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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SPFM: Book Review – The Hand of Fire – Roland J O’Leary



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A little later than planned, but here is my first review for Self-Published Fantasy Month, and it’s not even one that was on my TBR, but one that I discovered while browsing through kindle books and immediately fell in love with the cover (I love black and white colours with just a flash of colour, and this one is particularly striking).

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Book Summary:

The Grand Alliance has failed, its armies destroyed on the battlefield by the monstrous Ulokan horde. But the Ulokans have been defeated in turn by the forces of the sorcerer-lord Skraka Gorn. As ancient evils rise once more and new threats emerge, Gorn holds himself out as the only hope for the survival of humankind.

Tamurac, lord of the Halyas, has disappeared in the battle. Now his teenage son Danalar must accept responsibility and become the warrior and leader he has trained his whole life to be. Meanwhile, until he comes of age it falls to Charymylle, Lady Halyas, to lead the clan through this time of change – if the wardens and warband will follow a woman.

When a survivor returns with suspicions of Gorn’s treachery, the Halyas must make a fateful choice. They could choose safety and give up their free heritage to support Gorn’s imperial ambitions. Or dare to resist his expanding empire and face his devastating sorceries in a new kind of war.

Their decision leads to an adventure greater and more terrible than Danalar ever imagined.

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Book Review: The Bone Shard Daughter (The Drowning Empire #1) – Andrea Stewart

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         Today  I am reviewing ‘The Bone Shard Daughter’ by Andrea Stewart. Spoiler: I loved it, and I hope you will check out the author and this stunning fantasy debut which is out next week!

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Book Summary:

In an empire controlled by bone shard magic, Lin, the former heir to the emperor will fight to reclaim her magic and her place on the throne. The Bone Shard Daughter marks the debut of a major new voice in epic fantasy.

The emperor’s reign has lasted for decades, his mastery of bone shard magic powering the animal-like constructs that maintain law and order. But now his rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the Empire’s many islands.

Lin is the emperor’s daughter and spends her days trapped in a palace of locked doors and dark secrets. When her father refuses to recognise her as heir to the throne, she vows to prove her worth by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic.

Yet such power carries a great cost, and when the revolution reaches the gates of the palace, Lin must decide how far she is willing to go to claim her birthright – and save her people.

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August Wrap-up and September Plans

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Since we’re on the brink of September (and when did that happen?) I thought that I would do a wrap up post for August, before plunging into September where I will be participating in Self-Published Fantasy Month. You can find my TBR for that event here, I have added some to the list since then, but keeping them unofficial so that if I don’t get to them I won’t feel as bad.

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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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Blog Tour (Book Review) – I, Exile – David. M. Samuels

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘I, Exile’ by David M. Samuels organised by Storytellers on Tour. This was a fun read, 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).

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

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Book Summary:

Exiled into a wasteland because of a heist gone wrong, Emelith vows to hunt down the one responsible. Except not all is what it seems in the haunted realm of the Cauldron.

Classic Swords & Sorcery meets cinematic 90’s action (Tomb Raider, The Mummy, Indiana Jones) in this rollicking thief’s tale

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Norsevember TBR

 

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So I am stoked to be participating in the #Norsevember event arranged by Alex at Spells and Spaceships and there is still time to sign up if you want an excuse to dive into some Norse inspired books this November. This is my TBR although I may squeeze in some other books here and there, and I am actually just finishing up ‘Northern Wrath’ by Thilde Kold Holdt, which I would highly recommend, with a full review to follow once I’m done. For anyone searching for more recommendations for Norse inspired fiction, check out this POST by David S at Fanfiaddict.

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Blog Tour (Book Review) – The Naseby Horses – Dominic Brownlow

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘The Naseby Horses’ by Dominic Brownlow, organised by Damppebbles Blog Tours. I hope that you will check out both the author and the book, as well as the rest of the blogs involved in the tour.

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

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Book Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Simon’s sister Charlotte is missing. The lonely Fenland village the family recently moved to from London is odd, silent, and mysterious. Simon is epileptic and his seizures are increasing in severity, but when he is told of the local curse of the Naseby Horses, he is convinced it has something to do with Charlotte’s disappearance. Despite resistance from the villagers, the police, and his own family, Simon is determined to uncover the truth, and save his sister.

Under the oppressive Fenland skies and in the heat of a relentless June, Simon’s bond with Charlotte is fierce, all-consuming, and unbreakable; but can he find her? And does she even want to be found?

Drawing on philosophy, science, and the natural world, The Naseby Horses is a moving exploration of the bond between a brother and his sister; of love; and of the meaning of life itself.

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Self-Published Fantasy Month TBR

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We’re days away from the start of September and the launch of Self-Published Fantasy month (Website| Twitter), so I thought that I would compile my TBR for the event.  It was hard to narrow down the ones I wanted to include as I have a large backlog of indie fantasy that I want to get too, and I keep adding more to the list, and I am hoping that I will be able to read a few more than the ones mentioned here throughout September but decided to keep them as bonuses and focus on this TBR.

However, in addition to these ten I will also be participating in blog tours for ‘The Skald’s Black Verse’ by Jordan Loyal Short and ‘The Jealousy of Jalice’ by Jesse Nolan Bailey so please keep an eye out for those tours.

 

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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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