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Book Review – A Touch of Light

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(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Thiago Abdalla https://www.tabdalla.com is the author of two novels. A Touch of Light was published in 2022 and is the first in his Ashes of Avarin series.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. Due to scenes of violence, I categorize this novel as R.

The story is set in the world of Avarin. There are two dominant groups, each with a radically different view on death. In the Domain in the north lives are long and death is seen as the ultimate sin. The bodies of those who die can be preserved, then brought back by the Seraph when she returns to Avarin. In the South are the clans. They embrace death to prevent the return of Zara the goddess of death.

A madness is spreading throughout the land without regard to religious views. There are three primary characters. In the North are Lynn and Adrian. Lynn is a rogue Sentinel warrior who is in hiding. She can call upon special powers when engaged in combat. Adrian is a Domain Prince who is leading an army. Nasha lives in the South. She is a cursed hunter and lifelong outcast. The story revolves around these three.

Adrian uses his army to confront the crazed who are attacking everyone. Lynn believes she may have the answer to combating the madness. Nasha is just trying to fit in with her people.

I enjoyed the 14.5+ hours I spent reading this 456-page fantasy. The book seems to be three relatively unconnected stories. There is plenty of action, intrigue, and political maneuvering. I give this novel a rating of 3.5 (rounded up to 4) out of 5.

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Book Review – Seven Deaths of an Empire

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – G R Matthews https://www.grmatthews.com/ is the author of a dozen novels. Seven Deaths of an Empire was published in 2021 and is the first work in his Six Kingdoms Series.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. Due to scenes of violence, I categorize this novel as ‘R’. The novel has two primary characters. General Bordan commands the army of the Empire and is living in the capital. Apprentice Magician Kyron is far from the capital and is still learning his craft.

The Emperor died while on a campaign in the far North. His body is being escorted back south to the capital. There, the heir will be crowned as the new Emperor. Kyron and his master are with the honor guard. The road home is long and dangerous. Rebels in the surrounding forest would like to see them all dead.

Bordan is about to retire but feels it his duty to see the the heir crowned as the next Emperor. Rebellion, assassins, and political intrigue threaten the Empire. He must do what he can to protect the heir to the throne.

This is a story of intrigue and betrayal. Bordan has dedicated his life to supporting the Empire. He would rather die than see it fall. Kyron can barely control his magic. He is thrust unprepared into a dangerous world.

I enjoyed the 14.5 hours I spent reading this 471-page fantasy. The novel hops back and forth between Bordan and Kyron, giving each a chapter. The chosen cover art is a little plain. I give this novel a rating of 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

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Book Review: Engines of Empire

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – R S Ford https://www.wordhog.co.uk/ is the author of eight novels. This novel, Engines of Empire was published in January of this year. It is the first in his Age of Uprisingseries.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’. This is due to scenes of violence and mature language. The nation of Torwyn is run by the various Guilds. Each of those is dominated by a family. The Hawkspurs is one of those principal families. Sullivar is head of the Hawkspurs family and the emperor of Torwyn, his wife Rosomon the matriarch of the family. They have three adult-age children.

The story revolves around Rosomon and her three children. Conail is the eldest and an officer in the military. He leaves the capital for the frontier to establish a reputation for himself. He is committed to a life in the military even though many career officers consider him an interfering noble.

Daughter Tyreta is the middle child and a sorceress. She is learning to channel the power of pyrestone. That substance is the magic behind the industry of Torwyn. She leaves the capital for another part of the frontier. She discovers the truth behind the native population that is being suppressed.

The youngest child, Fulren, is a skilled artificer. The foreign emissary, Assenah Neskhon of Jubara, arrives from Nyrakkis. Fulren is tasked to be her guide around the city. After a few days, assassins attack the two. He is left wounded and framed for the attack. To prevent a war with Nyrakkis, he is sent there for punishment.

Once the children have all left the capital, Emperor Sullivar is killed in a coup. Rosomon must find a way to flee the city to safety. Each of the children faces their own dangerous adventures. They all must find a way to survive if the Empire is to be saved.

I enjoyed the 16.5 hours I spent reading this 625-page fantasy. The story is full of perilous adventures. It is also filled with plots, political wrangling, and conspiracies. If you like epic tales of fantasy, you will enjoy this novel. I give it a rating of 4.8 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

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Book Review: Lord of Chaos

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author Robert Jordan published the sixth novel in his ‘The Wheel of Time’ series, Lord of Chaos, in 1994. He published more than 20 novels during his writing career.

I recently listened to this book on Audible. I had read it once several years ago. When we heard that a TV series based on the Wheel of Time novels would be on Amazon Prime, both my wife and I decided to read/listen to them again. I categorize this book as ‘R’ because of scenes of violence. The fantasy series spans 15 novels.

Rand al’Thor, The Dragon Reborn, has taken Tear, Andor, and Caemlyn. His influence extends even further. He has established the Black Tower where men who can channel are training as Asha’man. The Aiel clans other than the Shaido have pledged their support to Rand. They see him as the Car’a’carn, their chief of chiefs.

The Aes Sedai are split, though both factions seek an alliance with or the domination of Rand. He is well aware of what they want and does his best to keep his distance from them.

The Forsaken and the Dark One are still plotting against Rand. Somehow they have changed the weather. Causing severe storms at sea, with heat and drought across the land.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 41.5 hours I spent listening to this 720-page fantasy. I like the art selected for the hardback cover. I give this novel a rating of 5 out of 5.

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Book Review: “The Fires of Heaven”

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author Robert Jordan published the fifth novel in his ‘The Wheel of Time’ series, The Fires of Heaven, in 1993. He published more than 20 novels during his writing career.

