Wednesday, October 31, 2012
After a brutal attack on his uncles farm Alex find his fathers shotgun in the hands of the bandits that attacked them. Fearing for his Mother's and father's life Alex and Darla head back out in to the gray to find them and bring them back.
After chasing one of the bandits that attacked his farm. Alex finds out that his parents are being held in one of the mercenary internment camps, or at least he was a few months ago.
Sadly trouble finds the couple quickly and before to long Darla is taken captive by a gang of cannibal rapists. Now not only does Alex need to find and save his parents he also needs to save Darla before anything happens to her.
But first he needs to survive himself.
I loved this book. Ashen Winter is the sequel to the bangorang book Ashfall. This book is really well done and does justice to the book before it. Mike Mullin has taken a great idea and built on it. I really feel that this book it leading to an amazing serious.
The one down side to this book I had is that at a few points the book gets overly descriptive. This led to it being a little harder to get in to this book over Ashfall. In Ashfall It took three pages to hook me in Ashen Winter I took more like Two chapters to really grab me.
That being sad I think the writer Is trying to improve his work and that is always a really good thing. Also this book does exactly want you want from a second book it leads you to want to read more. The book also developed the characters and added new people and new problems.
Finally the last thing I really liked about this book was that it did not simple retell the first store again in a slightly different way. Ashen Winter builds the world and the store this increases the power of this book.
Over all I would give this book a 9.5 out of 10.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Clan of the Cave Bear
Jean M. Auel
Back before recorded time there was two kinds of humans the Neanderthal and modern Cro-Magnon.
After a large earthquake that rips through the earth a young Cro-magnon girl named Ayla loses her whole family. After wondering through the forest for a few days, being attacked by animals without food and suffering desiese. She is found by a tribe of Neanderthals, the Clan of the Cave Bear, and she is taken in.
Even though she is different and cannot speak there language the clan makes her one of there people. They give her a totem of the Cave Lion, which is usually only given to men.
As time goes on and she grows up Ayla cannot seem to be what the clan expects her to be. Even though the Clan is the only family she can remember she is just different from them. She thinks differently and acts differently from the Clan but she must learn to be Clan.
With the wild animals everywhere, enemies in the clan and her difficult adapting to her role in the clan Ayla will have to do everything she can to stay alive.
I really liked this book. The writer really does a good job at pulling the reader through the book. The realistic feel of the store and the interesting facts about our distant relatives helps to build a world the reader can relate to.
The story can be hard on the reader because the people in the book are a lot like us but they do not follow the same social rules that we find important. This can create unconformable feelings for the reader.
I got uncomfortable at some points in the book but over all I really liked it. The one thing I did not like about the book was that at the end I really had no drive to read the next books.
It was interesting because I loved this book but i left me with a foreboding feeling that has made it difficult to read the next one.
I would give this book an 8 out of 10.
This was the first book I have ever read on a electronic reading tablet and I always thought I would miss the feel of a book, the smell of the pages, and the weight in my hands but after the first 10 minutes I loved it and it was hard to go back.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The Age of Fire
E. E. Knight
Dragons are dying. In a cave deep underground one of the last clutches of dragon eggs are born. One of these dragons is the rare scaleless gray dragon. Winning the ledge and becoming champion of the nest Auron begins his life but happiness is short lived.
Within a few months the nest is attacked by a bandit group comprised of elves and dwarves. Auron is the only one to survive the attack. Now he most find his way in the world without his family.
In his travels Auron makes many unlikely friends and must use his brain to win out over his enemies because, unlike other dragons with think armored scales, a single lucky arrow will kill him.
Will Auron be able to find the the last of his kind and will he be able to find who is responsible for the hunting of his people?
I loved this book. Firstly the book is well written. Second the plot is interesting and keeps the reader moving through the book at a good speed. Third the characters are easy to connect too. Lots of books have these so even with all of that what makes this book different? Well, its from the dragons point of view.
Now I read E. E. Knights other books and after the first two I got really bored and dropped the whole thing. So when I saw this book at the used book store I was a little nerves but after reading the first chapter I was hooked.
Dragon Champion is want I have always wanted in a book about dragons it gives the reader a new perspective and helps us to see through there eyes in this way I would relate it to "Watership Down" we see the world through the dragon's eyes the culture and believes are revealed, this is really cool.
