Month: February 2016

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson: A Review

A Scandinavian novel about a woman who fits into no cultural or literary stereotypes assisting a journalist in his mission to find out what happened to the missing girl of the Vanger family, one of the richest and most influential families in the country. Lizbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist join together to solve the case after

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The Wind Singer (Wind on Fire #1) by William Nicholson: A Review

In the city of Aramanth, the mantra is, “Better today than yesterday. Better tomorrow than today.” Harder work means the citizens of Aramanth can keep moving forward to improved life stations–from Gray tenements and Orange apartments, upwards to glorious mansions of White. Only some families, like the Haths, believe more in ideas and dreams than

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Slaves of the Mastery (Wind on Fire #2) by William Nicholson: A Review

Written with the same passion and cinematic scope as the first book in the series, ‘Slaves of the Mastery’ picks up the story of siblings Kestrel and Bowman five years on from the closing chapter of ‘The Wind Singer’. The city of Aramanth has become a kinder place, but in becoming kinder it has also

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Firesong (Wind on Fire #3) by William Nicholson: A Review

The story picks up with the flight of the Hath family, and their crew of other willing Manth families and friends, away from the ruined Mastery. After the defeat of the Master, alone and displaced, they seek a new homeland but have no real destination and very little food. Ira Hath leads the way, prophesising

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The Magician’s Apprentice (The Black Magician #0.5) by Trudi Canavan: Book Review

In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer. Her mother would rather she found a husband. But her life is about to take a very unexpected turn. When the advances of a visiting Sachakan mage get violent, Tessia unconsciously taps unknown reserves of magic to defend herself.

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The High Lord (The Black Magician #3) by Trudi Canavan: Book Review

Sonea has learned much at the magicians’ guild and the other novices now treat her with a grudging respect. But she cannot forget what she witnessed in the High Lord’s underground room – or his warning that the realm’s ancient enemy is growing in power once more. As Sonea learns more, she begins to doubt

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The Novice (The Black Magician #2) by Trudi Canavan: Book Review

“Even if a magician’s powers surface of their own accord, he will soon be dead if he does not gain the knowledge of how to control them.” Alone among all the novices in the Magicians’ Guild, only Sonea comes from lowly beginnings. Yet she has won powerful allies—including Lord Dannyl, newly promoted to Guild Ambassador.

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The Magician’s Guild (The Black Magician #1) by Trudi Canavan: Book Review

This year, like every other, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city of undesirables. Cloaked in the protection of their sorcery, they move with no fear of the vagrants and miscreants who despise them and their work-—until one enraged girl, barely more than a child, hurls a stone at the hated invaders…and effortlessly

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