The Inquisition

the inquisition summoner

The Inquisition (Summoner #2) by Taran Matharu

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Very similar style to the first one. Good story, interesting characters, easy to read, but not a masterpiece. I will however continue this story (it ended on a cliffhanger!).

So this book picks up some time after the first book ended. Not much has happened for our main character, Fletcher, but a lot has happened that he isn’t aware about. Trying to pick up on everything and being thrown into circumstances he cannot control pushed the beginning of this story.

The best thing however is his humanity and empathy. There are quite a few humans in this story with serious lack of those qualities. His trust in everyone, no matter species, is something to learn from.

One of the things that stood out to me was the use of vials (red for health and blue for mana). I just wonder if the author has played a little too many video games while writing this book 😅


“A year has passed since the Tournament.

Fletcher and Ignatius have been locked away in Pelt’s dungeons, but now they must face a trial at the hands of the Inquisition, a powerful institution controlled by those who would delight in Fletcher’s downfall.

The trial is haunted by ghosts from the past with shocking revelations about Fletcher’s origins, but he has little time to dwell on them; the graduating students of Vocans are to be sent deep into the orc jungles to complete a dangerous mission for the king and his council. If they fail, the orcish armies will rise to power beyond anything the Empire has ever seen.

With loyal friends Othello and Sylva by his side, Fletcher must battle his way to the heart of Orcdom and save Hominum from destruction…or die trying.”

– Goodreads

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is beautiful. This is my childhood. This is the beginning to a story that means so much to me I have the Deathly Hallows mark tattooed on me.

So I finally joined the Wizarding World Book Club (one month late), but now I have finished the first book and I’m on track! (Will just write a post for all the themes concerning the first book before I’m really on track.) It is a wonderful way to reread these books. But now on with the review.

As I said, this is my childhood. The magic of these books spellbound me 14 years ago as my dad read them to me, and it has never let me go. J.K. Rowling has a writing style that draws you in, all the wonder Harry experiences plays out so vividly inside the readers head. Especially in this first book wonder is such a huge part, and even though there are dark parts to the story it is a children’s book. A children’s book only since it is told through the eyes of an innocent child. If the story was told through an older character, this would never be a children’s story (as can be seen as Harry grows up).

I’ve reread this book more times than I can possibly remember, but this was the first time I listened to it on audio. Stephen Fry has done such a good job narrating this book! *applause* I most definitely recommend him! I’d like to continue listening to these books, but at the same time I’d love to sit down with them and read them. I’ll just have to see what I’ll do.


“Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.

All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley–a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry’s room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry–and anyone who reads about him—will find unforgettable.”

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Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith

Ewan Pendle and the White WraithEwan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shaun Hume

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This was a decent read, but I would have liked it more if it hadn’t been pitched as something especially for Harry Potter fans. Now I couldn’t do anything but compare it to Harry Potter and sadly it falls short.

The story is very Harry Potter-ish. A boy without parents goes to a special school where he makes some friends and there is a mystery to be solved. The school even have “common rooms” and “houses” (but with different names). It is not just the world that has things in common with Harry Potter, the story is pushed forward in some similar ways as well. For example, in Philosopher’s Stone the trio finds out about the stone from The Daily Prophet, in this book the main characters find out about the white wraith from The London Lectern (also a newspaper). Since Ewan Pendle is set in today’s world (at least I think it is) why didn’t they use the internet? That is just one example, there are more.

However, the characters were really good, I especially liked Enid, a pirate girl. She was badass from the beginning and she didn’t lose the badassness even after becoming more friendly with Ewan and Mathilde. I was so glad to see that! It is always scary when an awesome, and somewhat ruff around the edges, character becomes friends with people. There is quite a risk of them becoming too soft (due to “character development”).

Ewan himself was interesting to follow. He’s a bit naive at times (which is understandable, he’s 11) but he has such a big heart and reaches out to other outsiders. He is such a good role model and gives everyone a chance (even if they walk around barefoot all the time or have a tattoo on their face).

