Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn:Book 1)

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By Brandon Sanderson



For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the “Sliver of Infinity,” reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler’s most hellish prison. Kelsier “snapped” and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.

Kelsier recruited the underworld’s elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot.

But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel’s plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she’s a half-Skaa orphan, but she’s lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.*Blurb source Macmillian*
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Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| ISBN-10: 0765350386
| ISBN-13: 978-0765350381
| Content: Science Fantasy, Heroes, 16+
| Publisher: Tor Fantasy; (July 31, 2007)
| Mass Market Paperback: 672 pages
| Cover Art: Christian Mcgrath
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| Rating: 5 Stars
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♥ Mini Review ♥
You know, usually, after I read the book, but before I write my review, I read a few other reviews to see if my impressions are too far off the mark. Normally what I find is that I agree with most of what others say, which in turn gives me confidence in my own assessment. This time however, I ran across reviews that made me wonder if I had read the same book.

Monday, December 22, 2008

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn: Book 2)

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By Brandon Sanderson



Evil has been defeated. The war has just begun.

They did the impossible, deposing the godlike being whose brutal rule had lasted a thousand years. Now Vin, the street urchin who has grown into the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and Elend Venture, the idealistic young nobleman who loves her, must build a healthy new society in the ashes of an empire.

They have barely begun when three separate armies attack. As the siege tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows.

It may just be that killing the Lord Ruler was the easy part. Surviving the aftermath of his fall is going to be the real challenge.

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The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| ISBN-10: 0765356139
| ISBN-13: 9780765356130
| Content: Science Fantasy, Heroes, 16+
| Publisher: Tor Fantasy; (June 3, 2008)
| Mass Market Paperback: 796 Pages
| Cover Art: Christian Mcgrath
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| Rating: 5 Stars
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Vin and Eland find out that there is a price to be paid for winning the good fight. Now they need to deal with setting up a new government, Vin has to come to terms with her rise from unobtrusive street urchin to the most powerful Mistborn ever and Elend has to figure out how to transfer the idea of king as written in books, to the actuality of being one. Sound like a lot? Well it gets worse, first one, then two, then three armies camp outside of the city, all looking to take possession of the missing atium. Think this is plenty? Oh no! The mists are starting to appear even during daylight hours, and they kill. Vin is going to find herself facing another Mistborn, dealing with assassination attempts, searching for an unknown traitor who is a Kandra, - which means it could be anybody - and there is a mysterious mistwraith watching her. Sounds hopeless right? Well, there are the old legends and prophecies concerning the Hero of the Ages and the Well of Ascension. But can our heroes discover their true meanings in time?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Hero of Ages (Mistborn: Book 3)

Mulluane | 10:00 PM | 3 Comments so far

By Brandon Sanderson



Who is the Hero of Ages?

To end the Final Empire and restore freedom, Vin killed the Lord Ruler. But as a result, the Deepness---the lethal form of the ubiquitous mists---is back, along with increasingly heavy ashfalls and ever more powerful earthquakes. Humanity appears to be doomed.

Having escaped death at the climax of The Well of Ascension only by becoming a Mistborn himself, Emperor Elend Venture hopes to find clues left behind by the Lord Ruler that will allow him to save the world. Vin is consumed with guilt at having been tricked into releasing the mystic force known as Ruin from the Well. Ruin wants to end the world, and its near omniscience and ability to warp reality make stopping it seem impossible. She can’t even discuss it with Elend lest Ruin learn their plans!

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The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| ISBN-10: 0765316897
| ISBN-13: 9780765356147
| Content: Science Fantasy, Heroes, 16+
| Publisher: Tor Fantasy; (October 14, 2008)
| Mass Market Paperback: 760 pages
| Cover Art: Christian Mcgrath
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| Rating: 5 Stars
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If you think you have a handle on what is going on with this story, you are about to find out that you had less than a clue. Nothing is what it appears to be, and no event will resolve in the way you think it will, so plan to be amazed.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Wayfarer Redemption: Axis Trilogy by Sara Douglass (Series Summary)

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Axis Trilogy by Sara Douglass
The Wayfarer Redemption: Book One ~ Enchanter: Book 2 - Starman: Book 3)
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This is a prophecy driven series and the prophecy, like most, is vague enough to be misinterpreted at times. This makes it possible to have more twists and turns then a slinky while providing a lot of entertainment as the reader tries to figure it all out. The prophecy comes in three parts, and each book follows a section of the prophecy, with just a bit of overlapping.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Wayfarer Redemption - Battleaxe (Axis Trilogy: Book 1)

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By Sara Douglass



A millennia-old prophecy was given when the Forbidden Ones were driven from Achar. And now, the Acharites witness its manifestation: Achar is under attack by an evil lord from the North, Gorgreal-his ice demons strike from the sky and kill hundreds of brave warriors in the blink of an eye.

