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Hot Blooded by Amanda Carlson (Book Review)

Largely because of how good Full Blooded was, the sequel Hot Blooded had an easy time of making it to my “Most Anticipated Books of 2013” list. Reading Full Blooded made me want to take more of an interest in mainstream urban fantasy, and on that front the sequel to Amanda Carlson’s debut delivered quite nicely. Jessica McClain was awesome all the way through, and while there were some faltering steps in here, it was still a great read, and I’d definitley recommend the series.

This review is a repost of the original review on The Founding Fields, which can be found here.

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Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson (Book Review)

Full Blooded wasn’t my first urban fantasy read of 2012, not by a long shot, but it was definitely one of the most fun such books I read in that year. So much so that I made it a point to read more urban fantasy novels in 2013 (and 2014!), including some of the more… traditional types of urban fantasies that have become mainstream in the last decade or so. Full Blooded was a downright surprise, I can tell you that, and it also made me a fan of Amanda Carlson’s work, which has been quite satisfying an experience on all levels.

This review is a repost of the original review on The Founding Fields, which can be found here.

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Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach (Book Review)

As you have seen recently from my reposted reviews, Rachel Aaron is one of my favourite fantasy authors, for a whole load of different reasons. When I heard in late 2012 that Rachel was going to be publishing a new series with Orbit Books, a space opera trilogy no less, I got very excited. All the expectations that I had of the Paradox series were fulfilled when I got done reading the first novel last year, Fortune’s Pawn, and then the sequel and the third novels earlier this year. If you are looking for a space opera that is both serious and humorous at the same time with a great female protagonist, then Fortune’s Pawn has to be on your radar!

The Paradox novels are published by Orbit as written by Rachel Bach, rather than Rachel Aaron.

In light of The Founding Fields currently suffering some major site issues, I’m going to be reposting my reviews from the site to the blog, so enjoy away!

The original review can be found here.

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The Key to Creation by Kevin J. Anderson (Book Review)

After reading the massive first two Terra Incognita novels back to back, I was almost burned out, but I went on with The Key To Creation, the third novel, nonetheless. I wanted to complete the experience while the events of the first two novels were still largely fresh in my mind, while I still could recall all the intricate connections that Kevin was setting up and exploring. And thankfully, The Key To Creation delivered on most of my expectations, and ended up being the best of the trilogy by a decent margin.

In light of The Founding Fields currently suffering some major site issues, I’m going to be reposting my reviews from the site to the blog, so enjoy away!

The original review can be found here.

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The Map of All Things by Kevin J. Anderson (Book Review)

Once I got started on my reading of the Terra Incognita novels, I didn’t stop, I just plowed straight on, finishing the trilogy in about a week I think, or maybe an extra day or two at most. The experience was an intense one and I definitely immersed myself in the tales of dogmatic religious crusades, tragedies, adventures on the high seas and doomed romances. In many ways The Map of All Things was a better novel than its predecessor, The Edge of The World, and I loved that the series got better as it went on.

In light of The Founding Fields currently suffering some major site issues, I’m going to be reposting my reviews from the site to the blog, so enjoy away!

The original review can be found here.

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The Edge of The World by Kevin J. Anderson (Book Review)

Back in 2012 I was offered a chance to review a copy of Kevin J. Anderson’s third and final Terra Incognita novel, The Key To Creation, as part of a massive reviews-promotion event by the David Gemmell Legend Awards organizers. As I hadn’t read the previous books, and this was one of only two books on the list that piqued my interest, I accepted with the self-imposed caveat of going back to read the previous books. Daunting challenge that, because these novels are massive in true Kevin J. Anderson fashion. Fortunately, the experience was positive enough, and here we are now.

In light of The Founding Fields currently suffering some major site issues, I’m going to be reposting my reviews from the site to the blog, so enjoy away!

The original review can be found here.

