Joe Abercrombie-The First Law Trilogy

*This is a review of all three books  Themes Explored: revenge, torture, magic, politics, wizardry, tragedy, death, fulfilling potential, love, hate, past mistakes Summaries: The Blade Itself (Book 1): Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Nobleman Captain Jezal dan Luthar, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, has nothing more dangerous in mind than … Continue reading Joe Abercrombie-The First Law Trilogy

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The Bone Queen-Alison Croggon

Themes Explored: regret, magic, mistakes, pride, love, forgiveness, fantasy, magic, youthful rage, good versus evil, antihero, redemption Summary: Cadvan of Lirigon, one of the most powerful Bards of his time, has been exiled from the School of Lirigon for a grievous crime that unleashed the power of the Bone Queen. Isolated and guilt-ridden, he is burdened … Continue reading The Bone Queen-Alison Croggon

Movie Review: Doctor Strange

Director: Scott Derrickson Rating: PG-13 Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams Screenplay: Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson, & C. Robert Cargill        Based on Characters by: Steve Ditko Music By: Michael Giacchino Cinematography: Ben Davis Running Time: 115 Minutes Premiered: November 4, 2016 (USA) Synopsis: A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey … Continue reading Movie Review: Doctor Strange

Sarah J Maas-Empire of Storms

Themes Explored: fantasy, romance, love, magic, battle, fire, mythology, sacrifice, death, joy, despair, relationships, piracy, evil, prophesies, demons, possession, witchery, illusion, elves, immortality, ancestors, descendants, premonition, deception, shapeshifting, legacy, assassination, training, loyalty Synopsis: The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been … Continue reading Sarah J Maas-Empire of Storms

Top 5 Fairy Tale Movies

1.The Age of Adaline (2015) Synopsis: A young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After many solitary years, she meets a man who complicates the eternal life she has settled into (IMDb). Starring: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn Review:  Technically, The Age of … Continue reading Top 5 Fairy Tale Movies

Ursula K Le Guin-A Wizard of Earthsea

Themes Explored: friendship, power, coming of age, pride, language, supernatural, man and the natural world, education, duty, personal responsibility, arrogance, death, death, balance, coming-of-age, fantasy, dragons, magic, wizardry, consequences Summary: Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth. Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and … Continue reading Ursula K Le Guin-A Wizard of Earthsea

Sarah J Maas-A Court of Thorns and Roses

Themes Explored: fairy tales, fantasy, fairie mythology, folklore, beauty, morality, evil, wickedness, death, magic, enchantment, court politics, enslavement, familial relationships, sibling love, fate, destiny, illiteracy, curses, love, romance, hunting, survival, self-preservation, self-reliance, perseverance, art Synopsis: When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged … Continue reading Sarah J Maas-A Court of Thorns and Roses

Robin Hobb-Ship of Magic

Themes Explored: morality, happiness, pirates, magic, sentient wood, trading, nautical culture, bartering system, familial relationships, ambition, family conflict, personal struggles, sword play Synopsis: Wizardwood, a sentient wood. The most precious commodity in the world. Like many other legendary wares, it comes only from the Rain River Wilds. But how can one trade with the Rain … Continue reading Robin Hobb-Ship of Magic

Top 5 Harry Potter Films

1. Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban- Directed by Alfonso Cuarón I really enjoyed this movie and it is my favorite in the Harry Potter Franchise. After Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the pace and embellishments pick up and feel more polished. A lot of the minor characters are more fully developed and … Continue reading Top 5 Harry Potter Films

Maria V Snyder-Poison Study

Themes Explored: loyalty, family, adventure, poison, taste testing, military regime, superstition, magic, lore, myths, kidnapping, slavery, death, love, secrecy, intrigue, spying, romance, destiny, self-reliance, self-preservation Synopsis: About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill … Continue reading Maria V Snyder-Poison Study