Book Review: Wyrd Gods (Timelessness #1) – Susana Imaginário

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Today I am delighted to be sharing my review of ‘Wyrd Gods’ by Susana Imaginário, the first book in the Timelessness series. This was a book that had been on my radar through SPFBO and Norsevember, so I leapt at the chance to read and review and a huge thank you to Susana for the audiobook. I started with the audiobook which is beautifully narrated by Sarah Kempton, and ended up buying the ebook so that I could bounce between the two and didn’t have to put it down.

*Disclaimer: ‘I was given a copy this book in exchange for an honest review, all views are my own.’*

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Book Summary:

The God of Time wants to destroy Eternity.

A mysterious immortal seeks vengeance.

And a reclusive deity does what no god should ever do: she answers a prayer.

As punishment, she is stripped of her powers and trapped in a mortal’s body. Now a Wyrd – a fated god – she is haunted by the memories and thoughts of her host and must hide her true identity in order to survive in Niflheim, the rival Norse Underworld.

There she discovers the afterlife is not quite what it used to be. Niflheim’s new ruler threatens the precarious balance of a world overrun with outcast deities and mortals alike.

To save her own sanity and find her way back to the stars, she must help the other Wyrd overcome their grievances to defeat this enemy, but those who would be her allies appear to have motives as hidden as her fragmented consciousness.

And yet it seems the greatest threat to her freedom comes from within, and the prize it seeks is her immortal soul…

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Blog Tour (Book Review): Sand Dancer – Trudie Skies

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘Sand Dancer’ by Trudie Skies organised by Storytellers on Tour, and 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 chance to win a copy of the book along with some goodies for yourself at the end of this post.

*Disclaimer: ‘I was given a copy this book in exchange for an honest review, all views are my own.’*

Book Summary:

Only monsters summon fire by magic. It’s a sin against the sun god and a crime against the king. The punishment is death.

But when sixteen-year-old Mina discovers fire magic runs in her family’s blood, it’s just the beginning of the secrets her father has been keeping from her. When her father is murdered, this half-starved peasant girl finds herself on the run—pursued across the desert by the soldiers and guards of the noble Houses. To survive, she knows she’ll have to abandon her past and learn the way of the sword. But only boys are allowed to carry a blade. There’s only one solution…

Disguised as a young nobleman, Mina must make a new life for herself in the heart of her enemies. But she knows she can’t keep up the masquerade forever. With time running out, which will she choose to find—the truth or revenge?

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Book Blitz: Astral Cuts – John Notlad

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Today I am delighted to be helping out with the release day book blitz for ‘Astral Cuts’ by John Notlad organised by Storytellers of Tour. Below you can find an extract from the book to whet your appetite, and I hope you will check out the book and the author.

Book Summary:

A twisting contemporary fantasy about a son’s revenge, an imaginary friend with a magical dagger, and a journey between the planes of existence in search of one sinister cowboy.

Flint Hainsen is a young, ordinary man still living at home with his mom. That is, until the evening he discovers her lifeless body on the living room floor.

Grief-stricken, Flint quickly falls into the hands of an otherworldly gentleman by the name of John. The enigmatic, old cowboy claims to be a friend of his late mother. He offers answers surrounding her death and a plot of revenge. However, Flint soon finds that John’s motives are far more sinister than he let on and the answers he provides only lead Flint deeper down the rabbit-hole between this reality and another.

From the other side of that rabbit-hole emerges Nelson Germander III. He was a friend of Flint’s from childhood, an imaginary one. He has returned to the physical world with a warning: John is a demon from the Astral Realm, and he must be stopped.

Armed with Kashvi, a portal opening dagger, the two old friends descend through the layers of reality in search of John. They are confronted with the monsters that lurk in the shadows, and their minds. Along the way, Flint’s troubled past rears its head and the sinful connection that binds he and his mother to the astral visitors becomes all too clear.

