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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 | 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 | 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 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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book review | Where the Devil says Goodnight by K.A. Merikan | Folk Lore 1

where the devil says goodnight k.a. merikanAuthor: K.A. Merikan
Title: Where the Devil Says Goodnight
Series: Folk Lore 1
Genre: Dark Fantasy; M/M Romance
Pages: 362
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Sometimes even the best of annotations can trip you over. I thought “Where the Devil Says Goodnight” by K.A. Merikan will be just for me. Turns out it’s really not for me.

About the Book: As times move on, people abandon superstition and with it – old religions, old gods. Even to the most remote of places New Age eventually arrives. Such is this village looming in the middle of an ancient forest, where Father Adam was sent. Just barely touched by modern world, with wounds still raw, it’s full of little rituals meant to appease the pagan gods of nature. Strange lack of balanse among its people leaves Adam at unease. As if the land still remembers the dues and the debts.

My Opinion: Slavic lore, especially that coming from the Poland, is very similar to our own, Baltic lore. Interesting descriptions and curious magic was what got all three points in this book. Because the rest didn’t hold up. The story was very dragged, with the final day – far away, and the days in between – filled with nonsensical stuff that barely added to the plot. Romance was boring and even upsetting. And every side character presented this stereotypical good-guy / bad-guy portrait.

It’s okay. A 3 out of 5.

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book review | The Black Company by Glen Cook | The Chronicles of the Black Company 1

glen cook the black companyAuthor: Glen Cook
Title: The Black Company
Series: The Chronicles of the Black Company 1
Genre: Dark Fantasy; Epic Fantasy
Pages: 319
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I’ve read Glen Cook‘s “The Black Company” way back in high school. But since discovering it got a whole series to it, I’ve decided there’s a need to re-read it. That was the right choice.

About the Book: A band of mercenaries, The Black Company, are hired to fight the Lady’s war, and are led into it by no other than one of her Taken Ones. A powerful cast of mages, once enslaved by the Dominator, Lady’s husband, to serve him. Then, defeated but undying they were buried with their rulers, and only for the recklessness of another mage had they had a chance to rise again. And so they follow their Lady into battle again. Battle against her foes and myths alike. Like that comet in the sky, promising the return of her greatest foe…

My Opinion: The story is well written and very interesting. Maybe a tad too predictable, but I figured, seeing how this book consists out of war, battle scenes, and is told by a healer who has to patch everyone up afterwards, it was plenty. Conspiring, magic, illusions, darkness, and prophecies. A proper dark fantasy piece, with strong epic fantasy elements to draw you in, and keep you looking forwards for the next book.

It’s a good dark tale. A 5 out of 5, but more due to the fact I’ve nothing to take anything away for. It isn’t the best book you’ll ever read. But it’s definitely worth the time to read it.

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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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fantastic emporium | Moods of Life | Elven Jewelry

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A piece of elven glass (epoxy resin) in which bits of nature have been eternally encased, so that Summer and Summer Winds never leave them or you.

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book review | Exile by R.A. Salvatore | The Legend of Drizzt 2

exile the legend of drizzt forgotten realms r.a. salvatore book coverAuthor: R.A. Salvatore
Title: Exile
Series: The Legend of Drizzt 2
Genre: High Fantasy; Dark Fantasy
Pages: 343
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Back in the days of MySpace, while I still had a VampireFreaks account too, if you asked anyone for book recommendations: high chances were you got R.A. Salvatore mentioned, with his Legend of Drizzt. Now that I’ve read the second one, Exile, I definitely see why.

About the Book: Drizzt roams the oppressing darkness of the Underdark, fighting for his survival and sanity. Both against monstrous beasts, and his own mind. All the while trying his best to stay a step ahead of the hunting parties his mother, now in great disfavor with her vile Spider Queen due to survival of Drizzt, keeps sending. She intends to right the wrongs and regain the favor of her goddess, else all might be lost. For such are the rules in the vicious homeland of the dark elves: Menzoberranzan.

My Opinion: This is a very unique, and yet very classic story. There’s so many new, never seen before things happening, the personalities spun, the hierarchy, the rule, the whole game, schemes, politics. But at the same time, pages are filled with battles, sword fights, and friendship that pushes characters out of their comfort zones, and against their own nature.

It’s a truly beautiful piece. I loved the emphasis on what predicaments like Drizzt’s, the utter loneliness, can do to the mind and the humanity side of a being. A strong 5 out of 5 from me.

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