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Reading Ideas: The Bone Witch, by Rinchupeco (2017).

The cover for this novel had me drawn in at first sight! Fantastic #bookcover

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Book Synopsis

Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living.

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha—one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

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Book Suggestions: Fireborne, by Rosaria Munda (2019).

This one won’t be released until October, but the cover has really caught my eye. 🐲🐉💫👀🔥📚

Book Synopsis

The brutal revolution that overthrew the Dragonlords may have orphaned Annie and Lee, but it’s brought new hope to their city. Now anyone–including the lowborn–can have wealth, an education, and even test into the governing class of dragonriders.

Aristocratic by birth and with his identity concealed, Lee’s confidence and air of power have made him a rising star in the very regime that slaughtered his family. Annie, a former serf, is as bold a rider as they come–in the air. On the ground, she struggles with self-doubt. 

Now, after seven years of friendship, Annie and Lee are the city’s boldest and most daring riders, rivals for the top position in the city’s fleet. All the riders have been preparing to lead their people into the future, yet no one is ready when survivors from the Dragonlord families resurface with dragons of their own, bent on reclaiming the city. 

With war looming and their relationship growing, Annie and Lee will both have to confront wavering loyalties. Lee will be forced to choose between killing the only family he has left, or betraying everything he’s come to believe in, while Annie will have to decide whether to protect the boy she loves . . . or step up to be the champion her city needs.

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Book Ideas: The Court of Broken Knives, by Anna Smith Spark (2017).

According to Kindle this is something Mark Lawrence fans would enjoy. So as one of his biggest fans (at least I like to think I am lol)! I will have to add this one to my #mustread list.

Book Synopsis

In the richest empire the world has ever known, the city of Sorlost has always stood, eternal and unconquered. But in a city of dreams governed by an imposturous Emperor, decadence has become the true ruler, and has blinded its inhabitants to their vulnerability. The empire is on the verge of invasion – and only one man can see it.

Haunted by dreams of the empire’s demise, Orhan Emmereth has decided to act. On his orders, a company of soldiers cross the desert to reach the city. Once they enter the Palace, they have one mission: kill the Emperor, then all those who remain. Only from ashes can a new empire be built.

The company is a group of good, ordinary soldiers, for whom this is a mission like any other. But the strange boy Marith who walks among them is no ordinary soldier. Marching on Sorlost, Marith thinks he is running away from the past which haunts him. But in the Golden City, his destiny awaits him – beautiful, bloody, and more terrible than anyone could have foreseen.

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Book Suggestions: The Ember Blade, by Chris Wooding (2019).

This looks great. The cover is what aught my eye first but the Synopsis reads quite good. Perhaps something to take another look at 📚🌟🧐✍️👍🔥

Book Synopsis

A land under occupation. A legendary sword. A young man’s journey to find his destiny.

Aren has lived by the rules all his life. He’s never questioned it; that’s just the way things are. But then his father is executed for treason, and he and his best friend Cade are thrown into a prison mine, doomed to work until they drop. Unless they can somehow break free . . .

But what lies beyond the prison walls is more terrifying still. Rescued by a man who hates him yet is oath-bound to protect him, pursued by inhuman forces, Aren slowly accepts that everything he knew about his world was a lie. The rules are not there to protect him, or his people, but to enslave them. A revolution is brewing, and Aren is being drawn into it, whether he likes it or not.

The key to the revolution is the Ember Blade. The sword of kings, the Excalibur of his people. Only with the Ember Blade in hand can their people be inspired to rise up . . . but it’s locked in an impenetrable vault in the most heavily guarded fortress in the land.

All they have to do now is steal it . . .

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Book Review: Wham!, by Carol Marrs Phipps & Tom Phipps (2016).

Now I understand the significance of the cover. At least I think I do. Unfortunately I feel as though I have spent at least 75% of this novel trying to understand what exactly is going on. There is no easing into the story, the author goes straight into the action of the present situations that there is no real background given as to why anything is occurring. As the scene isn’t set in the usual way it’s easy to get terribly lost, but wit a touch of perseverance it is still worth the read.

Admittedly, I did somewhat enjoy Wham, the storyline itself is definitely unique and I can see a lot of promise in future works from these authors. Tess is easily my favourite character, and I enjoy watching her maturity shine through as she deals with the loss of everything in her world around her. Nia, he sister also shows much resilience in her own story, though I find her lack of reaction to what happens to her a little strange. She is violated yet shows little emotion. Or is there something more that is yet to be told?

Overall I found Wham! To be an intriguing tale that has piqued my interest in some serious magical ideas. I recommend this book to magic lovers and fairy/elf lovers alike. I give this book a rating of 6/10 stars.

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