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review 2017-09-21 09:21
Rise of a Merchant Prince: Book Two of the Serpentwar Saga - Raymond E. Feist

The second part of a series called the Serpentwar, this novel is all about a fierce campaign between the human race and the Saaur, a race of serpent/lizard creatures hell-bent on conquest. This volume concentrates on Roo Avery, ambitious to become a wealthy man in Krondor and delves into his successes and failures. Meanwhile Erik and company continue to fight the Saaur and their allies.

Magic and fantasy creatures feature more in this book than in the previous one and it's engaging enough to want to know where this is going.

Not a bad read - and I'll plough through the rest of the series at some point. Enjoyed it more than the first volume although some of it was predictable.

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review 2017-09-04 15:59
OK fantasy novel - first part of a series
Shadow of a Dark Queen - Raymond E. Feist

The first part of a series called the Serpentwar, this novel is all about a fierce campaign between the human race and the Saaur, a race of serpent/lizard creatures hell-bent on conquest. The main character, Erik, is a blacksmith who gets embroiled in this conflict against his will. Other characters abound and luckily there's a list of them at the beginning of the book if the reader can't remember them all.

There's not a great deal of fantasy elements apart from the odd show of magic and some interesting individual characters. Elves, dwarves etc.. are mentioned but do not feature greatly.

Not a bad read - and I'll plough through the rest of the series at some point - but I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped.

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text 2017-08-30 11:13
Ready to start reading on Friday!
Children of Chaos - Greg F. Gifune
Cabal - Clive Barker
Goblins - David Bernstein
Faerie Tale: A Novel of Terror and Fantasy - Raymond E. Feist
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Last year I read shorter books first because getting through 25 books in two months is a lot for me! This year I have a different strategy. Most of my books are medium length, so I'm going to endeavor to fill rows, starting with this one:

 

 

The choice of rows is starting out according to which books I'm most dying to read (pun intended), but will adapt as the bingo calls start coming out.

 

So, my first two books will be Children of Chaos by Greg Gigune for the American Horror Story square and Cabal by Clive Barker for Serial Spree Killer. Then I will continue down the row.Cabal was my reason for choosing this row first, plus I keep hearing good things about Gifune.

 

At present I have The Abyss Above Us by Ryan Notch scheduled for free square but that was a freebie and might get replaced if I don't like it enough. Modern Masters of Horror gets Helltown by Jeremy Bates. I've read a couple of Bates books and really enjoyed them, so I expect to like this one. Darkest London gets Stalking Jack by Madison Kent. I haven't read the author before but I'm pretty sure I got this one after reading a sample, so it should pass scrutiny.

 

I'm also going to get a start on two books not on this row because they are in different formats and will take me longer to read. These are Goblins by David Bernstein for the Terror in a Small Town square, which I'm going to have to read on desktop and Faerie Tale by Raymond E. Feist for 80s Horror, which I have in paperback. That one is also on the list of books I've really been wanting to read.

 

I've been finishing up all the active reads I've had going in these last days before the challenge begins, so the decks are all but cleared. I'll still have Don Quixote in progress considering I've only got to 46% on it, but I expect to finish the short story anthology I've been slowly reading one story at a time until now. Everything else I had in progress is finished!

 

Two more days and I can start new reads. Yay!

 

Edited to add: I'll also be starting The Thin Man for the Noir square and the buddy read!

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review 2017-01-29 00:00
Talon Of The Silver Hawk
Talon Of The Silver Hawk - Raymond E. Feist Talon of the Silver Hawk is the last surviving member of his tribe after they are wiped out.
Taken in by a group known only as the Conclave of Shadows, he is trained in various modes of combat and spycraft to infiltrate the group behind it.
A good look at his training and how he changes his character to pass as a minor noble.
Although he is working for the Conclave, he still wants revenge on the men who wiped out his people.

Set quite a few years after Magician/Silverthorn and Darkness at Sethanon, it took a while to catch up with some of the more well known characters and the changes in their lives. There are other books in between which will fill those gaps, but it doesn't detract from this being a good story.
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review 2016-07-31 00:00
A Darkness At Sethanon (Riftwar Saga 3)
A Darkness At Sethanon (Riftwar Saga 3) - Raymond E. Feist A good way to wrap up the original three books in the Magician series.
Lots of large battles as the forces of the Enemy try to force their way back to Midkemia.
Mostly focuses on Arutha and his band. Pug, Tomas and Macros have their own side quest until they all meet up at the end.

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