Category: Reviews

Review of METAtropolis

Review of METAtropolis

This is an anthology about a future world where civilization has partly collapsed due to resource shortages, consumerism, etc. In the chaos, various parts of society are trying to soldier on through various “green” solutions to food, work, energy, etc. The first story, “In the Forests of the Night” is… Read more »

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Review of Dark Age (Red Rising)

Review of Dark Age (Red Rising)

This book really takes its title seriously. It was a very, very dark book and probably the darkest of the series. It was a bit depressing. There is very little good or hope that comes out of this book, but there are perhaps a few threads that can be picked… Read more »

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Review of Return of the Temujai (Brotherband)

Review of Return of the Temujai (Brotherband)

Another fine Brotherband book. The crew of the Heron take on the Temujai in a remote region and must work together to stop the Temujai from invading. The stakes here were definitely raised…so much to put the Heron itself in peril and several of the crew. There really aren’t any… Read more »

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Review of Children of Ruin

Review of Children of Ruin

This was a truly amazing sequel that not only continued the story of the humans and portids, but introduced two new alien species whose thinking was truly alien. These two parallels made the story very engaging…on one hand, seeing the humans and portids working together as a space-faring civilization, and… Read more »

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Review of The Worldship Humility

Review of The Worldship Humility

This was a pretty amazing story set aboard a colony ship headed for a new world after Earth was destroyed. It had pretty good characters and it kept my attention the entire time. The only drawback was over-the-top profanity, and the fact that it kindof ends with a cliffhanger. The… Read more »

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Review of Iron Gold (Red Rising)

Review of Iron Gold (Red Rising)

I have mixed feelings with this book. On the story of Darrow, this book is an absolute mess. Darrow turns into a complete idiot for the entire novel, and he makes as many bad decisions as he can. He always throws away his values (family, friends, etc.). In short, the… Read more »

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Review of Red Rising

Review of Red Rising

This is a great dystopia about a future multi-planet society ruled by genetically-enhanced humans called Golds. The rest of society is broken down into castes and colors. Darrow is a “red”, who is stuck mining gas under the surface of Mars. He is convinced by his wife to begin pursuing… Read more »

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Review of Golden Sun (Red Rising #2)

Review of Golden Sun (Red Rising #2)

This is a truly great followup to Red Rising. The action, world building, and characters are all great and I really enjoyed listening to this. Darrow continues to defy all odds and achieve great things. Overall, it is a great read/listen.

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Review of Morning Star (Red Rising #3)

Review of Morning Star (Red Rising #3)

I didn’t like this book quite as much as the first two. Things get really, really dark in this novel. And the main characters do some really dumb things (though there is an explanation for some of that). I did like the ending, however, and felt that it partially redeemed… Read more »

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Review of Broken Veil (Harbinger #5)

Review of Broken Veil (Harbinger #5)

This seems to conclude the Harbinger series and I liked this book so much more than the previous one. There are still some slow parts of imprisonment and of Cettie being stupid, as well as villains who long outlive their welcome. But the action does finally pick up in this… Read more »

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Review of Duel at Araluen (Ranger’s Apprentice)

Review of Duel at Araluen (Ranger’s Apprentice)

Another good Ranger’s Apprentice story and was quite enjoyable. I’m not giving it a five because of a few small things: it was missing a bit of fun of the previous stories (following two groups being constantly sieged is a bit draining), it wasn’t stand alone or a new adventure… Read more »

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Review of Tiamat’s Wrath (The Expanse)

Review of Tiamat’s Wrath (The Expanse)

This book was non-stop action that is a ton better than the previous books. The stakes are so much higher, and it really sets things up well for the ninth book. The whole Lanconian plot really advances forward and we’re back dealing with the Expanse and it’s mysteries.

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Review of The Fall of Terradox

Review of The Fall of Terradox

This book very much continues in the same vein as the original book. It is action-based with some well-developed, but static characters who have to save Terradox from destruction. It really is similar to the first book in every way. There is a bit too-much profanity for me, and the… Read more »

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Review of Wishes and Wellingtons

Review of Wishes and Wellingtons

This is a book set in 1800’s England about a girl in a boarding school who discovers a magical genie. It was very entertaining and the historical setting made things a bit different and fresh. However, the main character Maeve was a bit unlikeable, full of questionable decisions (to be… Read more »

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Review of Sovereign

Review of Sovereign

This is a book about a boy who crash lands on an alien planet and must try to survive while waiting for his parents to rescue him. Overall, I found the book fairly boring with little plot and a convoluted premise (i.e. why his parents would put him on an… Read more »

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Review of Stardust

Review of Stardust

This was a quite enjoyable fairytale about a man who goes into the land of Fairy searching for a fallen star to bring back to the woman he loves. It had a somewhat slow start, but after that I felt pretty engrossed in the book the entire time. The story… Read more »

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Review of Prism Cloud

Review of Prism Cloud

I have mixed feelings on this book. It does a fine job of continuing the story, upping the stakes and action, and further developing the main characters. Sera really comes into her own and does fantastic. There are some great revelations about Lady Corinne and what her intentions are. Several… Read more »

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Review of The Forsaken Throne

Review of The Forsaken Throne

Overall I really liked the Kingfountain Series and this book was mostly a fitting conclusion, except for some key parts in the end that I really disagreed with. One main character was killed off rather unjustly at the end, and one character was forced to make a long-term sacrifice and… Read more »

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Review of The Maid’s War

Review of The Maid’s War

This was a nice prequel about the Maid of Donremy. It had a bit of a rough start by introducing a lot of characters who I neither knew nor cared about. However, once I got into the book, I found the two main characters (Alan and Jenette) to be pretty… Read more »

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Review of Resolution of the Marked

Review of Resolution of the Marked

This fourth and final book of the Marked series is amazing, and really a step up from the prior book. The action is pretty intense, the characters are strong and varied, and Qaede deepens his evil and depravity. I never really felt myself get bored and I was always wondering… Read more »

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