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Hob’s Review of Blackwing by Ed McDonald

Blackwing (Ravens’ Mark #1)

by Ed McDonald

Paperback, 336 pages

Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Ace Books

I received an E-ARC of this book from Netgally in return for an honest review.

THE BLURB

Nothing in the Misery lasts…

Under a cracked and wailing sky, the Misery is a vast and blighted expanse, created when the Engine, the most powerful weapon in the world, was unleashed against the immortal Deep Kings. Across the wasteland, teeming with corrupted magic and malevolent wraiths, the Deep Kings and their armies are still watching—and still waiting.

Ryhalt Galharrow is no stranger to the Misery. The bounty hunter journeys to a remote outpost, armed for killing both men and monsters, and searching for a mysterious noblewoman. He finds himself in the middle of a shocking attack by the Deep Kings, one that should not be possible. Only a fearsome show of power from the very woman he is seeking saves him.

Once, long ago, he knew the woman well, and together they stumble onto a web of conspiracy that threatens to unmake everything they hold dear and end the fragile peace the Engine has provided. Galharrow is not ready for the truth about the blood he’s spilled and the gods he’s supposed to serve.

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OK that is some Blurb but let’s delve in to what it is saying in a bit more depth. First off the Misery. Well the Misery is when your number 1 fan kidnaps you and… oh wait wrong one. This misery while also being like hell on earth was created by one of the nameless as a kind of buffer zone between kingdoms. Oh, the Nameless are like Demi-Gods and so are the Deep Kings but they go about things a bit differently. But back to the Misery It is a buffer zone of hell on earth that has the annoying habit of trying to kill everyone that walks in to it. A place where you need a navigator with an astrolabe to find your way out. And that leaves you sick for days after you leave like you are going through heroin withdrawals. That is if you are not killed right off the bat by some of the beasties roaming around.

And this wonderful setting is where this book begins. This is written in first person. But while most First Person POV’s are the narrator telling their own story. This one is more like being in the mind of a man that is a drunk and borderline insane. A man that is haunted by so many ghosts of his past that this unreliable narrator goes back and forth between telling the story to some really weird places and random thoughts, and I absolutely loved it. Ryhalt Galharrow has a way about him that made me like him from the start. The pacing is steady throughout and by that, I mean it starts with action and never slows down.

The thing I really liked about this book was its originality. I mean yes, the writing style is extremely original. But what I am talking about is the originality of the story elements. Everything from the magic and monsters to the setting and style, they are all wonderfully new. I should warn you this is a pretty GrimDark world with plenty of death and carnage, but it is not gratuitous. The gore is part of the story not just there for shock value.

FINAL THOUGHTS

If you are tired of the same old thing in every fantasy book that you read, then this book is a must. Blackwing is not only a magnificent story that is brilliantly written, but it is also outstandingly original. A truly remarkable debut book. I give Blackwing By Ed McDonald 5 out of 5 stars.

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Hob’s Review of Dragonship A Short Story by J.P. Ashman

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I have to apologize I made the graphic for a different review but it just fit so perfect I had to reuse it.  This is the second short story by J.P. that I have read. I think this one is even better, and the first one Black Martlet   earned 5 out of 5 stars.

Oh yeah I should mention I received an E-ARC From the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences what I say. As always, my opinions, while completely awesome and undeniably correct, are completely my own.

Now this story is short enough that all I really should say is that it is awesome go read it, But I also want to add that it is a awesomely original take on an Epic Fantasy classic.

So Go Read It!

 

Dragonship by J.P. Ashman easily earns 5 stars from me.

Interview with Rob J. Hayes

I wanted to do this interview with Rob after reading his book Where Loyalties Lie (Best Laid Plans #1). I loved it and it easily earned 5 stars from me. It will be available for sale on Friday the 26th but I will be out of town, so am posting this a bit earlier than I wanted. But I will be at the Phoenix Comic-Con from Wednesday to Monday. Meeting some of my Favorite authors, Like Robin Hobb, Brent Weeks, Bradley P. Beaulieu, Jim Butcher, Scott Lynch for the first time. And many more that I have met before.  Hopefully I will have lots of cool photos and stuff to share with you all when I get back.

