Tuesday 21 April 2015

Free ebook - Legacy of the Eldric, Fantasy by David Burrows

For a limited time, until the 28th April '15 you can download Legacy of the Eldric for free on Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/291263 using the promo code GV95L.

It is available in several formats including ePub and Kindle. Feel free to download it but post me a review please.

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Legacy of the Eldric is pure escapism, a high fantasy novel that manages to entertain from beginning to end with an easy to read narrative, interesting characters and intelligent world building, I highly recommend this novel to any fan of fantasy fiction.  SFBooks.com 

In Legacy of the Eldric he has certainly achieved his aim; the characters are memorable and the plot is fast-paced and exciting. It is an opening chapter in a series that I look forward to reading the mid and end parts to. This is solid fantasy; exactly what a fantasy doctor would order for those looking for an enjoyable escape from reality, fans of Tolkien, Hobb and Moorcock will love what they find here. Definitely recommended. 7.8 out of 10 Fantasybookreview.co.uk

The major players in this book had to slowly come together, form a group, and set off on a quest. The mythology, various landscapes plus other bits and pieces of worldbuilding needed to take place so the reader could acclimate to this new world. An abundance of familiar tropes were used but unlike some, tropes used intelligently do not bother me in the slightest. But then I still read and reread all of David Eddings' early books and they don't come any tropier. (Is that a word? If not it should be...) All in all I was impressed with how much story took place. Dragonsheroesandwizards.blogspot.co.uk

Good reading


Wednesday 8 April 2015

Book Review - Simon Scarrow's Brothers in Blood

Brothers in Blood (Eagle, #13)Brothers in Blood by Simon Scarrow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you like tales of Romans, intrigue and battles then this could be for you. Scarrow's books are never straight forward, Macro and Cato believe they have escaped Rome's plots but Rome has a long reach and the Imperial Secretary now has a rival and that spells danger for our two heroes.

In the previous book Caratacus was the main protagonist and he is back with a vengeance. The book has battles and twists in the plot and once again Cato and Macro are in the thick of it. I have been disappointed with one or two of Scarrow's books when the formula seemed to be repeated, but Brothers in Blood is a great tale and lulls you back into Britannia Romania very nicely. Overall, excellent books and love the characters.

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Read Excerpt from George Martin's Forthcoming Book - The Winds of Winter

Well -- the Starks were right, Winter is Finally Coming. The bizarre thing about this excerpt [1] is it's from the point of view of Alayne. I can't remember her? Has she been in the series before? He's killed off so many characters that I'm not sure I'll be able to pick up the story thread. It's also been so long ago that I read the last book that I'm not even sure that I'm bothered any more, but Tyrion keeps pulling me back. What a great character.

As for Daenerys, silly girl lost her dragons just when  it looked as though something good might happen. She sat in the last city she captured for far too long that it ruined the plot. I hear in season 5 that she is to marry, and sitting very close by is Tyrion. Brilliant. That should be fun.

[1] http://www.georgerrmartin.com/excerpt-from-the-winds-of-winter/