Book Review: The Belgariad Series

 

Title: Pawn of Prophecy/Queen of Sorcery
Author: David Eddings
Series: Yes
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher:
Page Count: 600 (300 respectively for both first books)
Review Word Count: 1000
Type of Book: Paperback
Received: I honestly don’t remember, I’ve had these books for years
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Read for 24in48, which starts tomorrow!

 

I just read through books 1 and 2 of The Belgariad, and really enjoyed both of them. Of course, this is my fifth time re-reading book 1 “Pawn of Prophecy”, but I have never finished the series, due to it taking me literal years to find and collect all the books to the series that had matching covers. I’m planning on just binge reading the entire series in the next couple of days, but there are a few things that I wanted to talk about in regards to the books.

#1: Murgo’s: From what I recall, aren’t they a main race in the Wheel of Time series? *Check into that* Did David Eddings rip off Robert Jordan, or vice versa? Are Murgo’s also part of the Tolkien franchise?

#2: Brill: he reminds me very strongly of a character in the Wheel of Time series as well. Perhaps ya’ll might remember the Peddler Padar Fane*? *check name* He also had a bad habit of showing up when not wanted, and turned out to be pretty much as evil as evil gets.

#3: Salmassra: She reminds me strongly of this scene from Outlander, when she kidnapped Jamie’s nephew Ian. Garion didn’t suffer nearly as much as poor Ian, yet the scenes ring rather similarly, for me.

#4: Aunt Pol: Garion’s words of her living for four thousand years and being a cold heartless woman ring true, yet there’s also her unexpected caring side from time to time. Still, I don’t much like her as a character. I find her to be rather manipulative and overly harsh towards others at times.

#5: Riding/Walking/Running: There’s a lot of all three going on quite a bit through these books, as they travel to fulfill the prophecy. Normally, I like reading about these parts, but sometimes it can get rather redundant.

#6: Prophecy: Most prophecy’s are annoying, and don’t live up to their full potential and I’m sure you could name several books/series that do such. I’m truly hoping that this will be one that just knocks the socks off of me, and actually has strong reasons for having a prophecy and isn’t just petty squabbling between gods and manipulations from lesser mortals.

#7: Slavery: Serfs or slaves, the books are hard hitting towards that particular subject. I do hope that the issue gets resolved towards the later end in a believable way.

#8: Bathing: I like that the characters are always concerned about bathing. Actually, that’s a lie. It seems that Pol is the only one concerned, and forces the rest of them to bath quite a bit. Unless you’re a girl, the men can’t seem to be bothered with it. It’s…quirksome.

#9: Horses: I *love* that Hettar understands the horses so. One of my favorite scenes in the first two books is how Durnik sits on a horse, and the horse sighs, and Hettar laughs and…well, you’ll just have to read it, but if you understand horses at all, you’ll find it amusing too.

And #10: The Length: The books read far too quickly. I flew through 300 pages in less than four hours, they go that fast, because they’re that fun. There’s so much rich detail, action, and conversation that it makes for an easy read. I hope that the books start getting longer, but they all appear about the same size, so probably not.
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And there you have ten thoughts from me about the Belgariad Series by David Eddings. Have you read the series? If so, please don’t spoil me, I’m only just about to start book three. Chat about books 1 + 2 in the comments, if you will, because I really want to talk about them with someone whose read the series. Otherwise, 5/5 stars for both books 1 + 2, and I definitely plan on finishing the series as the week passes.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Monthly Wrap Up: November Reads

I read a lot of books in November. Around 30, in fact. For everyone else, the month of November seemed to have flown by, but for me it seemed to drag a bit. Whereas my favorite month (October) flew by with abandon. I read a couple of 600+page books, some fanfiction, and worked on writing my own book as it was NaNoWriMo-and was really pleased at winning the first NaNoWriMo that I’d attended! Tonight, I’ll be watching Fantastic Beasts 2, which is exciting, and I’ll be working on reading Girl of Paper and Fire for most of today, when not working on my blog. But that’s enough of the things that aren’t books-here’s the books that I’ve read for November:

 

There’s a few others that I didn’t get photos of, mostly because they aren’t released yet. I also haven’t gotten some of these reviewed yet, such as the Mercedes Lackey books, the Enchanted Castle, and a couple of others. I’m behind on reviews, mostly because I’m working on updates for my blog, as well as working on my book getting published.

My December TBR is coming up next, and then possibly either some reviews, or some new changes to my blog, haven’t decided which yet. I’m really looking forward to tonight, however, for tonight as I said earlier, I get to watch Fantastic Beasts 2! (Sadly not at IMAX.)