1.       If you could do it all over again, would you change anything in your FIRST book?

Yes. A few readers have accused me of trying too hard with The Heresy Within, and I can see it. Like a new friend trying too hard to fit in. I had yet to properly settle into my own voice and figure out my own boundaries. So yes, I would certainly change some things… but I have no idea what. Can I go with ‘I would have made it better’?

2.       Have you ever judged a book by its cover?

All the time. The cover leads you to pick up the book and read the blurb. The blurb leads you to check out the first page. The first page leads you to buy the tome. A crappy cover and the book fails at the first hurdle. You judge anything with the information you have at the time and, when browsing books trying to decide which one to read next, the first information you have is the cover. I may never have discovered the joy of reading a Robin Hobb book if not for the Liveship Traders covers.

3.       Who designed your cover/covers? Where you able to work with the artist or is it all the publisher?

Alex Raspad has done the artwork for most of my books with input from myself on some of them, very little input after the initial ‘Here’s what I want’ actually. Whether it’s character shots or vistas or pirate towns burning to the ground while the men on a ship watch, Alex gets it spot on and he just keeps getting better.

Shawn King does the design on all of them afterwards and I can’t praise him enough for turning the art into actual book covers. I don’t know all of the fancy design terms folk use, and any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic… So Shawn is a wizard. Also, I hear he once turned Gandalf into a frog.

4.      Have you ever had a side character Try to steal the show? Would you like to go back and make a spin off series or something for them? Or is there a theme or idea you’d love to be able to explore in more depth?
Funny you should ask that. In earlier versions of Where Loyalties Lie there was a side character called Elaina Black who everyone (including myself) loved. In the rewrites she kept having more and more chapters and I think it’s fair to say that these days the story is as much about her as any of the others.
There are a few other characters who have made a bit of splash and when they do I tend to get a little bit inspired and write short stories around them. A few of those short stories will soon be available on my website.

5.       If you could read any book again for the first-time What book would it be?

Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb. No book has ever hit me in the feels quite like that one. I actually cried. Also, Black Lung Captain by Chris Wooding. There’s a scene involving a mid-air dogfight between a hundred flying machines, punctuated by a guy having a fist fight with a cat. It remains one of my favourite scenes in all fantasy.

6.       When trying to figure out what a character should look like, do you think of Celebrities, or just start looking at everyone you pass as if your looking through a mug shot book?

Neither. Sometimes both. Most characters just sort of come about naturally in my head, though I probably take some inspiration from folk around me without even realizing. Some characters come from more direct inspirations. I like to reference a character from my second book, The Colour of Vengeance called Jacob Lee. He’s a psychopathic, super powered, zealot with a loose grasp of reality and he likes to dance to music that only he can hear. The inspiration comes from a film called Priest (2011)… actually it comes from a single shot in the trailer of that film where Karl Urban’s character is walking through a city in chaos and waving his arms around like a conductor. It’s a terrible film, but I loved that shot and it led quite directly to Jacob Lee.

7.       How many books have you written, how many have you tried to publish, and how many are in print?

Thirteen so far.
2 of them will never see the light of day, early attempts at discovering my style.
2 are currently in print, my It Takes a Thief… series.
1 is being released on May 26th. Where Loyalties Lie.
3 are being re-released on June 21st. The Ties that Bind trilogy.
2 are being released later this year. The Fifth Empire of Man (the follow up to Where Loyalties Lie), and Drones (a sci-fi noir story).
1 is being released next year. City of Kings (the follow up to The Ties that Bind trilogy).
2 are currently being looked at by agents so I can’t share any details.
And I’m already writing the 14th.

8.       Four children have small toys. The first child has 1/10 of the toys, the second child has 12 more toys than the first, the third child has one more toy of what the first child has and the fourth child has double the third child. How many cages are there?

How many cages are there? Four, I guess. How else do you store live children?

9.       Are there any occupational hazards to being a novelist?

Low pay, long hours, and that look of ‘You’re a unicorn.’ whenever you tell people what you do for a living.

