Reviews from my Goodreads shelf appears to have become a regular feature here on Archer’s Aim. This week, I share more fantasy books along with a non-fiction. You might also notice a slight theme between a couple:
I like a good sea adventure every now and then so this book in Sullivan’s series was a fresh approach. The author took pains to describe the details of sailing with accuracy as well as the various duties aboard ship. It draws on many of the older tales of sea-faring adventure but in a fantasy format so there are unique aspects to the tale. I enjoyed it and heartily recommend it as a good break from all the land-lubber tales.
I’ve read and re-read this series a number of times over the year. Le Guin’s writing voice in this series was incredible, capturing the essence of solitude and fortitude in the face of dangers of one’s own making as well as that of the unpredictable sea. This is an excellent tale of Ged’s adventures from childhood to manhood.
I read this book a number of years ago but found it an interesting history of piracy. Though it’s a non-fiction, the book an almost fictive quality since pirates can jump off the page. Frequently, these true-life tales have the ring of events described in fiction, movies and television shows and for good reason – they are the basis of fiction. This book covers everything from the politics behind piracy to the daily lives of pirates. As a fantasy author, I also find this book to be good source material. Anyone reading this book will be both entertained and informed about Captain Morgan.
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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