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Reading Suggestions – Witchmark, C. L. Polka (2018).

Another interesting cover and fantastic title. I had this recommended by a friend. I may have to check it out and see what all the fuss is about 📚💜⭐️💯👀👍

Synopsis

In an original world reminiscent of Edwardian England in the shadow of a World War, cabals of noble families use their unique magical gifts to control the fates of nations, while one young man seeks only to live a life of his own.

Magic marked Miles Singer for suffering the day he was born, doomed either to be enslaved to his family’s interest or to be committed to a witches’ asylum. He went to war to escape his destiny and came home a different man, but he couldn’t leave his past behind. The war between Aeland and Laneer leaves men changed, strangers to their friends and family, but even after faking his own death and reinventing himself as a doctor at a cash-strapped veterans’ hospital, Miles can’t hide what he truly is. 

When a fatally poisoned patient exposes Miles’ healing gift and his witchmark, he must put his anonymity and freedom at risk to investigate his patient’s murder. To find the truth he’ll need to rely on the family he despises, and on the kindness of the most gorgeous man he’s ever seen.

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Reading Ideas – Everlife, by Gena Showalter (2018).

This looks like a fantastic series if the cover is anything to go by. But the description being quite interesting helps as well!

Something well worth taking a closer look at 👀💯🙌📖💜📚💫

Synopsis

Ten Lockwood lost the last battle, but the war between Troika and Myriad, the two realms of the Everlife, is far from over. Ten’s secret bond with rival realm Laborer Killian Flynn may give her the strength to prevail…or may be the key to all of their undoing, as rulers make their final plays and trust becomes an afterthought. Ten has been given the crucial choice of which soul to bring back from Second–death to fight for Troika, but will she choose the person she wants most beside her, or the one the realm needs to triumph once and for all?

Nothing is certain–not Killian’s love for her, not her own faith in herself…not even whether she can trust her realm–mates to have her back when the darkness of Myriad rises to come for them all. Don’t miss the exhilarating and breathtaking conclusion as Ten evolves from cynic, to leader, to a true visionary able to inspire the world and help everyone build a new way of life forevermore.

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Book Ideas – Medusa Uploaded, by Emily Devonport (2018).

Love this cover. Gives the reader a lot to think about before even opening the book. I wonder if it is as good as it’s cover?! 🤔

Medusa Uploaded by Emily Devonport

Synopsis

My name is Oichi Angelis, and I am a worm.

They see me every day. They consider me harmless. And that’s the trick, isn’t it?

A generation starship can hide many secrets. When an Executive clan suspects Oichi of insurgency and discreetly shoves her out an airlock, one of those secrets finds and rescues her.

Officially dead, Oichi begins to rebalance power one assassination at a time and uncovers the shocking truth behind the generation starship and the Executive clans.

At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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Reading Suggestions – The Copper Promise, by Jen Williams (2014).

This like it could be worth taking a closer look 👍👀💯⭐️💜📚

“These reckless adventurers will soon learn that sometimes there is truth in rumour. Sometimes a story can save your life.” ~ Kindle ~ Amazon Store

The Copper Promise by Jen Williams

Synopsis

There are some tall stories about the caverns beneath the Citadel – about magic and mages and monsters and gods.

Wydrin of Crosshaven has heard them all, but she’s spent long enough trawling caverns and taverns with her companion Sir Sebastian to learn that there’s no money to be made in chasing rumours.

But then a crippled nobleman with a dead man’s name offers them a job: exploring the Citadel’s darkest depths. It sounds like just another quest with gold and adventure … if they’re lucky, they might even have a tale of their own to tell once it’s over.

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Book suggestions- Daughters of the Lake, by Wendy Webb (2018).

The title of this book really captured my attention. It may be because of the likeness to the “Lady in the Lake” in Merlin’s stories. But whatever the reason I found this novel to be quite intriguing!

Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb.

Synopsis.

After the end of her marriage, Kate Granger has retreated to her parents’ home on Lake Superior to pull herself together—only to discover the body of a murdered woman washed into the shallows. Tucked in the folds of the woman’s curiously vintage gown is an infant, as cold and at peace as its mother. No one can identify the woman. Except for Kate. She’s seen her before. In her dreams…

One hundred years ago, a love story ended in tragedy, its mysteries left unsolved. It’s time for the lake to give up its secrets. As each mystery unravels, it pulls Kate deeper into the eddy of a haunting folktale that has been handed down in whispers over generations. Now, it’s Kate’s turn to listen.

As the drowned woman reaches out from the grave, Kate reaches back. They must come together, if only in dreams, to right the sinister wrongs of the past…

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Book Suggestions – Shadow of Night, by Deborah Harkness (2012).

This could be something worth looking into. Witches, magic and a whole new series. May need to take a closer look at this. Could be really worth 👀📚💜💯👍👏

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Synopsis.

In a world of witches, daemons and vampires the fragile balance of peace is unravelling. Diana and Matthew’s forbidden love has broken the laws dividing creatures. To discover the manuscript which holds their hope for the future, they must now travel back to the past.

When Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont. Now the coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened. Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590. But they soon realise that the past may not provide a haven. Reclaiming his former identity as poet and spy for Queen Elizabeth, the vampire falls back in with a group of radicals known as the School of Night. Many are unruly daemons, the creative minds of the age, including playwright Christopher Marlowe and mathematician Thomas Harriot. Together Matthew and Diana scour Tudor London for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782, and search for the witch who will teach Diana how to control her remarkable powers…

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Book Suggestions – Mystic Dragon by Jason Denzel (2018).

This looks as thou It may be quite good. Just came across tgis while I was scrolling through. I may need to check this one out a little more in the future.

Mystic Dragon by Jason Denzel

Synopsis

Seven years have passed since lowborn Pomella AnDone became an unlikely Mystic’s apprentice.

Though she has achieved much in a short time, as a rare celestial event approaches, Pomella feels the burden of being a Mystic more than ever. The Mystical realm of Fayün is threatening to overtake the mortal world, and as the two worlds slowly blend together, the land is thrown into chaos. People begin to vanish or are killed outright, and Mystics from across the world gather to protect them. Among them is Shevia, a haunted and brilliant prodigy whose mastery of the Myst is unlike anything Pomella has ever seen.

Shevia will challenge Pomella in every possible way, from her mastery of the Myst to her emotional connection with Pomella’s own friends—and as Shevia’s dark intentions become more clear, Pomella fears she may be unstoppable.

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Book Suggestions – Dreadful Company by Vivian Shaw (2018).

The cover for this really got my attention! Not something you scroll across everyday. By the description this book may be worth taking a closer look 👀💯📚👍👌💜

Dreadful Company by Vivian Shaw

Synopsis

When Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead, is called to Paris to present at a medical conference, she expects nothing more exciting than professional discourse on zombie reconstructing surgery.

Unfortunately for Greta, Paris happens to be infested with a coven of vampires – and not the civilised kind. If she hopes to survive, Greta must navigate the maze of ancient catacombs beneath the streets, where there is more to find the simply dead men’s bones.

~kindle~

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Reading Suggestions – The Waking Fire, by Anthony Ryan (2016).

Anthony Ryan is a fabulous author and even though I have officially only read one of his novels, I feel confident in recommending this novel knowing it will be an epic fantasy novel.

This title is well worth checking out 📚📖👏🙌👍👌

The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan

On the Cover

Claydon Torcreek is a Blood-blessed, able to channel the powers contained in the blood of wild drakes. While his brethren serve as elite spies and assassins, Clay prefers the life of a small-time criminal in the dangerous slums of Carvenport.

Yet war is coming, and it seems Clay is going to end up on the losing side – unless he can track down a legendary drake, whose powerful blood might just be enough to achieve victory. Clay has handled many things in his time (most of them illegal) but nothing as priceless as his nation’s future.

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Book Review: Blood Song, by Anthony Ryan (2011).

On the Cover

Blood Song is the epic first novel in the internationally bestselling Raven’s Shadow seriesan enthralling tale of desperate battles, deadly politics and epic adventure.

We have fought battles that left more than a hundred corpses on the ground and not a word of it has ever been set down. The Order fights, but often it fights in shadow, without glory or reward. We have no banners.

Vaelin Al Sorna is the Sixth Order’s newest recruit. Under their brutal training regime, he learns how to forge a blade, survive the wilds and kill a man quickly and quietly – all in the name of protecting the Realm and the Faith.

Now his skills will be put to the test. War is coming. Vaelin must draw upon the very essence of his strength and cunning if he is to survive the coming conflict. Yet as the world teeters on the edge of chaos, Vaelin will learn that the truth can cut deeper than any sword.

Review.

Blood Song, authored by Anthony Ryan, is a epic novel set in a dystopian land at war. It begins with Vaelin Al Sorna, the son of a well known character of the realm, being left to the Order in which one is taught to fight for the faith. At least so it is done for those of the sixth order. Vaelin begins his journey the moment his father rides away from the Order gates.

He becomes one among many at the beginning, but as time continues and children are either killed during training or tests or just proven unworthy, their number dwindles till Vaelin finds his own band of brothers whom become closer than blood. Each of them willing to die to save the other or protect the other from harm. However, these friendships are tested time and time again and the characters are really moulded in front of the readers eyes, more or less.

It isn’t until the final of the tests when he is forced to kill an innocent man or otherwise die himself, Vaelin realises that the king has more influence on the Faith and its orders that he first thought. The King has had plans for him since his birth and although these didn’t come into fruition, he continues to scheme.

The story in itself is fast paced and exciting. Vaelin and his friends go through many battles that are well described in a prose that easily flows. The fact that Vaelin appears to have the gift of magic in his blood, known as the “Blood song”. with this magic as his guide in times of need, no wonder he becomes such a formidable enemy. The storyline of Vaelin and how he survives to become a famously respected warrior is one that just keeps readers wanting to turn pages. Admittedly I had trouble putting it down.

There wasn’t much that I didn’t enjoy in this novel. From the grisly deaths to the horrifying slaughters, and even the epic love shared between Vaelin and Sherrin. The author has written this novel very well and there is very little if anything of this book I didn’t enjoy.

Overall I would recommend this book to lovers of the dystopian fantasy genre. It’s fast pace and exciting adventures will have readers hooked. Great book. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.

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