Series Review: Saga Vol 1-8

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

For quite some time now I have been seeing Saga in book stores and was intrigued by the covers, yet for some reason I never even bothers to really look at them. Then more recently, I have been seeing Saga showing up on a lot of blogs and seeing rave reviews about it. Now normally, when I see so many positive reviews on the same book, I tend to ignore that book from then on, because history has taught me that the more positive reviews that surrounds a book the less likely I will enjoy it. But, I also really wanted to check it out. So, I made the snap decision to dive into this series. I was sure enough that I would like it, that I went ahead and bought all of the current volumes, seven in total, and that was one of the best decisions I made.

This series is so damn good. I meant to read just one of the books at first, but the next thing you know I had read all seven volumes and was dying for more. The characters, the world building, the story line, everything in it is just so phenomenal. I will admit, that some of the things within the volumes are very strange, and yet they work so perfectly with the book. The artwork in this series is downright gorgeous, and it really helps to truly tell all of the story.

I felt so many things reading these books. I felt the joy, sadness, fear, anger and every other emotion of the characters. I cheered them on, I mourned with them.

One of the really neat things is how Hazel, the child of the story, is essentially narrating her own story along with the main story. It’s such a neat way to tell things, and adds an extra layer to everything.

I have to say that I found Volume 8 to not be as strong as the previous volumes. It was still really good, but felt more like a side story that the main story arc I had come to know and love.

I can’t really go into too much more detail, because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn’t read this series yet. But I will say that I’m glad that I finally read this one, and in a way, I’m glad that I waited so long, because I was able to get through seven volumes in one go.  I have a feeling I will be rereading this series countless times because it is so darn good. If you have been thinking about reading this series, I would highly suggest that you go do so. Really looking forward to continuing with this series as each new volume is released.

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Book Review: Warcraft Legends Volume 4

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Once again, this volume holds four different stories, so I will break it down based upon each story.

First up was Fate, a continuation of the Trag story that started back in the first volume. I want to like this story, because it is the only one that has been in each volume of this series, but I still have issues with the font used. I should not have to hold a book an inch away from my face and squint in order to figure out what the words say. This alone makes this my least favorite story in this volume, and the previous ones. Ignoring that, it’s a pretty decent story, and this section of it was fairly interesting.

Next was Bloodsail Buccaneer. This was my second favorite story in this book. There are a lot of great characters, action and the story itself is one that grabs you and doesn’t let you go. I thought that the main characters grew a lot over the course of this story, as they were really pushed to their limits and had to learn how to survive in order to return home. I would not mind getting to revisit these characters in a future volume to see what is happening in their lives.

The third story was Blood Runs Thicker. This was a story set around the Darkmoon Faire. I’ve never really paid much attention to the Darkmoon Faire when it’s active in game, but this story definitely gave me a new appreciation for it and the characters found within. Let’s face it, as game players, we know next to nothing about these characters, but I think this story really helped to shed a bit of light on them. Plus it gave a nice dark side to the Darkmoon Faire. This one is lied with the previous story as my second favorite.

Lastly, there was A Warrior Made – Part 1. This was by far my favorite story of them all. Anyone who has played Warcraft, or even just read the books, knows the story of Thrall, but so little is known about his parents, and especially his mother Draka. This story focuses on her and her struggles to find her place in the world. I really enjoyed this one, as it goes from her birth until she is an adult, and though the story is not complete (it will finish in the next volume) I really felt like I was finally getting to see what made Draka the orc she is and can see a bit of her in Thrall as well. I really look forward to seeing how the rest of her story unfolds – though obviously I know how it ultimately ends.

Overall, this was a really good book. I think this one was my favorite of the series so far and I cannot wait to reach the next and final volume. Highly recommend to anyone who has an interest in Warcraft and wants to see some stories that don’t necessarily follow the main story of Warcraft.

Book Review: Ghosts

My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

This is one of those books that I saw on quite a few blogs a while back, and I’ll admit, I was intrigued by it. My son also showed interest in this book, so we decided to get it in order to read it.

I didn’t really know what to expect with this one. I decided to go in as blind as possible, knowing only that it involved sisters and ghosts. I have to say, this was the first book that I have read that had a character with cystic fibrosis. I know very little about the disease, besides what the book told me, so it was kind of refreshing to get to see a character affected by it. I do feel that not enough books have characters who are affected by diseases and disabilities. This is also the first book that I have read that had the Day of The Dead as a part of the story. So those two aspects along made me enjoy it.

The sisters relationship reminded me a lot of the one I had with my sister. We fought at times, got along at others and were even inconvenienced by each others presence from time to time. All in all, it was a great representation of how siblings act around one another.

The art in this book was also very enjoyable. And the overall flow of the story was pretty good, a little slow at times, but not too bad.

