My house is covered in white dog fur. No matter how much we vacuum, sweep, groom or pick up. But I have a solution to never see it again... Close my eyes.
Brothers Haymaker by Sam Ferguson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The brothers Haymaker is a fun clean fantasy adventure that follows a group of adventurers chasing clues to save a member of the 'Ghosts' a group of warriors from the Troll wars. It is a good read for young readers, I read it with my 11 year old son and we both enjoyed it!
It is fun to follow them through the different places that they adventure, and see the types of people they encounter. It is non stop action from the start which kept me turning the pages wondering what adventure or challenge they would face next.
I really enjoyed that the characters were vulnerable. *Spoiler Alert* not everyone survives. And many of the characters who do survive sustain some serious injuries which makes the adventure seem real and adds to the excitement.
My criticisms that drop this to a 4 star instead of a 5 star are just two things:
1. It seems like half of a story. While they do finish part of their quest, it's not a satisfying ending in my opinion. I like solid endings.
2. I compared it too much to the first book. The first book had a very different feel to it: One main character vs. a team of characters. One quest/purpose vs. multiple mini-missions. I just really loved the first book and this one, in my opinion, was not as good as the original. Still very enjoyable!
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Directions for Sugar Free Benefiber: Stir into water and enjoy. ??? I doubt there has ever been a person who drank water with dissolved flavorless fiber and said, "Man I enjoyed that!"
Dragon God by Ava Richardson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The cover art captured me right away! I was very interested to see this dragon in action. The title also gave away that someone would eventually ride a dragon. I was a little surprised at the twist and who ended up riding which dragon (no spoilers here). Just something that I thought was well done.
I liked the story. The world had some complicated politics, which I also like to see. The writing style was good and kept me reading.
I enjoyed the character development of this book at the beginning, and I liked the writing style, the characters were fairly believable, in that there were some things I liked about them and some things that drove me crazy (like real people).
The one thing I found difficult about this book was that the pacing felt a little lopsided at times. What I mean by that is there would be a long segment where very little seemed to happen other than meeting the characters, then the build up to the climax seemed like a lot happened in a short amount of pages, and it ended abruptly.
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For centuries, young men in their eighteenth year have been sent away from the small village of Dungan for a year-long exile as they begin their journey into manhood. This traditional exile, the Troven, was instituted so that young men may find themselves, find their purpose, and find their place in the world. When Kaz Kinsley and his three friends leave to begin their Troven, all they have on their minds is getting to the first sign of civilization and finding a way to survive on their own. Fate has more in mind for these young men, though. Stone Seekers are on the move, sent by the evil sorcerer Mordyar to find six magical stones, each with the power to enhance one of six gifts every person in Denall is born with. When Kaz unknowingly comes into possession of the Sight Stone, he and his friends become part of the story of the Stones of Power, and their Troven suddenly becomes something much more.
I've come to learn that prayer is less about me trying to convince God to do the things I want Him to do and more about me recognizing the blessings God has and is pouring out on me.
Telling a kid they can be anything in life, when I know they actually believe a Zombie Apocalypse is coming.
I saw a sign the other day, "Absolutely NO TRUCKS!"
I'm guessing that out there somewhere a truck driver is saying, "it didn't say absolutely no trucks, so I thought I would be the exception."
Codex of Light is a well-written fantasy novel by E. P. Stein about two very unlikely travel companions running for their lives from danger after danger as they traverse the harsh Bereaved Desert.
The protagonist, Dallet, is a student of religion with no skills in battle. He is charged with delivering a Codex, a sacred religious book with powers for those who read it, to the Brass Gates. On his way his caravan is attacked and (spoiler alert if you haven't looked at the cover of the book) he is taken as a slave to a drakin, named Torak, a half dragon, half human. This brutal drakin is trained for battle only and keeps Dallet alive for the status he will gain by having a slave.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. It is well written. For example, I loved how Stein describes the sun, at the beginning of the novel, working its way across the sky, finish its day of work etc. Small details like this make it a unique and interesting experience to read this book. I was actually a little sad that the book didn't end with the sun taking a break after a long day of work.
I also like how there are multiple societies, races, religions in the world Stein has created. This gives a more real feeling to the entire story. As we discover the Drakin culture through Dallet we learn it as he does, so it doesn't slow down the story telling, but gives the reader information as needed.
I love to see character growth in a novel and we get that with Dallet. He is not your typical protagonist and we see his weaknesses as he bends to the will of his master. This gives him room to grow, and also makes him a character with depth, which is great to see. On the other hand we also see Torak, his drakin master, change a little as time progresses, but it is not as obvious as it is all from Dallet's POV.
In a book I love a good solid ending. This has that! It hints at what is to come, but gives us a good solid story with beginning, middle and end. When we reach the final pages of the book, it feels like we have come to the end of one journey, but there are future journeys ahead which sound pretty exciting!
I would recommend this book to high school aged or older. I think they would appreciate the complex world Stein has created more than younger readers, the violence/threats of violence might be a little much for younger readers, and there are also occasional mentions of sexual encounters although it is done very tastefully, and never in detail (example: It mentions that one woman visited a different tent each night on their caravan travels), for some younger readers it might go over their heads, but I think it is targeted at the older range of Young Adult.
I was given a copy of this book by publisher for review.
Codex of Light Book Description
Long ago, the Silver Empire brought an end to the Kingdom of Lumin, and drove the Lumineans from their high city of Tashavet. Still true to their traditions however, the Lumineans have not been undone. They live among the Dan’din of the new Imperial Commonwealth, keeping hidden the few, precious codices which hold the secrets to the powers of the Divine.
Young Dallet has been studying his whole life to become a cleric of the Divine, and dreams of one day marrying his childhood sweetheart and taking over the care of the Luminean Shrine in his small town of Zelf. In order to be initiated on this path he will need to read one of the ancient codices under the guidance of an experienced cleric. It is an honor, although a surprise, when he is tasked with transporting one such codex across the Bereaved Desert to the capital city of Brass Gates. The journey will prove to be treacherous, and Dallet’s oath to protect the Codex of Light, even unto death, will prove to be a challenge that tests all of the values Dallet has ever held to be sacred.
It would be fun to discover a new kind of plant or animal, then you could name it anything you want.
Like Jim-picks-his-nose Fern
I would forever have the last laugh as scientists throughout the world try to keep a strait face while teaching their eager students about my discoveries.
Official Author Page for Eric Buffington
Young Adult Author