Apr 172013
 

Promise of Blood: Book 1 in the Powder Mage trilogy I will hold my hand up and say I was less than enthusiastic about this book based purely on a brief read of the cover blurb.  However, since I was still enjoying being on a fantasy kick and wanting something new to sink my teeth into I picked it up.

It was actually the strapline on the cover that rescued the book for me – “The Age of Kings is dead… and I have killed it.” I loved it, both powerful and intriguing and that alone was enough to turn the first page.

I’ve never been happier to have been proved wrong.  I was pleasantly surprised by the plot – while it might have seemed like a common fantasy trope at first glance, Brian McClellan managed to turn it on its head and shake it around.  The result is an amazing debut that entertained and engaged me, while giving me that tingle of discovering something good and very special.

The writing was descriptive without being too wordy.  I could clearly envisage the scenes in my head, even without extra padding and that made for easy reading that flowed right to the end.

The characters were superbly envisioned and no one was clearly cut out as good or evil, just varying shades of grey.  Believing you are doing the right thing is a powerful force even in the face of evidence to the contrary.  As the plot unfolded, my allegiances changed, time and time again and while I have to confess my favourites were Taniel and Adamat, both were very different characters but there was something special about them that really touched me.

The magic system McClellan conjured was just as intriguing as the story.  Magic is very common but in the majority of the Knacked population it’s very minor and often no more than a help to do their job.  The more powerful Marked are pretty dangerous and the top ranking Privileged are utterly lethal.  Then there are powder mages, those who can use gunpowder to augment their abilities, often making them unbeatable in a fight.  Of course that’s a very simplistic description of something integral to the story so I can only suggest you read and find out the intricacies for yourself!

The ending of Promise of Blood was nicely done even and sets things up solidly for the next book. As an aside, I really liked the fact that while I really want to read the next one, I’m not left feeling desperate due to a cliffhanger.  It was no less powerful an ending because of that either.

Definitely an author to watch and highly recommended for any fantasy fan.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Book Information
  • Author: Brian McClellan
  • Series: Powder Mage Trilogy (1)
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Mar 062013
 

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, Book 3) Moroi, magic and murder, oh my!  Sydney Sage is up to her neck in it and is increasingly fighting against the beliefs she was raised with as an Alchemist.  After a forbidden moment rocks her, she starts to question everything she believed in and doesn’t know where to turn.  When someone who managed to leave the Alchemists offers to teach her the secrets she was never meant to know and how to break free of them, she is sorely tempted.  But how can she leave her Moroi and Dhampir charges as well as the very real situation of untrained witches being killed.  Continuing her magic studies seems all the more urgent, and then there is Adrian…

I have to say I was a bit disappointed with this book… It felt a little lacklustre in comparison to the others in the series and not all that much seemed to happen, even though some major plot was moved on.  That’s not to say it’s a bad book, it just didn’t feel up to the standard I enjoyed in Bloodlines and The Golden Lily.  It was still enjoyable and interesting and as always, great to be back in a world with characters I love so much.  Sorry Sydney, but Rose and Dimitri will always be my first loves and I treasure any cameos from them ;)

Some of the characters felt superfluous and while I have no doubt they will come to play their part, having them constantly around doing nothing seemed wasted.  Having said that, had they not been mentioned at all, I would have missed them and I did love some of their interactions!

Adrian has really come into his own in this book, he’s still the playboy we know and love but I think he is finally maturing and I have to say a large part of that is due to Sydney.  Sydney herself was brilliant but I did get a little irritated with her protestations. While they are valid, it just seemed to be more of the same.  I think I understand the reason why now though, and while it made the plot interesting, I felt it dragged on a bit too long.  The last quarter of the book was what engaged me the most and I may have had a little cheer at certain points.

The end though, oh very nicely done, a huge spanner in the works!