10.   How many people have you killed over the course of your career?  Real people first, then fictional.

It’s impossible to say how many real people I might have killed over the course of my career. Due to the butterfly effect any action I take has a knock on reaction that could technically cause any number of deaths. I may be responsible for none of those deaths, but my actions may have indirectly caused events leading up to them.
As for fictional characters… A LOT. Tens of thousands at least. My First Earth saga is set on a world of turmoil where wars are a regular thing, especially in the current age. And the troubles on that world are only just getting started. Less than Star Wars, though… I’ve never blown up a planet.
11.  What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?  Did it end up helping? Or did we just count that person in question 10
Honestly one of the hardest criticisms for me to take is the times I’ve been called an Abercrombie clone. We have similar styles in some ways and a few readers picked up on that. At first it made me a little angry. Then I started looking at differently. Abercrombie is a hugely successful author with some very good books. If people want to draw comparisons between us then I will take it as a compliment.

12.  What has been the best compliment?

Any one given by my big sister. She’s my very first reader and my hero, and really not afraid to tell me when I suck, so any time she says I’ve done something well, that’s pretty much the highest praise in the world.

13.  Do you have any advice to give aspiring writers?

Never call yourself aspiring. Do you write words onto pages? Then you are a writer. Have you sold even a single copy of the words you have written onto pages? Then you are a professional writer. Also, marry into money.

14.  What do you think will be your Final words?

“Well personally I kinda wanna to slay the dragon.”

15.  What one question do you think I should have asked you, but didn’t?

Why pirates?

16.  Do you have any questions for me?

What is ‘The Captain’s Daughter’?
You can find more about Rob at his site http://www.robjhayes.co.uk/

Hob’s review of Lucifer’s Star (Lucifer’s Star #1) by C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus

Lucifer’s Star (Lucifer’s Star #1)

by C.T. Phipps

Michael Suttkus

The Blurb

From the bestselling author of The Rules of Supervillainy:

Cassius Mass was the greatest star pilot of the Crius Archduchy. He fought fiercely for his cause, only to watch his nation fall to the Interstellar Commonwealth. It was only after that he realized the side he’d been fighting for was the wrong one. Now a semi-functional navigator on an interstellar freight hauler, he tries to hide who he was and escape his past. Unfortunately, some things refuse to stay buried and he ends up conscripted by the very people who destroyed his homeland.

LUCIFER’S STAR is the first novel of the Lucifer’s Star series, a dark science fiction space opera set in a world of aliens, war, politics, and slavery.

I received an E-ARC of Lucifer’s Star From the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences what I say. As always, my opinions, while completely awesome and undeniably correct, are completely my own.

This book starts during what turns out to be the last battle of a huge war between the Crius Archduchy and the Interstellar Commonwealth. In all of the Sci-fi books I have read I don’t think I have ever found one that described the battle so well. This first chapter can be called nothing but epic. And even though the scale is soon lowered the epicness never goes away.

Cassius is a great character from the start, even though he is beaten and in hiding he is proud of who he is. Although he probably should not be proud of his hiding skills. But like I said the scale is lowered and what at first looks to be a grand space opera with huge battles becomes a character driven story of intrigue and deception (with huge Battles). And the characters doing the driving are first rate. I loved them all, even the ones I hated, if that makes any sense.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

Lucifer’s Star was a nonstop thrill ride filled with action and humor. I blazed through the book so fast it felt like it only took a few seconds but I loved every second of it. I Swear the last 1/3rd of this book was so good it had me smiling for days. So do yourself a favor and pick up Lucifer’s Star by C.T. Phipps. I give it 5 stars out of 5 and I wish I could give William a hand.

 

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Hobs Review of Where Loyalties Lie (Best Laid Plans #1) by Rob J. Hayes

Where Loyalties Lie

(Best Laid Plans #1)

by Rob J. Hayes

THE BLURB

Everybody knows Captain Drake Morass is only out for himself.

As the fires of a dying city burn on a distant shore, Drake sees an opportunity to unite the other pirate Captains under his flag and claim a crown for himself. If he is to succeed, he will need allies and the Oracle named Keelin Stillwater, the best swordsman in the isles, as his right hand.

