IFA Summer Challenge: Mini Reviews 4

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Here are my mini reviews (also available on GR) for the indie books that I read as part of the IFA Summer Challenge for the past couple of weeks:

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Death and Taxes – J. Zachary Pike
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Book Summary:

When Arthur takes a job at a Blue’s Doughnuts, he has no idea that his fat, obstinate boss Buford Lafont has a secret: in addition to running a failing bakery, Lafont moonlights as a private investigator and a reluctant expert on the paranormal phenomena that threaten humanity.

Detective Lafont wants little to do with the darker side of his small New England town, but the spirits and powers that lurk in the shadows won’t leave him alone. His first case with Arthur at his side starts out as a simple disappearance, but quickly draws them into the realm of occult mathematics and sinister rituals. It will take all of Lafont’s skill and cunning if they’re to survive the dark truth behind the victim’s death and taxes.

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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. I will have another of these up in a couple of days as I catch up with my reviews, and then one on Sunday for my self-published reads. I also have longer reviews coming for the Emaneska series by Ben Galley and Sorcery of a Queen by Brian Naslund.

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Book Review: Limbo – Thiago d’Evecque

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Today I am reviewing ‘Limbo’ by Thiago d’Evecque which I read as part of the Indie Fantasy Addicts Summer Challenge and thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope that you will check out the book and author.

 

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Book Summary:

The fate of the world hinges on a forsaken spirit, a mad god in a sword, and 12 mythological beings.

The Limbo is where all souls — human or otherwise — go to after dying. Some don’t realize where they are. Death is a hard habit to get used to. Gods and mythological figures also dwell in the plane, borne from humanity’s beliefs.

A forsaken spirit is awakened and ordered to dispatch 12 souls back to Earth to prevent the apocalypse. Many don’t take kindly to the return. Accompanied by an imprisoned mad god, the spirit must compel them.

Each of the 12 unlocks a piece of the forsaken spirit’s true identity. Memories unfold and past wounds bleed again.

The journey will reveal buried truths about gods, angels, humanity, and the forsaken spirit itself.

If you like epic fights, diverse mythology reinterpreted, and surprising plot twists, Limbo is for you.

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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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#WomenSFF: Protector of the Small Quartet – Tamora Pierce

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As part of the #womensff on twitter, I wanted to talk about some of my favourite female authors, and today I am kicking this off with one of my favourite series and authors of all time (and I would apologise for the length of this post, but even this is barely enough to convey my love for this series).

The Protector of the Small Quartet was actually the third series that I read by Tamora Pierce. I started with The Immortals after finding a copy of Wild Magic hidden away in our school library. I fell in love, swiftly consuming that book and then the rest of the series before moving onto The Song of the Lioness (I have since read them more in order many times), and then Protector of the Small. Now, I love all three series, and I have reread them countless times over the year, but it was that last one that really hooked both as a child and as an adult.

It was reading about Keladry that had little me so obsessed with Knights, that my parents started taking me up to the Jousting tournaments that were held at the local Castle a couple of times each year, and one of my teachers scratching their head when after wanting to be a vet for a long time I suddenly declared that I wanted to be a Knight. After all, if Kel could be one, then why couldn’t I? Sadly, I did not become a Knight, although there are still days when I daydream. However, I can see the influence of these books in other places such as my love for books with female warriors and strong female leads, and also in my own writing, because I have never once questioned that girls/women can fight as well if not better than men, and it was Kel that was first taught me that.

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Blog Tour (Book Review) – The Summoned Ones (Flight to Bericea #1)- Darryl A. Woods

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘The Summoned Ones’ by Darryl A. Woods organised by Damppebbles Blog Tours. , and I hope that you will check out both the author and the book.

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

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Book Summary:

The Bericean army was in Malabrim for the ninth straight fighting season. Over the past 9 years, Zybaro, the leader of a small band of unknowns, had evolved from his days as a minor usurper of a tiny kingdom. Now, almost the entire country of Malabrim was under Zybaro’s control, and his army was large enough to easily challenge Bericea’s army. Still, Bericea continued its raids into Malabrim, hoping to stem Zybaro’s methodical progress and thwart his tyrannical means of control. Zybaro had seized village after village, forcing anyone capable of joining his army and enslaving all who remained in deplorable working conditions to supply his army.