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

New Release Review: Damsel

Damsel

Title: Damsel
Author: Elana K. Arnold
Series: I really hope this is book one
Publisher: Harper Collins
Page Count: 300
Type of Book: New Release, Library Loan, Hardback
Review Word Count:
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Ah, the anticipation is over!

I finished this book in less than two hours. It was just over 300 pages. Even for me, that is a quick read. It stole my heart, stomped on it, and ripped it into shreds. The best thing about it? THAT ENDING!

This had all the feels, and then some. It had scenes that made me feel true rage towards a character which is a rare thing for me. It made me want to kill the ‘hero’ of the story, and in violent and painful ways for acting like such an incredible ass. What’s weird is that I also liked him at the start of the book and was rooting for him…until about a quarter of the way through the book, in which he basically just killed any feelings I had for him by SPOILER {killing a mama lynx for no reason and almost killing its baby too}.

Warnings: get your box of tissues ready, people. This book was brutal in the feels department, it has cats being killed, dragons being brutally slayed, one scene the main female character is led around a castle with a chain and leash, one suggested attempted assault, there’s a scene where a girl burns her hand, and main character death at the end of this book but it is SO WELL DESERVED. Oh, and one troubling scene of animals being tortured into submission, one brutal scene of that where a man sews a birds eyes shut.

This book features a dragon, a prince going off to slay the dragon to save the damsel, bring the damsel home so that he can be king, and is told alternatively between the girls point of view, and the boys. The girl is named Ama and the boy is named Emory.

Ama is confused, because she doesn’t remember anything from Emory saving her from the dragon. She doesn’t remember her name, her parentage-nothing. Emory tells her that she’s beautiful, and that he rescued her so that she could be his queen, and so on and so forth.

Now, it leaves it wide open to guess exactly where Ama comes from, if readers are smart and pay attention to all the signs that are given. There’s quite a few nods towards who Ama was before Emory rescued her. I won’t say anything, however, only that I really rather hated Emory in the end, as well as most of the men in this book.

This book had a lot of issues in regards to it being a ‘man’s world’ and that ‘women needed to learn their place’. I found it annoying but also realistic and wanted to strangle a fair few of the characters because of it. I must also note that I really liked the serving maids, as well as the glassblower (a glassblower in a fantasy book is awesome, even if he started out as a misogynist ass!) and the queen and all her cats. The overall cast of characters in the castle was interesting and I really wanted to read more about everyone and all their back-stories.

I really loved this book. I really hope that there’s going to be a follow up, because while it ended on a somewhat dark note, it also granted Ama her freedom again and was a happy note for her too. I’m sure that a sequel could be managed from this, and am eagerly looking forward to such if there is one.

I’m obviously giving this book a 5/5 stars, and am so pleased that this being an anticipated book reached all my levels of expectation and then some. My hat goes off to the author for a spectacular job well done. If you haven’t already gotten to this book yet, I highly recommend doing so. If you like fantasy, cats, dragons, and magic then this is definitely the book for you!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Netgalley Review: The Turnaway Girls

The Turnaway Girls

Title: The Turnaway Girls
Author: Haley Chewins
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Candlewick
Page Count: 300
Type of Book: ARC, Netgalley Read
Review Word Count:
Rated: 3/5 stars
Notes: DNF’d at about 50% of the way through. Sigh.

I couldn’t finish this book. The writing wasn’t bad, and neither were the characters, I just couldn’t keep focused on it. Perhaps its my mentality state and trying to read so many books, one after the other, so that I can finish and write up my many belated reviews, but…I didn’t much like this one. It wasn’t grabbing me, and I didn’t feel any strong connection to it.

I’m sorry to the author, I know menial reviews like this hurt their product, but it just wasn’t for me. I’m going to try again in the future to read it, and finish it, but after weeks of forcing myself to keep flipping pages…

Meh.

3/5 stars for this book.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Netgalley Review: No Man of Woman Born

 

No Man of Woman Born

Title: No Man of Woman Born
Author: Ana Marsdell
Series: Anthology
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Acacia Moon Publishing
Page Count: 300
Type of Book: Netgalley ARC, Kindle Ebook
Review Word Count: 600
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes:

No Man of Woman Born. The title is what caught my eye, it was catchy and interesting and sounded like the kind of thing I would read. Then I realized it was a collection of short stories, and while I’m not normally one for Anthologies, I definitely had to read this. It was exactly what I hoped for; true love, heroes, girls turned boys, boys turned girls, dragons, magic, witches…it was an amazingly, awesome experience reading this book.

