Genre: High Fantasy

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

The Eyes of the Dragon feels like a story that belongs in the ancient histories of Midworld. That is to say… if you’ve read the Dark Tower series, King’s voice is familiar here.  He uses terms like “baronies” which I’ve never heard in other fantasy novels.  There is a Roland (our Roland Deschain’s namesake in his own world, perhaps?  Or a coincidence?) and there is a wicked court magician named “Flagg”.  And, of course, we know Flagg from The Stand and the Dark Tower series. Of course, this is a different world and a different time, but there’s always that feel […]

Posted September 29, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb

Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb

I’m very apprehensive when it comes to adult fantasy.  It’s a genre that takes itself really seriously, and inevitably there are graphic, unnecessary sex scenes.  While this is all well and good for people who enjoy that, I personally prefer books that are a little lighter and skip the sex scenes.  I mention this, because Ship of Magic is adult fantasy and I was really nervous going in because… you never know. Here’s the thing, though.  Ship of Magic also promised me pirates and I have a weakness for pirates.  Give me a story with pirates and I am 150% in to […]

Posted June 30, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

I really, really dislike the feeling of: “Oh thank goodness, this is over” when I’m reading a book, but I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that was the way I felt after completing this trilogy.  For a series so renowned and beloved, The Lord of the Rings is incredibly boring… and honestly?  The Return of the King is the worst culprit of them all. Why? The Return of the King has the greatest potential for excitement, but the least delivery of the trilogy.  There are so many cool things that are happening here, but the parts I found I […]

Posted May 23, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkein

The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkein

What to say about a timeless fantasy? I actually reviewed The Fellowship of the Ring a couple of years ago, so I want to keep this brief and concise. My review in 2017 covered a lot of my technical concerns, so if you’d like to read more of a breakdown of the book, I’d suggest heading to that review.  As the technicals are covered, much of this review is going to be reactionary. As I mentioned in a recent post, Lord of the Rings is a classic.  Anyone who loves fantasy should read it – doubly so if you enjoy epic fantasy. […]

Posted April 28, 2019 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
Everless by Sara Holland

Everless by Sara Holland

I went into this book with very low expectations, because most the people I know in the blogosphere either hated it, or DNF’d it.  I wasn’t looking forward to reading it, and I even waited a week after pulling it from my TBR Jar before I started it. Then I read it in a day. I won’t go as far as to say that Everless is a perfect novel.  The attention to detail waxes and wanes.  The characters are spotty and a little shallow at times.  But it’s good, too.  It’s highly entertaining.  There are twists – though not entirely unexpected […]

Posted October 23, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher

Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher

I almost skipped this on my TBR, because I just read a Jim Butcher book, and I felt pretty meh about it. That would have been a mistake. I was immediately drawn in by Furies of Calderon.  The world is really interesting, and I liked the furies in the magical system.  The stories started off with a lot of promise, and I had high hopes once I started to get into the book. Unfortunately, once the warm fuzzy feeling wore off, things went downhill. Even though the worldbuilding on this one shows what Jim Butcher is capable of, the characters don’t hold […]

Posted August 16, 2018 in Reviews // 4 Comments //