A Kingdom Under Siege by Jeffrey L. Kohanek

A Kingdom Under Siege by Jeffrey L. Kohanek

The final book in the Wardens of Issalia series, jumps right back into the action following An Imperial Gambit, where unfortunately, not everyone will make it to the end. But don’t worry, the author isn’t cruel enough to take our favorites out of the running (depending on who your favorites were that is).

Into the Labyrinth by John Bierce

Into the Labyrinth by John Bierce

This book was a real mixed bag for me, as a whole I liked it – it’s quick, very readable and fun but there were also things that maybe didn’t work as well for me, as they may for others.

He Who Fights by Mike Morris

He Who Fights by Mike Morris

I did enjoy the journey and I quite liked a lot of the ideas in this story. And the fights. I really enjoyed the fights, and after my recent binge of fight movies, I felt I knew some of the moves they were pulling off, which is always cool. I will be curious to see where things go in later books, if there are any.

The Blighted City by Scott Kaelen

The Blighted City by Scott Kaelen

This book made it to the semi-finals in this year’s SPFBO and with good reason. It had to be one of the more interesting takes on the undead that I have read in a while.

The Glass Dagger by M.D. Presley

The Glass Dagger by M.D. Presley

The Glass Dagger continues the story in the same style, with a current timeline picking up at the close of The Imbued Lockblade and a past, working forward timeline, giving us a new POV, that of Solace Graff. Now to be honest, I was a little hmm… about getting his background. He didn’t spark my interest quite like Luca did, but he ended up being an interesting character and we follow him as he leaves his home and sets off to school in Lisford with a single goal in mind – to be the greatest Weaver in all of Ayr.

Jack and Jill: Up a Hill by Vance Smith

Jack and Jill: Up a Hill by Vance Smith

This is a fun, quirky little story with a bit of a deeper “big bad” plot underneath. Though I am probably a little older than the target age – I really enjoyed it and never felt that it was too young for me plot-wise or character-wise.

The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer

The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer

This story finishes up tidily, while leaving lots of space to continue. I really liked how it set itself up for book two. There were a couple of additional characters added that I am excited to come back for – one of them being Captain Martennan and I’m hoping for more Cara. Overall this was a quick enjoyable read and I’m excited to continue this series.

An Imperial Gambit by Jeffrey L. Kohanek

An Imperial Gambit by Jeffrey L. Kohanek

Each book has opened this world up a little more, as we learn more of the world and the people, it gets harder to tell whose side is right and whose is wrong. The series itself is just a whole lot of fun and has been a nice little breather between dark and grim. I think this is the strongest one so far.  

Advent Book Calendar

Advent Book Calendar – Day 22

This year I’m going to host an Advent Book Calendar event, where Jen and me are going to pick one book every day until December 24th. Books we’ve read this year, and tell you why you should pick it up. You can check our progress in the Advent Book Calendar 2018 introduction post, where you can “open” the windows every day and find out what we have for your reading pleasure!

Masters of Deception by JC Kang

Masters of Deception by JC Kang

For such a character heavy story this had a very complicated plot underneath. It reminded me of Oceans Eleven, not because there was a heist, but for that art of balancing groups of people, secret motivations, and character development through conversations and action as this big involved plot unfolds underneath. It takes some serious talent to balance all of that and keep things moving.