I wish to thank the publisher for letting me have a copy of this on Netgalley. I was crossing my fingers, but wasn’t sure I would receive it, and am thrilled to have gotten it, and even more thrilled in reading it. Yet before I dive into the review, let’s go over the trigger warnings, shall we? Because there’s quite a few of them to list here.

Warnings: trans-characters in trying situations, non-supportive family members of a trans character, death of family members and children, imprisonment, murder, war crimes, suggested genocide of certain kinds of character, suggested rape

There’s various different kinds of short retelllings you might notice in here. The ‘sword from the stone’, not to mention the ‘sleeping beauty’; but there’s also quite a few that I didn’t recognize as being retellings. If they are, they’re done well enough that I’ve missed it, and it doesn’t state it in the story either.

I liked all the stories, though I think my favorites are probably “the Father’s Son” and “The sword from the Stone” remixed version. The writing was strong, the characters were believable, and I wish, I wish that I had found and read this as a thirteen year old teenager when I was confused about gender and everything else. While I’m not trans, I have a lot of trans friends, as well as gay and lesbian friends too. Most of my circle is part of the LGBT community, in fact. I have the feeling that had I read this as a teenager, it would have helped me to grow and figure a few things out a lot quicker.

I can’t review this book without spoiling it. I will say that there are quite a few scenes that are dark and heart-wrenching to read. So if you’re easily triggered or there are things you don’t like reading in fantasy books that deal with the LGBT community…I highly suggest not reading it.

But if you’re not scared away so easily, then I highly recommend reading this book. Because it is an important book, especially if you’re new to the LGBT community. It shows just how important gender identity is, and why it matters what you call a person.

I’m giving this a 5/5 stars because of how powerful the message is in this book, and I really hope that any who reads this review at least checks this book out and spreads the message that there’s a positive book for LGBT people to read that’s in the YA fantasy genre.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

ARC Review: Evenfall

Evenfall Book 1

Title: Evenfall
Author: Gaja J. Kos & Boris Ros
Series: Book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher:
Page Count: 400
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook
Where: Requested on Booksprout
Review Word Count:
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Hey, Throne of Glass fans, this will be your new favorite series!

I found a new app called Booksprout that let you pick ARCs, and you could read and review it in exchange for the book. Similar to Netgalley, though I liked Booksprout’s design better though most of what was available seemed to be romance novels, mixed with fantasy and science fiction. Nothing wrong with that at all, but I like strong fantasy not just mere romance, in my books. So I selected this one.

“It’s not hurt that weakens. It is never hurt. ”

This was a powerful read, with strong characters and even stronger writing. There are plenty of beautiful quotes to choose from in this book, and the storyline is fascinating with its unique magical system; complete with Illusionists, Magicians, and Mages. There’s power that craves darkness, and a prophesied girl who will come and save everyone from its hateful, strangling grasp…the One, the Savior…

Warnings: attempted assault, lgbt characters, monsters, the end of the world, lies, manipulations, pawns, magic, women being looked down upon by men, the weak vs. the powerful, and you will need a box of tissues at least once.

But Ember doesn’t believe herself to be the savior. She doesn’t believe she has magical abilities. She doesn’t know what’s going on, and why she has to avoid the Crescent Prince Mordecai. All she knows is that she’s lost, she’s alone, and she has no idea how to find her way back home.

This was a truly wild ride of a fantastical fantasy story, complete with villains and heroes, dogs and even the stars in the sky played a part. I really enjoyed reading this book, and sincerely hope that there will be a follow up. This has definitely made one of my top favorites of 2018.
I’m giving this a 5/5 star rating, because that ending was breathless, and I am seriously wanting book two now, please, I must learn what happens. I hope to buy my own copy of it soon, and have it sit on my favorites shelf. I can’t wait until I can read the physical copy version, and I definitely look forward to reading more from these fabulous authors!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Top #5 Novellas On My TBR

I didn’t ever read Novellas before Murderbot came out, unless you count fanfiction novellas, but those weren’t physical books that I could hold in my hands and read. Novellas weren’t an important thing to me, as much as the next big hefty book that had at least 300+pages. But now, there are lots of Novellas coming out, and I’ve discovered others that have captured my attention aside from Murderbot that I’m eager to read. I found the Binti scifi series, which I absolutely adore, though perhaps not as much as Murderbot, though it is close. Now these are some of the latest Novellas that I’ve come across, and each of them not only have pretty, pretty covers but fascinating storylines!

