This month, I have two guest reviewers – my daughter Jazzy (11), and Jayda (14) who both love fantasy books.
If you read a great sci fi fantasy book, especially by a non-blockbuster author, let me know!
Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan
Reviewed by Jazzy
This thrilling novel is about a fierce, strong warrior princess who is about to fight her last opponent in the arena. Kateri has to battle a different opponent each month. If she wins, that’s one step closer to becoming Queen. If she loses, she marries that very person. So far she’s won all of her battles, but when she discovers her final opponent, she flees home and enters the dangerous dunes. But in the desert, alongside her greatest enemies, she finds answers to questions she never knew existed… Tiger Queen is full of excitement and adventure, but still a little predictable. This book would be good for most ages, but there is a bit of violence. Overall, I think that it’s a stunning fantasy novel!
Dark Fire by Chris d’Lacey
Reviewed by Jayda
Dark Fire follows the disastrous results of main character David Rain’s mysterious disappearance in the Arctic. He’s on a mission to destroy a great force of darkness. With earth on the verge of recolonisation and destruction by dragons, Chris d’Lacey weaves a tale appealing for younger teens to mid-teens with a taste for adventure and magic.
I loved every bit of it, from the gripping and unique writing style to the addictive twists and turns. Teens will identify with David’s daughter who dares to believe in herself and follow his footsteps. Dark Fire left me hungry for more from the writer. I felt drawn into the dilemma and complexity of one’s choices and actions when others’ lives were at stake.
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