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A whirlwind of blood and guts!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-04-18

A slow start that is worth the wait!

It is set in a world with Mark Lawrence's signature disturbing echoes of modernity. It is a harsh world of ice and savage cold, survival only made possible by a man made device that focuses light and heat in a narrow corridor around their globe.

The story begins with a small girl accused of murdering a man. She's saved from hanging at the last minute, and is spirited away from death to the protection of Church, to be trained as a martial nun. The descriptions of the nuns' training are spectacular, worth reading for those alone.

One aspect of the book took a bit of getting used to: the children are really, really young. Nonna, our heroine, is no older than 8. They do not speak as children, and they certainly don't behave as children. It put me in mind of Ender's Game.

The narrator is fantastic!

Romance, action, humour! Has it all!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-04-18

What a wonderfully fun book!

Set in Ancient Greece, our heroine is Magoi (magic user), hiding from a hideous past and a terrible prophecy of the future. Cat is snarky, funny, brave... a thoroughly lovable character. Along comes a Hoi Poloi (non-magic user) warlord called Griffin who kidnaps her to help him secure his conquests of land.

Unfortunately for Cat, everything is conspiring to push her out of anonymity and to take an active role in saving the realm from savage, heartless Magoi who rule their world.

There are dragons, magical battles, gods and goddesses, unwanted love, adorable horses, new friends, and love, loyalty and laughter.

The narration is great, perfectly brings Cat's snark to life.

14 of 18 people found this review helpful

Terribly disappointing end

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-17

What a waste of a credit, but I felt I had to finish the trilogy.

The plot stumbles and trips to an underwhelming climax with lacklustre battle scenes, hackneyed bonds of friendship and the most uninspiring end + epilogue in the history of entertainment. I think the author got bored too.

Substandard.

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Book 3 - The End

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-17

Books 1 and 2 were lovely, an intricate web of fairy tale, epic love story and fantasy. The characters were beautifully rendered with a grit that made them likeable. It is a surprising twist on Beauty and the Beast that all worked.

Feyre, mortal, haunted and loyal, is with her High Lord - the right High Lord. This 3rd and final book relates the war with Hybern and the tremendous sacrifice the entire cast has to make.

IMO, there is something not quite right with this book. The weft and warp doesn't come together smoothly, the pace and the story is jerky in places and it derails from emotional to mawkish on occasion. It felt a bit like the author was told to cut X number of words and the resulting edit isn't great. It has lots of those awkward narration moments where the character just dumps information, rather than weaving it into the storyline.

Still, it's a lovely story with lots of love, war, friendship and magic.

The narrator is excellent! In fact, her voice is so similar to J Ikeda who narrated 1 & 2, I was confused for a bit.

Irish Wolfhounds Rock!

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-17

This is a short romp with Oberon with lots of his trademark wisdom and insight.

He's solving the mystery of missing pedigreed dogs with the help of his friend Atticus, and things will probably get messy and require a bath.

Oberon is such a great character. He had me in stitches in the other Iron Druid books and this one was just too... cute? No no no no... heartwarming!

It's a standalone, so it's not required for Iron Druid. It's a whole lot of fun with the most fantastic dog in literature!

Classic Cinderella with a modern twist

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-17

What a lovely story! It's got everything - a handsome prince, a gorgeous peasant, lots of steamy sex and a happily ever after. What's not to love?

It really is fun, being inside a privileged head of an heir to the throne. Nicholas is witty, charming, dirty minded and all in all, the perfect man. Olivia is bold, brave, stubborn and beautiful - all in all, the perfect Cinderella.

The story is completely predictable, but that's not the point. The writing is engaging, the story will tug at the last little idealistic cell in your cold dead heart and make you believe in fairy tales.

The narration was great, jumping between the two. Shane West has the voice of an angel with dirty sex on its mind!

Series is getting better and better

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-17

Brief synopsis: Aria's town is attacked by a plague demon which fills hospitals and ERs with desperately sick people. On top of this, there's a sickness that affects vampires as well as humans, and the death toll rises. As usual, Aria has to juggle several balls, a couple of chainsaws, invading vampires from another territory, and a mage, all the while trying to find ways that don't involve lopping off someone's head with Trusty, her Templar sword.

This book gets positively steamy in places - Aria gives in to the wild attraction to Dario, her favourite vampire. It's probably a bit clichéd, but it's great that the love interests don't spend the entire series dancing around each other. This way, we will see how on earth Aria's going to square the circle of accepting the basic nature of vampires.

It's a fun book and the narration is great. Can't wait for the next in the series!

Lots of twists and turns!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-17

Thank heavens this series is very different to Consequences. That was just too much to bear. This is an exciting, tense book that keeps you nervous and anxious for more.

Brief synopsis: our heroine Alex/Charli/Alexandria is desperately fighting the privileged but soulless future as the heir to one of America's 'Royal' Southern families. She loathes the customs, misogyny and emptiness of a future plotted out for her since her birth.

Then she meets Lennox. He offers wildness and unpredictability and she gratefully falls into a week of freedom and hedonism completely out of character for her, kind of a last hurrah before going to graduate school and 'adult' life.

I felt the familiar rage toward the men in her family I felt when reading Consequences . They have an impregnable sense of entitlement and arrogance. Their behaviour goes well beyond highhandedness: there is an almost Kafkaesque quality to the complete impotence and powerlessness the women endure.

It's a great read with so many twists and turns you can't predict the plot at all. Thoroughly enjoyed it! Can't wait to get the next book.

The narrator is great - perfect for this book.

A bit disappointing

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-16

A new series from Debra Dunbar is a wonderful thing. This is a great story.

Quick synopsis: our heroine is an almost Knight Templar, trained but not sworn. She's broken away from them and her family to make it on her own, She ends up getting tangled in a vampire feud, faces a necromancer with a grudge and gets the hots for a hot, dangerous vampire.

The story doesn't seem as well put together as the Imp series. Parts seemed disjointed, but that could just be because of frustrating interruptions to my listening! The character also isn't as fun as Sam, but that's' also not fair to a new character.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. The narrator was so-so. I'll probably get the next one, too.

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Breathtaking!

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-07-16

This book is rightfully considered a classic, the depth and scope of of it breathtaking.

Brief synopsis: Set in the late 1500's during Queen Elizabeth I 's reign, a ship makes it to Japan, the first Protestants to do so. The English know about Japan, but it is a closely guarded secret of Catholic Spanish and Portuguese trade.

The pilot of the ship, John Blackthorne, is a rarity in that he is well educated and articulate and manages to adapt to the Japanese rigid caste structure and culture. He survives and thrives where the majority of Europeans are unable to. He becomes a pawn in the deep plans of a Lord Toranaga while planning to take the Religious wars of Europe to the Jesuit silk trade monopoly.

Japanese society is described in loving detail, bringing it to life in a way that Europeans can access. It is an alien society to the West.

The narration is great, the story superb. IMO, the best of the Asian Saga.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful