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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 | 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 | Song of the Dead by Sarah Glenn Marsh | Reign of the Fallen 2

The song of the dead sarah glenn marsh book reviewAuthor: Sarah Glenn Marsh
Title: Song of the Dead
Series: Reign of the Fallen 2
Genre: High Fantasy; Necromancy
Pages: 416
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I love a good book on necromancers. And “Song of the Dead” by Sarah Glenn Marsh, second in Reign of the Fallen is definitely a good book.

About the Book: Odessa only barely gets to taste freedom and adventures as dire news from home hurries her back to Karthia. Streets are burning with rioters protesting new, science based regime and lack of the risen dead. Plague is killing the citizens. Strange and dangerous foreign army is approaching homeland shores. And unease in the deadlands. All this is but a surface of troubles Master Necromancer Odessa will have to handle…

My Opinion: Odessa is an absolute badass. And now she has a pet dragon too! Story itself, while filled with action and drama, was at times lacking, but as I said many times: a well written character can ease a sea of pain. Master necromancer was up to the task to carry the reader through parts that seemed neither there nor here, with trouble brewing and mundane things happening that added nothing to the general fun.

It’s good. A 5 out of 5. Come on, a badass bisexual (yes, it is important to represent out loud, and not post factum) master necromancer, killing shades and commanding spirits, with a pet dragon at her side. What more do you want?

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book review | The Legacy by R.A. Salvatore | The Legend of Drizzt 7

The Legacy Dark Elf The LEgend of Drizzt R A SalvatoreAuthor: R.A. Salvatore
Title: The Legacy
Series: The Legend of Drizzt 7
Genre: Classic Fantasy; High Fantasy
Pages: 334
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

It has been a while since I’ve read a book in one sitting the way I have read “The Legacy” by R.A. Salvatore, seventh book in The Legend of Drizzt, and first book in the third trilogy of the series, Legacy of the Drow.

About the Book: Company of friends are preparing for a wedding in newly reclaimed Mithril Halls. But strange things begin to cloud the otherwise good mood. First, halfling Regis returns to friends as if he’s running once again, and so soon after they left him to enjoy the new life. Then there’s newly brewing animosity, anger. So fierce at times that Drizzt and Wulfgar actually crossed weapons. And if that’s not enough, the tunnels below don’t seem to be safe yet. People coming to congratulate the future newlyweds disappear. Drizzt, venturing to find out more, can’t decide which is worse: the anger one of his best friends is feeling towards him, or the fact the dead dwarves he found are definitely killed by his kin…

My Opinion: Plot thickened and tension was kept well. While some things we got revealed to us via chapters from the perspectives of the antagonists, other things we were left to discover together with the heroes. The animosity thickening felt like Lord of the Ring scenes where groups of people were affected by it, getting more agitated, arguing. But, at the same time, it was different and very clever in its own way. It was nice returning to the deep underground.

I keep saying this, but this is some good classic fantasy. 5 out of 5, again.

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book review | Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir | The Locked Tomb 1

gideon the ninth tamsyn muir the locked tombAuthor: Tamsyn Muir
Title: Gideon the Ninth
Series: The Locked Tomb 1
Genre: Fantasy; LGBT Literature
Pages: 448
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

This might be the first time I call a book atmospheric. In the best sense of the word. “Gideon the Ninth” by Tamsyn Muir is something entirely else, and everything I ever wanted from a book about necromancers.

