A Court of Thorns and Roses, ACOTAR 1 BOOK REVIEW

A Court of Thorns and Roses is a book that was not written for me. In that, I mean I’m not the primary intended audience, at least not on the surface. I’m a man and I love epic fantasy. And while a well-written romance arc in a story can be great, books with a strong,Continue reading “A Court of Thorns and Roses, ACOTAR 1 BOOK REVIEW”

Assassin’s Quest, The Farseer Trilogy Book 3 BOOK REVIEW

Assassin’s Quest was probably my most anticipated read this year, and only after I cruised through the first two books in the Farseer Trilogy. The first two had such an impact, and the third installment did not disappoint. It occupies a unique place within Robin Hobb’s works, bringing a conclusion to this series, but alsoContinue reading “Assassin’s Quest, The Farseer Trilogy Book 3 BOOK REVIEW”

Royal Assassin, The Farseer Trilogy Book 2 BOOK REVIEW

Robin Hobb’s work is some of the greatest in fantasy, and the Farseer Trilogy is the first part of her Realm of the Elderlings, spanning multiple books through several series. Royal Assassin is the heart of the Farseer Trilogy, bringing the world of the Six Duchies and the characters introduced in the first book intoContinue reading “Royal Assassin, The Farseer Trilogy Book 2 BOOK REVIEW”

Assassin’s Apprentice, The Farseer Trilogy Book 1 BOOK REVIEW

The Farseer Trilogy was a book series I first picked up solely for the reason I heard Robin Hobb’s name over and over again. When an author’s name is referenced alongside authors whose work I have thoroughly enjoyed, I have to at least give it consideration. When they are referenced alongside those authors over andContinue reading “Assassin’s Apprentice, The Farseer Trilogy Book 1 BOOK REVIEW”

Bloodline, Cradle 9 BOOK REVIEW

After the conclusion of the Uncrowned King Tournament, Lindon discovers the truth about the Wandering Titan and its inevitable journey to the Sacred Valley. Gathering his friends and allies, Lindon fully commits to his own return in order to try to save his family and everyone else in his home before destruction arrives. As theContinue reading “Bloodline, Cradle 9 BOOK REVIEW”

Wintersteel, Cradle 8 BOOK REVIEW

Wintersteel carries the burden of closing a significant arc in the Cradle series while also having to incorporate heavy backstory elements with ongoing politics and engaging action. From the heightened stakes of the Uncrowned King Tournament, to the history of the Sage of the Endless Sword, and Lindon’s own struggle to find his place afterContinue reading “Wintersteel, Cradle 8 BOOK REVIEW”

Uncrowned, Cradle 7 BOOK REVIEW

Uncrowned begins after the revelation that Akura Charity has decided that Lindon shall train to represent the Akura clan in the Uncrowned King Tournament, potentially taking the place she had intended for Akura Harmony, whose death she attributes to Lindon. The various champions and chosen of the factions, families, kingdoms, and territories are gathered atContinue reading “Uncrowned, Cradle 7 BOOK REVIEW”

Underlord, Cradle 6 BOOK REVIEW

Underlord, Volume 6 in the Cradle series, begins the rising arc of the Uncrowned King Tournament, a contest between the most talented sacred artists in a series of Mortal Kombat-style duels where winners advance, though losers are spared actual death. This event dominates the narrative of the next three books in Cradle. It is moreContinue reading “Underlord, Cradle 6 BOOK REVIEW”

Ghostwater, Cradle 5 BOOK REVIEW

Contains spoilers for the Cradle series through Ghostwater. Ghostwater was a two part read for me, and I still don’t fully know how I feel about it. As Cradle: Volume 5, it sits in the middle of nine published books out of a predicted twelve. It does a better job of setting up subsequent booksContinue reading “Ghostwater, Cradle 5 BOOK REVIEW”

Skysworn, Cradle 4 BOOK REVIEW

With the imminent arrival of his duel with Jai Long, Lindon’s journey to advance as a sacred artist and challenge himself is quickly overshadowed by a greater threat than the Jai clan exile. An event that has been built up since the climax of Volume 2 in the series is quickly thrust into the sceneryContinue reading “Skysworn, Cradle 4 BOOK REVIEW”