Review of Grey Lore

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In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent an ARC of this book by the publisher through NetGalley for review purposes. All my reviews, good, bad, or indifferent, are based on my own opinion and from my personal viewpoint. They are also spoiler free.

 

Grey Lore has an interesting premise for its fantasy world which is not the run-of-the-mill werewolf legend.

It reads like a mystery novel set in a fantasy world. The three teenagers each discover different pieces of the puzzle and must combine all of the pieces into the truth, then overcome numerous obstacles, including doubting their own sanity at times, to find a way to prevent the looming catastrophe.

Well-written, the story starts slowly and gradually builds to a satisfying conclusion. The closer to the end of the story, the faster the pages turned.

Fun read. I recommend it.

I give it 4 stars.

Grey Lore
Jean Knight Pace and Jacob Kennedy

Review of The Wizard’s Bane

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Review of The Wizard’s Bane by Michael J. Allen

In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent a copy of this book by the author for the possibility of a review. All my reviews, good, bad, or indifferent, are based on my own opinion and from my personal viewpoint. They are also spoiler free.

NOTE: Read Book 1: Murder in Wizard’s Wood first. This is not a stand-alone novel.

 

The writing is excellent, and you want the characters to prevail. The twists and turns of the book make it tricky to review without spoilers. Suffice it to say I recommend you read it.

If this book were a game of D&D, it would go like this. Roll 10,11,12,10,11,12,1,1,1,1,1,20. Phew. Roll 10,11,12,10,11,12,1,1,1,1,1,20. Phew. Roll 10,11,12,10,11,12,1,1,1,1,1,20. Phew.

I look forward to book three in the series.

 

I give it 4 stars.

The Wizard’s Bane
Michael J. Allen

Review of The Ledberg Runestone

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Review of The Ledberg Runestone by Patrick Donovan

 

In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent an ARC of this book by the publisher through NetGalley for review purposes. All my reviews, good, bad, or indifferent, are based on my own opinion and from my personal viewpoint. They are also spoiler free.

Jonah Heywood is having a bad day. And his luck keeps getting worse.

Events are happening around, and to, Jonah and the people he cares about at a pace he can’t keep up with. But he has to find a way to turn that around, and fast.

Jonah is one of those characters you like from the start, for no discernable reason. Which makes you care about everything that happens. The story starts fast and keeps on moving at high speed until the end.

Along the way you meet a lot of people, good, bad, maybe both at the same time depending on your point of view. All interesting.

No spoilers so I will just say I hope to read Book Two in the reasonably near future.

 

I give it 4 stars.

 

The Ledberg Runestone, Book One of the Jonah Heywood Chronicles, is available for pre-order now and scheduled to be available for purchase January 30, 2018.

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The Ledberg Runestone
Patrick Donovan

Review of Ian Quicksilver: The Warrior’s Return

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Review of Ian Quicksilver: The Warrior’s Return by Alyson Peterson

 

All my reviews, good, bad, or indifferent, are based on my own opinion and from my personal viewpoint. They are also spoiler free.

I purchased this book at a convention from the author.

 

YA books are not for teenagers alone. Good writing is good writing. And Alyson Peterson writes well.

This author knows teenagers. Every emotion, action, and decision (good or bad) is believable.

The book is humorous, touching, suspenseful, and heart-wrenching at various times. Ian is an engaging character who I started rooting for on page two. His reactions to the various bombshells dropped on him in a short period of time are both believable and wryly snarky.

Doc Saunders as the outsider caught up in the story was my second favorite character.

 

I give it 4 stars for an adult reader. If I was actually a young adult it would likely have been 5.

There are two sequels available. I look forward to reading them.

 

https://smile.amazon.com/Ian-Quicksilver-Warriors-Alyson-Peterson-ebook/dp/B00X0CEQWS

Ian Quicksilver: The Warrior’s Return
Alyson Peterson

Review of Don’t Live for Your Obituary: Advice, Commentary and Personal Observations on Writing, 2008-2017

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Review of Don’t Live for Your Obituary: Advice, Commentary and Personal Observations on Writing, 2008-2017 by John Scalzi

In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent an ARC of this book by the publisher through NetGalley for review purposes. All my reviews, good, bad, or indifferent, are based on my own opinion and from my personal viewpoint. They are also spoiler free.

 

First things first. This is not a novel. It is a collection of curated posts from John Scalzi’s Whatever blog.

If you have followed his blog since 2008, much of the book will not be new material. There are introductions to many of the posts with additional information and insights, however.

If you, like me, have only read the occasional blog post over the years, or none at all, you will find it at various times informative, educational, opinionated, interesting, not interesting, and sometimes a rant.

It is organized by topic, rather than timeline, which can be entertaining when the technology being discussed changes without warning. Although many of the topics are specifically related to writing and are directed at writers, as long as you are interested in how books come to be it is still definitely worth the time.

John Scalzi’s precise use of language, in and of itself, made this a joy to read.

 

I give it 4 stars.

 

https://subterraneanpress.com/dont-live-for-your-obituary

Don't Live for Your Obituary
John Scalzi