While the Abhorsen series continues to thrive on its magic and worldbuilding, the characterisation in Lirael is unfortunately not up to par with its predecessor, Sabriel.
An impressive sequel to an excellent debut, Blood of Assassins draws upon the compelling character development of Girton Club-Foot to underscore a storyline which is at once engaging and unpredictable.
Conclusions can be tricky, and I've been disappointed by quite a few. Thankfully, The Silver Tide does not belong in that unfortunate category. The denouement of this underrated Copper Cat trilogy was utterly satisfying and even brought a little lump in my throat as I bid farewell to the Black Feather Three to whom I've grown quite attached.
Surprisingly engaging and utterly thrilling, this audio dramatisation of an Alien novel is quite superb.
The Iron Ghost is a strong sequel to The Copper Promise. We have the necessary development of the main characters, whom I have grown to like quite a fair bit. Then there are higher stakes at hand and expanded worldbuilding. And to top it all off, a whole lot more magic is involved in the storytelling.
The Copper Promise is a good debut from Jen Williams; one which harkens back to the days of classic sword and sorcery fantasy with a quest or adventure, mages, knights, dragons and gods.
As we usher in a new year, I felt that the time is right for me to post my review for this book, which I find is most relevant in our current urban society.