Monthly Archives: September 2013

Title: Love Gone Mad
Author: Mark Rubinstein
Publication Date: September 1, 2013

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
A seemingly random confrontation with an angry man in a bar leaves Adrian Douglas feeling uneasy, and for good reason. In the weeks following, he meets Megan Haggarty at work, setting off a series of events which demonstrate that coincidence is a much rarer occurrence than one might believe.

The basic premise of the story is intriguing and the story has a few twists to keep the reader interested. That being said, the writing was a bit off-putting at times (though, for me, a present tense narrative needs to be very engaging to be effective) and some of the plot points seemed to a bit too coincidental and convenient. The dialogue and rushed romance came across as a bit forced and bordered on unbelievable, and makes it difficult at times to really connect with the characters.

That said, it was a relatively quick and easy read that only lost me completely in a few places. I did predict some of the twists ahead of time but there were also a few I didn’t see coming.

TRIGGER WARNINGS: [Graphic depictions of domestic violence and descriptions of child sexual abuse.]

(eGalley provided by Thunder Lake Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

Title: The Godborn
Author: Paul S. Kemp
Publication Date: October 1, 2013

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆

Review: The second book in The Sundering series, The Godborn does a good job of continuing the separate but loosely intertwined adventures of favorite Forgotten Realms characters. This installment follows the life and destiny of Vasen Cale, the son of Everis Cale, and the forces that are conspiring against him. Like The Champions, you don’t need to have read previous books to be able to jump in and follow the story, though I found it to be slightly more difficult to follow in the beginning. The narrations help to build the dark work in which Vasen and company live, though the author’s penchant for using a few vague descriptors (e.g. preternatural) lessened the impact of some of the descriptions.

I still have to say I recommend this to anyone with an interest in fantasy novels, and particularly those with even a passing interest in Forgotten Realms or the Dungeons & Dragons universe(s).

(eGalley provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

Title: The Companions
Author: R.A. Salvatore
Publication Date: August 6, 2013

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
It’s been some time since I’ve read anything from any of the Dungeons & Dragons settings, and The Companions by R.A. Salvatore has left me wondering why/how I let it go for so long. The rich fantasy world that Salvatore weaves found me quickly and easily engaged. The level of connection to the individual characters is one I personally haven’t found in a fantasy novel for quite some time.

Even if you haven’t followed the previous adventures Drizzt Do’Urden, you won’t find yourself lost in The Companions. Salvatore works enough background into the story to pick up the history of the Companions of the Hall along with following their current predicaments. The author also seamlessly introduces the history of the Realms themselves, making this a perfect “jumping in” point for someone wanting to read the books of The Sundering but concerned about not having read the 20+ previous Drizzt books.

Highly recommended for fans of the fantasy genre, of Forgotten Realms, of Drizzt, and of books with a well-written narrative.

(eGalley provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)