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Posted: August 19, 2013 in Book Reviews


Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston. Book 2 of the first Formic war.

This is the second book of the first Formic war and picks up where the first book, Earth Unaware leaves off, also written by Aaron Johnston

A brief summary of the first book without giving away 2 much info, just so you are up to speed for those who have not read it. In earth unaware a family of free miners on a ship called El Cavador is mining asteroids out in the kupier belt on the fringes and outer reaches of the solar system, detects some strange readings of an object heading towards earth at near light speed.  After they determine this is a ship of alien origin they join forces with there rival, Lem jukes of jukes limited who is in the kupier belt testing a new mining technology. This ship is quickly headed to earth and while Victor Delgado of the El Cavador races to earth to send the warning, Lem jukes and his crew team up with the free miners in an effort to stop this ship from reaching earth and what appears to be hostile intent is discovered.

Earth afire picks up with Victor finding himself in trouble after entering luna in a unauthorized vehicle with no id as he is space born, meets up with imala who learns what he came to earth to show and believes him, they begin an up hill battle to convince people to believe him.

Lem, who is struggling to deal with his father who he believes is only interested in his own bottom line, begins to find a way to take over juke limited and save humanity from the aliens by partnering with Imala and victor after a battle against the alien ship in which over 60 human ships were destroyed and several outposts as well

Back on earth the M.O.P (mobile operations police) and Mazer Rackham along with the boy Bingwen try desperately to stop the aliens who are destroying china, killing millions and destroying all life on earth as we know it. while Victor and Imala hatch a plan of there own to take out the mother ship in orbit, Mazer takes advantage of new technology developed my the Chinese to launch an attack against the Formic landers in china.

One of the things I noticed with this book, is that it is a very different writing style than I have come to expect from Orson Scott Card, which im sure is due to the co-writing with Aaron Johnston. With many of Cards writing he will use the story to tell you about the characters, while in this trilogy, it is the characters that tell you about the story. This is not a bad thing but simply a different style

Some questions this books asks is will An Aliens use radio communications? We have groups like S.E.T.I who scan the skies to listen for E.T’s radio but what if they don’t use radio? how will we know they are coming or if they even exist. What if they use a form of communication that does not conform to know communications methods?

At the time of this trilogy there is not uniform global government or supreme military government force that we see in Enders Game. It reminds me of something David Rockefeller once said “all we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the new world order”.  Alien invasions I would expect would be a crisis of such magnitude

I found this book to be a rather enjoyable read and it leaves me begging for more and eagerly anticipating the next volume. Fast paced and full of action, suspense and excitement. Good character development and overall a great read!!

I give this book at 8/10 book worms. Great read but make sure you read Earth Unaware first before this book


Blood fire quest written by Terry brooks, is the second book in the dark legacy of Shannara. The first one being Wards of Faerie

to bring yo up to speed on this trilogy of books i will briefly let you know the basis of the first books. This trilogy starts 100 years after the High Durid of Shannara trilogy which has the books Jarka Russ, Tanequil, and Straken. People have grown ever increasingly distrustful of magic and its wielders, ever since the Third Council of Druids. The potential to once again find the lost Elfstones of Faerie could change that for the better, assuming that the Ard Rhys survives the attempt.

Khyber Ellesidell along with one of the ohmsford twins and there companions find themselves trapped in the forbidding, The Ellcrys tree, which is a magical tree is dying, and is the only thing keeping the demons and all there kind locked away in the forbidding. Arlingfant has been selected as the trees successor and must carry its seed to the bloodfire and immerse it, and thus start the change into a reborn Ellcrys with Arlingfant as the new Ellcrys tree. she sets out with  Aphenglow and Cymrian  on a perilouse journey to find the bloodfire.

Khyber Ellesdill and her companions are trapped in the forbidding and being held captive and tortured by the straken lord, while those left in there company are trying desperately to rescue them. The Straken lord is holding them captive in a desperate attempt to bring Khyber’s predecessor the Grianne Ohmsford back to him to become his mate as he sees her as powerful and thus wants to bring a heir of great power to his throne.

Railing, Reddens brother (redden is trapped in the forbidding) in a desperate attempt to get his brother back has embarks on a journey with a few companions in search of Grianne Ohmsford who he believes is still alive and can help save his brother

As usual Terry Brooks does not disappoint. This book is a page turner that leaves you hungry for more. I hated having to put it down. Great character development and action packed this book leaves your craving more. It makes for a good sequel to its predecessor the Wards of Faerie. I highly anticipate reading the next volume in this trilogy Witch Wraith. I would defiantly recommend reading this trilogy along with all the other Shannara books as well.

The writing style is easy to follow while leaving enough complications and plot twists and turns to leave you begging for more. A thoroughly enjoyable read that keeps your eagerly anticipating the next chapter

I give this book 8.5/10 book worms