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Monday, September 15, 2014

Alta (Dragon Jousters #2) by Mercedes Lackey | Epic Fantasy | Book Review



National best-selling fantasy legend Mercedes Lackey created a vivid, dynamic fusion of the Upper and Lower Kingdoms of ancient Egypt with the most exciting, authentic and believable portrayal of dragons ever imagined. In the second novel in Mercedes Lackey's richly-conceived Dragon Jousters series, the dragonrider Vetch escapes to Alta, the subjugated land of his birth. There, he hopes to teach his people to raise and train dragons-and build an army that will liberate his homeland.

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Alta (The Dragon Jousters #2) by Mercedes Lackey

| Author: Mercedes Lackey
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Dragons, Coming of Age, Magic, War
| ISBN-10: 0756402573
| ISBN-13: 9780756402570
| Publisher: DAW (March 1, 2005)
| Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
| Cover Artist: Jody A. Lee
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 5/5 Stars
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The story of Vetch has now become the story of Kiron, Son of Kiron. No longer is he Vetch the serf or even Vetch the dragon boy. To be accepted by the people of his birth he must go through a rebirth of self. He must become Kiron the Jouster not just outwardly, but inwardly as well. And this is not as easy as it might sound.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Joust (The Dragon Jousters #1) by Mercedes Lackey | Epic Fantasy | Book Review



For the first time ever, national best-selling legend Mercedes Lackey draws from her extensive knowledge of animals-and her professional background as an avian expert-to create something truly special...

The most exciting, authentic and believable portrayal of dragons ever imagined.

It is a richly conceived, fully realized vision, inspired by the culture of ancient Egypt, the legends of Atlantis-and the science of animal behavior and biology. This is how dragons would live, breed, hatch, hunt, and bond.

The first book in this thrilling new series introduces readers to a young slave who dreams of becoming a Jouster-one of the few warriors who can actually ride a flying dragon. And so, in secret, he begins to raise his own dragon.

ALA Notable Book

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Joust (The Dragon Jousters #1) by Mercedes Lackey
| Author: Mercedes Lackey
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Dragons, Coming of Age, Magic, War
| ISBN-10: 0756401534
| ISBN-13: 9780756401535
| Publisher: DAW (March 2, 2004)
| Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
| Cover Artist: Jody A. Lee
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 5/5 Stars
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Dragon Jousters is a must read for every dragon fan. It has everything. Dragons, dragonriders, coming of age, sympathetic characters, interesting worldbuilding, friendship and hope. This is the type of fantasy that, as a teen, made me fall head over heels in love with the genre.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Magister Trilogy by C.S. Friedman | Epic Fantasy | Series Summary

Magister Trilogy by C.S. Friedman | Epic Fantasy
Feast of Souls ~ Wings of Wrath ~ Legacy of Kings
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At the end of her bestselling Coldfire Trilogy, C.S. Friedman challenged readers to imagine what a world would be like if sorcery required the ultimate sacrifice–that of life itself. This series attempts to answer that question, in vivid detail.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Feast of Souls (Magister Trilogy #1) by C.S. Friedman



At the end of her bestselling Coldfire Trilogy, C.S. Friedman challenged readers to imagine what a world would be like if sorcery required the ultimate sacrifice–that of life itself. Now, in a groundbreaking new fantasy novel, FEAST OF SOULS, she introduces us to a terrifying new world in which the cost of magic is just that–a world in which the fuel for sorcery is the very fire of the human spirit, and those who hunger for magical power must pay for it with their lives. In this epic tale of terrifying shadows and desperate hope, the greatest threat of all may not be that of ancient enemies returned, or ancient wars resumed, but of the darkness that lies within the hearts of men.

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Feast of Souls (Magister Trilogy #1) by C.S. Friedman

| Author: C. S. Friedman
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Witchcraft, Sorcery, Dark Magic
| ISBN-10: 0756404630
| ISBN-13: 9780756404635
| Publisher: DAW; Reprint edition (February 5, 2008)
| Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
| Cover Artist: John Jude Palencar
| Source: Personal copy
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| Rating: 5/5 Stars
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What price would you pay to work magic? How about obtain virtual immortality? Is there a price that is too high? This book and series asks those questions and so many more. This is a tale that will make you ask yourself "Could I pay the price?"


Monday, July 14, 2014

Wings of Wrath (Magister Trilogy #2) by C.S. Friedman



In a world where spells are fueled by the essence of one’s own life, the young peasant woman Kamala has proven strong and determined enough to claim the most powerful sorcery for her own. But her rise to power is not without cost. The shadowy brotherhood of Magisters now hunts her for killing one of their kind, and her only hope of survival may lie in fleeing to the northern Protectorates, where spells are warped by a curse called the Wrath and the shadow of an ancient Enemy is once more falling across the land. Joining company with the Guardian Rhys, she will soon discover the true origin of the Wrath, and learn of an ancient artifact that might awaken the northern bloodlines to their true potential…if it does not drive them mad first.

For an ancient Enemy has indeed returned to the civilized lands — a creature said to feed upon the souls of men — and its human agents are already hard at work. In the High Kingdom, where the monk Salvator Aurelius has just claimed his father’s throne, the unity of a great empire is about to be tested…along with its ruler’s faith. In the halls of Kierdwyn, the terrible truth at the heart of the Guardians’ mission is about to be revealed. And in warm southern climes of Sankara, the woman called Witch-Queen is about to receive an offer she dares not refuse: true immortality, and with it revenge upon the Magisters who used and abandoned her. But acceptance will require that she become something other than human, and agree to serve those who pave the way for the souleaters’ return.

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Wings of Wrath (Magister Trilogy #2) by C.S. Friedman
| Author: C. S. Friedman
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Witchcraft, Sorcery, Dark Magic
| ISBN-10: 0756405947
| ISBN-13: 9780756405946
| Publisher: DAW; Reprint edition (February 2, 2010)
| Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
| Cover Artist: John Jude Palencar
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 5/5 Stars
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There is a certain beauty to an Epic Fantasy when things go from bad to worse. Especially when you don't really believe such a thing is possible. No subject is taboo. Moral dilemmas are explored in exacting detail and nobody is safe from scrutiny. 


Friday, June 27, 2014

Legacy of Kings (Magister Trilogy #3) by C.S. Friedman | Epic Fantasy



The young peasant woman Kamala has proven strong and determined enough to claim the most powerful Magister sorcery for herself-but now the Magisters hunt her for killing one of their own. Her only hope of survival lies in the northern Protectorates, where spells are warped by a curse called the Wrath that even the Magisters fear. Originally intended to protect the lands of men from creatures known only as souleaters, the Wrath appears to be weakening-and the threat of this ancient enemy is once more falling across the land.

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Legacy of Kings (Magister Trilogy #3) by C.S. Friedman | Epic Fantasy

| Author: C. S. Friedman
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Witchcraft, Sorcery, Dark Magic
| ISBN-10: 0756407486
| ISBN-13: 9780756407483
| Publisher: DAW; Reprint edition (September 4, 2012)
| Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
| Cover Artist: John Jude Palencar
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 5/5 Stars
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To save the world the last Souleater Queen must be killed. A daunting task and by no means a certain one. Fortunately we might just have the right mix of heroes and heroines to do the job. If they can all somehow manage to get along.


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