All Acharites believe the end is near.

One young woman, Faraday, betrothed of Duke Borneheld, learns that all she has been told about her people's history is untrue. While fleeing to safety from the dangerous land, Faraday, rides with Axis, legendary leader of the Axe-Wielders-and hated half-brother of Borneheld-and a man Faraday secretly loves although it would be death to admit it. She embarks on a journey, which will change her life forever, in search of the true nature of her people.

This grand and heroic story tells the tale of one woman's plight to learn the truth of her people and change their hearts and their minds forever. She fights against oppressive forces to share this reality and will not desist until everyone knows. . . . . The truth of the Star Gate

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Wayfarer Redemption - Battleaxe (Axis Trilogy: Book 1) by Sara Douglass

| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Demons, Heroes
| ISBN-10: 0765341301
| ISBN-13: 9780765341303
| Publisher: Tor Fantasy; 1st Mass Market Ed edition (September 17, 2001)
| Mass Market Paperback: 672 pages
| Cover Artist: Luis Royo
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 4 Stars
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This is one of my favorite types of fantasy; classic large-scale battle of good versus evil with magical races. Granted, this type of fantasy is no longer in "fashion" with urban and paranormal taking center stage, but it is the type that developed my love for fantasy so I will likely never grow tired of it.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Enchanter (Wayfarer's Redemption: Axis Trilogy: Book 2)

By Sara Douglass



Axis is a true hero, in every sense of the word. On his shoulders lies the double burden of prophecy and war. Having fulfilled the first part of the prophecy by becoming the StarMan, he now must reunite the three races inhabiting his world.

It is his destiny to lead an army against his evil half-brother, to regain control of Tencendor, once the greatest land in the world.

It is his destiny to be caught between the two women he loves, one the epitome of gentility, beauty, and intelligence, the other a fierce warrior with a cunning wit.

And it is his destiny to be thwarted at every turn by the vicious Goragel, an insane monster bent on destroying all that Axis works to preserve . . .

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Enchanter (Wayfarer's Redemption: Axis Trilogy: Book 2) by Sara Douglass

| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Demons, Heroes
| ISBN-10: 0765341964
| ISBN-13: 9780765341969
| Publisher: Tor Fantasy (April 15, 2002)
| Mass Market Paperback: 688 pages
| Cover Artist: Luis Royo
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 4 Stars

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♥ Mini Review ♥
This installment in the series focuses on the war between Axis and his half-brother Bourneheld. Axis continues to grow in power but he starts to take on the innate arrogance of his Icarii heritage. You will likely discover that your feelings about Axis change, and not for the better. Because of this, some readers get upset; Axis does some cold-hearted things in this book. Another complaint that folks have is the absence of Faraday and the focus on Azure. (Don't worry, Faraday gets more attention in book three.) The end result is ratings that are lower, in my opinion, then these books deserve.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Starman (Wayfarer Redemption: Axis Trilogy: Book 3)

By Sara Douglass



Axis is the StarMan of prophecy and legend, destined to lead the three races of his world to unite as one people. The people of his world all know the Prophecy of the Destroyer, despite the failed attempts of the Seneschal to suppress it in the name of the god Artor the Ploughman, and it predicts and dictates Axis's path through war and destruction to the creation of Tencendor.

The Prophecy foretold that Axis would defeat his half-brother and lay claim to the land that Tencendor will be created upon. The Prophecy told of the traitor in Axis's camp-Faraday's champion, Timozel.

And the Prophecy foretold many a choice that Axis must make in order to fulfill his destiny . . . but neglected to mention the choice between the beautiful and courageous Faraday, his late half-brother's wife, and the feisty and hauntingly enchanting Azhure.

