Sunday, October 30, 2016

Curse of the Bane by Joseph Delaney

Thomas Ward is a good apprentice, learning his trade as a spook from his master.  His training is going well and things are progressing nicely.  Of course that would make a boring story so something has to happen.
In Priestown, the seat of religion, things are becoming darker and darker.  An evil force that is ancient and powerful is starting to awaken and influence people's thoughts, mostly in a negative manner. 
Tom and his master, along with a young witch must avoid the authorities, escape recapture, and defeat the evil, all in just a few days. 
This sequel moves faster than the original and has good character development. Tom and his master must deal with preconceived notions of people and hope for redemption in order to defeat the evil that lies just below the surface.

Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney

The seventh son of a seventh son has special powers and those powers are best channeled for good as opposed to being manipulated for evil.  Tom is one of those sons and he is apprenticed to a spook, a man that can imprison witches, send ghost to their rest and a host of other creatures that are best left unmentioned.
As with all apprentices Tom does not always heed his master's advice, sometimes for good reason but usually with dire consequences. 
A book that will make you fuss at the characters and roll your eyes with exasperation as you keep the pages turning to the conclusion.  Should be a favorite with the middle school fantasy readers.

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Cursed Child

Despite reading bad reviews I finally read this play based on the world of Harry Potter. It was very, very good!
No, it was not like the books, rich with details, it was a play and written as such.  Of course that lets the imagination roll and fill in how the reader likes which can be even better.   There is much made of paradox but the fact is when one thing changes all things change and a small event can affect a large event many years later.
Recommended for the true fan, not a casual reader.

Night Shift by Charlaine Harris

The residents of Midnight, Texas have a new problem, people are coming there to kill themselves.  Strange is putting it mildly.  Then it gets worse, Fiji's sister shows up and throws an even bigger wrench into the fray.
Fast paced, enough humor to keep you going and more than enough questions to keep the pages turning.  Highly recommend it but best if you read the other two first.

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Demi God Diaries by Rick Riordan and Haley Riordan

A collection of characters from the Percy Jackson world.  All are well written and give us more information about the world of the Greek deities and their offspring.   The first stories are written by Mr. Riordan and as always they are enjoyable.
The last story goes in a different direction and was the best of the collection.  It was written by his son, Haley Riordan, a young writer that if he continues may do very well as an author.  The main character is not a demi god, just a regular mortal who does not believe in an afterlife and writes books about his theories and is a paid speaker on the same subject.  His world is rocked when he meets a demi god and then attempts to save him.
Best if the reader is familiar with the series but as a collection of short stories it is a stand alone read.