With enemy ships sailing his waters and setting fire to his cities, and the sinister Tanner Black threatening to steal the throne before Drake even has a chance to sit upon it, Drake Morass must somehow convince the other Captains that his best interests are also theirs.

Where Loyalties Lie is the first book in the Best Laid Plans duology and is set in the same world as The Ties That Bind trilogy, continuing Captain Drake Morass’ story where the trilogy left off.

Kindle Edition, 404 pages

Expected publication: May 26th 2017

 

I am Ashamed to say this was the first book by Rob that I have read. Even more ashamed to say that is the third book by Rob that I own (Plus a novella I think) Trust me this will soon be remedied. It is listed as being over 400 pages, but I zipped through it faster than I have gone through some novellas. Wait I am getting ahead of myself here. Let’s do this review proper and such.  I received an E-ARC of Where Loyalties Lie

From the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences what I say. As always, my opinions, while completely awesome and undeniably correct, are completely my own.

OK now back to my gushing review of this book. I loved the cover and will admit that is the reason I moved it up in my cue.  Really I only meant to read the first chapter to feel it out and the next thing I knew I was half way done.  When I was a Kid my Favorite video game was Sid Meier’s Pirates. I am not talking about the version that came out in 2005 no I am talking the one from 1987 I played on my Tandy 100 that had no HD and ran DOS on its amazingly powerful 24b of ram. (//C:chkdsk) But the game came with a real treasure map that you used while you played and I have been a Pirate at heart ever since. This book brought that feeling back so strongly I was humming the sea shanty my brother and I had made up as I read.

Enough of walking down memory lane lets sail the sea of reviews. If unlike me you are a land lubber and have never tasted the salt spray as you stand on the deck of your flag ship, have no fear me’ lad. The Characters in this book are strong enough to carry you away on their own. I was a fan of Keelin from the start and even by the end am still not sure if I love or hate Cap’n Drake. But both have enough hidden backstory to sink a ship, and I want to know what it all is about. I am not even going to start on all the great supporting roles because I’ll be here all day.

Final Thoughts.

Avast! Ya lubber and get yer sea legs

The action here will give ye no quarter Heave Ho and ……….. I am just fucking with ya

REAL FINAL THOUGHTS

This really was one of those rare books that has everything you could want. Witty and strong male characters. Sarcastic and possibly even stronger females. Swashbuckling hijinks and devastating losses. Dark Pirate Captains and even darker monsters. Magical Paladins and Long rifle sharp shooters. And that’s just the tip of the …. ICEBERG dead ahead Cap’n

Shiver me timbers!

Hard to Port an Get ye this book or Walk the plank ye scallywag

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Where Loyalties Lie Gets 5 Stars me hearties Yo Ho

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Hob’s Review of Skullsworn by Brian Staveley

Skullsworn
by Brian Staveley

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences what I say. As always my opinions, while completely awesome,  are also completely my own.

It is a funny story how I got this book. Many of my fellow reviewers had been posting that they received it courtesy of TOR and I am still a new blogger so not many of the publicity people have my address (Which I would be happy to give out to them!) but I made a post that I was sad I missed out on Skullsworn and like 20 minutes later the author Brian Staveley messaged me saying he had a few copies of his own and wanted to send me one. Needless to say, I was happy to except his offer. I have met Brian a few times before and he is a really nice guy. He always has taken the time to chat with me and sign stuff, even drawing me a sketch of an upcoming book cover once. But I was still thrilled when the book arrived and I saw that it was not only signed but personalized for me.

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OK now let’s get to the review part of the review. I have an ARC so I didn’t keep track of any spelling errors, not that I recall seeing any. The one thing I did notice was a continuity type error where a guy has something taken away from him then a few paragraphs down he had it again. It was not even anything important though. I let Brian know about it. I expect the actual first edition to be just about perfect on release day. The cover has the same watercolor kind of feel to it as Brian’s other books, but I think I like it better than the previous ones.

