The Middle Child (book)

I’ve noticed a trend in second books. It’s like the first and third are great, and the second is just a bridge to get us from point A to point B (Legends and Liars, Symbiont). Sometimes the book is worth it, sometimes it just drags.

Some books manage to make every story individual in and of itself (Charlie Madigan, Gameshouse, anything by Gail Carriger, and of course The Harry Potter series) and still connect the stories. Each story builds to a climax and each story is just as important as the last one.

Has anyone else noticed this? It’s starting to irritate me!

Deep Work

Deep Work by Cal Newport
Genre: Self-help
ISBN:  9781455586691
Published: January 5th 2016 by Grand Central Publishing
Rating: 2

I found Deep Work very redundant and obvious. Yes, it is clear we have a problem in our society of being able to focus. Anyone who works with or has their own kids will be able to tell you that, and how it’s related to technology. I’m happy you’ve done some research to back it up, but I found the book very dry.

Not only that, the kinds of people who will be reading (or listening) to this genre is already totaly aware of the problem, so again, I found it redundant. Not only that, the book itself was very dry and dull to listen to. Sadly it’s not on my top list.


Bloodmage by Stephen Aryan 
ISBN: 9780316298315
Pub date: Published April 12th 2016 by Orbit
Rating: 3

Bloodmage was a continuation of the story began in Battlemage, with an almost completely new set of characters. There were a few old favorites that were back, but a myriad of new friends to meet as well. The story jumped right in and carried you fast-paced all the way to the end (save a few chapters that dragged a little, but weren’t super slow). It ends in a way that opens up the world to many more adventures in the future.

There wasn’t quite as much a focus on the religion as there was in the first book Battlemage, nor was there as much detail on the essence and mechanism behind the magic. I was hoping for a little more insight into the relm and world of this series. Still, it was satisfactory and fun, adventuresome, and just dark enough to keep me interested.

All in all, fun and interesting, it kept me reading, but a little bit of a let-down because I expected more after the first one was so amazing.

About the Book

The people of Perizzi have survived the battlemage war, but their future is looking darker than ever.
BYRNE is a Guardian of the Peace, investigating a series of murders in which the corpse was drained entirely of life.
FRAY's expertise with magic is needed to catch the killer, but working with the Watch destroyed his father, years before.
CHOSS is a champion fighter, trying to diffuse a war in the underworld that threatens to turn the streets red with rivers of blood.
KATJA is a spy from a foreign land, attempting to prevent a massacre that will topple two dynasties and destroy the fragile peace in the city for ever.
Guardians and spies, assassins and criminals will clash on the streets in this magic-fuelled adventure from the author of Battlemage.


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