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Reading Ideas: Sword Dance, by A. J. Demas (2019).

This was recommended by a friend 🤔🤞📖⭐️📚🤓

Abstract

Five years ago, Damiskos’s brilliant military career was cut short, leaving him with a permanent disability and scars that are not all physical. Adrift and still grieving, he tries to find meaning in an unsatisfying job.

Work takes him to the remote seaside villa of an old friend, where, among an odd assortment of guests, he meets the eunuch sword-dancer Varazda. Enigmatic and beautiful but distinctly prickly, Varazda is the antithesis of the straightforward and serious Damiskos. Yet as they keep getting in each other’s way at the villa, their mutual dislike is complicated by a spark of undeniable attraction.

Then the villa’s guests begin to reveal their true characters and motives—no one here is what they seem—and Damiskos finds himself at the centre of a bizarre web of espionage, theft, and assassination. Varazda may need Damiskos’s help, but not as much as Damiskos, finally awakening to a new sense of life and purpose, needs Varazda.

Sword Dance is the first book in the Sword Dance trilogy, an m/m romance set in an imaginary ancient world, with murderous philosophy students, sex acts named after fruit, and love blossoming in the midst of mayhem.

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Book Suggestions: Silver in the Wood, by Emily Tesh (2019).

Beautiful book cover. From what I can tell this will be a great read 📚📖🤞🤓

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There is a Wild Man who lives in the deep quiet of Greenhollow, and he listens to the wood. Tobias, tethered to the forest, does not dwell on his past life, but he lives a perfectly unremarkable existence with his cottage, his cat, and his dryads.

When Greenhollow Hall acquires a handsome, intensely curious new owner in Henry Silver, everything changes. Old secrets better left buried are dug up, and Tobias is forced to reckon with his troubled past—both the green magic of the woods, and the dark things that rest in its heart.

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Reading Suggestions: Minor Mage, by T. Kingfisher (2019).

I have heard that this is quite a good read. Should be a good read. 📖😊🤓🤞🤔📚

Abstract

Oliver was a very minor mage. His familiar reminded him of this several times a day.

He only knew three spells, and one of them was to control his allergy to armadillo dander. His attempts to summon elementals resulted in nosebleeds, and there is nothing more embarrassing than having your elemental leave the circle to get you a tissue, pat you comfortingly, and then disappear in a puff of magic. The armadillo had about wet himself laughing.

He was a very minor mage.

Unfortunately, he was all they had

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Reading for Fun: Pale Kings, by Micah Yongo (2019).

I love the look of this cover. Somehow it just speaks to me of that makes any sense at all. Something definitely worth while taking a second look at 📚👍🤓📖👌😊

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For centuries the Five Lands have been at peace, but now a nameless enemy is tearing apart their borders. When a young assassin, Neythan, is summoned to Súnam, he expects to help uncover the enemy, but is instead confronted with secrets from his forgotten childhood, all somehow linked to the ancient scroll he has always carried. As the invasion continues, and the supernatural forces responsible are unveiled, Neythan must learn the truth about the power that lies in his blood… before it is too late.  

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Book Recommendations: Hollow Kingdom, by Kiran Jane Buxton.

This looks like it could be quite the read 😊

Could be worth adding to the #mustread list 👏📖📚🔥👀

Abstract

S.T. is a domesticated crow. He is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle’s wild crows (those idiots) and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos.

But when Big Jim’s eyeball falls out of his head, S.T. starts to feel like something isn’t right. His most tried-and-true remedies – from beak-delivered beer to the slobbering affection of the loyal, but dim-witted, dog Dennis – fail to cure his owner. 

S.T. is left with no choice but to venture out into a frightening new world, where he discovers that the neighbours are devouring each other, and the local wildlife is abuzz with rumours of dangerous new predators roaming Seattle… 

Humanity’s extinction has arrived, and the only one determined to save it is a foul-mouthed crow.

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Reading Suggestions: Brave the Tempest, by Karen Chance (2019).

War Rages and the Faerrie seem poised to invade…

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Cassie Palmer has been chief seer of the supernatural world for a little over four months. In that time, she’s battled two gods, fallen in love with two men, and confronted the two sides of her own nature, both god and human. So it’s not surprising that she currently finds herself facing two adversaries, although they have a single purpose: to wipe out the supernatural community’s newest fighting force, leaving it vulnerable to enemies in this world and beyond. 

To prevent catastrophe, the vamps, mages, and demons will have to do the one thing they’ve never managed before and come together as allies. Cassie has the difficult task of keeping the uneasy coalition intact, and of persuading her own two opposing forces, a powerful mage with a secret and a master vampire with a growing obsession, to fight at her side. She just hopes they can do it without tearing each other apart.

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Reading Ideas: Sweet Dreams, by Tricia Sullivan (2019).

Charlie volunteers for a drug experiment and emerges able to manipulate both her own dreams as well as other people’s…

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Charlie is a dreamhacker, able to enter your dreams and mould their direction. Forget that recurring nightmare about being naked at an exam – Charlie will step in to your dream, bring you a dressing gown and give you the answers. As far as she knows, she’s the only person who can do this. Unfortunately, her power comes with one drawback – Charlie also has narcolepsy, and may fall asleep at the most inopportune moment.