All in all, an enjoyable book and you definitely need to read it if you are a fan of the series, but not quite the quality I have come to expect of Richelle Mead.  This will not put me off waiting as eagerly for the next one though, oh no :)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Richelle Mead
  • Series: Bloodlines (3)
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Feb 132013
 

Ice Forged: Book 1 of the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga Blaine McFadden killed the man who raped his sister.  Rather than being sentenced to death, the King exiles him to the far northern penal colony of Edgeland, a frozen, barren wasteland that just happens to have important resources the King needs.  Making what life he can throughout the years, under the watchful and oppressive eyes of the governor and his mages, Blaine and the friends he has bonded with survive in the harshest of conditions.  When the essential supply ships stop coming from Donderath, the colony wonders how they will survive.  Then magic starts to fail and in one night of a terrible storm, it vanishes altogether.  No word from Donderath, no magic to help them survive, Blaine decides that he has to take matters into his own hands to find out what has happened and return to the Kingdom that exiled him.

Something I have come to expect from Gail Z. Martin is her clarity of writing. Her prose is easy to read and understand, yet she can lay out a scene detailed enough for you to imagine being there or watching it on a screen.  Ice Forged is no exception, from the first page that clarity was there and I was drawn right into the story.

As with the Chronicles of the Necromancer and Fallen Kings Cycle, we have an ensemble cast which is something I love, but it was also nice to get a look at the core of Blaine and what happened to him before he met the others.  And I do love the others a lot!  They are all very individual characters, each distinct, and I’m glad to say I didn’t feel any echo of characters from the other series.  Not that it would have been a bad thing, as I loved them too but here we have a fresh crew to entertain us.  There is perhaps one similarity which I won’t spell out for fear of spoiling, but again, it felt different enough that I wasn’t constantly reminded.

The plot is really well done with a few horrific twists.  I have to say one huge event was a brave thing to do, and in this book there are also hints of what might be coming, but I can’t honestly say for sure that I know what will happen.  I couldn’t put it down and loved it to the end.  I say this a lot but I can’t wait for the next book, I NEED to know!

I felt the pace was really well judged, there was no time to get bored, and even when there wasn’t much action happening, there was always something to keep my attention; then when the action eventually hits, it really explodes.

Ice Forged is hugely entertaining and has a classic fantasy feel to it which delighted me. The characters gave me much the same feeling as I get from reading Eddings, Gemmell and Brooks.

More please!

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Book Information
  • Author: Gail Z. Martin
  • Series: Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (1)
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Jan 312013
 

Fortress Frontier (Shadow Ops 2) ***Please note there may be some very minor spoilers for Control Point in this review***

Fortress Frontier has an interesting and surprising start, not at all what I expected.  Not only are we seeing it from the perspective of someone different to Control Point, but the events overlap slightly, revealing new details about the previous story.  Colonel Alan Bookbinder (US Military) isn’t a front line soldier but the man behind the scenes.  All the things that need to be kept track of, for resupply, for scheduling, he is responsible for and he likes it that way, feels comfortable with it, even if he feels it is all he is.  After a weird dream and a day feeling like he is drowning, he realises something has fundamentally changed.  He’s a latent, and like a good soldier, he follows orders and turns himself in… and that’s when his life really goes to hell.

If I’d known about the change of character before I started reading, I might have been worried but actually I thought it worked really well, even if it was unexpected.  Alan is an interesting if unassuming character, worried about his family, and the impact his change has on his life is monumental.  The differences between Alan and Oscar are huge but they are both good people and their individual characteristics have you rooting for them very quickly.

That’s not to say Oscar doesn’t feature, he does and I really liked the way Myke Cole wove the story, moving to integrate the two characters in small steps.  I loved the way Alan slowly comes out of his shell, as events in the world progress around him. He grows in confidence and attitude until he becomes the man and leader I think he was meant to be.  I can only say again how fascinating and beautiful I find the source world, Cole’s creation of this rich magical but deadly world is amazing and I’m glad we get to see more of it in this book.  The intricacies in the way he describes the magical talents, their creative uses and peeks at how they might be used if the military wasn’t keeping them locked up tight for their own uses.  It’s just wonderful and superbly done.

We also get to see more of the impact of magic on the ‘home’ world, the government’s rigidly tight grip on it and the resistance that wants to bring it all toppling down and I can’t honestly blame them.