In conclusion, the story could have been more original and given some more work, but the characters are this story’s strong point. I might pick up another book about these characters when/if released, and I do hope another story will be published.


“Ewan Pendle was weird. Really weird. At least, that’s what everyone told him. Then again, being able to see monsters that no one else could wasn’t exactly normal …

Thinking he has been moved off to live with his eleventh foster family, Ewan is instead told he is a Lenitnes, one of an ancient race of peoples who can alone see the real ‘Creatures’ which inhabit the earth. He is taken in by Enola, the mysterious sword carrying Grand Master of Firedrake Lyceum, a labyrinth of halls and rooms in the middle of London where other children, just like Ewan, go to learn the ways of the Creatures.”

– Goodreads

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Sins of Empire

Sins of EmpireSins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder #1) by Brian McClellan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brian McClellan has done it again. This story just pulls you in to never let you go. That’s the reason I flew through it in just a few days.

We’re back in the familiar world from The Powder Mage Trilogy, but in a different part – Fatrasta. It is a turbulent country, their war for independence was what made Taniel Two-Shot legendary, and there are deep frictions between the different people. And who is thrown into this? Vlora, previously engaged to Taniel and hero of Adro. Having lived as a mercenary for quite a few years since the happenings in The Autumn Republic, she is now thrown back into a world of politics and fighting. A world she’d rather left untouched.

He thought of sorcery like he did politics. He knew it existed and that it affected his life in deep intrinsic ways, but he tried his best not to get any on him.

I have to say that the plot of Sins of Empire is very similar to Promise of Blood. Not as bloody beginning as Promise of Blood, but the overall plot follows the same structure. There is even a new “investigator”! Instead of Adamat we are now introduced to Michel Bravis, spy.

Despite that, this book got me hooked. McClellan really knows how to write action and you are never left bored. Since I enjoyed this as an audiobook I have to comment on Christian Rodska, who does an incredible job reading these books. His style is perfect for the world McClellan has created.


“An epic new fantasy series from Brian McClellan, set in the same world as his wildly popular Powder Mage trilogy.

The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place – a frontier destination for criminals, fortune-hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of a suppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires.

The insurrection that threatens Landfall must be purged with wile and force, a task which falls on the shoulders of a spy named Michel Bravis, convicted war hero Ben Styke, and Lady Vlora Flint, a mercenary general with a past as turbulent as Landfall’s present.

As loyalties are tested, revealed, and destroyed, a grim specter as old as time has been unearthed in this wild land, and the people of Landfall will soon discover that rebellion is the least of their worries.”

– Goodreads

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A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It was good, not at all as gripping as A Court of Mist and Fury (which I couldn’t put down), but good. I was however expecting more of the conclusion to Feyre’s story.

This story has changed a lot over the three books in which it has been told. Sometimes they don’t really feel like books of the same story and like Maas had an idea, wrote the first book and the decided to follow another idea. Despite this, the story wraps up nicely.

The strongest part of this book is the relationships between the main characters. I love how Maas writes them (even if there too is some “follow another idea” syndrome)! Rhys and Fayre are perfect for each other. Lucien and Elain I don’t know about but Azriel and Elain I definitely see. Liked what she did with Mor but somehow the execution just wasn’t the best. Cassian and Nesta should be given more story, filled with madness!

Maas didn’t sadly do her best job with the action in this book. Usually she does write good action but here I didn’t feel the pull I want to feel whilst reading and action scene. I’d liked to see more of the fighting at the end as well. Give me graphical writing!

This series has been very up and down. Decent first book, amazing second and a good third. But what I can say for sure is that I will continue reading the next book in the story of Prythian.


WARNING: MAJOR ENDING SPOILER

Light text: I cannot say how happy I was when not a single one of the main characters dies, but the ending lost some impact when all of the survived. At least Amren would have had an amazing and worthy ending, but no, she wasn’t given that. Rhys on the other hand I’m so glad made it.


A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places”

– Goodreads

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