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Book Recommendations: The Free & Mage’s Blood

I finished a couple of excellent books this week, and wanted to give a quick recommendation for both.

The Free by Brian Ruckley
-I actually finished this one about 7 or 8 days ago, and after finishing it thought it was one of the best books I've read this year. A lot of fun, characters I liked, and Ruckley's great (as usual) cinematic battle/fight scenes. It had a lot of the qualities I liked about Paul Kearney's Macht series. If you liked the Macht books (which are awesome!), Jeff Salyard's series, or even Abercrombie...I think you'd like The Free.

Mage's Blood by David Hair
-I finished this one earlier this week, and man was it good! It also makes my favorites of 2014 list, probably somewhere in the top 3. So yeah, it was a good 2 weeks of reading. There was a lot more politics in this one (compared to The Free), and the world building was fan-freaking-tastic. I really felt there was a history well done. And all the characters had depth, and I really grew to like a few of them. The pacing was good, and there is really nothing bad I can say. Well, maybe a little more graphic than I like, but I enjoyed reading it so much I didn't let the graphic stuff bother me. It ended at a natural point, but at the same time, all kinds of stuff is ready to go down in book 2. Definitely recommended.

I kinda feel bad for whatever I read next, as I feel like no matter how good it might be, it will be a let down compared to the two books above.


E-Book Deal: The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell ($4.99)

The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell is the 1st book in the Saxon Tales series (book 8 is due in January 2015). The Kindle edition is on sale for $4.99 ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000FC2RR2&linkCode=as2&tag=fanboonewrev-20&linkId=X2PICFYSHMX7M57F">here.


E-Book Deals: Tom Dugan Series by R.E. McDermott

The Tom Dugan series by R.E. McDermott is a Countdown Deal in the Kindle store. The first book is free, and the next two books are just $0.99 each. I've never read anything by this author, but decided to pick up the series anyway since it was less than 2 bucks for all 3. The reviews seem good, though you never know. You can also add the audible editions of the first 2 books for $1.99 each. You can find all 3 books on the author's Amazon page here.


E-Book Deal: The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey ($3.99)

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey is the 5th book in the Serge Storms series. If I remember correctly, it is one of my favorites in the series. Definitely worth downloading a sample. You can find the Kindle edition here. Note that a few other books in the series are $4.99.


E-Book Deal: A Cruel Wind by Glen Cook ($1.99)

A Cruel Wind by Glen Cook contains the first 3 novels of the Dread Empire series. You can pick up the Kindle edition for $1.99 here.