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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Shattered by Kevin Hearne

I loved this book and plan on reading the rest of the series. It is a humorous and action filled urban fantasy, well I'm not even sure you can call it that it may need its own category. Hearne does an excellent job of telling the Iron Druid's tale and somehow manages to blend multiple belief systems into a coherent story. You get everything from modern humor to old Druid cursing fits, Jesus to Brighid and lets not forget the Wolfhounds!
 In this installment Atticus (a.k.a. the Iron Druid) must help his archdruid learn about modern society while trying to decipher whom is trying to kill himself and his lady. Meanwhile said fair maiden (a druid that he himself trained) is battling an ancient evil that has taken over her father's body and is spreading a fatal plague. All of his characters are engaging and this is a novel that you could easily read in one sitting, not because its so simple but because its so damn good. Oh and did I mention that Loki makes an appearance?
Definitely a 5 star rating for this one.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

Words of Radiance is  the second novel in Sanderson's hugely popular Stormlight Archive series. Picking up six years after the assassination of the Alethi king this novel is non-stop action and a joy to read. The Assassin in White returns and this time sets his sights on all the kings/princes of the lands and it seems as if no one can stop him until Kaladin ( a military slave who amazingly works his way up to a position of power) arrives with his extraordinary (and secret) abilities. Shallan, a young woman struggling with abilities of her own, is determined to stop the return of the Voidbringers. This brings her and Kaladin together and it is soon discovered that their goals are intertwined.
Words of Radiance is truly an amazing epic journey that you will love going on. The internal struggles of the characters will endear them to the reader and make them so real you will root for their success from beginning to end. Sanderson has done a terrific job with this one.