Book Review – The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson #fantasy #bookreview

Guest Review ~ by Lee 

My wife simply cannot believe that in recent weeks I have progressed from an occasional reader. One who mainly reads a Dan Brown or two each year when on holiday to suddenly devouring books. I’ve also gone from having never read a fantasy book to… let’s try The Way of Kings, a Brandon Sanderson behemoth! Actually, I’d never heard of Brandon Sanderson. I found this book quite by accident after watching a YouTube video. So what did I think?

Well, I cannot believe it’s taken me a week of reading every day to complete it! But I couldn’t stop reading it. Yes, the pace is not that fast throughout. But it’s never dull in any way. The character development is excellent, with each of the primary and secondary characters being introduced steadily and built in layers. Brandon doesn’t try to tell you everything about any character too early. The world and its people are also well built. You feel like you understand the cultures and the landscape and even some (that’s been revealed) of the history.

I’ll avoid spoilers, but will add, there are moments where you’re so disappointed with a path the story takes that you look away from the book and say “Seriously!” and there are moments where you’ll punch the air and want to yell “Go on!” like a sports fan cheering their team.

Whether you’ve read fantasy or not, give this book a go, but if you like a glass of wine whilst you read, consider ordering a case.

My rating: Five Stars!

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Blood Song by Anthony Ryan (5 STAR) #Bookreview

Arguably one of the best fantasy books I have read in a long while Blood Song (A Raven’s Shadow Novel) lived up to its mighty 5/5 on Amazon with a whopping 2000+ people providing feedback.

I actually bought it on Audiable rather than a book, and wasn’t disappointed. Sometimes you have to get along with the narator, and in this case I thought they did a great job.

Without going into detail, it follows the life of  Vaelin Al Sorna. It begins with his father abandoning him to a mysterious order devoted to battle following his mother death, and then follows his journey to adulthood and beyond. There are plenty of battles, mystery, and travel as you would expect form an epic fantasy. There is also a smidgen of magic or mysticism, but not a lot. I think for me the quality of the writing and the genuine attachment I formed with the characters was a stand out and kept me riveted.

If you love a good chunky fantasy fiction with plenty of action and a strong character, then this is the book for you.

See it on Amazon : Blood Song (A Raven’s Shadow Novel) by Anthony Ryan