Review: Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas

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5 out of 5 stars
Spoilers ahead.

She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

First published in September 2014, Heir of Fire is the third novel in Sarah J. Maas’s acclaimed series, Throne of Glass. Following the separate adventures of multiple protagonists both old and new, HoF serves as a fantastic continuation of an already amazing series.

Celaena Sardothien returns, but now has one extra trauma following her as she travels to a new continent under the guise of assassinating one of the King’s rival leaders, to seek the aid of the Fae queen, Maeve. Whilst she is away learning the true extent of her powers, Dorian and Chaol find themselves caught up in a plot within the glass palace of Adarlan as Dorian’s newly discovered magic grows and Chaol learns more about the rebel’s plans to help find and raise the missing princess of Terrasen back to power.

A LOT happened in this book, but I was exceptionally pleased to find that at not a single point did I ever feel bored whilst reading it.

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Review: A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab

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4.5 out of 5 stars.

(spoilers)

Written by Victoria Schwab, ‘A Darker Shade of Magic‘ is the story of Kell and Lila, two very different yet similar people from two very different Londons. There are four worlds and Kell is one of only two people, known as Antari, who can travel between them. In each world, no matter the name of the country, there is always one constant – there is always a city called London. Kell is from Red London, where magic is in perfect balance with power and Kell lives in the palace as an adopted member of the royal family. After making a mistake in the vicious White London, Kell finds himself in Grey London where he meets Lila Bard – a cut-throat and thief trying to find adventure.

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The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid – Rick Riordan

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5 out of 5 stars

Spoilers ahead.

The Red Pyramid is the first novel in a children’s fantasy series by Rick Riordan first published in 2010. Following a similar theme to his other series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the Kane Chronicles follows a pair of preteen siblings as they discover that the gods of Ancient Egypt are very much real and that they are the next generation of their family capable of hosting the gods Isis and Horus. Having to learn how to use their new abilities quickly, it’s up to Carter and Sadie to not only save their father but also the entire world from the Chaos god Set.

Rick Riordan’s books never disappoint me, and this new trilogy looks set to be amazing.

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The School for Good and Evil – Soman Chainani

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3.5 out of 5 stars

Spoilers Ahead

The School for Good and Evil is a 2013 children’s fantasy novel by Soman Chainani. His debut novel, TSFGAE went on to become a New York Times best seller and is the first in a trilogy that concludes sometime in 2015. It follows the story of two young girls named Agatha and Sophie who live in a village where it is common every few years for two opposing children to be kidnapped and never seen again – that is until new fairytale novels are released and those children are the main characters. All her life, Sophie has been waiting to be taken – she ritualised her life to become what she thought was a beacon of good. When the day comes for the children to be kidnapped, Sophie has her wish come true – with the unexpected addition of Agatha – but it is short lived when the two girls are sent to two different places. Both of which they were not expecting. Wannabe-princess Sophie finds herself in the School for Evil. Dark and twisted Agatha finds herself in the School for  Good.

This story is all about breaking the conventions of what we perceive to be good and evil, but at times that point gets horribly lost.

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Skulduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy

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5 out of 5 stars.

Spoilers ahead…

Written by Irish author and playwright, Derek Landy, Skulduggery Pleasant was first published back in 2007 and has become a staple among children’s literature since that point. This novel was the debut of Derek Landy and has spawned countless novellas as well as eight further stories in the series. It follows twelve-year-old Stephanie Edgley, a quirky and almost macabre child who meets the titular character at the wake of her recently deceased uncle. After inheriting her uncle’s mansion, Stephanie soon discovers Skulduggery to be an undead, skeletal sorcerer/detective, her uncle to have actually been murdered, and that he had been involved in many magical misadventures alongside Skulduggery. They are soon in a race against time to stop the forces of evil from collecting the ultimate weapon of mass destruction and save the world.

Though I said that this is a children’s novel, it doesn’t exclude other age groups from reading it also as it is a fantastically well balanced novel that even the eldest of readers can sink their teeth into.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

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5 out of 5 stars

Spoilers ahead

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is the debut novel of American author, Ransom Riggs, and was first published in 2011. The novel centres around the narrating character, Jacob, and his search for answers after the death of his grandfather. First believing that his grandfather had been mauled by wild animals in the woods beside his home, Jacob is soon travelling to an island off the coast of Wales at the advise of his psychiatrist to find the orphanage is grandfather said he had once stayed in near the beginning of World War Two. Jacob soon learns that the stories his grandfather told him as a child and the photos he had shown him of all the children he had met were in fact true. The children are alive, Miss Peregrine is real, and so are the monsters they have been hiding from.

I went into this novel with mixed opinions. For my part, I was intrigued by the idea of a novel written around vintage photography – especially as those inspiring images were included in special annexes throughout the book. The synopsis drew me in and I wanted to know more. But there were also reviews out there saying this novel was poorly executed and a waste of a good idea.

After getting through the novel in a fairly quick time, I have to say that I disagree. This novel was fantastic.

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Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood – Oliver Bowden

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3.5 out of 5 stars

Spoilers ahead.

First published in 2010, Brotherhood is the second book in the novelization of the Assassin’s Creed game series. The games were published by Ubisoft and the novels were written by British author, Oliver Bowden. Brotherhood continues the story of Ezio Auditore de Firenze, an Italian Assassin who joined the Order in his teens and is now in his early forties. It continues straight from the end of the first novel making it doubly important to have read Renaissance or to have at least played Assassin’s Creed 2.

It was good but it wasn’t great…

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Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth – Rick Riordan

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5 out of 5 stars

Spoilers below

The Battle of the Labyrinth was first published in 2008 and is the fourth book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series written by American author Rick Riordan. It follows the fourteen-year-old titular character, Percy, as he returns to Camp Half-Blood to discover the secret plans his friend Annabeth had been involved in prior to the events of the previous novel, the discovery of former camper Luke’s plan to use the legendary Labyrinth of Daedalus to invade the camp with Kronos and his army of monsters, and the inevitability he and his friends would have to enter the labyrinth themselves to persuade Daedalus to help them instead of Luke.

I absolutely loved this novel.

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Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse – Rick Riordan

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4 out of 5 stars

Spoilers ahead.

Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse is the third novel in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. It was originally published in 2007 and centres around the fourteen-year-old titular character and his adventures as a Greek demigod in North America.

This book was good – it wasn’t perfect – but it was still pretty damn good.

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Lord Loss – Darren Shan

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4.5 out of 5
Spoiler warning.

Although I bought this book back in 2009 when the tenth book in the Demonata series was published, Lord Loss was first published back in 2006. What was amazing at the time that I bought the novel, I was offered the chance to go meet Darren Shan in person and hear him talk about Hell’s Heroes and get him to sign one of the books I brought with me. However, from that point I hadn’t really read the books. I was given them all and some from other series too, but the Demonata I never got round to reading. So I was excited when this book was picked out of my TBR box by my brother.

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