Posted in Fantasy Fiction

Reading Suggestions: Carve the Mark, by Veronica Roth (2017).

A great author, so I have no doubt that this novel, Carve the Mark will be a fabulous read.

An awesome start to a promising series and something to take a second look at. I have already added this to my #mustread list. ⭐️📚❤️✍️👏👍👌📖💙

Synopsis

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power – something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive – no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth’s stunning portrayal of the power of friendship – and love – on a planet where violence and vengeance rule.

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Posted in Fantasy Fiction

Book Suggestions: Darkblade Assassin, by Andy Peloquin (2018).

Life for an assassin is most definitely not flowers and sunshine. This book may just be worth the look! 📚👌👏⭐️📖✍️

If you love anti-heroes like the Punisher or Dexter in a breathtaking fantasy realm, then immerse yourself in Hero of Darkness today! Andy Peloquin delivers an epic tale of one man’s struggle to survive in a world of magic, blood, and death. ~ Kindle

Synopsis

The Hunter is a name feared by all in Voramis. He is an outcast, driven by a cursed dagger with an unquenchable thirst for blood and death.

Yet he follows one simple code: kill those who truly deserve to die. His creed is put to the test when, deceived by a shadowy employer, he unknowingly slaughters an innocent man.

With the most powerful criminal organization in the city after his head, the Hunter must fight for his life and find a way to atone for his mistake. When his enemies harm the people under his protection, it will take much more than an army of criminals to stand in the way of his revenge.

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Posted in Book Reviews

Book Review: Queen of Fire, by Anthony Ryan (2015).

Queen of Fire by Anthony Ryan is the final novel in the Raven’s Shadow series. Again this author does not disappoint, delivering an exciting story filled with action, intrigue and war. In this book we follow the last of Vaelin’s exploits in the war against the Ally.

At the beginning of this novel we learn Queen Lerna has been miraculously healed by use of the the Dark which before now has been viewed as an evil needing to be hidden or destroyed. However, from this healing comes forth a power which the Queen intends to persuade to fight on her side and help win the war.

Reva, now much more than a well trained assassin, finds herself in the midst of an unbelievable situation in the clutches of the Empress who is the current host of an ancient and deadly evil. It is up to Frentis, Vaelin, and all those fighting on the side of good to save her, and hopefully bring an end to the war and bring forth peace to the realm and beyond.

I found this novel, although well written, slightly slower to take off than its predecessors but once into the swing of the things once more it progresses along just nicely. Overall I found this a fantastic novel and a wonderful series. I recommend this book to anyone interested in dystopian fantasy and enjoys novels such as Game of Thrones and the like. Raven’s Shadow series is most definitely worth the read. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Posted in Fantasy Fiction

Book Recommendations: The Tattered Banner, by Duncan M. Hamilton (2013).

This looks to be another great novel produced by one of fantsies great writers best authors, Duncan M. Hamilton. Author of The Wolf of the North and The Blood Debt, I have no doubt this will be another action packed series filled with twists and intrigue keeping readers at the edges of their pages!

👍⭐️📚❤️✍️💙🔮👌

Synopsis

Unique talent always attracts attention… 

In a world where magic is outlawed, ability with a sword is prized above all else. For Soren this means the chance to live out his dreams. 

Plucked from a life of privation, he is given a coveted place at Ostenheim’s Academy of Swordsmanship, an opportunity beyond belief. 

Opportunity is not always what it seems however, and gifts rarely come without conditions. Soren becomes an unwitting pawn in a game of intrigue and treachery that could cost him not just his dreams, but also his life.

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Book Recommendations: Scarlett (A Very British Witch), by Isobella Crowley (2018).

It was the title of this novel that caught my attention at first. Humour is always key in a good book. However, after reading the synopsis I feel I may need to add this book to my #mustread list!

Book Worms and Murder?!?!?!

This looks to be a funny exciting fantasy novel that is sure to set readers wanting more 📚👏😊✍️👍⭐️

Synopsis

When book-worm Scarlett is accused of murder, she has no choice but to take up sleuthing and find a way to clear herself of suspicion.

Her efforts are further thwarted by having no recollection of the night in question, and to make matters worse, weird things keep happening around her.

Like, seriously weird.

Meanwhile, the military police are closing in on her, and what she uncovers in her investigation is far more sinister than she could ever have imagined.

Can Scarlett figure out what’s going on before other elements catch up to her? 

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Book Suggestions : The Darkest Revenge, by D. K. Holmberg (2019).

This could be quite an interesting read ⭐️📚💯👏👍

Some are born to power. Others must find it within themselves.
~ Kindle

Synopsis

Ages ago, powerful beings known only as the Elders left their mark on the world, gifting powerful stones to their followers. Through these stones, some have been gifted by birth with great abilities, while others search for them as a way to access that power. Scattered around the known lands, wars have been fought for them, and won by them.

