Recommendations: Military Fantasy

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. You guys should all know by now that I love fantasy and one of my favourite sub-genres is military fantasy, so I thought I’d share some recommendations. This sub-genre has a heavy emphasis on military life in a fantasy world and the main characters are generally part of the military. Tactics, strategies and epic battles also play a big part of this sub-genre. Let’s get started

 

Codex Alera series / 6 books / Jim Butcher / ★★
Furies of Calderon, Academ’s Fury, Cursor’s Fury, Captain’s Fury, Princep’s Fury and First Lord’s Fury
This is a coming of age, military fantasy series that chronicles the life of a young man called Tavi in the realm of Alera. The world is Carna but the series is mainly set in the realm of Alera, which shares similarities with the empire of Rome, except with elemantal spirits called Furies that can be used by the Alerans (or humans). The first book has very little military elements but from the second book onwards it plays a large part within the series. I love these books and would highly recommend checking it out. I have a full review of this series which you can check out here.

 

Powder Mage trilogy / 3 books / Brian McClellan / ★★
Promise of Blood, The Crimson Campaign and The Autumn Republic
This is a flintlock, military fantasy trilogy with multiple perspectives and a unique magic system. Quite a few characters are part of the military and tactics play a big part throughout. There is also a sequel trilogy, Gods of Blood and Powder, that is well worth reading after you’ve read the Powder Mage trilogy. I love both of these trilogies and again would highly recommend checking these out.

 

Legend / book 1 of the Drenai saga / David Gemmell / ★★★

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This is a first book in a military fantasy series. The premise of this book is basically a legendary warrior coming out of retirement to help defend the fortress of Dros Delnoch against the conquering Nadir. The military elements of this book are so well done and the world building is good. While I enjoyed this book, the one thing that frustrated me was the representation of women. This was first published in the 80’s so it is dated in terms of women representation. Overall though this was a great read and I would recommend checking it out.

 

 

That’s it for today. Despite this being one of my favourite sub-genres I actually haven’t read a lot of books within it. I definitely hope to read a lot more in the future, so if you have any recommendations for me please leave them in the comments. What’s your favourite fantasy sub-genre? I’d love to know. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

Old Man’s War / John Scalzi

Title / Old Man’s War, The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony, Zoe’s Tale, The Human Division and The End of All Things
Author / John Scalzi
Publication Date / 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013 and 2015
Genre / Science Fiction
Series or standalone / 6 book series
Page no. / 351, 347, 324, 336, 493 and 388
Star Rating / ★★★

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This is a science fiction series that contains 6 books. The books are all set in the same world but they switch character perspectives. The first and third book follow the same characters and the fourth book is the same story from book 3 but written from a different character perspective. The other 3 books are again from different character perspectives. The fifth and sixth books are in a serialised format. In book 1 we are introduced to a world where old people can join the Colonial Defence Forces, whose job is to protect human interplanetary colonists. We follow John Perry, a 75 year old man, as he leaves Earth to join this force. The minds of the old people who join this force are transferred to an enhanced body. They can then be deployed to protect humanity. I love the premise of this book and the author does a fantastic job at building on this world throughout the six books. When I first read this series, I hadn’t read much sci-fi at all but these books made me want to read more from this genre. The world is wonderfully written and I love how Scalzi continues to build on what we know of the world in each new book. There is a lot of detail put into this large world and you can see the time and effort put into it. I’m not going to say much more, because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone. Just know that the world is one of my favourite things about these books.

 

There is a fantastic cast of characters within this series. Although I love the characters, I have to admit that some do feel a little similar to each other. The voices of the characters can sometimes be a little indistinct. This is only a minor complaint though as it didn’t really affect my overall reading experience. For the most part all of the characters are well written. For anyone interested, John and Jane are two of my favourite characters.  I also really enjoy the development of relationships throughout these six books. There are switches in character perspectives but there are multiple characters we see pop up throughout the series. I really enjoy the humour of these books and there is some great dialogue between characters. Moving on, each book is as enjoyable as the last. All of the books are compelling and are just so much fun to read. There are also some fantastic action scenes within this series. There are military elements in most of these books, which I really enjoyed as it’s done really well.  The plot in each book is well constructed and it keeps you invested in the story throughout. Once I’d started each book I didn’t want to put them down. Basically these books are quick, action-packed reads. I’ve reread these books and there just as good the second time around. I personally feel that the later books are the weakest, maybe because I wasn’t expecting the serialised format, but I still really enjoyed them.

 

Overall this is a fantastic science fiction series. I would personally say that the first and the third book are my favourite, because I love the main characters, John and Jane. Having said that, I really enjoyed all of the books and I would highly recommend checking this series out, especially if you are a big fan of sci-fi books. I also think this series would make a fantastic TV show or film, if done right. Have you read these books? I’d love to know what you thought. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday…

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. There are some great book releases this month so I’d share them with you today. I’ve done quite a few of these posts before, so you guys should know the drill. If you’re new here then I’m basically just going to share some book releases I’m looking forward to. I tend to post this on the first Wednesday of the month but I really wanted to do the top 5 Wednesday post that week so it’s a week later than usual. I hope you guys don’t mind. I’ve got five books to talk about today. Let’s get started.