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Book Review: A Ritual of Flesh (The Dead Sagas #2) – Lee C. Conley

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Today I am delighted to be sharing my review of A Ritual of Flesh by Lee C. Conley, the second book in the Dead Sagas. I first discovered this series and author through the Storytellers on Tour blog tour for the first book A Ritual of Bone and fell in love with the world and story, and went into this one with high expectations that were blown out of the water and this book is easily a favourite read for 2021.

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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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Book Review: At the Gates and Other Stories – Patrick Samphire

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Today I am delighted to be sharing my review of ‘At the Gates and Other Stories’ by Patrick Samphire. I had read and loved ‘Shadow of a Dead God’ and leapt at the chance to read and review this collection (and I apologise for taking so long!).

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

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Book Summary:

A ghost searches for revenge in ancient Egypt. A boy unearths the bones of a dragon. A girl risks awakening a dark god to save her dog…

He reached out a hand and touched Grace’s cheek. The touch made her shiver. “You can’t save everyone, Grace.”

“I don’t want to,” Grace whispered. “Just her.”

At the Gates and Other Stories is a collection of sixteen fantasy short stories.

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Book Blitz (Book Review) – Songs of Insurrection (The Dragon Songs Saga #1) – J. C. Kang

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Today I am happy to be hosting a stop for the Storytellers on Tour Book Blitz for Songs of Insurrection by J.C. Kang. There is a giveaway at the end of the post where you can win yourself a paperback copy of Thorn of the Night Blossoms by JC Kang, and there is also a launch promotion for Songs of Insurrection at the moment. Anyone who orders Songs of Insurrection at the special launch price of $2.99 from March 12th through March 20th is eligible to receive a 6×9 double-sided cardstock print of the cover art of books one and two in The Dragon Songs Saga series! Get all the details here: https://jckang.dragonstonepress.us/2021/01/25/new-songs-of-insurrection-pre-order-gifts/

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Book Summary:

Only the lost magic of Dragon Songs can save the world. Only an awkward girl with the perfect voice can rediscover it.

The Dragon Singers of old summoned typhoons and routed armies, liberating mankind from the orcs before fading into legend. Now, with the world again facing a new cataclysm, the power of music stirs in Kaiya, a naïve misfit with the perfect voice.

Without a master to guide her, she must rely on Hardeep, a disgraced foreign paladin, to help awaken her latent magic. His motives might not be entirely noble. When he leads her to the fabled Dragon Scale Lute, which only a Dragon Singer can wield, it is up to Black Lotus Clan to intervene.

Because the instrument’s fell power can save the world…

Or destroy it.

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Book Blitz: Empire’s Legacy (The Complete Trilogy #1-3) – Marian L Thorpe

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Today is the Book Blitz for Empire’s Legacy by Marian L Thorpe organised by Storytellers on Tour, and my first post for this book. I’m currently a couple of hundred pages in and loving it, and I will be reviewing it here on the blog once I’m finished. For today though I am delighted to host a spotlight with an extract to whet your appetite for this book, especially as there is also a chance to win either a hardcover copy (US | CA | UK only) or ebook (International) of Empire’s Legacy for yourself, so please check out the giveaway at the end of the post.

Book Summary:

Lena is a skilled hunter, but beyond the need to kill for food, weapons are a man’s domain – until one day a soldier arrives in her village, pleading for fighters. Accepting his challenge, she steps into a new life, one of battle, intrigue and politics, where actions have deadly consequences. Her survival – and that of her country – depends on her prowess with knife and bow, her quick wit, and a journey into unimagined lands to confront a lost Empire of immense power.

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Blog Tour (Book Review) – Legacy of the Brightwash (Tainted Dominion #1) – Krystle Matar

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘Legacy of the Brightwash’ by Krystle Matar organised by Storytellers on Tour, and I was absolutely delighted to get the chance to read and review this one and oh boy did it blow every expectation out of the window.

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 an opportunity (open internationally) to win a beautiful hardcover of this astounding book for yourself, so please check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post.

