Backlist Burndown Review: The Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham
4 Stars , Reviews / April 24, 2015

It took me a long time to finally read this book. I’ve owned a copy of it for years because I was sure I would read it as everything about it screams “READ ME! I AM THE PERFECT BOOK FOR YOU”. Somehow, years pass and the book remained unread by me. Now that I have started my Backlist Burndown effort, this naturally seemed like a perfect choice! (And it turned out to be a very good choice!) The book is reminiscent of a historical fantasy. There are references to dragons and different races of humans, but really there is not much “fantastical” (creatures or magic) in this book. Which is honestly fine by me as I most of my favorite books are low fantasy. There are four main characters that are really two sets of two, meaning Cithrin and Marcus’s storylines intersect and Geder and Dawson’s storylines intersect. Though I feel it was really about Cithrin and Geder more than their companion perspectives. Or maybe I just favored those two enough that they overshadowed the others. I don’t say that because any of them were bad. I just definitely had preferences for Cithrin and Geder. I will also mention, none of these characters are perfect people. All…

Review: The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
5 Stars , Reviews / April 12, 2015

Legendary. I’m tempted to leave me review at that, but will elaborate a bit. The style of this book is superb. Often with a debut novel, people are curious who you might compare this author to. I had heard some reference to GRRM before reading this. And what I will say, is that the complexity of the story and the size of the cast, the death toll and potentially the number of kings all lend themselves well to comparison. But in my opinion, the actual writing style does not. It reminds more of K. J. Parker in the ability to present the reader with a great deal of information, without it feeling like an info dump or dry. Liu’s style of story telling  just makes it everything terribly interesting, even if it is a topic you would expect to be more information than story. Liu manages to make it all story instead of that separation of story and info . Also, Guy Gavriel Kay is another author I thought of while reading because of the flow of prose. But really, when it comes down to it, Liu has his own voice and its one that is just meant to tell epic stories. Reading this felt more like reading…

The Black Company by Glen Cook
3.5 Stars , Reviews / September 23, 2014

This was on my TBR pile for a bit before I finally read it because, well, it’s a divisive book. Love it or hate it, most people have an opinion. After reading it I want to be straight forward tha an important, and I stress, this is very important, thing to make sure you are more likely to fall on the ‘love side’, or at least not the hate side, is to sit back, and go with the flow. You have to know and accept ahead of time that the big picture will work itself out as you discover more information. But this happens as the story unfolds, nothing is set up or explained. If this type of thing drives you nuts, my prediction is that you’re unfortunately going to fall on the hate side of things. Lucky for me, I’m more of a go with the flow type reader, so it worked out to my advantage.  A couple random fun facts that I had absolutely no clue about before going into this (and never in a million years would have guessed. It features not just vampires, but also a wereleopard (or man-leopards or forvalakas, whatever you would like to call them). It also features…