The Graveyard Book – Review

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Illustrations by Dave McKean

Published in 2008

Pages: 312

Genre: Fantasy, horror, children’s literature

“There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.”

A man stalks up the stairs of an English house, searching for his final victim. Blood drips from the knife in his hand as he nears the finish of his dark deed. Victory, however, is not to be his. So begins The Graveyard Book, the tale of a baby toddling into a graveyard and being taken in by those who walk (0r float) in the twilight. Setting the tone for the book, the opening details a killer known as the man Jack who looks for the remaining child of a family of four who were fated to fall to his blade; or so he thought.

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Snuff – Review

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Snuff by Terry Pratchett

Published in 2011

Pages: 470

Genre: Fantasy, satire

“The goblin experience of the world is the cult or perhaps religion of Unggue.”

Commander Samuel Vimes is being pushed out of the very occupation he lives for by the one thing a career criminal catcher fears the most: vacation. In Snuff, this catalyst sends Vimes and his family off to their country estate so he can take a much needed holiday. Well, much needed in the opinion of everyone except Sam Vimes. However, it isn’t long into the trip that trouble rears its ugly head in the shape of a mysterious murder. True to his nature, Vimes jumps at the chance to bring justice to the ne’er-do-wells among the knolls.

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Blood Reaver – Review

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Blood Reaver by Aaron Dembski-Bowden

Originally published in 2011, Limited Edition (pictured above) published in 2016

Pages:  407

Genre: Science fiction, military fiction

“The Covenant of Blood tore through the warp, splitting the secret tides like a spear of strained cobalt and flawed gold.”

Blood Reaver takes place a few months after the end of Soul Hunter. Octavia is now the navigator of the Night Lord’s strike cruiser, Covenant of Blood, Talos and First Claw continue to fight and live in the darkness that surrounds them physically and mentally, and Septimus is still a slave; albeit a slave with some sexy facial bionics. Like Soul Hunter, the title refers to an actual character in the book and in this case it is the Tyrant of Badab, Huron Blackheart of the Red Corsairs traitor Space Marines. Years of battle damage have taken their toll on the Covenant of Blood

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Soul Hunter – Review

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Soul Hunter by Aaron Dembski-Bowden

Originally published in 2010, Limited Edition (pictured above) published in 2016

Pages: 377

Genre: Science fiction, military fiction

“It was a curse, to be a god’s son.”

In Soul Hunter, by Aaron Dembski-Bowden, Talos is a Space Marine in the 10th company of the traitorous Night Lords legion. He and his battle brothers search the galaxy, seeking vengeance and blood for the death of their primarch, Konrad Curze. Along the way, Talos and his squad encounter other traitorous legions and internal political conspiracies as they attempt to regain the glory of the past.

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Thud! – Review

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Thud! by Terry Pratchett

Published in 2005

Pages: 382

Genre: Fantasy, satire

 “It started out as a perfect day.”

A dwarf has been murdered by a troll; while this isn’t necessarily something new in the world of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, in Thud!, it is the small stone that begins an investigation that avalanches and brings Commander Vimes and his faithful City Watch into danger and mystery. Following the classic plotting of a police procedural, the murder that begins Thud! delves deeper into the history of animosity between dwarfs and trolls that leads back to a famous battle known as Koom Valley, where each side says they were ambushed by the other and every battle between the two races is considered a continuation of the original…battle. In addition to this, Koom Valley was immortalized by a painter gone insane and many believe that there is a secret hidden…

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The Black Prism – Review

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The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

Published in 2010

Pages: 626

Genre: Fantasy

“Kip crawled toward the battlefield in the darkness, the mist pressing down, blotting out sound, scattering starlight.”

The Black Prism is the first book in Nick Weeks’s Lightbringer series and packs quite a lot into its 626 pages. The story takes place in a world where some people are born with the ability to use colors of light to create magic. These people are known as drafters; the most powerful of whom is called The Prism. He is the spiritual leader of the seven satrapies, one for each color of the spectrum, and when it is discovered that the current Prism fathered a bastard son, the world of many characters gets thrown on its head.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Review

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Published in 2007

Pages: 759

Genre: Fantasy, magical realism

“The two men appeared out of nowhere, a few yards apart in the narrow, moonlit lane.”

*SPOILER ALERT*

Dumbledore is dead and has set Harry on a quest to destroy the seven Horcruxes, items imbued with parts of Voldemort’s soul, in order to defeat the Dark Lord and bring order to the world. He is not alone in his quest, Hermione and Ron are with him through the tough times though each has their misgivings in the pursuit of their goal. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows marks the ending of an era in the world of storytelling. The stakes are at their highest while nothing is certain but death and the end of the story for our heroes.

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