Review: THE RETURN OF THE KING (THE LORD OF THE RINGS #3)

Almost nothing of this is original, but it’s still nicely written. I mean, come on, the author is obviously a fan of George R.R. Martin. Or why did he put all of those ‚R’s in his name? Well, at least he has finished his trilogy – other than Martin. It’d be nice to read a sequel, though. Regarding the plot, that’s a blatant copy of Terry Brooks‘ original and breathtaking The Sword of Shannara.

Writing: THE COUNTESS OF HABERLUND

People, it’s NaNoWriMo which I spend mostly on the sequel to my debut novel (December 1st!!!), but I’ve also written two short stories in English this week because why not and because people kept asking me to write something in English. Feel free to read them, especially if you like dark humour!

Review: SIEGE AND STORM (SHADOW AND BONE #2)

This one isn’t as good as Shadow and Bone, but the introduction of Nikolai defintely makes up for it. When I say it’s not as good as the prequel, I really mean it. While the storytelling improves and Leigh Bardugo summons suprises and plot twists as Alina would summon the sun, the story as a whole suffers from a huge overload of love triangle.

Review: SHADOW AND BONE (SHADOW AND BONE #1)

So, I read it again. When I first read it, my head was still filled with the brilliance of Crooked Kingdom, so I guess I wasn’t very…objective. Anyway, I read it again, and I have to say: it’s not as good as the duology, but it’s still great.

Review: BEFORE THEY ARE HANGED (FIRST LAW #2)

Shame on me. Shame on me for not joining Team Abercrombie immediately. Shame on me for rating those other books three stars. Shame on me for not liking these characters in The Blade Itself immediately. I bow to Lord Grimdark and beg his mercy. And I kiss his feet and swear to never doubt his magnificene again.

Review: HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (HARRY POTTER #5)

If I had to pick one of these seven books as a favourite, it would be this one. It was the longest of them when it was published, and I love every bit that made it longer: this one has a lot more of Hogwarts‘ daily life. There’s a lot of things which have always been there, but are now being presented far more detailed. Especially the classes, all the teenagy bits about Harry and Cho, and of course, Umbridge.

Kritik: SCHOLOMANCE – Tödliche Lektion

Ein witziges, hartes, erstaunlich sarkastisches Meisterwerk mit einer frechen, brillanten Protagonistin mit einer der unterhaltsamsten Stimmen der modernen Fantasy. Naomi Noviks „Scholomance“ stellt die genreübergreifenden Konventionen magischer Schulbücher auf den Kopf und ist originell und mit einer fesselnden Erzählerin gesegnet.

Review: A DEADLY EDUCATION (SCHOLOMANCE #1)

A witty, hard, amazingly sarcastic masterpiece featuring a sassy, brilliant protagonist with one of the most entertaining voices in modern Fantasy. Naomi Novik’s ‚A Deadly Education‘ turns the whole genre conventions of magical school books upside down and is both original and blessed with a compelling protagonist.

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