Dawnbreaker (Legends of the Duskwalker #3)

Review:

Dawnbreaker - Jay Posey, Steven Meyer-Rassow

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Title: Dawnbreaker

Series: Legends of the Duskwalker

Author: Jay Posey

Rating: of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: SFF

Pages: 512

 

 

Synopsis:

Wren separates from all the others and begins training under a mysterious Master, the Master of House 8, the House that Three came from.

At the same time, Wren’s mother Cass begins to explore her own power and must decide whether she’ll keep running or stand and fight Asher.

Finally, Asher. He is seeking out both Wren and Cass, to stamp them out and to begin to consolidate his powers, in real life and in the wired world.

 

My Thoughts:

A fantastic ending to this trilogy. Things wrap up rather quickly. It does leave a LOT of space for future books but at the same time it is a complete ending.

 

A good bit of time is spent on Wren’s training. Some might find it somewhat tedious, but I’ve always enjoyed seeing a character grow, both in skill and mental agility. The battle for Greenstone was pretty good but not as fleshed out as I was hoping for. Cass’s journey of discovery was just as enjoyable as the other plotlines.

 

I enjoyed this book as much as Three mainly because we get to see Wren starting to become the Man who will be the Duskwalker.  I was mislead by the series name, Legends of the Duskwalker, especially in the first book, as I was expecting Three to said Legend. But when you deal with such things as Legends, they always have to have a beginning and this trilogy is the beginning of Wren’s Legend.

 

As satisfied as I am with how things ended, I really hope we get to see more of this world. So many little clues about how different, how Post-Apocalyptic it is, but it never is the focus. I want more.

 

In ending, a huge thanks to Krazykiwi for putting Jay Posey on my radar with her review of Three. It is for just this type of thing that I love a social booksite like Booklikes. I never would have found Jay Posey on my own.

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Morningside Fall (Legends of the Duskwalker #2) (ARC)

Morningside Fall (Duskwalker Cycle) - Jay PoseyI received this copy from the publisher through Netgalley.com and that in no way has influenced my opinion in regards to this review.

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Synopsis

Wren is now titular governor of Morningside. But there are undercurrents and political intrigue. Eventually Wren, his mother, his military group of bodyguards and a friend or two are forced out of the city, have lots of Weir battles and return to Morningside where a horrifying discovery is made.

My Thoughts

Wren was the main character for this book. It made for a completely different kind of book even though it was exactly the same type as Three. Does that make sense?

Instead of a kick ass alpha male who was actually a hero, we get a young kid who is desperately trying to fill shoes that he knows are too big for him.

The action is just as intense as the first book, with a mysterious old blind man who can use a sword like a japanese legend, a hardcore military group who just kill everything and Weir acting extremely un-Weir like.

Wren was the hero here. He’s 8 years old and I alternately felt joy, happiness, sadness and at a couple of times I just thought “thank goodness I’ve never known THAT kind of responsibility and despair!”  While the focus was different because it was about Wren and not Three, this was just as well written, engaging, full of character and pure awesomeness.

And then the ending. Asher is a fantastic villain. He’s horrible, evil and smart. He’s not cartoony, he’s not laughable and what he has accomplished, in becoming digital and somehow controlling the Weir, is just awesome.

I’ve used the word awesome a lot in this review but you know what? It totally deserves it. After this book, Posey has moved from my short list to my Authors I Will Be Reading Sight Unseen list.

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Author: Jay Posey

Three (Legends of the Duskwalker #1)

Three (Legends of the Duskwalker) - Jay Posey

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Synopsis

Three, a mysterious bounty hunter, ends up protecting a drugged out amped up mother and her potentially special son.

My Thoughts

This obviously takes place in a dystopian, post-apocolyptic world, so I wasn’t sure how I was going to like this.

The further I read, the more I liked. This had it all. A damsel in distress. A talented cute kid. A reluctant yet willing Hero. An evil villain who is practically insane. A host of monsters that are futuristic and yet also atavistic. And even better, the Damsel and the Child are saved in the end by the heroic sacrifice of the Reluctant Hero.

This just pushed all the right buttons for me. Fast paced action, mystery, techno-thriller, romance. All these describe this book to a T. However, I can see it not being everyone’s cup of coffee. Drug abuse, child abuse, domestic violence, plain old general violence, none of it in graphic detail thankfully, but they aren’t danced around and euphemistically referred to either.

Jay Posey is now on my radar and I’m going to keep him on my short list.

 

Rating: Strong 4 of 5 Stars

Author: Jay Posey

♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 4)

The idea for this series of posts was inspired by Lashaan at Bookidote. He asked what some of my favorite books were during my initial start of my Malazan Journey.  That got me thinking, as I do have a “favorite” tag that I use in Calibre. So I did some exhaustive investigating [typing in “favorite” and hitting enter in Calibre is a real workout!] and out of the roughly 2900 books that I’ve read since 2000, there are around 300 that earned the Favorite moniker. There are a bunch of Favorites that are duplicates, as I’ve obviously re-read some of my Favorites time and time again.