Skullsworn is set in the same world as the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne Trilogy, but is not part of that story. You don’t need to have read any previous books to enjoy this one.  That being said you might enjoy it more if you have read them, because it is kind of an origin story for Pyrere. That oh so lovable priestess of death, the Skullsworn assassin from the original books.  The story started off on a strange foot for me.  There was a lot of action right out of the gate and I liked the character the book was about, but it still took me a bit to really get in to it. I think the main reason was my own busy schedule. The other reason it may have been hard for me to get into it, was that a major theme in the book was LOVE. I don’t mean it is a love story. It is not. But the questions of what love is and how it works are a major part of the story. Normally that wouldn’t matter to me at all, however I just went through a divorce with my wife of 20 years and felt a bit put off by that at first. But once I started to get to parts like this prayer to the goddess of love I was hooked.

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That is some pretty great stuff right there. So, while it took me almost a week to get about 100 pages in, I read the remaining 218 pages in a night.  I couldn’t put it down.

One thing I really liked about this was the way it is told. I said before that is an Origin story, and it is. But Pyrre is the one telling it to us. So, there are occasional side notes and explanations as well as changes in the use of tense and perfective aspect. I have read a few short stories that tried to do this and failed, but this was done very subtly and extremely well.  Kind of like in The Princess Bride, but not so much. (Helpful, I know) At any rate it was done well.

I won’t go much in to plot but the jist of it is that Pyrre is ready to take the final test to become a true Priestess of Ananshael; the God of Death. The test is that she has to kill 7 people in 2 weeks but no one else. The people are not specific targets but are the paradigms from a song. Here is part of it so you get the Idea.

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She sets off to the town she was born in with a full Skullsworn Priest and Priestess to witness her test and kill her if she fails. There is a whole big reason why she chooses to go there and the city itself is a major part of the story, so I won’t say any more about it other than it is a unique and volatile powder keg, and Pyrre plans to be the match.

Final Thoughts

A great read with tons of action and humor. A story that examines the multifaceted concept of love in some profound ways, without ever getting sappy. While not at all what I was expecting, it was better than I could have hoped. Written with a unique kind of prose that managed to pull me deeper in to the story. This is not a love story but a story about love (and killing people), and I loved it.  I give Skullsworn 5 out of 5 stars. Use the links below to order a copy.

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Hob’s review of The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey

The Girl with All the Gifts

***THE BLURB***

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her “our little genius”.

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

The Girl with All the Gifts is a sensational thriller, perfect for fans of Stephen King, Justin Cronin, and Neil Gaiman.

©2014 M.R. Carrey (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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The Cover is pretty plain but it is pretty powerful when you look at it after you have read the book. The narration was really excellent. I can’t think of anyone that could have done a better job.

Just reading the blurb you know more about this book than I did when I started it. I knew absolutely nothing of what it was about I had heard people saying it was good. But if I am completely honest the main reason I got it is that the Author is quoted on Dyrk Ashton’s  book cover extolling its virtues, and since Dyrk is a friend and I loved his book  I wanted to see what M.R. Carrey had written.

When it first started I was drawing a lot of parallels to an anthology I read a year or two ago called Through the Eyes of the Undead   ( Very good by the way and free right now on KU)

But it soon went far afield from anything that can be done in a short story. Now I need to explain something. I am a father. My kids are the most important things in my life. I would do anything for them. I even stayed in a bad relationship for 22 years (17 bad years) because I would not be one of the guys that isn’t around to talk to his kids after school every day. The reason I tell you this is so I can try to explain the anguish I feel when I read about kids in harm’s way or emotionally messed up. So I have to admit that during the first 2 or 3 hours of this AB I was pretty much continuously holding back tears.  And I loved it!

I fell in love with Melanie from the very first minute of the book. The other characters were not that well fleshed out but most of the book is from Melanie’s POV anyway. And that is my only criticism of the book.

There are some pretty scary scenes  but nothing to bad. While not the best bed time story for the toddlers, for a zombie story I would say it’s OK for the younger teens.  It is a hell of a lot less than any thing you would see on a episode of The Walking Dead.

