Book Review: Bellatrix by Alex Cannon

      In this first book of the Sword of Chaos series, the sword Bellatrix is being hunted down by treasure-seekers and power-hungry bandits. Bellatrix is a magical sword with immeasurable power forged by God himself. The sword is being protected by Range, who is the steward of the sword. When Lazerek, an evil but powerful mage discovers Bellatrix’s location, Range is forced to run with his family across the country looking for allies. Range then learns that there are even more powerful people searching for the Swords of Chaos. This 820-page book will satisfy readers who like action, adventure, and magic. I would rate this book 4 stars out of 5 because it was exciting and had a lot of action in it.


Book Review: Stones of Abraxas by K. Osborn Sullivan

    This first book in the Abraxas Pentagram Series, David Stanhope is living an average life when his sister finds a ruby-red stone that transports them to the magical world of Abraxas. Abraxas is a world of dragons, centaurs, and magical springs. David and his sister learn that the people of Abraxes is living in constant fear of a 200 year old sorcerer who is trying to take over the entire land. David, his sister, and the prince of the kingdom try to stop the evil wizard, but the prince and David’s sister are caught by the castle guards. Can David defeat the wizard himself? This 716-page book will be good addition to your library. I would rate this book 4 stars out of 5 because although the plot was intriguing, the story moved along at a slow pace.

Book Review: Sword Bearer by Teddy Jacobs

      In this first book of the Return of the Dragons, sixteen-year-old Anders is led into a fast-paced adventure from his sheltered life when he sees a mysterious girl stealing a a spellbook from the owner of a teashop. He helps her without meaning to and now the wizard owner is after him. Anders discovers that he is actually a three-blooded-prince. He leads the girl and her friend into the lost city and forges a blade with a magical hilt and three pieces of metal from three different swords. Anders finds that his parents were captured by his evil uncle and rescues them, but there were demon imps implanted in them. He is torn between staying with his parents and stopping his evil uncle. Which will he choose? This 305-page book is filled with unexpected twists and turns. I would rate this book 5 stars out of 5 because the storyline was very well written and I loved the twists and turns in the plot.

Book Review: Hemlock and the Wizard Tower by B. Throwsnail

      In the first book of The Maker’s Fire series, Hemlock is raised as a cut-purse when she discovers that she is a powerful fighter. Under the guidance of Safreon, a freedom fighter, Hemlock battles to keep peace in her city district. There is a Wizard Tower in the middle of the city that dictate and controls the use of magic in the city. Hemlock feels that the wizards are her enemies and one night she makes the decision to attack the tower alone. Hemlock is confident that she could defeat the wizards, but can she really do that and survive? This 942-page book is jammed packed with action and magic. I would rate this book 4.5 stars out of 5 because I thought that it was a good book and had an interesting plot.

Book Review: Dawn of War by Tim Marquitz

      In this first book of the Blood War Trilogy, Arrin is in exile from his home country when he sees the monstrous Grol batter down the neighboring kingdom. He travels to his country and and reports to the king that the Grol are going to destroy the kingdom. The king despises Arrin and kicks him out, but it was too late. The Grol had arrived and crushed the walls around the city with mystical magical weapons. Arrin and his friends barely survived. The others had perished and were eaten by the Grol. Don’t miss out on this 669-page book filled with action and adventure. I would  rate this book 4 stars out of 5 because at first the story was kind of boring, but it picked up the pace near the middle and at the end.

Book Review: A Squire’s Quest by Derek Tan

      This first book of of the White Shield is about Fayte, a squire of the Order of the White Shield. He was in a tournament that never ended because they were attacked by zombies, brought by Saldaria, an enemy empire at war with Hylan, Fayte’s country for many generations. The prince of Saldaria hoped to gain the King’s trust and bring peace between the two, but too much blood has been shed between the two. The Prince took the Princess of Hylan hostage and now Fayte goes on a quest to save her and the kingdom he had sworn to protect. This 295 page book will thrill adventure seeking readers and action lovers alike. I would rate this book 4.5 stars out of 5 because it had a lot of action and adventure and was masterfully written.

Book Review: Can You Imagine? by Bobbi G.

      This is a collection of Can You Imagine? columns written about freaky and furry things we love and hate. The hilarious columns include spiders,cloned sheep, crazy balls of fur, methane nights, and a whole lot more. This 71-page book will have you trying to catch your breath from laughing. I would rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars because I didn’t think the book was that good, but is was still okay.

Book Review: Any Last Words? by Jake Murphy

     This book is a collection of funny or mildly ironic quotes spoken by some of the most famous and some not so famous individuals in history at the end of their lives. This 78-page book is perfect for people who like humor and history. I would rate this book 4 stars out of 5 because I liked finding out what people said before they died.

Book Review: Amulet of Aria by Jeffrey Poole

       In this final book of the Bakkian Chronicles, Steve and Sarah escort Mikal back to his home world, where tensions are rising. The dwarves are preparing for war, dragon raids are much more common, and the evil sorceress managed to attack Mikal on the Nohrins’ world. Their only hope of protecting Mikal now is to find a piece of an ancient talisman thought to be lost centuries ago- half of the Amulet of Aria. The half of the Amulet of Aria can enhance the holder’s jhorun ten times stronger than a jorii, which is why they must recover it before it falls into the sorceress’s hand. Will they manage to find it before time’s up? This 895-page book holds the stunning conclusion to the Bakkian Chronicles. I will rate this book 5 stars out of 5 because it was very interesting with all the dragons and griffins. I enjoyed reading this book.

Book Review: Insurrection by Jeffrey Poole

     In the second book of the Bakkian Chronicles, Steve and Sarah travels back to Lentari when they hear that the Queen was kidnapped by a Ylanian wizard. They rush to the rescue and, with the help of Pryllan and Rhenyon, they managed to reclaim the Queen. They discover that the Queen’s jhorun had been stolen by Shardwin’s son with a magic-stealing goblet and Steve goes after him. Rhenyon, Sarah, and Steve discovers the lair of the wizard and takes back all the jhorun he stole. The wizard and Steve meet in a final showdown in a tavern and everything is at risk. Who will prevail and who will fail? This 810-page book is a delightful addition to the Bakkian Chronicles. I will rate this book 5 stars out of 5 because it was just as good as the first book and is worth every penny I spent on it.