I recently listened to this book on Audible. I had read it once several years ago. When we heard that a TV series based on the Wheel of Time novels would be on Amazon Prime, both my wife and I decided to read/listen to them again. I categorize this book as ‘R’ because of scenes of violence. The fantasy series spans 15 novels.

With the coming of the Dragon Reborn, the world has sunk into turmoil. The Shaido Aiel, led by a false Car’a’carn, have left the Waste. He is leading them on the trail of destruction. The White Tower has split, forcing Aes Sedai to take sides.

Rand al’Thor continues to learn the ways of the One Power. He still does not trust the Aes Sedai, not even Moiraine Damodred. He must use anyone, even his friends, to enable himself to be ready for the final battle.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 36.5 hours I spent listening to this 704-page fantasy. I like the art selected for the hardback cover. I rate this novel as a 5 out of 5.

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Book Review: “The Shadow Rising”

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author Robert Jordan published the fourth novel in his ‘The Wheel of Time’ series, The Shadow Rising in 1992. He published more than 20 novels during his writing career.

I recently listened to this book on Audible. I had read it once several years ago. When we heard that a TV series based on the Wheel of Time novels would be on Amazon Prime, both my wife and I decided to read/listen to them again. I categorize this book as ‘R’ because of scenes of violence. The fantasy series spans 15 novels.

Rand al’Thor fulfilled one prophecy when he took possession of the sword Callandor. He now follows the Aiel back to the Waste. Before he goes to the final battle, he must complete another prophecy.

Once at the Aiel Waste, he is allowed to travel to the sacred city of Rhuidean. Once there, he, Mat, and Moiraine step through a ter’angreal doorway. Days pass, but all three eventually find their way out. Each has been changed in their own way. Most impurely, Rand now bears the dragon symbols on both of his arms. To the Aiel, he is the Car’a’carn. He is the chief of chiefs in their prophecies.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 41+ hours I spent listening to this 704-page fantasy. I like the art selected for the hardback cover. I give this novel a rating of 5 out of 5.

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Book Review: “The Dragon Reborn”

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author Robert Jordan published the third novel in his The Wheel of Time series The Dragon Reborn in 1991. He published more than 20 novels during his writing career.

I recently listened to this book on Audible. I had read it the first time several years ago. When we heard that a TV series based on the Wheel of Time novels would be on Amazon Prime, both my wife and I decided to read/listen to them again. I categorize this book as ‘R’ because of scenes of violence. The fantasy series spans 15 novels.

The story of the three young men who are ta’veren and the three girls training to be Aes Sedai continues. Warfare has dwindled with the coming of winter weather. Rand has finally realized that he is the Dragon Reborn. He seeks to fulfill one of the Dragon prophecies – recovering the sword called Callandor. He must travel to the fortress called the Stone of Tear to obtain Callandor. Rand is not the only one who must endure danger and the forces of the Dark One. Moraine and the others have their own deadly confrontations.

I enjoyed the 24.5+ hours I spent listening to this 624-page fantasy. I am enjoying listening to this novel. It is every bit as good as it was when I read it the first time. I liked the cover art used on the hardcover edition. I rate this novel as a 5 out of 5.

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Book Review: “The Great Hunt”

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author Robert Jordan published the novel “The Great Hunt” in 1990. This is the second book in the ‘The Wheel of Time’ series. He published more than 20 novels during his writing career.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this book as ‘R’ as it contains scenes of violence.

The story of the three young men who are ta’veren and the three girls training to be Aes Sedai continues. Now they are hunting for the Horn of Valere that will enable them to recall the hero’s of a prior age for the final battle. The identity of the Dragon Reborn emerges.

The Seanchan, invaders from the West across the sea, capture some of the adventurers. Those must escape and the Seanchan defeated.

I enjoyed the 26.5 hours I spent listening to this 658-page fantasy. It was as good this time as it was reading it the first time. I rate this novel as a 5 out of 5.

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Book Review: “The Eye of the World”

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author Robert Jordan published the novel “The Eye of the World” in 2009. This is the first novel in his ‘Wheel of Time’ series. He published more than 20 novels during his writing career.

I read this book for the first time about 15 years ago. My wife and I saw that a TV series based on the novels was to start on Amazon Prime in November of 2021. We decided then to reread the books again before the series began. I categorize this book as ‘R’ because of scenes of violence. The fantasy series spans 15 novels.

The Aes Sedai Moiraine Damodred arrives in the remote village of Emond’s Field with her warder. She has been on a quest for many years to find the one prophesied to stand against The Dark One. She finds three young men that are ta’veren: Rand al’Thor, Matrim Cauthon, and Perrin Aybara. Their presence affects the weave of time. She feels that one is who she has been searching for.

Moiraine starts back to Tar Valon, the Aes Sedai’s headquarters. She takes the three young men with her. A young woman Egwene al’Vere who is the boy’s close friend tags along. Then the “Wisdom” from Emond’s Field Nynaeve al’Meara catches up with them. She wants to take the boys and Egwene back home.

That begins their long adventure. They face forces of The Dark One time and time again. Moraine tells both Egwene and Nynaeve they have the ability to become Aes Sedai.

I enjoyed the 30 hours I spent listening to this 753-page fantasy audiobook. I enjoyed this as much this second time as I did the first. My wife and I listened to it while driving across the country. It made the 20-hour drive go by much more quickly. If you are a fan of fantasy you should try this series! I like the cover art used on the hardback edition. I rate this book as a 5 out of 5.

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  1. Wheel of Time series come to Amazon Prime in November
  2. Book 0 – New Spring

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