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Thursday, May 13, 2021

ARC Riders Fourth Rome by David Drake and Janet Morris



This is a time travel police book.   They don’t refer to themselves as police but the guidelines seem to be that Arc Riders are tasked with keeping anything in the past from changing or threatening their existence.

The characters are not memorable.  The book jumps from 9 AD to 1992 and to sometime in the future which is the home of the Arc Riders.   The jumping back and forth was confusing.  The plot seemed thin and incomplete.

This is part of a series and perhaps if I had read more of the books I might feel differently.

I didn’t care for the book but I finished it so I didn’t hate it.

 

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Saturday, May 8, 2021

The Born Queen by Greg Keyes



It's rare that I find myself having an entire series reviewed in sequence.  That wasn't planned. 

This is the final book of the three-book series.  Once again, Keyes shows little regard for the health and well-being of his characters. Lots of death and mayhem and adventure and action are abundant.

Anne, Austra, Cazio, Aspar, and Winna find solutions to their problems.   Music plays a surprising part in the plot.   Music has power and it is not surprising that Keyes recognized that and included it in his story.  

Grudge keeping seems to be a feature in the entire series.  They make the Hatfield and McCoy feud pale in comparison.

I couldn’t imagine that Keyes could get all of the myriad characters and their issues wrapped up but he did and he did it successfully.

I enjoyed the book and the series. 


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Monday, April 26, 2021

The Briar King by Greg Keyes


I find Keyes a bit footloose with the health of his characters.  He builds a relationship with his character, gives them personality, and kills them off.  I appreciate his storytelling skills but I get dismayed when a character I have invested in, is gone.   The story begins with the end of a war and the seeds of the next war are sown.   It then fast forwards to a time when things are going well and the seeds start to bear their deadly fruit.

Treachery seems to be a major theme in this book.   There are a wealth of disagreeable characters who seem to get away with murder.   Keyes has done a terrific job in creating an environment that is fantasy but still believable.  I’m guessing he has had experience with a teenager as Anne is accurately portrayed.

I really enjoyed the book and am already in the next one in the series.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Vengewar by Kevin J. Anderson



Spine of the Dragon was the first book in this series. This book picks up with increased conflict.  The Sandwreths hate the Frostwreths, the three kings decide to hate each other, the Bravas hate the Isharans, the Hethrren barbarians are unpredictable, it appears that anger management is truly needed.  Prejudice and blind fear fuel anger and hatred.   Treachery is rampant.

It took a while to get back into the characters.  That is the danger in starting a series before it is finished.  Anderson writes a good story.   A criticism that I just leveled against Greg Keyes, I also level here.   Too many characters that I like get killed off.  Obviously, I invest way too much in my reading. 

I enjoyed the sequel.


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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Kindle Version of the Hardy Belch Chapter Books #FREE April 20, 2021 at Amazon


Link: The Adventures of Hardy Belch  

Link: Hardy Belch and Tiny Return



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Friday, April 16, 2021

The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid



I’m not normally fond of romances and sadly I’m still not.  I think that the Romance Fan is going to love this book.   The Woodsman, a representative of the King, takes a wolf-girl from her pagan village.  The Woodsman is pious and the wolf-girl is beyond irreverent.

They go on a quest as unlikely allies and meet a wealth of the grimmer Grim Brothers type characters.

Shared damage psychics bring them together with expected volatility.

This book is not my genre but it should be a huge hit with Romance fans.

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Jimmy The Hand, Legends of the Riftwar Book III by Raymond E. Feist and S.M. Stirling



This is the third book of this series I have read and my favorite.  Jimmy is a thief with series ethical issues.  He isn’t supposed to have any and he does.   Jimmy finds himself banned from his home when he gets involved in an altruistic endeavor.   That ban leads to more adventures fueled by his “non-existent” ethics.

The authors did a nice job in showing the differences between country and city living.  The characters were bright, colorful and the female characters were portrayed as strong.

I enjoyed the book and recommend the series. 

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