This is my review of the book The Wallace House of Pain, a novelette written by author S.M. Stevens. Below I will make a brief summary telling what it is about and I will give my honest opinion about it.
Here is the cover of the book:
What is this story about?
Activist Xander Wallace and his straitlaced father do not have an easy relationship. Jim’s views on race, immigration, gender, sexuality and even Millennials alienate his son no matter how hard Xander tries to find common ground. Toss in Jim’s second marriage ten months after Xander’s mother died and it’s a volatile cocktail. How, against this backdrop, will Xander ever dare to bare his soul and reveal his greatest secret?
What did I think of The Wallace House of Pain?
What did I think of The Wallace House of Pain?
This is a very short story, only 62 pages long, but there is a lot going on in its pages.
Xander and his father’s relationship is very complicated. His father has not adapted to the new times and has a very old-fashioned view. The tension between father and son is palpable, author S.M Stevens does a great job of creating a relationship between the two that is believable and tremendously tense at the same time.
This book is about knowing yourself and being accepted by others. The road Xander has to travel is not an easy one, and his own father certainly won’t make it easy for him (quite the contrary).
A touching story with a nice reflection. If you want to enjoy a short but intense narrative you have to read The Wallace House of Pain.
This new fantasy book was released in January 2020 and it’s the first volume of four planned volumes. A high fantasy story told from the perspective of different characters. Looking for magic, humor, a bit of politics, strong and independent women or LGBT characters? you are lucky, this book series has all of that, and much more.
This story is part Harry Potter, part Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire) so if you love those series you definitely must take a look at this new fantasy book series. Also, if you like The Kingkiller Chronicle or Lightbringer then you will like this new fantasy series.
Did I mention that the main character of this series has a sword of fire?
Want to buy this new fantasy book? Purchase The Sapphire Eruption
The Sapphire Eruption is available for Kindle. If you want to buy the first volume of The Sword’s Choice series just click on the book cover, the link will take you to Amazon:
The Sapphire Eruption is the first volume in the Sword’s Choice series. A medieval fantasy saga unfolding in a harsh and vengeful world. It is a story of ambition and resolve set in an environment where the heat of fire is countered by the cool tides of water—a world that will remind Noakh every day that whatever happens he must never surrender his destiny.
If you are subscribed to Kindle Unlimited then you will be able to read this ebook for free, so enjoy it. Also, for those who love to read in paper format: a paperback version will be available soon (planned to be for February 2020)
For those who purchased the book don’t forget to leave an honest review both on Amazon and also on Goodreads.
A new fantasy book in 2020: What is the Sapphire Eruption about?
Four kingdoms located around The Void. Four sacred weapons, each infused with the power of one of the elements—fire, water, air, earth.
These four weapons allow Alomenta’s four kingdoms to maintain a delicate balance. But the world’s tense harmony is soon to be tested.
In a lost village, Noakhail arduously trains to learn the art of the sword. He remains unaware that when he was a baby, on the day the sky turned red, he was chosen by one of the two sacred fire swords to be the Ascendant Phoenix, heir to Firia, the fire kingdom.
Until now Noakh has lived with Lumio, his stepfather, as an outcast in the Aquadom, the queendom of water. But now that he is mature enough his stepfather reveals to him who he is—and that the time has come to return to Firia and claim the throne.
But even as Noakh sets out to claim his destiny, in the castle of the Aquadom, a coterie of young princesses dutifully perform the water-sword ritual day after day: one day the sword will choose which of them will be the Lacrima, the rightful heiress to the water throne. Everyone knows that such an honor will fall to the older sister, Katienne; after all, she is just like her mother, the queen. But will she be the sword’s choice?
Particularities of The Sword’s Choice: What makes this new fantasy series from all the others released in 2020 different?
Let’s see some particularities of this story that you will find interesting:
The world of Alomenta is a place where the color of the skin is not relevant, but the color of the eyes and the hair.
As said before, in this story there are four kingdoms (or better said, three kingdoms and one queendom). In these territories, the citizens not only behave differently but their appearance is different: the citizens of each of these kingdoms have their eye and their hair of a different color.
For example, the citizens of the queendom of Water, the Aquadom (where the first book in the series is set), have blue eyes and blond hair.
That’s something Noakhail knows very well. His brown eyes stand out too much in a blue-eyed queendom. As would his black hair if he didn’t dye it blond.
This is a story of motivation set in a medieval fantasy scenario
The name of one of the main characters, Noakhail, means “do not give up”. As a result, the boy will remember that he must keep fighting no matter what. He only has to remember his name.