 

  • Soulbinder / book 4 of the Spellslinger series / Sebastien de Castell / Oct. 4th / 
  • Bridge of Clay / Markus Zusak / Oct. 11th
  • Tombland / book 7 of the Shardlake series / C. J. Sansom / Oct. 18th
  • The Consuming Fire / book 2 of the Interdependency series / John Scalzi / Oct. 18th
  • Rejoice / Steven Erikson / Oct. 18th / ★★.5 

 

 

There are many more book releases in October but these are the five I’m looking forward to. Are there any books you’re excited for this month? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

TTT: Longest Books I’ve Read

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.This weeks topic is the longest books you’ve ever read. The page numbers are based on the editions I have so these may differ from other editions. I’m starting off with the largest book and work my way down from there. Let’s get started.

 

 

 

I also have plenty of long books on my TBR, but nothing quite as long as The Count of Monte Cristo. What is the longest book you’ve read? I’d also love to know if you’ve read any of these books too :). I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

5 books to read by the end of the year

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I thought I would share five books I want to read by the end of the year. I don’t know whether I’ll actually stick to this list but hopefully it’ll motivate me. I’ve been meaning to read each of these books for a while now so it’s about time that I actually read them. Let’s get started.

 

 

I definitely have more than five books on my TBR but these are high up on my priority list. Hopefully I’ll at least get to a few of these before the year ends. What books do you want to read before the year ends? I hope you are all having wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

 

Pippa

 

 

 

 

Soulbinder / Sebastien de Castell

Title / Soulbinder
Author / Sebastien de Castell
Publication Date / 2018
Series or standalone / book 4 of 6
Page no. / 400
Overall Rating / 

 

*I received a digital copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Non-spoiler review
This is the fourth book in the Spellslinger series. After finishing this book, my first thought was that this series just keeps getting better. Each book is just as entertaining as the last, if not more so. It can sometimes be the case with series that there are one or two books that are weaker than the rest, but that has not been the case with this series. I think the main strength of this instalment was the development of the characters. Minor spoiler but two of the main characters are separated for a good portion of the book and although I missed their interactions, it was a smart decision for their growth. I loved the development of the main character, Kellen. As with the previous books all of the characters are well written and it was great to be introduced to a host of new characters. My one small complaint is that whenever Kellen is in the presence of a girl, he becomes a bit of a bumbling idiot and I mean that in the nicest way possible. I get that he’s an awkward teenager but it gets a little frustrating and I’d just quite like some platonic relationships. This is only a minor complaint though because I love Kellen as a protagonist.

 

Another strength of this sequel was the world-building. Castell does a great job of building on what we already know of the world and we get to explore more of it in this instalment. I really enjoyed being back in this world with these characters. Once again the magic system is so well written and it was great to learn a little bit more about shadowblacks. I cannot wait to see how things are going to develop in the next two books. Moving on, I really enjoyed the plot of this sequel. It did take me a little while to settle into the flow of the story but after a few chapters I was hooked. These are relatively quick reads for me, because once I’ve started reading I don’t want to put it down. Each book is so enjoyable to read and this instalment was no exception. Basically I loved this book and I cannot wait for the next book in the series.

 

Overall I love this series and this was a fantastic instalment. If you’re looking for a new series to start then you should definitely check this one out. If you’ve started this series and loved the other books then you will probably love this one too. The fifth book, Queenslayer, is set to be released in May 2019. Have you started this series? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

T5W: Favourite Magic System

Top 5 Wednesday was originally created and run by Lainey aka gingerreadslainey (Youtube channel) but it is now being run by Sam aka Thoughts on tomes (Youtube channel). Each week there is a different topic. You can check out the groups Goodreads page here for any more information and the future topics. This week’s topic is you favourite magic systems. I’ve given a brief explanation of each system so let’s get started.

 

  • Allomancy from the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson – 
    Basically allomancers have the ability to burn metal that enables them to access a range of mental or physical enhancements. For example burning tin enables an enhancement of the five senses while burning pewter enhances physical strength. There are 8 basic Allomantic metals and each has a different affect on the allomancer. A Misting is a person who can burn one metal and a Mistborn is a person who can burn all of them.
  • The seven bells from the Old Kingdom trilogy by Garth Nix
    The seven bells are used by the Abhorsen to protect against Death. Each bell is named and has a distinct power. The smallest bell is called Ranna (or the sleepbringer) and it causes listeners to fall asleep. Astarael (or the sorrowful), the largest bell, sends all who hear her deep into Death.
  • Powder mages from the Powder Mage trilogy by Brian McClellan 
    Powder mages use gun powder as the source of their power and they are also referred to as Marked. By orally consuming or snorting gun powder, they can enter ‘Powder Trances’ in which their senses are heightened and are physically enhanced. Powder mages can also manipulate the explosive reaction of gun powder.
  • The Wit from the Realm of the Elderlings series by Robin Hobb 
    The Wit is an ability that allows the user to feel a connection with all living things. It also allows the user to create a telepathic link with an animal – you can only be bonded to one animal at a time but a person can have multiple bonds throughout his/her life if their animal companion dies.
  • Furies from the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher 
    Furies are elemental spirits that inhabit the whole of Alera. During early childhood or adoloscent years, Alerans manifest personal furies and control them with their mind. There are six types of Furies; Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, Metal and Wood. There are also wild Furies which make up a large part of this world. Wind furies can be used to fly, while water furies can be used for healing and so on.

 

That’s all I have for today. I love a good magic system so this weeks topic was so fun to do. These are definitely some of my favourite from some of my favourite books. What are some of your favourite magic systems? I’d love to know. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

 

Pippa