Book Review: The Living Waters (Weirdwater Confluence #1) – Dan Fitzgerald

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Today I am delighted to be sharing my review of The Living Waters by Dan Fitzgerald, the first book in the Weirdwater Confluence Duology which is out from Shadow Spark Publishing on the 15th October. I loved the Maer Cycle, and was super excited for this one and oh my goodness I am in love with this book and it’s characters. This is possibly the longest review I’ve written because The Living Waters gave me so many thoughts and feelings, and even then I don’t feel as though I’ve even scraped the surface.

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

Book Summary:

When two painted-faced nobles take a guided raft trip on a muddy river, they expect to rough it for a few weeks before returning to their life of sheltered ease. But when mysterious swirls start appearing in the water, even their seasoned guides get rattled. 

The mystery of the swirls lures them on to seek the mythical wetlands known as the Living Waters. They discover a world beyond their imagining, but stranger still are the worlds they find inside their own minds as they are drawn deep into the troubles of this hidden place. 

The Living Waters is a sword-free fantasy novel featuring an ethereal love story, meditation magic, and an ancient book with cryptic marginalia.

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Blog Tour (Book Review): The Blood of the Spear (The Eye of Eternity #1) – Mark Timmony

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘The Blood of the Spear’ by Mark Timmony organised by Storytellers on Tour.

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).

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

Book Summary:

Two brothers. One prophecy. A world in peril.

When Kaiel loses his chance to become part of the legendary Daemon Hunters, joining the Bronze Guard mercenaries seems like the logical alternative. It is an opportunity to put his training to use and, more importantly, as the company is currently in the employ of Prince Alesandr, it will allow him to keep an eye on his younger brother, Darien, who’s determined to follow his dream of becoming a Ciralys magic-user.

But the broken continent of Athmay still bears the scars of the war between the Summoners some three-thousand years ago, and an unexpected battle with a daemon – a remnant of that ancient war – reveals the brothers’ connection to a forbidden bloodline. Soon they find themselves on the run from the prince, daemonic hordes, and a prophecy that could break the world anew.

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Book Review: The Queen of Izmoroz (The Goddess War #2) – Jon Skovron

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Continuing with my netgalley catch-up I am delighted to be reviewing The Queen of Izmoroz by Jon Skovron, which is the second book in the Goddess Wars series and was one of my most anticipated books for 2021. You can read my review for the first book in this series – The Ranger of Marzanna HERE.

Disclaimer – I received an e-arc via netgalley in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

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Book Summary:

Sonya has brought a foreign army to free her country from imperial rule, but her allies may have other goals in the second book of this thrilling epic fantasy trilogy from Jon Skovron.

The first battle is over, but war yet looms on the horizon. Sonya and her allies–the foreign Uaine and their armies of the undead–have beaten back the imperial soldiers from the capital city. Now they have the rest of the country to free.

Meanwhile, her brother the famed wizard Sebastian has retreated with the imperial forces to regroup and lick his wounds. Betrayed by his sister and his wife, the beautiful noblewoman Galina, he will regain control of his life and his country at any cost.

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Book Review: An Altar on the Village Green (Chained God #1)- Nathan Hall

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Today I am delighted to be reviewing ‘An Altar on the Village Green’ by Nathan Hall, which was released on Monday. I do not have the words for how much I enjoyed every moment of this book, and I am so glad that it is the first book in the Chained God series because I need more.

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Book Summary:

“If one suffers, I suffer. If one is chained, I am chained.”

My faith called me to become a Lance. My compassion drew me into one of the fallen lands. Through my connection with the Chained God, I alone can find and destroy the Horror that stains the land.

Death can no longer chain me.

But I couldn’t have imagined the madness waiting for me in this village. I’m not sure my faith can withstand the secrets I’ll uncover. Or that my compassion can survive the violence to come. This Horror may swallow me whole.

Death can no longer free me.

A creature stalks in the dark. Buildings burn. People die. An altar has been built on the village green.

