Review, Sci-Fi, Traditionally-Published

Book Review: Every Sky a Grave (The Ascendance Series #1) – Jay Posey

Hello!

Today I am reviewing ‘Every Sky a Grave’ by Jay Posey which I was invited to receive an e-arc for, and was delighted to have a chance to read. Today is publication day for this book, so please do check it and the author out.

*Disclaimer – I received an e-arc via netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Book Summary:

HER WORD IS HER WEAPON.

Mankind has spread out and conquered the galaxy by mastering the fundamental language of the universe. With the right training, the right application of words, truth itself can be rearranged.
Language is literally power.

Peace reigns now. Order reigns.

For if a planet deviates too far from what the authorities plan, an agent is sent out to correct that. To quietly and with great skill, end that world.

One such agent is Elyth – a true believer.

But on a clandestine mission to stop an uprising before it can truly begin, Elyth comes to realise she hasn’t been told the whole truth herself. There’s so much she doesn’t know. How can there be people whose truth is different to that of the authorities?

Elyth’s faith in the powers that be is shaken just when she needs it most. While on her mission, a dark and unknown presence makes itself known at the edges of the galaxy – and it cannot be controlled, for nobody knows its name…

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Fantasy, Historical, Review, Traditionally-Published

Book Review: The Story of Silence – Alex Meyers

Hello!

Today I am reviewing ‘The Story of Silence’ by Alex Meyers, whose cover and premise intrigued me from the start.

*Disclaimer – I received an e-arc via netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Book Summary:

There was once, long ago, a foolish king who decreed that women should not, and would not, inherit. Thus when a girl-child was born to Lord Cador – Merlin-enchanted fighter of dragons and Earl of Cornwall – he secreted her away: to be raised a boy so that the family land and honour would remain intact.

That child’s name was Silence.

Silence must find their own place in a medieval world that is determined to place the many restrictions of gender and class upon them. With dreams of knighthood and a lonely heart to answer, Silence sets out to define themselves.

Soon their silence will be ended.

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Fantasy, IFA Summer Challenge, Mystery, Self-Published

Blog Tour (Book Review) – Shadow of a Dead God (Mennik Thorn#1) – Patrick Samphire

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Hello!

Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘Shadow of a Dead God’ by Patrick Samphire organised by Storytellers on Tour. This book had already been on my radar and my TBR because of SPFBO 6 which is currently running, so I leapt at the chance to participate in this tour. This was a fantastic read, and  I hope that you will check out the book and the author, and enjoy the rest of the tour with the schedule in the banner above or (HERE).

Also please check out the bottom of the post for a giveaway, and a chance to get your hands on a copy of this brilliant book.

*Disclaimer: ‘I was given a copy this book in exchange for an honest review.’*

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Book Summary:

A dead god. A brutal murder. One second-rate mage.

It was only supposed to be one little job – a simple curse-breaking for Mennik Thorn to pay back a favour to his oldest friend. But then it all blew up in his face. Now he’s been framed for a murder he didn’t commit.

So how is a second-rate mage, broke, traumatized, and with a habit of annoying the wrong people, supposed to prove his innocence when everyone believes he’s guilty?

Mennik has no choice if he is going to get out of this: he will have to throw himself into the corrupt world of the city’s high mages, a world he fled years ago. Faced by supernatural beasts, the mage-killing Ash Guard, and a ruthless, unknown adversary, it’s going to take every trick Mennik can summon just to keep him and his friend alive.

But a new, dark power is rising in Agatos, and all that stands in its way is one damaged mage…

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Lists, Rowena Rambles, TBR

July TBR

Hello!
Decided to try and be a little bit more organized about things for July, especially as  I am finally back at work on the 6th (which I am more excited for than I ever thought possible). I’m still working away on the IFA Summer challenge – and there will be more mini reviews up tomorrow – but as I am reading on a whim with regards to that one, which is fun, because I never really know what I am getting in to. So, this tbr is going to be from the tower (aka. bookshelves) of books that I have been meaning to get to for ages now.

At the moment I am currently reading:

  • The Burning God (The Poppy War #3) – R.F.Kuang (netgalley e-arc)
  • The Story of Silence – Alex Meyers (netgalley e-arc)
  • Warbreaker – Brandon Sanderson (audiobook)
  • The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock – Imogen Hermes Gowar (audiobook)
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee – Dee Brown (audiobook)
  • Northern Wrath – Thilde Kold Holdt (netgalley e-arc)
  • The Bone Shard Daughter – Andrea Stewart (netgalley e-arc)
  • To Sleep in a Sea of Stars – Christopher Paolini (netgalley e-arc)
  • The House of Styx – Derek Künsken (netgalley e-arc)
  • Ashes of the Sun – Django Wexler (netgalley e-arc)

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Cover Reveal, Crime

*Cover Reveal*: Not the Deaths Imagined – Anne Pettigrew

Hello!

Today I am absolutely delighted to participate in the Cover Reveal for ‘’Not the Deaths Imagined’ by Anne Pettigrew, which is due to be published by Ringwood Publishing on the 1st August 2020.  I hope that you will support the author by preordering what promises to be a very exciting read!

