Category Archives: Books

Knight Joust

A Joust of Knights
(The Sorcerer’s Ring #16)
by Morgan Rice (2014)


Thorgrin and his brothers follow Guwayne s trail at sea, pursuing him to the Isle of Light. But as they reach the ravaged isle and the dying Ragon, all may be just too late.


At this point things are beginning to get a bit repetitive. Characters are surviving by nothing but luck and the many plot threats seem to be spiraling out of control. Here’s hoping that the next and final novel will bring everything together.

 

Mortals Dream (Rings#15)

A Dream of Mortals
(The Sorcerer’s Ring #15)
by Morgan Rice (2014)

Thorgrin and his brothers struggle to break free from the grips of the pirates, and to continue their search for Guwayne at sea. As they encounter unexpected friends and foes, magic and weaponry, dragons and men, it will change the very course of their destiny.

Will they finally find Guwayne?


well, that question remains at the end of this book. But not before the heroes unexpectedly survive fights, drownings and general mayhem.

Despite only two books remaining, it feels like a new chapter in the series has started.

 

Brothers Oath (Rings#14)

An Oath of Brothers
(The Sorcerer’s Ring #14)
by Morgan Rice (2014)

Thorgrin and his brothers emerge from the land of the dead, more driven than ever to find Guwayne, and set sail across a hostile sea, leading them to places beyond their wildest dreams.

As they come ever-closer to finding Guwayne, they also encounter obstacles unlike ever before, obstacles which will test them to their very limits, which will call on all their training and force them to stand together as one, as brothers.


It’s becoming a trope of the series that a principle character will face certain death, only to have an external force or character step in to save their lives.

This doesn’t stop the story from taking unexpected turns and surprises.

 

Left Hand Dark

The Left Hand of Darkness
Ursula Le Guin (1969)

This was a paperback I owned for a long time. It won Hugo and Nebula Awards and was generally applauded. I tried reading it twice, both times gave up after frustration and boredom. So when it appeared as a radio drama production, I tried again.

The story follows Genly Ai, a native of Terra, who is sent to the planet of Gethen as an envoy of the Ekumen, a loose confederation of planets. Ai’s mission is to persuade the nations of Gethen to join the Ekumen, but he is stymied by his lack of understanding of Gethenian culture.

Individuals on Gethen are ambisexual, with no fixed sex. This fact has a strong influence on the culture of the planet, and creates a barrier of understanding for Ai.

Third time.. nope.

It’s still an unrelenting bore. Nothing really happens, and despite the interesting sexual idea, it never resolves into anything interesting.

 

Queens Rule (Rings#13)

A Rule of Queens
(The Sorcerer’s Ring #13)
by Morgan Rice (2014)

Gwendolyn leads the remains of her nation in exile, as they sail into the hostile harbors of the Empire. Taken in by Sandara’s people, they try to recover in hiding, to build a new home in the shadows of Volusia.

Thor, determined to rescue Guwayne, continues with his Legion brothers on his quest far across the sea, to the massive caves that herald the Land of the Spirits, encountering unthinkable monsters and exotic landscapes.

In the Southern Isles, Alistair sacrifices herself for Erec and yet an unexpected twist might just save them both.

 

 

 

 

Fire Land (Rings#12)

A Land of Fire
(The Sorcerer’s Ring #12)
by Morgan Rice (2014)

Gwendolyn and her people find themselves surrounded on the Upper Isles, besieged by Romulus dragons and his million man army. All seems lost when salvation comes from an unlikely source.

Gwendolyn is determined to find her baby, lost at sea, and to lead her nation-in-exile to a new home. She travels across foreign and exotic seas, encountering unthinkable dangers, rebellion and starvation, as they sail for dream of a safe harbor.


Things slow down in this episode. New characters are introduced, more principal characters due and the narrative arc of the previous books seems to be broken.

What happens next seems to be up in the air…

Steel Reigns (Rings#11)

A Reign of Steel
(The Sorcerer’s Ring #11)
by Morgan Rice (2014)

Gwendolyn must protect her people as she finds King’s Court under siege. She strives to evacuate them from the Ring—but there is one problem: her people refuse to leave. As a power struggle ensues, Gwen finds her queenship under challenge for the first time—while the greatest threat to the Ring looms.


Once again the threats pile on, the story again charts a downward spiral as major characters are eliminated and all hope seems lost.

But wait, is there a biblical metaphor at the end to save everything ??

 

 

Sea Shields (Rings#10)

A Sea of Shields
(The Sorcerer’s Ring #10)
by Morgan Rice (2013)

 

Gwendolyn gives birth to her and Thorgrin’s child, amidst powerful omens. With a son born to them, Gwendolyn and Thorgrin’s lives are changed forever, as is the destiny of the Ring.

Thor has no choice to but to embark to find his mother, to leave his wife and child and venture away from his homeland on a perilous quest that will have the very future of the Ring at stake.


Things get interesting and better in the second half of the series.
Where before there was an easy distinction between good and evil, now the lines are blurred. Characters are doing things that will have unforseen repercussions.

And in a surprise move, a major character is killed. What will happens next remains unclear as an easy villain has gone and the two main clans of the story are pitted against each other.

 

Sky Spells (Rings#9)

A Sky of Spells
(The Sorcerer’s Ring #9)
by Morgan Rice (2013)

 

With the Destiny Sword destroyed, and the fate of the Ring in the balance, Argon and Alistair will need to summon their magical powers to help Gwendolyn’s brave warriors. Yet even with their help, all could be lost if it were not for the return of Mycoples, and her new companion, Ralibar.


Now over half way through the series, and a lot of plot threads come to a conclusion. For the first time, the pace eases off and it seems that all is right for the heroes. But trouble is brewing at the Mill, and other places.

It looks like trouble is on its way.

 

Arms Grant (Rings#8)

A Grant of Arms
(The Sorcerer’s Ring #8)
by Morgan Rice (2013)

Thor is caught between titanic forces of good and evil, as Andronicus and Rafi use all of their dark sorcery to attempt to crush Thor s identity and take control of his very soul.

Guess what.. all his friends will come to his rescue !