Book Review: Winter’s Dawn (Flos Magicae) – Arden Powell

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What is this productivity? Back to back reviews? Adjusting to the new job has been a thing, but I think I’m getting into the balance now and hopefully dealing with the backlog of reviews. Anyway, today I am here with a review of Winter’s Dawn by Arden Powell.

Book Summary:

Thomas Brighton, a professor of theoretical magic, has been accused of treason. Imprisoned in the bleak Blackwood Gaol as he awaits his trial, he is cut off from his magic and his studies: a fate worse than death for the scholar who has devoted his life to academia. His only company is Winter, the mysterious prisoner in the neighbouring cell. As Thomas’ trial drags nearer, their whispered conversations are the only thing keeping him from giving in to boredom and despair.

Winter is a radical, a murderer, and a traitor to the crown. Everything Thomas fears and looks down on. But as Blackwood continues to crush his spirit and his magic, Winter might be his only ally. And Thomas might be Winter’s only chance of escape. Because if Blackwood and its guards don’t kill them both, the hangman’s noose surely will.

Winter’s Dawn is a 24,000-word fantasy novella with a male lead and a nonbinary love interest. It is part of the Flos Magicae series, set in an alternate 1920s universe with magic. All the stories are standalone historical fantasy romances and can be read in any order.

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Book Review: The World Reaper Odyssey – Luke Tarzian

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Today I am delighted to be reviewing the novelette ‘The World Reaper Odyssey’ which is part of Luke Tarzian’s omnibus edition of the Adjacent Monsters series which came out yesterday (digital) and will be out in physical copies in a couple of days. There are no words to describe how excited I was when this omnibus edition with a bonus novelette was announced, and I grabbed the digital copy straight away and I will getting the physical once it’s released (I mean just look at that cover, who wouldn’t – plus I need a matching set!).

You can check out my reviews for the other books in this omnibus edition here:

The World Maker Parable | The World Breaker Requiem | The World Breaker Requiem: Deep Dive

Book Summary:

Both books in the Adjacent Monsters duology, plus a bonus novelette, compiled in a digital boxset and print omnibus.

THE WORLD MAKER PARABLE

Guilt will always call you back…

Rhona is a faithful servant of the country Jémoon and a woman in love. Everything changes when her beloved sets the ravenous Vulture goddess loose upon the land. Forced to execute the woman she loves for committing treason, Rhona discovers a profound correlation between morality and truth. A connection that might save her people or annihilate them all.

You are a lie…

Varésh Lúm-talé is many things, most of all a genocidal liar. A falsity searching for the Phoenix goddess whom he believes can help him rectify his atrocities. Such an undertaking is an arduous one for a man with missing memories and a conscience set on rending him from inside out. A man whose journey leads to Hang-Dead Forest and a meeting with a Vulture goddess who is not entirely as she seems.


THE WORLD BREAKER REQUIEM

Prince of Woe…

Avaria Norrith is the adopted heir to the Ariathan throne. But that means little to a man who, for the better part of fifteen years, has sought and failed to earn his mother’s love. Fueled by pride and envy, Avaria seeks the means to prove himself and cast away his mental chains. When he’s tasked with the recreation of The Raven’s Rage he sees his chance, for with the infamous blade he can rewrite history and start anew.

Daughter of the Mountain…

Erath has not felt sunlight for a century. Not since Ariath condemned her people to a life of darkness with their misuse of The Raven’s Rage. But when an old friend comes seeking the remnants of the ancient sword, Erath cannot contain her curiosity and resolves to lend her aid. Is it true-can history be revised? Can her people be reclaimed?

Toll the Hounds…

They are hungry-and they are here.

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Book Review: Cold West – Clayton W. Snyder

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Today I am delighted to finally be sharing my review for Cold West by Clayton W. Snyder. For some reason, maybe just because life has been a little crazy lately, this review has been fighting me no end.

Book Summary:

Bastard. Killer. Husband. Father.

His wife cold in the ground, and two young boys to feed, Wil Cutter turns to what he knows: Violence. But a bounty is never just a bounty, and blood is never spilled in drops. Forced to ever more violent acts, he’ll have to ask himself: Is Hell too far to ride?

