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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