Book Review: Call of the Bone Ships (The Tide Child #2) R.J. Barker

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Today I am delighted to be sharing my review for Call of the Bone Ships by R.J. Barker and all I can say is that I want the third book now!

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

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Book Summary:

A brilliantly imagined saga of honour, glory and warfare, Call of the Bone Ships is the captivating epic fantasy sequel to RJ Barker’s The Bone Ships.

Dragons have returned to the Hundred Isles. But their return heralds only war and destruction. When a horde of dying slaves are discovered in the bowels of a ship, Shipwife Meas and the crew of the Tide Child find themselves drawn into a vicious plot that will leave them questioning their loyalties and fighting for their lives.

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Book Review: The Fires of Vengeance (The Burning #2) – Evan Winter

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Me again, catching up with some reviews before Christmas (I had intended to post these this week, but in a more orderly fashion and then lockdown was announced so work has been chaotic). However, I am delighted to be sharing my review for Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter.

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

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Book Summary:

Desperate to delay an impending attack by the indigenous people of Xidda, Tau and his queen craft a dangerous plan. If Tau succeeds, the queen will have the time she needs to assemble her forces and launch an all-out assault on her own capital city, where her sister is being propped up as the ‘true’ Queen of the Omehi.

If the city can be taken, if Tsiora can reclaim her throne and reunite her people, then the Omehi might have a chance to survive the coming onslaught.

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Twelve (well 14) Series I Want to Read in 2021

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With 2021 just around the corner (and how did that happen?) it’s time to look ahead to what I want to read next year. There’s a lot of books on that list – old and new – so I am breaking it down over a few posts, starting with this one: Twelve (or Fourteen) Fantasy series that I want to read in 2021. My plan is to read one of the twelve series for each month of the year, with those that are expecting a 2021 release planned for later in the year (marked with a *). I haven’t set a particular order that I will read these in, although I intend to start with Joe Abercrombie’s First Law series.

The other two series on the list are separate, because these are ones that I am going to tackle across the year just because the size of them and those series are:

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Blog Tour (Book Review) Amari and the Nightbrothers (Amari and the Night Brothers #1) – B.B. Alston

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Today I am absolutely delighted to be reviewing Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston as part The Write Reads Blog Tour, and I hope that you will check out both the book and author and the other blogs participating in the tour. This was a book that intrigued me from the moment I had heard about it, so I was overjoyed to get the chance to read it, and all I can say is that I cannot recommend it highly enough!

*Disclaimer: I received an arc in return for an honest review,.*

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Book Summary:

Amari Peters knows three things.

Her big brother Quinton has gone missing.
No one will talk about it.
His mysterious job holds the secret . . .

So when Amari gets an invitation to the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, she’s certain this is her chance to find Quinton. But first she has to get her head around the new world of the Bureau, where mermaids, aliens and magicians are real, and her roommate is a weredragon.

Amari must compete against kids who’ve known about the supernatural world their whole lives, and when each trainee is awarded a special supernatural talent, Amari is given an illegal talent – one that the Bureau views as dangerous.

With an evil magician threatening the whole supernatural world, and her own classmates thinking she is the enemy, Amari has never felt more alone. But if she doesn’t pass the three tryouts, she may never find out what happened to Quinton . . .

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Blog Tour (Book Spotlight) – Steel & Stone (The War of the North Saga #1) – Kate Haley

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘Steel & Stone’ by Kate Haley organised by Storytellers on Tour, and I’m delighted to share an extract from this YA Epic Fantasy. 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).

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

Book Summary:

Ten years. Thousands dead. No memories.

The amnesia was supposed to be a good thing. Other soldiers bask in its freedom. Except for Elvac it doesn’t feel right. When he returns from his first year at war he can’t shake the niggling sensation that something is missing. His life has been turned upside down, yet he can’t remember being gone. The only proof of his time away are the scars, and the haunting dreams of fire.

With the help of his friends, Elvac begins to regain his lost memories, and with them uncover the truth of his missing year, and what the Church of Sunne is really doing with their War of the North…

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Book Review: The Burning God (The Poppy War #3) – R.F. Kuang

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Somewhat belatedly, I am delighted to be reviewing ‘The Burning God’ by R.F. Kuang, the stunning, devastating finale to one of my favourite fantasy series. I thought that I had prepared myself, and braced for how this book would end – I was wrong, and The Burning God was everything I wanted and more… and gods did it hurt in the best way.

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

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Book Summary:

After saving her nation of Nikan from foreign invaders and battling the evil Empress Su Daji in a brutal civil war, Fang Runin was betrayed by allies and left for dead. 

Despite her losses, Rin hasn’t given up on those for whom she has sacrificed so much—the people of the southern provinces and especially Tikany, the village that is her home. Returning to her roots, Rin meets difficult challenges—and unexpected opportunities. While her new allies in the Southern Coalition leadership are sly and untrustworthy, Rin quickly realizes that the real power in Nikan lies with the millions of common people who thirst for vengeance and revere her as a goddess of salvation. 

