Friday, September 19, 2014

TBR Challenge Review: Dwarves by Markus Heitz

 

 

 

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I love this cover! I was also in a Fantasy State of Mind when I snapped this up for a buck at a library book sale. Then it set on my shelf for 2 years :/

So this week I finally started reading it and…. It was OK. A bit of a struggle but because it was a challenge read I struggled through.

Like many fantasy stories our character Tungdil is thrust into a grand adventure. Tungdil has lived as the only dwarf in a kingdom of humans for some time. He is the towns blacksmith who finds himself revisiting his lost people while delivering an important message.

I liked Tungdil but many of his adventures are stereotypical Fantasy story tropes. It can be hard to have a fantasy novel not be “business as usual” , what makes an individual story stand out is the authors vision. I never really felt anything new about the authors style and I never really felt super attached to any of the characters. I did however find the action scenes enjoyable . So overall this read was a mixed bag for me.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

September and October Events at Fiction State of Mind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Started today ! Check It Out Here

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I love Readathons so I’m excited to do this one again:

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I’m hoping to read at least 10 Books for this event

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My personal Halloween Event! If you would like to host a giveaway or swap guest posts . Let me know at fictionstateofmind@gmail.com

Review: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

 

 

 

 

 

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This was an absorbing, delightful read! From the opening pages Addison deftly steers the reader through a richly textured fantasy world seen through the eyes of Maia a young half goblin who has lived his life in exile. There are so many factors that endear the reader to Maia almost instantly.His isolated life, the near constant verbal and mental abuse he receives from his cousin Setheris, his threadbare clothes and general innocence.

So when Maia is instantly thrust into the political limelight as the next Emperor, I found myself instantly concerned for him. How would this gentle soul survive ?

That is the crux of this adventure and watching Maia grow was a very satisfying reading experience. Addison is a master world builder. As a fantasy fan one of the most enjoyable experiences is being guided through an authors fictional landscape. Addison consistently surprised me with the direction of this story and the court intrigues while showing readers the power in being your true self.   

 

A wonderful read!