The story is a little more straightforward in Fortress Frontier but it doesn’t lose any impact despite that. It was still gripping and there were a couple of twists that had me exclaiming aloud!  The action is just as intense and emotional as the first book and Myke Cole’s writing style is so easy to read, I couldn’t put it down until I’d finished.  The supporting cast again were brilliant and we get to see some familiar faces and several new ones. When the end came, I was almost beside myself and chattered at my husband about it for quite a while; he’s used to that when I’ve been really caught up in a book.

If I thought the first book was great (which I did!), then this second novel is just superb.  The third book can’t come along soon enough, I need to know about the things that happened but can’t mention because of big spoilers!!

Highly, highly recommended to anyone who likes urban military fantasy, but do start with the first book in the series, Control Point!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Book Information
  • Author: Myke Cole
  • Series: Shadow Ops (2)
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Jan 302013
 

Control Point (Shadow Ops 1) In the great Reawakening, magic has flowed into the world and those who manifest latent talents must hand themselves in immediately and become part of the Supernatural Operations Corps. In the name of public safety new laws and restrictions have risen to control and govern magic.  The only other option is to run and be branded a ‘selfer’, one who is selfish and doesn’t care about anyone but themselves.  They are to be hunted down and forced to join the SOC, killed if they resist.  And that’s only if you manifest in an approved ‘school’.  If your talent is in a prohibited (probe) school, there is no chance, it is illegal and you must be destroyed.

Oscar Britton is a Lieutenant in the US Army, and has always believed in what they do, even when working alongside the Supernatural Operations Corps.  However, his faith is shattered while hunting down a selfer and a probe and he learns the hard way that being a probe is an automatic death sentence.  When his own latent ability manifests in a prohibited school, he realises the choice isn’t a choice at all and runs.  Now he is the one being hunted.

I started writing this review several times only to stop, delete and start again.  My instinct is to cry ‘OMG this book is amazing!’, but I think it needs a little more consideration than that.

Oscar is a first class character, admirable, likeable and troubled.  I found it very easy to empathise with him and what he believes to be right and wrong.  He is humane and hates seeing cruelty done to people, even those whose actions perhaps deserve it.  On the other hand he is very much an army man, it’s his family and his purpose in life and when he is cast adrift from it, I could feel his pain and loneliness.  I thought they way he just wanted a home again, to feel like he belonged to something greater than himself was very cleverly written. This then allows Myke to remind us that being forced to do something and choosing to do something are two very different things.  He is thrust into an alien world where the rules of conduct he has been taught all of his army life just don’t apply anymore.  He is now a weapon and owned by the US government, being trained how to point so they can shoot.

The world that Myke Cole created was fascinating and he populated it with wonderfully detailed creatures that capture the imagination.  Some of them are terrifying but beautiful.  I loved the friendly ‘goblins’, the indigenous sentient population although I’m not too sure about how they honour their dead!  I did growl several times at the way they were treated, as little more than slaves rather than allies.

There are several supporting characters who are well fleshed out.  I either loved or hated them, but all of them moved me on an emotional level whether bad or good.

The first thing I did when I finished Control Point was to spend several hours thinking about Control Point; I went to bed thinking about it and I woke up with it still on my mind. There is no black and white, only some nasty shades of grey relieved by a few rays of light.  Oscar in desperation makes some seemingly extreme decisions and the ramifications are going to be huge.  There was a twist at the end which I honestly didn’t see coming and it made me want to howl.  The ending seemed fitting and right, almost calm, but I can only imagine the storm which is coming.

I had a little trouble with Oscar’s wavering commitment and decision making, but ultimately I understood it.  He chose to join the army and believed in it.  He is being forced to serve now, controlled by people who see him as nothing more than a weapon and as he manifested in an illegal school, he has absolutely no choice.

I loved the magic system, it was extremely well created and the uses for each of the schools were fascinating and imaginative.  Even the prohibited schools had their place, even though ‘illegal’.  I liked the call signs a lot and it appealed to my inner superhero fangirl.

The military side of the story was extremely crisp and well envisioned, clearly something Myke Cole has personal experience of.  While Jargon is used, it doesn’t overwhelm and he includes a handy glossary of terms at the back of the book.

The action is just full on, exciting and the battle scenes are depicted in realistic terms, often poignant and shocking.  The inclusion of magic in these fights doesn’t seem out of place at all and make for extremely gripping reading.

