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

This was recommended by a friend ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿคž๐Ÿ“–โญ๏ธ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿค“

Abstract

Five years ago, Damiskosโ€™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 otherโ€™s way at the villa, their mutual dislike is complicated by a spark of undeniable attraction.

Then the villaโ€™s guests begin to reveal their true characters and motivesโ€”no one here is what they seemโ€”and Damiskos finds himself at the centre of a bizarre web of espionage, theft, and assassination. Varazda may need Damiskosโ€™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 ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿคž๐Ÿค“

Abstract

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 pastโ€”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. ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿค“๐Ÿคž๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ“š

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 ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜Š

Abstract

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 Sรบnam, 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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

Could be worth adding to the #mustread list ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ‘€

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…

Abstract

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…

Abstract

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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