Book Review: Sanctum’s Breach by Jeff Inlo

      This first book in the Delver Magic series is about Ryson Acumen, a purebred delver who sensed the changes as a rolling tremor passes through the land. He learned that it signaled the return of magic from a wood elf he met along the way. Ryson continues to explore the source of the tremor and learns along his journey that the legends actually held more truth than fantasy. He discovers from the elves that the Sphere of Ingar, used to trap all the magical energies a long time ago, is finally free from its tomb in Sanctum Mountain. As evil creatures return to the world, the Sphere gains awareness and chooses to obliterate life by spewing out corrupted magical energies. The Sphere must be destroyed, but it lies at the center of the hollow mountain with only one way in or out. The Sphere is protected by defenses created a long time ago to thwart entry to the core of the mountain and the five races must reunite to defeat the defenses and destroy the Sphere once and for all. I would rate this 1155-page book 4.5 stars out of 5 because it is jammed packed with action and obstacles barring the main character’s way.


Book Review: Warriormage by Rosemary Fryth

     This third installment in the Riothamus series is about Arantur’s quest to defeat the enemy warleader. He and his hand-picked group of loyal friends and mages travel deep into enemy territory. Along the way, Arantur encounters ghosts from the past, gains unexpected allies, and travels through a forest with mysterious properties. Tragedy strikes along the journey, and Arantur must capture and understand his ability so he can defeat the warleader with the help of his friends. I would rate this 759-page book 4.5 stars out of 5 because I really liked the battles and the suspense when the main character’s life was on the line.

Book Review: The High King by Rosemary Fryth

      This second installment in the Riothamus trilogy is about Arantur, who is the newly crowned king. He becomes a Warleader and he must mobilize an army and lead it against the invading Thakur. He learns that his mage abilities have merged and he trains them with the help of his friend. Arantur is threatened to be overwhelmed by his Warriormage abilities after he goes berserk and nearly kills two of his friends.He vows not to fight until he learns about his power. He has the support of his friends as he battles out his inner turmoil. I would rate this 744-page book 4.5 stars out of 5 because I thought it was as good as the first book and I enjoyed the action and the conflicts the main character faced.

Book Review: Arantur by Rosemary Fryth

      This first book of the Riothamus trilogy is about Arantur, who is a young man raised in the small town in central Anduria. He is apprenticed to Master Blacksmith Cody and later discovers that his destiny lies at Andur’s Keep. A stranger befriends Arantur and takes him on a self-discovering journey towards the mage island of Glaive and Andur’s Keep, an ancient fortress that stood at the time of the High Kings. Arantur discovers that he has magical abilities thought to be long-lost, ancient royal arcane sword, and friendships that will last a life-time. I would rate this 563-page book 5 stars out of 5 because this story was masterfully written and I enjoyed the tale very much. I would definitely recommend this book to others.

Book Review: Rise of the Huntress by Joseph Delaney

      This 436-page book continues after book 6. The Spook’s house had been looted and burned down by enemy soldiers. All the books in the Spook’s library, save one, were burned in a big bonfire. The boggart had left, and the witches that were trapped in the pits escaped. Thomas, Alice, and the Spook flee to the island of Mona across the ocean and faces an old enemy who has grown a lot stronger. Can the three of them vanquish the great evil that has grown? I would rate this book 4.5 stars out of 5 because it is full of action and heart-stopping moments throughout it.

Book Review: Rage of the Fallen by Joseph Delaney

      This is the eighth book in the Last Apprentice series. I suggest you read the books that came before this book. This 396-page book is about Thomas Ward, a apprentice to the Spook. He is being hunted down by evil creatures, such as the goddess Morrigan. Thomas, the Spook, and Grimalkin teams up to defeat whatever hunts them, the Fiend included. Will they manage to bind the Fiend? I would rate this book 4.5 stars out of 5 because I liked the combination of action and horror together.

Book Review: Midnight Over Sanctaphrax by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

      This third book of the Edge Chronicles series is about Twig’s quest to find all his crew members after his sky ship was blown apart by a monster weather vortex. Twig learns that if Sanctaphrax isn’t cut free, the Mother Storm will waste its energy destroying it and it will never reach Riverise to restore the water. If the Mother Storm doesn’t reach Riverise, the whole of Undertown and all the creature in the woods will die and life wouldn’t exist. Will Twig be able to cut Sanctaphrax free? I would rate this book 4.5 stars out of 5 because I thought it was as good as the other books in the series.

Book Review: Stormchaser by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

      This second book in the Edge Chronicles is about the quest to find stormphrax, a substance formed in the middle of a Storm at the moment it unleashes its greatest power. The Cloud Wolf pilots his crew toward the center of the storm, but the danger was too great. Everyone except Twig’s father jumped off the ship and ended up in the Twilight Woods. The group managed to get out and found a chest full of stormphrax, but not before everyone but the Stone Pilot and Twig died. Each hour, Sanctaphrax is drifting away inch by inch. Will Twig get there in time? Or will he be too late? I would rate this 286-page book 4.5 stars out of 5 because this book is just as good as the first book in the series. I enjoyed the danger the characters were in and the battles they fight.

Book Review: Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey

     This 296-page book is about a thirteen-year old boy named Egg. He grew up on a sweltering, extremely hot island called Deadweather along with pirates and his siblings who beat him up at every chance. One day, his father took him and his siblings to the island of Sunrise to meet Roger Pembroke, a very rich man who controls nearly everything on the island. Roger kills Egg’s father and siblings and attempts to kill Egg, but he escaped and is on the run among cuthroats, evil businessmen, and the legends of a great treasure. His only allies are a girl named Millicent and a one-handed cabin boy. I would rate this book 4.5 stars out of 5 because it was very exciting throughout the whole book and there was a lot of action and narrow escapes.

Book Review: Vertical Run by Joseph R. Garber

      This 305-page book is about a forty-seven year old man named Dave Elliot. One day, everyone he meets in his office building tries to kill him. It starts off with his company’s president strolling into his office with a gun in his hand. From there on, things get worse and worse. He discovers that even his family, friends, and colleagues want him dead. He is trapped in a fifty-story building with armed gunmen and ruthless mercenaries after him. Dave’s enemies expected him dead by noon, but he isn’t the ordinary quarry. Dave used to be a soldier twenty-five years ago, but his old instincts are coming back as enemies pursue him at each corner. Dave later finds out that he has a dangerous virus that could kill every single organism on the planet. I would rate this book 4.5 stars out of five because I liked the fast-paced story full of intrigue and suspense. I also liked the booby-traps Dave set to slow his pursuers down. WARNING: CONTAINS SOME ADULT MATERIAL. NOT FOR THE WEAK OF HEART.