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James Tivendale

James reviews fantasy books, is a pretty good pool player and likes the musical Hamilton.

REVIEW: The Light of All That Falls by James Islington

I have been looking forward to reading The Light of All That Falls ever since I finished An Echo of Things To Come and have been counting down the days until I could return...

REVIEW: The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

I received an uncorrected proof copy of The Girl and the Stars. I would like to thank Mark Lawrence and Harper Voyager for the opportunity. This tale is set in the same world as...

REVIEW: Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb

The Liveship Traders is the second trilogy in Robin Hobb’s The Realm of the Elderlings saga. After a couple of false starts, I ended up loving The Farseer Trilogy. I adored the tale of...

REVIEW: Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

I received an uncorrected proof copy of Riot Baby in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Tochi Onyebuchi and Tor.com. Riot Baby begins in Compton, USA, depicting topics that could...

REVIEW: Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb

Fool’s Errand is set 15-years after the finale of Assassin’s Quest (spoilers included in this review). Once again we follow FitzChivalry Farseer — the assumed dead royal bastard. In song, he is acknowledged by...

REVIEW: The Bard’s Blade by Brian D Anderson

I received an advanced review copy of The Bard’s Blade in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Brian D. Anderson and TOR for the opportunity. Vylari is hospitable and picturesque...

REVIEW: Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb

In Assassin’s Quest, Fitz, the presumed dead assassin’s apprentice, whose tales have now become the stuff of legend in the Six Duchies is a beaten and battered remnant of his former self. He survived...

REVIEW: Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb

Minor spoilers may follow. After being poisoned in the Mountain Kingdom towards the end of Assassin’s Apprentice, Fitz is a broken and crippled shell of his former self. In Royal Assassin he swears to...

Grimdark top 15: James picks his favourites

This isn’t a post for people to say, “Well, that isn’t Grimdark in my opinion”. Everything here, I think a Grimdark fan could enjoy. Unlike a lot of these sort of features, I will...

REVIEW: The Black Hawks by David Wragg

I received an uncorrected proof copy of The Black Hawks in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank David Wragg and Harper Voyager for the opportunity. Chel is from a minor...