Category Archives: Book review

Review of ‘Swords for a Dead Lady’ by Jim Webster

‘Swords for a dead Lady’ is a interesting book, at first sight it is a murder hunt but it becomes much more. Each chapter pulls you forward into a new adventure and twist, meeting new heroes and villains and some who are both.

I read this on holiday and found it hard to put down at times. A short book of 180 pages but it packs a great story and kept me interested the whole way.

“Enjoy the quiet life of a middle aged cartographer. Well it was quiet until somebody finds the naked body of a young woman hastily buried in a marsh. The journey to discover her identity and hunt down her killer leads our protagonists across the Land of the Three Seas, through ambush, civil strife and even light opera.” This fully explains the idea of this book, our middle aged hero is not all he seems nor is his love of Roof Running, find out about that and many other interesting quirks when you read this book.


Review of Behind The Throne by M J Dougherty

This book is a roaring run through the life of Alvin and how his honor and word effected his life and the kingdom of Valdir. Political intrigue and multiple wars run through this book as well as jealousy and love between man and woman and between men.

No magic except maybe for White Eagle, but lots of action.

A great read, in fact once or twice I just had to keep reading for another chapter or two to find out what happened.

Well worth reading if you like semi historical action, I had it as an e-book

Review of Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb consists of Assassins Apprentice; Royal Assassin and Assassins Quest.  The three books cover the story of an unusual and unlikely assassin and how he served the Farseer king. A interesting series of stories with a interesting cast. The magic is remote but pushes some of the story, as do various characters  who have there own agenda.  I enjoyed reading the books but found the end a little of a let down, I think that is because it leads into another series of books. I have not felt drawn as yet to read them.

The idea of Forging is great and a interesting hook throughout the books. You do find out what Forging is at the end. I also liked the way dragons came to be a clever idea.

I found it well worth the reading, I had it as an e-book

Review of ‘The Nova Chronicles’ by S J Bryant

‘The Nova Chronicles’ I got the first 5 of these books as a set on Kindle. Once I started to read it took only a week or so to get through all five. I enjoyed reading them and found them a very easy read. They are Sci-Fi in the style of Star Trek in that it seems to take little time to move from place to place and communication is instant. There are food and item replicators and cheep and simple ships, bit like buying a third hand car. However the heroine is bold and rash as well as intelligent and you soon grow to want to know what will happen to her.

There are places you stop and say Err, what the! as the logic seems a bit off but it does not distract from the fun stories, even the vampire one is fun as high tech weapons are replaced with wooden bullets, what a neat idea.

There are more books in the series and I will vet them to see what happens to Nova and if she ever uses her new talent.

Well worth getting.

Review of ‘Assassins Apprentice’ by R Hobb

Review of ‘Assassins Apprentice’ by Robin Hobb.

I picked this book up on Kindle some time ago and finished reading it a few weeks ago.

This is the first in a series of books by Robin, I have not yet read the others. This book starts off strangely but you soon get into it as you cover the start of this young mans life and how he finds out who his father was and what that is going to mean for his life. The book covers his early years as he learns more about who and what he is and starts to learn how to use his talent.

I found this a easy book to read with good internal logic and good characters.

Well worth a look and I expect I will read others in the series at some point.

Review of “Kisses From a Good God: A Journey Through Cancer” by Paul Manwaring,

A review of Kisses from God

I do not read many Christian books, always thought they would be boring and irrelevant, however this Lent I have read a couple and this is one of them.

A very interesting account of how a Committed Christian dealt with the challenge to his faith from dealing with cancer.

“It is not just in the naming of the daughters that we see the Bride of Christ in the story of Job. After he names them, we learn that “their father gave them inheritance among their brothers” (Job 42: 15). It seems that somewhere in history we lost this. We generally have a culture where the males inherit first, but Job, as I have said, in potentially the oldest book in the Bible, gave the daughters inheritance among their brothers . Not only that, but this inheritance was apparently given before Job died.”

“But here is the good news: I think that when we put our women in their rightful place, we are going to begin to see the Church return to its rightful place.”

“As we battle the principality of disease, we must remember that it is simply darkness, and we are the light of the world. When a culture opposite to heaven’s culture threatens to invade your world, remember to shine His light. Get prayer, worship, eat well, make sure you live in the light of His presence , and go to the doctor. Walk through all of the steps, but take some light, hope, joy, and love with you. They will be your best companions and guides.”

“If there is one lasting message that I would want to convey from this book, it is the message of His goodness. There will likely be things along your path, as there were along mine, that you do not understand. The task is never to allow those things to obscure the goodness of God. Far better would it be that His goodness would be put on display in our lives. Our journeys should testify that He really is good: goodness is the substance of His being . As for me and my journey, His goodness has enabled three generations of male Manwarings to be alive together. We are especially grateful for this!”


Reading this has helped me as I deal with my very long term health issues 17 years and counting. But also how and where God is in it all.

Well worth a read even if you do not suffer from ill health as it shows just how a Christian community. a family and God can make all the difference.

Review of ‘The Heavenly Man’ by Brother Yan

During the early part of Lent 2017 I have been reading this book about Liu Zhenying known as Brother Yun. The book is his story of how he came to faith in China and the story of his desire to tell others about Jesus. This lead him to be imprisoned, tortured, to be on the run, to be homeless and broke. Yet in all of this he brought many to faith often because they saw how he still praised God even in all his suffering.

This book, brings you to tears over how badly man can treat man, brings you to joy at how God could bless him where he was.

I do not read many Christian books but decide that this lent I would read some. The first turned out to not be about following Christ so was binned quickly, this the second has been a real encouragement to me as I struggle to deal with my health and how I work for and follow Christ.

Even if you are not a Christian this book is worth reading, if only to see how a Christian deals with adversity and suffering. No violence, just forgiveness and repentance. Asking people to pray for the guards as well as him. Lord I pray I could be as faithful.