This is an amazingly well written debut novel, descriptive, imaginative and easy to read. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Fortress Frontier and see what the outfall has been of Oscar’s actions.

Highly recommended for anyone who loves urban fantasy, futuristic military novels or superheroes.  Control Point is a fantastic blend of all three!

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Book Information
  • Author: Myke Cole
  • Series: Shadow Ops (1)
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Jan 282013
 

Headshots of Myke ColeMyke Cole exploded onto the Urban Fantasy scene with the amazing Control Point last year.  A superb blend of magic, military and mayhem, it is a gripping read that leaves you thinking about it long after finishing it.  But what about the man himself?  His bio is a dizzying read of occupations that quite honestly would leave me huddled under my desk and not only adds author to the impressive list but does it with flair! He’s also a roleplayer, loves fantasy books, comics and has a unique brand of humour that I like a lot. I know I am wittering again, so enough! On with the Irreverence!

What would you be or want to be (or still are), if you weren’t an author?
An officer in the finest maritime military service in the world – the United States Coast Guard.

Do you have any rituals or processes before you can start writing?
The same ritual that EVERY writer has, mad procrastination. I play iPad games. I go on social media. I think of last minute chores that need doing, or friends I haven’t spoken to in ages. By the time I actually get to work, half my allotted time is gone.

Describe your working environment right now (desk, sofa, bathroom, etc.) Include a picture if you like, unless it’s the bathroom!
Uh . . . er . . . ahem. Yes, well. It is rather spacious as bathrooms go.

How did you celebrate when your first book was published?
I went to every single bookstore in New York City and signed shelf stock with my long-suffering agent. It took all day from the early morning to blackest night. It was exhausting and painful and I’ve never been happier.

Whose opinion matters most to you?
Peter V. Brett’s.

Do you get fully dressed to write? (Nothing, PJ’s, etc?)
I do most of my writing on the go, so it varies depending on where I am and what I’m doing. I’ve written in my skivvies, in a business suit, in a military uniform, in a t-shirt and jeans.

What gets you in the mood or inspires you to write?
Other people’s success. Because. I’m not eating anyone’s dust.

Who would play you in the film adaptation of your life?
Hugh Jackman. Which, now that I think about it, is quite possibly the most egotistical thing I’ve ever said.

What is the weirdest comment you’ve had?
Hand over the celery, sir. That donkey is underage.

What is the best experience you’ve had with fans?
Every gaming table at every con everywhere, ever. There is nothing in this world quite like being hip-deep in fellow nerds, trading snark over Settlers of Catan.

What do you value most?
Crushing my enemies, seeing them fly before me, and hearing the lamentations of their women.

How do you deal with negative comments?
I listen to them, take them seriously and don’t take offense. The words “that offends me” is the cheapest, easiest way to avoid having to listen to someone else’s argument. I don’t roll like that.

It’s movie night, the credits are just about to roll, Happy Ever After, Everyone Dies, Or…?
As far as I’m concerned, every film should end with Captain America staring off into the middle distance, with the Stars and Stripes fluttering behind him. Especially When Harry Met Sally.

What do you do to relax?
I don’t. Ever. I’m not kidding. Ask anyone who knows me.

Do you have pets, and if so, describe them? (Include a picture if you like!)
I am holding out until they come up with a breed of dog that doesn’t poop.

What are your preferred conditions for writing, i.e. silence, background noise, TV?
The Rose Reading Room at the New York Public Library, well-caffeinated and fed, empty bladder, and movie soundtracks blasting in my ear-buds.

What is your favourite type of music?
I’m a big fan of the good kind. I hate the awful stuff.

Do you have any phobias?
Pretty much all of them, but each one is balanced by highly effective coping mechanisms. Whenever I come up against something I’m frightened of, I go charging into it. I must do it.

Do you have a party trick?
I can offend anyone in a room in record time.

Slippers, socks or barefoot?
Non-skid, steel-toe combat boots. Cushioned soles for jumping, side zippers. They better be up for some punishment.

Fortress Frontier (Shadow Ops 2) Fortress Frontier, the second novel in the Shadow Ops series, is released on 31st January… and I can’t wait!