#1: Keeper of the Dawn

Keeper of the Dawn

{Click the title to go to the Goodreads page for a description of the book, same thing for the next five books.}

This is high on my list, and one of the first novellas that I’ve found as well. The cover is nice to look at, though not my favorite (Murderbot!) and the storyline is definitely right up there with things I love. And with a strong female character, or so it seems, I’m definitely wanting to get my hands on this little story.

#2: Temporary Duty Assignment
Temporary Duty Assignment

I rarely read romance, because most of the time it’s annoying and the characters are all mushy and it’s all smutty romance. It’s not my favorite category, but there are times when I’m in the mood for a good action/romance plot! This looks like one of those, and so I’ve added it to my list! I also really love this cover!

#3: A Glimmer of Silver
A Glimmer of SilverThis one sounds absolutely fascinating, and is water based! I love water based stories, especially science fiction water based stories! And it’s also a coming of age which is another favorite thing to read! I’m eagerly anticipating this one, and again, just look at that cover!

#4: Accelerants

Accelerants

This sounds like it’s more my thing, with lots of fantasy elements and  a girl who controls fire is always awesome. And might I just point out, yet again, how beautiful the cover is? I really love this cover, and it’s close to beating out my top favorites with how pretty that art is!

And last but not least:

#5: Agents of Dreamland
Agents of Dreamland

How can I not list one of my favorite authors on this list? Caitlin R. Kiernan is a huge fantasy author that I love, and didn’t realize that there was a novella of hers coming out until I started making a list of novellas to read. Now I’m eager to read this, and the title and the fact that it’s science fiction, my second favorite category to read, is making it even harder to wait in reading this novella!

 

And those are my #5 Novellas that I’m eagerly anticipating, now that I’ve done some research, I’m going to request quite a few from the library. Seeing as they are quite short, each of them about 100 pages or so, I’m thinking that these can be read quickly. If you have more suggestions for novellas that I haven’t listed here, feel free to post them in the comments! I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

Hardback Book Review: Daughter of the Forest

Daughter of the Forest

Title: Daughter of the Forest
Author: Juliet Marillier
Series: Book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Adult
Publisher:
Page Count: 500
Type of Book: Hardback, Book I Own
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 5/5 stars

Look at me go, reading 500+pages after I finished a 600+pages! Daughter of the Forest swept me away with its vivid characters, its in-depth plot, it’s breathtaking scope of world-building. I would rank this as highly as Naomi Novik’s “Uprooted”, because it’s just as beautiful, but instead of being just a stand-alone, this is a series.

Daughter of the Forest tells the tale of Sorcha, and while I loved Sorcha and her six older brothers, her father needs to loosen up and not be so hateful. Granted, his wife died, but that doesn’t give him the right to act like a complete and utter a** towards his children, especially the two youngest who looked the most like his beloved wife.

There’s plenty of magic to be had in this book, along with swans, women being awesome, bad guys, an adventure. There’s so much in this book, that I’m glad I own this because this means that I can do a re-read and see if I missed anything the first time around, which I have been known to do with great fantasy epics.

I really want to read more of this series, but sadly that will have to wait until my next venture to the library, or I find a copy of book two on book outlet. I hope there are some available in hardback edition, to complete the series, because this would be one of my favorite series to own, I think.

To conclude, I’m giving this a 5/5 stars as it’s a breathtakingly beautiful fantasy that I know I will remember for some years to come.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

September Reads: Almost 35 Books!

I can’t believe I was so close to reaching 50 books read in the month of September! And so many of them were such high rankings! This month was a real roller coaster ride of reads, and I have the feeling that October is going to be even better!

{Note: I don’t have covers for all the books I’ve read.}

 