About the Book: There lies a stone on a tomb, placed there by a God Emperor, and nine houses of necromancers pray daily it never rolls away. Nobody knows what or who lies within, but they all know Emperor could only save Universe this once. Yet… The houses are crumbling, power is getting diluted, weaker, if appears in the lineage at all. So when Emperor calls his necromancers and their cavaliers for a trial that could grant them power and immortality, not one hesitates. Among them stands the mysterious living reverent daughter Harrowhark of Ninth house, and her cavalier Gideon the Ninth. They might just need this resurrection of power the most. But the game requires the pair to work together. And these two loathed one another from the cradle…

My Opinion: Epic Fantasy and Sci-Fi. Necromancers who are afraid of travel in deep space for there is just no death there. A murder house with no one to trust. And desperate need to get this power, to wash away the sins, the stains of their name. Schemes, secrets, all kinds of buried nasties, and locked away constructs. It was like a good Agatha Christie book, but with planet-wide clans, and constant requirement of bones and blood to be present, accompanied with deep atmosphere weather. It sounds like a lot, but it really wasn’t. Author successfully contained it all within one house, and well timed confessions.

I can’t wait to lay my hands on the next one. 5 out of 5 for this one, and I highly recommend it to those who want a different tale.

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book review | Lord of the White Hell by Ginn Hale | 1

lord of the white hell ginn haleAuthor: Ginn Hale
Title: Lord of the White Hell
Series: Lord of the White Hell 1
Genre: High Fantasy; LGBT+ Literature
Pages: 353
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

Ah, damn. Read “Lord of the White Hell” by Ginn Hale, the first in the series. Yet it seems I will not continue.

About the Book: Kiram is a genius whose understanding of mechanisms has won him a place in a prestigious Sagrada Academy. Where this barely religious haldiim experienced a serious cultural shock. Everyone’s afraid of duke Javier and the White Hell he’s wielding. Meaning, no one lives in his room, and so since there’s no other to be had, Kiram is put in with him, on basis of religious differences that might protect his haldiim soul, or at least not cost anyone else a soul. This is where Kiram’s troubles begin. Brought in by a handsome duke, rumors, superstitions, and nonsense that surrounds him.

My Opinion: Somewhere in this kaleidoscope of events that add absolutely nothing to the plot, there was indeed a plot. Heavily slathered with all-boys-school vibes, horses, sword fights, with this legend, this myth, that there’s a secret somewhere out there. On top of it, author finished the book almost mid-paragraph, which would otherwise be a brave bold move. But since there was absolutely no bone thrown to me in the first book, I have no reason to pick up the next one.

This was absolutely not for me. Basic, if okay characters, lack of plot, lack of logic. 2 out of 5 is the best I can give it.

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book review | A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin | Earthsea Cycle 1

a wizard of earthsea ursula k le guin fantasy bookAuthor: Ursula K. Le Guin
Title: A Wizard of Earthsea
Series: Earthsea Cycle 1
Genre: Fantasy; High Fantasy
Pages: 183
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Needed to break the sci-fi cycle I fell into, and also wanted something short. So picked up “A Wizard of Earthsea” by Ursula K. Le Guin.

About the Book: Ged, now known as Sparrowhawk, showed talent and power since childhood. Due to which and added want for knowledge, no matter who taught the young boy, the arrogance remained rooted. To a point where he believed he could do more if only his tutors taught him more, greater things. Which led Sparrowhawk, in a moment of heated argument, to summon a being unnatural to this world, tipping the fragile Equilibrium. For this the wizard, powerful or not, will pay with his life, if not with the whole world. That is, if he cannot find the way to undo his stupid mistake. And so his journey begins, running there, chasing here. A journey that’ll hopefully teach him of fear, life, wisdom and humility.

My Opinion: The book has almost adventure-like quality to it, what with the constantly changing surroundings, a need to find something or outrun something. But it’s very linear, and doesn’t even try to be any less predictable. It’s a straight line up the hill, then down the hill, and up it again. To add to that, since the book was originally released in 1968, behind the veils of dragons and spells, there peeks the inequality that seemed normal to authors of the day, but which feels bothersome today.

It’s a well written poor idea. But then, I wonder, if I fully respect the basis of old fantasy, could it get better now that the first book and thus the foundation of the hero is built? I’ll give this one a 4 out of 5 due to sheer respect for what it is from a philosophical standpoint, and probably will give it another shot.

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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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