Tag Archives: Fantasy

Review of “Dragon Road”

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Book Reviews – “Dragon Road” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Joseph Brassey (https://www.facebook.com/Joseph-Brassey-Author-105844679506156/). Mr. Brassey has published 10 novels, with this the second in his “The Drifting Lands” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set in a mystical land where magic is possible.

Portal-mage Harkon Bright and his apprentice Aimee are hired to arbitrate the selection of the new Captain for the massive skyship Iseult. The Iseult is a city unto itself. After the Captain’s odd death, three officers are contending for the position. There is more here than simply a contest of will for the command of the vessel. Various plots are encountered within the officers of the Iseult. There is also magic from the darkness that pits Harkon and Aimee against the dead.

I thought that this was an interesting 11.5 hour read of 448 pages. This was a fantasy full of magical threats. It was a little confusing at first so I would suggest reading the first novel in the series before this one if possible. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

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Review of “The Memory of Fire”

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Book Reviews – “The Memory of Fire” eBook was published in 2018 (June) and was written by Callie Bates (http://calliebates.com). This is Ms. Bates’ second novel and the second in her “The Waking Land” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Situations. The story is set in a fictional world where magic is possible. The primary character is Jahan Korakides, a former Paladisan noble.

Now after Korakides has, with the assistance of his girlfriend Elanna Valtai, won the independence from Paladis of Eden and Caeris (as told in the first volume of the series “The Waking Land“). Korakides travels back to the capital as their ambassador, seeking a peaceful settlement from the Emperor of Paladis. His return sweeps him back into court politics. Not only are there the subtle dangers of court intrigue, but he must hide his magical abilities as they are still outlawed in the Empire.

As tensions rise and the continued independence of Eden and Caeris comes under attack, Korakides must decide how far he can resist before revealing his hidden abilities.

I enjoyed the 11.5+ hours I spent reading this 448 page fantasy. I like the characters and world that Bates has created for these novels. I do think she should have given Korakides a little more strength and heroic nature. The cover art is OK. Certainly, I think it is eye-catching. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

Review of “The Philosopher’s Flight”

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Book Reviews – “The Philosopher’s Flight” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Tom Miller. This is Mr. Miller’s first publication.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Situations. The story is set in an alternate history. An Earth where magic is both possible and common. The story is set in the time of World War I with the primary character being 18 year old Robert Weekes.

Weekes uses empirical philosophy, a branch of philosophy (magic) that is almost entirely dominated by women. His dream is to be part of the elite US Sigilry Corps Rescue and Evacuation Service. A group that is exclusively female. He has read and heard stories about the Sigilry Corps all of his life. His mother was a hero of the Corps during earlier military actions. Now he wants to find a way to join up and aid allied soldiers at war in Europe.

An attack by those opposed to the use of magic gives him the opportunity to show what he is capable of. That leads to a scholarship to study Philosophy at the almost all female Radcliffe College. He must overcome the bigotry of the women who surround him. He meets a young heroine of the war, Danielle Hardin, at Radcliffe. Soon they are more than simply friends, which brings a touch of romance to the story. Not only must Weekes overcome the resentment of his classmates, but he must survive further attacks by those that want to see magic outlawed.

I thoroughly enjoyed the nearly 10 hours I spent reading this 433 page young adult alternate history fantasy. While this was another ‘young magician off to face the challenges of school’ story, I thought that it took a refreshingly different approach. I liked the characters created for this story and look forward to reading more in this series. I am not a fan of the cover art. I give this novel a 4.8 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

Trailer for “Deadpool 2”

Trailers – The trailer for the second Deadpool film has been released. The synopsis per IMDB:

Deadpool forms a new team, the X-Force to protect a kid from Cable who has come from a possible future timeline to kill the boy.

Probably another hit in the Marvel Universe, but not a movie I am excited over. I am not a fan of movies that have this kind of humor. Obviously, I am in the minority as the first film did well.

Review of “Flotsam”

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Book Reviews – “Flotsam” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by R. J. Theodore (https://www.rjtheodore.com). This is Ms. Theodore’s second publication.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in another world. It is a combination science fiction and steampunk tale. The primary character is Talis, Captain of the airship Wind Sabre.

