The Blood Within the Stone is Book 1 of the Wraith Cycle. In it, T.R. Thompson gives the reader a dark and creepy story that exists in what I would consider a fantasy world. The magic in this world is unlike anything I’ve seen before in either a book or movie. This is not a book for children – but adults who enjoy a mix of fantasy, magic, and horror will enjoy this book as much as I did.Continue Reading “The Blood Within The Stone – by T.R. Thompson”
On Black Winds We Rise is the first book in the No Gods Before Us series. It is a fantasy series with a very rich world filled with a wide variety of peoples.
The story is set in 1000 BC on an alternate Earth. It starts in Aegyptus, and later moves to Hibernia. Things are not always what they seem to be in this world, and there are some extremely creepy parts in this book.Continue Reading “On Black Winds We Rise (No Gods Before Us) – by Tom McNellis”
As in the previous books, Faceless revolves around a magical family of cousins (and their significant others). All of them are young people, and most are starting to put together a framework of how they think they want the rest of their lives to work out.
To me, one of the things that this book is about is that the choices people make – out of love, or fear, or desperation – have consequences. What happens as a result can affect not only the person who made a choice, but also the lives of other people. It’s a important piece of wisdom that some people do not learn until after they have destroyed something or someone they love.
Heartless is the second book in the Nameless series. You should read Nameless before you jump into Heartless.
Nameless ended in a way that made it clear that the “big bad” is no longer a threat. That doesn’t mean all the damage is done, however. In many ways, this is a story of redemption and forgiveness. It is about building trust with family after bad things have happened. This was touched on at the end of Nameless, and builds in Heartless.
The wonderful, individualistic, magic that was established in the first book continues to be part of the story. I love how imaginative the characters are in how they express their magical abilities. Rossi’s character’s are so vivid, and feel so real, that I find them fascinating even when they aren’t doing magic.
In Nameless, Matthew Rossi created a detailed world where vampires exist and magic is real. Magic can be strengthened by either pain or pleasure – it’s the intensity that matters. Those who use magic can conjure up monsters or heroes from mythology (be it from Greek mythology or modern comic books) and send them into battle.
I found myself wanting to escape into that world which, despite its dangers, seemed to hold more hope than this one. I mean, there’s a battle where Santa and his reindeer fight a giant, antlered, monster man. I love the idea that something as pure and good as Santa, as seen by small children, can effectively take down evil! This particular battle was one of several in the book, and each was so well written that I could almost see it, as though I was watching a movie.
I’m not certain if Wyrd Sisters is, in fact, the first book in the series, but I do know that it reads quite well on its own. There is a wonderful description of Discworld, what it is, what it looks like, and why so much magic can be found there. Once you learn about all of that, you are ready to jump in and explore Discworld for yourself.
In this book we meet three very influential women of Discworld, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick, who are also known as “The Wyrd Sisters”.Continue Reading “Wyrd Sisters – by Terry Pratchett”
New Moon is the second book in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. You should read the first book, Twilight, before starting New Moon.
As I was reading New Moon, I mentally renamed it as “Bella Goes Emo”. The Twilight series is intended for teenagers and young adults, and I was quite a bit older than that when I started reading it. New Moon is best read when you are the same age (or better yet, younger than) Bella is at the start of the book.Continue Reading “New Moon – by Stephenie Meyer”
Twilight is a romance/horror/suspense book that can be found in the Teen or Young Adult sections of bookstores. Many books that are aimed at teenagers are a mixture of genres, and this one is no exception.
Bella is a seventeen-year-old girl who moves from living with her mom (someplace warm and sunny) to living with her dad in Washington. It’s cold, rainy, and sometimes snowy, much to Bella’s disappointment.Continue Reading “Twilight – by Stephenie Meyer”
Action, adventure, and true love! What more could you want? The Princess Bride brings you all of that. This is one of my favorite books. I have re-read it several times. I love the movie to death, and can’t even count the number of times I have watched it. It makes me happy.
The version of the book I just read is the 30th Anniversary Edition. It includes an introduction with details about how and why Goldman decided to write “the good parts” version of S. Morgenstern’s “classic tale of true love and high adventure”.Continue Reading “The Princess Bride – by William Goldman”