Monday, September 10, 2012

Currently Reading: Dead Reckoning & Wards of Faerie

Title:  Dead Reckoning (Penguin Group, Amazon, GoodReads)
Author:  Charlaine Harris (Official, Facebook, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing, Wikipedia)

I’ve been following the Sookie Stackhouse for a long time but I always seem to be one book behind.  So far Dead Reckoning is a fast and fun read, like all of the books in this series have been.  As much as I like this series, I haven’t watched True Blood (the TV show based on this series).  I saw the pilot and had some issues with the casting and the gratuitous nature of the show.  I’m not a prude or anything but dang. 

Here’s the Book Description from Amazon –
With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover, Eric Northman, and his "child" Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot-which is much more complicated than she knows...

Title:  Wards of Faerie: The Dark Legacy of Shannara (Amazon, GoodReads, Wikipedia)
Author:  Terry Brooks (Official, Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads, Amazon, Wikipedia)

Terry Brooks is one of, if not my favorite, author and the Shannara series is one of my favorites.  Wards of Faerie is the latest in the series and returns Brooks’ to the future world of Shannara (the last few books were prequels).  So far it is also a fun read.  I love returning to this world. 

Here’s the Book Description from Amazon –
Seven years after the conclusion of the High Druid of Shannara trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks at last revisits one of the most popular eras in the legendary epic fantasy series that has spellbound readers for more than three decades.

When the world was young, and its name was Faerie, the power of magic ruled—and the Elfstones warded the race of Elves and their lands, keeping evil at bay. But when an Elven girl fell hopelessly in love with a Darkling boy of the Void, he carried away more than her heart.

Thousands of years later, tumultuous times are upon the world now known as the Four Lands. Users of magic are in conflict with proponents of science. Elves have distanced their society from the other races. The dwindling Druid order and its teachings are threatened with extinction. A sinister politician has used treachery and murder to rise as prime minister of the mighty Federation. Meanwhile, poring through a long-forgotten diary, the young Druid Aphenglow Elessedil has stumbled upon the secret account of an Elven girl’s heartbreak and the shocking truth about the vanished Elfstones. But never has a little knowledge been so very dangerous—as Aphenglow quickly learns when she’s set upon by assassins.

Yet there can be no turning back from the road to which fate has steered her. For whoever captures the Elfstones and their untold powers will surely hold the advantage in the devastating clash to come. But Aphenglow and her allies—Druids, Elves, and humans alike—remember the monstrous history of the Demon War, and they know that the Four Lands will never survive another reign of darkness. But whether they themselves can survive the attempt to stem that tide is another question entirely.

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