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“The secret of Chimneys” by Agatha Christie

Publish date: 1925
Genre: Crime story

Anthony Cade agrees to help his friend James McGrath. In order to do that he goes to London to deliver the draft of memoir to the publisher, and to return letters to the woman who wrote them. On the first night in London, the letters have been stolen by hotel waiter and memoir has been picked up by the fraud.

Agaha Christie - Chimneys

The plot thickens at a fast pace, as dead bodies start to appear. With the addition of a bit of romance, crime investigation and politics, you get a  great book.

This is the first book that introduces Superintendent Battle to the audience, however, he is not the main character.

I liked this book. A lot of action, plot twists, likable characters made that it was a pleasure to read.

My rate: 7/10

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“Truthwitch” by Susan Dennard

Publish date: 05/01/2016

Genre: Fantasy

Safiya is a Truthwitch, Iseult is a Threadwitch and they are both best friends who want to live a free life. They are drawn into an intrigue to maintain a truce, and because of that, they must run away. They have a couple of allies, such us Prince Merik, his aunt Evrane Nihar or Leopold fon Cartorra, who help them with the escape. They are chased by Bloodwitch and the Empress of another country: Marstok.

I liked this book. It was nicely written, however at the beginning it was a little bit hard to dig in. After a while, everything becomes more clear. Slowly I could get to know the characters and history of the created world. Once everything was clear, it was a pleasure to read it.

A lot of adventures described in this book made me not want to stop reading.
I will be happy to read the next book in the series.

My rate: 7/10

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“Troy” by David Gemmell

This time I will write about the whole series. The trilogy consists of:

  • Troy: The Lord of the Silver Bow, (Publish date: 2005)
  • Troy: Shield of Thunder, (Publish date: 2006)
  • Troy: Fall of Kings, (Publish date: 2007)

The story adapts the events of the Trojan War known from Greek mythology. It is said from the perspective of a couple of main characters, such as Helikaon, Andromache, Argurios, Gershom, Xander and much more. You can even find the Odysseus.

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I LOVE this trilogy. The story itself is amazing. Characters are very well presented. Descriptions are fascinating.

It gave me the most fun to connect events and the characters from this series with those from the original story. Those small pearls that make everything even more amazing.
I regret that I finished the trilogy so fast. But once I started reading these books, I couldn’t stop. Even after I read the last book,  I couldn’t start any new book for a couple of weeks. And I think that it speaks for itself.

Kudos to you, David Gemmell.

My rate: 10/10

 

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“The Man in the Brown Suit” by Agatha Christie

Publish date: 22 August 1924
Genre: Crime

The story of Anne Beddingfield, young and ready for adventures girl from the UK. After being a witness of an accidental death of a man on a metro station, she decides to investigate the case on her own. The investigation leads her to South Africa. The mysterious murder, diamonds and beautiful landscapes, that’s all what Anne is going to experience.
The man in the brown suit
It was nice to read this book. Once again Agatha Christie shows that she knows how to write a good book.
The story is being told from two perspectives: Anne Beddingfield (the main character) and Sir Eustace Pedler (via his diary).
The characters, plot twist and scenes are well presented. I could easily imagine what is going on there.
Also, the landscapes descriptions are well written. They made me more interested in the described places.

A lot of adventures, interesting plot twist and a bit of romance make this book worth reading. I wish there were more books with Anne Beddingfield.

My rate: 8/10

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“Dark Tower” by Stephen King

I’ve decided to write about the whole series in one post. The series consists of following books:

  1. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger
  2. The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three
  3. The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands
  4. The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass
  5. The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla
  6. The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah
  7. The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

Books tell a story of Roland, the last Gunslinger on his way to the Dark Tower. Roland lives in a different world and there are doors to our world. Using these doors, he brings down to his world three people from New York from different times: Eddie Dean, Susannah Dean and Jake Chambers. They soon become friends and follow Roland on his journey to Dark Tower.

During the way, they have a lot of adventures and they learn to trust each other. Whenever they meet other people who need their help, they always act accordingly to Gunslinger’s code and fight with the evil.

Stephen King Dark Tower

 

King has described the series as his magnum opus. And I must admit it is amazing. The series absorbed me completely. I couldn’t wait to see what will happen next. Everything is well composed and I could see that authors spent a lot of time thinking everything through.

My least favourite book of the series was “Wizard and Glass”. The book tells a story of young Roland on his first mission as a Gunslinger. It is still a very good book, but comparing it to other in series it is a little bit ‘pale’.

My favourite book of the series was “Wolves of the Calla”.

The ending of the series is very surprising and left me a little bit sad. These books will remain with me for a long time and for sure I will re-read them.

My rate: 10/10

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“The Strangled Queen” by Maurice Druon

Publish date: 1955

Genre: Historical fiction

The second book from a series “The Accursed Kings”.  King Phillip is dead, and now his son Louis X sits on the throne. His wife is imprisoned in the Chateau Gaillard for her adultery.  Seeking to remarry and father a male heir, Louis puts his own plan in motion.

I enjoyed this book. Maurice Druon once again did an incredible job.  The storyline is well thought.  It is easy to read and characters are nicely presented. I could easily imagine them and think about what would they do. The story caught my attention and left me interested until the very end. I can’t wait to read next part of the series.

My rate: 8/10

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“The Iron King” by Maurice Druon

Publish date: 1955

Genre: Historical fiction

The first book in the series “The Accursed Kings”. The book tells the story of Philip the Fair, the king of France, who rules the country with an iron hand. The main plot twists are the Templars’ trial, which results in the Grand Master Jacques de Molay death and scandal in the royal family when it was discovered that the three wives of Philip’s sons are unfaithful.

The book itself is nicely written and easy to read. Maurice Druon did an incredible job presenting the characters. After introducing the characters to the book, I could understand their motives and what lies behind their thoughts. The story is great. Given that there are many references to French history, I learned a lot about France under the Capetian dynasty. I was so intrigued, what was fiction and what was the truth that I was looking for more information. And this is also a plus for me.

My rate: 8/10