Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson, not five stars?

Words of Radiance coverBrandon Sanderson is a brilliant writer, imaginative and clever. The Mistborn books are among my all-time favourite reads, – I couldn’t put them down!

But. I could put down Words of Radiance up to about half way and sometimes did, reading a couple other books on the way that grabbed me more. Shocking I know. I can’t criticise Sanderson, his writing is fantastic, I love his characters with their lively and realistic dialogue. And the scope of the tale is fantastic, the illustrations are amazing, such a huge amount of work must have gone into this creative masterpiece.

The fault must be with me. You see he lost me a bit with the details and the complexities in the first half. Characters, names, places, history, culture, magic rules etc. Without the distraction of his usual brilliant action-packed writing, credibility slightly wavered once or twice. For example women covering one hand for decency but it’s OK to leave the other one uncovered? Or the hero followed around by his own Tinkerbell fairy? Mmm.

But of course Brandon saves the day if you stick with him long enough. The third quarter of this substantial tome was really engaging and the final quarter was fantastic, gripping and un-put-down-able.

So, if I could rate the book in quarters, I’d give it 3/5,  3/5,  4/5,  5/5 – an average of 3.75/5  which rounds up to 4/5 and that after all is still very good but sounds mean for Sanderson…

Maybe my head wasn’t as clear as it should have been for enjoying this – more time and less stress and I would probably have enjoyed it all and felt it was 5/5.

If the next one is as big will I read it? Yes of course, but I might not prioritise it because I have such a long list of books I want to read, most of which would be less epic in size so I may read those first. Seeking more instant gratification? Yes, but at least I do read books so I’m at the positive end of the spectrum compared to so many people these days who say they don’t have time to read books at all…

Countdown Deal – big discounts on Wildmind by Clive Anthony


Cover picWildmind by Clive Anthony is subject to massive price reductions in a Kindle Countdown deal on Amazon UK, and Amazon US –  from 19th September to 26th September 2014 (applies to Kindle ebook only).

It’s time limited so don’t miss the opportunity to buy at a big discount – £0.99 / $0.99 on day one!



New free samples added


CoverI have updated the free samples of Wildmind available – here,  or use the menus at the top of the page.

The Prologue was already posted.

Now the Complete Chapter 1 is available on this site to read.

Meet Commander Varik Tojen as he directs the defence of Castle Hurriden.

Is that a wolfhound?

I have also added the complete Chapter 2.

Back in Espondre, the capital city, we meet Mal Respler, an unhappy and timid bureaucrat. Not yet touched by the invasion, he has no idea about the personal and world-changing events coming his way….

The full story is available for only

£1.75 Amazon UK

$2.99 Amazon US