts. But since his companions and he too are a good lot, the moment they realize what’s going on, they seize the opportunity to rid the world of some evildoers, and start shaping a plan…

My Opinion: Oh how I loathe high fantasy names. I could tell you more, for there happened much more, but how am I supposed to if I can’t spell a single name? It’s a good story, well written, but just… I need a system for these characters.

As usual, neither worse, nor better. Time well spent, a 4 out pf 5, solid.

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book review | Passage to Dawn by R.A. Salvatore | 10

r.a. salvatore passage to dawn book reviewAuthor: R.A. Salvatore
Title: Passage to Dawn
Series: Legend of Drizzt 10
Genre: Epic Fantasy; High Fantasy
Pages: 339
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I like when stories aren’t afraid to return to the poorly resolved points and fix it. This is exactly what “Passage to Dawn” by R.A. Salvatore did, fourth book in Legacy of Drow or tenth book in the Legend of Drizzt. It revisited a point that actually bothered me.

About the Book: A strange prophecy spoken by a blind seer gives Drizzt a glimmer of hope to see his father once again. But, of course, nothing’s simple. First he must release that who hates him most and return to his first home… Where he’ll likely have to survive a ruse of some kind. But any price is worth paying for this.

My Opinion: These are truly good and captivating stories, very unique in the way characters and their relationships are written, how they understand and interact with one another. There’s plenty of adventures and action to keep you reading. But bloody hell, I’m so tired of the damned names. I need a little break from Drizzt, before another letter-jumble pops up.

Good stories, worth the praise it received through the years. A 5 out of 5 so far.

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book review | Carnival Row: Tangle in the Dark by Stephanie K. Smith

carnival row a tangle in the dark stephanie smith book reviewAuthor: Stephanie K. Smith
Title: Carnival Row: Tangle in the Dark
Series: –
Genre: High Fantasy; LGBT Literature
Pages: 4h
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

I really enjoyed Carnival Row, so I picked up “Carnival Row: Tangle in the Dark” by Stephanie K. Smith when I saw it in my recommended.

About the Book: Short little prequel to the series tells us about the life before war made Tourmaline and Vignette run. Life of carefree studies, dizzying poetry and the heights of love. And then they came. With their rules and restrictions, getting ever bolder…

My Opinion: You can read it and get the story no matter where you are with the series, watched it or not. A good captivating little piece of high fantasy.

A quick little read for the busy busy times, 4 out of 5

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book review | The White Rose by Glen Cook | Black Company 3

Glen Cook black company white rose book reviewAuthor: Glen Cook
Title: The White Rose
Series: The Chronicles of the Black Company 3
Genre: Epic Fantasy; Fantasy
Pages: 317
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

I’ve no motivation to read or write, apologies if it’ll become even more dull than it was. “The White Rose” by Glen Cook is the third in the series and at certain points it was very good. At others it was at best confusing.

About the Book: The ancient evil is no longer asleep. Maybe he never even was. Dominator’s powers grow and his tricks from beyond the grave are becoming ever more deadly. It seems that the only way to overcome the new nightmare is for enemies to unite. For the White Rose to strike an alliance with The Lady.

My Opinion: In some aspects it got real interesting. The digging in history, research for the old, buried names that might sway power. Old and young gods clashing. All of that was brilliant. But the whole Raven ordeal was awful.

It’s good so far. A very strong 4/5.

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book review | Gretel: A Fairy Tale Retold by Niamh Murphy

gretel a fairy tale retold niamh murphy knygos apzvalga book reviewAuthor: Niamh Murphy
Title: Gretel: A fairy tale retold
Series: –
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling; LGBT Romance
Pages: 76
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

I feel like I failed with October Reads this year and, honestly, I blame the year for it. Not only it was the strangest and hardest since forever ago, but there’s this constant rush and push from work. All the bad things, all the stress. It led me to not prepare well enough. And so I finish October with a book I had picked for December, a fairy tale retelling, “Gretel: A Fairy Tale Retold” by Niamh Murphy.