One thing that I didn’t understand, and it wasn’t explained in the book, was why the ghosts were offered orange soda. I get that it is some sort of offering, but it seemed to be a key component to the Day of The Dead celebration, but there was no explanation as to why it was that particular item and not something else offered to the ghosts. Honestly, for someone who knows next to nothing about Day of the Dead, I was left wanting to know more about it and I do feel like there should have been a bit more information put in the book about it and cystic fibrosis as a whole. I understand you can only put so much in a book, especially one meant for middle grade kids, but I feel like it left me with more questions than it answered.

My son also read this one, and while he liked, he said he didn’t really understand the story completely.

Overall, this was a good book. I’d recommend it to other to read and I’m sure there are many people out there who would enjoy this one.

Book Review: Warcraft Bonds of Brotherhood

My rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars

Oh boy, what can I say about this one?

I had been excited to read this book, because I loved the Orc prequel novel, Durotan, and figured that this one would be good as well. But, I was wrong.

The art is this book was really the only good thing. Though I will admit that I wish the main characters, Llane, Lothar and Medivh, had a bit more distinguishing features, because honestly they often looked too similar on most pages. Otherwise, the art was enjoyable.

The story however, was both terrible and lacking.

I want to say that this might have been more enjoyable had it been written as an actual novel, instead of a graphic novel, but I’m not sure adding length and those written details would have been enough to salvage it. I’m still gad I read it, but this is one that will now forever sit on my shelf collecting dust – I would get rid of it, but when it comes to Warcraft books, I keep them all, whether I liked them or not.

Book Review: Warcraft Legends Volume 3

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Much like the first two volumes, this one has four stories within.

One of those stories is a continuation of Trag Highmountain, which started in the first volume. I will admit, I haven’t been much of a fan of Trag’s story. I think my biggest problem is that the font used for this story is so awkward that it makes reading it next to impossible. It’s hard to really get into a story when it’s difficult to read what is being said. Sometimes, with graphic novels, you can figure out a good chunk of what is going on based upon the images, but that little bit of dialogue and descriptive text is also very important to the story. If I have to hold the book an inch from my face and squint in order to read the text, then it’s hard to get into, let along enjoy, the story.

The second story, Crusader’s Blood, was pretty enjoyable. I’m a big fan of the Undead race in the game, so any story that involves them tends to grab my attention. Throw in some Blood Elves and it’s even better. This story has quite a good arc to it, bringing things full circle and had very good art to go along with it.

The third story was I Got What Yule Need. Let’s just pretend this one didn’t happen. Goblins are just wrong. Moving on.

The final story, The Thrill Of The Hunt, was my probably my favorite, along with the second story. This is the story of Hemet Nesingwary. Anyone who has played World of Warcraft knows who this character is and the annoyance of his quests. However, this story goes beyond his love of the hunt and shows a different side of Nesingwary. Honestly, I never thought I would want to know more about Nesingwary until I started this story, and now I wish there was more.

Overall, this was an enjoyable book. Some stories I liked more than others, but that is to be expected when several authors and artists are involved. It was a quick read and definitely something many World of Warcraft fans are bound to enjoy. I will be continuing on with this series to see what other stories happen in future volumes.

Book Review: Nimona

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Nimona is one of those books that I knew nothing about, but kept seeing it on so many blogs. It seemed like everyone loved this book and couldn’t stop recommending it. I’m normally leery of books that get too many recommendations, but I was also curious. So after months and months of debating on whether or not I should read this one, I decided to give it a chance.

I feel like I missed something. I liked the book, I really did. I just didn’t feel that love that everyone else seemed to feel when reading this book.

It was a quick read, and the characters were enjoyable enough. The story was…I don’t know, maybe this is where I only liked it and didn’t love it. This is really one of those ones that I can’t explain myself. Perhaps someone who did read this and love it can help me out here. Why did you love the book?

I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who haven’t read this book yet and will enjoyed it. Others may be like me and simply like it. I’m not sure if I would recommend it or not, but hey if you want to read it, do so, since you will never know if you will like, love or hate a book until you give it a try.

Book Review: Warcraft: Legends Volume 2

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

If it’s set in the Warcraft/World of Warcraft world, I will read it. A while back I read Volume 1 of the Legends series and enjoyed it enough. So I was eager to read the next one.

Much like the first volume, this one contains four different stories, one of which is a continuation, while the others are one-shot stories. I enjoyed each story in it’s own way, but for some reason, the story involving Trag Highmountain, the continuation story, just didn’t interest me as much as the others. The art for this story was certainly superior to that of the other three stories, yetthe story itself felt a bit flat. I would almost have rather had a different story or the others being longer than this continuation.

One issue I did have, was that there was bit of dialogue that was missing. This was an issue with the first volume as well. I know it was missing because the dialogue bubbles were large and half empty. Artists don’t make dialogue bubbles any larger than needed, so I’m guessing this was a printing issues, but it was annoying. Yes, I could pretty much figure out what that character was saying, but I still felt it took away from the stories as a whole to have missing pieces.

Overall, this was an okay read. I would recommend it to fans of Warcraft and World of Warcraft, and even those who may be new to the series. I will be continuing on with this series at some point and look forward to seeing what new stories I will find within the future volumes.