Book Review: The Forever Sea (The Forever Sea #1) – Joshua Phillip Johnson

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Today I am delighted to be reviewing ‘The Forever Sea’ the debut novel from Joshua Phillip Johnson, a beautiful book that caught me by surprise with just how much I loved it and is out now.

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

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Book Summary:

On the never-ending, miles-high expanse of prairie grasses known as the Forever Sea, Kindred Greyreach, hearthfire keeper and sailor aboard harvesting vessel The Errant, is just beginning to fit in with the crew of her new ship when she receives devastating news. Her grandmother–The Marchess, legendary captain and hearthfire keeper–has stepped from her vessel and disappeared into the sea.

But the note she leaves Kindred suggests this was not an act of suicide. Something waits in the depths, and the Marchess has set out to find it.

To follow in her grandmother’s footsteps, Kindred must embroil herself in conflicts bigger than she could imagine: a water war simmering below the surface of two cultures; the politics of a mythic pirate city floating beyond the edges of safe seas; battles against beasts of the deep, driven to the brink of madness; and the elusive promise of a world below the waves.

Kindred finds that she will sacrifice almost everything–ship, crew, and a life sailing in the sun–to discover the truth of the darkness that waits below the Forever Sea.

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Indie Sunday: Book Review: The Voice of War (Threadlight #1) – Zack Argyle

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A little later than planned, I am delighted to be sharing my review for Voice of War by Zack Argyle, a finalist in SPFBO 6. This is the first book in the Threadlight series, with the second book – Stones of Light due for release in April (and you can check out the Cover Reveal for the second book – Stones of Light: Here).

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Book Summary:

While preparing for the birth of his first child, Chrys Valerian is tasked with uncovering the group responsible for a series of missing threadweavers–those able to see and manipulate threadlight. With each failure, the dark voice in his head grows louder, begging to be released.

A young girl from a secret city in the center of the Fairenwild veers off course to explore the streets of Alchea. She never expected that her journey would end in chains.

Far in the deserts to the south, a young man’s life changes after he dies.

When Chrys learns who is responsible for the missing threadweavers, they come for him and his family. He must do everything in his power to protect those he loves, even if it means trusting strangers or, worse, the dark voice in his mind.

Together, they will change the world–whether they intend to or not.

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Book Review: We Lie With Death (The Reborn Empire #2) – Devin Madson

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Today I am delighted to be reviewing We Lie with Death by Devin Madson, the second book in The Reborn Empire series. I fell in love with the first book – We Ride with Storm (Review Here) and couldn’t wait to pick up this one, and I wasn’t disappointed.

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

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Book Summary:

Into Kisia’s conquered north, a Levanti empire is born.

Loyal to the new emperor, Dishiva e’Jaroven must tread the line between building a new life and clinging to the old. Only Gideon can lead them, but when he allies himself with a man returned from the dead it will challenge all she thinks she knows and everything she wants to believe.

Now empress of nothing, Miko is more determined than ever to fight for her people, yet with her hunt for allies increasingly desperate, she may learn too late that power lies not in names but in people.

Rah refused to bow to the Levanti emperor, but now abandoned by the Second Swords he must choose whether to fight for his people, or his soul. Will honor be his salvation, or lead to his destruction?

Sold to the Witchdoctor, Cassandra’s only chance of freedom is in his hands, but when her fate becomes inextricably linked to Empress Hana, her true nature could condemn them both.

There is no calm after the storm.

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Cover Reveal: The Well of Shadows (The Shadow Watch #4) – S.A. Klopfenstein

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Today I am delighted to be part of the Storytellers on Tour Cover Reveal Blitz for ‘The Well of Shadows’ the fourth and final book in The Shadow Watch series by S.A. Klopfenstein, which is due to be released on the 15th May 2021.

Book Summary:

On the brink of another War Between the Worlds…

The Gallows Girl will determine once and for all…

If magic will save the world or bring it to ruin.

Reeling from the events in the Ruined Empire, Tori must rally her few loyal followers to save her friends and face foes on two fronts. The Darkling Queen has sentenced Mischa to death in a bold attempt to lure Tori into a trap. The Gallows Girl must find a way to outwit the sorceress who hijacked her rebellion and stole her magic, so she can face an even greater threat.

For the chancellor searches the world for the mythical Wellspring, the power of creation itself, in a final scheme to take back his throne. If he finds the heart of magic, it could plunge the world into a darkness beyond all imagining.

Tori must face her demons and harness new magic, if she has any hope of preventing another magical war from ravaging her world.

But there can be no peace without sacrifice.

Don’t miss the thrilling conclusion to the Shadow Watch series.

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Mini Reviews

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For my first mini reviews of 2021, I’m catching up a few stragglers from last year as well as some early reads this year. There is a mixture of non-fiction, historical fiction and fantasy, as well as children’s, YA and Adult in the mix.