However, listing 300+ books all in one post seemed like information overload. Therefore I have decided to do a much smaller list each month until the end of the year. You will get to see what I like in manageable doses and I get “thought free” posts  😀  Win-Win all around. I’m simply listing them Alphabetical by Author with just a word or four attached.

 

Glen Cook

The Black Company series

A mercenary group that isn’t necessarily the good guys. Great stories even while some were definitely better than others. Steven Erikson, author of the Malazan Book of the Fallen based a lot of his stuff on the Black Company and you can really see the influence.

 

Gregor Xane

Taboogasm

Gregor was one of the nice authors I interacted with during my time at Booklikes. While he promoted his works, he came across as a reader first. He writes in what I call the “Weird” genre and trust me, it gets really weird…

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Isaac Asimov

The Complete Stories [Parts 1 & 2]
The Foundation Trilogy
I, Robot

I grew up with Asimov so while literary fashions change, I’ll always enjoy his stuff.  That doesn’t mean everything he wrote was fantastic but the man excelled at short stories.  That really shows in the novels he wrote.  As an aside I, Robot has nothing to do with that junko movie with Will Smith. It is a collection of shorts all about robots.  The Complete Stories was supposed to be a trilogy collecting all his short stories over the years. It never was finished and is stuck at 2 parts. My guess is legal stuff and defunct magazines derailed that train.  Since they are short stories though, both books stand tall on their own.

 

JRR Tolkien

The Return of the King
The Two Towers
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Hobbit; Or There and Back Again

What can I say? The Hobbit is one of my favorite all time books and I read it every couple of years just to glory in its gleeful, childish sense of wonder.

 

Jack Campbell, aka John G. Hemry

The Lost Fleet series
The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier series
The Lost Stars series
Pillars of Reality series
Ad Astra

The Lost Fleet, Beyond the Frontier and Lost Stars are military science fiction following the exploits of Jack Geary, better known as Black Jack. Campbell tells a good story, but be aware, there is a lot of explanation about time lag in fighting in space.

Pillars is Campbell’s foray into the young adult world. It’s a good series but I found my attention waning near the end and I won’t be reading the sequel series. Nothing bad, just not for me.

Ad Astra is a collection of short stories that shows his writing style. A good place to check him out if you’re on the fence.

Hemry also wrote several series under his own name before creating the Campbell personna. I’ve read them all and while adequate, didn’t get onto my Favorites list.

 

James Clavell

Shogun

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was eventually worked into a larger series about a European trading family, but really, it stands alone and I think it was the best of the bunch.

 

Jane Austen

Persuasion

I like ALL of Austen’s works, but Persuasion was my favorite. Considering I didn’t get married until I was 30 it is no wonder a story about mature love attracted me.

 

Jane Lindskold

Through Wolf’s Eyes

My wife introduced me to this book. It was great! Then I made the huge mistake of reading more in the series and things started edging into human/animal love. But this stands alone just fine and is a fantastic book. Bought it in hardcover.

 

Jay Posey

Dawnbreaker
Morningside Fall
Three

The Legends of the Duskwalker trilogy was Posey’s debut and it really got me. It is the Solitary Hero on a Journey Saving Others story. Post apocalyptic.

 

Jim Butcher

The Aeronaut’s Windlass
Furies of Calderon
Academ’s Fury
Cursor’s Fury
Captains’ Fury
Princeps’ Fury
First Lords’ Fury

Codex Alera [the Furies series] is just plain awesome.  The Aeronaut is the beginning of a new series and I enjoyed it. We’ll see how the rest of the series goes.

I couldn’t stand Dresden and if that had been my intro to Butcher [thankfully, Furies was] I probably would have dropped him and never tried his other stuff.

 

John Christopher

The White Mountains
City of Gold and Lead
Pools of Fire
When the Tripods Came

Think War of the Worlds, where we lost. This is middle grade stuff but I still enjoy it. When the Tripods came is a prequel and should be read last so as not to spoil any of the original trilogy.

 

 

And that is it for this month folks. Like to thank Lashaan for reminding me of this whole project, since I’d forgotten about it in my Deadhouse Gates readalong

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And these posts are proving that so true!

 

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  1. ♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 1)
  2. ♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 2)
  3. ♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 3)

Sungrazer (Outriders #2) ★★★★☆

sungrazer (Custom)

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Title: Sungrazer
Series: Outriders #2
Author: Jay Posey
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: SFF
Pages: 448
Format: Digital Edition

 

 

Synopsis:

A secret asset of the UAF (United American Federation) has gone missing. This asset has stealth capability, can capture, render and output enemy data AND it can perform kinetic strikes, which are almost untraceable.

