Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What I've been reading ...

Fall of Giants (Century Trilogy, #1)Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From Goodreads: Welcome to the 20th century as you've never seen it. At over 1,000 pages, Fall of Giantsdelivers all the elements that fans of Ken Follett have come to treasure: historical accuracy, richly developed characters, and a sweeping yet intimate portrait of a past world that you'll fully inhabit before the first chapter is through. The story follows five families across the globe as their fates intertwine with the extraordinary events of World War I, the political struggles within their own countries, and the rise of the feminist movement. Intriguing stories of love and loyalty abound, from a forbidden romance between a German spy and a British aristocrat to a Russian soldier and his scandal-ridden brother in love with the same woman. Action-packed with blood on the battlefield and conspiracies behind closed doors, Fall of Giants brings the nuances of each character to life and shifts easily from dirty coal mines to sparkling palaces. There is so much to love here, and the good news is the end is just the beginning:Fall of Giants is the first in a planned trilogy. --Miriam Landis

I love books like these, with lots of characters, and multiple settings. Thoroughly enjoyable, looking at the time of the first world war from multiple perspectives. It drew me in from the first pages and although it was a very long book (864 pages and one of my chunkster choices), it kept me interested the whole way through. Even though there was quite a few main characters, they were given time to develop beyond the superficial.


To the Tower Born: A Novel of the Lost PrincesTo the Tower Born: A Novel of the Lost Princes by Robin Maxwell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a very enjoyable look into a fascinating time in history, with Robin Maxwell imagining what might have happened in one of history's enduring mysteries, the disappearance of Edward and Richard of York from the Tower of London. Looking through the eyes of Nell and Bessie, extremely likeable heroines, there is plenty of twists and turns to keep your attention. Worth your time especially if you like historical fiction.


Prince of the Blood (Krondor's Sons, #1)Prince of the Blood by Raymond E. Feist

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From Goodreads: Set twenty years after the events in The Riftwar Saga, Prince of the Blood follows the adventures that erupt when a group of powerful nobles attempt to overthrow the Empress of Kesh, bitterly dividing the court. In the centre of the conflict are the two princes of Krondor, Borric and Erland. When Borric escapes and makes a desperate journey back tothe court to warn of the traitor’s plans – which if they were to succeed, would start a war that would twar the Empire apart. From the author of the phenomally successful novels in The Riftwar series comes the newly revised tale of swashbuckling adventure in one of the most popular fantasy worlds ever created. Prince of the Blood is the classic, action-packed saga of conflict and love, magic and legend, from the master of epic fantasy

After finishing the Riftwar Sage a couple of months back I decided to work my way through Feist's books. This was the next book on my list, the first in the Krondor's Sons series. I was reading this in the midst of writing essays so I didn't want or need anything too highbrow, just something that offered some relaxation. I enjoyed this one so much that I quickly moved onto the next in the series.

The King's Buccaneer (Krondor's Sons, #2)The King's Buccaneer by Raymond E. Feist

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From Goodreads: Long recovered from the ravages of the Riftwar, the land and people of the kingdom of the Isles thrive. Nicholas, the youngest son of Prince Arutha, is intelligent and gifted but vastly inexperienced. In hopes of hardening him, his father sends him and his irreverent squire, Harry, to live at Rustic Castle Crydee to learn of life beyond the halls of privilege. But within weeks of Nicholas and Harry's arrival, Crydee is viciously attacked by unknown assailants, resulting in murder, massive destruction, and the abduction of two young noblewomen. The raiders have come from a pirate haven and are no ordinary foe ... but an enemy connected to dark magical forces that threaten the lands Nicholas will someday rule -- if he survives.

I just finished this one last night. I was readingthe end of this yesterday on trains and in breaks and I really didn't want to put it down when I had to. I'll be continuing with reading through Feist's list of books.

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