For me this was a book I did not know I was looking for until I found it. I finished it in one day and got the second book right away.
I would give this book a 8.75 out of 10
Thursday, October 4, 2012
In a not so distant future, man kind creates the Partials, beings who were human in almost every way but were created to fight our wars for us. After the war was over many Partials came back but they were not treated as people only as things.
After a few years the Partial declared war on the humanity and in the coarse of that war released a deadly vireos on us which killed millions. Now only a small group of humans are left living in what was once New York.
The few humans left created a town and started to live again but the vireos keeps killing the new born babies and without children humanity will soon no longer exist.
In an attempt to find a way to stop the death of the children the government has ordered that all women over the age of 18 get pregnant as much as possible so that the chance of finding a cure can be found.
With this and other problems the government is not very popular with the people and if a way to save the children is not found soon it will not be the partials of the vireos that will kill humanity off. It will be ourselves.
Partials is an interesting book with an original concept and powerful writing. but that being said I did not really like it. The story follows this girl who is a little annoying and seems to have trouble being happy.
Also this book falls in the common pattern seen today in books like The Hunger Games and Twilight of a girl who can not make up her mind. the book also gets in to a love triangle that I am so tired of in young adult books today.
My final problem with the book is also something I have been seeing more of in young adult books for girls and that is the main female character doe s not want to get married. The feeling to me is that in these books strong female characters can only be strong with they are not married and I think that is wrong.
Most of the strongest women I have ever known have been happily married and for writers to put that negative thought about married, that to get married means to are weak is not only inappropriate but bad for our youth today.
Over all I liked the book it was well written, but I will not be offering it to anyone anytime soon.
I give it a 6 out of 10.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Tales of Goldstone Woods
Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Fairy Tale Fantasy
The princess Una has just turned 16 and under the laws of her fathers country she is eligible to marry and every prince in the area is looking for her hand in marriage, but who will get it.
The prince with the charming smile but large money problems, the fairy prince who no one knows and who came out of no where, or the prince who has lost his country to an evil dragon.
At the same time the evil dragon hunts for her, and only her love of the people around her can keep her safe.
This book was not very good. The beginning and the end were really enjoyable but for the majority of the book, over 200 pages, the book was boring and whinny.
Una is the main character but for me I would have liked anyone else. She complained the who time and over all acted like a moron. She needed to shut up and do something, anything, plaese!!!
I didn't like the writing and i didn't like the story everything about this book was a disappointing. Maybe a girl would like this book better but for me it was a worthless book.
I would give it a 5 out of 10.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
The Ruins of Gorlan
The Ruins of Gorlan fallows the story of will a young Orfien who can't find his way in the world. Will is small for his age, he's fast and smart but but just does not have the strangth to do what he really wants to do, be a solder.
In the 13th year of his life Will has his name day were the local crafts men pick children to train. Problem is that if know one picks you then you must leave the city and become a farmer.
On his name day everyone finds somewhere to go but Will has no one, but just as Despair is about it set in the local Ranger takes Will to be his apprentice. So Will starts his life as The Ranger's Apprentice.
A great evil is once again on the rise can Will and his master Halt stop it? or will death fall on the people of the land?
This is the first book of the 11 book series Ranger's Apprentice. The first book is not the best one I have ever read but the series is amazing. Each book is only about 200-250 pages long and often it takes the writer a few books to tell one story ark. So stick with it and you will not be disappointed.
I love these books. There great for kids but adults can get a lot from them too. The Story telling is superb and you will fall in love with all the characters. Although the first book is all about Will and Halt the later books focus on his two best friends as well. this brings in some really strong female characters which i liked a lot.
The only problem this is book is that it feels like only part of a story so then you have to keep reading because you want to know what happens, but the books are so good that its really not much of a problem.
Over all I would give this book a 7 out of 10 but the series as a whole would get more.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Alex was a normal 15 year old boy medium height, medium weight, likes video games and martial arts. Not so good with girls but has a few close friends. Every thing changed on that Friday. The Friday when the volcano under Yellowstone erupts and starts covering the world in ash.
On that Friday Alex's parents had taken his little sister to there uncles farm and had left him home alone for the weekend. Now with he world falling apart Adam must find his family and a way to outlast the horrors of the volcanic winter.
