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ARC Review: Dogma of the Five Kingdoms (Book 2 of A Five Kingdoms of Cordizal Series)

Dogma of the Five Kingdoms by Charles K. Jordan In Dogma of the Five Kingdoms , Book 2 of his Five Kingdoms of Cordizal series, Charles K. Jordan again plunges us straightaway into the events unfolding on the continent of Cordizal. Though the war between the Five Kingdoms and the undead Scourge continues, the focus in Book 2 is on the unfolding scheme of the mysterious figure Ta'Lin and his followers. As the book unfolds we see Ta'Lin working to resurrect powerful magik from the past. His scheme threatens to bring an end to the Five Kingdoms themselves, and may lead to a fate worse than death for their citizens. Book 2 picks up right where Book 1 left off. (My review of the first book is here .) While there is the occasional bit of backstory provided, most of the action proceeds apace. The Kingdoms of the Grang, the Nawahl, the Ramons, Arzans and Xandrans, and the ongoing war, are taken as a given. Some of the happenings in Book 1 are alluded to, but not delved into or repeate

Review: A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future

A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future
by David Attenborough

In A Life on Our Planet David Attenborough takes us through the changes that have occurred to the natural environment in the 94 years he's spent on this world.

He starts the "Witness Statement" part of the book when he was 11 years old and exploring nature around his home in Leicester, England. At that time the number of humans on the planet was 2.3 billion, and 66% of the planet was considered wilderness.

Today there are 7.9 billion people on the planet and it's estimated that only 23% of the earth's landmass can still be considered wild. As someone who has dedicated a large part of his 94 years to helping humans understand the natural world, Attenborough has been a direct witness to many of the changes behind those numbers. He lays out many of those changes as he takes us through his own story. Most have not been good for the planet.

While this book is pretty stark about the seriousness of the issues we as humans have created, and the potential for climate disaster that faces us, Attenborough himself remains hopeful. In the second part of the book he lays out his "Vision for the Future", which includes some steps that are already underway. There is a lot of ground covered in this section, with a lot to think about, and a lot of concepts and buzzwords to understand - there is a helpful glossary at the end. Yet it's written in a straightforward and easily digestible way. And of course, if you listen to the audiobook, it's conveyed in Attenborough's famously soothing voice.

After reading this book I can see why it was Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Best Science & Technology Book of the Year. I rate A Life On Our Planet 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - I really liked this book and was glad I read it. I learned a lot from it. I recommend it.

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