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Book Recommendations – Snow Rises by L. A. Long (2018).

The cover looks really good and it sounds as though this could be quite interesting 👍. Why not give it a go 👍👏💁‍♀️

Snow Rises by L. A. Long.

Blurb

Good. Evil. Angel. Demon. Warlock. Reaper.

I’ve met them all, but what am I?

My name’s Cassandra (Caz). At least that’s the name I’m going by this month. I’ve just aged out of the foster care system. I have no money. No memories. No future. No past. I was chased by an angel and a reaper who said I belong to them – they have my soul. I thought I was crazy until a demon and a warlock captured me and claimed I’m one of them. They say I don’t need a soul. I thought I was fearless. Didn’t know I was soulless. Now, I’m caught in the middle of an ancient war between good and evil, angels and demons, and both sides believe I was promised to them long ago. Am I even human? I don’t know who to trust. I don’t even know if I can trust myself.

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Reading Suggestions – Age of Assassins by R. J. Barker (2017).

This looks really quite interesting I thought! Assassins are just so mysterious. It’s always intriguing to watch these kinds of stories unfold.

Blurb

TO CATCH AN ASSASSIN, USE AN ASSASSIN…

Girton Club-Foot, apprentice to the land’s best assassin, still has much to learn about the art of taking lives. But his latest mission tasks Girton and his master with a far more difficult challenge: to save a life. Someone, or many someones, is trying to kill the heir to the throne, and it is up to Girton and his master to uncover the traitor and prevent the prince’s murder.

In a kingdom on the brink of civil war and a castle thick with lies Girton finds friends he never expected, responsibilities he never wanted, and a conspiracy that could destroy an entire land.

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Reading Suggestions – Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

The third and final novel in the Broken Empire Series by Mark Lawrence. Really worth the read.

Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Blurb

The path to the throne is broken – only the broken can walk it

The world is cracked and time has run through, leaving us clutching at the end days. These are the days that have waited for us all our lives. These are my days. I will stand before the Hundred and they will listen. I will take the throne no matter who stands against me, living or dead, and if I must be the last emperor then I will make of it such an ending.

This is where the wise man turns away. This is where the holy kneel and call on God. These are the last miles, my brothers. Don’t look to me to save you. Run if you have the wit. Pray if you have the soul. Stand your ground if courage is yours. But don’t follow me.

Follow me, and I will break your heart

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Book Suggestions – King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Second book in the Broken Empire Series by Mark Lawrence. Another awesome title 👍🙌📖

King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Blurb

The second book in the Broken Empire series, Lawrence takes his young anti-hero one step closer to his grand ambition.

To reach greatness you must step on bodies, and many brothers lie trodden in my wake. I’ve walked from pawn to player and I’ll win this game of ours, though the cost of it may drown the world in blood…

The land burns with the fires of a hundred battles as lords and petty kings fight for the Broken Empire. The long road to avenge the slaughter of his mother and brother has shown Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath the hidden hands behind this endless war. He saw the game and vowed to sweep the board. First though he must gather his own pieces, learn the rules of play, and discover how to break them.

A six nation army, twenty thousand strong, marches toward Jorg’s gates, led by a champion beloved of the people. Every decent man prays this shining hero will unite the empire and heal its wounds. Every omen says he will. Every good king knows to bend the knee in the face of overwhelming odds, if only to save their people and their lands. But King Jorg is not a good king.

Faced by an enemy many times his strength Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight. But playing fair was never part of Jorg’s game plan.

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Book Recommendations – Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

A fabulous book by an amazing author Mark Lawrence 📚 👏. Book one of The Broken Empire Series ❤️

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Blurb

Before the thorns taught me their sharp lessons and bled weakness from me I had but one brother, and I loved him well. But those days are gone and what is left of them lies in my mother’s tomb. Now I have many brothers, quick with knife and sword, and as evil as you please. We ride this broken empire and loot its corpse. They say these are violent times, the end of days when the dead roam and monsters haunt the night. All that’s true enough, but there’s something worse out there, in the dark. Much worse.

From being a privileged royal child, raised by a loving mother, Jorg Ancrath has become the Prince of Thorns, a charming, immoral boy leading a grim band of outlaws in a series of raids and atrocities. The world is in chaos: violence is rife, nightmares everywhere. Jorg has the ability to master the living and the dead, but there is still one thing that puts a chill in him. Returning to his father’s castle Jorg must confront horrors from his childhood and carve himself a future with all hands turned against him.

Mark Lawrence’s debut novel tells a tale of blood and treachery, magic and brotherhood and paints a compelling and brutal, and sometimes beautiful, picture of an exceptional boy on his journey toward manhood and the throne.

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Book recommendations – Assassins Quest by Robin Hobb

The third and final novel of the Farseer Trilogy 👍 An Epic series

Assassins Quest by Robin Hobb

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Blurb

Keystone. Gate. Crossroads. Catalyst.

Fitz is about to discover the truth about the Fool’s prophecy. Having been resurrected from his fatal tortures in Regal’s dungeons, Fitz has once more foiled Regal’s attempts to be rid of him.

