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Lise —  October 18, 2017 — 10 Comments

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë


Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.


When The Sleeper Wakes by HG Wells


Graham, an 1890s radical pamphleteer who is eagerly awaiting the twentieth century and all the advances it will bring, is stricken with insomnia. Finally resorting to medication, he instantly falls into a deep sleep that lasts two hundred years. Upon waking in the twenty-second century to a strange and nightmarish place, he slowly discovers he is master of the world, revered by an adoring populace who consider him their leader. Terrified, he escapes from his chamber seeking solace—only to realize that not everyone adores him, some even wish to harm him.


The Messenger by Douglas Niles


Exiled in disgrace to the harsh land called the Icereach, Kerrick, a Silvanesti elf, encounters a group of barbarian villagers that is making a determined stand against the encroachment of the remnants of a powerful ogre empire that is out to seize control of the frozen world.


The Celtic Twilight: Faerie and Folklore by W.B Yeats


Best known for his poetry, William Butler Yeats (1865–1939) was also a dedicated exponent of Irish folklore. Yeats took a particular interest in the tales’ mythic and magical roots. The Celtic Twilight ventures into the eerie and puckish world of fairies, ghosts, and spirits. “This handful of dreams,” as the author referred to it, first appeared in 1893, and its title refers to the pre-dawn hours, when the Druids performed their rituals. It consists of stories recounted to the poet by his friends, neighbors, and acquaintances. Yeats’ faithful transcription of their narratives includes his own visionary experiences, appended to the storytellers’ words as a form of commentary.


The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson


A young man studying medicine in Edinburgh is asked by his professor to be responsible for receiving the cadavers to be dissected by the school’s students. Though he knows many are stolen from graves, he keeps his silence. Then one night he recognizes one of the cadavers as the victim of murder. Instead of turning in the culprit, he allows himself to be drawn deeper into the gruesome intrigue. But justice has the last laugh when the evidence of the man’s crimes – evidence he thought long since dissected and disposed of – mysteriously resurfaces to his everlasting horror.


What are you currently reading?




425608Weasel’s luck is a novel set in the Dragonlance universe, a series licensed by Wizards of the coast, the company that publishes Dungeons & Dragons, Magic the Gathering and so on. It is number three in a collection called “Heroes”. There is another novel about the main character of this one, Galen Pathwarden, called “Galen Beknighted”, but I haven’t read that one yet.

The novel was first published in 1990, so for some it could possibly feel a bit dated, it is a 27 year old book after all, but I still think it a quite good work of fiction.

In the novel we follow the story of the wimpy Galen Pathwarden, commonly called Weasel, who has one brother that hates him, and another who is very spiritual and a bit out of this world. One event sets in motion a chain of events that leads to his older brother nearly killing him, a knight taking him on as a squire and a meeting with creatures who were previously only known to him as legends. Teaming up with a centaur and a knight, he tries to avoid an evil force that wants to use him as its pawn. The novel is both humorous and exciting and I did enjoy reading every page of it. The main character can be a bit annoying at times, but the story as a whole is well written.

Here’s an excerpt from the DND wiki:

The Sign of the Weasel is tunnel on tunnel, enchantment on enchantment. He digs beneath himself, and in digging discovers all roads into nothing. — The Calantina, IX:IX

Weasel’s luck was not always good.
Galen Pathwarden, known unaffectionately as “the Weasel,” would give anything to stay clear of adventure, danger, or heroism.

But that is before young Galen is pitch-forked into the center of a centuries-old curse, one family blood-feud too many, and a knightly tournament unto death.
Together, Galen, the great Solamnic Knight, Sir Bayard Brightblade, and a non-too-bright centaur Agion must overcome the schemes and traps of a sinister illusionist known only as the Scorpion.

I would recommend the book for anyone who is either into the Dragonlance universe, or into Dungeons and Dragons in general, since it is the same kind of fiction as that. Reading about centaurs and satyrs and old curses is always fun to me, so maybe someone with similar interests could get some enjoyment out of it too.

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TheinheritanceThe Inheritance is a novel set in the Dragonlance universe, a series licensed by Wizards of the coast, publishers of Dungeons and Dragons, Magic the Gathering and so on. It is a fantasy novel and it provides plot key points that fans of the fantasy universe could appreciate. To me it was an emotional novel because of the female protagonist and what she is put through, both physically and mentally. If you are sensitive to subjects like sexual abuse, miscarriages and violence, I would not recommend this one. Nothing is too grotesquely described but you are left with a terrible feeling after reading those parts anyways.

I do not condemn the author though, sometimes things just have to be written, sometimes it is just part of the plot.

Plot introduction

The setting is Qualinost, Pax Tharkas, and the borderlands between Qualinost and Thobardin.

