Fantasy, Review, Traditionally-Published

Book Review: Blood of an Exile (Dragons of Terra #1) – Brian Naslund

 

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Today I am reviewing ‘Blood of an Exile’ by Brian Naslund. This was one I picked up back in December after my sister let me loose in my favourite independent bookshop with a voucher to spend (which is very dangerous), and that I have only just got to after being approved for the second in the series ‘Sorcery of the Queen’ which I will be reviewing later.

 

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Book Summary:

Sentenced to die. Impossible to kill.

Bershad was supposed to die. When he was caught attempting to assassinate a fellow noble, he was given the harshest sentence: a command to slay dragons, so his death might serve the kingdom. Yet for some reason he never lost a fight and is now the most successful dragon-slayer in history. However, as a doomed man Bershad is still shunned by his peers and his countrymen. But that could all change.

The king who sentenced Bershad has just given him a way out: kill a foreign monarch and walk free forever. But Bershad couldn’t care less about the fates of kingdoms – until the dragon-slayer discovers he could save an innocent child in the process.

His mission might also save every creature in Terra.

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Fantasy, IFA Summer Challenge, Review, Self-Published

IFA Summer Challenge: Mini Reviews 4

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Here are my mini reviews (also available on GR) for the indie books that I read as part of the IFA Summer Challenge for the past couple of weeks:

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Death and Taxes – J. Zachary Pike
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Book Summary:

When Arthur takes a job at a Blue’s Doughnuts, he has no idea that his fat, obstinate boss Buford Lafont has a secret: in addition to running a failing bakery, Lafont moonlights as a private investigator and a reluctant expert on the paranormal phenomena that threaten humanity.

Detective Lafont wants little to do with the darker side of his small New England town, but the spirits and powers that lurk in the shadows won’t leave him alone. His first case with Arthur at his side starts out as a simple disappearance, but quickly draws them into the realm of occult mathematics and sinister rituals. It will take all of Lafont’s skill and cunning if they’re to survive the dark truth behind the victim’s death and taxes.

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Fantasy, Manga, Non Fiction, Review, YA

Mini Reviews

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Another bunch of smaller reviews today, some are netgalley reads (marked with a disclaimer) and a couple that I’ve picked up elsewhere. I will have another of these up in a couple of days as I catch up with my reviews, and then one on Sunday for my self-published reads. I also have longer reviews coming for the Emaneska series by Ben Galley and Sorcery of a Queen by Brian Naslund.

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Fantasy, IFA Summer Challenge, Review, Self-Published

Book Review: Limbo – Thiago d’Evecque

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Today I am reviewing ‘Limbo’ by Thiago d’Evecque which I read as part of the Indie Fantasy Addicts Summer Challenge and thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope that you will check out the book and author.

 

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Book Summary:

The fate of the world hinges on a forsaken spirit, a mad god in a sword, and 12 mythological beings.

The Limbo is where all souls — human or otherwise — go to after dying. Some don’t realize where they are. Death is a hard habit to get used to. Gods and mythological figures also dwell in the plane, borne from humanity’s beliefs.

A forsaken spirit is awakened and ordered to dispatch 12 souls back to Earth to prevent the apocalypse. Many don’t take kindly to the return. Accompanied by an imprisoned mad god, the spirit must compel them.

Each of the 12 unlocks a piece of the forsaken spirit’s true identity. Memories unfold and past wounds bleed again.

The journey will reveal buried truths about gods, angels, humanity, and the forsaken spirit itself.

If you like epic fights, diverse mythology reinterpreted, and surprising plot twists, Limbo is for you.

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Fantasy, Lists, Sci-Fi, womensff

WomenSFF: Twenty Books by Twenty Women that I want to read in 2020

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Following up from my post of Twenty Books by Twenty Women that I recommended, this list is books that are on my TBR pile. Some have been there for a shamefully long time, others are new discoveries thanks to the #Womensff tag on twitter, and others I have stumbled across at some point or another. Again, this list is entirely subjective and I haven’t listed them in any particular order. The only requirements was that they had to be authors that I haven’t read yet (although in a couple of cases that might not be the first book of theirs that I will read), and my goal at this point is to read all the books on this list by the end of the year.

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Crime, Historical, Noir, Review

Blog Tour (Book Review) – Midtown Huckster (Alex Cohen #3) – Leopold Borstinski

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              Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘Midtown Huckster’ by Leopold Borstinski, organised by Damppebbles Blog Tours. I was delighted to participate in this tour, and 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.’*

 

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Book Summary:

1930s Jewish gangster, Alex Cohen runs Murder Inc for Lucky Luciano. After the death of Prohibition he must find a new way to make money, just as the cops are baying at his heels. When Luciano goes down for racketeering, Alex loses his protection and is arrested for tax evasion–he must decide between saving his skin and ratting out his friends.

If he chooses prison time then his gang will fall apart and he will end up with nothing. If he squeals then he will have to flee the city he loves and the family he once adored. What would you do in a world where nobody can be trusted and you have everything to lose?

The third book in the Alex Cohen series is an historical noir novel, which plunges you deep into the early days of narcotics trafficking and the Jewish New York mob. Leopold Borstinski’s piercing crime fiction delivers a fix to every reader like heroin from a needle.

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Literary Fiction, Review, Women's Fiction

Blog Tour (Book Review) – Tapestry – Beth Duke

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘Tapestry’ by Beth Duke organised by Damppebbles Blog Tours, which has just been announced as an award winning finalist in the Woman’s Fiction category of the 2020 International Book Awards. Congratulations to the author, and thank you for this beautiful book that was a delight to read, and I hope that you will check out both the author and book.