Now, back in his own body, and after months of rehabilitation, Fitz begin the painful and slow process of learning the ways of a man again. Under the watchful eye of Burrich, old King Shrewd’s Stablemaster, Fitz must learn to cast off the wild but carefree ways of the wolf and enter once more the human world: a world beset ever more viciously by the relentless Red Ship Raiders who are now left free to plunder any coastal town they please. But more immediately, a world in which he finds he is utterly alone.

Regal has stripped the kingdom of its riches and retired to the inland city of Tradeford. Of Verity, on his quest to find the legendary Elderings, there has been no word; Molly, Kettricken and the Fool have all vanished.

Unless Fitz can find Verity and help him in his quest, the Six Duchies will perish and there will be no safe place to live.

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Reading Recommendations – Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb

It’s the second book to the Farseer Trilogy 👍📚. Absolutely fantastic series.

Royal Assassins by Robin Hobb

Blurb:

We are here, Fitz, you and I, to change the future and the world…’

Fitz dreams of Red-Ship Raiders sacking a coastal village, leaving not a single man, woman or child alive. Tortured by this terrible vision he returns to the Six Duchies court where all is far from well.

King Shrewd has been struck down by a mysterious illness and King-in-waiting, Verity, spends all his time attempting to conjure storms to confuse and destroy the Red-Ship Raiders. And when he leaves on an insane mission to seek out the mystical Elderings, Fitz is left alone and friendless but for the wolf Nighteyes and the King’s Fool with his cryptic prophesies.

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Reading Suggestions – Assassins Apprentice by Robin Hobb

From one of my most favourite authors ❤️

Assassins Aprentice by Robin Hobb

Blurb:

In a faraway land in which members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.

Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals -the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.

So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and learn a new life: weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.

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Book Review: Lover at Last, by J. R. Ward (2012).

Blurb:

Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another….

Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: The male has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young- just as Qhuinn has always wanted for himself. It’s hard to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. As he’s learned firsthand.

Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions… but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together… finally become one.

Review:

Lover at Last of the 11th book of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series authored by J. R. Ward. This storyline has been a long wait, to the point where I honestly believed Quinn would continue to live life pretending NOT to love Blay and therefore remain alone forever. Even though Quinn has given the Chosen Layla the gift of a child and will always be the father child deserves, he still would have been pretty much alone if not for his love for Blay. Thankfully in this novel, both Brothers get their act together and sort their fears and emotions out!

Throughout this novel Blay and Quinn run Into numerous issues from the fact Blay is dating Quinn cousin and the fact that Quinn laid with Layla during her needing and Is now pregnant. But even with these issues Quinn never stops loving Blay. And no matter how much Blay doesn’t want to admit it, he still loves Quinn with his whole heart, no matter how hurt he is by all of the rejection his friend throws at him.

Overall, I must say I have enjoyed this novel, but I found it just didn’t have the same pizazz as It’s predecessors. I recommend this novel to anyone interested in romance and the vampire genre. I give this book a rating of 6/10 stars.

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Book Review: Lover Reborn, by J. R. Ward (2012).

Blurb:

In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. The city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Now back in the Brotherhood – and unrecognisable as the vampire leader he once was – Tohrment is physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair. When he begins to see his beloved in his dreams – trapped in a cold, isolating netherworld – Tohr turns to a self-serving fallen angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost. When he’s told he must learn to love another to free his former mate, Tohr knows they are all doomed . . .

Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past, and a very hot, passion-filled future . . . but can his heart let go and set all of them free?

Review:

Lover Reborn has become my favourite of the series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, authored by J. R. Ward. Of all the novels, this one has the most heart felt storyline so far. I have fallen in love with the whole Tohr and Autumn saga, forbidden love, but only of their own accord. One could almost wonder whether or not such a love could survive with the heartache that is ingrained in each of their souls. The fact that their fractured existences combined fill each other’s voids until the create a new whole that is also separate and unique to themselves just in a new light. It really struck me as a fantastic storyline founded beneath brutish modern vampires that speak in a way that makes them seem less than they really are.

The storyline of Xhex and John Mathew is intertwined with the first by the attachment of Autumn being Xhex’s birth mother. The whole revelation from previous novels is still strange and new, so it is still hard to swallow in terms of adding another broken vampire into the mix. But this allows the story of Xhex finding her own path in what is a very patriarchal society. While the brothers continue to take their cues from John Mathew, she will never truly be free to fight and be her own person. Thankfully, although it goes against the nature of a bonded male of the species, she can do such a thing. Freeing herself as well as opening a path for future females to carve their own paths without interference of a male making judgement for what is and what could be. Feminism taken to its utmost limits!

Overall, I have enjoyed Lover Reborn, the tenth novel in the series, quite a bit, giving me hope that the rest of the series will continue to keep my interest piqued. An author can’t continue with a series inevitably without the readers attention laxing or becoming completely non-existent. Hopefully the next few books prove me wrong in this aspect. I would recommend this novel to anyone interested in the Vampire genre, especially if you like a bit of romance added in. I give this book a rating of 7/10 stars.