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Book Review: The Trials Of Apollo, Book Three: The Burning Maze
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The Trials of Apollo, Book 3: The Burning Maze book review

The Trials of Apollo: The Burning Maze
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle Edition
Written by Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: May 1, 2018

I did not read the first two books in this series. There, I said it. So when people dive into my review and start getting upset that I failed to catch something that I should have, I will fall back on this rather than a sword. The Trials of Apollo: The Burning Maze serves as a halfway point for the series and, as with all of Rick Riordan‘s books, enables first time readers to not feel alienated or unable to submerge themselves into his story.

I am not a constant reader of Riordan’s work but I will do my best to give you a glimpse of what I saw.

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Book Review: The Grey Bastards By Jonathan French
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The Grey Bastards book review

The Grey Bastards
The Lot Lands – Book 1
Hardcover | Kindle Edition | Audiobook
By Jonathan French
Publisher: Orbit Books
Release Date: June 19, 2018

I am a lifelong Dungeons & Dragons fan/player/aficionado and of all the races available for game play back in the day, my least favorite was the half-orc. But things change, folks. They really do. As I dug into The Grey Bastards, I was struck by the fact that my perception of the half-orc was just a single viewpoint that I had never explored fully. Well, thankfully, author Jonathan French did. And he did it with style in this first book of the planned Lot Lands series.

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Book Review: King Of Ashes (The Firemane Saga Book 1) By Raymond E. Feist
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King Of Ashes
The Firemane Saga – Book 1
Hardcover | Paperback (Large Print) | Kindle | Audiobook
By Raymond E. Feist
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Paperback Release date: May 8, 2018

Ohmigod, ohmigod, ohmigod! Raymond E. Feist has not only released a new book, but it is the start of a brand new series! As a connoisseur of all things Riftwar, Midkemia, and Kelewan, I am astounded to find that this new series is a whole new setting! King Of Ashes is the first novel in The Firemane Saga which takes place on the world of Garn. This takes epic to all new levels, as Feist’s previous setting is rich with depth beyond the norm. Will this new world match up to 30 books and 35 years of storytelling? We shall see!

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Book Review: Dungeons & Dragons: Mordenkainen’s Tome Of Foes
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Mordenkainen’s Tome Of Foes
Hardcover
D&D Accessory
Wizards Of The Coast
Release Date: May 29, 2018

As almost any tabletop gamer will tell you, game changes and additions will please some and anger others. This is true of technical expansions as well. Knowing this, I took to the shops and chatted with friends regarding the newest Dungeons & Dragons source book Mordenkainen’s Tome Of Foes. I had already heard from a couple of buddies that impressions were polarized after the exclusive release at hobby and game shops on May 18th, with the rest of the merchants shelving it on May 29th. With that in mind, I wanted to take a more critical look at it from the eyes and mouths of other gamers, but of course I will add my own impressions to the review.

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Book Review: By Fire Above: A Signal Airship Novel By Robyn Bennis
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By Fire Above
Signal Airship Series – Book 2
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Robyn Bennis
Publisher: Tor Books
Paperback Release date: May 15, 2018

Who does not like a great steampunk novel? In By Fire Above, you do not juts get a steampunk story but one laced with the darkness of war. For in this tale, it is kill or be killed, with little time left for life itself.

Decidedly different than what I was expecting, this book hooked me from chapter one. It probably would have been even easier had I read the first book in this “Signal Airship” series.

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Book Review: Season Of Storms (The Witcher Series)
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Season of Storms
“The Witcher” Series
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Andrzej Sapkowski (Author), David A. French (Translator)
Publisher: Orbit Books
Paperback Release date: May 22, 2018

Games, book, comics, film, television. This franchise has it all! The current release, Season of Storms, is apparently the sixth “Witcher” book, but eighth in the overall series from author Andrzej Sapkowski.

Now, having said that, I was not in any way deterred from reading this just because I had failed to read any of the previous books. Written and translated in such a way as to make it a perfectly acceptable standalone novel, I enjoyed it from cover to cover.

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Comic Spotlight: Ether: The Copper Golems #1
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Ether: The Copper Golems #1
Written by Matt Kindt
Art by David Rubin
Covers by David Rubin, Paul Pope
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: May 16, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

Apparently, I have missed some amazing comics lately. Ether: The Copper Golems #1 is the first issue of the second series. That’s right, second series. So guess who gets to go shopping for some back issues? That’s right, this guy. But before I do, let me tell you a little about this comic gem.

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Comic Spotlight: Persephone HC
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Persephone HC
Story and Art by Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky
Letters by Deron Bennett
Translated by Edward Gavvin
Archaia Entertainment
Release Date: May 16, 2018
Cover Price: $19.99

I have yet to read Persephone but just flipping through it I am struck by the amalgamation of so many different styles blended into one unique, yet disturbing, tale.

This contemporary re-imagining by Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky has been translated into English from its original French.

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Comic Spotlight: The Michael Moorcock Library: Erekose – The Swords Of Heaven, The Flowers Of Hell
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The Michael Moorcock Library: Erekose – The Swords of Heaven, The Flowers of Hell
Character created by Michael Moorcock
Script and art by Howard V. Chaykin
Titan Comics
Release Date: May 15, 2018
Cover Price: $19.99

Anyone that knows me knows that I have been a fan of The Eternal Champion series/saga/lifestyle for decades. Michael Moorcock created what I consider to be the greatest incarnation of a hero ever. And I know I am not alone as there are adaptations and re-issuings year after year, decade after decade.

So it brings me no end of pleasure to introduce you to The Michael Moorcock Library: Erekose – The Swords Of Heaven, The Flowers Of Hell.

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Comic Spotlight: The Ghost, The Owl Hardcover
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The Ghost, The Owl
Written by Franco
Art by Sara Richard
Cover by Sara Richard
Action Lab Comics
Release Date: May 2, 2018
Cover Price: $9.99

I stumbled upon this quite by accident but I had to do a quick spotlight to show it off! The Ghost, The Owl is possibly one of my top ten favorite graphic novels I have read this year. It’s a touching story about a lost soul who is on a journey of discovery. With the help of a newfound friend, the way is found but obstacles appear and the struggle begins.

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