To Faraday, he had pledged his love and a place by his side as ruler of Tencendor; to Azhure, he had given his children, his time, and his devotion.

His love for both women is what the last twist of the Prophecy relies on. While Azhure explores her newfound powers as an Icarii Enchantress, and Faraday replants the ancient forests of the Mother, the evil Gorgrael is plotting Axis's downfall, invading the sky with ice and terror and the flesh-hungry Gryphons. His most daring move is to follow prophecy, to taunt Axis with the pain of his beloved.

But which beloved woman will Gorgrael choose . . . and will she be the one whose death will distract Axis from saving the world?

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Starman (Wayfarer Redemption: Axis Trilogy: Book 3) by Sara Douglass

| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Demons, Heroes
| ISBN-10: 0765342812
| ISBN-13: 9780765342812
| Publisher: Tor Fantasy; Reissue edition (January 20, 2003)
| Mass Market Paperback: 688 pages
| Cover Artist: Luis Royo
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 3 Stars

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♥ Mini Review ♥
The final book of this trilogy brings everything to a bittersweet conclusion. Each member of the prophecy discovers and fulfills their part. Great individual sacrifices are made in the hopes of saving the greater good. In the end, it will come down to just one choice, who exactly is the Lover?

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Paragon Lost by Dave Duncan (A Chronicle of the King's Blades: Book 1)



Many legends have emerged from the shadows of Ironhall, yet surely none can surpass the greatness and glory predestined for Sir Beaumont—possessor of the purest and strongest of hearts, and a mind as quick, keen, and accurate as his sword. But the day he sets out in the service of the elderly Lord Wassail turns to a black one, and young Beau's journey ends in horror and blood . . . and disgrace.

Banished from the King's Blades, he now faces a grim future as a homeless pariah, a creature to be shunned and despised. But redemption can come from unexpected directions and in unrecognizable guises. Approached in secret by the legendary Durendal, now Grand Master of the Order, the dishonored paragon is offered one last chance to win back his weapon and his place among his brothers in arms. But to do so, Beau must ride alone back through the icy gates of Hell . . . and do battle with the Devil himself.

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Book Cover of Paragon Lost by Dave Duncan (A Chronicle of the King's Blades: Book 1)

| Author: Dave Duncan
| Genre: Sword and Sorcery
| ISBN-10: 0380818353
| ISBN-13: 9780380818358
| Publisher: Eos (July 29, 2003)
| Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 5 Stars
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Sir Beaumont. Beau for short is a disgraced King's Blade, cast out of the order, and forced to make his way in the world as best he can. That is until Grand Master Durendal shows up at his door, asking a favor, a mission he feels that only Beaumont can accomplish. If Beau succeeds, he may just win back his sword and his standing with the King's Blades. However, what exactly happened that led to Sir Beaumont's disgrace? In addition, why has Sir Durendal singled him out for this dangerous undertaking?


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Impossible Odds by Dave Duncan (A Chronicle of the King's Blades: Book 2)

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Elite warrior swordsmen, they are unequalled in any time or realm . . .

The King's Blades

The King has decreed that new Blades must be sworn into the service of the Grand Duke Rubin, deposed by a foul usurper and currently on the run. But none of the rough youths being readied at Ironhall possess the seasoning to survive what better, more skilled Blades already have not. Still, two woefully unprepared candidates are approached with an offer of early bonding and probable death: deft but dense, rude Ranter, and eager, impetuous Ringwood . . . with a third, the inadequate swordsman but potentially able spy Bellman, enlisted into their threadbare ranks. Joining the Duke's entourage along with the courageous and prescient White Sister Trudy, the would-be champions must restore a rightful ruler to the throne or die in the process.

But before them waits an army of the dead. And the Duke whom the Blades must protect to the last drop of their lifeblood is not the liege they imagined . .

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Book Cover of Impossible Odds by Dave Duncan (A Chronicle of the King's Blades: Book 2)

| Author: Dave Duncan
| Genre: Sword and Sorcery
| Content: Heroes, Adult
| ISBN-10: 0060094451
| ISBN-13: 9780060094454
| Publisher: Eos (September 28, 2004)
| Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 4 Stars
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When the King commands, Blades must be bound into service, even if the highest available candidates have not completed their training.

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