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Blog Tour (Book Review): Norylska Groans – Michael R. Fletcher and Clayton W. Snyder

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘Norylska Groans’ by Michael R. Fletcher and Clayton W. Snyder organised by Storytellers on Tour.

I hope that you will check out the book and the authors, and enjoy the rest of the tour with the schedule in the banner below or (HERE).

*Disclaimer: ‘I was given a copy this book in exchange for an honest review, all views are my own.’*

Book Summary:

Norylska Groans…

with the weight of her crimes. In a city where winter reigns amid the fires of industry and war, soot and snow conspire to conceal centuries of death and deception.

Norylska Groans…

and the weight of a leaden sky threatens to crush her people. Katyushka Leonova, desperate to restore her family name, takes a job with Norylska’s brutal police force. To support his family, Genndy Antonov finds bloody work with a local crime syndicate.

Norylska Groans…

with the weight of her dead. As bodies fall, the two discover a foul truth hidden beneath layers of deception and violence: Come the thaw, what was buried will be revealed.

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Book Review: Seraphina’s Lament (The Bloodlands #1) – Sarah Chorn

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For the first of two posts today I am delighted to be reviewing Seraphina’s Lament. As anyone who knows me will know, this is hands down my favourite book and I am horrified that I haven’t reviewed it fully before – I had done a brief review on goodreads (which seems to have been eaten by the recent chaos on there) which was mostly me flailing about this book, so it was past time to sit down and talk about a book that means a lot to me (note there is still flailing).

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Book Summary:

The world is dying.

The Sunset Lands are broken, torn apart by a war of ideology paid for with the lives of the peasants. Drought holds the east as famine ravages the farmlands. In the west, borders slam shut in the face of waves of refugees, dooming all of those trying to flee to slow starvation, or a future in forced labor camps. There is no salvation.

In the city of Lord’s Reach, Seraphina, a slave with unique talents, sets in motion a series of events that will change everything. In a fight for the soul of the nation, everyone is a player. But something ominous is calling people to Lord’s Reach and the very nature of magic itself is changing. Paths will converge, the battle for the Sunset Lands has shifted, and now humanity itself is at stake.

First, you must break before you can become.

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Book Review: Glass Rhapsody (Songs of Sefate #2) – Sarah Chorn

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Today I am delighted to be reviewing Glass Rhapsody by Sarah Chorn, which comes out next week. I have loved this series from the beginning, and this book was one of my most anticipated books for this year and it didn’t disappoint and is a wonderful, beautiful ending to this series.

You can also check out my reviews of Of Honey and Wildfires and Oh, That Shotgun Sky .

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:

Five years ago, the Boundary fell. Now the Union is coming to claim Shine Territory as its own.

But not everyone wants to live under their heel.

In a hidden town run by women with rough pasts, life remains untouched until greed paves the way for conflict. Faced with few choices, Grace Hart must stop the Union to protect the women under her care.

Elroy McGlover has spent the past five years running from what he’d done in Matthew Esco’s name. Haunted by ghosts from his past, he returns to where it all went wrong. Enlisted to help Arlen Hobson fight against Union control, Elroy soon finds himself in the middle of a war for the heart of Shine Territory.

In the fight for the soul of the West, no one is innocent.

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Blog Tour (Book Review): Dragon Mage – M.L. Spencer

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘Dragon Mage’ by M.L. Spencer organised by Storytellers on Tour, this is the first book in The Rivenworld series and is also an entrant in this years SPFBO 7.

This is a book that has been on my radar since it came out, and I leapt at the chance to read it for this tour. I went in with high expectations from everything I heard, and yet I still wasn’t prepared for just how much I loved this book or the emotional impact it would have. It was hard to write a review that really encapsulated just how much I loved and needed EVERYTHING about this book, and even now I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. Dragon Mage is certainly a favourite read of 2021 and is going to be on my list of favourites for a long time to come.

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).

Storytellers On Tour Presents: Dragon Mage by ML Spencer

*Disclaimer: ‘I was given a copy this book in exchange for an honest review, all views are my own.’*

Book Summary:

Aram Raythe has the power to challenge the gods. He just doesn’t know it yet.