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Hidden Empire by Kevin J. Anderson (Book Review)

Kevin J. Anderson is one of my favourite writers, owing largely to his Young Jedi Knight series and for the fact that he and Brian Herbert continued on the legacy of Brian’s father Frank Herbert in continuing the Dune Chronicles series and also doing a whole lot of prequel fiction. Hidden Empire is the first novel in Kevin’s massive Saga of Seven Suns series and while I liked the novel, I wasn’t too taken with it. Which is why I haven’t gone back to the series as yet, but considering that Hidden Empire was an easy fast read, I think I just might get a start back on the series. I am curious as to how things continue on!

In light of The Founding Fields currently suffering some major site issues, I’m going to be reposting my reviews from the site to the blog, so enjoy away!

The original review can be found here.

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The Spirit Rebellion by Rachel Aaron (Book Review)

It wasn’t until almost a year after I read The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron that I got around to the sequel, The Spirit Rebellion. And the best thing was that it was as good as its predecessor was. That made me all kinds of happy. I haven’t gone back to the series as yet, largely because I got lost in like dozens of other series and new novels coming out. But now I think I have to get around to that, since I’m reminded of what I’m missing! More so since The Spirit Rebellion too found a place on the “Best of the Best 2013 Part 1” list.

In light of The Founding Fields currently suffering some major site issues, I’m going to be reposting my reviews from the site to the blog, and there couldn’t be a better start than reposting reviews of Rachel’s books. So enjoy away!

The original review can be found here.

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The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron (Book Review)

Rachel Aaron quickly became one of my favourite authors back in 2012 when I read her debut The Spirit Thief, which is the first book in her fantasy series Eli Monpress. It was an awesome read and it even made my “Best of the Best 2012 Part 2” list. I’ve read some more of her work since, and I’ve loved all of it, especially her space opera trilogy Paradox.

In light of The Founding Fields currently suffering some major site issues, I’m going to be reposting my reviews from the site to the blog, and there couldn’t be a better start than reposting reviews of Rachel’s books. So enjoy away!

The original review can be found here.

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Best of 2014 Part 1a: Novels

This post is coming in at a slightly later time than I’d prefer, about two weeks late at least, but I guess I can’t really “complain” when the lateness is due to my own wedding which took place exactly two weeks ago on the 5th. It has certainly been a very busy and intense time, what with being engrossed in all the marriage stuff and then even after that there’s been one thing after another. Reading time has definitely suffered greatly, which makes me a little sad considering how much I love reading, but eh, all for a good cause really.

With half the year now over, it is time to do the first of my “Best of the Year” posts, for the period 1st January to 30th June. There’s been a ton of books that I’ve read in this period as usual, and I made a very strong effort to read more tie-in fiction than I usually do, so the list is most assuredly going to reflect that. Tie-in fiction is a very important part of the publishing industry I feel and it always deserves some recognition. Now if we could only get an award started that celebrated tie-in fiction and all would be alright with the world. Or so my thinking goes.

Let’s see what makes the cut and which comes close then!

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NANP: Names With Meanings

Slightly delayed by a day since I totally forgot about this yesterday, but I’m excited to welcome author Michael J. Sullivan to the blog for Names: A New Perspective. Michael used to be a self-published author with a very successful fantasy series but his books were picked up by Orbit Books in 2011 and he published the sixth and final novel in the Riyria Revelations novel Percepliquis  through them (reviews of omnibus book 1, book 2, book 3). I read all the books in 2012 and they proved to be quite fun. His first prequel novel The Crown Tower (review) was also excellent, and I’m excited for all the other stuff he has coming out, such as the series set in the old times of the Riyria setting. That should be fun. Michael also writes some great articles about the publishing industry and he really helps everyone learn about the industry at large. Here’s what he has to say on the topic of names.

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25 Series I Want To Read in 2014

Last year, I blogged over at The Founding Fields about 25 book series from various genres, science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, space opera, etc that I wanted to read in 2013. The intention behind that particular reading challenge was to read a broad variety of some of the most popular names in those genres as well as to try out several new authors and revisit some favourite classics. While I wasn’t as successful in the challenge as I might like, I’ve made it a new year resolution to make sure that I do indeed repeat the challenge in 2014 with new books, new authors, and finish it this time.

To that effect, here are the 25 book series I’ve picked for this reading challenge for this year. You can see the previous list for 2013 here.

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