Huge thanks to Myke Cole for taking the time to answer our questions (and for such entertaining answers!), and if you want to know more about the author, visit his Website, Twitter or Goodreads!

Pictures provided by and used with permission of Myke Cole


Irreverent Questions is BookThing‘s fun, feature where we ask a series of random questions that popped into Grete’s curious head. If you are an author, agent or publicist and would like to take part, please get in touch!

Oct 232012
 

The Immortals: Evermore: 1 16 year old Ever Bloom was the only survivor of a car accident that killed her family. Since then she has been cursed with psychic abilities that play havoc with her chances of living an ordinary life. All she wants to do is stay anonymous and hidden but when Damen starts at school she feels drawn to him, when she is with him she can be a normal teenager. Is Damen too good to be true? What is he hiding and will Ever be able to deal with it?

This is the first young adult book I have read for a while and I enjoyed it. I thought I knew where the story was going but I was wrong and I loved the route it took as to why Ever and Damen have this connection.

More background on Damen would have been good, he sort of appears like this too good to be true godlike male, perfect at everything – no wonder Ever is suspicious. The only thing that surprised me was that no-one else was. It also seemed a bit odd that he was encouraging her to play truant from school all the time, not a good example to set - maybe I am showing my age here, I’m not a young adult in case you didn’t guess!

Ever had the potential to be very interesting but again I wanted more detail on her abilities and what they mean. Having said that, one of the main aspects of the book was Ever trying to deny her abilities so in the context I guess the lack of detail was appropriate. Hopefully in the next book I will find out more.

Being a true romantic the ending makes or breaks some books, and for me the ending was worth it. There wasn’t much romance in the main part of the book, although I guess their behaviour probably passes for romance among 16 year olds. I am too old to remember that age! There was a lot of information crammed into the last few pages,  information which makes me want to read the next book for more detail, but also information that would have been better introduced earlier in the book.

While I might have wanted more detail, this is the start of a series so hopefully things will be better explained in the next book and despite the criticisms above, I did enjoy the story and look forward to reading the others.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Alyson Noel
  • Series: The Immortals (1)
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Oct 042012
 

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy 1) If there was ever a book I regret not reading sooner, A Discovery of Witches would be it.  I didn’t think it would be quite my cup of coffee as time travel romance wasn’t really my thing and the comparisons I’d seen to Twilight put me off a bit.  I wholeheartedly say how wrong I was (and also not sure how *anyone* can compare this to Twilight!)  I was going through a bit of a reading slump at the time so was finding it hard to get enthused about many books.  That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it ;)

The first thing that grabbed me was the attention to detail.  I didn’t know at the time that Deborah Harkness is actually an Historian and that many of the things she wrote about, she knows on a professional level.  Her love for the subject showed through her writing and that same love was displayed in Diana, the female lead character.  Diana Bishop is a witch that has turned her back on her abilities and chosen the route of science and history in academia, a specialist in the subject of Alchemy.  She is a great character, level headed but also has good reasons for the denial of her heritage as a witch.  I loved seeing her work through her eyes and the curiosity that drives her.  When she finds a magical manuscript in the course of her work, life takes an unexpected turn.  Matthew Clairmont is a vampire geneticist who has been observing Diana and realises she is in trouble when the supernatural community take notice of her too.

The supernatural world is split into four types.  Humans, daemons, vampires and witches.  It should be noted that Daemons are not the Christian version of a demon but instead are creatures that are incredibly unstable and talented geniuses.  Humans are, or should be, unaware of the existence of the others but the other three can tell each other apart instantly.

When the lost Ashmole 782 manuscript, rumoured to hold the key to the origins of all three types of creature, is discovered and awoken by Diana, the long journey for her and Matthew really begins.

This is not a fast paced, action packed book, it takes its time to get where it wants to be and I actually liked that a lot.  I had time to get to know the characters, their habits, to get a good sense of who they are.  The romantic side was slow paced as well and while I am a girl that enjoys a good sex scene, I felt the gentle approach really suited the pace of the story. It was sweet and romantic and the concept of bundling was fascinating.  The gradual development also made for a good long build up to a solid relationship between Matthew and Diana.  That the pace of the story is slow didn’t make it any less enthralling and I found it very hard to put down.