On his trip Adam finds many people who hurt others to get what they want but he also found many who, even in these darkest times, were willing to help others in need. One of these people is Darla. Darla is a smart girl living on a farm with her mother. After meeting Alex Darla and him travel together to find his family, but on the way they find more then they bargained for.
Ashfall is one of the best books I have ever read. Within the first 5 pages I was hooked and wanted nothing more then to read the rest of it. It only took me two days to finish it and I worked full shifts both days.
The book has a good amount of hope and despair which makes reading this book a roller coaster of emotion. The book also feels real, it feels like what people see on the news after a disaster and what people really are like when in the middle of one.
The hard part about this book is that the writer does not pull any punches. Meaning that there is death and violence, sex and pain. For that reason I would recommend this book for 16 years old and older. Yes this is a young adult book but in this case I would stress the ADULT part of that more then the young.
But I want you to understand this book is not dirty of profane, but it is real and it is harsh younger children would not be able to handle it but for adults it is an amazing book. This is not just some fun fantasy where everything will be okay. This is a scary world that could really happen to us.
This novel will make you laugh, cry, scream and hope for a better world. This book will be an experience you will want to share with everyone. It will become an old friend you fear for.
The writing is amazing, the characters are real and likable, and the plot is full of hopes and fears that we all have.
I would give this book a 10 out of 10.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Fall of a Kingdom
The Farsala Trilogy
The land of Farsala has stood for thousands of years in peace. The three peoples of Farsala have found a way to service together but the old ways are starting to fail and life for all but the highest is suffering for it.
The three peoples are, The Suud a desert welling nocturnal people, the peasants little more then slaves to there masters they work the fields and make the tools, and the Deghan the ruling class pledged to defend the land and rule it.
A new threat has come to the kingdom, the Hrum empire. The empire has already conquered 29 lands in its path to become stronger and Farsala is next in line. But the Hrum empire has a weakness that the kingdom of Farsala can use against them. The empire has only one year to completely conquer a new land before they let it go and make friends instead. So all the people of Farsala have to do is last one year, but can they?
The book follows the story of three young people who in there own way must fight the Hrum if they are to last the year. But fighting the Hrum might be the easy part working together without killing each other might be impossible.
Soraya is a Deghan and a spoiled brat. She cares little for others out side her family and social level but she will have to find another way to be if Farsala is to last.
Jiaan is the bastard son of the High commander who leads the army and half sister to Soraya. All Jiaan ever wanted was to be like his father and he will have to be if they are to survive what is coming.
Kavi a peasant who travels around selling small goods to the outer villages. Kavi was once a blacksmith and was on his way to become one of the best but a Deghan crippled his right hand and left it weak and him angry. Will Kavi be able to over come his anger or will it be the downfall of his people?
Fall of a kingdom is an interesting book. I very much liked it but it does have problems. Over all I'm happy I now own it and look forward to reading it again, but the book has a few limitations.
First, you have three characters who are all sort of stupid. They do stupid things and are not very likable until later in the book. It could be hard to connected with the characters and with out that connection people may have a hard to reading this book.
Second, the book takes a little warming up. Nothing really happens until about about page 160 everything before that is just build up without any meat to it.
Third, there is a whole different story build in to the book following the life and rebirth of Sorahb. Sorahb a legendary hero who is supposed to come to Farsala's add when needed, but they don't really explain it and its not even important to this book at all. In the second and third book this information makes sense but its a little odd in the first book.
Fourth, this is a fantasy book but you would not know that until about page 300 because of this Fall of an empire is really more of a Military tactics novel and this could through people off.
With all of these problems I tell you now READ THIS BOOK. I promise you will not regret it. Yes the book has a few problems but it is also really well written and even though the magic is far in the back of the book it is pretty cool when you finally get to see it. Also the fighting in it is really fascinating and cool. This book makes you feel like your fighting against a the Hrum.
But that is only the smallest peace of why you should read this book. The fact is that even though this book in only OK the trilogy as a whole is amazing. I ready all three books in less then a week with two jobs, a wife and a heavy social life.