Plot summary

The book begins with Elansa Sungold going to the border to heal a group of trees with her Blue Phoenix, a magical artifact passed down since the Age of Dreams to woodshapers in her family. The Blue Phoenix is a symbol of Habbakuk, and the artifact may be a holy artifact of Habbakuk. She is guarded by twenty elves. When they reach further into the forest, they are ambushed by goblins, which were hired by human brigands. Elansa is taken for ransom, and one of the guards who were sent to take care of her by her husband, Prince Kethrenan, is mutilated and sent back to Qualinost, the elve’s homeland, to inform them of the ransom demand, two cartloads full of the best weapons that the elves have. Elansa is taken to one of the bandits secret hideouts, and is guarded by Char, the dwarf. Brand, the leader of the bandits, also takes Elansa’s Blue Phoenix from her. In the hands of a human, it didn’t pulse with magic at all, so humans would think it’s just a pretty shaped gem. Brand kills the son of Gnash, a hobgoblin, who was sent to assist the ambush, making him an enemy of the goblins. They run from the goblins into many different secret hideouts, then hole up in one for the winter.

In the sprain, Brand’s demand for two wagons full of weapons has been acknowledged. Prince Kethrenan, and his cousin, a female warrior, drive the wagons, while other warriors hide in the woods. Their plan is to slaughter the bandits when they come to take the weapons, however, their plans are foiled when goblins, this time enemies of both, appear. Brand and his band get away with Elansa and the two wagons, leaving the elves to “mop up” the goblins. Brand stores the weapons in caches all over the stone lands, so that they won’t be discovered. A goblin “turncoat” decides to help the elves, and with his help the locate all of the weapon caches. The weapons that can’t be recovered due to transportation issues are destroyed. By plotting the caches on a map, the elves discover an arrow pointing to Pax Tharkas, perhaps the last safe house for the brigands, so the elves head to Pax Tharkas. Brand and his band know that they are being hunted, but not by whom, so they decide to go to the abandoned Pax Tharkas as a safe haven.

During this time, Char becomes almost a friend of Elansa’s. Many of the men in the group of bandits want Elansa, so Brand gives her a choice between him and them. He was just doing this to protect her, but she didn’t know that. Elansa chooses Brand. The goblins amass an army and also head to Pax Tharkas, following Brand. Brand and his followers arrive in Pax Tharkas, and a couple of goblins manage to rouse the undead guarding Kith-Kanan. While Elansa is trying to help the Bandits to destroy the undead, one of the bandits tries to rape her, but Char saves her. Elansa uses her Blue Phoenix to destroy the undead, but she faints from the strain afterwards. The elves and goblins fight outside Pax Tharkas, and the elves destroy the goblins. Prince Kethrenan’s cousin is killed. Prince Kethrenan comes in to rescue Elansa, but Elansa wants him to spare Brand. He refuses, kills Brand, and at the same time Leyerlain Starwing kills Kethrenan by throwing a dagger into his neck. At this point, Elansa realizes that she grew to love Brand. Elansa runs away with Char, before the elves come to investigate. She’s pregnant with Brand’s child, and Char convinces her to claim that she was raped to protect herself and the child, even though Brand grew, almost, to be her lover. She returns to Qualinesti. The child is known as Tanis Half-Elven.


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Fantasy Books Haul

Lise —  February 10, 2017 — 6 Comments

Almost by accident, i discovered that a website from a local company here offered mystery packs of books where you get 10 or 20 books for a set price (200 or 300 NOK) and they’re all picked at random. Considering the fact that the lowest price for just ONE is around 60 NOK, getting 10 at random is a pretty good deal! I decided to go for it and I was so excited when my package arrived! I quickly tore it open and found these inside.


Forgotten Realms – The Wizardwar by Elaine Cunningham

The exciting conclusion to the latest Elaine Cunningham trilogy.
“The Wizardwar “completes the Forgotten Realms Counselors & Kings trilogy, which deals with characters and events in the kingdom of Halruaa. The order of counselors described throughout the series is unique to Halruaa and to this trilogy, thus making this set of titles the only place Forgotten Realms fans can find information on these characters and this setting.

The Hedge Of Mist by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison

Kennealy-Morrison’s Keltiad novels weave together Celtic myth, fantasy, and science fiction, and are truly unique in their transformation of legends into something dazzling and new. In the final volume of the Tales of Arthur, the Penbardd of Keltia recounts how women of Arthur’s court seek the great Cup known as the Grail stolen by Arthur’s evil sister Marguella, and how Arthur finds his way to the land where he lingers, even today.

The Stars Compel by Michaela Roessner

Tommaso Arista is the son of two of the most prestigious families of chefs to the household of Cosimo Ruggerio, noble astrologer to the Pope, and a powerful political figure in Florence and Rome. His mother is a Befanini — the hereditary cooks of the de’ Medici family, bound to the Dukes of Florence by centuries of both service and blood, family in all but the name.Catherine de’ Medici is the only legitimate heir to the de’ Medici fortune and titles. She is the Duchessina, but the title, and the incredible wealth, will go to the man who marries her. When her uncle and guardian, Pope Clement, recalls her to Rome to use her and her dowry as a precious pawn in his political maneuverings with the crowns of Europe, Catherine chooses Tommaso as her personal chef and head of her household — he will go with her to serve and protect her, and to be her friend in a dangerous place.