It’s quite a long book and Deborah’s writing style can be very descriptive but for me, it just added depth to the story.  It also made me want to drink a lot of tea ;)  As an aside, look out for the house which is almost a character in its own right… I so want it!

All in all, a wonderful story, full of rich detail and characters who while may not be human, still make mistakes and are not perfect.  I can’t wait for book two, Shadow of Night!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Jul 252012
 

Green Rider Karigan G’ladheon is at a crossroads in her young life.  Suspended unjustly from the university where she was studying, she rashly decides to return home rather than await judgement.  It’s on the way home she finds her destiny waiting for her, in the form of one of the King’s Green Riders, dying on the side of the road, having been shot by two sinister black arrows.  F’ryan Coblebay begs her to take up his burden and carry his message to the King in Sacor City for it was a matter of life and death.  What message could be so important that it means one of the legendary messenger’s trusting a stranger on the road and begging for her help, even as he lies dying?

I first read Green Rider in about 2002 and have read it a couple of times since.  Having the third book unread on my shelf prompted me to pick it up again recently, remembering what a wonderful fantasy story it was.

Kristen Britain creates a vivid and well realised world for her characters to live in and then populates it with people you not only love, but get exasperated with, want to smack and who also make you laugh. The evil and the selfish characters are also well written, sometimes hidden amongst the good and at times you are kept guessing as to their true natures.  The battles and violent scenes can be stark, brutal and at times incredibly sad, but I thought they were entirely appropriate for the setting.

One of the things I enjoyed most about it was that it led me back to my love of epic fantasy.  I love all the genres I read, but with the amount of urban fantasy and paranormal romance I’ve read recently, the romantic scenes in Green Rider seemed gentle.  It reminded me of Guy Gavriel Kay, David Eddings, Gail Z. Martin where some acts were alluded to rather than laid out in descriptive glory (and don’t get me wrong, I love that too but this approach also has a special place in my heart).

The story is gripping and the history built around it is superb.  The actions of a madman and the solution used to stop his reign of terror now dwell in the depths of history, a thousand years ago.  Memories of that time have now fallen to legend and result in complacency, which I found all too realistic.  Now those safeguards are failing and it takes the ingenuity and heroism of a few remarkable individuals to bring that danger to light. Karigan is landed in the middle of it all and the snarkiness and spark that Britain gives her, makes her a heroine to love (and get fondly exasperated with).

I highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good epic fantasy that breaks out of the usual mould.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Kristen Britain
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May 302011
 

Side Jobs is a collection of stories set in the world of Harry Dresden, occurring in and around the main series.

It’s always good to be back in the Dresdenverse, even if it is only for brief dips.  I had already read some of the stories collected in this book, in their respective anthologies, but others were new to me and a complete joy to read.  Butcher loses none of his charm and style even though the stories are short, and every one had a different feel to it, fitting to the situation at hand.  His trademark laugh out loud moments are still very much prevalent and as with the full books, they are totally appropriate to the scenes.

He writes a little about each story before it starts, how it came into being or what his reason for writing it were, and they provided quite an insight into Jim Butcher himself.  The very first introduction actually made me laugh, and also realise his ego, or rather lack of one, has not been affected by the success of his books at all.  He believes it to be a beginner’s effort and there I have to disagree with him completely.  It might not have been up to the quality of his later work, but it had all the flair and energy that attracted me to his work in the first place.

There are eight stories about Harry, a very short vignette which I found very amusing, and two told from other character’s perspectives.  One is told by Thomas and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it; there is definitely more going on in his mind than I expected.  I also loved that a few old beloved characters came back into action again, even if it was only for a short time.

The big surprise, however, was the final story, told from Karrin Murphy’s perspective which takes place directly after the last book, Changes.  I won’t say much more because of spoilers, but he wrote her extremely well and it was good to see the world from her perspective.  I’m really glad it didn’t become an attempt to have a female version of Harry, she is her own person completely, stayed true to the character I love in the series, and it was great being able to delve into her mind.  I absolutely cannot wait for the next Dresden book, Ghost Story!

Jim Butcher is a master storyteller that always leaves me wanting MORE!

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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  • Author: Jim Butcher
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