Book Review: So Close To Home (Dakota Adams Book 3) by Galen Surlak-Ramsey

Publishing Date: 2019

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 2.4/5

Review: I have to say, whomever is doing the cover art has mad skillz.

Ok, I can no longer look away from the content that is becoming increasingly trite once it passed glib much too often. I get that Dakota has a certain personality yet the expectation does not marry with the scene development and ends up rendering the story line directionless.

I will probably pass on the next novel unless the writer instills a sense of grit and realism (not gonna happen).

Book Review: Bright Steel (Masters & Mages #3) by Miles Cameron

Publishing Date: 2019

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 3.6/5

Review: This ending did not disappoint yet also leaves room for more novels in the series. I liked that the novel focused more on the political/spy game while leaving room for sword play and magic to flourish. A real gifted writer that enfolds you into his world.

Sparthos was my favorite character and sadly did not have a big role in the all the novels. The author does a great job of prefacing each chapter with a stanza from the master that relates to the story line intent. Fucking Dhalia survives to be the biggest biotch the fantasy world has ever known.  Minus one star.

Starting to read The Red Knight, and it is goooood.

Book Review: Dark Forge (Masters & Mages #2) by Miles Cameron

Publishing Date: 2019

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.2/5

Review: Aranthur has left the lands that he knew and seeks to find a cure for the rift in the sky. Along the way, he bangs a lot of chicks and rises to Centark in the army for his brave and heroic deeds.

These novels continue to inspire character development that is usually absent from most fantasy novels. Aranthur is at once noble, thoughtful, self-deprecatory and bold. His escapades are fun while being an entertaining character to follow. The shift to a war footing in this novel over-rode the original world building essence in the first.

So, why no 5-stars? The reluctant hero shtick wears a little thin. The constant self-doubt and “I shouldn’t be here, I’m just a dumb farmer” wore a little thin. And Dhalia survives this novel which was a big disappointment. Piss and vinegar does not a character make.

Onward ho to the finale’.

Book Review: Cold Iron (Masters & Mages #1) by Miles Cameron

Publishing Date: 2018

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.8/5

Review:” Aranthur is a promising young mage. But the world is not safe and after a confrontation leaves him no choice but to display his skill with a blade, Aranthur is instructed to train under a renowned Master of Swords”.  

Where to begin? This was nearly flawless in execution. Constant movement that rivals some of the best in the genre when building characters with depth. Aranthur (Arthur?) is a country bumpkin that happens to have deep thoughts and some latent powers that may prove accessible if he goes to higher learning in the city. What starts out as jaunt across the countryside quickly morphs into political intrigue, black magic and sword fighting.  The world building is epic and thankfully the author provides a rudimentary map. The supporting caste is very good with the exception of Dahlia.

This novel enfolds you and costs little when compared to the length. A full 5.0 if earlier on, Dahlia had fallen on her own spear.


Book Review: Priest of Lies by Peter Mclean

Publishing Date: 2019

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.5/5

Review: This series just enfolds you in a well woven tapestry of intrigue and brutality. Tomas is now working with the Royal house and hates that he does so. The characters shift quite a bit but the stalwart Pious men are still in attendance.

Here’s to hoping that his handler falls off a horse.