Catherine has plans for her future, plans that do not include being sold as part of the Pope’s treaty with France.


Dungeons & Dragons – The Savage Caves by T.H. Lain

The first book in a series featuring characters from the D&D core rules. Featuring the iconic characters that appeared throughout the latest edition of the D&D game, this new series will attract new players and readers to the various worlds featured in the Wizards of the Coast book publishing line. The already familiar characters and D&D-related content will also make this series very approachable to current players.

Between the mountains of the Merciless Range and the tall boughs of the Hellwood lurks a foul presence. Those who approach it, perish. Those who flee it are slain. These are dark times for the citizens of Fairbye, but there is still hope. Four heroes rise to the challenge, determined to save the small hamlet from the clutches of evil. But will the heroes survive the depths of the savage caves?

Sword Sworn by Jennifer Roberson

Legendary fighters and fugitives from both the North and the South, Tiger and Del continue their quest to uncover the mysteries of Tiger’s origins and discover that he is heir to a powerful magic that could hold the key to his ultimate fate.

Dungeons & Dragons – The Bloody Eye by T.H. Lain

In a new fantasy adventure based on the popular role-playing game, a corrupt cleric searches for the Eye of Gruumsh, a dangerous relic sacred to the evil god of the orcs, while a scullery maid, a paladin, a priest of the god Pelor, and a half-orc barbarian risk everything to stop him. Original.


Fantastic Four War Zone by Greg Cox

They are the Earth’s most revered protectors: Reed Richards, Susan Richards, Ben Grimm, and Johnny Storm — the Fantastic Four. Celebrities around the globe and defenders of mankind, these extraordinary individuals have sworn to confront the perils and challenges facing the modern world and each other, always with unyielding courage, unerring wisdom, and an unshakable familial bond.But their darkest hour may yet be at hand, as humanity’s most frightening threat comes violently from beyond the stars…from the depths of the Negative Zone, a universe in a dimension parallel to our own — one first discovered years ago by Reed Richards himself. And it is this terrifying and deadly menace that will ultimately test the measure and mettle of four heroes sworn to protect the human race at any cost — even their own lives….

Dragonlance – Rebels and Tyrants by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman

Welcome to Krynn, where magic and fantasy are commonplace.
In this collection, Don Perrin offers the story of a family of minotaurs cursed by Sargonnas to repeat their heinous crime of betrayal year after year after year. The god himself enjoys materializing to savor their torment. Until one year, Sargonnas doesn’t show up . . .
Plus tales of rebels, tyrants, and other inhabitants of the wondrous world of Dragonlance by best-selling authors Margaret Weis, Richard A. Knaak, Nancy Varian Berberick, Paul B. Thompson, Chris Pierson, and Linda P. Baker in a new installment of the long-running short story series celebrating its fifteenth anniversary.

Dragonlance – Fistandantilus Reborn by Douglas Niles 

Emilo Haversack is unusually worried for a kender — though he can’t for the life of him remember what his problem is. Still, he’s been wandering across Ansalon for quite some time, trying to remember what’s wrong. All he can recall is the name of a very evil, very dead wizard . . . Fistandantilus.

Joined by a young kendermaid, a human lad, and a devout, if somewhat naive priest, Emilo is drawn into a mysterious quest. As he draws closer to the secret of his past, he and his friends find themselves caught in an increasingly sinister web of intrigue.

And as the conclusion of the adventure approaches, the companions learn that their pourpose is one that could catapult them from Krynn — and forever change the destiny of the world they leave behind.

Dragonlance – Weasel’s Luck by Michael Williams

The Sign of the Weasel is tunnel on tunnel,
enchantment on enchantment.
He digs beneath himself, and in digging
discovers all roads into nothing.
— The Calantina, IX:IX

Weasel’s luck was not always good.

Galen Pathwarden, known unaffectionately as “the Weasel,” would give anything to stay clear of adventure, danger, or heroism.

But that is before young Galen is pitch-forked into the center of a centuries-old curse, one family blood-feud too many, and a knightly tournament unto death.

Together, Galen, the great Solamnic Knight, Sir Bayard Brightblade, and a non-too-bright centaur Agion must overcome the schemes and traps of a sinister illusionist known only as the Scorpion.


I’m really happy with the books i received, most of all because i love Forgotten Realms and Dungeons & Dragons, so receiving books set in those universes is great! I do enjoy fantasy books the most so I’m really looking forward to reading these! Have you purchased anything interesting lately? Or have you read any of these?