Fantasy, Review, Sci-Fi, Traditionally-Published, Wyrd & Wonder, YA

Mini Reviews

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I thought I would share some of the smaller reviews that I have done over the last couple of months, for some recent and upcoming releases.

*Disclaimer: I received e-arcs of the books in this post from netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Top 10 – Fantasy Anime Recommendations

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Today I thought that I would do something different for #WyrdAndWonder and look at some of my favourite fantasy anime. Now, this list is entirely personal – I know as many people who dislike these as like them, and it only scratches the surface of what anime is out there (there were so many I could have added to this list).

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Book Review: The Lessons Never Learned (The War Eternal #2) – Rob J. Hayes

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Today I am reviewing ‘The Lessons Never Learned’ by Rob. J. Hayes. You can check out my review of book one ‘Along the Razor’s Edge’ (HERE), and the author wrote a post about writing this second book that people should check out HERE.

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Book Summary:

I am the weapon.

Eskara is free of the Pit, but far from safe. She is beset by the ghosts of those she has killed, and plagued by the ancient horror that possesses her. Enemies dog her heels, determined to see the last Orran Sourcerer dead. Worse still, there is new player in the game, one far more dangerous than anything she has faced before.

But there is one place that might offer her both the safety she needs to survive, and the power she needs to strike back; Ro’shan, the flying home of a God.

Eska will soon learn that all power comes with a cost, and some prices are too high.

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Book Review: The Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates #1) – A. K. Larkwood

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Today (which was supposed to be yesterday, but the wifi was not playing ball) I am reviewing ‘The Unspoken Name’ by A.K. Larkwood.

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Book Summary:

Does she owe her life to those planning her death . . .

Csorwe was raised by a death cult steeped in old magic. And on her fourteenth birthday, she’ll be sacrificed to their god. But as she waits for the end, she’s offered a chance to escape her fate. A sorcerer wants her as his assistant, sword-hand and assassin. As this involves her not dying that day, she accepts.

Csorwe spends years living on a knife-edge, helping her master hunt an artefact which could change many worlds. Then comes the day she’s been dreading. They encounter Csorwe’s old cult – seeking the same magical object – and Csorwe is forced to reckon with her past. She also meets Shuthmili, the war-mage who’ll change her future.

If she’s to survive, Csorwe must evade her enemies, claim the artefact and stop the death cult once and for all. As she plunges from one danger to the next, the hunt is on . . .

The Unspoken Name by A. K. Larkwood is the incredible first book in The Unspoken Name duology.

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Blog Tour (Book Review): The Girl and the Stars (Book of the Ice #1)- Mark Lawrence

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘The Girl and the Stars’ by Mark Lawrence, organised by Random Things Tours. I had wanted to read this book as soon as I heard that it was coming out, so I was delighted to have participate in this tour, and I hope that you will check out both the author and the book.

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

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Book Summary:

East of the Black Rock, out on the ice, lies a hole down which broken children are thrown

On the vastness of the ice there is no room for individuals. No one survives alone.
To resist the cold, to endure the months of night when even the air itself begins to freeze, requires a special breed. Variation is dangerous, difference is fatal. And Yaz is different.

Torn from her family, from the boy she thought she would spend her life with, Yaz has to carve a new path for herself in a world whose existence she never suspected. A world full of danger.

Beneath the ice, Yaz will learn that Abeth is older and stranger than she had ever imagined.
She will learn that her weaknesses are another kind of strength. And she will learn to challenge the cruel arithmetic of survival that has always governed her people.

Only when it’s darkest can you see the stars.

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Blog Tour (Book Review): The Heron Kings – Eric Lewis

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Hello!

Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘The Heron Kings’ by Eric Lewis, organised by Random Things Tours.  I was delighted to have participate in this tour, and I hope that you will check out both the author and the book.

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

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Book Summary:

After a warlord slaughters her patients, Sister Alessia quits the cloister and
strikes out on her own to heal the victims of a brutal dynastic conflict. H er
roaming forest camp unwittingly becomes the center of a vengeful peasant
insurgency, raiding the forces of both sides to survive. Alessia struggles to
temper their fury as well as tend wounds, consenting to ever greater violence
to keep her new charges safe. When they uncover proof of a foreign
conspiracy prolonging the bloodshed, Alessia risks the very lives she’s saved
to expose the truth and bring the war to an end.

