Goodreads: Books I’ve Reviewed Recently

Just veering off the path some today and sharing some of the books I’ve reviewed recently on Goodreads.

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The High Druid's Blade (The Defenders of Shannara #1)The High Druid’s Blade by Terry Brooks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I thought this book was a bit flat for Brooks. There was lots of telling about events and character actions the left me only mildly engaged. It didn’t grab me but I did keep reading.

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The Darkling Child (The Defenders of Shannara #2)The Darkling Child by Terry Brooks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I found the book to be very readable but the story is flat. The characters failed to engage me very much. Overall, I found the effort average and that the story lacked direction and purpose.

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On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington, #1)On Basilisk Station by David Weber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I never really read much military Sci-Fi until I picked up this book. Weber spun a good tale around the back-drop of setting as Honor Harrington is assigned to captain her first ship at a back-water location. The science and military aspects of the book are well-detailed and tightly woven into the plot. Honor is a well-written main character. Overall, I read this book well after bedtime for several nights and I found it very entertaining.

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Elf KillersElf Killers by Carol Marrs Phipps
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Elf Killers is a solid first effort by the authors as the tale of elves attempting to survive the constant threat of trolls who have a taste for them as food. The story features desperate escapes, tragic loss, cunning bad guys (trolls), intrigue and determination all with numerous twists. I kept turning the pages with interest to see what happened. The trolls were especially portrayed in a unique style that draws the reader along with the inevitable dangers that loom for the elves.

There were a number of flaws on the writing as I thought the trolls language was distracting. While the fights were sudden surprises, these scenes needed a bit more description. There was also a bit more telling than I prefer. However, I did want to continue reading regardless of the flaws so don’t fear the shortcomings. I’m very interested in reading what the authors have already published since this book.

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Annwyn's Blood (The Paladin of Shadows Chronicles, #1)Annwyn’s Blood by Michael Eging
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Annwyn’s Blood is a good start to a series that I look forward reading further. The authors have structured a solid plot that progresses through some interesting twists amid a progressively dark setting. I’m engrossed with the main character, Erik, and his struggles with his faith contrasted with his curse. But he’s solidly focused on saving both himself and the woman he loves. It’s a good read. My only complaint is that characterization seems a bit stilted by narrative distance but that’s more my taste. Readers won’t be disappointed with this tense adventure.

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