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Fantasy
Matthew WhiteMatthew White   May 26, 2017
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5.0

Megg Jensen does for orcs what R.A. Salvatore did for dark elves

Chaos Awakens by Megg Jensen is a great epic fantasy novel that I very much enjoyed. There are plenty of interesting characters with the main characters being a female orc assassin, a human male priest, and a female orc princess. They form an unusual team as humans and orcs head towards a war at a time they need to team-up against a godly enemy. There are plenty of intimate moments and character development mixed in with action and epic threats to the world.    This book is everything that a good fantasy novel should be and reminded...

Matthew WhiteMatthew White   May 11, 2017
Rating 
 
3.0

There are much better Muirwood books; shallow and uninspired

Legends of Muirwood is a very good fantasy series, regretfully the last book in the series, The Scourge of Muirwood is the worst book of the three.   The Scourge of Muirwood is a quick read but it wasn't very memorable. Lia travels to another abbey where she finds her captured love, Colvin. Other than them being apart most of the book the series concludes with a surprise yet uninspiring transformation that Lia goes through.   I give it three out of five stars and suggest that those that started the series read this final...

Matthew WhiteMatthew White   May 07, 2017
Rating 
 
4.0

Lia the Wretched becomes a hunter and learns more of herself

One of the best compliments I can give for this series, Legends of Muirwood, is that it is one of the few fantasy series I have finished in awhile. This series made me want to come back for more and I wasn't disappointed.  Blight of Muirwood is the second book in the series and the main character, Lia, continues to mature and grow in her abilities. She is now the hunter for Muirwood Abbey which faces destruction by the forces of the evil Queen. Lia also has the issue that she is a wretched and...

Matthew WhiteMatthew White   April 08, 2017
Rating 
 
3.0

Slow pacing drags down a great fantasy universe

The Well of Ascension is book two in the Mistborn  fantasy series by Brandon Sanderson. The story continues about Vin, the young Mistborn girl, who suddenly finds herself and her companions in a very different position of ruling an empire after she killed the godlike ruler. At 815 pages or nearly 30 hours as an audiobook this story tends to be a long one.   Basically, the story focuses on Vin as she struggles to find her place and protect her love from assassins while the city is besieged by multiple armies wanting the riches and power...

Dystopian
Matthew WhiteMatthew White   March 23, 2017
Rating 
 
5.0

Realistic story about how a small American town would try to survive an EMP strike

One Second After is a scary book because you have to ask yourself if it could really happen. Unlike many dystopian books that feel disconnected from our real world this book is shockingly realistic. The story begins with a history professor/retired military officer explaining to his family that the power should come back on soon after an outage occurs. However, he also wrote a very detailed paper on Electro Magnetic Pulses (EMP) and he fears that is what really happened. The small town soon finds itself under...

Dystopian
Matthew WhiteMatthew White   March 04, 2017
Rating 
 
5.0

Another great dystopian novel like The Maze Runner or Divergent

Arena 1 is the first book in a new series by Morgan Rice. Morgan Rice is best known for her series The Vampire Journals and I really enjoyed her fantasy series The Sorcerer's Ring. I got sucked into that series because the first book in the series, A Quest for Heroes, was free as a ebook. This new book, Arena 1, is also a free ebook and a great start to a new dystopian series. The story is a children's book but I think any dystopian reader will find something to like here...

Matthew WhiteMatthew White   February 24, 2017
Rating 
 
4.0

Sad to see the series end but it ran it's course and humans persevered

It is over! Do you ever feel sad that a great series has come to an end and there will be no more stories about the people you learned to care for, hate, or just not understand? That is my feeling after finishing Eternity's Mind which is the last book in The Sage of Shadows series by Kevin J. Anderson. And yes, I also read the other seven book series based on the same world and characters called The Saga of Seven Suns. After ten books I have come to realize that the...

Matthew WhiteMatthew White   February 20, 2017
Overall Rating 
 
4.0

Fun and visually colorful action movie

So let me start by saying that The Great Wall was a fun movie to watch and visually beautiful.   The story begins with a group of western men that have traveled far to the east in search of black powder but end up having a run in with a monster. They find The Great Wall and discover it was built to protect from the monsters.   I loved the action scenes against the monsters as they attacked the wall but I especially loved the colorful uniforms of the soldiers of the wall and the...

PJRN78   February 14, 2017
Rating 
 
4.0

Playful space romp

This is a quick romp in outer space that has an interesting premise --The Earth woman as teacher and almost mother to an artificial intelligence. There is more action than usual in a romance, but a bit of romance is there. I found this book to be enjoyable, but very light read. 

Fantasy
Matthew WhiteMatthew White   February 07, 2017
(Updated: February 07, 2017)
Rating 
 
4.0

Slow at first but grows on you with interesting characters

Sometimes reading a book is a process that takes several months. Sand & Storm was one of those books in that I bought it back around June 2016 and just finished in February of 2017. Admittedly I didn't start reading it until after late October though. I'm not that slow of a reader!   It is hard to explain why it took be so long other than to say I just didn't sit for long at any one time while reading it.   The world has several well developed and diverse characters in it but I think...

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