I have a confession to make; I’ve committed every book lover’s worst sins with this book. Eragon by Christopher Paolini is my most loved and most read book to date, and it has maintained its number one spot in my book-loving heart for almost a decade.
Click here to see my blog on book 1 in this series.
My Thoughts: Heads up for new readers considering this series, there are going to be 12 books and each one so far ends on a cliffhanger. That being said, I am loving this series right now, the more I read the more I want to know.
The Unfinished Song Series is set in a very primitive almost neolithic time. There is a lot of violence and women especially, are sometimes treated badly. There are tribal clans with bizarre rules and complicated politics. The fae/fairies/fairy lords etc come in all sorts of sizes and forms and they are mischevious, beautiful and powerful. There is a lot of terminology, including character names, clan names, levels of fae, magic, etc. Tara Maya has thought out every detail extensively and as a result has created a believable fantasy world like no other.
This short novella is one of those deep thinking, thought provoking, big what if’s, sort of story. I don’t think there are any sequels, and this novella ends on a cliffhanger of sorts (a satisfying one but still a cliffhanger -C.L.)
The beginning of this story is a little bit complicated, you don’t really know what’s going on until you start to turn more pages, but then that’s the whole point of this story.
Written from the point of view of Marlon Smith, the story starts with Marlon on a beach in the afterlife. The afterlife is a virtual reality, when the people of Earth die they are immediately uploaded to this virtual world…
More Silvanus! I want more Silvanus! Oh he was so brilliant, he kept me reading til the very end. In fact, if Mr Beyers were to write this story again purely from Silvanus’ POV I would read it again! But.. I’m getting ahead of myself here.
Heart of the Dead is a vampire story but, like a number of other reviewers have said, the author has managed to find a new angle when we all thought it was near impossible. You have normal vampires of course, but even they have their own unique powers and abilities. You also have strange, mutilated and crazy vampires, and you have Silvanus who is something completely different altogether, I’m not even sure if he’s a vampire at all… what is he?
First things first, before I tell you my thoughts I should tell you that this book ends on a cliffhanger (spectacular in my opinion but still a cliffhanger -C.L). Also this is only the first part of the story, you will have unanswered questions at the end of this book. So if you want to know the answers and read the whole story, you will have to read the rest of the series too. Ok now I can begin…
This was very different, in a very good way. The setting is your typical fantasy, medieval type setting, but the characters and plot line is anything but typical…
I loved the idea of characters who are pretty much the same as real humans but with longer life spans, who also have complicated, intimate, reproductive cycles. It put a very unique twist on how the characters interacted with one another and this, for me, was what separated this story out from all the rest of the fantasy books out there.
Ok so I will admit it, I haven’t read many Sci-fi books and I’m not usually hooked into them, but this one is different. First off, it is free on kindle which is nice, but always hit or miss, you never know if you’ve stumbled across a good or bad book. I am pleased to say though, in this case it was the former as opposed to the latter.
I started to read this book and I was completely sucked in by the end of the first chapter. I was so surprised by the first chapter I just had to find out more and easily lost hours reading this book. There are a couple of spelling errors but nothing too major that it detracted away from the story. The world building and futuristic setting are done extremely well too, my mind had no problems believing in Randolph Lalonde’s world.
Ahahaha, well done Mark, well done. I was totally confused to begin with and therefore hooked by this book, purely because of the main character Jorg. As I was reading on my kindle I would often think, ‘wait is he the good guy or the bad guy?’ or ‘God damn you little sarcastic p****! -but I love you so much!’ I’ve never be so utterly bewildered by such a character before, I think it’s because my mind really wanted him to be the stereotypical good guy/hero but in reality he is a villain out for revenge.
This is not a heartwarming story of a good hero looking for justice, oh no…