William
William

William

William is from Sussex, UK.

He has a passion for literature and enjoys reading all sorts of books. His hobbies are numerous and consist of medieval/viking reenactment, writing, karate and of course reading.

The Last Wish (The Witcher #0.5) by Andrzej Sapkowski - Book Review 10, Jan

Due to the recent release of the recent release of The Witcher series on Netflix, I thought it would be a good time to share what my thoughts were on the first book of the series.

“Lesser, greater, middling, it's all the same. Proportions are negotiated, boundaries blurred. I'm not a pious hermit, I haven't done only good in my life. But if I'm to choose between one evil and another, then I prefer not to choose at all.”

I read this book during a buddy read with fellow BookNest reviewer Filip Magnus, and continued to do so with Sword of Destiny, the sequel in this series.

This was a throughly enjoyable introduction to the world and Geralt, with seven short stories that were mostly separate from each other. Each piece was interesting in different ways and introduced new monsters the world possesses that were very cool.

I loved the character of Geralt! He is so great. He can be tough sometimes and also quite cold, but he tries to do the right thing, and sees right through people and their schemes. He sometimes even chooses to protect monsters over humans. Just because he is a Witcher, the most famous monster hunter, but he only kills for good reason, and always struggles to find the best conclusion.

“People," Geralt turned his head, "like to invent monsters and monstrosities. Then they seem less monstrous themselves. When they get blind-drunk, cheat, steal, beat their wives, starve an old woman, when they kill a trapped fox with an axe or riddle the last existing unicorn with arrows, they like to think that the Bane entering cottages at daybreak is more monstrous than they are. They feel better then. They find it easier to live.”

My favourite story was one that was inspired by Beauty and the Beast, but put its own darker take on it, most definitely not having the same Disney ending! It had vivid action scenes that were written and translated very well, along with some completely unique ideas.

The camaraderie between Geralt and Dandelion in the last few stories was great, and funny. They were a pair that complemented each other, I hope to see more of them in the future.

The dialogue was the weakest aspect, often feeling cold and stiff, perhaps due to the translation. This did sadly sometimes make it hard to focus on the scene, especially during longer conversations between multiple characters, because their personalities were not evident or divisible through speech.

A 4/5 star rating by me, so I will definitely be advancing onto other novels in this series, looking forward to it :).

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas - Book Review 28, Dec

First of all, Merry Christmas everyone, hope you have had a festive last week!

"For a new world. For a better world."

Kingdom of Ash was a great finale to the Throne of Glass series that inspired unexpected emotion and investment from me. The plot and ties to the characters formed in the first six books have resulted in such a great depth that each member of the cast has a fantastic and varied personality that I loved. The former novels of the series had been rather inconsistent. Some being great, some good and some disappointing. So I was glad to finish on a high.

This book was huge, being just short of 1,000 pages! So it is impossible to cover the broad range of events that occurred, unless I were to write an essay. So  will keep it brief and stick to the main elements to avoid any spoilers.

Maas writes some brilliant scenes that were proper goosebumps moments, as heroes stood against overwhelming offs and sacrifices were made for victory. The novel carried me through fear, joy, laughter, mourning and surprise. Despite the huge size, the tension is somehow maintained, providing a satisfying and enjoyable conclusion to this 7 book series. There was no dull moment, and every page was needed.

The prose was smooth and guided me from page to page. It has got better and better as the series progressed and Kingdom if Ash was no exception.

it is dad to reach the end of the journey for so many characters, but hope that Maas will one day return with a new series or more short stories. 

Fireheart!

4.5/5 STARS

 

 

For a new world. A better world.

Kingdom of Ash was a great finale to the Throne of Glass series that inspired unexpected emotion and investment from me. The plot and ties to the characters formed in the first six books have resulted in such a depth that each member of the cast has a fantastic and varied personality that I loved.

This book was a huge novel, just short of a 1000 pages! So this would become a very long essay were I to comment on what I thought of each phase and the decision formed, so I shall keep it briefer to avoid any risk of spoilers.

Maas writes some brilliant scenes that were proper goosebumps moments, as heroes stood against overwhelming odds and sacrifices were made for victory. This novel carried me through fear, joy, laughter, mourning and surprise. (view spoiler) Despite the huge size, the tension is somehow maintained, providing a satisfying and enjoyable conclusion to this 7 book series.

It is sad to reach the end of the journey for so many characters, but hope that there are other novels or short stories that return to this world.

Fireheart!

 

The Colour Purple by Alice Walker - Book Review 18, Dec

The Colour Purple is an incredible novel that is brutal and beautiful.  Set during 1920's and 30's America, it appropriately tackles issues such as racism and patriarchal society in a heart wrenching way that made the novel intense and painful, as well as remaining true to life and presenting a mirror to what the reality of society was.

As the reader, you sympathise so strongly for Celie, the main character, and cannot help but love her as the character develops and subtle things even to the extent to the change of her language as she ages occur. Life crushes her and sends problem after problem. but she somehow manages to continue and attempt to move on. Her acceptance of horrific circumstances is horrible and heart breaking, and her kind personality inspires anger within the reader, as it is so unjust.

The Colour Purple is a novel that everyone should read. It is truly a magnificent piece of work that deserves to be praised and read. The prose is brilliant, the world and characters believable, and the plot immersive. One of my favourite books of the year, but a tough and intense read that I need some time to recover from.

5/5 STARS