About the Book: Hard year after a hard year left many a village abandoned as people ventured out to find work and food. Among them were Hans and Gretel. After tough luck they found themselves saved from wolves by a strong and clever woman. She sheltered them, gave them plenty of food. Seems that hardships never befell her and so Hans grows ever more suspicious each day…

My Opinion: The tale is too short to leave a lasting impact, but it’s well written for what it is. Characters are great, their actions and reactions were logical, and, come on, who doesn’t love a witch in the woods?

Not a fan of this October, but the book isn’t to blame for it. A firm 4 out of 5 from me.

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book review | Siege of Darkness by R.A. Salvatore | Legend of Drizzt 9

siege of darkness r a salvatore knygos apzvalga book reviewAuthor: R.A. Salvatore
Title: Siege of Darkness
Series: Legend of Drizzt 9
Genre: Epic Fantasy; High Fantasy
Pages: 337
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Ninth book in the series, still going strong. “Siege of Darkness” by R.A. Salvatore is 9th book in The Legend of Drizzt series or 3rd book in Legacy of the Drow trilogy. And it was epic.

About the Book: Magic is failing across the realm, disrupting both new spells and the ancient ones. Gods are silent. And tension is rising. Especially among those most keen to warfare, such as the Drow. They’re not only quick to blame one another for the silence of their Spider Queen, their god, but to take advantage of the weakening magical wards. For what better time to take down the Mothers reliant on magic than when said magic is flickering…

My Opinion: A battle of epic proportions erupted in the Underdark for the Mithril Halls, its throne. It was so great it broke out onto the surface too, surprising many a creature and person of darkness, used to ceilings above their heads, less light. It was amazing, gory, and even funny at times. Like when the mage whose eyes teleported to dwarves has requested to keep them moist… Dwarves did their best. Speaking of dwarves – they’re badass and I’m glad to see a book where they shine this bright.

A great book with a few unclear twists. A solid 4 out of 5.

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book review | Shadows Linger by Glen Cook | The Chronicles of the Black Company 2

glen cook shadows linger book reviewAuthor: Glen Cook
Title: Shadows Linger
Series: The Chronicles of the Black Company 2
Genre: Dark Fantasy; 
Pages: 319
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Ah, now that’s some interesting dark fantasy. Read “Shadows Linger” by Glen Cook, second book in The Chronicles of Black Company series. While somehow simple in the plot, it was a great and entertaining read.

About the Book: Raven ran as far as he could, keeping his charge safe; a girl who might just one day fix this broken world, torn apart by two evils of whom his former brothers in arms serve the lesser. But due to his carelessness Raven almost sent the said world into oblivion instead. Which, of course, brought the Lady, her Taken, and the Black Company itself over, to this edge of the world where Raven hid…

My Opinion: There’s these almost mundane scenes of grave robbers and innkeepers. And then you start noticing the less mundane, as they venture out to visit a castle that grew out of a rock, filled with strange creatures and vicious faces. Unlikely heroes, unlikely betrayals, and daring feats. A very pleasant read.

Definitely a good piece of dark fantasy. Even a bit nostalgic, if I may say so. A 5 out of 5, solid.

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book review | Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir | The Locked Tomb 2

harrow the ninth tamsyn muir locked tomb necromancer book reviewAuthor: Tamsyn Muir
Title: Harrow the Ninth
Series: The Locked Tomb 2
Genre: Fantasy; Sci-fi
Pages: 512
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Holy… I’ve noticed there’s “Harrow the Ninth” by Tamsyn Muir, second book in The Locked Tomb, already out, so I grabbed it. Remember in the last review I said I love me a good book on necromancy? Well, score two.