Book Summary:

In a leafy Glasgow suburb, Dr Beth Semple is busy juggling motherhood and full-time GP work in the 90s NHS. But her life becomes even more problematic when she notices some odd deaths in her neighbourhood. Though Beth believes the stories don’t add up, the authorities remain stubbornly unconvinced.

Soon, Beth’s professional reputation is challenged. There follows a chilling campaign of harassment and she finds her professional reputation – and family – are put at risk.

Is a charming local GP actually a serial killer? Can Beth piece together the jigsaw of perplexing fatalities and perhaps save lives? And as events accelerate towards a dramatic conclusion, will the police intervene in time?

From the author of Not the Life Imagined, this slow-burning tartan noir novel from a Bloody Scotland Crime Spotlight author follows Beth on another quest for justice. Reflecting Pettigrew’s own medical expertise, Not The Deaths Imagined re-affirms the benefits of growing up in a loving family and the need for friends in hard times, while offering insight into the twisted development of a psychopathic mind.

***** ***** *****

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Fantasy, Traditionally-Published

Book Review: We Ride the Storm (The Reborn Empire #1) – Devin Madson

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Today I am reviewing ‘We Ride the Storm’ by Devin Madson, which is up there as one of my favourite reads of the year. I had fallen in love with the cover and premise and first sight, and was over the moon to receive an e-arc from netgalley.

*Disclaimer – I received an e-arc via netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Book Summary:

War built the Kisian Empire. War will tear it down.

Seventeen years after rebels stormed the streets, factions divide Kisia. Only the firm hand of the god-emperor holds the empire together. But when a shocking betrayal destroys a tense alliance with neighboring Chiltae, all that has been won comes crashing down.

In Kisia, Princess Miko Ts’ai is a prisoner in her own castle. She dreams of claiming her empire, but the path to power could rip it, and her family, asunder.

In Chiltae, assassin Cassandra Marius is plagued by the voices of the dead. Desperate, she accepts a contract that promises to reward her with a cure if she helps an empire fall.

And on the border between nations, Captain Rah e’Torin and his warriors are exiles forced to fight in a foreign war or die.

As an empire dies, three warriors will rise. They will have to ride the storm or drown in its blood.

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Fantasy, Traditionally-Published

Book Review: Empire of Gold (The Daevabad Trilogy #3) – S.A. Chakraborty

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Today I am reviewing one of my most anticipated reads for 2020 and the final installment in the Daevabad trilogy – The Empire of Gold. I picked up this series when both City of Brass and Kingdom of Copper had been released, and devoured them in quick succession and I had been counting down the days for book 3 and it didn’t disappoint!

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Book Summary:

Daevabad has fallen.

After a brutal conquest stripped the city of its magic, Nahid leader Banu Manizheh and her resurrected commander, Dara, must try to repair their fraying alliance and stabilize a fractious, warring people.

But the bloodletting and loss of his beloved Nahri have unleashed the worst demons of Dara’s dark past. To vanquish them, he must face some ugly truths about his history and put himself at the mercy of those he once considered enemies.

Having narrowly escaped their murderous families and Daevabad’s deadly politics, Nahri and Ali, now safe in Cairo, face difficult choices of their own. While Nahri finds peace in the old rhythms and familiar comforts of her human home, she is haunted by the knowledge that the loved ones she left behind and the people who considered her a savior are at the mercy of a new tyrant. Ali, too, cannot help but look back, and is determined to return to rescue his city and the family that remains. Seeking support in his mother’s homeland, he discovers that his connection to the marid goes far deeper than expected and threatens not only his relationship with Nahri, but his very faith.

As peace grows more elusive and old players return, Nahri, Ali, and Dara come to understand that in order to remake the world, they may need to fight those they once loved . . . and take a stand for those they once hurt.

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Fantasy, IFA Summer Challenge, Review, Self-Published

IFA Summer Challenge: Mini Reviews 2

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So very belated after a week of being ill, this is a catchup on my reads from week 2 of the IFA Summer challenge. Week 3 – while I was ill, I read a lot but mostly traditional published books so I will be getting back into the indies in the week coming.

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Fantasy, Genres, Paranormal, Review

Blog Tour (Book Review) – Black Magic’s Prey (Siren Song #1) – Kristen McTiernan

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Hello!

Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘Black Magic’s Prey’ by Kristin McTiernan, organised by Damppebbles Blog Tours. I was delighted to participate and help kick off this tour in this tour, and I hope that you will check out both the author and the book.

*Disclaimer: ‘I was given a copy this book in exchange for an honest review.’*

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Book Summary:

Hiding is no longer an option.

Tess has been stalker-free for fifteen years. She’s been living in trailer parks and preparing to run at any minute—all because in ninth grade she turned down the wrong Brujo. He comes from a long line of male witches and even back in high school, his powers were terrifying.

He used those powers to punish Tess. To make her do things. Awful things.

Now she has a new life. She’s got a good job, a decent Airstream trailer, and a best-friend-maybe-girlfriend. She’s careful not to reveal too much about her dark past.

But none of that matters. No matter where Tess goes, he will always find her. Unless she’s willing to trust a man who may be even more twisted than her stalker’s curse.

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