REVIEW: ‘Blood Song’ by Anthony Ryan

“The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm.”

Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

Vaelin’s father was Battle Lord to King Janus, ruler of the unified realm. Vaelin’s rage at being deprived of his birthright and dropped at the doorstep of the Sixth Order like a foundling knows no bounds. He cherishes the memory of his mother, and what he will come to learn of her at the Order will confound him. His father, too, has motives that Vaelin will come to understand. But one truth overpowers all the rest: Vaelin Al Sorna is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend. A future that will alter not only the realm, but the world.

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REVIEW: ‘Red Rising’ by Pierce Brown

Darrow is a miner and a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he digs all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of the planet livable for future generations. Darrow has never seen the sky.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better future for his children.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow and Reds like him are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow joins a resistance group in order to infiltrate the ruling class and destroy society from within. He will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

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Hope is an act of imagination.


Hope is an act of imagination.

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
I love The Song of Ice and Fire series...what other fantasy series can you recommend to a reader new to the genre?
readingrealms readingrealms Said:


Oh, gentle reader! This is the sort of question that gives Molly and Jenn many feels.

If we can say so without being obvious, please, go forth and Lord of the Rings-ify yourself. (It’s totally ok to skim the songs and the parts with all the walking, but if you love Martin’s descriptions of everything, well, Middle Earth is a good place to visit.)

For an epic, sweeping story arc, look to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series (first in the series is The Eye of the World).

For non-medieval-European-fantasy full of magic and violence and lovely imagery, pick up N.K. Jemisin; start with The Killing Moon.

For super-sexy, super-political alternate medieval Europe, try Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series (Kushiel’s Dart).

For intrigue and dragons and bastard sons and conniving royalty and unforgettable characters, you cannot go wrong with Robin Hobb (start with Assassin’s Apprentice).

Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea books are not at all like GRRM’s books, but they are astonishing, vital, mythical fantasy reading.

If that is not enough to start, we can also talk about Tad Williams, Melanie Rawn, Jo Clayton, Patricia Kenneally, Raymond Feist, David Eddings, and a whole lot more. But these should get you started!

(We would now like to curl up with some hot cocoa and a big fantasy tome ourselves.)

To add to this (because a lot of those recommendations are kind of boring) we say:

The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles) by Patrick Rothfuss, The Godless World trilogy by Brian Ruckley, The Black Prism (Lightbringer series) by Brent Weeks, The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie.

And if you want something more in the realm of faster paces sword and sorcery instead of epic world building fantasy, try: Eli Monpress Saga by Rachel Aaron, Riyria Revelations by Michael Sullivan, Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks.

"They feared the man I was. The man I am they ‘d pity." A Storm of Swords, chapter sixty-seven: Jaime.  

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REVIEW: ‘The Huntsman’s Amulet’ by Duncan M. Hamilton

Alone in a foreign land, Soren must come to terms with loss and a gift that has been as much a burden as a benefit.

A long abandoned city may hold the answers he seeks about the Gift of Grace, but a lethal assassin proves that old enemies have not forgotten him.

As misfortune pulls him ever farther from an unsettled score, he finds hope in an unexpected place…

The Huntsman’s Amulet follows The Tattered Banner and is the second part of the Society of the Sword trilogy.

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