Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Eragon ~ Christopher Paolini

Eragon, as well as the two current sequels Eldest and Brisingr, are available at all major bookstores, Target, online retailers, etc…

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When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands....

A wonderfully written epic fantasy in the making. Answered just enough questions to keep you from going nuts and raise just a few more to keep you interested. Fun and interesting characters and a well thought out fantasy world.

Being a long-time lover of a good fantasy novel, I am always rather wary when entering new realms.  I cut my teeth on the Dragonlance novels by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman as well as the ever-popular Shannara books by Terry Brooks.  After reading such masters, you are often left disappointed.  Christopher Paolini certainly did not disappoint me one bit.  His word is large and varied and his characters endearing, aggravating, and fun to hang around with. 

I am anxious to start Eldest!

Sapphire and Gold ~ Penny Rader

Penny Rader can be found here and you can purchase her book here.

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In 1752 Philadelphia, Alexandra Whittaker overhears the man who has raised her—and intends to marry her—admit to kidnapping her. She then uncovers a locket containing a portrait of herself as a child. Confused and frightened, she flees, heading for Williamsburg, Virginia, the place inscribed on the back of the locket. On her way out of Philadelphia, she stumbles across a bear and ends up in the river.

Sea Captain Derek Tremaine is guilt-ridden over the disappearance of a small girl left in his care as a youth. Always searching for her, he hears she may be alive and travels to Philadelphia where he discovers an unconscious young woman in the river. She bears a strong resemblance to the mother of the missing girl who has haunted his dreams. He is drawn to assist and protect her as she sails with him to Williamsburg in her hunt for answers about her life. But will the truth give them peace and allow their growing love for one another to blossom? Or will it drive them apart?

Very well-written and intriguing. Love a story that has a bit of mystery mixed in with the romance. And while I really wanted to smack Lexie at times, I did truly understand why she was so insecure and stubborn.  Her world was shattered by one overheard conversation changing everything she once thought true and right about her life.  Thankfully, for her sake, she does grow and overcome her insecurities, thanks to Derek Tremaine. 

All in all, a really good historical read that I would highly recommend to anyone.  This is the first historical novel that I’ve read that takes place at least partially on a ship.  And get this… it has nothing to do with pirates. LOL 

The Lost Symbol ~ Dan Brown

If you can’t find this book, then you’re just not looking.  LOL

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The Lost Symbol is the third installment in the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown. 

My short review because I enjoy these books a lot and might let a spoiler slip.  LOL

While not nearly as action-packed as either of the first two Robert Langdon novels, The Lost Symbol was still an engrossing story stuffed full of mysticism and those bizarre trivial facts that Dan Brown is so fond of. There were also a few 'OMG, you just did not do that!' moments as well as one 'Holy guacamole, I didn't see that one coming!’ Well, at least for me, I didn't see it coming. I know of at least two people who will, after they read this, tell me they knew since page such-and-such that that was what was going to happen... but whatever, I think I'm digressing yet again...

If you enjoyed either Angels and Demons or The DaVinci Code then you should enjoy this one as well. Great read!