Like a lot of great trilogies, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, the first part is not the best but it sets up the next two parts to be amazing and that is what happens with the Farsala Trilogy. The next two books, Rise of a Hero and Forging the Sword, take the characters at they best and make them better it takes the best parts of book one and eliminates the bad parts.
I would give Fall of a Kingdom a 6.5 out of 10 but I would give the trilogy a 8 out of 10. Read all three books and these will become must haves for your collection.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Way of the Pilgram
Gordon R. Dickson
The world was taken over in less then a day. Rebellion is impossible and mankind has become little more then cattle to grow there alien master's food. Humanity has no technology that can hurt them,
Humanity are a lot weaker and smaller then them but what the aliens don't know is the power of the human spirit.
After the alien invasion the leaders searched out humans who could learn to speak there language. Because of how hard their language is to learn only a rare few humans can speak it but Shane can and he is the best.
Because of his skill with the language Shane has become a prized servant of the alien ruler of earth. On a mission for his master Shane see's an alien kill a human for no reason other then a small mis-communication and Shane snaps and creates "The Pilgrim" a symbolic picture of the human spirit.
Without Shane's knowledge The Pilgrim spreads across the world and gives hope once again to mankind, but will it be enough to drive the invaders off of earth or will Shane have to put everything on the line to free humanity?
This is one of the most interesting books I have ever read. The story is compelling and pulls you right through the book like an adventure novel but it also makes you think.
Original Science fiction was not just about a fun space adventure it was supposed to make you think about what what could be and how the world would respond to these things. It was a challenge to human nature and The Way of the Pilgrim does just that.
The main character Shane is written very well. he feels real and you will start to care about him within just a few pages. The world, as it is with aliens taken over, feels real and possible. The characters around Shane have the feel of the french resistance during WWII.
The only down side to this book is that you trade a real feel for some parts that are a little boring. Some times the characters in the book have to talk about there plans and or the writer wants to show how people live in this world and his descriptions can be a little long, but its not very often and what he writes is really interesting.
This is a great book worth your time to read. I give this book to my friends all the time. You will not regret reading this book because it is fun and will make you think about the world around you.
I would give this book a 7.5 out of 10
Sunday, September 2, 2012
The Man Who Was Magic - A Fable of Innocence
Adam and his talking dog Mopsy are on there way to city of magic Mageia. Adam is a man normal looking, nice, honest man who is very very different from everyone else. Adam can do real magic.
The magic city of Magia is home to the greatest magicians in the world... that is, the greatest stage magicians in the world, and they apply there trade with Skill and pride.
Adam had heard of Mageia in his homeland across the mountains, but Adam believed it to be a play of real magic where he could learn and continue his study of magic. Adam arrives at the gate and is told that the testing to join the legendary magicians of Mageia starts today and that if he wants to get in he will need to hurry.
After entering the city Adam meets Jane a young girl who is the daughter of the Mageia's mayor. she agrees to be his assistant for the testing as an assistant is needed for the test.
At the test Adam does something that none of these master magicians have ever seen or could do and this starts people thinking... what if it is real magic?
Will Adam and Mopsy be able Join the people of mageia? or will people's fears of the unknown and the magnificent drive them to destroy Adam?
This book is one of the greatest book ever written that know one has ever heard off. It was written in 1966 and has only had two printings. This means that getting this book can be difficult but I promise that you will not regret the it.
I rarely lend this book out because of how hard it is to get a new one if it gets lost of damaged, but everyone I have lent this to has loved it and many have gone out to get there own copy.
The Man Who Was Magic is a story of hope and seeing the magic that lives around us everyday. This is an uplifting tale that will leave you happy and ready to face the world. this story is also a warning that just because something is different does not mean it is bad, and just because someone is over you does not mean they are always right. We must make our own way in life.
This book will teach you and build you up. this is a great book for teenagers because it is fun but also will teach them important live lessons. This book should be a must read before you die because it is possibly the best book I have ever read in my life. It is a an unknown classic just waiting for you to find.
I would give this book a 10 out of 10
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Fairy Tail Fantasy
Tristan was a normal boy in the town of Wall, not such a normal town. The town of Wall is like many towns in England tailors, smiths, taverns and shop boys, but unlike normal towns the city of Wall has a secret.
Across a wall, for which the town is named, is a magical world filled with witches, monsters and princes. It is the duty of the people of Wall to protect the gap is the wall and not let anyone in but every nine years a festival is held where the normal world and magical one meet and trade.
