My sister recommended this book to me as the series has an element or two that she felt was similar to the series I'm writing. Namely, there are free willed gypsies in this book and mine. The similarities end there. This is essentially a story about a princess who does not want to marry an old prince to secure an alliance and a stronger peace between their kingdoms. She wants to marry for love and live a life of her own making. She does not want to be a pawn for her father, believing she does not have the "gift" that would allow her to lead people to safety? Honestly what the "gift" really is isn't all that clear but she thinks she doesn't have it anyway. Her intentions sound noble, right? Not really...
Tired of my purely science fiction and fantasy fiction book reviews? Well you shouldn't be, but if you are, try this historical fiction book on for size. Much like my passion for mythology, I know a fair amount of old English history so reading The Saxon Series really makes me excited. Why you may ask? Because Bernard Cornwell did his research. This series cornicles the epic saga that is England's formation. Think "Game of Thrones" but, you know, real and without the Red Lady's mist demon spawn... thing. Anyway, the second in the series sees our main character still aligned with Alfred, still unwillingly, as they continue to face off against the Danes (you may know them as Vikings) to save the Saxon states in order to create a Christian England.
This is one of the few book series I've only listened to on audio books, which does affect my review. Obviously I like the series, I wouldn't have followed Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain this far if I didn't find their story an interesting one and Jack Campbell a compelling author. But 4 books in and I'm starting to get a little tired of the delay with the two gathering their forces in order to put an end to the on coming "storm". This is a world where people who are not smart enough to be Mechanics (it's pretty much what it sounds like) or have the biological enhancements that make a Mage are subservient to the other groups. And both groups don't like each other, constantly fighting and struggling for dominance. So of course a Mage and Mechanic fall in love and want to end that. Of course Mari would be destined to stop the storm and unite the world. Wait, what?
There are dozens of books in the Discworld series, and "Guards! Guards!" is by far my favorite one so far. Terry Pratchett is legitimately one of the funniest and wittiest writers I have ever read, and when he focuses on the bumbling guards of the Night Watch, he's at his best. When a dragon, who is supposed to be extinct, is summoned to terrorize Ankh-Morpork and crowns itself king (because it's a noble dragon, obviously), the City Watch, the guards no one expects to save anything, set forth to set things right before the dragon burns everything down and begins eating virgins? Yes, noble virgins.
The Mistborn series is a great fantasy series with an interesting twist on magic. Instead of powers being something that magicians, wizards, or mages have, in The Final Empire, they are metal based powers that only a few can access. Drinking pewter makes you unnaturally strong and almost unkillable, copper enhances all your senses to super human proportions... Of those who can access these metal based powers, most can only access one. Only the Mistborn can access and use all the metals, which is what Vin, the heroine, can do.