The Research TBR

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Something a little different today. It’s been a while since I’ve talked about writing – editing and trying to push for a publication date while dealing with a lot of pain resulted in more than a little burnout and it’s been hard to go back to The Ravyn’s Words without resenting it. I am hoping that as summer comes and my pain levels get back to normal (for me), I will be able to get back into the swing of it.

For now though I’ve been dabbling on my side project and secret passion project, working title ‘Glassheart’ which is a sapphic love story, about witches living in a regency-esque world of matriarchal great families, plant-based magic, and hanahaki. A blend of magic, romance and emotional pain. It’s a lot of fun to play with and very different from The Citadel, but while I am not trying to stick too closely to history, I am doing a fair bit of research for this one, and today I thought it would be fun to share some of my upcoming reads and some of the ones I’ve dabbled in to give you a feel of this story.

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Cover Reveal: The Obsidian Eyes of Klief (The War of the Twelve #4) – Alex Robins

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Today I am delighted to be joining the Escapists Tours Cover Reveal for The Obsidian Eyes of Klief by Alex Robins, which is the fourth book in The War of Twelve series. Please check out the author and book, as well as the other blogs involved in the reveal.

Book Summary:

Every Truth Has Its Cost.

War ravages the troubled lands of the nine Baronies. The once-great cities of Arelium, Kessrin, and Talth are forever scarred by the passage of the greyling tide, their graveyards filled with the corpses of those who fought and died on their blood-stained walls.

Surrounded and exhausted, the fragile alliance of men must wager all on a final, daring plan: to find and destroy the creatures’ leader, an enigmatic entity known as the weaver. One of the Twelve, Makara, may hold the key to the weaver’s location, but he too is missing, lost somewhere in the remote Barony of Klief.

The tattered remains of the human armies have no choice but to follow Makara’s trail north, pursued by a relentless horde of greylings. At their head rides Zygos, his god-like intellect transferred into the body of the traitor Praxis.

The town of Klief beckons, as friend and foe alike are drawn to its dim light. It is here, before its golden gates, that the War of the Twelve will be decided.

It is here that an ancient evil will rise …

And heroes will fall.

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Life in Books Book Tag

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Something a little lighter to kick off the week, especially as I spent yesterday wishing I could evacuate my own body and this was a wonderful distraction. I’d been searching around for a new tag to play with, and discovered this one via Ashlee at Books Are 42 blog. I’m not sure who created the tag, but a shoutout to them because it was a lot of fun.

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Blog Tour (Book Review): The Knave of Secrets – Alex Livingston

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Today I’m joining The Write Reads blog tour for The Knave of Secrets by Alex Livingston, which is out next month from Rebellion Publishing.

Disclaimer – I received a copy in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

Book Summary:

A twisty tale of magicians, con artists and card games, where secrets are traded and gambled like coin, for fans of The Lies of Locke Lamora and The Mask of Mirrors.

Never stake more than you can afford to lose.

When failed magician turned cardsharp Valen Quinol is given the chance to play in the Forbearance Game—the invitation-only tournament where players gamble with secrets—he can’t resist. Or refuse, for that matter, according to the petty gangster sponsoring his seat at the table. Valen beats the man he was sent to play, and wins the most valuable secret ever staked in the history of the tournament.

Now Valen and his motley crew are being hunted by thieves, gangsters, spies and wizards, all with their own reasons for wanting what’s in that envelope. It’s a game of nations where Valen doesn’t know all the rules or who all the players are, and can’t see all the moves. But he does know if the secret falls into the wrong hands, it could plunge the whole world into war…

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Blog Tour (Book Review): Hag of the Hills (The Bronze Sword Cycles Duology) – J.T.T. Ryder

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Today I am delighted to be joining the Escapist Tours blog tour for Hag of the Hills by J.T.T. Ryder, the first book in the Bronze Sword Cycles Duology.

If you want to check out the book for yourself, then it is currently available FREE on amazon from May 2nd – May 6th!

Disclaimer – I received a copy in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

Book Summary:

“Nothing is unconquerable; even our gods can die.”

All his life, Brennus has been destined for warriorhood. However, a farmer’s life doesn’t provide many opportunities for swordplay and glory, despite the Goddess of Winter’s gift of the Sight—the ability to see the sidhe of the Otherworld. But when the Hillmen kill his family and annihilate his clan, he knows the truth—no one can avenge his homeland but himself.

As he prepares to set out against the Hillmen and their Queen, the clan’s chief druid entrusts his daughter, Myrnna, to his protection, to which Brennus swears a solemn oath. As they fight toward the sanctuary of Dun Torrin, he must survive the endless hordes of Hillman and the monstrous sidhe while shielding Myrnna from harm, aided only by the Sight, a band of shifty mercenaries, and an ancient bronze sword.

As Brennus struggles through this new world of blood and magic, the tension between protecting Myrnna and avenging his homeland threatens to tear him apart. Failure means the curse of dishonour. Victory would bring glory to himself and his ancestors. But what if keeping both of his promises proves impossible?

In the words of his father…

“Nothing is unconquerable; even our gods can die.”

Hag of the Hills is the first book in The Bronze Sword Cycles duology, a heroic fantasy set in 200 B.C. on the Isle of Skye, steeped in Celtic mythology and culture.