Backed by the masses and her Southern Army, Rin will use every weapon to defeat the Dragon Republic, the colonizing Hesperians, and all who threaten the shamanic arts and their practitioners. As her power and influence grows, though, will she be strong enough to resist the Phoenix’s intoxicating voice urging her to burn the world and everything in it?

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Mini Reviews

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TodayI’m here with a selection of smaller reviews from netgalley reads over the last couple of months, which are mostly fantasy, with a few others mixed in.

Disclaimer: I received an e-arc of these books from netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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Burying the Dead: An Archaeological History of Burial Grounds, Graveyards & Cemeteries – Lorraine Evans

Genre: Non-Fiction | History

Book Summary:

Deep in the heart of North Yorkshire, at a place called Walkington Wold, there lies a rather unusual burial ground, an Anglo-Saxon execution cemetery. Twelve skeletons were unearthed by archaeologists, ten without skulls, later examination of the skeletons revealed that their owners were all subjected to judicial execution by decapitation, one of which required several blows.

Similar fates have befallen other wretched souls, the undignified burial of suicides – in the Middle Ages, the most profound of sins – and the desecration of their bodies, go largely unrecorded. Whilst plague pits, vast cemeteries where victims of the Black Death were tossed into the ground, their bodies festering one on top of another, are only today betraying their secrets.

Although unpalatable to some, these burial grounds are an important part of our social heritage. They have been fashioned as much by the people who founded and used them, as by the buildings, gravestones and other features which they contain. They are records of social change; the symbols engraved upon individual memorials convey a sense of inherent belief systems, as they were constructed, adapted or abandoned depending on people’s needs.

Burying the Dead explores how these attitudes, practices and beliefs about death have undergone continual change. By studying the development of society’s funerary spaces, the author will reveal how we continue to reinforce our relationships with the dead, in a constant and on-going effort to maintain a bond with them.

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Tristan’s Folly (The Gifted and the Cursed #2) – Marcus Lee

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘Tristan’s Folly’ by Marcus Lee organised by Storytellers on Tour, which is the second installment in the Gifted and the Cursed. 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).

There is also a giveaway where you can get your hands on a digital bundle of this series (Kings & Daemons & Tristan’s Folly) and the link to that can be found at the bottom of the page.

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

Book Summary:

Tristan’s Folly. An ageing fortress built over fifty years ago to repel the invading hordes of the Witch-King, Daleth, an invasion that never materialised – until now.

Now the stronghold is a crumbling reflection of its former might, with a mere fifteen hundred men all that stands between Daleth’s savage horde of a hundred thousand, and certain doom for the Freestates.

As Kings and Daemons face one another, there is but one shining light that pushes back the encroaching darkness, but even her flame is slated to be extinguished thanks to Tristan’s Folly.

In this epic tale of a battle against the odds, the best and worst of humankind collide … sacrifice, bravery and love, set against betrayal, greed and hatred.

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Norsevember Wrap- up

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I can’t believe that we’re already at the end of November! It comes with bittersweet feelings, because on one hand I can now thoroughly embrace the festive spirit – Christmas music is going on at work tomorrow!! – on the other, today is St Andrews Day and were it not the year of Covid I would be attending a Street Ceilidh, torch-lit procession and fireworks. I will however, be indulging in haggis, neeps and tatties and blast some Ceilidh music while I do so.

Tomorrow, I will be sharing my November wrap-up post and looking at what’s on for December. Today however is all about Norsevember, and will actually be my main post for the month as life (and my blasted knees) have got in the way and derailed most of my November plans.

Firstly a massive shoutout to Alex at Spells and Spaceships for organising this event, and for all his amazing posts over the month which have been a much needed bright spot. Also, thank you again for this lovely bookmark that I won from one of the giveaways.

Secondly, I managed to read all but one of the books from my Norsevember TBR, but hadn’t managed to review them yet, so below you will find those reviews (hence the fact that this is a veeeery long post). They turned out to be a mixed bag, with some that I absolutely adored and others I absolutely hated, and some snuck in that weren’t even on the TBR to start with (as is always the way, right?)

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Blog Tour (Book Review) – River Magic (Rituals of Rock Bay #1) – M.A.Phillips

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘River Magic’ by M.A. Phillips 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).

There is also a giveaway where you can get your hands on a signed paperback of this fantastic book, and the link to that can be found at the bottom of the page.

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

Book Summary:

Budding clairvoyant Lacey Moran seeks to understand her dreams and find her life’s purpose along the St. Lawrence River. If only her visions of silver arms and Cian O’Connor’s blue eyes were easier to understand! The pieces begin coming together when she encounters a mermaid in the river, joins a group of Druids, and opens herself to romance with an old friend.

Can Lacey overcome her doubts, or is she in over her head?

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