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

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Book Summary:

Twenty-one-year-old Skye Willis lives in Eufaula, Alabama, a tourist mecca of stately homes and world-class bass fishing. Her childhood friends are either stuck at dead ends or have moved on to accomplish Big Things.

Skye’s grandmother, Verna, insists on being called “Sparrow” because she suspects her ancestors were Muscogee Creek. She dresses in faux deerskin and experiments with ancient Native American recipes, offering a myth or legend to anyone who will listen.

Skye has no idea what to do with her life. She’s smart as hell, but she has no faith or knowledge there’s something out there she was “born to do.” Nor does she know much of anything about her father, who died in Afghanistan when she was a toddler. He and his family are a mystery her mother won’t discuss. But when Sparrow sets out to confirm her Creek ancestry through genetic testing, Skye joins in.

The results hit like a DNA bomb, launching them both on a path filled with surprises and life-changing events. Skye learns a harder truth than she ever expected.

Alternating chapters between Skye’s Alabama life and an intertwining tale of greed, deceit, and control in Texas, this story offers proof that all life is a woven tapestry of past, present, and future.

In Beth Duke’s uplifting and soul-singing voice, TAPESTRY is Southern Fiction at its best; you will cry, you will laugh out loud, and you will wish you were a member of the beautiful, matriarchal family Duke has created for her readers.

This book is a must-read for fans of Fannie Flagg, Anne Rivers Siddons, and Rebecca Wells.

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Book Spotlights, Fantasy, Lists, Sci-Fi, Self-Published, Traditionally-Published, womensff, YA

#WomenSFF: Twenty Books by Twenty Women

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This is not a top 20, but rather a list of 20 recommendations – some old, some new, a mix of YA and Adult and a couple of Sci-Fi/Science Fantasy reads (my reading is definitely biased to the second F in SFF although I am working on trying to balance them out). There are many other books that I could have put on this list, and it was hard to choose which to include and as such I have not put them in any particular order or included ratings, as I just wanted to share books that I have enjoyed by female authors.

I will be doing another list of books that I want to read by female author next week, as I have discovered a lot more books to add to the TBR Tower through the #WomenSFF tag, and in particular I blame (in the best way possible) The Fantasy Hive for adding many books to the pile.

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Book Spotlights, Fantasy, Review, Traditionally-Published, womensff, YA

#WomenSFF: Protector of the Small Quartet – Tamora Pierce

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As part of the #womensff on twitter, I wanted to talk about some of my favourite female authors, and today I am kicking this off with one of my favourite series and authors of all time (and I would apologise for the length of this post, but even this is barely enough to convey my love for this series).

The Protector of the Small Quartet was actually the third series that I read by Tamora Pierce. I started with The Immortals after finding a copy of Wild Magic hidden away in our school library. I fell in love, swiftly consuming that book and then the rest of the series before moving onto The Song of the Lioness (I have since read them more in order many times), and then Protector of the Small. Now, I love all three series, and I have reread them countless times over the year, but it was that last one that really hooked both as a child and as an adult.

It was reading about Keladry that had little me so obsessed with Knights, that my parents started taking me up to the Jousting tournaments that were held at the local Castle a couple of times each year, and one of my teachers scratching their head when after wanting to be a vet for a long time I suddenly declared that I wanted to be a Knight. After all, if Kel could be one, then why couldn’t I? Sadly, I did not become a Knight, although there are still days when I daydream. However, I can see the influence of these books in other places such as my love for books with female warriors and strong female leads, and also in my own writing, because I have never once questioned that girls/women can fight as well if not better than men, and it was Kel that was first taught me that.

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Fantasy, Review

Blog Tour (Book Review) – The Summoned Ones (Flight to Bericea #1)- Darryl A. Woods

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘The Summoned Ones’ by Darryl A. Woods organised by Damppebbles Blog Tours. , 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:

The Bericean army was in Malabrim for the ninth straight fighting season. Over the past 9 years, Zybaro, the leader of a small band of unknowns, had evolved from his days as a minor usurper of a tiny kingdom. Now, almost the entire country of Malabrim was under Zybaro’s control, and his army was large enough to easily challenge Bericea’s army. Still, Bericea continued its raids into Malabrim, hoping to stem Zybaro’s methodical progress and thwart his tyrannical means of control. Zybaro had seized village after village, forcing anyone capable of joining his army and enslaving all who remained in deplorable working conditions to supply his army.

This latest conflict with Zybaro had pushed General Darnon to a decision, one he had resisted making for over a year. Though he still held grave reservations about the Prophecies, he was willing to support the clerics who would attempt the summoning. The details of the ritual had recently been discovered in an ancient tome. The clerics were confident they could bring forth the Summoned Ones of Prophecy, those mysterious beings who would aid Bericea in its time of greatest need.

Darnon also had concerns about the location of the summoning. It would have to take place farther into Malabrim than they had ventured in many years. And even if the ritual was effective, it would be a great challenge to get the Summoned Ones safely back to Bericea, in addition to the soldiers sent to protect them. However, Darnon felt that morale was so low, if they survived this battle, he owed his troops the hope the summoning ritual could bring.

Join the soldiers of Bericea and the Summoned Ones through a life-or-death struggle. The Summoned Ones was made up of a small college aged group of friends from a small Kentucky town near the Daniel Boone National Forrest, who find themselves somehow brought to a chaotic world through magic. Their epic journey will push the Summoned beyond the limits of their endurance. This unlikely group will discover many truths about themselves and experience another world beyond their imagination.

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