Showing posts from February, 2016

Guns of Ivrea by Clifford Beal

Guns of Ivrea by Clifford Beal promised to be a swashbuckling seafaring fantasy series with mercenaries, mermaids and monks dragged into a war that threatens the land of Valdur. It had all the makings of an explosive read - pirates, political intrigue and lots of action, a nautical epic fantasy series. Just what the doctor ordered.

I got an ARC copy from Solaris and was giddy with excitement about the prospects - and dove headlong without too much distractions, meaning I didn't bother to read up the early reviews on the book or give heed much about the plot either.

The initial chapters sucked me in - where in rapid succession, Clifford introduces us to the three main protagonists: Acquel, a former thief turned into a grey robed acolyte, Danamis, a pirate turned King's Admiral and Captain Strykar, a no-nonsense mercenary who only wants to get back to his duke. Each with their own story-arcs and Clifford had managed to up the ante on the tension-levels from get-go. Very soon, t…

The Custodian of Marvels by Rod Duncan

The Custodian of Marvels marks the end of the amazing series that was Rod Duncan's successful foray into fantasy - with the Bullet Catcher's Daughter - bringing things to a satisfactory finish, tying up most threads introduced over the course of the last couple of books.

In the Gas-Lit Empire, Rod has built one of the most fascinating alternate historical settings, a world teetering on the edge of technological innovations, running on steam-punk somewhere in an alternate nineteenth century world, where the lines are drawn between the Anglo-Scottish Republic and the Kingdom of England and Southern Wales.

Into this setting, Rod gave us Elizabeth Barnabus - a child of a disbanded traveling circus, who grew up never compromising on her disgraced father's truths & principles, mastering the art of disguise and guile, hanging on to that desire to avenge the wrongs done to her. A clever, resolute and a very brave young woman who's learned to walk the tightrope of life in t…

Marvel's Daredevil - Season 2 - Official Trailer

So Daredevil Season-1 was a binge watch for me last month and what a series! I was blown away by the performances - the grit and dark of how the whole fight for Hell's Kitchen was orchestrated on the mini-screen. These days I get goosebumps when I think of Netflix Originals!!

So was super excited to see the first trailer for season-2 that was released a few days back! Can't wait to share with my readers!! And the fight for Hell's Kitchen gets blown up a whole different direction with the introduction of Mr. Frank Castle AKA Punisher - another of my favorite comic characters in this universe. And hey, DO WAIT FOR THE END!!

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a popular meme with a lot of fantasy book bloggers - and I thought I should jump on to this one - considering how MANY books I really look forward to :)

So this Wednesday, the featured book that I'd kill to get my hands on is The Last Mortal Bond. Brian Staveley has definitely become one of my favorite epic fantasy author of recent times and the way he ended things in The Providence of Fire, aaarrrghhhhh !!!

The ancient csestriim are back to finish their purge of humanity; armies march against the capital; leaches, solitary beings who draw power from the natural world to fuel their extraordinary abilities, maneuver on all sides to affect the outcome of the war; and capricious gods walk the earth in human guise with agendas of their own.
But the three imperial siblings at the heart of it all—Valyn, Adare, and Kaden—come to understand that even if they survive the holocaust unleashed on their world, there may be no reconciling their conflicting visions of the f…

Dead Pool - A Movie Review

So the snarkiest super-hero of the Marvel franchise, Dead Pool finally hits the big screen! And with a such a resoundingly loud bang! that catapults Ryan Reynolds into the pantheon of super-hero greatness wiping away all his previous bad luck outings - with Green Lantern/Blade Trinity/X-men Wolverine Origins stories.

A mile-a-minute wise cracker who cannot keep it shut even in the most dire circumstances, Wade Wilson has been dealt too many rotten apples in life. So when Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) comes along waltzing into his life, the super cynical merc for hire knows its just a side-show in life. And reality comes slamming back with a fourth-stage cancer that threatens to take him away his dream-girl.

To deal life one-up, Wade signs up with a medical camp where the patients are treated to bring out their mutant powers - and thus fight against any kinds of disease. However, this is where life really starts to spin away out of control for Wade. Little does he realize that he's si…

Hello February!

So we are already into the second month of the year! Wow. Time's set on beating records again. Well, my readings been terribly slow - according to my GR reading goals for the year, I am 2 books behind schedule. The numbers? Did about 4 books in January and am halfway through 2 more! So thought will just list down the ones that are releasing in Feb and are on my highly anticipated list as well!

Morning Star by Pierce Brown 
Genre: Science Fiction
Published by Del Rey, Feb 9th

One of the most awaited conclusions ever to the Red Rising trilogy! Will Mars be drenched in blood? Will Darrow, Sevro and Mustang survive this revolution?

Guns of Ivrea by Clifford Beal
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Published by Solaris books, Feb 9th.

Swashbuckling pirates meets gritty politics GRRM Style in Clifford Beal's new fantasy novel - that seems to mix up a lot of things on the plate. I am halfway through this one and it's quite a romp! Review up next.

Chains of Heretic by Jeff Salyards
Genre: Epic fant…

Alloy of Law ( Second Mistborn Trilogy #1) by Brandon Sanderson

I'm a huge fan of Mr. Sanderson - he possibly is the most hard working author in this planet. And the release schedules of Shadows of Self and Bands of Mourning speak for that. Plus he's got a brand new Mistborn Novella out as well this month. Add to that, Calamity (Reckoners # 3) coming out soon enough. Phew! Does this guy even take a break for breathing ?

So Alloy of Law is a return to the wonderful world of Mistborn - albeit some hundreds of years later when technology has started to make its presence felt in the world. Steam-punk adventure clashes with the lawless wild west in setting drawn from Victorian sensibilities - throw in some underplayed romance, lots of 'bromance', an amazing magic system and a lot of non-stop action - guns fights and explosions galore - and then you realize how much fun this slim book packs in between its covers.

Some people would pan the book for being lighthearted - for all the witty banter and shallow fun this book is - but I would w…

Brilliance by Markus Sakey

Perhaps 2016 is the year when I will be fully utilizing the worth of Kindle Unlimited and the treasure trove of great books I can unearth in there!

So Brilliance by Markus Sakey was one of such finds. I have not read a good thriller book in ages - mired as I am by this need to plow through my Fantasy to-be-read pile that shows no sign of growing smaller. But this book in a lot many ways, was such a comfort read. Predictable at turns yes, but still a nail-biting thriller written in a grand Hollywood scale with the fate of the world to be decided by a few people kind of premise. This definitely was a winner for me! A good fun read. A mile-a-minute train-wreck of a thriller blending in sci-fi elements of 'gifted' people against the rest of the world ( X-men anyone? Bingo! Similar premise but well, the story runs away on a different track altogether with all stops pulled out and the pedal pressed firmly to the floor!) The first part of a trilogy in Brilliance, Markus known for hi…