More Reviews from My Goodreads Shelf

Of Song and SingularityOf Song and Singularity by Emory Skwara
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Of Song and Singularity is a YA dystopian book of the near future where, main charcter, Wrenna Sunden must survive the sudden, confusing displacement of her community to a mysterious new location but the controlling AI, Sophia. It’s a shrewd examination of the concept of singularity, deftly woven together with mystery, love, technology and danger. Author, Emory Skwara, has written a story tightly plotted and well developed in Wrenna’s own words that should become a classic in years to come.
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Heir of Sea and Fire (Riddle-Master, #2)Heir of Sea and Fire by Patricia A. McKillip
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The second book of Patricia McKillip’s Riddle-Master trilogy, The Heir of Sea and Fire follows Raederle’s quest to find her betrothed, the missing Prince of Hed, Morgan. It’s a tale of duty, courage and self-discovery for the princess of An. Along the way, she’ll encounter friends who want to know what happened to Morgan as well as enemies lurking in unlikely places. I’ve loved this continuation of The Riddle-Master of Hed for many years and re-read it every few years. It’s another well-crafted story from McKillip whose writing voice in this series proved poised throughout. Fantasy readers won’t be disappointed with this book.
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Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, #1)Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Though I marked this book as a three, my rating is more one of preference. While the story is, in general, a good one, following the adventures of the newly appointed Seeker, Richard Cypher. I found the use of bloody torture tiresome after a while and an element that descended too far into depravity (and I do understand what was needed to bring the story to its culmination). However, the characters were well developed and the story overall intriguing enough to complete. The tenor of the tale might not suit everyone and the extreme amount of blood that someone may shed and survive is likely over-played. Goodkind writes well but the underlying subject-matter doesn’t suit me that much.
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The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time, #3)The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This third edition of The Wheel of Time continues with Rand’s discovery of his destiny as The Dragon. He struggles with this realization and that of the growing difficulties in his world as the time approaches for the culmination of a great struggle. It another tour of Jordan’s expansive world-building and one that keeps the reader enthralled. The revelations continue with a page-turning adventure that fantasy readers new and old will enjoy.
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2 comments

  1. I couldn’t agree more about Wizard’s First Rule. Too gross and disturbing for me. But, what I objected to the most was that the author seemed to think of things as he went along. “That is impossible,” the reader hears again and again, until, suddenly, the same man who was telling us it is impossible says, “Oh, well, sure, if we do this then it’s not impossible.” Lazy writing. Go back and leave yourself an out, don’t expect the reader to believe any of your premises if you can overturn them whenever you want to.

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