Talis and her crew take on a dangerous, but conventional recovery job. The job turns out to be anything but conventional. The ring that they recover has powers that many different forces want. Included in those wanting the ring are aliens that arrived in their starship at the planet Peridot several months earlier.

Talis and her crew sell the ring and take on a mission that seems to be too good to be true. They soon find that they have been drawn into a plot that may well be catastrophic for Peridot.

This was an interesting 11.5 hour read. While I liked the steampunk angle and the science fiction twist of the world with an alien presence, the physics of this world is a little chaotic. The planet has undergone a cataclysm some years in the past that has broken it up into many floating, inhabited islands. A layer of flotsam floats below the islands. I liked the characters and the overall plot, but the physics of this world seemed more like fantasy than science fiction. Then there are the five ‘gods’ that turned the result of the cataclysm into this world of floating islands. Very chaotic in my opinion. I think that the cover art is a good choice. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

 

Trailer for the “Sage Alexander: Hall of Nightmares” Pilot

Trailers – I saw that this trailer for “Sage Alexander: Hall of Nightmares” had been posted on YouTube today. The synopsis of this Young Adult story:

A group of young Angelic Response Council members, each yearning to explore the boundaries of their angelic gifts, practically stumble into the Dark realm, the dominion of the Seven Princes of Hell. What started as a simple exploration quickly devolves into a fight for their lives. Inside a constantly changing structure that feeds off their growing terror, their only hope for survival rests in the hands of a missing Council member thought to be long dead.

This proposed TV series is based on the very popular Young Adult novel of the same name. I haven’t read it myself, but a granddaughter has and says it was very good. That seems to be a common consensus as the book is rated 5/5 on Amazon.

The pilot certainly looks promising. In addition to this just looking like a good story, I have the added incentive for it to be successful and picked up as a series – I know one of the young actors, Ashlea Rae.

What do you think after viewing this short trailer?

Review of “The Mongrel Mage”

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Book Reviews – “The Mongrel Mage” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by L. E. Modesitt Jr. (http://www.lemodesittjr.com). Mr. Modesitt has published more than 75 novels. This is the 19th novel in the “Saga of Recluse” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in another world where magic is possible. The primary character is the young White Mage Beltur.

Beltur was orphaned young and raised by his uncle, a powerful White Mage. On this world of Recluce there are White and Black Mages. They respectively have power with order and chaos. Beltur has been trained as a White Mage, but he is not very powerful.

As events unfold he finds himself on the run. White Mages are after him and surprisingly, he finds that he has far more skill with the order of a Black Mage. When the White Mages from his former home threaten his new home, he must apply all that he has learned to defeat their attack.

This is the first “Recluse” novel I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed the 21+ hours I spent reading this 554 page fantasy novel. I thought that the world of Recluse as well as the characters were very well developed. Having read this novel makes me want to go back and read the 18 that preceded it in the series. I also like the cover art for the novel. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

Review of “The Blue Widow”

Story Stories – The short story “The Blue Widow” is available from the Baen Books website. This story was written b J. P. Sullivan. This is a little different from the other short stories I have read at Baen as it is a fantasy rather than science fiction. Baen Books selected J.P. Sullivan as the grand prize winner of the 2017 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award for this short story.

Teresa Kowalczyk is a member of a religious order that hunts monsters, a Blue Widow. She is given an assignment to travel to a remote village in Molovia. The village, Elik, is not unknown to Teresa as she was born and grew up there. Traveling back there stirs up her own personal monsters in addition to the one she was sent to hunt.

I found the 45 minutes I invested in this fantasy short story to be interesting. I would give this a 3.8 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

Review of “The Powhatan”

Short Stories – The short story “The Powhatan” is available on the Baen Books website. This alternate history tale took me about 30 minutes to read. This story was written by Tony Daniel (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Daniel_(science_fiction_writer)). Mr. Daniel has published 10 novels.

I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in an alternative history where Roman Legions have occupied part of North America. The Romans have the city-state of  Potomak (located West of Washington DC on the Potomac river by the falls) under siege. Seventeen year old Wannas Kittamaquand is one of 22 who have been chosen to quietly go over the city walls and seek help.

I enjoyed this short story and would like to read more of the Universe in which it is set. Not only are the Romans in North America, but there are beasts and men you would consider part of a fantasy. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.