Books Read for September

1.Priest of Bones| 5/5 stars
2.A Brazen Curiosity| 4/5 stars
3.The Highlander Who Protected Me| 4/5 stars
4.The Phantom Tree| 2/5 stars
5.Begone the Raggedy Witches| 4/5 stars
6.Undertow (Book Two)| 4/5 stars
7.Heart of Mist| 4/5 stars
8.Daisy’s Run| 4/5 stars
9.Eros| 4/5 stars
10.The Lady in the Cellar| 3/5 stars
11.Eve of Eridu| 4/5 stars
12.Miss Copp Just Won’t Quit| 4/5 stars
13.Sea Witch| 3/5 stars
14.The Wedding From Hell Part 1| 3/5 stars
15.The Wedding From Hell Part 2| 3/5 stars
16.Lost| 4/5 stars
17.Arclight| 4/5 stars
18.A Thousand Shall Fall| 2/5 stars
19.Game of Secrets| 5/5 stars
20.Hounded| 5/5 stars
21.Prisoner of Night and Fog| 4/5 stars
22.School of Wizardry| 3/5 stars
23.Stupid Perfect World| 3/5 stars
24.The Late Great Wizard| 5/5 stars
25.Worldshaper| 4/5 stars
26.The Magicians (re-read)| 5/5 stars
27.A Darker Shade of Magic (DNF)| 3/5 stars
28.A Necromancer’s Romance| 4/5 stars
29.Dark Wolf (Book One)| 3/5 stars
30.Malice of the Dark Witch| 5/5 stars
31.The Prince of Shadows (re-read)| 5/5 stars
The Iron Tower Trilogy (re-read)| 5/5 stars

I really enjoyed all of these, aside from a couple of them, and am definitely hopeful to read as many books if not more for the month of September. I’ve also started Instagram as PassMeThatBook, you can find the link at the bottom of my webpage, or just search my blog name and it should come right up! I don’t have a lot of pictures on my :Instagram yet, but I’m slowly building up on that as well.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book!

ARC Book Review: Worldshaper

Worldshaper

Title: Worldshaper
Author: Edward Willet
Series: Book 1
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: DAW
Page Count: 400
Type of Book: ARC, Paperback, Netgalley Ebook
Review Word Count: 700
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes:

I need book two now. Please.

Warnings: some harsh language, death of a horse, and a terrorist like murder at the start of the book, plus a terrible cliffhanging that leaves you wanting more

There is so much to love about this book. Like the fact it references Tolkien at least three times, if not more. Or perhaps the fact it referenced Doctor Who. Or maybe the fact that it’s got a sarcastic wiseass smartmouthed main female character who actually stops to think ‘what-if’ every once and a while. Or perhaps there’s the fact that there are so many interesting ideas in this book that it’ll make your world spin. (Sorry. Poor pun, but this book is full of puns and cliches similiar, and I couldn’t not pass that up.)

I really loved this book. Karl wasn’t my favorite character, but he eventually grew on me. I found him somewhat questionable, actually. The main bad guy known as The Adversary is a fascinating character that I sometimes want to strangle. What is it with people wanting complete and utter control over everything? He clearly didn’t have a good childhood.

There’s a lot to like in this book, but Shawna’s character is the best. I liked Brent, the few times he showed up (Shawna’s boyfriend) and I liked Aesha (cool name!) and her mother and all the characters, and the references to various fandoms that I just love. The Emerald City was mentioned a couple of times, as was King Arthur and his Knights, not to mention a favorite poet of mine Robert Burns as well as Robert Frost…

Seriously. There’s loads of references, terrible puns, sarcastic characters with witty remarks, cliche upon cliche. Edward Willet is fast becoming my favorite author. I have another book that I need to read of his called The Cityborn…where was I? Ah, yes, the book!

Imagine if you can shape worlds purely from your imagination. You’re only allowed to have a limited bit of power to shape those worlds, you can’t change yourself, and if you run out of power for good then that’s it, caput, the end. Such an intriguing idea! I wish that I could do such a thing! The only way that I can come close to that, however, is by writing.

Shawna is a Shaper, one that Karl believes is the most powerful Shaper in existence aside from Ygrair, a woman who sent him on a quest to fetch a powerful Shaper. To do what, I’m not entirely certain, as Karl is very cagey about what’s going on there. He explains everything to Shawna, who is apparently supposed to know all about this stuff already. For some reason, however, she’s blocked it completely from her mind. Karl, frustrated, tugs her along and helps her to escape the Adversary who wants to kill her so that he can completely control the world that she’s created without any sort of interference at all.

There’s much adventure within this book, plenty of fun and excitement. There’s scary moments for the characters, lots of life or death situations, and there’s also one scene where a horse is killed by accident. So if you’re a horse lover as I am, fair thee warning.

I was kinda reminded of the Magicians by Lev Grossman in regards to this book. While on a completely different scale, this book still had that same flare in regards to how imagination is used. I wonder if the author’s read the series, because there is a character named Julia towards the back end of the book too…

I really really enjoyed this book, and thank DAW tremendously for sending me an ARC. I finished it in four and a half hours, and hope to have book two soon because it left off on a terrible cliffhanger. I’m giving this book a well deserved 5/5 stars, and crossing my fingers that book two comes out soon!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

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