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Book Review: Along the Razor’s Edge (The War Eternal#1) – Rob J. Hayes

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            Today I am reviewing ‘Along the Razor’s Edge’ by Rob. J. Hayes. After reading ‘Never Die’ and loving it, I was keen to read more, and I was not disappointed!

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Book Summary:

No one escapes the Pit.

At just fifteen Eskara Helsene fought in the greatest war mankind has ever known. Fought and lost. There is only one place her enemies would send a Sourcerer as powerful as her, the Pit, a prison sunk so deep into the earth the sun is a distant memory. Now she finds herself stripped of her magic; a young girl surrounded by thieves, murderers, and worse. In order to survive she will need to find new allies, play the inmates against each other, and find a way out. Her enemies will soon find Eskara is not so easily broken.

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Book Review: The Ranger of Marzanna (The Goddess War: Book 1) – Jon Skovron

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            Today I am reviewing ‘The Ranger of Marzanna’ by Jon Skovron. A Russian-inspired fantasy, that I read in the space of a couple of days and fell in love with from the start.

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

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Book Summary:

Two siblings. Two nations. One war for it all.

Sonya is training to be a Ranger of Marzanna, an ancient sect of warriors who have protected the land for generations. But the old ways are dying, and the rangers have all been forced into hiding or killed off by the invading Empire.

When her father is murdered by imperial soldiers, she decides to finally take action. Using her skills as a ranger she will travel across the bitter cold tundra and gain the allegiance of the only other force strong enough to take down the invaders.

But nothing about her quest will be easy. Her brother, Sebastian, is the most powerful sorcerer the world has ever seen.

And he’s fighting for the empire.

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Wyrd and Wonder: May TBR

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Something a little new today, as I will be sharing my planned TBR list for May. I will be participating in Wyrd & Wonder (1-31st May) a month long blogging event where all things fantasy will be celebrated. As much as I read other genres, fantasy is where my heart – and my own writing – lies, so I couldn’t miss the chance to hop onboard for this event.
If you are interested in participating or seeing more about the event you can find more information right here or follow on Twitter @wyrdandwonder. With the event being hosted by Lisa from Dear Geek Place, Imryl from One More and Jorie from Jorie Loves A Story.

Firstly I have the following Fantasy reviews coming up:

2nd May – The Ranger of Marzanna – Jon Skovron

4th May – Along the Razor’s Edge – Rob. J. Hayes

5th May – The Heron Kings – Eric Lewis

7th May – The Girl and the Stars – Mark Lawrence

9th May – The Unspoken Name – A.K. Larkwood

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Book Review: Of Honey and Wildfires – Sarah Chorn

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Today I am a reviewing a book that I have been waiting for ever since it was announced that it would be coming out this year. I fell in love with Sarah Chorn’s writing in her debut novel ‘Seraphina’s Lament‘ which remains my favourite book to date, and seeing the snippets that have been posted online and the information about the world-building that she has shared via her blog, I knew that I was going to love this book – set in a whole new world – just as much. So, at midnight last night I was sat kindle in hand, waiting for it to arrive, and even with my high hopes and expectations I was blown away by ‘Of Honey and Wildfires’.

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Book Summary

From the moment the first settler dug a well and struck a lode of shine, the world changed. Now, everything revolves around that magical oil.

What began as a simple scouting expedition becomes a life-changing ordeal for Arlen Esco. The son of a powerful mogul, Arlen is kidnapped and forced to confront uncomfortable truths his father has kept hidden. In his hands lies a decision that will determine the fate of everyone he loves—and impact the lives of every person in Shine Territory.

The daughter of an infamous saboteur and outlaw, Cassandra has her own dangerous secrets to protect. When the lives of those she loves are threatened, she realizes that she is uniquely placed to change the balance of power in Shine Territory once and for all.

Secrets breed more secrets. Somehow, Arlen and Cassandra must find their own truths in the middle of a garden of lies.

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