Category Archives: Book Reviews

The Forever Watch by David Ramirez – Advance Review [Bane of Kings]

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Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, writes an Advance Review of one of the best science fiction debuts of the year, David Ramirez’s fantastic The Forever Watch, out May 1 in the UK from Hodder and Stoughton and in the USA from April 22 through Thomas Dunne Books.

“An excellent novel – David Ramirez establishes himself as a fantastic author who’s certainly one to watch with a complex, entertaining and original science fiction novel that comes highly recommended – you won’t want to miss this.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

Star Wars: Empire And Rebellion – Honor Among Thieves by James SA Corey – Book Review [Bane of Kings]

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Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, shares his thoughts on Honor Among Thieves, the latest entry in the Empire And Rebellion multi-authored Star Wars series, published by Lucas Books. This book is written by James SA Corey (the penname of Daniel Abraham & Ty Frank), author of the Expanse series.

“James SA Corey produces an excellent Star Wars book that is one of the best that the franchise has ever given us. As well as being a treat for fans of both Corey and Star Wars, it’s also something that readers who are only familiar with the films can jump on board as well with little difficulty. Highly Recommended.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

Maul: Lockdown by Joe Schrieber – Book Review [Shadowhawk]

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Shadowhawk takes a look at the latest Star Wars novel, featuring one of the great villains of the setting, Darth Maul.

“A novel with an interesting premise but brought down due to lackluster characterisation and general silliness. This could have been great but is instead mediocre at best.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

The Book of the Black Earth #1: Blood and Iron by Jon Sprunk – Book Review [Bane of Kings]

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Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, shares his thoughts on Jon Sprunk’s first novel since his debut series, The Shadow Saga, a sword and sorcery fantasy novel entitled Blood and Iron, that is the first in The Book of the Black Earth series, and is published by Pyr Books in the USA. 

“A fun sword and sorcery romp with an excellently developed world, Blood and Iron is a good read that fans of the genre will enjoy, with some excellent character development that will keep readers entertained even when this book might not be the most original on the market today.”  ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

The Iron Wolves by Andy Remic – Review [Lord of the Night]

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Lord of the Night reviews the brutal and epic first novel in the Rage of Kings series, The Iron Wolves, by David Gemmell Legend Award nominated author Andy Remic.

“A high-octane dark fantasy adventure filled with broken heroes, sociopathic villains, hideous monsters and the horrors of dark magick. A must-read for any fans of brutal and uncompromising fantasy.” – Lord of the Night @ The Founding Fields

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie – Book Review [Shadowhawk]

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Shadowhawk reviews one of the most talked-about debuts of 2013, a sci-fi grand adventure about starship AIs and revenge.

“A promising book that never takes off, has serious pacing issues and a protagonist who is extremely confusing.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

All Is Fair by Emma Newman – Book Review [Shadowhawk]

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Shadowhawk reviews the third and final novel in the Split Worlds trilogy.

“Another great read set in the Split Worlds which provides closure to many of the subplots that have run through the trilogy, and is as enjoyable a read as the previous two novels.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

The Rose and The Thorn by Michael J. Sullivan – Book Review [Shadowhawk]

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Shadowhawk takes a look at the second novel in the Riyria Chronicles prequel series to Michael J. Sullivan’s bestselling Riyria Revelations series.

“A good, fast read but not quite as satisfying as its predecessor.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

Greatcoats #1: Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell – Book Review [Bane of Kings]

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Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, shares his thoughts on Traitor’s Blade, the debut medieval fantasy novel from Sebastien de Castell. Published by Jo Fletcher Books – it was released this year and is the first part in the Greatcoats series.

“If this isn’t your most anticipated debut novel of 2014, then you’re doing it wrong. Traitor’s Blade may well end up going down as one of the strongest first fantasy novels of recent times – it’s an absolute stunner that you can’t afford to miss.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

Shadow Ops: Breach Zone by Myke Cole – Book Review [Bane of Kings]

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Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, covers the third novel in the epic military fantasy Shadow Ops series, written by Myke Cole – entitled Breach Zone, and published by Headline Books in the UK, and by Ace in the USA. This book follows on from the events in Control Point and Fortress Frontierand wraps up the first series set in this world.

“An excellent third act in the series, Myke Cole has really impressed with a stunning all-out war novel that never disappoints. This series is arguably one of the definitive military fantasy novels, and delivers an excellent payoff that’s well worth your time. Highly recommended.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

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