August 1

Kings, Queens, Heroes, and Fools by M.R. Mathias {Book Review}

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I was so excited to start this book after finishing The Sword and the Dragon. This is definitely a series I would recommend reading in order, even though Mathias does a pretty good job at including enough information that you can get by reading them as stand alone titles.

To get the most from the trilogy, I would read them in order. You’ll get a chance to know the characters in the first book, but the second book just continues to build on the characters. This book doesn’t add much growth or mature the characters since this book starts off right after The Sword and the Dragon ended. I do wish there was a bit more substance to the characters, as I sometimes found it difficult to care about them.

For being a book that falls into the “epic fantasy” genre, I think the trilogy is pretty good! I’ve read a lot of fantasy and science fiction, and Mathias has a way of hooking you in thats unlike a lot of other self-published authors in this genre.

He is descriptive on the plot, dragging you into amazing imagery that many fantasy authors just cannot do. Some may find him wordy, or complain about much detail something is described, but I think it was the perfect amount, considering he’s introducing you into a whole other world.

I’m not a fan of the romance parts of the book, but I didn’t pick the book up for romance, I picked it up to continue the plot from book one, knowing this was a fantasy/science fiction series. I think this is a 4/5.
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December 2

The Sword and the Dragon by M.R. Mathias {Review}

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It’s always so bittersweet to start a long book with characters that are so easy to get attached to. On one hand I feel a sense of achievement and excitement that I finished this book, while I’m sad I have nothing left to read about the characters I spent so much time reading about. There are characters you’ll love to hate, and there are others who fit the brave and loyal hero role, perfectly.

This is your very definition of an epic fantasy! There’s so much action with amazingly described battle scenes. The story flows well once you get the hang of how it transitions from each scene.

The story as a whole is an investment for the reader. There is so much going on here, and a lot of information that you must absorb to fully understand the plot. There is so much in this book with dragons, wizards, elves, mystical creatures and you wrap them all up with high adventure and you’ve got a pretty great book!

5

Elizabeth

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July 3

The Wizard and the Warlord by M.R. Mathias {Review}

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Mathias did a great job at concluding the series in the last book The Wizard and the Warlord. He introduces us to a very magical world. This book in particular was very descriptive, or maybe I already had a clear image of everything so reading the third book was a breeze, either way I really enjoyed the last book of this trilogy.

As a fantasy book, this book and series did not disappoint. It has great descriptions making the story very easy to visualize. I found the ending to the series to be very dramatic and captivating, making reading the whole series a well worth adventure.

At times it felt like it was becoming a bit rushed, with excitement to the finale. Again, it could have been my own excitement trying to fly through the pages to conclude all the build up that occurred throughout the trilogy. There were some characters I had grown very attached to during the three books, that had no definitive conclusion making me a bit frustrated, but maybe it’s a clue to a spin off series by Mathias.

This book, being the last in the series, could probably even be read as a stand-alone book considering how much information is given, but I would still recommend starting with book one, since Mathias takes you on quite a long and fun ride. It includes new characters, as well as continuation of the characters from the previous books.

I did notice a few inconsistencies throughout the book that were distracting, and left things unexplained. It wasn’t enough of a problem for me to not say I loved this series, and will probably read it again in the future to fill in the spots I probably missed by my own excitement flying through the pages. I give this book and the entire trilogy a 5/5.
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Elizabeth
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March 9

The Silver Sphere by Michael Dadich {Review}

 

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With all the fantasy books out there, it’s hard to find a good one that can stand up to the major series like Harry Potter or Hunger Games. Silver Sphere had enough excitement and fantasy that it could easily be powerful enough to be on the popular fantasy book list. 

Six kids are magically transported to the planet Azimuth where they learn what it means to be a Kin to an Assembly member. Of course Malefic has evil plans that are always getting int he way. The goal is to save the world and stop all corruption. 

The author does an amazing job at working the reader into the other world. While reading the book, I couldn’t be sure what was going to happen next. It was completely unpredictable, which is always hard to find in a book, especially fantasy stories. 

Every character in this book had so much depth and illustration that I could clearly imagine what sort of person everyone was. Shelby of course was my favorite character, she is a little lost at moments but it never changes how strong of a character she is all throughout the book. I felt everything the characters felt from fear to joy and everything in-between. 

The imagination that the author has for some of the characters is truly amazing, it didn’t resemble any other book to where it felt repetitive. Each character seemed original and unique to any other fantasy books I’ve read before, which is always so refreshing. 

The only negative comment that I have towards this book is that the names of the creatures, and places were hard to read. I ended up making up my own words for the words that I wasn’t sure on the pronunciation. It definitely wasn’t too much of a big deal for me since it really did not change the way I felt about the story as a whole. 

The climactic build up towards the end of the book, kept me wide eyed and on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The ending made me cringe with disappointment that there weren’t any more pages to read. I hope this book might turn into a series, it just can’t stop here! Of course, I give this book 5/5. 

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Elizabeth

 

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