Book Review: Wards of Faerie by Terry Brooks

Wards of Faerie is one of those books that may captivate you looking at it’s cover. If you’re a big fan of the fantasy genre and you saw this at a book store. Without a doubt it will get your attention. However an awesome cover does not usually mean an awesome book. Thus the saying “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”.

Wards of Faerie starts of in a promising way. Showing you an old diary entries about a romantic story between two lovers. Of course as most cliches go, there were complications in their relationships and simply put the girl’s parents forbids her from seeing the boy. In retaliation the boy stole five out of six Elfstones and ran away. However he left a note that says she can use the last Elfstone to find him. Fast forward to the current setting of the book, An elf named Aphenglow discovers these entries and used it to help find the five remaining Elfstones.

That itself should tell you more about this book than it needed to. You’ve got the different races, forbidden romance, and a quest that can immensely affect each and everyone in the world of the book. It is a very generic set up for a fantasy and unfortunately you probably have seen this in earlier books or even in video games. Yes a party is needed for the quest and yes the bad guys are also looking for the said Elfstones. There are not that many aspects in this book that is unique. The story is predictable and the characters mostly one dimensional. There are some that may get your attention here and there and the action sequences are well written. However even that does not save the book from it’s dull premise.

To conclude, it will be liked for people who don’t mind a good fantasy book. The world is very Tolkien like, with elves, orcs, humans, dwarves and of course dragon. That said, it is very generic and people who are looking for a more enthralling form of fantasy would most likely not see it here.

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Book Review: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

 

Having watched the first two movies I was curious on how The Hobbit(book) actually played out, specially with the cliffhanger ending of the movie, I just had to read the book to find out the ending. That said, this review will be purely based on what I felt about the book and there will be no movie references for that matter.

The Hobbit was not as a page turner as I expected it to be. It starts quite slow and never really picks up until the third act. In between though, delivers some really enthralling chapters. Riddles in the Dark, is a marvel to read and the exchange of riddles between Bilbo and Gollum feels like an intense match of tennis and one is equally as witty as the other. The adventures withing the Mirkwood forest also delivers some uncomfortable scenes, the feeling of hopelessness is felt and really makes you emotionally attached to the dwarves and makes you feel their frustration while wandering within the forest.

As the third act begins, it really is a giant snowball rolling swiftly down a hill. The plot turns, shocking character changes and not to mention a dreadful war is at hand. It really is the best part of the book for me and it was handled perfectly.

Overall apart from the slow start, there is nothing bad about this book. It delivers an amazing journey and in terms of Bilbo a great sense of self discovery. It’s an incredible book and all fans of the fantasy genre will undoubtedly love it.