Title: Neverwhere Author: Neil Gaiman Genre: Fantasy Rating: 6 out of 5 stars.
Sometimes you come across a book that will prevent you from opening another book for a while. A book that has a story that won’t leave you alone even in your dreams. For me, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is such a book. It’s about London. Everywhere and neverwhere in London. If you’ve been to London you’ll recognise many places and spots, but Mr Gaiman paints such an amazing world in and around the city that it grabbed me by the eyeballs and it refuses to let them go. It had this stunning duality where I wanted to get to the last page to see how it ended but at the same time I did not want the story to end!
Neverwhere is high up there with the best stories of Ray Bradbury and Terry Pratchett for me. It wasn’t a read. It was an experience. When I grow up I want to write like that.
I’ve been reading again. I’ll always read, until someone pries my eyes from my dead, cold hands. Or something along those lines. What did I finish?
A Symphony of Echoes. The second book in the series about St Mary’s and their marvellous Historians. Again this is a wonderful book by Jodi Taylor.
St Mary’s doesn’t disappoint when it comes to getting in history’s way, even when the plan is to correct it! If you are interested in the ways of the Tartan Trollop this is a read you shouldn’t miss. If you don’t know who the Tartan Trollop is, then you really have to read the book!
Title: Convocation Of Kings Author: Valerie Douglas Genre: Fantasy Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
“Convocation of Kings” is the sequel to “The Coming Storm”.
For me it was very nice to get reacquainted with the characters from the first book and follow them on more adventures. It’s a great read, like the first book. Be warned, if you start it, that there are a number of erotic scenes in this sequel. Nothing dramatic but some readers might be “surprised” by them.
I’m very glad that I read this book. The beginnings from the Coming Storm were picked up and worked out. I hope this doesn’t count as a spoiler.
If it does, then look at this little light and forget you read this.
Title: Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary Book 1)
Author: Jodi Taylor
Rating: 6 / 5
If you want to read a funny book with a very interesting storyline, you need to read this book. If there hadn’t been a concept called “plot twist” yet it would have been invented for this story as it’s filled with them. Something new and unexpected is around every page corner.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would award it six stars if possible. I’m currently enjoying book 2 in the series and so far it’s just as good!
Title: Of Ice and Magic
Author: Hugh B. Long
Genre: Nordic Fantasy
Rating: 5 / 5
Of Ice and Magic is a short story but one that’s worth reading. If you like Nordic environments, sagas, and heroes in forms you wouldn’t expect, then this book is for you. The characters are nicely worked out and quite credible, and there are a few twists in the story that I didn’t see coming.
Title: Rosehead Author: Ksenia Anske Genre: Fantasy Rating: 5 stars out of 5
I had already read and heard things about this book. About how dangerous it is. It made it an intriguing book so I had to read it. Which I did.
Rosehead is not your average book about a young girl and her talking dog. It’s quite a remarkable one about a young girl and her talking dog. It’s written in a very well-paced way and never gets boring. Far from that even. Even when the young girl is asleep there’s a lot of action going on in Rosehead. If you decide to go there make sure there’s enough space beneath your bed.
Ksenia Anske wrote a very different kind of fantasy novel, with an imagination that’s impressive and catching. If you like remarkable books then Rosehead will certainly appeal to you.
Title: Daughter of Darkness Author: Katya Mills Genre: Dark fantasy Rating:
Daughter of Darkness is a different kind of fantasy book. It’s tense. Paced. Fast. And it introduces you to a world of people who are different from us. Different in a way you can’t see. Ame, the main character, is one of those different people. She grows up being ‘strange’ and it takes a drastic move and lots of strange encounters and experiences before she realises who she is and what she can do.
I was very entertained by the opposite of the title of the book and how these people, who are so different call themselves. If you want to know what that is I suggest you buy the book and read it.
Title: The mark of a Druid Author: Rhonda Carpenter Genre: Fantasy Rating:
If you are into past life experiences and Druids, then The Mark of a Druid is for you. Rhonda Carpenter created a fascinating tapestry where past and present are woven together. The plot is very well worked out and as the story progresses you learn more and more while at the same moment you start making false assumptions about ‘who did it’. I can fully recommend this book.
Title: Sherdan’s Country Author: Jess Mountifield Genre: Science Fiction Rating:
Sherdan’s Country is the third book in Jess Mountifield’s trilogy around Sherdan Harper, a scientist with big ideas who follows a prophecy. In this last book Sherdan and Anya face the problem to regain control of his country, but also their personal lives still need some problem solving. Will they succeed in all this? I know, because I read the book. If you want to know, get your copy and find out.
I absolutely liked all three books. Mrs. Mountifield wrote a fascinating world with interesting characters and strong personalities, and I’m waiting for what she has in store for the reading world next!
Title: Glass books of the dream eaters Author: Gordon Dahlquist Genre: Steampunk Rating:
Yes, that’s quite a long title for a book but it’s worth it. In this book we meet a few people who, in normal circumstances, should never meet. A young lady from a distant island, the doctor of a Macklenburg prince, and a man whose life is spent on the lowest rungs on the social ladder. Still they come together, and all that because of the mysteries that envelope strange pieces of blue glass. What are these glass bits? Who made them, what do they plan with them, and – why can you see other people’s memories when you gaze into them?
These questions and many more are answered as you progress through the book which is written in a very interesting way, moving from one person’s view to another as new chapters reveal more and more about art, alchemy, dream and something called the Process…