• Fantasy Book Reviews

    The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

    I had been meaning to jump into the Middle-earth universe for quite some time and reading the book made me realize that I had been missing out. It has been ages since I’ve read a good, pure fantasy book and The Hobbit was a delight. The backdrop is everything I expect from a high fantasy world, the characters had personality and were likable, the adventures exciting, and finally a dash of humor to round everything out. The story starts off with Bilbo, a reluctant hobbit who doesn’t want to follow in the footsteps of the rest of the adventurous Baggins family. He is dragged along anyway and as the story…

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    Sword of Destiny

    I didn’t find this book quite as exciting as The Last Wish which blew me away, but Sword of Destiny was still an absolute pleasure to read. I think one of the issues I took with this collection of short stories were that the stories themselves were not all that short. Part of how I got hooked on The Last Wish was that I could easily read one story a night before bed and feel excited each day for a new adventure. This wasn’t the case for Sword of Destiny and the pacing in the first couple of stories was definitely slower, not to say that any of them were…

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    The Sleeper and the Spindle

    The Sleeper and the Spindle was a wonderful surprise and I’m so happy that I picked this book up. It is an illustrated novella written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris Riddell. The story is a fairy tale reimagining of both Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, taking place after Snow was saved and awaiting her wedding day to the prince. In this version of Snow White, she finds herself feeling trapped by the prospects of marriage and makes a decision for herself to become the hero of someone else’s story. “’A week from today, I shall be married.’ It seemed both unlikely and extremely final. She wondered how she…

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    Red Sister

    Nona has a natural ability to fight and at nine years old she’s already convicted of murder. She finds herself whisked away to a special covenant that trains young girls to become assassins, and herein lies the base of the plot and all I can say is WOW. I was absolutely blown away by Red Sister. The world building in this book is phenomenal and I want to know so much more about it. The sun is dying, the planet is slowly being enclosed in ice and with it humanity is changing, becoming desperate and looking to prophecies. There is a focus on the four races, each with unique talents…

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    The Reflections of Queen Snow White

    What an incredible twist on a classic fairy tale! The Reflections of Queen Snow White successfully breathes new life into an old story and transforms a cherished childhood favorite into a beautiful grown up fairy tale. Queen Snow White is no longer the adorable and innocent little princess many of us all know and love; now after almost forty years she is aging, grieving the loss of Prince Charming and her most cherished friends, the seven dwarves. This book takes a hard look at what happens after the happy ending and covers the very real difficulties that come with losing the ones you love. “Remember, I merely show what already…

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