Book Reviews

I haven’t reviewed any of the books I have read for some time so I thought that, along with posting them to Librarything.com, I would place them here too.  Hope you enjoy.

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson

This is the second book in what has now become a four book series. Initially, Brandon had planned for this series to be a quick vision into another age of the Final Empire as it moves from medieval times to more of a Victorian era. As it turns out with many prolific and imaginative authors, the story grew. He is officially calling this a second series of the Final Empire where before it was considered series 1.5.

The first book in the series “The Alloy of Law” left readers sensing that a grander was in motion. Something more than just a one shot detective story with metal burners. This second book delivers on that promise. Without giving away the juicy bits, let me just say that creatures and people that you thought might return to the series do and it is a lot of fun. In addition, the ending is a fine plot twist, which embroils the reader in the vaster scope of Brandon’s Cosmere universe.   I highly recommend as a fine addition to Brandon’s works.

Nemesis by Louise Cooper

Nemesis is a book I actually bought by accident, thinking it was part of a shared universe I had read when young. What a lucky accident this was. The prologue grabbed me from the beginning and then the events of the main story wrung me out. The first part of the story may be a little slow for some but it is well worth the wait. Anghara is an impetuous princess soon to be married, much to her parent’s relief. Unfortunately, her willfulness will have dire consequences for her family and the world. Redeeming her past will be a long, hard road that takes her beyond death. Great writing, memorable characters, and deep emotions have me looking for more.

Daggerspell by Katharine Kerr

I had thought about starting the Deverry series for a long time, but something made me put it off time and again. Well, I have finally read the first book. Very much in a Celtic vain, the story is well written and evokes much of the myths and legends of ancient Ireland, bringing the beings and magic to life. The true strength of the novel; however, lies in the choices the characters make, especially Nevyn, who is cursed by his father the king and indebted through time by his lost love. Can honor carry him through the lonely centuries?

Rosewater by Tade Thompson

I received this book as an ARC and this is first book of Mr. Thompson’s I have read. The story is set in an alternate reality where an alien object, which crashed into England, has made its way to Nigeria where the city of Rosewater has grown up around it. Kaaro is a mind reader born in Nigeria who now lives in Rosewater. His ability to read minds was caused by a mutagen released by the alien object that he and the Nigerian secret service are investigating. Kaaro is loyal to a fault but he is no hero. His youth is strewn with one bad choice after another. Finally, after years of forced service, he sees a way to get clear of the government’s and the alien’s agendas.  The ideas are enjoyable and the writing sharp but the constant overlapping flashbacks make the story hard to follow logically. Also, warning, there is a lot of sexual content and violence.

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