Tristan is in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, or at least that's what he thinks. One day Victoria visits Tristan at the store he works at, and Tristan walks her home. During the walk he starts spouting about his love and promising her everything he can think of.
As they are walking and he is promising everything thing he can think off a star falls from the sky and Tristan says he will get it for her if she will marry him. She agrees and Tristan sets out in to the magical world to find a fallen star and capture the heart of the women he loves.
But life rarely goes the way you think it will and in this quirky fairy tale less then normal.
Stardust is a fairy tale for adults. reading this book is like stepping back in to your childhood but with the understanding of an adult to see the world as it really is.
This book was made famous through its movie adaptation which did really well and is in almost every college girls collection of DVDs, but the movie and book are a little different. The book is darker and more mature. Where the movie is more of a Disney fairy tale the book fallows the traditional dark style.
I really love this book. Tristan is the unlikely hero you can't not hope for. This book takes the best of fantasy and puts it with an honors and noble main character. Although many made things happen to our characters and life is not easy this story brings hope to every reader who turns its pages.
I would recommend this to anyone over the age of 16. It is one of the best book I have ever read and I take the chance to read it at least once a year. Be warned that there are some parts of this book that are not appropriate for younger children.
I would give this book a 9 out of 10 and say that it is a book you will want to have for yourself once you have read it.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
"The Demon King"
A Seven Realms Novel
Cinda Williams Chima
The Demon King follows the story of two extra ordinary people as they come to grips with the realities that are about to face them.
Han "Cuffs" Alister, a retired thief lord, has spent every summer in the mountain with the clans who live there. One day, when he is out with his friend, Han runs in to three underage wizards in the mountains which was made illegal many years ago.
At arrow point Hans forces the wizards to hand over there amulet which is what lets the wizard control there power. After the wizards leave Han takes the amulet but with to sell it in town but will this amulet bring wealth to Han of disaster from an unknown enemy?
Princess Raisa ana’Marianna is the crowned princess in the Queendom and is about to turn 16 and become an adult. Once she turns 16 she can marry but any could be farther from her mind.
Raise wants to be like the first Queen Hanalea who healed the world after the Demon king, the last of the wizard kings, almost destroyed it. After the death of the Demon King new laws where put in place to keep the wizards from going anything like what the demon king did.
But will Raise be able to be strong like here sister Queens before her or will the plans of her enemies over power her and force her to do something which was band sense the breaking of the world?
I love everything about this book. I have nothing bad to say about this book except for the stupid name that i think turns people off when they hear about it but i promise this book is one of the best. You will love the good guys, hate the bad guys and enjoy the adventure.
Although this book is written for young adults it is one that anyone can enjoy. my bother who is 18 and my father who is 59 both read it and loved it so much they each got there own copy so they could read it again.
The Seven realms books are in my top five best fantasy books ever written. The Demon King is on pare with the books "The Name of the Wind" and "Game of Thrones". If your looking for a fantasy book you could not do better then The Demon King.
I would give this book a 9.3 out of 10.
Warning: if you get the paper back version the quality of the binding is very poor so do not brake the spin or pages will fall out.
Image a world were everyday you live in darkness. All you know is hardship and death. The strong service and the weak get left for the freaks to eat. This is the world that Deune was born in to.
More then anything Deune wanted to be a hunter. One of the few people who go out past the enclaves border and hunt for food and kill the man eating freaks that travel the dark of the underside.
At the age of 15 she takes on this role proving her strength but sadly for her before she can truly prove herself she is partnered with a boy who was once an outsider and who never truly found his place within the enclave, so now she must fight to survive not only the world but also a partner who might not have her back.
Will he be the death of her? or will he bring her to the light?
This book promises a lot and for about 3/4 of the book I really liked it but at the end the author added in few new characters and killed off all the others she had taken time to have us get to know. Then 30 pages from the end she adds in a love triangle for what seems like no reason at all.
The book felt like two halves of two books that did not go together. she could not make up her mind on were to stop the book and what was important to talk more about. The odd part was that the book is only 288 pages not that long at all but some how she created two books I would love to read just not half of each forced together.
