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.

Book Review: Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddel

      This 278-page book is about a child who is abandoned in the dangerous Deepwoods at birth. He is named Twig and brought up by a family of woodtrolls. Twig always thought that he was one of them until one night, he realizes that he isn’t. He sets out to find out what he really is and meets a banderbear along the way. He encounters goblins, trogs, bloodthirsty beasts, trees that eat meat along the way. The only thing that is keeping him going is finding his true identity. I would rate this book 4 stars out of 5 because I enjoyed the adventures Twig gets himself into along the way as he finds his destiny.

Book Review: Demon Lord by T.C. Southwell

      This book is about Bane, an evil mortal god made by the Black Lord to break the Seven Blue Wards. Bane sets forth to destroy the wards with the aid of a dark army to free the Black Lord. The world’s only hope is a young girl with the skill to heal. She is destined to turn Bane from his path, but will she succeed? I would rate this 769-page book 4 stars out of 5 because I enjoyed the action and magic story with a little hint of romance in it.

Book Review: Death’s Angels by William King

      This first book of the Terrarch series is about the soldiers of the Seventh Infantry. They uncover an plot to waken an ancient evil God and they go on a quest to stop the evildoers from waking the God. Their quest takes them to the sinister city of the Spider God, and they face the deadly dangers that lie there. I would rate this 772-page book 4.5 stars out of 5 because it grabbed my attention and I didn’t even notice the time pass by. I can’t wait to read the next book. WARNING: CONTAINS SOME ADULT MATERIAL.