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.

Cold Iron (Masters & Mages #1) by Miles Cameron - Book Review 12, Oct

 

“He could take some extra fencing lessons. He was in love with his sword, purchased in a used clothing market on a whim. With his rent money, because he was a fool.”

 

Shockingly, Cold Iron is the first book I have read by Miles Cameron. I listened to this on Audible, and loved both the narration and the story. Miles Cameron has gained another member of the Gwynne clan as a huge fan.

The Black Hawks (Articles of Faith #1) by David Wragg - Book Review 06, Oct

The Black Hawks by David Wragg is an interesting debut that had entertaining aspects and was altogether a very solid read.

 

“He was prow-faced, his nose a sharp, brutal beak, his dark and heavy features following in its wake.” 

 

It may have been that I was not in the right mood when reading this, so I will perhaps reread this when the sequel is announced. While there was no weakness as such to this book, I didn’t feel any driving force. Like amazing characters, or a shocking plot. It was solid, and interesting, but nothing hooked me. 

 

The characters were varied all with believable personalities and an interesting morally grey code that was executed in an intriguing manner. But there are none that have remained in my head that I loved or felt incredibly attracted to, and this is perhaps why I did not fall in love with this book. To be a favourite of mine, I must click with the characters, with either hatred or love, but I just did not get this. There is potential that I will with the sequel though. 

 

I did begin to become more immersed towards the later part of the book when the pace began to increase and twists started to occur. The last fifty pages was action-packed and ended in a great manner that has interested me in any sequel that Wragg will write. In my mind, this was definitely the strongest part of the book, which is great as endings are often underwhelming and the weakest part of a novel.

 

Wragg’s prose is smooth and progresses well, not allowing itself to become bogged down by info dumps, as it easily could have. He slowly trickles information about the world and characters that results in a thorough vivid image of the world that was enjoyable to experience.

 

So overall, as I have said, The Black Hawks was a strong read, and I am sure that most people will thoroughly enjoy this. I look forward to the sequel, which I shall definitely continue with.

 

 

4/5 STARS

 

'Salem's Lot by Stephen King - Book Review 29, Sep

“Turn off your television - in fact why don’t you turn off all the lights except the one by your favourite chair? - and we’ll talk about vampires in the dim. I think I can make you believe in them, because while I was working on this book, I believed in them myself.”

That is Stephen King's foreword, and oh does it set the tone!

'Salem's Lot is a genuinely scary read that kept me up night after night.

This is my first read of a Stephen King book. And I learnt why he is one of the bestselling authors of all time. I would argue that making a reader feel genuine fear is one of the hardest things to accomplish. Yet King does this with consistent ease.

One of the incredible parts of this story is how King does not only establish and build on his core characters, but he manages to form almost an entire town of people, with their own unique personalities that are subtly implemented in just a few sentences. This really brought the story to life and is the only book I have read that has succeeded in this.

“Talk did no good with bullies. Hurting was the only language that the bullies of the world seemed to understand, and he supposed that was why the world always had such a hard time getting along.” 

The prose of Stephen King is wonderfully accessible to all. It is smooth, inviting and subtly yet effectively relays all the information and tension that King desired. The natural progression of the hurting manages to form so much fear and tension in the reader. It is simply put, masterful.

“For the small children, bedtime is come. Time for the babies to be packed into their beds and cribs by parents who smile at their cries to be let up a little longer, to leave the light on. The indulgently open closet doors to show there is nothing in there. 
And all around them, the bestiality of the night rises on tenebrous wings. The vampires time has come.”

As well as brilliantly forming a wide cast, the core group were brilliant. Susan, Ben, Matt, Mark (brilliant), Father Callahan and Jimmy. Together they were so great, with their interactions and dialogue so true to their characters. They each had their own flaws, and you loved them in their moments of strength and bravery.

The singular weakness I can think of this story his that while the ending was good, I personally did not think it was on par with the rest of this wonderfully told story. Still a great conclusion though! By no means at all does the ending make the book of a lesser quality. It just guides it away from perfection.

Overall, 'Salem’s Lot has made certain that I will be reading plenty more of King, probably starting with his short story collection, Different Seasons, which has The Green Mile and Shawshank Redemption within. This is not a story for the fainthearted. A brilliant story of vampires and the terrors of the night.

4.75/5 STARS