Mini reviews will differ slightly from the longer reviews in that they will only receive a rating badge, rather than featuring a quote and highlighted aspect badge, otherwise these posts would end up even longer than they already are.

“Disclaimer – I received an e-arc via netgalley for these in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.”

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Webcomic Wednesday: 10 Comics to Read in 2021

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I’m back with Webcomic Wednesday. I’m relatively new to web comics so I reached out to some of my Sunday D&D group who are much more aware of that scene to get some recommendations, and they had a lot, so today I am going to look at ten webcomics that I’m going to read and feature on these WW throughout the year.

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Book Review: Oh, That Shotgun Sky (Songs of Sefate, #1.5) – Sarah Chorn

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Today I am over the moon to be bringing you a review of ‘Oh, That Shotgun Sky’ by Sarah Chorn, a novella in her Song of Sefate series which began last year with ‘Of Honey and Wildfires’ (which I reviewed HERE). Oh, That Shotgun sky is a bridging novella set in the immediate aftermath of the events at the end Of Honey and Wildfires, and laying some groundwork for Glass Rhapsody which is due out later this year. Glass Rhapsody (Songs of Sefate #2) was already on my list of most anticipated sequels for 2021 and this novella was an unexpected, and most welcome surprise.

Ever since I read Seraphina’s Lament, Sarah Chorn’s debut, she has has rocketed straight to the top of my favourite and must-buy authors, and Of Honey and Wildfires cemented that when it came out. So my year was made when I learned there was going to be more books this year, and I leapt at the chance to read an arc of Oh, That Shotgun Sky (in fact I was about ready to sell my soul for the chance), and this novella is certainly a favourite for 2021.

You can find the cover reveal, and read the first chapter for yourself over at Fantasy Book Critic. And for more news about Songs of Sefate, and Sarah’s writing in general check out her latest post across at Bookworm Blues. (My most anticipated list might have changed just a little…)

Oh, That Shotgun Sky also features beautiful character sketches by Sen Qin, and it was lovely to the characters being brought to life, and I hope that you will take the time the time to check out the artist’s work (HERE).

***** *****

Disclaimer – I received an e-arc in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and heartbreak are my own.’

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Book Summary:

Days after the Boundary falls, six strangers converge in a one-horse town, all of them on the run. Some from the past, some avoiding the future.

When men from Shine Company arrive to reclaim their own, these desperate travelers have to decide if they stand with the law, or against it.

Men pull the trigger and blood spills.

Fate pulls the strings and everybody dances.

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Blog Tour (Book Review): Kept From Cages – Phil Williams

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘Kept From Cages’ by Phil Williams organised by Storytellers on Tour, which is the first in the Ikiri duology. 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 below or (HERE). A massive thank you as well to Phil Williams for the physical copy of his fantastic book.

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Book Review: Doors of Sleep – Tim Pratt

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For my second post today, I am delighted to be reviewing Doors of Sleep by Tim Pratt which was released this week by Angry Robot. My first (that I can remember) foray into portal fiction, and I had a lot of fun with this book.

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

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Book Summary:

What would you do if you woke up and found yourself in a parallel universe under an alien sky? This is the question Zax Delatree must answer every time he closes his eyes.

Every time Zax Delatree falls asleep, he travels to a new reality. He has no control over his destination and never knows what he will see when he opens his eyes. Sometimes he wakes up in technological utopias, and other times in the bombed-out ruins of collapsed civilizations. All he has to live by are his wits and the small aides he has picked up along the way – technological advantages from techno-utopias, sedatives to escape dangerous worlds, and stimulants to extend his stay in pleasant ones.

Thankfully, Zax isn’t always alone. He can take people with him, if they’re unconscious in his arms when he falls asleep. But someone unwelcome is on his tail, and they are after something that Zax cannot spare – the blood running through his veins, the power to travel through worlds…

File Under: Science Fiction [ Green Power Sweat Dreams Waking Nightmare Zax of all Trades ]

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Book Review: The Brass Queen – Elizabeth Chatsworth

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For the first post today, I am reviewing The Brass Queen by Elizabeth Chatsworth, which was released on tuesday by Camcat Books.

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

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Book Summary:

In 1897, a fiery British aristocrat and an inept US spy search for a stolen invisibility serum that could spark a global war.

Miss Constance Haltwhistle is the last in a line of blue-blooded rogue inventors. Selling exotic firearms under her alias, the ‘Brass Queen,’ has kept her baronial estate’s coffers full. But when US spy, Trusdale, saves her from assassins, she’s pulled into a search for a scientist with an invisibility serum. As royal foes create an invisible army to start a global war, Constance and Trusdale must learn to trust each other. If they don’t, the world they know will literally disappear before their eyes.

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