I’ve been reading Glenda Larke’s The Last Stormlord for the last week or so. It’s this month’s fantasy book for Beyond Reality, and I’m the one who nominated it – a good reason to get myself organised and actually read it. I bought this when it came out in March, and I’m glad to have read it.
To quote what I posted to Good Reads when I finished it:
I found this a really solid, really enjoyable read.
I like the world Ms Larke has created. The world building doesn't goes as deep as some novels, but it's real and well thought out and the idea of waterpower is a good one.
I liked the characters - and I especially disliked the antagonists we're introduced to throughout the book. I find myself very worried about what they might do and the effect their actions might have.
I'm looking forward to book 2 and will be buying it when it comes out.
It's going to be hard knowing there's a whole other wait for the third book to be released and the end of the story.
I’m sorry that’s no kind of a review, but I do recommend the book. It was detailed and yet suspenseful and like I said, I’m looking forward to the release of book 2. A 9/10 rating for this one.
With that finally finished, I picked up Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony. This is a slightly dystopic YA novel that I saw mentioned around the blogosphere a few months back. I asked my library to get it and it turned up about 10 days ago. Since I was reading The Last Stormlord, which is a long book, clocking in at just under 700 pages, I didn’t think I would get to it in time and considered buying the ebook to read later.
In fact, I found this a quick and easy read. There’s not much substance to it really, but it was an enjoyable tale to use up a few hours. I’m certainly glad I didn’t pay for it. Okay, but average. 6/10.
Now I’m tossing up whether to go back to rereading Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn or start my next group read for Beyond Reality, which is the intimidating Curse of the Mistwraith by Janny Wurts. I tried to read it once, long ago, and got stuck about halfway. I’m hoping having the group (and the author!) to encourage me will keep me going as I’m assured it is the beginning of a brilliant series. Sadly, having never finished it, I gave away my copy of the book (and the second and third in the series) and now I’ve had to buy it again. It’s on its way from The Book Depository, but I have a copy from the library to tide me over until it arrives. I’m a little scared of it to be honest, but I’m also interested to see if it’s as wonderful as so many people tell me.