Required Reading

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

King of Ashes by Raymond Feist

I have no  recollection of ever disliking a book by Feist.  I have tried to read everything he has written.  His character portrayal and plot development are outstanding.  This book is set in a medieval type of environment.   Five kingdoms ascribe to the Covenant which is a peace accord when one organizes a betrayal of the kingdom of Ithrace, the Firemanes.   Daylon Dumarch, the Baron of Marquensas, is an unwilling participant in the betrayal and is fraught with guilt.   The plot revolves around Hatu and Declan who eventually find each other.  

Feist books are always a treat.  He leavens this book with a touch of magic but it is primarily the maturation of Hatu and Declan who, no doubt, will be the principals in books to come.   The weave of the book is tight with each seeming aside being pulled into the main theme.   I can’t wait to see what abilities will be attributed to the Firemane.

This is an excellent book and I highly recommend it.


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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Brothers Three by Layton Green

I enjoyed Layton Green’s previous books but he has stepped up his game with this one.  Three brothers and their friend are thrust into a thoroughly unbelievable situation and forced to cope with the supernatural.

Val, Will and Caleb are the three brothers and Lance is Will’s best friend.  The author does a great job in creating likeable and yet flawed characters.  Each one is a realistic example of how different and yet similar siblings are.

The alternative universe or multi-dimensional theories provide the gist for the plot.  The evil necromancer, Zedock is the despicable villain.  

The author allows each character to mature and grow throughout the book.

I enjoyed it very much and look forward to reading the sequel, The Sprit Mage.

I highly recommend the book.

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