Walk the Plank – the bloodbound (Erin Lindsey)

Ahoy me mateys.  I am sad I actually spent me money on this book.  This book betrayed my enjoyment so it must walk the plank . . . Arrrrgh!

It has been on me list forever and I wanted so badly to read the first novel.  However, local libraries in port didn’t have the first novel (just the second!  Grrrr!).  It seemed to have all the elements of fantasy that I love:  Awesome cover, magic swords, fantastic heroine, a bit of romance, epic battles, etc.  So after hemming and hawing, I gave in and got me a copy.

To be fair, I loved the author’s characters.  The main character was a noble lady named Alix.  She is funny and resourceful and clever.  The scout, Liam was funny and sweet.  The king, Erik, commanding and charming.  Even the side characters like General Green and Kerta were likeable and fun to read about.  I loved how the various banner houses were set up.  I loved how women were respected and held high positions in the kingdom.  I even appreciated how one of the bad dudes was conflicted and yet a little more complicated than I expected.  I didn’t abandon this book because I enjoyed the characters a lot individually.

The problem was in the plot.  A spy that shows up and is just trusted for no reason.  Alix making dumb choices that went against her seeming intelligence.  Other bad dudes who have no real reason for being evil.  Complicated situations that are just fixed with almost no effort.  Magic that almost seems pointless.  And the love triangle from hell.

I liked Alix.  I liked Erik.  I liked Liam.  How this triangle was set up was fine.  It being in the book didn’t even bother me at first.  But as the triangle continued to drag on, the plot surrounding it grew more and more ridiculous.  The resolution was just plain horrible.  Personally, Alix could have ended up with either of them.  That was unusual for me and was due to the author’s characterizations.  The conflict of Alix’s choice seemed realistic enough at times.  However, the major “reveal” in the middle of the novel to how Alix makes her choice is what ruined the book for me.  That and the love story taking center stage.

I wanted more complex politics and battles, a story that didn’t get bogged down because the king broke his leg and was castle bound forever, for the magic to be better explained and used, and for problems not to be solved with a wave of the hand.  I will not be reading the rest of the series but would be willing to give the author’s next one a try if the love stuff could be toned way down and her plots tightened.

Just because I didn’t like it doesn’t mean that it won’t float yer boat.  To see another review of this book by a member of me crew, Lynn, who liked it, visit:

Lynn’s Book Blog

I thought I would go ahead and pass this one to another member of me crew.  If you want to check out the author and see if perhaps ye have a different conclusion drop a comment on me log here.  One lucky scalawag will get a chance to perhaps disagree with me.  Sometime after sunset on the 7th, I will tally up the hopefuls and have the first mate draw a name from me hat.

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

Of all those in the King of Alden’s retinue, the bloodbinders are the most prized. The magic they wield can forge invaluable weapons, ones that make soldiers like Lady Alix Black unerringly lethal. However, the bloodbinders’ powers can do so much more—and so much worse…

A cunning and impetuous scout, Alix only wishes to serve quietly on the edges of the action. But when the king is betrayed by his own brother and left to die at the hands of attacking Oridian forces, she winds up single-handedly saving her sovereign.

Suddenly, she is head of the king’s personal guard, an honor made all the more dubious by the king’s exile from his own court. Surrounded by enemies, Alix must help him reclaim his crown, all the while attempting to repel the relentless tide of invaders led by the Priest, most feared of Oridia’s lords.

But while Alix’s king commands her duty, both he and a fellow scout lay claim to her heart. And when the time comes, she may need to choose between the two men who need her most…

To visit the author’s website go to:

Erin Lindsey – Author

To buy the novel please visit:

the bloodbound – Book

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Walk the Plank – red moon rising (K.A. Holt)

Ahoy me mateys.  It is time for this book to walk the plank . . .

red moon rising (K.A. Holt)

This is a young adult sci-fi novel.  It takes place on a nameless moon.  There are two cultures on this moon – humans and the non-humans they call the Cheese (of all things).  The book has a cool cover with a girl on a horse and a flying creature:

moon cover

The cover made me interested in the novel because it has been a while since I read any space-related sci-fi, and I wanted to remedy that.  If only this book was as fun as its cover.  Overall, the humans’ community felt like a western town.  Horses in space?  Usually I will read anything that has horses in it.  But the horses in the book could not help me suspend my disbelief.  The Cheese lizard culture was even weirder.

I only finished this book because it was short (322 pages with large-ish font).  The main character, Rae, had some good qualities, and I was entertained by the sister Temple.  However, the plot was just too simple and unexciting.  The history of the human colony and the other native communities was never really explained to my satisfaction.  The tech of the planet seemed arbitrary.  And the humans had an annoying version of a seemingly simple Christian-based religion.  This book also seems to set itself up for a possible sequel.  I will not partake.

