Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Thief's Covenant by Ari Marmell | Young Adult Fantasy | Book Review

Mulluane | 4:00 PM | 4 Comments so far
Olgun is a god who has lost all of his worshipers except one... a young lady turned thief. In desperation Olgun makes a deal. He will inhabit young Widdershins and help her in her nefarious endeavors and she in turn will keep him from fading away into nothingness... 
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Once she was Adrienne Satti. An orphan of Davillon, she had somehow escaped destitution and climbed to the ranks of the city ’s aristocracy in a rags-to-riches story straight from an ancient fairy tale. Until one horrid night, when a conspiracy of forces—human and other—stole it all away in a flurry of blood and murder.

Today she is Widdershins, a thief making her way through Davillon’s underbelly with a sharp blade, a sharper wit, and the mystical aid of Olgun, a foreign god with no other worshippers but Widdershins herself. It’s not a great life, certainly nothing compared to the one she once had, but it’s hers.

But now, in the midst of Davillon’s political turmoil, an array of hands are once again rising up against her, prepared to tear down all that she’s built. The City Guard wants her in prison. Members of her own Guild want her dead. And something horrid, something dark, something ancient is reaching out for her, a past that refuses to let her go. Widdershins and Olgun are going to find answers, and justice, for what happened to her—but only if those who almost destroyed her in those years gone by don’t finish the job first.

*Blurb source *Pyr
Thief's Covenant by Ari Marmell | Young Adult Fantasy | Book Review
Book Source: Contest Winner

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But, is it a match made in heaven or a match made in hell? 
Only time will tell...


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Empire Trilogy by Raymond E. Feist, Janny Wurts | Epic Fantasy Series Summary

Mulluane | 4:00 PM | 2 Comments so far
It was a life that she never wanted. But it was a responsibility that she couldn't ignore. Mara, newly made Lady of the Acoma, must navigate ruthless politics, crafty spies, deadly assassins and ruthless opponents in order to save her House from complete annihilation. 
Empire Trilogy by Raymond E. Feist, Janny Wurts

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This saga is set in a world that reminds me of feudal Japan. A world where honor is everything and the dishonored commit ritual suicide by falling on their swords. Internal politics provide the conflict, black magicians provide the magic and Mara fits the mold of reluctant heroine to a tee...


Monday, March 23, 2015

Daughter of the Empire (Riftwar Cycle: The Empire Trilogy 1) by Raymond E. Feist, Janny Wurts

Mulluane | 2:00 PM | 2 Comments so far
Looking for a change from your typical European Medieval setting? How about a new world with a strong eastern style culture. A world where honor is everything and disgrace means falling on your sword. A world where the game of politics determines which Great Houses survive and which are destroyed forever.
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Magic and murder engulf the realm of Kelewan. Fierce warlords ignite a bitter blood feud to enslave the empire of Tsuranuanni. While in the opulent Imperial courts, assassins and spy-master plot cunning and devious intrigues against the rightful heir. Now Mara, a young, untested Ruling lady, is called upon to lead her people in a heroic struggle for survival. But first she must rally an army of rebel warriors, form a pact with the alien cho-ja, and marry the son of a hated enemy. Only then can Mara face her most dangerous foe of all--in his own impregnable stronghold. An epic tale of adventure and intrigue. Daughter of the Empire is fantasy of the highest order by two of the most talented writers in the field today.

*Blurb source *RandomHouse
Daughter of the Empire (Riftwar Cycle: The Empire Trilogy #1) by Raymond E. Feist, Janny Wurts
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This story has always been one of my all time favorites; worthy of the occasional reread. When I saw it mentioned on a blog recently, I knew instantly it was time to visit with Mara again...


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Servant of the Empire (Riftwar Cycle: The Empire Trilogy 2) by Raymond E. Feist, Janny Wurts

Mulluane | 10:00 AM | 6 Comments so far
Love Fantasy with cut throat politics? A strong female lead? A touch of forbidden love? Alien races? All powerful magicians? Well this edition of the Empire Trilogy has all that and more!
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The brilliant, eagerly-awaited sequel to Daughter of the Empire.

