Blog Tour (Book Review) – The Ancestor – Lee Matthew Goldberg

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘The Ancestor’ by Lee Matthew Goldberg organised by Damppebbles Blog Tours. I hope that you will check out both the author and the book, as well as the rest of the blogs involved in the tour.

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

Book Summary:

A man wakes up in present-day Alaskan wilderness with no idea who he is, nothing on him save an empty journal with the date 1898 and a mirror. He sees another man hunting nearby, astounded that they look exactly alike except for his own beard. After following this other man home, he witnesses a wife and child that brings forth a rush of memories of his own wife and child, except he’s certain they do not exist in modern times—but from his life in the late 1800s.

After recalling his name is Wyatt, he worms his way into his doppelganger Travis Barlow’s life. Memories become unearthed the more time he spends, making him believe that he’d been frozen after coming to Alaska during the Gold Rush and that Travis is his great-great grandson. Wyatt is certain gold still exists in the area and finding it with Travis will ingratiate himself to the family, especially with Travis’s wife Callie, once Wyatt falls in love. This turns into a dangerous obsession affecting the Barlows and everyone in their small town, since Wyatt can’t be tamed until he also discovers the meaning of why he was able to be preserved on ice for over a century.

A meditation on love lost and unfulfilled dreams, The Ancestor is a thrilling page-turner in present day Alaska and a historical adventure about the perilous Gold Rush expeditions where prospectors left behind their lives for the promise of hope and a better future.

The question remains whether it was all worth the sacrifice…

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Blog Tour (Book Review) – A Ritual of Bone (The Dead Sagas #1) – Lee C. Conley

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘A Ritual of Bone’ by Lee C. Conley organised by Storytellers on Tour. 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).

This tour is also to celebrate the release of book two in the Dead Sagas – A Ritual of Flesh which was released on the 10th October 2020, so this is the perfect time to get into this fantastic series.

You can find A Ritual of Flesh here: Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US

Book Summary:

As evil ravages the north and the dead walk, all eyes fall to Arn… The apprentice journeys south, home to the College, unaware of the dark events that transpired in the High Passes after his departure. His leg in ruins, and haunted by watching shadows, the College council in Arn awaits him, but he does not travel south alone.

Arnulf and his warriors must travel to Arn also, with tidings for the king of the risen dead and the terrible curse which has destroyed all that he knew. Arnulf seeks vengeance upon the College, but must choose wisely if he is to save his son.

Meanwhile in the west, Bjorn and his strange Wildman companion report back to High Lord Archeon at Oldstones with grim news of cannibal Stonemen encroaching from the Barrens, but is embroiled in news of war and invasion as Archeon requests his service once more.

In the capital sickness awaits them all, Nym has fled to the city and must now continue her struggle for survival on the plague ridden streets of Arn, keeping all who she cares for safe from the halls of Old Night.

The many threads of this Saga converge on the city of Arn, but amid plague, invasion and terror, a greater darkness is looming. Dark forces are seeking to unleash evil upon Arnar, honour and renown is all, and sword, axe and shield is all that stands between the living and the grasping hands of the dead.

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Books Review: The Stone Knife (The Songs of the Drowned #1) – Anna Stephens

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Today I am delighted to be reviewing ‘The Stone Knife’ by Anna Stephens. This was one of my most anticipated reads for 2020, and I have been looking forward to it ever since it was first announced, because the Godblind Trilogy is one of my all time favourite series and I absolutely adore how Anna Stephens writes. I was over the moon to receive an e-arc from netgalley, as I don’t think I have ever requested a book so fast.

Needless to say, I went into this one with very high expectations – and I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest, and now I am eagerly waiting for November when I will get my hands on the beautiful edition from Goldsboro Books as part of the SFF Fellowship, and you can bet I will be devouring it a few more times before the second book comes along.

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

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Book Summary:

A fantasy epic of freedom and empire, gods and monsters, love, loyalty, honour, and betrayal, from the acclaimed author of GODBLIND.

For generations, the forests of Ixachipan have echoed with the clash of weapons, as nation after nation has fallen to the Empire of Songs – and to the unending, magical music that binds its people together. Now, only two free tribes remain.

The Empire is not their only enemy. Monstrous, scaled predators lurk in rivers and streams, with a deadly music of their own.

As battle looms, fighters on both sides must decide how far they will go for their beliefs and for the ones they love – a veteran general seeks peace through war, a warrior and a shaman set out to understand their enemies, and an ambitious noble tries to bend ancient magic to her will.

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Animanga: Book Reivew – Blue Period Vol. 1 – Tsubasa Yamaguchi

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Continuing with the Animanga Fridays (complete with new banner), today I am reviewing Blue Period Vol.1. In terms of anime, making the Horror Top 10 List last week has seen me rewatching some old favourites, starting with Black Blood Brothers and I have plans to rewatch Highschool of the Dead this weekend, especially as I am currently quarantining and trying to stop myself climbing the wall!

