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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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♦ Mini Review ♦
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

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?"


Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Outcast Chronicles by Rowena Cory Daniells ~ Series Summary

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The Outcast Chronicles by Rowena Cory Daniells ~ Series Summary

Besieged ~ Exile ~ Sanctuary
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This is classic Epic Fantasy at its finest. There are forces of pure evil locked away on a separate plane; waiting for the unwary to provide them with a meal. There is magic and mayhem. Dirty politics and personal agendas. Prejudice and jealousy. But there is also love, loyalty and friendship. Nothing is simple and nothing comes easily. This entire story is full to the brim with a host of struggles resulting in outcomes both tragic and triumphant.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Besieged by Rowena Cory Daniells (Outcast Chronicles: Book One)



King Charald is cursed with a half-blood mystic son. Sorne is raised to be a weapon against the mystics. Desperate to win his father’s respect, Sorne steals power to trigger visions. Unaware King Charald plans their downfall, the mystics are consumed by rivalry. although physically stronger, the males’ gifts are weaker than the females. Imoshen, the only female mystic to be raised by males, wants to end the feud. But the males resent her power and, even within her own sisterhood Imoshen’s enemies believe she is addicted to the male gifts.

Sorne tries, but cannot win the respect of true-men. When he has a vision of half-bloods in danger he has to ask himself where his loyalty lies.

Convinced he can destroy the mystics, King Charald plans to lay siege to their island city. Will Imoshen win the trust of the mystic leaders and, if she does, will she believe the visions of a half-blood?

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Book Cover Besieged by Rowena Cory Daniells (Outcast Chronicles: Book One)

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| Author: Rowena Cory Daniells
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Magical Gifts, Parallel World, Politics
| ISBN-10: 1781080119
| ISBN-13: 9781781080115
| Publisher: Solaris (June 26, 2012)
| Mass Market Paperback: 672 pages
| Cover Artist: Clint Langley
| Rating: 4/5 Stars
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♥ Mini Review ♥
Prejudice, betrayal, jealousy, ambition and endless scheming fill all 672 pages of this truly epic fantasy. If you love a complicated multi-tiered magic system, a fully realized secondary world, secrets, personal agendas, and a multitude of racial issues, this story has all that and so much more.


Monday, May 5, 2014

Exile by Rowena Cory Daniells (Outcast Chronicles: Book Two)



For over three hundred years the mystics have lived alongside the true-men, until King Charald lays siege to the mystic’s island city.

Imoshen, most powerful of the female mystics, is elected to negotiate with the true-man king. the male mystics still resent her, but she has an ally in Sorne, the half-blood, who was raised by true-men. even though he is vulnerable to her gifts, he gives Imoshen his loyalty. In return, she gives him the most dangerous of tasks, to spy for her.

She negotiates exile for her people. They must pack all their valuables, reach port and set sail by the first day of winter. But to do this, they have to cross a kingdom filled with true-men who are no longer bluffed by their gifts. Meanwhile, there are mystics living in the countryside, unaware that their people have been exiled.

King Charald announces any mystics who remain behind after they are exiled will be hunted down and executed.

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Exiled by Rowena Cory Daniells (Outcast Chronicles: Book Two)

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| Author: Rowena Cory Daniells
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Magical Gifts, Parallel World, Politics
| ISBN-10: 1781080135
| ISBN-13: 9781781080139
| Publisher: Solaris (July 31, 2012)
| Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
| Cover Artist: Clint Langley
| Rating: 5/5 Stars
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♥ Mini Review ♥
If there was a word that described a complex, complicated, intense, nail-biting, leg swinging, edge of your seat, dramatic, action filled story filled with omg moments... I'd use it. Instead you'll have to be content with the above run on sentence. {Grins}


Monday, April 21, 2014

Sanctuary by Rowena Cory Daniells (Outcast Chronicles: Book Three)



For over three hundred years, the mystics lived alongside the true-men, until King Charald laid siege to the mystic’s island city and exiled them. Imoshen, most powerful of the female mystics, was elected to lead her people into exile. She faces threats from within, from male mystics who think they would make a better leader. And her people face threats from true-men, who have confiscated their ships. They must set sail by the first day of winter. Those who are left behind will be executed.

Once they set sail, they face winter storms, hostile harbours and sea-raiders who know their ships are laden with treasure. Imoshen relies on the sea captain, Ardonyx, for advice, and Sorne, the half-blood mystic, who has lived among the true-men kingdoms of the Secluded Sea. But Imoshen knows the mystics can’t run for ever. They need somewhere to call home. They need... Sanctuary.

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Sanctuary by Rowena Cory Daniells (Outcast Chronicles: Book Three)
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| Author: Rowena Cory Daniells
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Magical Gifts, Parallel World, Politics
| ISBN-10: 1781080151
| ISBN-13: 9781781080153
| Publisher: Solaris (August 28, 2012)
| Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
| Cover Artist: Clint Langley
| Rating: 4/5 Stars
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♥ Mini Review ♥
If you want to know what my definition of true Epic Fantasy entails; this book/series is a prime example. Nothing is simple, there are no easy answers, and don't get too attached to the characters. There is no telling who will or will not survive.


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