Book Review – Mirror Sight

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Seven-hundred and seventy pages done and I’m still not sure what to make of this book.

That’s not to say this book isn’t well written, in fact, it is superbly written. The problem lies with the fact that this felt so much like a filler, rather than a progression of the storyline.

But why is that?

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Book Review – Northern Lights

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Did you ever watch the movie The Golden Compass, which was based off of this book? Yes? Did it capture the magic of the book? Probably not eh?

Philip Pullman’s literary achievement in the His Dark Materials series just didn’t seem to translate well to screen. What is clear is that they killed off a series that could potentially of been a great set of movies, that being said it was a great book.

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Book Review – Skulduggery Pleasant The Dying of the Light

250px-The_Dying_of_the_Light_CoverDon’t cry because its over, smile because it happened – Dr Seuss

The final book of the nine book adventure that I have followed avidly for years. Derek Landy really managed to capture the imagination of readers of all ages, and hold it for an entire nine years.

What made these books so special to me?

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Book Review – The Ice Dragon.

The Ice Dragon – George R.R. Martin.

20150113_151430I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when picking up George R.R. Martin’s illustrated book The Ice Dragon, especially after being a fan of the Game of Thrones series for so long. But what I found was an emotional journey full of resplendent illustration, thanks to Luis Royo, a Spanish artist best know for his fantasy art.

I’m usually not a fan of illustration, despite being a lover of art outside of the world of literature, simply because I prefer to imagine the scenes for myself. Most people will agree that a good book engages your imagination, but despite that I found the illustration wonderfully accurate to what I was imagining in my head.

Sure its only a short book, and despite it being for all ages Martin doesn’t shy away from that murder he loves so damn much, but it is rich in prose and genuinely moving. I can’t fault this book, or say much more without spoiling it, suffice to say it is enjoyable reading and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone.

Book Review – Blackveil

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Not so long back, last September actually, I was on the search for a new fantasy series. So as I was perusing the shelves at my local Waterstones a certain book caught my eye, Green Rider which is the first book in what is now a five book long series.

Blackveil is the fourth book in the series, it has met very mixed reviews at the hands of long time fans and newcomers to the series alike. Most of the books in these series have had a four year gap in between release dates. I’m currently halfway through Mirror Sight and am not looking forward to a four year respite from the series in anticipation of the next book.

Kristen Britain Is definitely a fantastic author, she has a vivid style, the prose is very rich and detailed. It is obvious that the author has done her research and uses the terminology very well. But I felt that there are certain parts of this book that could be cut out entirely, character’s thoughts are often repeated, so much so that it can be convincing that they are integral to the plot, even if they’re not.

Britain builds tension masterfully, but again there are a few scenes that drag this on just a little bit longer than it should in my opinion. I’m not saying that someone should go all Gordon Lish on Blackveil, but a bit more cutting down probably wouldn’t have been missed.

The geography of the Green Rider series is one of the better I’ve seen, it’s easy to follow and understand where the characters are in relation to each other. Several landmarks add mystery and wonder to an already rich and detailed world.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy this book, I for one love this series and I will stick with it because it has me on the hook, that being said if Mirror Sight doesn’t live up to expectation, it is likely that Britain will lose some fans. For now I would recommend anyone who enjoys fantasy to pick up the series and give it a try.

7/10