With magic a lost art in England, two men, Mr Norrell (Eddie Marsan) and his student Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel) look to bring it back to the popularity it had in the past. When Strange’s powers seemingly surpass Norrell’s the two begin to feud about how magic should be used in England, Norrell wanting toContinue reading “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke”
Humans are idiots. He should know—he was born a human. And if things continue the way they are, he will die a human.
Seventeen years ago, a long and bloody rebellion wracked the six united regions of the Kingdom. Now the new King wields the vast and unvanquished army of Midlan with his right hand, and with his left has granted a small group of thugs — the nobles he calls his Sovereign Five — unbridled rule overContinue reading “Fate Forsaken – Harbringer * Shae Ford”
He is England’s greatest knight, the man who saved the life of Alfred the Great and an entire kingdom from a Viking invasion. But when he is called back into service to combat a plague of monstrous beasts known as abominations, he meets a fate worse than death and is condemned to a life ofContinue reading “Abomination – Gary Whitta”
Did you ever think that a white author like Orson Scott Card could nail writing a compelling black character in a story set in the 2000’s in America – a tale about a magical child and race and belonging in the suburbs. Black cops, white victims, black kids not quite rich, not quite poor. ItContinue reading “Orson Scott Card – Magic Street”
Eli Monpress is talented. He’s charming. And he’s a thief. But not just any thief. He’s the greatest thief of the age – and he’s also a wizard. And with the help of his partners – a swordsman with the most powerful magic sword in the world but no magical ability of his own, andContinue reading “The Spirit Thief (The Legend of Eli Monpress #1) by Rachel Aaron”
The Unbelievables – Book 1 “ Some mysteries were built so intricately, it took centuries to unravel them. Others remained forgotten, left to gather dust in the memories of the dead. Castle Creighton waited over a century for its chance.” — Professor Astor , The Price of Power: The Curse of America’s Uncrowned Aristocracy ThisContinue reading “The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts – K.C. Tansley”
A house where not all is as it seems. A curved horn on a white mare. A slippery fin cutting the ocean waves. A mysterious man of magical repute. Dark forms that creep in the night. Lost cities. Forgotten keys. Found doors.
I didn’t realize this was the second book in a series but I still read it with great enjoyment (it does work as a stand-alone book quite well). A young girl is summoned to the collegia to find her magical-studying sister has died in a violent explosion. Suddenly she is whisked away to the king’sContinue reading “The Soul Mirror by Carol Berg”
I have waited a bit before writing my review for The Name of The Wind because it’s almost like writing about your best friend who went abroad for a whole year. The book is the first in the Kingkiller chronicle, followed by The Wise Man’s Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2 and the short story about Auri (whichContinue reading “The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss Book Review”