Skip to main content


Before… Aelwyd has worked hard to become strong. As the Fairest One of Vallenthar, her power is formidable. Years of battle honed her into a fearsome warrior who never falters. However, there are shadows that when they come, they can swallow you whole.
Now... Dalbran knows nothing of friends, joy, or mischief. Days are filled with pain and exhaustion, but nighttime used to be his own. Even that is now lost, for something lurks in the shadows of sleep, clawing at him the moment his eyes close.

This book was definitely not what I was expecting, it kept me hanging and left me wanting more. Beautiful language, an intriguing world, realistic characterisation and a plot that just about begs a reader to put the pieces together – The Razvak Hunter really does have it all.

This novel is split into two perspectives, on one side there is Aelwyd and on the other, Dalbran.
The Rose of Vallenthar, a ruby that connected every living being on the earth, will chose only the most beautiful woman in the land, gifting her with the holy power of Altarya’s blood and forging her will into the inescapable resolve of the heavens. This woman, the Fairest One, belonged to the people, shackled to her duty as a public figure, made to be admired by all but no one in particular. When Aelwyd accepted the Rose, she thought she would be free, from her childhood and from the desires of others. But being the Fairest One is just another cage, one that separates her from the man she loves and requires she lay all emotions aside. Meanwhile, the return of the Razvak, a dark being with the power to destroy a soul with a single touch, brings its own problems for Aelwyd and threatens to turn all she ever fought for to dust and ruin. Her battle against the greatest evil to ever exist gives way to another battle. A battle between her love for Rodan and her duty to her people.
Orphaned and taken in by a merciless warrior woman, Harer, Dalbran had accepted his life of pointless training and come to treasure the moments he had alone, the time he could drift off and escape from the agony and fatigue which plagued his waking hours. A mere two years from freedom, two years before he could go explore the world, Dalbran starts having dreams, jarring dreams that leave him fighting for breath and struggling to calm his racing heart. Still he fights on, refusing to show any sign weakness. But, when his dreams become more and more real and the effects more lasting, Dalbran is forced to accept that something is terribly, terribly wrong.

I was beyond excited to start reading this novel but, inevitably, study got in the way and I was forced to put it aside. I have to say, I am so glad that I finally got back to it.  It was such a riveting read that I didn't ever want to let it go. One of the best parts of this book is the characters – their genuine portrayal making them both relatable and humorous. Exceptional individuals with realistic feelings, Grant has created funny, impatient, morally challenged and virtuous characters that wish only for the best for their people.

The leading lady, Aelwyd, is a strong female character and I loved that, despite her control over her emotions and her strength as an individual, it is obvious that she can still feel, that things do affect her. And her relationship with Rodan was utterly adorable. Rodan is that character that is insanely sweet towards those he loves and empathetic to many others but is simultaneously just so sick of everyone that he acts so blunt and pissy - and it is beautiul. A love that needed to be concealed from the world, Aelwyd and Rodan’s relationship is one of the sweetest things I've ever read. Rodan is so supportive of Aelwyd, recognising her strengths and letting her lean on him when everything got too hard and Aelwyd would do anything to make sure Rodan is safe and happy. They are the light of each other’s lives, their love seemed to be so pure and beautiful. 

As for Dalbran, he was a fantastic character; resilient and motivated, his determination to never let anything take over his life or control him made his plight all the more difficult to bear.  His side of the story was confusing (in the best way) and so captivating.  I couldn't stem my curiosity to figure out his story and why events unfolded to turn out in such a way.

The first thing I should probably mention about the plot of this book is that it is confusing at the beginning. I found I had little grasp on the setting or the backstory. That being said, as soon as you get further into the novel you should understand why that was done. What I found most confusing was the two perspectives, I thought it was near impossible to find even the slightest correlation between the characters and their worlds but when you finally understand the link it is the greatest feeling. I absolutely adored the way I was made to piece together information as it came and every new discovery made me feel this (likely irrational) glee that made me dread the moment I had to put the book down.

My only real complaint is that it wasn’t longer. I wanted this book to go on forever and putting it down after only 243 pages was almost painful. I cann't wait to get my hands on the next book!

Rating: 4/5

You can purchase this extraordinary book from Amazon here

Popular posts from this blog


Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

Spoiler Warning!  Could very possibly contain spoilers.  Keep an eye out and if you notice anything you believe I should remove just let me know :)

Oh My GOD!  This review is going to probably be majorly disjointed because I seriously can’t put down how I feel right now.  To fully summarise my experience with this series:

Feyre is freaking awesome, Rhys is life, Amren is still our loveable firedrake, Azriel and Cassian are, well, Azriel and Cassian and Mor is vulnerable in a way we’ve…


Hey all! I thought I'd celebrate my first published review by reviewing one of my favourite books of all time - Stephen King's The Long Walk.

America has become a police state, one hundred boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life.  There is no second prize.
The game is simple - maintain a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Raymond (Ray) Garraty is one of a hundred boys, none older than eighteen, who are walking for the Prize.

Three warnings, and you're out - permanently.
In the near future , 100 boys are chosen annually to walk in a televised competition where the winner is the one not dead at the end of it all.  The rules are simple; walk and don’t stop, don’t drop below 4 miles per hour.  If you mess up, you get a warning, 3 warnings and then you get a ticket - a bullet to the head, throat, wherever they can get it in.  The ultimate battle of mind against body.  The stor…


The path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't.
As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Spoiler Warning! This review contains spoilers relating to earlier books in the series. Read at own peril.

It is not such a hard thing, is it - to die for your friends.

Holly crap, what a ride!!! I want to scream, and cry, and throw myself at a wall endlessly because WHOA! This book had me hanging on from the start and took me down so many twisting roads that I never saw coming, and I am still spinning from everything that occurred in this book.

To summarise; the plot kept me…


The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, second hand description, he leaves prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. 
The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it.

There is just one thing to say about this book; you relate to Holden, the disparaging and contemptuous protagonist, or you don’t.  It is honestly as simple as that.  

Unlike what seems to be a great number of satisfied readers, I found Holden to be an exceptionally judgemental character with little tolerance for others and an immature outlook on life in general.  While some people disregard his troubled and flawed narration on account of its comical cynicism,…


Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .
She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die to see her again. For her friend, a man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king.
Celaena’s journey will hold readers rapt as it builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Spoiler Warning! This review contains spoilers relating to earlier books in the series. 

It made me laugh, it made me cry.  The more I read of this series the more I love it! Expertly written, Queen of Shadows throws so many unexpected curveballs and creates so many adorable moments and I just don’t know how to react. This book was good enough to crush my soul into itty-bitty pieces!

Starting off where Heir of Fire left off, Aelin returns to Rifthold where she hears news that her…