*Disclaimer: ‘I was given a copy this book in exchange for an honest review, all views are my own.’*

Book Summary:

Follow the law and you’ll stay safe. But what if the law is wrong?

Tashué’s faith in the law is beginning to crack.

Three years ago, he stood by when the Authority condemned Jason to the brutality of the Rift for non-compliance. When Tashué’s son refused to register as tainted, the laws had to be upheld. He’d never doubted his job as a Regulation Officer before, but three years of watching your son wither away can break down even the strongest convictions.

Then a dead girl washed up on the bank of the Brightwash, tattooed and mutilated. Where had she come from? Who would tattoo a child? Was it the same person who killed her?

Why was he the only one who cared?

Will Tashué be able to stand against everything he thought he believed in to get the answers he’s looking for?

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Blog Tour (Book Review) – The End of Dreams (The Gifted and the Cursed) – Marcus Lee

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘The End of Dreams’ by Marcus Lee organised by Storytellers on Tour. This is the final book in the Gifted and the Cursed Trilogy, which has been one of my favourite series since I read the first book, and this has been the first series that I have discovered and followed through to completion through these tours.

If you want the opportunity to leave into this fantastic series for yourself, then the first book Kings & Daemons will be FREE on amazon from tomorrow (Wednesday 3rd) for five days. I can’t recommend this series highly enough, and this is an amazing chance to experience this story for yourself.

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, all views are my own.’*

Book Summary:

As Daleth the Witch-King and his horde ready themselves for the final battle, a small alliance prepares for a desperate last stand.

However, the alliance is weak and fractured, led by a king interested only in retaining his wealth and a lord commander consumed by his thirst for revenge. With a seemingly unbeatable army before them, invisible foes amongst them, and broken hearts between them, the alliance appears destined to fall.

Yet in these dark times, her light almost extinguished, a peasant huntress is soon to be queen. But if she can find what was lost, she might prove to be more powerful than two kings combined.

This war will bring about the end of dreams, but for whom, the gods have yet to decide.

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Blog Tour (Book Review): The Ventifact Colossus (The Heroes of Spira #1) – Dorian Hart

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘The Ventifact Colossus’ by Dorian Hart organised by Storytellers on Tour, which is the first book in the Heroes of Spira. The fourth and final book in the series – The Infinite Tower – is out later this year and can be pre-ordered now (Amazon UK | Amazon US) .

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). The Ventifact Colossus will be on sale for $0.99 on Amazon during the week of the tour, and there is an opportunity to win yourself a bundle of the first three books in this series in paperback at the end of this post (US/CA Only).

*Disclaimer: ‘I was given a copy this book in exchange for an honest review, all views are my own.’*

Book Summary:

Banished to an otherworldly prison for centuries, the monstrous Emperor Naradawk is about to break free and wreak havoc upon the world of Spira. The archmage Abernathy can no longer keep the monster at bay, and has summoned a collection of would-be heroes to help set things right.

Surely he made a mistake. These *can’t* be the right people.

Dranko is priest-turned-pickpocket, expelled from his church for his antics. Kibilhathur is a painfully shy craftsman who speaks to stones. Aravia is a wizard’s apprentice whose intellect is eclipsed only by her arrogance. Ernest is a terrified baker’s son. Morningstar is a priestess forbidden from daylight. Tor is a young nobleman with attention issues. Ysabel is an elderly farm woman. Grey Wolf is a hard-bitten mercenary.

None of them are qualified to save the world, but they’ll have to do. Even Abernathy himself seems uncertain as to why he chose them.

What starts with a simple scouting mission soon spirals into something more far-reaching and sinister. The heroes will contest with dream warriors, evil cultists, sentient gemstones, and a devious yet infuriatingly polite gentleman with a perfect mustache, on their way to a desperate encounter with the unstoppable: The Ventifact Colossus.

The Ventifact Colossus is Book One of the Heroes of Spira.

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