Aram thinks he’s nothing but a misfit from a small fishing village in a dark corner of the world. As far as Aram knows, he has nothing, with hardly a possession to his name other than a desire to make friends and be accepted by those around him, which is something he’s never known.

But Aram is more. Much, much more.

Unknown to him, Aram bears within him a gift so old and rare that many people would kill him for it, and there are others who would twist him to use for their own sinister purposes. These magics are so potent that Aram earns a place at an academy for warrior mages training to earn for themselves the greatest place of honor among the armies of men: dragon riders.

Aram will have to fight for respect by becoming not just a dragon rider, but a Champion, the caliber of mage that hasn’t existed in the world for hundreds of years. And the land needs a Champion. Because when a dark god out of ancient myth arises to threaten the world of magic, it is Aram the world will turn to in its hour of need.

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Blog Tour (Book Review): Shards of Earth – Adrian Tchaikovsky

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Today I am delighted to be reviewing Shards of Earth by Adiran Tchaikovsky as part of the Write Reads Blog Tour, this is the first book in the Final Architecture trilogy which is due for release on the 27th May.

You can check out the rest of the tour using the #ShardsofEarth on twitter and through the blogs listed HERE on the schedule.

*Disclaimer: ‘I was given a copy this book in exchange for an honest review, all views are my own.’*

Book Summary:

This high-stakes space-based adventure will be perfect for those who loved Children of Time, also by Adrian Tchaikovsky.

The war is over. Its heroes forgotten. Until one chance discovery . . .


Idris has neither aged nor slept since they remade his mind in the war. And one of humanity’s heroes now scrapes by on a freelance salvage vessel, to avoid the attention of greater powers.

Eighty years ago, Earth was destroyed by an alien enemy. Many escaped, but millions more died. So mankind created enhanced humans ­such as Idris – who could communicate mind-to-mind with our aggressors. Then these ‘Architects’ simply disappeared and Idris and his kind became obsolete.

Now, Idris and his crew have something strange, abandoned in space. It’s clearly the work of the Architects – but are they really returning? And if so, why? Hunted by gangsters, cults and governments, Idris and his crew race across the galaxy as they search for answers. For they now possess something of incalculable value, and many would kill to obtain it.

Praise for Adrian Tchaikovsky:

‘Brilliant science fiction’ – James McAvoy on Children of Time


‘Full of sparkling, speculative invention’ – Stephen Baxter on The Doors of Eden

Shards of Earth is the first thrilling instalment in the Final Architecture trilogy – by the Arthur C. Clarke award-winning novelist Adrian Tchaikovsky.

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Blog Tour (Book Review): The Dragon of Jin-Sayeng (Chronicles of the Bitch Queen #3) – K.S. Villoso

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Today I am absolutely delighted to be helping to kick off the Caffeine Tours Blog Tour for the Dragon of Jin-Sayeng by K.S. Villoso, the last book in the Chronicles of the Bitch Queen. The Wolf of Oren-Yaro was one of the first books I reviewed on the blog, and I immediately fell in love with this series, and the Ikessar Falcon only cemented that fact, so I leapt at the chance to be part of this tour.

You can find my reviews for the other books here: The Wolf of Oren-Yaro | The Ikessar Falcon

“I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book from the publisher and Caffeine Book Tours as part of my participation in their tour.”

Book Summary:

Queen Talyien is finally home, but dangers she never imagined await her in the shadowed halls of her father’s castle.

War is on the horizon. Her son has been stolen from her, her warlords despise her, and across the sea, a cursed prince threatens her nation with invasion in order to win her hand.

Worse yet, her father’s ancient secrets are dangerous enough to bring Jin Sayeng to ruin. Dark magic tears rifts in the sky, preparing to rain down madness, chaos, and the possibility of setting her nation aflame.

Bearing the brunt of the past and uncertain about her future, Talyien will need to decide between fleeing her shadows or embracing them before the whole world becomes an inferno.

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