Book Review: The Forever Sea (The Forever Sea #1) – Joshua Phillip Johnson

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Today I am delighted to be reviewing ‘The Forever Sea’ the debut novel from Joshua Phillip Johnson, a beautiful book that caught me by surprise with just how much I loved it and is out now.

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

Book Summary:

On the never-ending, miles-high expanse of prairie grasses known as the Forever Sea, Kindred Greyreach, hearthfire keeper and sailor aboard harvesting vessel The Errant, is just beginning to fit in with the crew of her new ship when she receives devastating news. Her grandmother–The Marchess, legendary captain and hearthfire keeper–has stepped from her vessel and disappeared into the sea.

But the note she leaves Kindred suggests this was not an act of suicide. Something waits in the depths, and the Marchess has set out to find it.

To follow in her grandmother’s footsteps, Kindred must embroil herself in conflicts bigger than she could imagine: a water war simmering below the surface of two cultures; the politics of a mythic pirate city floating beyond the edges of safe seas; battles against beasts of the deep, driven to the brink of madness; and the elusive promise of a world below the waves.

Kindred finds that she will sacrifice almost everything–ship, crew, and a life sailing in the sun–to discover the truth of the darkness that waits below the Forever Sea.

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Book Review: We Lie With Death (The Reborn Empire #2) – Devin Madson

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Today I am delighted to be reviewing We Lie with Death by Devin Madson, the second book in The Reborn Empire series. I fell in love with the first book – We Ride with Storm (Review Here) and couldn’t wait to pick up this one, and I wasn’t disappointed.

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

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Book Summary:

Into Kisia’s conquered north, a Levanti empire is born.

Loyal to the new emperor, Dishiva e’Jaroven must tread the line between building a new life and clinging to the old. Only Gideon can lead them, but when he allies himself with a man returned from the dead it will challenge all she thinks she knows and everything she wants to believe.

Now empress of nothing, Miko is more determined than ever to fight for her people, yet with her hunt for allies increasingly desperate, she may learn too late that power lies not in names but in people.

Rah refused to bow to the Levanti emperor, but now abandoned by the Second Swords he must choose whether to fight for his people, or his soul. Will honor be his salvation, or lead to his destruction?

Sold to the Witchdoctor, Cassandra’s only chance of freedom is in his hands, but when her fate becomes inextricably linked to Empress Hana, her true nature could condemn them both.

There is no calm after the storm.

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Book Review: Doors of Sleep – Tim Pratt

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For my second post today, I am delighted to be reviewing Doors of Sleep by Tim Pratt which was released this week by Angry Robot. My first (that I can remember) foray into portal fiction, and I had a lot of fun with this book.

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

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Book Summary:

What would you do if you woke up and found yourself in a parallel universe under an alien sky? This is the question Zax Delatree must answer every time he closes his eyes.

Every time Zax Delatree falls asleep, he travels to a new reality. He has no control over his destination and never knows what he will see when he opens his eyes. Sometimes he wakes up in technological utopias, and other times in the bombed-out ruins of collapsed civilizations. All he has to live by are his wits and the small aides he has picked up along the way – technological advantages from techno-utopias, sedatives to escape dangerous worlds, and stimulants to extend his stay in pleasant ones.

Thankfully, Zax isn’t always alone. He can take people with him, if they’re unconscious in his arms when he falls asleep. But someone unwelcome is on his tail, and they are after something that Zax cannot spare – the blood running through his veins, the power to travel through worlds…

File Under: Science Fiction [ Green Power Sweat Dreams Waking Nightmare Zax of all Trades ]

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Book Review: The Brass Queen – Elizabeth Chatsworth

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For the first post today, I am reviewing The Brass Queen by Elizabeth Chatsworth, which was released on tuesday by Camcat Books.

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

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Book Summary:

In 1897, a fiery British aristocrat and an inept US spy search for a stolen invisibility serum that could spark a global war.

Miss Constance Haltwhistle is the last in a line of blue-blooded rogue inventors. Selling exotic firearms under her alias, the ‘Brass Queen,’ has kept her baronial estate’s coffers full. But when US spy, Trusdale, saves her from assassins, she’s pulled into a search for a scientist with an invisibility serum. As royal foes create an invisible army to start a global war, Constance and Trusdale must learn to trust each other. If they don’t, the world they know will literally disappear before their eyes.

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Book Review: Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen #1) – Steven Erikson

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I’m back with my first review of the year, and with my first read of 2021 – Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson. The Malazan books are something I have heard mentioned over and over again, with very mixed opinions, to the point where it felt like an almost mythical series. I had already planned on doing a series challenge this year to clear some of my TBR, and I decided that now was the time to dive into some bigger ones as well – both Malazan and Wheel of Time. I decided to start with the one that I was least sure of, and well… I loved it.

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Book Summary:

The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting and bloody confrontations with the formidable Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii, ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dread Claw assassins.

For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, surviving cadre mage of the Second Legion, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities of Genabackis, yet holds out. It is to this ancient citadel that Laseen turns her predatory gaze.

However, it would appear that the Empire is not alone in this great game. Sinister, shadowbound forces are gathering as the gods themselves prepare to play their hand…

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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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Book Review: Nophek Gloss (The Graven #1)- Essa Hansen

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In my first post for today (before signing of for Christmas for a couple of days) I am delighted to be reviewing Nophek Gloss by Essa Hansen.

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

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Book Summary:

When a young man’s planet is destroyed, he sets out on a single-minded quest for revenge across the galaxy in Nophek Gloss, the first book in this epic space opera trilogy by debut author Essa Hansen, for fans of Revenger and Children of Time.
Caiden’s planet is destroyed. His family gone. And, his only hope for survival is a crew of misfit aliens and a mysterious ship that seems to have a soul and a universe of its own. Together they will show him that the universe is much bigger, much more advanced, and much more mysterious than Caiden had ever imagined. But the universe hides dangers as well, and soon Caiden has his own plans.

He vows to do anything it takes to get revenge on the slavers who murdered his people and took away his home. To destroy their regime, he must infiltrate and dismantle them from the inside, or die trying.

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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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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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