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Blog Tour (Book Review): Our Bloody Pearl (These Treacherous Tides #0) – D.N. Bryn

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Today I am delighted to be joining The Write Reads blog tour for Our Bloody Pearl by D.N. Bryn which was a finalist in BBNYA 2021. It is also a book that I have been meaning to read for ages, especially after reading and enjoying Once Stolen which is part of the same series.

Disclaimer – I received a copy in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

Book Summary:

The ocean is uncontrollable and dangerous. But to the sirens who swim the warm island waters, it’s a home more than worth protecting from the humans and their steam-propelled ships. Between their hypnotic voices and the strength of their powerful tails, sirens have little to fear.

That is, until the ruthless pirate captain, Kian, creates a device to cancel out their songs.

Perle was the first siren captured, and while all since have either been sold or killed, Kian still keeps them prisoner. Though their song is muted and their tail paralyzed, Perle’s hope for escape rekindles as another pirating vessel seizes Kian’s ship. This new captain seems different, with his brilliant smile and his promises that Kian will never again be Perle’s master. But he’s still a human, and a captor in his own way. The compassion he and his rag-tag human family show can’t be sincere… or can it?

Soon it becomes clear that Kian will hunt Perle relentlessly, taking down any siren in her path. As the tides turn, Perle must decide whether to run from Kian forever, or ride the forming wave into battle, hoping their newfound human companions will fight with them.

This adult fantasy novel featuring an nonbinary disabled protagonist is a voyage of laughter and danger where friendships and love abound and sirens are sure to steal—or eat—your heart. 

Trigger warnings: mild gore due to carnivorous sirens and sensations of drowning.

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Book Review: Travels in the Dark (Dreadbound Ode #3) – Jordan Loyal Short

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Today I am delighted to be reviewing Travels in the Dark by Jordan Loyal Short, the third and final book in the Dreadbound Ode which is out the world TODAY!

Disclaimer – I received a copy in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

Book Summary:

Lyssa is going to the Dead Place and everyone she killed will be waiting.

As the Hidden One’s twisted plan to resurrect the Deep Gods unfolds, the only way to stop him is a secret buried in the land of death.

But Lyssa has not given up. If the Deep Gods can return, so can she.

Can Lyssa find a way back? Can she delve into hell’s darkest corners and emerge with the lore to stop the Deep Gods’ rise? Or will she become a lost soul, like so many of those she loved in life?

Ancient horrors will wake. Skalds will sing. And a blind seer will see the shadows gather.

Lyssa Pedersten has tasted poison, and hell had best beware.

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Blog Tour (Book Review): A Touch of Light (The Ashes of Avarin #3) – Thiago Abdalla

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Later than intended due to the wonders that are technology, but today I delighted to again be joining Escapist Blog Tours, this time with a review of A Touch of Light by Thiago Abdalla. This is the first book in The Ashes of Avarin and the author’s debut, and it is out in the wild as of yesterday (01/03), so please do check it out and support the author, and you can also find the rest of the tour schedule below.

Disclaimer – I received a copy in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

Book Summary:

The dead shall not be mourned or remembered, for death is the enemy, and will only drive the Seraph away.

The Domain is the bastion of life. The Seraph blesses her faithful with endless years, and death is kept away in hope for Her return, but The Domain nations are not the only ones in Avarin. They have managed only a tenuous peace with the clans to the south, who believe life must be returned to the Earth to keep it whole.

Yet the world of Avarin is changing.

In the clanlands, parts of the Earth seem to be withering away, while in the Domain, a deadly frenzy spreads among the people. It brings darkness to the minds of men and bloodlust to their hearts.

This sickness threatens more than just the peace in the realm, it imperils its very heart.

Now the people of Avarin must fight to save it, before death comes for them all.

Dive into this sweeping epic fantasy saga where religion and politics are one, magic brings terror into the hearts of men, and a looming blight threatens to tear everything down.

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Blog Tour (Deep Dive): The World Breaker Requiem (Adjacent Monsters #2) – Luke Tarzian

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Much later than planned thanks to being ill, but I am delighted to be part of the Escapist Book Tour for one of my favourite books – The World Breaker Requiem by Luke Tarzian. This is the second, standalone book in the Adjacent Monsters series, which was my series of the year for 2021. I absolutely adore this book, it has rapidly become of my most reread books and every time I read it, I’m finding new bits to love.

