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John

John Scritchfield spends his days wrangling three future readers and his nights wearing costumes and pretending to hit people with blunt weaponry. There is very little money it. He holds an MFA in Acting, which he puts to use by teaching at a Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan and as the Creative Director for the Calvin Theatre CompanyIn his free time, he enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons, reading, writing, and spending time with his wife, three children, and two cats (Jasnah and Vin). Oh, he's also the new Booknest Admin.

Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb is the first book in The Rainwild Chronicles and the tenth book in The Realm of the Elderlings series. Similar to Liveship Traders, Dragon Keeper takes place in the same world as Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy and The Tawny Man Trilogy while not pertaining to FitzChivalry Farseer, and in some ways is a sequel series to Liveship Traders.

I have had Red Rising by Pierce Brown on my TBR pile for years, but it took my wife reading it for her book club for me to finally break down and read it. I had always wanted to read it – I’ve heard rave reviews – but other books have always taken precedence. So when Brandy joined the ranks of people singing Darrow’s praises, I knew I had to jump in before my impressions became too tainted, and oh boy, gentle reader, am I glad I did. Sitting now on the far side of Morning Star, I can tell you that Red Rising is the first book in one of my all-time favorite trilogies.

Life before death. Strength before weakness. Journey before destination. 

This is the first ideal of the Knights Radiant, a legendary military organization purportedly blessed with supernatural powers by the Almighty. Revered in their time, the people of Roshar once considered the Heralds, the ten leaders of the Knights Radiants, as divinities until they betrayed humanity, forsook their oaths, and disappeared. Centuries later, their names are still whispered in awe and disdain in this world of storms and stone. All that remains of them are their Shardblades and Shardplate, mystical weapons and suits of armor worth kingdoms.