Book Reviews

The Blade Itself
by Joe Abercrombie

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie is a gritty, in-your-face, rollicking good time of a story. Full of deeply thought out, colorful characters, there's something for every fan of the fantasy genre here.

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Master Assassins
by Robert V.S. Redick

Master Assassins is probably a good first book in what may be a very intriguing series, but I’ll never know for sure since it was a DNF for me.

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Passage
by Lois McMaster Bujold

Passage continues a wonderful series but ultimately its story is fairly singular in purpose. If the author had added something more I think this book would have really stood out amongst the others in the series.

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Penric’s Mission
by Lois McMaster Bujold

Penric's Mission lifts the main character to new heights in terms of his confidence and maturity. This it the Penric I've been waiting for and the one which makes this fourth book in the series a must read.

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Sly Mongoose
by Tobias Buckell

Sly Mongoose by Tobias Buckell is a fast-paced science fiction novel that centers around Pepper, an elite soldier whose primary duty is the preservation of the human race (kicking ass is his other priority). A fun read that I highly recommend.

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Penric’s Fox
by Lois McMaster Bujold

This next installment in the Penric and Desdemona series goes a little deeper than previous stories, but not deep enough to rise above a three rocket rating. Still, it's a good read and a nice addition to the ongoing saga.

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Sky of Swords
by Dave Duncan

A fun read with an ending that didn't quite satisfy. However, Duncan delights anyway with a likeable main character and enough twists to keep things interesting.

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Penric and the Shaman
by Lois McMaster Bujold

Penric and Desdemona must face off against a rogue shaman wanted for murder. As always, Bujold's writing draws you into her world and her characters never disappoint.

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Reiffen's Choice
by S.C. Butler

Tolkien meets Harry Potter in the first of this three book series. Reiffen's Choice harkens back to the traditional fantasy tales of old. Fun and entertaining, it's a good read, albeit not entirely original.