The Wheel of Osheim – A Different Kind Of Hero

Mark Lawrence and I have an interesting relationship. As I talked about in my review of Prince of Fools, when I finished his first trilogy, The Broken Empire, I was immensely disappointed with how he chose to close out the story. The final book, Emperor of Thorns, put him on my blacklist and it was…

The Bloodsounder’s Arc – One Scribe’s Journey

A little while ago I was contacted by the relatively new author, Jeff Salyards. He has seen some of the reviews I had done, including my post about The Black Company, and wanted to know if I was interested in reading his debut trilogy, the Bloodsounder’s Arc. Salyards described it as a modern Black Company,…

The Drenai Saga – Part 1/4

Gigantic fantasy series are amazing experiences, but tend to also be gigantic time sinks. As such, each year I pick one large and famous fantasy series to work though for the sake of reading diversity. This year I decided to read David Gemmell’s pivotal Drenai Saga. While reading through this 11 book series, I am…

Saint’s Blood – by de Castell-Who-Keeps-Getting-Better

Saint’s Blood is the third book in The Greatcoats quartet by Sebastien de Castell. I have written about both of his previous two novels, Traitor’s Blade and Knight’s Shadow, and ranked them among some of my all-time favorites. They earned this distinction because they are  two of the funniest books I have ever read featuring…

A Crown For Cold Silver – Trying Too Hard

A Crown for Cold Silver, by Alex Marshell, was difficult to come to a final verdict on. While I was originally drawn in at the start of the book by the interesting characters, funny prose, and world building, I found myself bogged down with creeping problems as the story progressed. Everything that got me excited…

The Black Company – The Grandfather Of Dark Fantasy

Everyone has a book that started them on the magical journey of reading fantasy. In fact, many people have two books; one when they were younger that got them into reading, and one when they were older that made them appreciate fantasy on a much higher level and start to take it seriously. Today, on…