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Brooks’ old magic is strong as ever

The Measure of Magic by Terry Brooks  average rating 4.1 stars on Amazon and 3.93 on Goodreads 

11389978Items of note – Master fantasy author Terry Brooks adds another significant piece to the foundation and backdrop of his epicShannara tales, with what appears to be a two-book effort titled Legends of Shannara.  Typical Brooks style and detail permeate from the pages as his small band of underdogs takes on the Demon known as the Ragpicker.  Personally, I wasn’t happy about him throwing a demon in the mix because the previous series was all about wiping them out.  Oh, and the trolls – you’ll witness the first big clash in centuries with trolls trying to dominate humans and elves alike.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Amusement abounds in Excalibur’s return

– The Wrong Sword by Ted Mendelssohn; an Amazon   4.8 stars rating and 4.11 stars on Goodreads.

My Take on The Wrong Sword:

13608750Mendelssohn creates a witty tale outside the pages of myth in his depiction of the legendary Excalibur, King Arthur of Camelot’s famous sword.  Set in Europe in the time of the Plantagenet family rein, a crafty thief is forced to use his guile and intellect to find Excalibur and deliver it to an unsavory contender for the British throne but when he finally pulls the famous sword from its resting place, he finds the sword has its own ideas about who should wield it.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Debut novel offers unique twists to fantasy genre

The Sword of Solonus by Adam Matthews; an Amazon  and goodreads 4.7 stars average rating.

16010450 (1)A few thoughts:

It’s always refreshing to read a fantasy novel that takes a creative approach to the fundamentals of setting, in particular the rules or laws of magic.  Matthews has done a remarkable job creating a pretty unique magic system that pushes beyond conventional bounds in its limitation, raw power, and its need for a humanoid passion to really add the wow-factor.  Read the rest of this entry »

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A captivating story precedes the legend

Shadowland  by C.M. Gray; an Amazon  average rating of 4.1 stars and 4.0 stars on goodreads.

Quick summary of Shadowland:

Call this the prequel to some of the best tales surrounding King Arthur and the mythical Camelot.  Step back in time to a dark age a generation before the famed Knights of the Round Table when a Saxon horde, treacherous Britons, and savage Picts relentlessly scour the countryside for the true heir to the British throne.  Caught up in the fray are Usher and Cal, along with dozens of other children who are rounded up as the invaders burn village after village in their search.  Narrowly escaping slaughter in their own village, the boys hunt the warband for answers and Cal’s sister Clarise, who was taken captive in the raid.  Their journey is one of discovery, about the plots for power and the power within themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

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Proof that the pen is mightier than the sword

Letters I Wish I Had Sent by Preston C. Randall; an Amazon  average rating of 4.8 stars and 4.0 stars on goodreads.

Some Thoughts on Letters I Wish I Had Sent:

Finally someone is speaking out for the rest of us in a series of letters to all of those companies and bureaucrats who add a level of annoyance to our lives that just isn’t appreciated as much as they may think.  Randall hits the biggest offenders, from airport security gropers to the e-mail spammers in Africa desperate to give you boatloads of cash (just send them your bank account number with all of your other personal information). Read the rest of this entry »

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