But in London 2022, her skill is in demand. And when she is hired by a minor celebrity – who also happens to be the new girlfriend of Charlie’s lamented ex – who dreams of a masked Creeper then sleepwalks off a tall building, Charlie begins to realise that someone else might be able to invade dreams…

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Book Review: The Dragon Keeper, by Robin Hobb (2009).

Robin Hobb has not disappointed her readers with the novel – The Dragon Keepers, with a mixture of new and old characters, taking what are already epic fantasy series and adding yet another. There were many stories left incomplete after the Liveship Traders series. Readers were most curious to find out what would happen to the Sea Serpents, and the overall fate of the Dragons. The Rain Wild Chronicles is an intersecting series to follow this storyline whilst dazzling readers with new twists and characters that continue to keep readers at the edge of the seats.

The Story begins with some familiar names and places. The Dragon’s have cocooned in their logs and it is almost time for them to emerge. Tintaglia remains a presence along the Rain Wild River and so are the Liveship. All of this readers are aware fo the Liveship Traders series, earlier authored by Robin Hobb. But this time, Bingtown is not the centre stage for events and nor are the Liveship. Focus is now on Trehaug and Cassrick, and finding a place known as Kelsingra.

Readers meet some interesting new characters right from the beginning. Thymara and Tats, both from Trehaug are outsiders. Thymara is touched by the Rain Wilds quite severely and has been since birth. And though it is custom to allow births of such a nature to come to a quick demise, Thymara’s father decided that his only child to be born alive deserves a chance at life. Tats is different as he is a child of one of the slaves who had made the transition to Trehaug from Bingtown, in the attempt to create a new life. His mother had abandoned him, but he had managed to survive with help from other Freed Slaves who had also moved home.

Another character that I find interesting is Alise. Her character is central to the story in that she travels to the Rain Wilds to study Dragons. However, the whole scenario of marrying into a loveless marriage in order to make a deal that allows her to travel is quite… sad. Alise basically sells herself to her husband Hest. Unfortunately it turns out she has need up with the rough end of the bargain.

As always, Robin Hobb has produced an awesome storyline that begins with the emergence of Dragon’s into the world once, more and the eventual reality of what that actually means. It looks as though there will be a lot of change to Trehaug and Bingtown as well as for its residence. Nothing will ever be quite the same again.

Overall, The Dragon Keeper is a fantastic novel filled with adventure and magic that really captures the imagination. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels especially anyone who finds Dragons alluring. I give this book a rating of 10 out of 10 stars. This is set to be the beginning of yet another fantastic series by the Queen of Fantasy, Robin Hobb.

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Book Review: Ship of Destiny, by Robin Hobb (2001).

Ship of Destiny is the final novel in the fantastic Liveship Traders Trilogy. This is an amazing finally for the Serpents and Liveships. Even if it is nothing like what readers are expecting. In this novel, readers find most of the answers they have hoped for, although there are a number of new questions that emerge. Perhaps there is still hope for more books!

The Paragon and the Vivacia, two of the beloved Liveships who have been main characters throughout all three novels finally learn the complete truth of what they are and what they have become. They also learn and then decide how they will live out the ret of their lives. Families, thought to be lost forever are finally reunited. They find a way against all odds to find one another. One of my utmost favourite storyline’s has to be the one of Reynolds’s and Malta. In book one I really found it difficult to like Malta’s character. She was selfish, immature, vindictive and manipulative. As the novels continue her character grows and it is here in the final novel that she emerges as a woman with knowledge and purpose. She has finally grown-up. Her reuniting with Reyn, with the help of Tintaglia is just a perfect ending to their story.

Another favourite character and storyline would have to e that of Amber and Parragon. The relationship between both the carpenter and the figurehead is a strange one. Their developing a bond and eventually Paragon allowing Amber to re-carve most of his body and completely rework his face, is an intriguing story of its own. The thrilling part of being that Paragon is able see with his new eyes, after years of bitter blindness.

The story of Kyle Haven is a tragic one and something I kind of hadn’t really expected. It wasn’t a shock that he had been beaten and poorly treated, so much as how badly his mind had adled and death would most likely have been more of a kindness than living as he was. I didn’t believe they would find him at all, and if he was, he would be returned to Keffria, even if he was less than whole. His death is somewhat ironic, and a kindness for everyone.

Obviously Althea and Brashen’s love story looks set to have their happily ever after. But it doesn’t seem the case for Wintrow and Etta. Their story is the one that remains up in the air. Will they become a couple? Will there really be a child born as Kennit Heir? And exactly what will this chill be heir to?

Overall, I have to admit to loving this novel is paced nicely with strong characters that capture hearts and storyline’s that dazzle the mind. I would recommend this novel as well as the rest of the series, to anyone who enjoys the fantasy genre, from the ages of young adult and older. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.

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Book Suggestions: The Dragon Republic, by R. F. Luang (2019).

There is nothing Rin won’t sacrifice to save her country and exact her vengeance.

Abstract

Rin is on the run…

Haunted by the atrocity she committed to save her people, addicted to opium, and driven by the murderous commands of Phoenix, the vengeful god who has blessed Rin with her fearsome power.

Rin’s only reason for living is to get revenge on the traitorous Empress who sold her homeland, Nikan, to her enemies.

With no other options, Rin joins forces with the powerful Dragon Warlord, who has a plan to conquer Nikan, unseat the Empress, and create a new Republic. She throws herself into his war.

After all, making war is all she knows how to do…

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