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The Poppy War by

This was a recommendation from a ‘best’ list over at Goodreads. It sounded interesting, and there were comments about its similarities to The Name of the Wind, which is a book I enjoyed. There’s a similarity in that the protagonist, Rin, goes to an academy, although that’s about it. Despite being a fairly long book – Read the rest of this review

The Good Father by

I really enjoyed Before the Fall, the only other book I’ve read by this author. It helped make my mind up when it came time to pick up a new audiobook. The story follows a father whose son shoots a US presidential candidate. He believes his son to be innocent and spends the book trying – Read the rest of this review

Nomad by

This was another two-for-one offering on Audible. The premise sounded interesting and it was a more generic tale (I try not to get pigeon-holed into specific genres). Having said that, the core of the story is the tired premise of a secret service agent who gets accused of treachery by his own department and has – Read the rest of this review

The Ruby in the Smoke by

I got this on a two-for-one deal via Audible. I thought it was a recent Pullman release, but it was originally published in 1985. It’s the first part in a quartet of Sally Lockhart novels. There’s plenty of mystery and intrigue as you follow the protagonist — the aforementioned Sally Lockhart — but everything just – Read the rest of this review

Bones of the Hills by

The third book in the series continues a little time after the second. This time the Mongols strike west to take on the Khwarazmian empire. Filled with heroic and daring tales of battles, you’re never far from some action. That said, the books also try to show how much innovation the Mongols made, both by – Read the rest of this review