You can check out my original review of this book here and my review of the first book, The World Maker Parable here.

Book Summary:

Prince of Woe…

Avaria Norrith is the adopted heir to the Ariathan throne. But that means little to a man who, for the better part of fifteen years, has sought and failed to earn his mother’s love. Fueled by pride and envy, Avaria seeks the means to prove himself and cast away his mental chains. When he’s tasked with the recreation of The Raven’s Rage he sees his chance, for with the infamous blade he can rewrite history and start anew.

Daughter of the Mountain…

Erath has not felt sunlight for a century. Not since Ariath condemned her people to a life of darkness with their misuse of The Raven’s Rage. But when an old friend comes seeking the remnants of the ancient sword, Erath cannot contain her curiosity and resolves to lend her aid. Is it true—can history be revised? Can her people be reclaimed?

Toll the Hounds…

They are hungry—and they are here.

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Book Review: Where Blood Runs Gold – A.C. Cross

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The blog will be getting back into full swing at the start of February. I’ve been using this month to try and build up a bit of a buffer with posts, and just to rest and reclaim some activities that had fallen to the wayside in the last year or so.

However, today I am delighted to be reviewing ‘Where Blood Runs Gold’ by A.C. Cross which turned out to be an incredibly fun and compelling read.

Disclaimer – I received a copy in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

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Book Summary:

Sheriff Errol Thorpe’s life is chaotic, brutal, and above all, solitary. After an unimaginable loss years ago, all he feels is the compulsion to seek vengeance. But when a vulnerable family arrives in town, facing an ugly future, he is pulled headfirst into a web of violence, secrets, and things he never imagined. In search of truth and answers, Thorpe finds himself battling deadly flesh-eating Dust, acidic golden blood, and the political designs of powerful people – all the while learning how to be a person again. When Dust rises in San Dios, people hide indoors. When Sheriff Thorpe arrives, people run.

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Book Review: A Sorrow Named Joy – Sarah Chorn

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I’m delighted to be back with the first review of the new year, and even better it’s a new book that’s out TODAY and by my favourite author. A Sorrow Named Joy is a beautiful novella that packs one hell of an emotional punch, and will make you think.

Disclaimer – I received an e-arc in exchange for an honest review, and I was also a beta reader for this book. All thoughts and emotions are my own.

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Book Summary:

Joy desires nothing more than her husband’s happiness. She spends her days creating the perfect life for him in their idyllic suburban home. Everything is neat, predictable, and in its place.

When Joy finds a picture that hints at a past she cannot remember, the facade cracks. As secrets are revealed, Joy realizes her blissful life is crumbling and to find herself, she must first lose herself.

Perfect, after all, is only an illusion.

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Book Review: Of Darkness and Light (The Broken and the Bound #2) – Ryan Cahill

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Today I am delighted to be reviewing Of Darkness and Light by Ryan Cahill which will be released on the 31st December. This is the second full novel of The Broken and the Bound, and you can find my reviews for the first book Of Blood and Fire and the prequel novella The Fall here. This is a fantastic series that is going from strength to strength, and has well and truly reignited my love of Dragons.
I was also lucky enough to receive a physical arc of this book, which is simply stunning:

Disclaimer – I received a copy in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

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Book Summary:

Heroes will rise. Nations will fall.

Behind the towering walls of Belduar, Calen Bryer and his companions stand in defense of the city and its new king. In over a thousand years, Belduar has never fallen. It has stood as a bastion of hope. But the Lorian empire are at its walls once more, and the Dragonguard are coming.

In the North, with Faenir by her side, Calen’s sister Ella arrives at the port of Antiquar. She holds no fear of the unknown. She will see this through, no matter what – or who – gets in her way.

Meanwhile, at the embassy of the Circle of Magii in Al’Nasla, Rist Havel hones his newfound powers in preparation for the trials. Unbeknownst to Rist, he is being watched, measured, and judged. He was not taken into the Circle by chance. There is greatness in him. But great men can do terrible things.

As Lorian forces land on southern shores and Aeson Virandr’s letters of rebellion find their way to the right hands, only the Knights of Achyron see the true danger. The danger that stirs in the darkness. The coming shadow will not stop. It will consume all in its path. It wants for nothing but blood and fire.

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