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): Rising Shadows (The Pillar of Creation #1) – Phillip Blackwater

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘Rising shadows’ by Phillip Blackwater organised by Storytellers on Tour, which is the first in the Pillar of Creation series. 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 for yourself 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:

As tension rises between the southern and northern nations of the small continent of Exitium in the world of Anteris, the Elves turn to their eastern neighbors, the Humans, for help. They wish to learn the ways of combat, which they are not accustomed to, for they have always wielded a power far greater than forged steel. The Shards of Creation, mystical artifacts of great and virtually infinite power, have always been their prized weapon, but times have changed. They now face the same threat as the Humans: the southern nation known as the Ethula.

Wariel Ritch, general of the Human army, will take upon his shoulders this burden. But when a shadow of a past long forgotten threatens what little stability is left in the world, he will have to leave everything behind to stop it. Medregal Tergrast, an Ethulan king, dead for a thousand years, plans his return to the world of the living to gain back his former glory and finally fulfill his destiny by gaining control of the Shards of Creation. But is he really the threat people make him out to be?

In the meantime, in the bowels of the Human Kingdom, the reign of Dana Crystaloak is put into jeopardy when people around her start questioning her decisions. If she falls, war could break out across all lands.

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Book Review: Lore & Lust (Lore & Lust #1) – Karla Nikole

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After a very unproductive week due to being laid low with a lovely Sinus Infection, I am glad to be back in the reviewing seat and starting off my catch-up with a review of Lore & Lust by Karla Nikole. This was one I discovered via Jake (is reading) and between the beautiful cover and his review, I was curious and decided to give it a go and wound up enjoying it immensely.

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Book Summary:

The slow burn vampire romance you didn’t know you needed…

Haruka Hirano is alive, but not quite living. Surviving but not thriving. As an elite purebred vampire in the twenty-first century, he is broken. Content in his subpar existence.

He is done with life. But life is not finished with him.

When he receives a formal request to oversee an antiquated vampire ritual at Hertsmonceux Castle, Haruka grudgingly leaves his home to meet another purebred. The vampire is not what he expects. Truly, he is unlike any vampire Haruka has ever encountered: cautious, innocent and with the warmth and gravitational pull of the sun.

Lore and Lust is an exploration of cultures, contemporary society and romance. It puts a whimsical spin on traditional vampire lore, while also creating a vivid new world where love is love. No questions asked.

Mature sexual content.

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Book Review: The Lost War (Eidyn #1) – Justin Lee Anderson

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Today I am delighted to be sharing my review for The Lost War by Justin Lee Anderson, a finalist in SPFBO 6. This is the first book in the Eidyn series, which I spent yesterday devouring.

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Book Summary:

The war is over, but something is rotten in the state of Eidyn.

With a ragged peace in place, demons burn farmlands, violent Reivers roam the wilds and plague has spread beyond the Black Meadows. The country is on its knees.

In a society that fears and shuns him, Aranok is the first magically-skilled draoidh to be named King’s Envoy.

Now, charged with restoring an exiled foreign queen to her throne, he leads a group of strangers across the ravaged country. But at every step, a new mystery complicates their mission.

As bodies drop around them, new threats emerge and lies are revealed, can Aranok bring his companions together and uncover the conspiracy that threatens the kingdom?

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Cover Reveal: The Sword in the Street (The Ink and the Steel #1) – C.M. Caplan

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Today I am delighted to be part of the Storytellers on Tour Cover Reveal Blitz for ‘The Sword in the Street’ the first book in The Ink and the Steel series by C.M. Caplan, which is due to be released on the 3rd March 2021.

Book Summary:

Trial by battle is a holy rite on Hillside. Hired blades bleed their foes in savage duels, settling everything from petty grievances to the corporate laws that keep their citizens in line. Embroiled in these cutthroat political games is John Chronicle, an impoverished swordsman with no better prospects, seeking the duel that will free him from the Dregs.

Meanwhile, John’s boyfriend Edwin, an autistic university student, befriends a fellow scholar who claims to study the arcane art of thaumaturgy. When she offers to teach Edwin this subtle magic, he hopes that he can use it to bolster John’s skill with a blade. But thaumaturgy is a dangerous magic, and the forces that drive it have other plans.

The couple soon find themselves entangled in the web of intrigue surrounding the swordsmen and their sponsors, and they’re forced to question how bloody they’re willing to get to escape poverty — and they don’t come away with the same answer.

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Indie Sunday: Book Review: The Voice of War (Threadlight #1) – Zack Argyle

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A little later than planned, I am delighted to be sharing my review for Voice of War by Zack Argyle, a finalist in SPFBO 6. This is the first book in the Threadlight series, with the second book – Stones of Light due for release in April (and you can check out the Cover Reveal for the second book – Stones of Light: Here).