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

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Book Summary:

Winner of the 2020 Manga Taisho Grand Prize! A manga about the struggles and rewards of a life dedicated to art. Popular guy Yatora realizes he’s just going through the motions to make other people happy and finds himself in a new passion: painting. But untethering yourself from all your past expectations is dangerous as well as thrilling…


STILL LIFE

Yatora is the perfect high school student, with good grades and lots of friends. It’s an effortless performance, and, ultimately… a dull one. But he wanders into the art room one day, and a lone painting captures his eye, awakening him to a kind of beauty he never knew. Compelled and consumed, he dives in headfirst–and he’s about to learn how savage and unforgiving art can be…

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Book Review: Map’s Edge (The Tethered Citadel #1) – David Hair

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Today I am delighted to be reviewing ‘Map’s Edge’ by David Hair, the first in a new series which is published today 15th October! There is also a blog blast happening on twitter today, so please check out the other blogs participating as well as other release days reviews and show this wonderful book some love.
Disclaimer – I received an e-arc via netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Book Summary:

Follow a renegade sorcerer off the edge of the map, in a thrilling adventure perfect for fans of Scott Lynch, Brandon Sanderson and Sebastien de Castell . . .

Dashryn Cowl has run out of places to hide. The erstwhile sorcerer of the Imperial College fled the Bolgravian Empire when his high-flying family fell from grace, but the tyrannical empire is still hunting for him.

So when he gets his hands on a map showing a place outside the known lands rich in istariol, the mineral that fuels sorcery, he sees a way back to power. There’s only one problem: it means masquerading as an Imperial Cartomancer (an instant death sentence) and finding some dupes to help him mine the istariol in secret, no questions asked.

But somehow, amid the dangers of the road (floods and avalanches, beasts, barbarians and monsters), a strange thing begins to happen: Dashryn starts to care about his ragtag followers and their strange odyssey into the ruins of an ancient forgotten civilisation.

But his past won’t let him be: the implacable Imperial Bloodhound Toran Zorne has caught his scent, and Zorne has never yet failed to bring his quarry to ground.

At the edge of the map, there’s no going forward and no going back . . .

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Blog Tour (Book Review) – The Speed of Life – James Victor Jordan

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘The Speed of Life’ by James Victor Jordan organised by Blackthorn Book Tours. I hope that you will check out the book and the author.

Book Summary:

What happens when a brutal crime threatens a mother’s love for her son?

An old Florida family and those in their orbit get caught in a torrent of passion, a deadly legal system, and the mythology of the Everglades, which runs as deep as this story does.

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Indie Sunday: ABC of Authors

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I was intending to kick off Indie Sundays with a review, but life has had other plans, so today I am going to share my A-Z list of Indie Authors to check out (I will be doing a traditionally published version at some point too, but today is all about indie).

The list is done alphabetically by Surname, and aside from three books (Authors E, Q, Y, Z) which are marked by **, I have read at least one book by these authors, and those that are marked are ones that I will be reading in the near future. All these books are either self-published or from independent publishers.

I haven’t been able to come up with authors for Q or X so if you have any suggestions for authors whose surnames begin with these letters please shoot them my way so I can complete the ABC.

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Animanga: Top 10 Horror Anime

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So, as promised here is my first Animanga Friday post, and in the spirit of Halloween I’ve decided to go with a spooky top 10 with my ten favourite Horror Anime. Now this list is just personal opinion and at least one of them is very much a guilty pleasure, and there are so many good (and bad) horror anime out there, that I encourage you always to explore the genre!

An honourable mention, because I’ve based this top 10 on series, is Kakurenbo which is a film that I have watched around Halloween every year since I first saw it at Anime Society back in 2009.

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Synopsis:

Among the high rises of steel pipes, meshed power lines, and faded neon lights, exists a game that children dare to play within the ruins of the old city.

“Otokoyo,” a secret game of hide-and-seek, one where all who play wear fox masks and only begins when seven have gathered. But it is no normal game, as all who have played it have gone missing. Many whisper it is the work of demons, but that is just a rumor… or is it?

Kakurenbo follows the story of seven children as they play Otokoyo for the first time and discover why if you play, you never return.

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Book Review: The Bell in the Lake (The Sister Bells #1) – Lars Mytting

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The first post for today is a review of The Bell in the Lake by Lars Mytting, a historical novel in translation, which was one of those books that called to me and I ended up enjoying even more than I expected.

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

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Book Summary:

Norway, 1880. In the secluded village of Butangen at the end of the valley, headstrong Astrid dreams of a life beyond marriage, hard work and children. And then Pastor Kai Schweigaard comes into her life, taking over the 700-year-old stave church with its carvings of pagan deities. The two church bells were forged by her forefather in the sixteenth century, in memory of conjoined sisters Halfrid and Gunhild Hekne, and are said to have supernatural powers. But now the pastor wants to tear it down, to replace it with a modern, larger church. Though Astrid is drawn to him, this may be a provocation too far.

Talented architecture student Gerhard Schönauer arrives from Dresden to oversee the removal of the church and its reconstruction in the German city. Everything about elegant Schönauer is so different, so cosmopolitan. Astrid must make a choice: for her homeland and the pastor, or for a daunting and uncertain future in Germany.

Then the bells begin to toll . . .

Translated from the Norwegian by Deborah Dawkin

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