The author’s website has this to say about the book:

Space-farmer Rae Darling is kidnapped and trained to become a warrior against her own people in this adventurous middle grade space western.

Rae Darling and her family are colonists on a moon so obscure it doesn’t merit a name. Life is hard, water is scarce, and the farm work she does is grueling. But Rae and her sister Temple are faced with an added complication—being girls is a serious liability in their strict society. Even worse, the Cheese—the colonists’ name for the native people on the moon—sometimes kidnap girls from the human colony. And when Rae’s impetuous actions disrupt the fragile peace, the Cheese come for her and Temple.

Though Rae and Temple are captives in the Cheese society, they are shocked to discover a community full of kindness and acceptance. Where the human colonists subjugated women, the Cheese train the girls to become fierce warriors. Over time, Temple forgets her past and becomes one of the Cheese, but Rae continues to wonder where her loyalties truly lie. When her training is up, will she really be able to raid her former colony? Can she kidnap other girls, even if she might be recruiting them to a better life?

When a Cheese raid goes wrong and the humans retaliate, Rae’s loyalty is put to the ultimate test. Can Rae find a way to restore peace—and preserve both sides of herself?

To visit the author’s website go to:

K.A. Holt – Author

To buy this book visit;

red moon rising – Book

Walk the Plank – above (Leah Bobet)

Ahoy there mateys.  It’s time to walk the plank . . .

above (Leah Bobet)

This was the author’s debut novel and has a wonderful cover. I wanted to like it. I tried to like it, but this novel took forever . . . okay about 3 days to get through. Trudged through. The story was interesting enough that I did not abandon it for something new. However, I kept wanting to give up and then would convince myself to keep going. I enjoyed the main character, Teller and his world of Safe. But the story focused too much on the hows and whys of the story of Safe’s founding. I would have preferred more insight into the individuals themselves. There were glimpses into the characters’ pasts but a glimpse is all it was. A tantalizing tidbit of information here and there but not enough payout for me. Don’t think I would recommend this book to anyone but I would be curious as to how the writer’s second novel could be.

This is what the author’s had to say about the novel:

Matthew’s father had lion’s feet and his mother had gills, and both fled the modern-day city to live in underground Safe, a secret community of freaks, ghost-whisperers, and disabled outcasts hidden beyond the subways and sewers. Raised underground, Matthew is responsible for the keeping of both Safe’s histories and the traumatized shapeshifter Ariel, the girl he took in, fell in love with – and can’t stop from constantly running away.

But Safe is no longer safe: the night after a frightening encounter in the sewers, Safe’s founder Atticus is murdered by the one person Safe ever exiled: mad Corner, whose coup is backed by an army of mindless, whispering shadows.

Only Matthew, Ariel, and a handful of unstable, crippled compatriots escape to the city that cast them out; the dangerous place he knows only as Above. Despite Ariel’s increasingly erratic behaviour and with the odds against them, Matthew must find a way to rescue Safe from Corner’s occupying army. But as his quest leads him through abandoned asylums and the dregs of urban poverty, Matthew discovers that the histories he’s devoted his life to aren’t true: Corner’s invasion — and Ariel’s terrors – are rooted in a history of Safe much darker and bloodier than Matthew ever imagined.

And even if he manages to save both home and Ariel, he may well lose himself.

To see the author’s own site visit:

Leah Bobet – Author

To buy this book visit:

above – Book

Walk the Plank – railsea (China Miéville)

Ahoy there me mateys.

railsea (China Miéville)

So this book and I did not get along. I have always heard good things about the author and so I thought I would give one of his books a shot. No idea where I heard about this specific title but the local library had a copy so I picked it up. Ugh. A big problem (and I realize this is silly) is that everywhere in the book the word “and” is used, it is written using an ampersand. Even at the beginning of sentences. & in the middle of sentences. Basically & is used all over the place. It just seemed to make the book disjointed. And I tried to keep reading. I thought if I could just get used to the style of writing and ignore the ampersands, perhaps I would fall in love with the characters or world or something. Nope. I could not get into it at all. Later in the day, I learned that the book is supposed to be a retelling of Moby Dick. I will stick to the classic.  This book betrayed my enjoyment so it must walk the plank . . . Arrrrgh!

If you want to check out the author and see if perhaps you have a different conclusion visit his publisher’s website at:

China Mieville – Author’s Publisher’s Site

I could not find a personal website for the author. If anyone knows of one and could send me a link I would appreciate it.