Home Reviews Interviews News Contact

I've been a bit slow with the reviews in the past week or two and so I would like to give you a sort of line up of reviews for the upcoming weeks. In no particular order i'll be reviewing: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (N.K. Jemisin), The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss; in anticipation of the release of the Wise Man's Fear), Red Seas Under Red Skies (Scott Lynch), The Left Hand of God (Paul Hoffman), The Drowning City (Amanda Downum), Dragon Haven (Robin Hobb), Mr. Monster (Dan Wells), Spellwright (Blake Charlton), Horns (Joe Hill) as well as more new releases in April.

I hope you'll be excited or at least interested by all those, so keep checking back on LEC Book Reviews.

Here it is: my final review for Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy. This third volume, the Hero of Ages, just came out last week in the UK, so that means that I only just got my hands on it. When I got back from the store I forgot about all the other books I was reading (and trust me there were a few) and immediately got started on this. The Final Empire had been an extremely strong first book and the Well of Ascension was probably one of the best middle/second books I’ve ever read. With the Hero of Ages Sanderson once again makes a strong case for his writing and concludes the Mistborn Trilogy phenomenally.

The Adamantine Palace is a book I picked up recently - though it had been out since last March – partly because a cheaper paperback edition just came out and also because it is a nominee for both the David Gemmell Legend Award and a David Gemmell Morningstar Award. A new spin on the classical dragon’s story, with the Adamantine Palace, newcomer Stephen Deas makes a strong entry in the genre and a good start for his trilogy. I’d like to note that I really liked the cover; it’s simple and elegant and it and a mysterious kind of feel that’s perfect to make potential readers pick it up.

I cannot even begin to explain how much I enjoy the Shadows of the Apt books. Their level of originality and their sheer epic-ness makes for some of the best fantasy entertainment out there. And I would even say that Salute the Dark is the best embodiment of that feeling in the series. Adrian Tchaikovsky continues to grow into becoming one of the best writers of epic fantasy right now. A little biographic data: Salute the Dark was published just last week (5th of February) and is the fourth installment in the series.

It may happen that in the future you will stumble across a review on this site which is labeled under Classic Fantasy. This means that this is an "older" fantasy book which I deem worthy enough of being called "classic". These will ofter be books by some of the modern fantasy masters (i.e. George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire, Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time) though they might not. You'll find these reviews to be typically a bit shorter than others, partly because they will often be the first entries in epic scale series and also because they are just meant as short introductions.

The Magician’s Apprentice is a book I read a while back, shortly after it was published in February 2009. That’s kind of my way of saying that this might not be my longest or most specific review, since not all the details are as fresh in my mind as when I have written some of my other reviews. Needless to say I will do my best, promised. Getting back to the book however, The Magician’s Apprentice is written by the fantastic Australian author, Trudi Canavan. She’s most known for her Black Magician Trilogy for which Magician's Apprentice is a prequel, a quite distant prequel.

Second cover/news post of the week, this showcasing the cover for the fourth book of the Twilight Reign, The Ragged Man, written by Tom Lloyd. I just reviewed the first book in this series, The Stormcaller, last week, you can find it here. I think is this is one of the most beautiful fantasy covers I have seen in a while. Up to now all the covers for the Twilight Reign have been outstanding.

Scott Lynch wrote The Lies of Locke Lamora in 2006, so it makes this kind of a late review if you will, but I still felt it deserved a review partly because I just read it (I guess that means I’m a bit late too) and also because it is such a wildly talked about book. It’s the first entry in the Gentlemen Bastards Sequence, of a proposed length of 7 books, so quite a lengthy one. When reading through online fantasy reviews and discussions online you now often read about Lynch, and he, because of his style of writing and storytelling, is one which is praised and grouped with other excellent authors such as Joe Abercrombie and George R. R. Martin. Having read the book (finally) there is no doubt for me anymore that he is one of the best and most intriguing new fantasy authors of the past few years.

I just found this online, its the UK cover of the upcoming entry in the Shadow of the Apt series the Scarab Path, announced by Amazon.co.uk as being released in August 2010. The cover, illustrated by Jon Sullivan, is very appropriate to the the series. It seems to me that this cover resembles more what Sullivan has done for the US versions' covers for Pyr verses what he has previously done on books 2-4 for Tor UK.

Warbreaker is another stand-alone novel by the ever talented Brandon Sanderson. This is a bit of a peculiar release, as before it was published in print, Sanderson posted the various drafts and final version online for all to access. In fact, even with the book printed, all these versions are still available (see links at the bottom). With Warbreaker he once again creates an entirely new world for readers to discover, with its own history, traditions, magic and exceptionally lovable characters. Sanderson never lets me down and Warbreaker is yet another proof of that.

I specially ordered the US version of this book since I thought that Gollancz had done a pretty poor job with the cover and that the guys over at Pyr had created a way more appealing and appropriate cover for Stormcaller. This is the first book that author Tom Lloyd published back in 2006, though the US edition didn’t come out until 2008. It’s also the start of a new series, book one of five, so not too long a series for those of you out there that prefer them short.

Blurb: In a land ruled by prophecy and the whims of Gods, a young man finds himself at the heart of a war he barely understands, wielding powers he may never be able to control. Isak is a white-eye, born bigger, more charismatic, and more powerful than normal men.