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The Best Books From The First Half of 2014


Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, runs down the Top 10 Books from the first Half of 2014.

Freyaverse: Neptune’s Brood by Charles Stross – Book Review [Bane of Kings]


Milo, aka  Bane of Kings reviews the second book in Charles Stross’ Freyaverse, set 5,000 years after the eventsof Saturn’s Children, but can be read as a standalone. It’s a space opera novel published by Orbit Books.

“Charles Stross delivers a book with some strong world building and some great ideas, but ultimately falls short when it comes to creating a good plot, with the storyline bogged down in info-dumping. Whilst some will (and have) enjoyed this book, I can only cautiously recommend it.” ~ Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie – Book Review [Shadowhawk]

Ancillary Justice

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

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

The Rose and the Thorn

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

Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach – Advance Review [Shadowhawk]

Fortune's Pawn

Shadowhawk reviews the first novel in a new series by Rachel Aaron, writing as Rachel Bach, as she tackles military space opera after her popular Eli Monpress adventure fantasy series.

“Its not often I get to use the words stunning and spectacular and superb all in the same sentence for a novel, but Fortune’s Pawn is a novel that deserves all those epithets and more. Its a fantastic tale that reminded me often of the old style of space opera, the fun-loving adventure kind that doesn’t take itself too seriously and focuses on the fun above all else.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie – Advance Review [Bane of Kings]

Ancillary Justice

Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, reviews Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie’s debut science fiction novel published by Orbit Books. Look out for this book on October 1.

“Every so often, you get surprised by a book. Something that drew you in with its awesome cover and then blows you away – and I’m glad to say that Ancillary Justice was very much this book. Surprising, original, and a delight to read. Ancillary Justice is very much a book that you should look out for come its release. Prepare to be not just surprised, but amazed.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

Cold Steel by Kate Elliott – Book Review [Shadowhawk]

Spiritwalker 03 Cold Steel

Shadowhawk reviews the third and final novel in the Spiritwalker series.

“A super intense and exciting conclusion to one of the finest fantasy trilogies I’ve read.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

Cold Fire by Kate Elliott – Book Review [Shadowhawk]

19 Cold Fire

Shadowhawk takes a look at the second Spiritwalker novel from Kate Elliott, published by Orbit Books.

“An extra special sequel that takes the characters to new places and through new adventures, this book has my seal of awesome on it.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

The Spirit Rebellion by Rachel Aaron – Book Review [Shadowhawk]

16 Spirit Rebellion

Shadowhawk reviews the second novel in the Eli Monpress series from Orbit Books.

“This is a wonderful, light-hearted novel that is true to the spirit of the first novel in the series and builds on all the right things from before. Highly recommended.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson – Book Review [Bane of Kings]


Bane of Kings shares his thoughts on 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson, a space opera epic published by Orbit Books.

“A space opera of epic scale that whilst boasts some great ideas, is let down by a flawed execution.” ~The Founding Fields