Eye of the Labyrinth – Jennifer Fallon

eye-of-the-labyrinthOn the Cover: Since the Age of Shadows ended, the people of Ranadon have lived under the merciless heat of two suns and the tyranny of Antonov, the Lion of Senet. Consumed by his lust for power and his unshakable belief in the capricious, almighty Goddess, Antonov’s rule is absolute. Only one man has the intelligence and will to break that hold… a man who could be King.

Suddenly widowed, Morna Provin, Duchess of Elcast, has lost her only protector. With her son banished for an unspeakable crime, she faces a horrifying fate at the hands of the Lion of Senet as retribution for her relationship with the heretic Johan Thorn. But it is only part of a cunning scheme to lure her son, Dirk Provin, back into the fold so Antonov can consolidate his power once and for all.

With his mother’s life at stake, Dirk Provin must emerge from hiding in the Baenlands and return to Elcast – setting in motion a rebellion that will expose long-buried secrets and ignite festering hatreds. For a ruler’s fears and a madman’s prophecy will start Dirk on a quest for truth that will spark a fierce battle between two very different men: one who believes only what his five senses tell him, the other obsessed by his faith in the divine. It is a clash that will bring to light a revelation that may shatter them all.

Published: 2004

Other Books in this Series:

Lion of Senet



The Review:

I totally appreciate Jennifer Fallon’s writing. The depth and vibrancy of the world she has created made it incredibly easy to step into this book despite how long it has been since I read the last one. This novel only serves to expand on what she presented within the first book, and with a wide array of characters, a rich landscape and deeply intriguing religious and political systems, Eye of the Labyrinth delivers on all levels.

The further I read in this book the more excited I got. Dirk Proven reaches the Labyrinth and between him and the Eye lays a path riddled with traps and puzzles. I absolutely loved the archeological feel of the adventure and the mystery of the puzzles, yet the solid foundation of religion and politics lent serious implications to the discoveries made in the Labyrinth.


While I was disappointed that Dirk’s short time at the Labyrinth – I could have read an entire book that took place there – I was really impressed with this story. The novel does a great job of both expanding on the character story lines from the first novel while also paving the way into the final book. The book really builds up the plot and raises expectations for the conclusion in the third novel. I am looking forward to reading this next novel, and cannot wait for it to come in to the library so I can get my hands on it! Definitely check this one out if you are a fan of fantasy stories rich in political motivations and history told through puzzles.

Rating: 4 / 5



My Summer Reads!

Even with my crazy busy summer I still managed to squeeze in some reading time. I read some really great books and discovered a whole new series that I fell in love with. Here are some of my favourites from the past couple of months!

Vanessa and Her Sister – Priya Parmar

vanessa-and-her-sisterThis was an absolutely beautiful book. The writing and imagery are just wonderful and I enjoyed drinking it in. Parmar did some major research for this one and it felt as though I got a true window into the lives of the Stephen sisters in a style that echoed that of Virginia Woolf herself. Definitely check this one out if you’re a fan of Virginia Woolf or this time period.


Mechanica – Betsy Cornwell

mechanicaI really enjoyed this Cinderella re-telling. Nicolette is smart and I loved the descriptions of the different machines that she made. She loved her work – and that made me love it too. She was very hands on with her work and I loved watching her plan out her creations and how every little piece went together. What I like most about this retelling is that Nicolette is driven to save herself and to make her dreams come true. She may get a little distracted by a good-looking boy, but she still wants to build a future for herself, by herself, and that solid determination is what I love about this story.


The Dresden Files – Jim Butcher

storm-frontThis summer I actually read the first 9 books of this series – which shows you how much I enjoyed them! These books have amazing action, awesome magic fights, and tackle hum-drum fantasy creatures like vampires in utterly refreshing ways. The books are absolutely gripping, but carry a genuinely satisfying amount of character building and big picture plot lines that made these the ideal package for me.

While the books don’t necessarily need to be read in order, it certainly is better for the usual reasons: world building; context; etc. Still, I’m going to highlight two of my favourites from the series:


Summer Knight (The Dresden Files #4)

summer-knightIf you are a fan of faeries, this is the book for you. This story has some serious bad ass, utterly terrifying, gorgeous faeries that are fighting an all out war – and I love them. Additionally, this book is full of some of the most beautiful imagery I have ever read. Butcher’s use of colours was staggering, and I am so in love with the scenery alone in this book.


Dead Beat (The Dresden Files #7)

dead-beatThis book for me was just an utter delight. Not only did this book have some solid bad guys, it had some serious big time magic that was absolutely thrilling to read, and showed me just how effing bad ass Harry Dresden is. Not to mention how many times this book made me laugh, and showed that no matter how ridiculous an idea is, Jim Butcher will do it and make it awesome.


To check out what other books I read this summer, visit my Goodreads page! What about you? Did you fall in love with any great books this summer? Leave them in the comments!

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