This latest conflict with Zybaro had pushed General Darnon to a decision, one he had resisted making for over a year. Though he still held grave reservations about the Prophecies, he was willing to support the clerics who would attempt the summoning. The details of the ritual had recently been discovered in an ancient tome. The clerics were confident they could bring forth the Summoned Ones of Prophecy, those mysterious beings who would aid Bericea in its time of greatest need.

Darnon also had concerns about the location of the summoning. It would have to take place farther into Malabrim than they had ventured in many years. And even if the ritual was effective, it would be a great challenge to get the Summoned Ones safely back to Bericea, in addition to the soldiers sent to protect them. However, Darnon felt that morale was so low, if they survived this battle, he owed his troops the hope the summoning ritual could bring.

Join the soldiers of Bericea and the Summoned Ones through a life-or-death struggle. The Summoned Ones was made up of a small college aged group of friends from a small Kentucky town near the Daniel Boone National Forrest, who find themselves somehow brought to a chaotic world through magic. Their epic journey will push the Summoned beyond the limits of their endurance. This unlikely group will discover many truths about themselves and experience another world beyond their imagination.

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Book Review: Ashes of the Sun (Burningblade & Silvereye #1) – Django Wexler.

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It’s been a crazy couple of weeks as I am finally back at work after three months of furlough, which is great because I have missed being there, but also exhausting and reading and reviews unfortunately were the parts of my life that fell slightly to the wayside. That said, I have finished several – so I have a few reviews in the pipeline now I getting into the swing of things, and I am determined to get out a couple of posts for the #womeninsff on twitter before the end of July.

That said today – somewhat later than planned – I am reviewing ‘Ashes of the Sun’ by Django Wexler. It was the cover that immediately grabbed me with this book, I just love that combination of colours and the entire composition is just eye catching, and I really liked the premise.

Best of all, I really enjoyed this book.

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

Long ago, a magical war destroyed an empire, and a new one was built in its ashes. But still the old grudges simmer, and two siblings will fight on opposite sides to save their world in the start of Django Wexler’s new epic fantasy trilogy.

Gyre hasn’t seen his beloved sister since their parents sold her to the mysterious Twilight Order. Now, twelve years after her disappearance, Gyre’s sole focus is revenge, and he’s willing to risk anything and anyone to claim enough power to destroy the Order.

Chasing rumors of a fabled city protecting a powerful artifact, Gyre comes face-to-face with his lost sister. But she isn’t who she once was. Trained to be a warrior, Maya wields magic for the Twilight Order’s cause. Standing on opposite sides of a looming civil war, the two siblings will learn that not even the ties of blood will keep them from splitting the world in two.

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Book Review: The Story of Silence – Alex Meyers

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Today I am reviewing ‘The Story of Silence’ by Alex Meyers, whose cover and premise intrigued me from the start.

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

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Book Summary:

There was once, long ago, a foolish king who decreed that women should not, and would not, inherit. Thus when a girl-child was born to Lord Cador – Merlin-enchanted fighter of dragons and Earl of Cornwall – he secreted her away: to be raised a boy so that the family land and honour would remain intact.

That child’s name was Silence.

Silence must find their own place in a medieval world that is determined to place the many restrictions of gender and class upon them. With dreams of knighthood and a lonely heart to answer, Silence sets out to define themselves.

Soon their silence will be ended.

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Blog Tour (Book Review) – Shadow of a Dead God (Mennik Thorn#1) – Patrick Samphire

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘Shadow of a Dead God’ by Patrick Samphire organised by Storytellers on Tour. This book had already been on my radar and my TBR because of SPFBO 6 which is currently running, so I leapt at the chance to participate in this tour. This was a fantastic 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 above or (HERE).

Also please check out the bottom of the post for a giveaway, and a chance to get your hands on a copy of this brilliant book.

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

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Book Summary:

A dead god. A brutal murder. One second-rate mage.

It was only supposed to be one little job – a simple curse-breaking for Mennik Thorn to pay back a favour to his oldest friend. But then it all blew up in his face. Now he’s been framed for a murder he didn’t commit.

So how is a second-rate mage, broke, traumatized, and with a habit of annoying the wrong people, supposed to prove his innocence when everyone believes he’s guilty?

Mennik has no choice if he is going to get out of this: he will have to throw himself into the corrupt world of the city’s high mages, a world he fled years ago. Faced by supernatural beasts, the mage-killing Ash Guard, and a ruthless, unknown adversary, it’s going to take every trick Mennik can summon just to keep him and his friend alive.

But a new, dark power is rising in Agatos, and all that stands in its way is one damaged mage…

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