On the outskirts of the city, living within an ancient stronghold, Haern longs for a life beyond what he knows—and away from the long shadow cast by his father. When an attack on the city renews a decades old battle, Haern volunteers to leave the city and find the one person who can lead their people to victory. His inexperience might kill him, but his instincts might be the reason they succeed.

For Daniel, a member of the ruling family, life in the palace is easy and his path is clear. Eventually, he will rise up to sit on the council and lead the people of the city. An injury to someone he cares for changes everything for him, and he must go to the one person he despises most for help. If he fails, he’ll learn what it means to lose everything he cares about.

Though born to power, Lucy longs for an understanding she can’t find in books. When a horrible attack leaves her forever changed, her quest for understanding leads her to those responsible—and a means of stopping them.

All paths lead toward the Elder Stones, for the one who controls the stones controls power.

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Reading Ideas: The Dragon Tamer by Ava Richardson (2018).

I can never walk past a dragon tale! I have added it to my #mustread list! Most definitely looks like something that should be taken a second look at!

Synopsis

A kingdom divided cannot stand. For those caught in the middle, it means death.

For centuries humans and dragons existed side by side in Alveria, bonded by their care of one another. But no longer. After decades with no viable eggs, humans far outnumber dragons, and the survival of the species appears bleak. The outlook for everyday humans is little better as rogue dragons raid and torment villages. Yet it’s far worse for the tamers, beaten and killed simply for serving the noble dragons.

But eking by at the bottom of Alverian society isn’t any easier for seventeen-year-old Kaelan Younger. Harder still when her loyalty to the dragon crown is no secret. But when her dying mother reveals a horrifying truth about her identity, Kaelan is thrust into a world for which she is ill prepared.

Faced with a new life at the proving grounds for humans and dragons alike, Kaelan must reconcile not just her past but embrace the future laid out before her. When her responsibilities as an Akademy tamer collide with her feelings for a powerful dragon shifter, it will take everything she has to prepare for the danger threatening them both. The fate of the dragons she has sworn to serve rests in her hands.

Now Kaelan is no longer an outsider.

She’s the enemy.

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Book Review: The Tower Lord, by Anthony Ryan (2014).

Another great novel authored by the fantastic Anthony Ryan. The epic Adventure of Vaelin and his journey home after being released by an enemy thought to never have shown mercy. After 5 long years he returns to the realm and is greeted with Reva, the next person who wishes to take his life.

This book, like the first of its series is action packed and full of mystery and intrigue. Much is hidden though explained elegantly later on in the novel. There is a lot of depth in each of the characters, to the point that readers feel they know each main character intimately.

The most intriguing character that I enjoyed the most would have to be Lyrna. A Princess forged into a Queen by the trials she faces. She is a strong character, both powerful and ambitious. So I feel that her storyline is most interesting to follow. However, with war throughout the kingdom all characters, both old and new, are challenged in mind, body and spirit.

Overall I found this novel to be fantastic. Although it is a rather large novel I was kept engrossed the entire time, and I would recommend this to anyone interested in the Epic Fantasy genre. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.

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Posted in Fantasy Fiction

Book Recommendations: Reviving Bloom, by Michael Turner (2012).

This looks as though it could be quite a good series 👍 📚 💯 👏 👌

Most definitely worth a second look. It’s not like anyone doesn’t like a good Werewolf story 📖🙌⭐️😊📚

Synopsis

Bloom was abandoned by her mother at birth, but thanks to her dad she never once felt unloved. When he is killed in a car wreck, leaving her without any close family, she spends a year mourning him. She feels as if her heart has been cut out of her chest and nothing is left but an empty hole that she doesn’t think will ever heal. Then one night after work she finds a wounded dog in the woods behind her house and takes him in, not realizing he’s more than just some stray dog but a wolf shifter, who happens to be her mate.

Pike is getting over the loss of his father by running full force away from his responsibilities. He’s getting ready to go back to face his new position as the Alpha of his pack when he catches the scent that can only belong to his mate.

When Bloom finds out she may not be the normal human she always thought herself to be, she’s forced to search out the woman who abandoned her at birth.

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Book Suggestions: The Wind Through the Keyhole, by Stephen King (2012).

A little dose of Horror or something from the Thriller genre is always great to break up reading lists. This one is definitely on my #mustread list. There are some great reviews from some top authors. Said to be a real page turner! 📚💯👏👌👍🔥

Synopsis

As Roland Deschain, and his ka-tet leave the Emerald city, a ferocious storm halts their progress along the Path of the Beam. While they shelter from the starkblast, Roland tells a story about his younger days, when he was sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-changer. 

At the scene of the crime he had tried to comfort a terrified young boy called Bill Streeter by reciting a story from The Magic Tales of the Eld that his mother used to read to him at bedtime, ‘The Wind through the Keyhole’. 

‘A person’s never too old for stories,’ he said to Bill. ‘Man and boy, girl and woman, we live for them.’ 
And stories like these, they live for us.

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