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Review: ‘The Copper Crown’ by Patricia Kennealy

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‘The Copper Crown’, the first book of the ‘Keltiad’, is about space-faring Celts (or Kelts) who left Earth centuries ago to find a new home. It sounds silly, but it’s really very enjoyable, and Patricia Kennealy pulls of the integration of magic and very traditional elements (castles and swords and knights!) with spaceships so that when you’re reading it, it doesn’t seem odd.

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Xenoblade Chronicles

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I played this game when it first came out, which was about two years ago. Why am I reviewing it now? Well, mostly because I do not in fact play or finish one game/book a week. I’d run out of things to play/read pretty quickly if I actually did that. Anyway, onwards to the review! (And notice, I’ve learnt how to use the ‘more’ tag!)

I really enjoyed this game – right up until the story took a nosedive and went from interesting and original to boring and very, very familiar. But enough of that for now, let’s start with what I liked about it.

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Review: The first three books of ‘Temeraire’ by Naomi Novik

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I only recently discovered this series, on the recommendation of a friend of my boyfriend, and I’m very much enjoying it. So far I’ve only read the first three books: ‘His Majesty’s Dragon’, ‘Throne of Jade’ and ‘Black Powder War’. I loved the first one, and the second two were just as good, so I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of this series.

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Review: ‘Shin Megami Tensei IV’

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It took me quite a while to get into this game. I really enjoyed ‘Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2’ and also the Persona games I’ve played, so my expectations for this game were very high. You play as a samurai from the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado, and with three other samurai you go questing around Tokyo searching for the ‘Black Samurai’ and eventually choosing the fate of the world.

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Review: ‘Landscapes of Ephemera’ by Anne Bishop

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‘Sebastian’ was the first book by Anne Bishop I ever read. Since then I’ve re-read it a few times, and ‘The Landscapes of Ephemera’ Duology has become one of my favourite series.

Image from: harpercollins.comThe idea behind it is quite original. I haven’t met a world quite like it in all of my reading so far. In Ephemera people’s emotions and feelings change the landscape and the way you travel through it. People called Landscapers can change the landscape and are supposed to lend it stability, so the world doesn’t change when someone has a bad mood.  The idea of emotions changing the world is the foundation for the entire story: a creature (The Eater of the World) escapes from the Landscapers School and starts changing landscapes from nice places to scary, bad places. The fear it inspires in the people also reinforces the changes it makes, and the situation just gets worse.

As well as having a great premise, the characters are also likable. In some ways ‘Sebastian’ almost stands on its own. At the end of the book most of the loose ends in Sebastian’s (the character, not the book) life are tied up, and book two focuses on different characters and the Eater of the World. I didn’t enjoy book two, ‘Belladonna’, as much as ‘Sebastian’, as my favourite characters didn’t appear too much and I didn’t like the new characters as much (particularly Glorianna’s love interest). Despite that, book two was still good, and the ending was worth waiting for.

I prefer this series to Anne Bishops ‘Black Jewels’ Trilogy and the ‘Tir Alainn’ Trilogy. If you haven’t read it yet, and enjoy fantasy, think about giving it a go.

Anyone else a fan of ‘The Landscapes of Ephemera’?