Book Series Wednesday: Domes of Fire by David Eddings [Spoilers for The Elenium]

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This week I’m continuing with the sequel series to The Elenium for Book Series Wednesday! It’s Domes of Fire by David Eddings! Spoilers for The Elenium after the jump!

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Book Series Wednesday: The Sapphire Rose by David Eddings [Major Spoilers for previous books]

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This week for Book Series Wednesday I’m covering the final book in the Elenium series. It’s The Sapphire Rose by David Eddings! Major Spoilers for previous books after the jump!

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Book Series Wednesday: Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep

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This week for Book Series Wednesday I’m covering the 11th book in The Elemental Assassin series! It’s Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep!

Plot Synopsis: There’s a new drug on the streets of Ashland, and its name “Burn” sums up the potent effect it has on its users. When one of her restaurant employees is threatened by dealers of the drug, Gin steps in to set things straight…

Plot: The plot is classic Gin Blanco, and that’s to say it’s great. I don’t normally like series that have very explicit sex scenes, and this one does, but the rest of the plot more than makes up for it. Gin and her friends are back and she’s got a score to settle with a drug dealer this time around.

Characters: Gin is still easily my favorite character in this series, if only because she’s as snarky as I am. The rest of the cast is equally amusing, Finn in particular is always fun to read.

Overall: If you liked the previous books in the series you have to read this one.

For those who like: Action, Urban Fantasy, Kick Ass Female Leads, Gripping Plot, Excellent Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Book Series Wednesday: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

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This week on Book Series Wednesday I’m covering another of Brandon Sanderson’s amazing series. It’s not a Cosmere series, but it’s still just as good as the rest of his works.

Plot Synopsis: The United States, and other parts of the world, was changed when a burst in the sky known as Calamity gave normal people powers. These people came to be known as Epics. The story is told through the perspective of David, an orphaned teenager living in Newcago (formerly known as Chicago). Newcago is ruled by the extremely powerful Epic named Steelheart, who has created a society run by other powerful Epics, with normal people living with normal jobs. Steelheart is apparently invulnerable, is able to fly, can hurl blasts of energy, and can turn inanimate matter to steel; he has turned all of Chicago to steel for kilometers around and into the ground. Compared to other places in what was the United States, Newcago is well run, with normal people generally having access to food, water, electricity, jobs, etc.

Plot: First off while this is marketed as a Young Adult novel, I don’t think it detracts at all from the book. If anything it just means I can give this book to a cousin of mine in a couple of years instead of six or seven years. The plot is quite good and while there are obvious plot threads left dangling by the end, it’s because Brandon plans on making the series a trilogy. In fact the second book just released last week. I’ll review that once I can get my hands on the book. I won’t spoil anything plot wise, but Brandon’s excellent crafting of Magic Systems is quite apparent in this book.

Characters: I love all of the varied cast of characters, particularly Megan who is from Portland, Oregon. Cody comes a very close second, Megan beats him only because she’s from my home state of Oregon. David isn’t a particularly bad main character, and in fact I find him a lot more enjoyable than I did most other Young Adult leads, like Katniss (I’m sorry you Hunger Games fans she’s just not as amazing as you think.)

Overall: If you love Brandon Sanderson, or just want to read a great Urban Fantasy book you must read this one.

For those who like: Brandon Sanderson, Urban Fantasy, Superheroes, Great Casts of Characters, Amazing Plots.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Book Series Wednesday: Time and Again by Jack Finney

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This week for Book Series Wednesday I’m covering a book that I read prior to traveling across the United States starting from New York City to Portland, Oregon. It’s Time and Again by Jack Finney!

Plot Synopsis: November 1970, Simon Morley, an advertising sketch artist, is approached by U.S. Army Major Ruben Prien to participate in a secret government project. He is taken to a huge warehouse on the West Side of Manhattan, where he views what seem to be movie sets, with people acting on them. It seems this is a project to learn whether it is feasible to send people back into the past by what amounts to self-hypnosis—whether, by convincing oneself that one is in the past, not the present, one can make it so.

Plot: The plot is pretty good, from what I remember. I didn’t remember that the novel was illustrated, but that might be because I listened to it. I don’t remember honestly other than that this book was one of my all time favorite books in historical fiction. The plot was excellent for a 14 year old boy who read graduate student level books for fun [Side note: I’m really not joking when I say I was reading books at the graduate student level, by this point I had read already War and Peace because it was the biggest book of fiction I could find in my local library].

Characters: Simon, or Si was a great main character and the rest of the cast was excellent. I won’t spoil anything by talking about the rest of them, but it was quite good.

Overall: If you want an excellent time travel novel, or a great historical fiction book, this is a must read.

For those who like: Amazing Plots, Great Time Travel Stories, Fantastic Historical Fiction.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.