reviews

I loved this like I've never loved a short story collection before. What more is there to say?

     You know how you always see "In the style of GRRM" on the back cover of books or in blog reviews? Shattered Dreams by Ulff Lehmann is the only book I've read that actually deserves the comparison. 

     By transitioning from a dark fantasy trilogy to a modern thriller, stand-alone novel, Paul Hoffman proves that he's a talented author who can excel on any genre he decides to write, with excess dexterity and expertise.

     With the start of a new series, Mitchell Hogan proves once again that he's one of the greatest fantasy authors of this decade. 

     From faeries and myths and folklore, to mines and priests and the sacred aspect of the forge, Graham Austin-King jumps from one trilogy to the next, and from good to impeccable.

     Conn Iggulden is one of the greatest Historical Fiction authors of our times. Apparently he's damn good at Fantasy as well. 

     I consider myself a professional reviewer. Definitely not the best (Jamie Tivendale might as well take this title), and most certainly not the most experienced (eg Robin Carter), but a good reviewer nonetheless. And yet, for the first time in my life, I can't review a book I've read. 

     The book in question, as the title and the cover would suggest, is Blackwing by Ed McDonald. Why, would you ask, can't I review it? Because even if I tried, I couldn't possibly do it justice. Blackwing is one of the greatest fantasy books I've read in my life. Perfect in every possible way. Ed McDonald is on a par with Joe Abercrombie and Brandon Sanderson. Cast aside whatever you're reading and start Blackwing instead. That's all I have to say. 

Pre-order Blackwing here.

 

 

     Brimstone is a literary fantasy novel unlike any other fantasy books I have read so far, since it mostly reminds me a good horror story narrated in a cinematic way. No knights and mage in this one.

Five months and fifteen reads after Kings of the Wyld, I finally found another book that I wanted to savour every single page, reading it as slow as my schedule permitted.