Review: MALICE (THE FAITHFUL AND THE FALLEN #1) by John Gwynne

Unpopular opinion time once again.
Second read of the year, second highly anticipated series of the year, second disappointment. And this time it’s definitely not a thing of taste: in my opinion, Malice, a book I’ve heard mostly gushing reviews about, is just mediocre. Obvious plot, boring characters, terrible tropes I hate.

Quick-Review: TOWER OF FOOLS/ NARRENTURM by Andrzej Sapkowski

(English version below) Eine sinn- und handlungslose, ständig mäandernde Groteske, gefüllt mit viel zu vielen Informationen und Details, ohne Fortschritt und mitreißende Charaktermotivation.

Review: FEEDING FRENZY (THE SUMMONER SISTERS #1)

A.W.E.S.O.M.E. „Feeding Frenzy“ is a perfectly-paced mixture of urban fantasy and comedy, filled with hilarious banter between its two main protagonists. Summer and Ophelia are monster hunters, but their work is more complicated than Geralt of Rivia’s in The Witcher.

Review: THE GILDED WOLVES

A nicely written try to recreate Six of Crows with more diverse characters and riddles almost exactly copied from The Da Vinci Code. Thanks to that, it lacks originality and it can never do the things these books did as good as they did: it stays a pale copy of their brilliance, but is an entertaining read, right up to the botched, badly written ending.

Review: LEAVING THE WAY (THE WAY TRILOGY #2)

Well, I so didn’t expect to not like this one. I really loved the prequel, after all: that one was perfectly paced and a brillantly balanced mixture of sassy sarcasm and dystopian elements. This one wasn’t. Somehow, it all felt off to me, starting right at the start. My biggest issues were with the protagonist’s actions while her best friend was kidnapped, the villain’s incompetence, and the pacing.

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.

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