The Last Legionnaire – Paul Fraser Collard

The Last Legionnaire - Jack Lark Series #5 - Paul Fraser Collard
Title – The Lone Warrior

Series – Jack Lark #5

Author – Paul Fraser Collard

Genre – Historical Fiction

Length – 416 pages

Published – 1 December 2016

My Rating – ★★★★

 

 

 

 


We return to the Jack Lark series and its 5th book – the last Legionnaire by Paul Fraser Collard. If you read my review of the last book, you’ll know that I had rather mixed feelings about it. Why is Jack staying in India after getting his identity back? What came over him, to escort a woman he does not know all the way to Delhi? Why be part of its siege in order to rescue that woman after she is caught in the city’s revolt? I had a hard time understanding Jack and I was curious to see what he would be up to next – so, without any further ado, here is how Jack’s story continues.

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The Lone Warrior – Paul Fraser Collard

The Lone Warrior, Jack Lark #4, Paul Fraser Collard
Title – The Lone Warrior

Series – Jack Lark #4

Author – Paul Fraser Collard

Genre – Historical Fiction

Length – 384 pages

Published – 14 July 2016

My Rating – ★★★★

 

 

 

 


With “The Lone Warrior” we reached the fourth book of the Jack Lark series written by Paul Fraser Collard. You can read about the other books here (The Scarlet Thief ,The Maharajah’s General &The Devil’s Assassin).

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The Devil’s Assassin – Paul Fraser Collard

The Devil's Assassin by Paul Fraser Collard, book cover, Jack Lark #3
Title – The Devil’s Assassin

Series – Jack Lark #3

Author – Paul Fraser Collard

Genre – Historical Fiction

Length – 384 pages

Published – 29 January 2015

My Rating – ★★★★★

 

 

 

 


We return to the Jack Lark series with its third book – The Devil’s Assassin. I was really impressed by the first two books (see The Scarlet Thief & The Maharajah’s General). However, I feel that this one is the best yet.

After impersonating two British officers in the previous books, Jack Lark’s third charade is discovered quickly (first chapter) by the British intelligence officer Ballard. Instead of exposing Jack as a criminal and thus a sure death, Ballard presses Jack into his service – as a spy hunter. The British are attacking Persia, whose Shah encouraged by the Russians, is threatening their territory in India. Jack’s task proves extremely vital as the Persians seem to know about every move of the British, thus preventing an early victory. The responsibility weighs heavy on Jack who for the first time must focus on more than the normal duties of a British officer. Ballard is aware of Jack’s talents though and offers official papers giving Jack his own name back in return for his services. Jack leaves no stone unturned for the opportunity to return to his life and save the British campaign from sure disaster.

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Throne of Jade – Naomi Novik

Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik's Temeraire #2
Title – Throne of Jade

Series – Temeraire #2

Author – Naomi Novik

Genre – Fantasy

Length – 400 pages

Published – 6 August 2007

My Rating – ★★★★

 

 

 

 

 


It has been a while since I wrote about the debut novel of the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik (for the first book click here), so it is time for the sequel. As you might recall I have been reading most of the series in the German translation – done by Marianne Schmidt. I really like the differences in the cover of the English and German version and admittedly fancy the German one much more. Especially, how cover and title stick to the same theme throughout the series. The first book was extremely fascinating, creating a world in which dragons and humans live side by side although not as equals in the British society during the Napoleonian Era.

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The Maharajah’s General – Paul Fraser Collard

Book cover of Paul Fraser Collard's
Title – The Maharajah’s General

Series – Jack Lark #2

Author – Paul Fraser Collard

Genre – Historical Fiction

Length – 336 pages

Published – 27 March 2014

My Rating – ★★★★

 

 

 

 


As I have mentioned in my review of Collard’s debut novel “The Scarlet Thief”, I started reading the Jack Lark series because I received the latest and 6th book from Netgalley. I am reading the whole series at the moment and I am quite excited to share my views on the books with you.

When I started the sequel, there was a little “about the book” page in the beginning. I read it just before starting the first chapter (just because you start reading in the beginning, don’t you?). After reading it, I felt this surely gave most of it away, and especially reading the first half of the book, I always knew what to expect from that early section, which was quite irritating I can assure you. So apart from the advice not ever to read the “about the book” section before reading the book, let’s get to the story.

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The Emoji Book Tag Challenge

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I have never done any challenges like this before – but better late than never. I have been tagged by A Very Fantasy Corner of Books and even though it was ages ago, I thought I should finally get it done. So, the idea is that you choose 5 emojis that you either like or use frequently, and match them with books. Actually, I struggled for quite a while with this relatively straightforward task, but check it out and see what you think. I found the image on Mariana’s blog and it was just perfect here 🙂

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Eldest – Christopher Paolini

Eldest
Title – Eldest

Series – The Inheritance Cycle #2

Author – Christopher Paolini

Genre – Fantasy

Length – 704 pages

Published – 7 September 2006

My Rating – ★★★★

 

 

 

 


After my excitement about Paolini’s first book, I could not wait to get my hands on the sequel – Eldest. I mentioned in my previous post that I was sharing the book with a friend. However, I simply had to read the book first and consumed it in a matter of days! There were so many open questions for me by the end of “Eragon”:

What happened to Roran and Eragon’s home village after he left? What about Eragon’s training? If Brom (read more about him here) could survive as a dragon rider, did others too?

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