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Blog Tour (Book Review): The Carnival of Ash – Tom Beckerlegge

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Today I am joining The Write Reads blog tour for The Carnival of Ash by Tom Beckerlegge.

Disclaimer – I received a copy in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

Book Summary:

Cadenza is the City of Words, a city run by poets, its skyline dominated by the steepled towers of its libraries, its heart beating to the stamp and thrum of the printing presses in the Printing Quarter.

Carlo Mazzoni, a young wordsmith arrives at the city gates intent on making his name as the bells ring out with the news of the death of the city’s poet-leader. Instead, he finds himself embroiled with the intrigues of a city in turmoil, the looming prospect of war with their rival Venice ever-present. A war that threatens not only to destroy Cadenza but remove it from history altogether…

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Blog Tour (Book Review): No Gods, Only Monsters (Antiquity Chronicles) – Steve McHugh

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Today I am delighted to be joining the Escapist Tours blog tour for No Gods, Only Monsters by Steve McHugh which out in the world tomorrow!!

Please do check out the rest of the tour stops, and there is also a chance to win a copy of this fantastic book for yourself at the end of the post.

Disclaimer – I received a copy in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

Book Summary:

Diana, the Roman Goddess of the hunt, lives alone on the far edge of the Roman Empire. When an old friend arrives looking for help, Diana finds herself thrust back into her old life, and old problems.

With innocent lives caught in the crossfire, Diana realizes that the only way to ensure the safety of her friends and loved ones is to do what she does best: hunt her enemies down.

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Blog Tour (Book Review): Mapmakers and the Lost Magic – Cameron Chittock and Amanda Castillo

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Today I am joining the TBR & Beyond Blog Tour for Mapmakers and the Lost Magic – Cameron Chittock and Amanda Castillo which was released a couple of days ago.

You can check out the tour schedule and the other blogs involved here.

Disclaimer – I received a copy in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

Book Summary:

A young girl finds herself faced with an impossible choice–run away from her beloved valley, or unleash a hidden magic and become a Mapmaker to save her home from its new overlords.

For centuries, the Mapmakers kept peace in the Valley, but they’ve long since disappeared. Now the Night Coats hold power with an iron grip–there are only rules, punishments, and consequences. Until one night, on the run from the Night Coats (again), after breaking another rule (again), Alidade stumbles upon a secret door leading to a magical hideaway that belongs to the Mapmakers. There, she finds a map of her home and accidentally brings to life Blue, a magical creature called a memri who is meant to protect the Valley. Blue needs Alidade’s help to find the Mapmakers and save the Valley from the Night Coats!

But the Mapmakers are long gone.

Alidade has a choice: leave the Valley like she’s always wanted…or become a Mapmaker and save the only home she’s ever known.

This is the first book in a thrilling series of adventures where Alidade discovers the world around her as she goes on a fantastical journey.

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Blog Tour (Book Spotlight): The World Maker Parable & The World Breaker Requiem (Adjacent Monsters duology) – Luke Tarzian

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Today it is my pleasure to join The Write Reads blog tour for The World Breaker Requiem by Luke Tarzian with a spotlight post for both books in the Adjacent Monsters duology. This is one of my favourite series and I’ve read both books multiple times so far and working on this post has made me want to read them again! It’s a series that deserves so much love and I hope that you will check out the rest of the tour and give the books a shot – below you’ll find info on both books and my previous reviews.

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Blog Tour (Book Review): The Blood Trials (The Blood Gift Duology #1) – N.E. Davenport

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A little late due to work and tech issues, today I am delighted to be part of the Random Things Blog tour for The Blood Trials by N.E. Davenport, the first book in The Blood Gift Duology. This was a fantastic read, and I hope you will check it out along with the rest of the blogs helping out with the tour.

Disclaimer – I received a copy in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

Book Summary:

It’s all about blood.

The blood spilled between the Republic of Mareen and the armies of the Blood Emperor long ago. The blood gifts of Mareen’s deadliest enemies. The blood that runs through the elite War Houses of Mareen, the rulers of the Tribunal dedicated to keeping the republic alive.

The blood of the former Legatus, Verne Amari, murdered.

For his granddaughter, Ikenna, the only thing steady in her life was the man who had saved Mareen. The man who had trained her in secret, not just in martial skills, but in harnessing the blood gift that coursed through her.

Who trained her to keep that a secret.

But now there are too many secrets, and with her grandfather assassinated, Ikenna knows two things: that only someone on the Tribunal could have ordered his death, and that only a Praetorian Guard could have carried out that order.

Bent on revenge as much as discovering the truth, Ikenna pledges herself to the Praetorian Trials–a brutal initiation that only a quarter of the aspirants survive. She subjects herself to the racism directed against her half-Khanaian heritage and the misogyny of a society that cherishes progeny over prodigy, all while hiding a power that–if found out–would subject her to execution…or worse. Ikenna is willing to risk it all because she needs to find out who murdered her grandfather…and then she needs to kill them.

Mareen has been at peace for a long time…

Ikenna joining the Praetorians is about to change all that.

Magic and technology converge in the first part of this stunning debut duology, where loyalty to oneself–and one’s blood–is more important than anything.

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