It is up to the Outriders to find this missing asset, recover it and prevent a war from breaking out between Mars and Earth. Unfortunately for them, someone within the Mars Federation WANTS war. So not only do the Outriders have to prevent war, they have to do so secretly because the very existance of the asset is enough to start the war.

During this time Mike Pence, the sniper who died and underwent The Process in the last book reveals to Lincoln that he’s having memory problems and that The Process might not be quite all that the brass say it is. Which of course means that Lincoln dies near the end of the book and goes through The Process himself. Which in turn leads to the revelation that the big bad enemy lady from the first book not only has access to a form of The Process herself and uses it, but she uses it to replicate herself and put herself in multiple positions of power in various Martian city states.

 

My Thoughts:

Now that I knew I was not going to be reading a Duskwalker style story, which is what I was expecting with the first Outriders book, I was able to read and accept this for what it was. Military SF. It makes a big difference if you know what you are getting into, even vaguely, when starting a book. This was on my “High Priority” collection on my kindle and so I read it as soon as it came out.

This was just as good as the first and nothing stood out either better or worse. Only a couple of issues which I’ll touch on quickly and even those didn’t really let me down. More of quibbles.

Lincoln is able to tell what Amira Wright is feeling by invisible muscle twitches in her eyes or mouth. Once, I can live with. But it happened at least 3 times and was annoying. There were stretches of unnecessary description that really felt like padding. Finally, the revelation that the evil lady replicates herself wasn’t bad, but considering how information greedy Mars is [they make googles seem like your blind, deaf, dumb and DEAD uncle], it seemed improbable to me that no one else had noticed this on Mars and made an issue of it.Unless there is a secret Cabal on Mars who run everything, kind of like in X-Files Season 10 where there is a secret Cabal who run Earth and aliens are just a fake distraction.

Now to the good stuff. Several riveting instances of infiltration, fighting and exfiltration. Not huge gun battles, but tense enough that I felt pumped up after reading them. I like that feeling. The revelation about possible problems in The Process of replicating the Outriders when they die opens up whole vistas of possible paranoia and government conspiracy. I can just see one of the team going haywire in a future book and having to be hunted down by his own team mates. Now THAT would be awesome.

The revelation of clone lady, with its attendant problems, also opens up possible plot lines. Who is funding her replication? Is it the same process, do the replicants think alike, can they think in unison, etc? Is she the mastermind or is there a Martian conspiracy? Or…ALIENS?!? I am so hoping for aliens at some point myself. United States Secret Forces versus the godless, murdering, horribly bestial aliens.

* sings the national anthem *

Man, sometimes I write better plot ideas in my head than actual reviews. Of course, it would take great skill to write that without me lambasting the author for being a talentless hack who couldn’t write an original plotline if their life depended on it. Authors just can’t win with me 🙂

★★★★☆

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  1. Outriders (Book 1)

The ‘How I Choose My Books’ Tag

Thanks to the Orangutan Librarian for putting this tag on my radar. Didn’t want to write a review after a day of setting granite bounds all day, so this was mindless fun.

 

 

Find a book on your shelves or ereader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

battlefield_earth_book_coverBattlefield Earth by L. Ron. Hubbard

I first read this in the 90’s and it was my first 1000 page book. You never forget your first time.

 

Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

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Twilight

I read it because it was popular and I still cared about knowing what was popular.  And I did enjoy it. Enough that I read the sequel and that is the book that made me rage.

 

Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick up a book at random. (I had Mrs Bookstooge pick a random number from between 1-3000 and chose the one it corresponded to in my calibre library) How did you discover this book?

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A small manga series that I read back in 2007. I was on a manga kick for that whole year and was devouring everything that our local library had.

 

Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

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The Great Darkening

My good friend Jefferson asked me to read this, as he knew the guy. It was pretty bad and I had to say so. Thankfully, I don’t know the author, so it was no problem on my part.

 

Pick a book that you discovered through YouTube / book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

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Three by Jay Posey

KrazyKiwi had reviewed this on Booklikes and while it sounded a little off my taste, I tried it. Turned out to be some of the best reading I’d done in a long time. Posey shot up to the top of my radar very quickly.

 

Find a book on your shelves or ereader with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?

71tnypdat0lHogfather by Terry Pratchett

I was doing my initial readthrough of the Discworld novels and this one was pretty much the best. The only one I’ve got in hardcover I believe.

 

What book did you discover through a film / TV adaptation?

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Jumper by Steven Gould

Watched the horrible movie with Anakin Pukewalker and Rachel Bilson [hubba hubba] and figured I should check out the source material. All 3 books in the series turned out to be pretty good.

 

Think of your all-time favourite book/s. When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

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Way-farer by Dennis Schmidt

Best. Book. Ever. Read this in highschool when I saw it in the SF section at our local library. Spaceships and a dude with a sword in a pose that even I knew was Japanese? How could I NOT pick that up?