Blog Tour (Book Review) – The Skald’s Black Verse (Dreadbound Ode #1) – Jordan Loyal Short

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘The Black Skald’s Verse’ by Jordan Loyal Short organised by Storytellers on Tour. This was an excellent read and has added another book to my TBR as I eagerly await book two. 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). I’m also linking the song that has been stuck in my head ever since I read the title, and was on repreat while I worked on the review – Skalds and Shadows by Blind Guardian.

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

Book Summary:

When a soldier’s murder sparks rebellion in the tiny village of Skolja, Brohr’s past marks him as the prime suspect. Haunted by his brother’s ghost, and drawn into a web of dark pacts and tangled loyalties, Brohr must choose between the path of vengeance set before him, and a chance to forge his own fate.

From the shadows, an all but extinct race of alien demigods have begun the end game of their millennia-spanning war, and one has chosen Brohr for his closing gambit.

But Brohr’s grandfather harbors a dark secret that will change everything.

Above it all, a dread portent looms in the sky, spelling the death of Brohr’s world. With doom spiraling toward them, Brohr must lead an unlikely rebellion, unearth disturbing family secrets, and tame the raging ghost that haunts him. Can Brohr lead his people out of darkness, or will he succumb to his own terrifying bloodlust, and destroy the very people he has sworn to save?

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Book Review: The Vela – Yoon Ha Lee, Becky Chambers, SL Huang, and Rivers Solomon

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Today I am reviewing what is probably my favourite Sci-Fi read for this year – The Vela. This is one that I stumbled across on netgalley and was intrigued enough to request, and I am so glad that I was approved, because I loved this book and I find myself already wanting to read it again.

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

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Book Summary:

In the fading light of a dying star, a soldier for hire searches for a missing refugee ship and uncovers a universe-shattering secret.

Orphan, refugee, and soldier-for-hire Asala Sikou doesn’t think too much about the end of civilization. Her system’s star is dying, and the only person she can afford to look out for is herself.

When a ship called The Vela vanishes during what was supposed to be a flashy rescue mission, a reluctant Asala is hired to team up with Niko, the child of a wealthy inner planet’s president, to find it and the outer system refugees on board.

But this is no ordinary rescue mission; The Vela holds a secret that places the fate of the universe in the balance, and forces Asala to decide—in a dying world where good and evil are far from black and white, who deserves to survive?

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Book Review: The House of Styx – Derek Künsken

 

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Today I reviewing ‘The House of Styx’ by Derek Künsken which will be available in ebook format from tomorrow! Continuing with my search to expand my Sci-Fi reading this was another fantastic book, that I would highly recommend and I hope that you will check out both the author and book!

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

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Book Summary:

Life can exist anywhere. And anywhere there is life, there is home.

In the swirling clouds of Venus, the families of la colonie live on floating plant-like trawlers, salvaging what they can in the fierce acid rain and crackling storms. Outside is dangerous, but humankind’s hold on the planet is fragile and they spend most of their days simply surviving.

But Venus carries its own secrets, too. In the depths, there is a wind that shouldn’t exist.

And the House of Styx wants to harness it.

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Book Review: The Vanished Birds – Simon Jimenez

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As part of my ongoing goal to try and read more science-fiction, I was delighted to be approved for the e-arc of ‘The Vanished Birds’ by Simon Jimenez which was released last week. I had fallen in love with the cover, and the premise sounded interesting (although as you will see below, the blurb doesn’t come close to capturing this book), and then when I read it I was blown away by the prose. I hope that you will check out both the book and the author!

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

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Book Summary:

Nia Imani is a woman out of place and outside of time. Decades of travel through the stars are condensed into mere months for her, though the years continue to march steadily onward for everyone she has ever known. The captain of a transport ship contracted to the Umbrai corporation, she lives only for the next paycheck, until the day she meets a mysterious boy, fallen from the sky.

A boy, broken by his past, and hunted by his present. For he is one of the few born with the gift of the Jaunt. The ability to travel instantly anywhere in the universe. An ability that threatens the vicelike control of the settled worlds by corporations such as Umbrai.

Fumiko Nakajima, the great scientist responsible for the design of bird-like Stations that Umbrai uses to control vast tracts of space, has been searching for one such as he for a thousand years.

Together, they set out to protect the boy, a journey that will cross the decades and light years all the way out to the fringes of settled space where the laws of civilisation do not apply, and they will have only each other to rely on.

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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.

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The Black God’s Drums – P. Djèlí Clark, Channie Waites (Narrator)

Genre: Audiobook, Fantasy

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Book Summary:

In an alternate New Orleans caught in the tangle of the American Civil War, the wall-scaling girl named Creeper yearns to escape the streets for the air–in particular, by earning a spot on-board the airship Midnight Robber. Creeper plans to earn Captain Ann-Marie’s trust with information she discovers about a Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God’s Drums.

But Creeper also has a secret herself: Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, speaks inside her head, and may have her own ulterior motivations.

Soon, Creeper, Oya, and the crew of the Midnight Robber are pulled into a perilous mission aimed to stop the Black God’s Drums from being unleashed and wiping out the entirety of New Orleans.

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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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#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 Review: Every Sky a Grave (The Ascendance Series #1) – Jay Posey

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Today I am reviewing ‘Every Sky a Grave’ by Jay Posey which I was invited to receive an e-arc for, and was delighted to have a chance to read. Today is publication day for this book, so please do check it and the author out.

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

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Book Summary:

HER WORD IS HER WEAPON.

Mankind has spread out and conquered the galaxy by mastering the fundamental language of the universe. With the right training, the right application of words, truth itself can be rearranged.
Language is literally power.

Peace reigns now. Order reigns.

For if a planet deviates too far from what the authorities plan, an agent is sent out to correct that. To quietly and with great skill, end that world.

One such agent is Elyth – a true believer.

But on a clandestine mission to stop an uprising before it can truly begin, Elyth comes to realise she hasn’t been told the whole truth herself. There’s so much she doesn’t know. How can there be people whose truth is different to that of the authorities?

Elyth’s faith in the powers that be is shaken just when she needs it most. While on her mission, a dark and unknown presence makes itself known at the edges of the galaxy – and it cannot be controlled, for nobody knows its name…

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Book Review: Weird Dream Society – edited by Julia C. Day

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Today, I am reviewing ‘Weird Dream Society’ a collection of weird, speculative stories edited by Julia C. Day.

 

*Disclaimer: I received an e-arc from the publisher an netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Book Summary:

Playful, whimsical, or dark, but always thoughtful and tinged with the inexplicably weird, the Weird Dream Society brings together twenty-three stories from the most innovative creators in speculative fiction.

Nathan Ballingrud, Carina Bissett, Gregory Norman Bossert, Karen Bovenmyer,
Christopher Brown, Emily Cataneo, Julie C. Day, Michael J Deluca, Gemma Files,
A.T. Greenblatt, Nin Harris, Chip Houser, James Patrick Kelly, Marianne Kirby, Kathrin Köhler, Matthew Kressel, Jordan Kurella, Premee Mohamed, Sarah Read, Sofia Samatar,
Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Steve Toase, A.C. Wise

All proceeds from the Weird Dream Society anthology will go to RAICES. RAICES envisions a compassionate society where all people have the right to migrate, and human rights are guaranteed.

Some dreams can change the world.

 

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