A brief summary of what this new fantasy book has and doesn’t
This is a high fantasy story, and as well as most fantasy book releases of 2020 this tale has the most usual components of the genre. Here you have a good summary of what this book has and what doesn’t:
Will you read this new fantasy book? Remember that you can read this ebook for free if you have Kindle Unlimited. What other fantasy books released in 2020 will you read? Leave a comment.
Great news for all the fans of Jon Abercrombie and his high fantasy saga The First Law. His new book, a Little Hatred, will be released later this same year 2019.
What is A Little Hatred about?
A Little Hatred is the first volume of a new trilogy set in the same world as Abercrombie’s acclaimed saga The First Law. This upcoming trilogy is known as The Age of Madness, and the first novel, A Little Hatred, will take place 20 years after the original saga.
Luckily for all the fans, this new trilogy will have new characters but at the same time, old faces will make their appearance in this new story.
Not a lot of this new arch is known, but here’s a little excerpt from the author’s website:
“The age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die. With the help of the mad hillwoman Isern-i-Phail, Rikke struggles to control the blessing, or the curse, of the Long Eye. Glimpsing the future is one thing, but with the guiding hand of the First of the Magi still pulling the strings, changing it will be quite another…”
Seems it’s time for machines to awaken.
The book cover has already been revealed as the author published it on his website (see here).
As you might have realized this book cover is quite different from the style used in both his saga and Stand-alone novels which showed a parchment cover. Do you like this new style? As the author himself states, seems that this format could not be developed further. Instead, they decided to move on and show a cover that relates more to this book’s premise: an industrial age.
Update: this book cover was used in the UK, while in the United States the book cover was completely different
This is probably because of the difference of both markets. Here is the US Book cover for a Little Hatred:
So different aren’t they? Even so, both book covers look really cool. The American version looks a bit more darker, while the English one emanates some kind of hope.
In my opinion, the English version looks way more unique. The American version, despite looking astonishingly good, is more like a standar book cover for a dark fantasy story.
Just an opinion, of course.
Which is your favorite? the American or the English version? Don’t forget to share and give us your opinion about your favorite book cover, I like to know what are your thoughts!
A Little Hatred release date
As Joe Abercrombie stated on both his Twitter account and his website, A Little Hatred will be published in the UK on September 19th and in the Us on September 17th.
Regarding the novels that follow a Little Hatred, which are The Trouble of Peace and The Beautiful Machine, those will be published in 2020 and 2021 respectively.
Buy A Little Hatred
If you want to buy A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie here you have a link to purchase it (This is an Affiliate Links since Wottaread is an Amazon Associate):
The Fall of Gondolin is the latest book posthumously published by the author J.R.R Tolkien, all thanks to his son, Christopher Tolkien who edited this novel as he has done with other previous works such as The Silmarillion.
Actually, The Fall of Gondolin is one of the tales included in The Silmarillion, and therefore being one of the Lost Tales it was also included in Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth collection stories. This time, however, it is published as a stand-alone novel and even though the essential story is the same, in this version it is more detailed and also the book comes with Alan Lee’s illustrations.
What is the Fall of Gondolin about?
The novel’s title summarizes pretty well that this novel is about. This book narrates the story of the secret elven city of Gondolin which lays in the middle of a conflict of the forces of light, lead by the powerful Vala named Ulmo, and the forces of evil lead by Morgoth (also known as Melkor). Morgoth is the first Dark Lord, a title given only to the two most powerful overlords in the Middle Earth, being Sauron the second to be granted such an honorable title.
Just so you understand the epicness of the story, Sauron was a mere servant of Morgoth. Such was the power of the first Dark Lord, whose desire was to lord over the First Age of the Middle Earth.
Do I need to read previous Tolkien works in order to read The Fall of Gondolin?
Given that this book is set in the same universe as The Lord of the Rings, reading the previous works by the author like The Hobbit and the three novels comprising LOTR would be recommended. Nonetheless, this story takes place in a different Era and in a different location than the original saga, so having read LOTR is not a must. Well, reading The Lord of The rings should be a must for everyone who likes to read in general, but you know what I mean.
When will the Fall of Gondolin be published?
This book was published on 30 August 2018 so it is already available for you to purchase and read.
About the author
J.R.R Tolkien is the reason the genre of fantasy is the way it is in our days. He is the father of modern fantasy, somehow setting the rules of the high fantasy subgenre. For those who want to know more about Tolkien’s influence here you have article This is how Tolkien influenced the fantasy genre.
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