Mara of Acoma, Ruling Lady of her house, has now established herself as a force within the Empire. As an expert player of the Game of the Council., she is a master of its bloody political maneuvering. Mara has made gains for her followers, including new lands, but the war effort on the world of Midkemia is draining off manpower, and slaves are difficult to find.. So against advice, Mara buys a group of Midkemian prisoners-of-war, only to discover that one of them is a noble: Kevin, third son of the Baron of Zun. Questioning soon reveals that he may be of great use to her in the next rounds of the Game of the Council.

*Blurb source *Crydee.com
Servant of the Empire (Riftwar Cycle: The Empire Trilogy 2) by Raymond E. Feist, Janny Wurts
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Mara has proven herself to be much more than a young priestess wannabe. Much to everybody's surprise. she turns the game of council on its collective heads. But her success comes with a cost. Mara is now embroiled in a blood feud against a powerful house. One that could result in her death and the death of her family name...

But Mara is surrounded by not only her brave warriors and loyal advisors; she has mastered the art of thinking outside the box. And the entire realm is wondering what she is going to do next...


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Mistress of the Empire (Riftwar Cycle: The Empire Trilogy 3) by Raymond E. Feist, Janny Wurts

Mulluane | 2:00 PM | 8 Comments so far
What do you do when it feels like no matter what good you accomplish, the whole world wants your head on a platter? Well if you are Mara, Lady of the Acoma, you fight that much harder!
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This stunning finale to the Empire series concludes the compelling story of one woman's battle to conquer and transform her world.

Daughter of the Empire began the epic saga of Mara of the Acoma, illustrating her meteoric rise to power in the Machiavellian intrigues of the Tsurani court. Servant of the Empire continued that tale as Mara, Ruling Lady of her house, established herself as a skilful player in the Game of the Council.

Now Mara faces not only the brotherhood of assassins, and the cunning spies of the rival ruling houses, but the awesome Assembly of Magicians, who see her as the ultimate threat to their ancient power

*Blurb source *Crydee.com
Mistress of the Empire (Riftwar Cycle: The Empire Trilogy 3) by Raymond E. Feist, Janny Wurts
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Of all the books in this trilogy, this is the most tragic, and the most triumphant. If Mara thought she had weathered some storms before, they were only a stiff breeze compared to what is going to hit her now...


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Shatterwing (Dragon Wine 1) by Donna Maree Hanson | Science Fantasy Book Review

A moon shatters and a world is plunged into chaos as falling chunks of the moon destroy entire cities. Dragons appear. From where noone knows, but they are linked somehow to mankind's survival. Meanwhile a young vintner/prisoner/slave may hold the key to the planet's salvation -- but only if she learns how to use her powers in time.
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Dragon wine could save them. Or bring about their destruction.

Since the moon shattered, the once peaceful and plentiful world has become a desolate wasteland. Factions fight for ownership of the remaining resources as pieces of the broken moon rain down, bringing chaos, destruction and death.

The most precious of these resources is dragon wine – a life-giving drink made from the essence of dragons. But the making of the wine is perilous and so is undertaken by prisoners. Perhaps even more dangerous than the wine production is the Inspector, the sadistic ruler of the prison vineyard who plans to use the precious drink to rule the world.

There are only two people that stand in his way. Brill, a young royal rebel who seeks to bring about revolution, and Salinda, the prison's best vintner and possessor of a powerful and ancient gift that she is only beginning to understand. To stop the Inspector, Salinda must learn to harness her power so that she and Brill can escape, and stop the dragon wine from falling into the wrong hands.

*Blurb source *Momentum

Shatterwing (Dragon Wine 1) by Donna Maree Hanson | Science Fantasy Book Review
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Shatterwing is a unique blend of secondary world with both magic and evidence of lost technology. Plus it has dragons. The mix reminds me a bit of Pern only these dragons are not the nice variety. On this world, humans are on their list of food sources...


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