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Book Summary:

While preparing for the birth of his first child, Chrys Valerian is tasked with uncovering the group responsible for a series of missing threadweavers–those able to see and manipulate threadlight. With each failure, the dark voice in his head grows louder, begging to be released.

A young girl from a secret city in the center of the Fairenwild veers off course to explore the streets of Alchea. She never expected that her journey would end in chains.

Far in the deserts to the south, a young man’s life changes after he dies.

When Chrys learns who is responsible for the missing threadweavers, they come for him and his family. He must do everything in his power to protect those he loves, even if it means trusting strangers or, worse, the dark voice in his mind.

Together, they will change the world–whether they intend to or not.

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Book Review: Oh, That Shotgun Sky (Songs of Sefate, #1.5) – Sarah Chorn

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Today I am over the moon to be bringing you a review of ‘Oh, That Shotgun Sky’ by Sarah Chorn, a novella in her Song of Sefate series which began last year with ‘Of Honey and Wildfires’ (which I reviewed HERE). Oh, That Shotgun sky is a bridging novella set in the immediate aftermath of the events at the end Of Honey and Wildfires, and laying some groundwork for Glass Rhapsody which is due out later this year. Glass Rhapsody (Songs of Sefate #2) was already on my list of most anticipated sequels for 2021 and this novella was an unexpected, and most welcome surprise.

Ever since I read Seraphina’s Lament, Sarah Chorn’s debut, she has has rocketed straight to the top of my favourite and must-buy authors, and Of Honey and Wildfires cemented that when it came out. So my year was made when I learned there was going to be more books this year, and I leapt at the chance to read an arc of Oh, That Shotgun Sky (in fact I was about ready to sell my soul for the chance), and this novella is certainly a favourite for 2021.

You can find the cover reveal, and read the first chapter for yourself over at Fantasy Book Critic. And for more news about Songs of Sefate, and Sarah’s writing in general check out her latest post across at Bookworm Blues. (My most anticipated list might have changed just a little…)

Oh, That Shotgun Sky also features beautiful character sketches by Sen Qin, and it was lovely to the characters being brought to life, and I hope that you will take the time the time to check out the artist’s work (HERE).

***** *****

Disclaimer – I received an e-arc in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and heartbreak are my own.’

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Book Summary:

Days after the Boundary falls, six strangers converge in a one-horse town, all of them on the run. Some from the past, some avoiding the future.

When men from Shine Company arrive to reclaim their own, these desperate travelers have to decide if they stand with the law, or against it.

Men pull the trigger and blood spills.

Fate pulls the strings and everybody dances.

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Webcomic Wednesday: The Wastelands – Petitecreme

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So today, I am delighted to be kicking off one of the new features for the blog – Webcomic Wednesday. Its a format of storytelling that I’ve dipped into on and off over the last couple of years, and always wanted to find the time to write more, and now seemed like the perfect time to take that step. For this first one, I also wanted to take a look at a webcomic that has been on my periphery for a while, and that is The Wastelands.

“A world left empty from its Gods as the mortals struggle to continue living with poisoned lands, corrupted guardians and abandoned temples.

Following the lives of Rahu; a nomad who believes one god has cursed him, Kyror; the last prince of the Great Creator Goddess’ land and Amy; A young woman who doesn’t belong.

Will Amy find a way home? Will Rahu find the god that cursed him? Will Kyror discover what happened to his land and are the gods truly gone?”

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Book Review: The Weeping Sigil (Dreadbound Ode #2) – Jordan Loyal Short

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Today I am delighted to be sharing my review of The Weeping Sigil by Jordan Loyal Short, the second book in the Dreadbound Ode. I loved the first one, and leapt at the chance to read and review the second (even though it took me longer than I had hoped), and even with going into this one with high expectations, The Weeping Sigil surpassed all of them.

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

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Book Summary:

Adrift in the void, Henrik’s rescue is only a prelude to slavery.

But his new life on Tyria is not at all what he expected. When the illustrious House of Quoll purchases him, Henrik finds himself living in the home of his old enemy, Prefect Brasca Quoll. Desperate to hide the truth of his last days on Heimir, Henrik dives into the murderous game of Tyrianite politics. Devastated by the catastrophe on the Norn homeworld, the Federation teeters on the brink of civil war.

While the Shining Ones maneuver their champions for the final confrontation, Henrik’s fevered visions unveil the scope of Moriigo’s nightmarish rebellion.

Aboard a stolen voidcraft, Brohr and Lyssa hurtle into the depths of the starry abyss, on a desperate exodus in search of safe haven. But the outer reaches of the system are full of strange worlds, haunted ruins, and bizarre cults.

As anarchy grips the streets of Tyria, Henrik vows to reveal the true peril facing the Federation: Moriigo’s return! While rival electors, assassins, and federal inquisitors plot the downfall of House Quoll, Henrik must bind himself to the future of his onetime enemies, lest the horrors of his prophetic visions come to pass!

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