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.

Red Sister is the first instalment in the Book of the Ancestor series. And it is just incredible! Character arcs are intricate and wonderful, the plot is  unguessable, and the prose is incredible.

"A book is as dangerous as any journey you might take. The person who closes the back cover may not be the same one that opened the front one. Treat them with respect."

I read this series a few months ago and absolutely loved it! Red Sister was the first book I read by Mark Lawrence, and he instantly arose to being one of my favourite authors. It is a brilliant book, filled with action and intrigue, and warrior nuns, and a training school. What else could you ask for?

It has a consistency fast pace with a constantly developing plot and a well balanced spread of character building and plot. 

The prose of Mark Lawrence is fluid and easy to read. While being compatible for all readers, there is a poetic edge to it that is brief and beautiful. Definitely one of my favourite writing styles that I have encountered.

Each character is unique with an interesting and diverse personality which disallowed any dull moment, varying from Abbess Glass, the cunning leader of the Sweet Mercy Convent. To Nona Grey, the young girl who features as the main character of Red Sister. I girl with mysteries and questions following her to the last page. 

"Trust is the most insidious of poisons. Trust sidesteps all of your precautions."

Red Sister was a definite five star rating for me due to the combination of every fantastic aspect that immersed me into this fascinating world with incredible characters and stunning prose. I found that my mind kept wondering to the plot when I was parted from the book, and for me, that is the mark of a great book.

I assure you that Grey Sister and Holy Sister are as good as if not better than this introduction to the series. Any lover of fantasy should read this series!

5/5 STARS

 

 

The Wolf's Call (Raven's Blade #1) by Anthony Ryan - Book Review 21, Oct

The Wolf's Call marks a fantastic return to the magnificent character Vaelin AL Sorna. A riveting journey with amazing battles and an immersive world.

"Mercy requires strength, compassion demands courage and wisdom compels truth."

The Wolf's Call is the first book in the Raven's Blade series, a new book back into the life of Vaelin Al Sorna, one of my favourite characters of all time!

I love that Anthony Ryan has returned to a 1 PoV that stuck with Vaelin, as you just can't get better than the warrior himself. His character is so developed now. His honourable nature conflicts with the haunts of his past, especially when he finds that one of his few loved ones are in imminent and potentially fatal danger. 

Ryan's prose is great as usual, straight to the point with a fast pace that was constantly enjoyable and made a lot happen in this 400 page novel. Not only were there masterfully written battles, but the political aspects were intriguing and thoroughly enjoyable as well.

This series travels to a different continent of the world that has a completely different culture, where nomadic hordes pose the main threat. Ryan efficiently depicted this new land and made this novel very different to his former books. 

"Betrayal is always the worst sin."

This was a very strong opening novel to a new series, with great action, and one of my favourite duels that I have ever read! The large scale conflict was brilliantly described and formed a vivid picture in my mind. 

I would recommend that you read Blood Song, and possibly Tower Lord in the previous series to enjoy this book to its optimum level. I did not read Queen of Fire, and did not feel like I was missing out particularly on any major aspect. 

I look forward to the next book coming out, it will be a frustrating wait until then. I shall wait for Vaelin to return!

4.25/5 STARS

 

The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden - Book Review 30, Sep

"Your gold buys my service, pleasure of seeing Spartans in battle. It is a rare gift and worth more than mere coins. After all, most men see it only once and never again."

I have finished The Falcon of Sparta and am very satisfied as I close the book in front of me.

It was a great novel with an interesting historical retelling of a great adventure set around 400BC. It is based in the heart of the Persian Empire, with the reign of the old ruler drawing to a close and a new era starting, although it is not clear who will emerge victorious and on the throne...

Every aspect of this novel was well executed. The characters had a great depth, the plot was interesting, and the concepts and main themes were fascinating! Especially the Spartans who Iggulden portrayed so brilliantly. They were epic! But the magical touch that turns a book into a magical read and 5-stars sadly wasn't there. I cannot put my finger on what was slightly lacking, as there was no weakness or part that was specifically lacking. But it was still a great and fun read that was written with Iggulden's usual smooth prose, and filled to the brim with wonderful bits of historical knowledge that brought the story to life and made the world flourish.

The battles varied from minuscule skirmishes to huge battle conflicts involving over 1-million combatants. So a lot of diversity. But each one was written brilliantly and vividly, creating some of the best scenes of the book. They were both simple enough for a reader to understand, and still chaotic as battles truly are and were.

I would recommend this to any who enjoys historical fiction or those who have read and enjoyed previous work by this author. Also if you have an interest in Persian or Ancient Greek history, this is a novel for your consumption. If you have read this and enjoyed Conn Iggulden's style, I would highly recommend his Conqueror secures, which is utterly brilliant! About Genghis Khan. Definitely try it!

 

 4.25/5 STARS