FINAL THOUGHTS

It is a great read. It pulled on my heart strings so hard at times I thought it would get pulled right out. It doesn’t matter if you don’t like zombie books this is something I think most of the people that visit my blog would love. And OMG what an ending I did not expect that! Just kidding……. or am I? HAHA now you will have to get it just to see if there really is a surprise ending. My work is done here. I give The Girl with All the Gifts 5 out of 5 Goblins 5-star

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How I rate my reviews

Q. How do you rate the books you review.

A. I am not that technical about it but I rate on a scale of 1/4th of a star to 5 stars. I should just do  1 to 10 stars or something, but that would just confuse the reviews on Goodreads and Amazon.  For the reviews on those websites, say a book is 3.75 stars I would usually round it up to 4 stars

Q. OK now I know what scale you use to rate books. But how does A book actually get placed on that scale?

A. Great question. Basically if I finished it, it will get 2, 3, or 4 stars depending on how much I enjoyed it. Then i add or take away points for certain things. More than a few typos or grammatical errors loses at least -1/2 a star. No Typos and its +1/2 star. So a 5 star book review would have to be something I really enjoyed plus no typos and good printing quality and a nice cover.

Q. What about Audiobooks?

A.  If it’s a Audiobook I start with the same basic scale the pacing and voice range are important but the main thing that loses points for me is if I hear swallowing or other noises.

 A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin
received 4.75 stars  because the cover was not that great. But that was the only thing wrong with it.

The audiobook just barely got 4 stars because of  Roy Dotrice as a narrator. You could hear him clear his throat all the time and he made everyone sound like a 90 year old man with emphysema. And who wants to hear  Arya Stark sound like she needs to kick her 4 pack a day smoking habit she has had since she learned to crawl?

Hob’s review of The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks

 Written by: Brent Weeks

Narrated by: Simon Vance

I love Brent Weeks’s books. His Night Angel series if a favorite of mine. I actually have it in 4 different forms. Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook, and Graphic Audio.

So when I started this series I had mixed feelings. I loved the magic system, It is literally one of the best I have ever read about. The Idea of a ruler that lived for  multiples 7 years was ok but has been done before. Gavin and IronFist are awesome but they were  the only ones I liked at first. Karris was a bitch, Teia  was annoying. Kip the lip, well I hated his whiny  fat aaa ….um I mean.  I disliked his whimpering corpulent posterior.

But let’s look at the first thing I mentioned that I liked the most, the magic system. Chromaturgy involves the harnessing of light energy and converting it to matter, a substance called Luxin. That is a cool idea.


Now lets Science this bitch!

In my opinion Chromaturgy is theoretically possible if we take into account the relationship of energy and mater described by the Planck constant denoting the linear momentum of a particle,  not only of photons, but as atoms as well. For example, green light with a wavelength of 555 nanometres has a frequency of 540 THz (540×1012 Hz). Each photon has an energy E = hf = 3.58×10−19 J.  That is not much energy, but If it was possible to stop a photon before it hits something, you would have all of  that energy that is inherently wasted when a photon hits an object letting us see it. Once the Photon is stopped it would turn back to a solid particle. Then if  you could compress the atoms  you would have Green Luxin. Isn’t that so cool? I hope you got all that there will be a test.

You want to know something even cooler?

I think using the concepts  in Planck’s constant, Mass renormalization  and ultraviolet divergence.  combined with quantum electrodynamics

It is theoretically possible the Prism would have the ability to time travel!

OK let’s just take a second to appreciate the awesome I just said…………

Alright  now we get back to this book, the Blood Mirror. It is the fourth book in the series. Let’s take a look at the people I mentioned at the beginning, and look how they are doing now. Gavin has lost a lot. That includes body parts. He is down a few fingers an eye and all his magic. But he is still Awesome. Ironfist we hardly see at all in this book which kind of sucked. Karris I am starting to like. Teia   is still annoying but getting better. And Kip… Well he was pretty damn cool in this book. I think I actually like him now, and I never thought I would say that.

This is definitely the best book of the series and in the top 3 or 4 of the year for me.  Simon Vance did a Fantastic job with the audiobook. I am going to have to give The Blood Mirror

5 out of 5 stars