About the Book: When Deathless Emperor beckons – you come. Even if he’s drafting you into a war you could only win in your dreams, and even then – unlikely. And it absolutely does not matter that you barely just rose above being the last necromancer of your house, that your body is failing and trying to fall apart, that you’re nauseated and can’t trust any of your tools, even your damn eyes. Nor does it matter that you’re possessed by an angry spirit. Or several. Death is everywhere at all times. So what’s a few more crumbs to the tar of demise? The only true question here is, should you let go or must you fight?…

My Opinion: I don’t even know where to begin. Harrowhark is barely keeping her head above the water. Even in the previous book she put all her efforts into survival – small house, little power, not enough of anything new, not yet chewed up or sucked dry, with other houses trying to swallow you whole at all times, no one to trust. And now it’s a voyage to unwinnable war with the Deathless Emperor, Teacher. Imagine a gothic tale full of decadent nobles in haunted surroundings full of spirits and walking skeletons alike. And now put that into space, spaceship. All while hopping around, killing planets, fighting monsters, entities. Insane.

It’s a colossal tale. The only thing I didn’t like was the way it was told. But when such things are being told – I’m prepared to suffer. A 5 out of 5, firm.

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book review | Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody by Michael Gerber | Barry Trotter 1

barry trotter nad the unauthorized parody michael gerberAuthor: Michael Gerber
Title: Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody
Series: Barry Trotter 1
Genre: Parody; Humor
Pages: 176
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads 

While “Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody” by Michael Gerber is not a good book per say, with all the shit coming from JKR, concerning both books and her views, it’s almost believable.

About the Book: The Dork Lord is plotting again, and this time he has a legitimate chance at it. Figuring people are growing too smart and clever for his schemes and tricks, he kidnaps the author of Barry Trotter (the OTHER author) and makes her write more books. Whilst he makes movies out of them. Full of marketing ploys and plots, scenarios engineered to dumb the viewer down, the Dork Lord will soon enslave everyone into his corporate scheme. And it’s up to Barry to stop him!

My Opinion: This feels like someone wrote a Wizarding World themed DLC for Saints Row game. The humor is around that level, and then down to Most Scary Movie level, holes in the brain and such. But the plot is easy to follow, generally the book is decently written too.

So if you feel like it, assess what humor you like, and don’t let anyone put you down if this is indeed what you enjoy. I’ll give it a 3 out of 5, wasn’t for me.

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book review | The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson

kai ashante wilson the sorcerer of the wildeepsAuthor: Kai Ashante Wilson
Title: The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps
Series: The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps 1
Genre: LGBTQIAP+ Literature; Fantasy
Pages: 212
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Damn, I’m so happy right now. Friend recommended me “The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps” by Kai Ashante Wilson, and it was just the right book for me. In a sense, it felt like one of those Earthsea books, but the story was much more interesting to read.

About the Book: Demane is a healer of the caravan, making their way towards a far away kingdom. But his brothers tend to call him sorcerer instead. Due to strange speech, stranger still abilities, and in general – due to his unusual self as a whole. But they have no idea just how much more and how much less than a sorcerer Demane is. He is a demi-god, one of those who once left the earth for heaven, but is now earthbound. And just how much does it take to keep them all alive. For out there in the wilds there’s a horror of a creature born of necromancy, who doesn’t seem to follow any rules all other predators keep to, such as: avoid the roads, feast on those who stray, don’t waste food… No, this beast does what it wills, and right now the caravan is heading towards it.

My Opinion: Interesting writing style, pleasantly different, stronger than the regular stuff we tend to get when it comes to deep philosophical fantasy, where the hero expresses the complexity of the world in monologues, thoughts, and senses. The story was amazing too, kept me on the edge of the chair no matter where the caravan was – outside the walls, in a city, on the road, events never stopped, they just changed pace. And characters are well written too, I kept hopes of survival up for each one of Demane’s brothers, something I rarely care about.

It’s beautiful, different, and I can’t wait for the next one. 5 out of 5 from me.

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