Review – The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

by Meera Nair

Shannon, Samantha - The Song RisingThank you Bloomsbury India for sending me a copy of this book for review. 

The Song Rising is the third instalment in Samantha Shannon’s dystopian fiction series, The Bone Season. True to its namesake, the novel chronicles the rising of hope, as the Mime Order attempts to evade the growing power of Scion (a corrupt governmental organization that seeks to rid the world of unnaturals). The new threat that the Mime Order faces makes it impossible for clairvoyants to roam freely in London. In addition to facing off the malicious Hildred Vance, Paige Mahoney has lured a hoard of other enemies. Nashira Sargas, the Emim, Terebell Sheratan are all waiting for her to slip up. Even some of the clairvoyants seem to think her unfit to be the Underqueen. With so many people vying for her failure, Paige is thrust into a ceaseless conundrum. Continue reading

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Review – The Stars Were Right – KM Alexander

Alexander, KM - The Stars Were Right.jpgK.M. Alexander’s The Stars Were Right is a story about people getting murdered and other people trying to figure out why.

After three weeks on trail, caravan master Waldo Bell returns to the fantasy city of Lovat. With nothing on his mind but a shower and dinner, he collects his payment and sets out to do his errands. However, a grisly spree of murders begins the same day and Waldo finds himself a prime suspect. Continue reading

Review – The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman

gaiman-neil-the-ocean-at-the-end-of-the-laneLet me begin with an “I love Neil Gaiman.” I want to be completely honest about the potential bias (though I don’t think it exists here). Gaiman’s writing is everything I love when reading. Now, let’s move on.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a story of childhood reminiscence. Our unnamed protagonist and narrator finds himself in his childhood hometown for a funeral. In an attempt to get some peace of mind and fresh air, he drives himself to the neighborhood where his childhood home no longer exists but Hempstock Farm, at the end of the lane, still does.

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Review – Abuse of Power – Brian W. Foster

foster-brian-w-abuse-of-powerAbuse of Power is a fantasy novella introducing Brian W. Foster’s Rise of Mages series. It tells the tale of the meeting of August Asher and Alaina. August is a duke’s son and heir to his duchy, Alaina is a fugitive accused of being a mage.

Set in a realm referred to as the three kingdoms, magic is outlawed and the crime of being a mage is punishable by death. The argument for this is that it constitutes a threat to the rule of the nobles. Continue reading

Review – Sorrow’s Heart – GS Scott

scott-gs-sorrows-heartGS Scott warned me before reading this novella that the themes were dark, and he wasn’t lying. Torture, rape and imprisonment all feature in this dark fantasy that pulls no punches when in comes to content.

It was an interesting introduction to what the author clearly wants to be an ongoing series. Telling the story of “The Girl” who is held prisoner of a Priest of Chaos, Master Ruddick, in a dark world in the control of the Lord God of Chaos. The priest is experimenting on children with the aim of imbuing them with the spirit of chaos. Continue reading

Review – Taliesin – Stephen R. Lawhead

lawhead-stephen-r-taliesinTaliesin is the first book in The Pendragon Cycle by Stephen R. Lawhead.

The Pendragon Cycle as a whole is an interpretation of the Arthurian myth, drawing on Celtic history with liberal dashings of fantasy thrown in. The author’s research and knowledge of the era and the legend are apparent throughout, even the few inconsistencies can be put down to artistic interpretation.

Taliesin tells the story of the love of the eponymous hero and an Atlantean princess, Charin, who escaped the catastrophe that engulfed the island kingdom.

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