Friday Review: The Black Elfstone (Fall of Shannara #1) by Terry Brooks

My rating: 4 of 5 starsThis book starts the final quartet of the Shannara Chronicles. The book starts with peace having reigned in the Four Lands for many years. But in the far north, an enemy army is preparing to invade and conquer. An enemy that wields a strange, deadly form of magic that not … Continue reading Friday Review: The Black Elfstone (Fall of Shannara #1) by Terry Brooks

Friday Review: The Toll by Cherie Priest

My rating: 4 of 5 starsState Route 177 runs along the Suwanee River from Fargo, Georgia to the Okefenokee swamp. Titus and Melanie Bell are newlyweds on their honeymoon trip to a rented cabin where they plan to do some canoeing in the swamp. According to the GPS map, there are six bridges along their … Continue reading Friday Review: The Toll by Cherie Priest

Friday Review: Chapel of Ease (Tufa # 4)by Alex Bledsoe

My rating: 4 of 5 starsIn this fourth installment of Bledsoe's Tufa series, Matt Johnson, a young New York actor, auditions for a musical called "Chapel of Ease." He gets the role, and becomes friends with Ray Parrish, the play's author. As rehearsals progress and momentum builds for the opening night, strange things begin to … Continue reading Friday Review: Chapel of Ease (Tufa # 4)by Alex Bledsoe

Friday Review: The Killing Fog (Grave Kingdom #1) by Jeff Wheeler

My rating: 3 of 5 starsIn this first in a series fantasy novel, Wheeler uses an Asian-inspired setting and characters to tell a story of revenge, faith, and honor. The main character, Bingmei, is a young girl who has uncharacteristic white hair, a sign that is considered a disease, and instills fear in most people. … Continue reading Friday Review: The Killing Fog (Grave Kingdom #1) by Jeff Wheeler

Friday Review: The MVP (Galactic Football League #4) by Scott Sigler

My rating: 4 of 5 starsIn this fourth installment in Sigler's GFL series, Ionath Krakens team ship, the Touchback, has breached the territory of the Prawatt race in an attempt to escape pirates. They are captured by the Prawatt and are facing execution for trespassing in the Prawatt territory. Quentin manages to maneuver his way … Continue reading Friday Review: The MVP (Galactic Football League #4) by Scott Sigler

Friday Review: Street Freaks by Terry Brooks

My rating: 4 of 5 starsAshton Collins is a somewhat sheltered teen living with his father, a corporate engineer, in the future megacity of Los Angeles. Home alone with just the household robot servants, Ashton receives a cryptic message from his father urging him to get out of the house, go to the dangerous Red … Continue reading Friday Review: Street Freaks by Terry Brooks

Friday Review: Red Rising (Red Rising Saga #1) by Pierce Brown

My rating: 3 of 5 starsWarning: There may be some minor spoilers in this review.Darrow is a Red, the lowest caste in a color-coded Martian system. He is a miner, a laborer who has been told his entire life that he and his fellow Reds toil to make the surface of Mars a livable place … Continue reading Friday Review: Red Rising (Red Rising Saga #1) by Pierce Brown

Friday Review: Eragon (Inheritance Cycle #1) by Christopher Paolini

My rating: 4 of 5 starsEragon is a poor farm boy. He stumbles across a lovely blue stone that he picks up because he thinks perhaps he can sell it to get money to provide food for his family. The stone turns out to be a dragon's egg- dragons that were thought long extinct in … Continue reading Friday Review: Eragon (Inheritance Cycle #1) by Christopher Paolini