On the good side the book is well written and really fun at the beginning. The world she creates is interesting and keeps the reader's attention. The action is captivating and the characters interesting to read about. The book is ready quick and easy to read.
This book has a lot of promise but falls short of being truly good. The author will be worth watch to see what she comes up next and I would like to try some of her other work.
Over all I would give this book a 5.5 out of 10. Its worth readying if you have nothing better to do but I would not give it to a friend.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
"Thief of Lives"
Noble Dead Series
Barb and J. C. Hendee
Thief of lives is the second books in the Noble Dead Series. In this story we find Magiere and Leesil once again running their little inn together, but sadly once again they are called to hunt the undead.
A message comes from the capital that there are undead hunting in the streets and that they will give a lot of money for her help. Both Magiere and Leesil don't want to go but after leesil burned down the larges warehouse in town the city is starting to go under without the extra money coming it to town.
After arriving in the Capital City to hunt the undead they find out that not only has one noble girl was killed but also poor people all over the city. As they start to hunt, Magiere finds out that her Dhampir half has more aspects to it then she thought, and new powers start popping up.
As time moves on it becomes obvious that they know the vampire that they are hunting... Ratboy has started a new family in the capital city and has hunting the humans that live there, but he may not be the only vampire stocking those streets.
The second book in the Noble Dead Series keeps up with the first novel. It is well written and and pulls the reader all the way through. As it is written by both a husband and wife the characters feel real and sophisticated.
In this novel, unlike the first, the main perspective is the Leesil's and has more of a male feel to it. I believe this is true because of the fact that the husband was the main writer on this book unlike the first.
I would give this book a 7.5 out of 10 the same as the first. This book is worth every minute, and shows great promise for the series as a whole.
Friday, August 24, 2012
"The Goblin Wood"
The Goblin Trilogy
This book follows the story of a young girl, Mekenna, who is leading a goblin army to defend there homes, and a knight, Tobin, seeking to reclaim his honor after being wrongly accused of his brothers crimes.
After the death of Mekenna's mother, a Hedgewitch, she wondered the woods until she made friends with a few goblins and took up the cause to defend them. Years later Mekenna held the goblin woods against all who would try to drive them out but what she could not be prepared for was a an honest knight with a purpose.
Tobin was a hero of the barbarian war before his younger brother got in to trouble with the law and Tobin took the fall for it. Instead of going to jail or being executed a powerful priest gave his a task, find and capture the goblin witch.
With this, these two world come together and make for a very interesting and fun adventure.
I really liked this book. The writer's ideas behind magic and goblin kind was fresh and original. Her thoughts on their society and their magic was both entertaining and interesting. I was pulled through the book and left happy at the end. The Goblin Wood has a lot to offer any reader young or old.
The plot and Characters are rich and fully thought out. I would love to read more by this author and see what else she has to offer.
The Goblin Woods is an easy read for children but is still interesting enough for people of all ages. I would say that anyone who likes fantasy books will like this one a lot, and its one I tell my friends they need to read.
I would give it a 7 out of 10.
Noble Dead Series
Barb and J. C. Hendee
Dhampir follows the store of a young women and her partner as they find out who they really are and try to build a new life for themselves away from death and lies.
The story opens with the women, Magiere, pretending to be a hunter of the undead. She used her partner, Leesil, to pretend to be the undead and she would fakes kill him to steal money from ignorant peasants.
This was there last job before Magiere had saved up enough money to buy a small tavern by the sea, but before they can properly settle down in to their new life of honest trade, a group of vampires attack them and force them in the the life they always pretended to have.
A half-elf, a half-vampire, and an unusual dog most now fight to keep the home they just found.
I really enjoyed this book. The main characters are powerful and strong and the lead female character is strong without putting down the main male character, which I really like because it shows that women can be strong without having to be around weak men.
One of the real strengths of this book is that it is written by a husband and wife combo. Meaning that the female parts are written by a women and the male parts are written by a man. This makes the characters more real and whole.
I read through this book the first time in high school and flow through it. Over the years I have read and reread it. This last week I read it again and still loved the whole thing. You will fly through this book and be bagging for more even before the last page.
Recently Vampire books have gotten a bad rap because of Twilight and other books like it but this is not a super natural book its a fantasy and it is great.
This book gets 8 out of 10.