Book Review: Her Majesty’s Wizard by Christopher Stasheff

Today’s review is a portal fiction, one of the originals that got me started years ago. Her Majesty’s Wizard—book one in a fun series.

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If you’ve been a long-time fantasy reader, but have never touched the Wizard in Rhyme series —then you need to back up and give this one a go. Seriously, look at the first book. I started with one later in the series, then picked up the first one. It was very enjoyable.

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Final Book Review: The Magician’s Workshop, Volume One by Christopher Hansen and J.R. Fehr

Hi guys, Samantha here with a side note: as you may have noticed the past few weeks Stephan has been posting book reviews, this post marks the last book in his review queue since closing his request for reviews. We want to thank everyone who submitted their book for him to read, I know he enjoyed quite a few books that were sent his way and he’s always interested in seeing how other authors write. This will be the final book review he does for his blog, however, we hope you have enjoyed reading them and that you’ll continue to visit the site for updates on his other works in progress and news.

 

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As with most books, what pulls me are three things. Character interaction, fantasy elements, and readability. This book manages to get my interest on all three fronts. It’s not perfect, but it’s certainly interesting.

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Book Review: The Final Death (The Fourth’s Duology Book 2) by Andrew Mowere

The Final Death is an interesting story idea involving a bit of Norse, magic knights, and grand plots, but is frustratingly hard to read.

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 Our first character is a necromancer in a high fantasy world. There are roots in the story from Norse mythos – but with new twists to keep the story fresh in a lot of respects. The basic plot is to try and take a system set up by the Allfather and change the rules so more people can get into the afterlife. It’s suggested that if (when) things go wrong with this attempt – they’ll open up a portal to the demon world which will probably end life as they know it.

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Book Review: Enden (Wars of Enden #1) by David Kummer

Enden (Wars of Enden, #1) is a gritty novel set in a land that’s about to tear itself apart from the worst event of all, ill-timed political backstabbing.

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Okay. The first eight percent or so of the novel is up front world detail material. This means readers choosing a ‘look inside’ might not notice anything of the actual main content itself – so potential readers beware. I read absolutely none of it because it feels like a homework assignment. The real content starts much farther down – and using the ‘look inside’ you’ll barely get a taste of what the story is.

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Book Review: Dragon’s Trail by Joseph Malik

Dragon’s Trail is a high fantasy story set in the typical war riddled kingdom era. Or is it?

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This review is a cautionary tale of ‘read the blurb’ (in a good way). Here’s what I assumed with the first few pages – a high fantasy novel with lords, sorcerers, demons. It all felt a bit standard. I admit, the character’s conversational banter is what drew me into this story and kept me going. The first part felt fantastic. The third person narrative can be a bit full of short, choppy sentences that nearly lost me. Still, the conversation shines.

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Book Review: The Spirit of Stratos: The Shadow Virus by R.E. Larrison

The Spirit of Stratos – The Shadow Virus; this story takes future Sci-Fi, a dash of religion, and a rescue mission and shoves them together.

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Here’s a upfront warning; if you religion in space, you may still hear readers cry. I personally don’t care, but I’ve also run into plenty of people who turn away at any sign of dogmatic. This has a ‘god’ – who’s referred to often enough.  And yes, it’s science fiction. The religion portion is heavy during the first page – so don’t let the sample throw you off. After the first chunk up front, it tones down and essentially becomes the background reason for the main race’s actions.

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Book Review: Mortom by Erik Therme

Mortom is a mystery involving distant family in a small town and the typical cascade of open secrets and cover-ups.

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Mortom is designed to be a mystery story that plays with the imagination. It does so successfully – but can be a hard read at times. I loved the puzzles and hints, I enjoyed watching as the main character slowly put together a convoluted situation with more reveals than a fashion show.

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