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Reading Ideas – The Queen’s Poisoner, by Jeff Wheeler (2016).

From the best-selling author Jeff Wheeler comes another title that looks quite intriguing ✍️⭐️📖📚🔥

Book Synopsis

King Severn Argentine’s fearsome reputation precedes him: usurper of the throne, killer of rightful heirs, ruthless punisher of traitors. Attempting to depose him, the Duke of Kiskaddon gambles…and loses. Now the duke must atone by handing over his young son, Owen, as the king’s hostage. And should his loyalty falter again, the boy will pay with his life.

Seeking allies and eluding Severn’s spies, Owen learns to survive in the court of Kingfountain. But when new evidence of his father’s betrayal threatens to seal his fate, Owen must win the vengeful king’s favor by proving his worth—through extraordinary means. And only one person can aid his desperate cause: a mysterious woman, dwelling in secrecy, who truly wields power over life, death, and destiny.

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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 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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Book Review: Relic of the Gods, by Philip C Quaintrell (2018).

Relic of the Gods is the final book in the series Echoes of Fate by Philip C Quaintrell. It has been a fabulous read and one that I have enjoyed very much. I feel it is almost on par with my favourite of all authors Robin Hobb in its beautifully presented prose and fantastic storyline. This is one series I could definitely read again and again!

There is so much to love about the final book, even though there is still a lot of sadness that comes to pass. The story of Asher is absolutely fantastic, and although the ending isn’t the happily ever after that is expected, I found it to fit extremely well. Though I did find it a shame he never got the chance to really know Faylen. Gideon’s storyline is also quite fascinating. Being the last Dragorn is going to come with a lot of responsibilities that he will now have to shoulder. Thankfully Illargo is there to help him. Reyna, and Adilandra’s reunion is also a very touching scene and the changes that are rough amongst the elves at the end of the book actually came as quite a shock. Especially that in regards to Elym.

Overall I have to admit I have enjoyed Relic of the Gods and absolutely adored the series Echoes of Fate. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels especially this who love magic and dragons! I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars. Kudos to Phillip C Quaintrell.

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Book Review: Empire of Dirt, by Philip C Quaintrell (2017).

What a fantastic novel to follow the first in this action packed, heartbreaking adventurous fantasy series. Dragons have to be one of my favourite fantasy creatures, and Empire of Dirt is on no shortage of these. Nor in Elves, Mage, and of course evil Darkakin. The story remains fast paced and adventurous, and another novel difficult to put down.

There are so many things happening all over the realm, with characters spread out throughout the lands. But of all of them I would have to say I like Gideon the best. He is a young Mage that isn’t entirely sure of his direction in the world, and ends up finding himself in the centre of an adventure of a lifetime. I feel that Gideon Thorn will come to believe meeting the Dragon’s is the best thing that has ever happened to him.

The relationship and connection between characters are extremely well written and portrayed in a way that really shows the reader the deeper relationships between them. Which also gives the reader ample opportunity to choose a favourite, but still enjoy each characters storyline individually without losing interest and skipping forward (heavens forbid!).

Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy at its best. Filled with amazing magic and more, this book is a great read for the young adult age group and above. I have really enjoyed reading this novel and I honestly can’t wait to read the final book in the series. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.

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Reading Suggestions – daughter of a Pirate King, by Tricia Levenseller (2017).

The cover on its own is intriguing, but the title is what had me curious. Already on my #mustread list, I think this book will be worth taking a good look at 📖👍📚💯😊

Synopsis

There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

In Daughter of the Pirate King, debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale.

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Book Review: Rise of the Ranger, by Philip C Quaintrell (2017).

Rise of the Ranger is a fantastic fantasy novel that delves deep into a magical world thrown into disorder and disarray post war. Asher, our main character is a ‘Ranger’, who hasn’t the best reputation amongst the locals, or the knights known as Grey Coats, also known as protectors of the lands. This is a fast paced and action packed novel and I feel will draw reader in just as I have been, and unable to put the book down. It has definitely been and exciting beginning to what’s set to be a fantastic series, Echoes of Fate authored by Philip C. Quaintrell.

The storyline and plot are marvellous, giving fabulous character descriptions, and making their stories individually feel familiar in some way, though each with unique characteristics. The setting is also quite well described and the reader is plunged into a world they can almost see touch and smell. Each time the Elves is this book discuss the smells of humans that they have such difficulty coping with, I can’t help feeling a little self conscious and find myself looking around for the deodorant!

This book has been a page turner that I have had difficulty putting down at all. Totally action packed, Rise of the Ranger keeps readers at the edge of their seats with constant danger and imminent peril. My favourite character has to be our hero Asher, with his strange past and dangerous lifestyle. It leas to one of my biggest questions hopefully answered in the following novel: Will Asher and the elf Faylen end up together?

Overall I have to say Rise of the Ranger is well written and very addictive, keeping me up way past bedtime. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the fantasy genre of the young adult age group onwards. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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Book Review: Aversity, by Claire Farrell (2012).

There were a lot of questions posed at the end of the last book Clarity. Thankfully, Claire Farrell thought it necessary to fill in holes by producing book #2.5 Adversity. In this novel we learn the story through the eyes of Amelia.

As with the books prior to this in the series, the prose is simple, but the storyline holds much promise. Understanding things through Amelia’s eyes shows yet another side to the story, shedding light on the strangeness of her dreams and illness and her sudden change into a Werewolf. In this book it is her ancestor Kali and her own saga that unfolds before readers, and it has to be said that it is a tale that is hard to put down. Even though this series is written very simply, readers of all age groups can easily get caught up in this series by an amazing author.

Overall I have to admit I have become quite fond of the characters in this novel, especially the main trio, Nathan, Perdy, and Amelia. Each i

Of them fitting together in a bond that can’t really have been all because of a curse, surely! I recommend this book to young adults interested in the fantasy genre or an interest in werewolves. I give this book a rating of 8/10 stars.

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Book Review: Clarity, by Claire Farrell (2012).

The second book of the Cursed series by Claire Farrell really picked up the pace and has made for an excellent read. I have actually become quite attached to Perdy, Nathan and Amelia, and their families. I have enjoyed the storyline to this book much more than its predecessor, and I feel that this could turn out to be quite a good series!

In this novel we find the loved up couple in danger and after the death of a family member their whole world’s are turned upside down. Perdy’s father even takes a trip to the hospital and not for work! Amelia being ill bothers everyone, but most of all the reason for the illness is more strange and something I didn’t expect at first.

The second novel in this series has definitely caught my interest and makes for a great light read between heavier novels. I recommend this to the young adult age group that find werewolves enchanting! As for a rating, I have to go with 8/10 stars.

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Book Review: Verity, by Claire Farrell (2011).

Perdy is a teenage girl still in school, and who’s home life is far from what’s considered “happy families”. However, it looks like everything is set to change. Claire Farrell has written a great read in Verity, which is also the first of what seems to be a pretty good Werewolf series directed at young adults.

The plot line is fairly simple and it follows the familiar purpose of the main characters finding out and realising who is, and isn’t, a Werewolf. But the twist is the Gypsy Curse that is inflicted on Nathan’s family, the new boy at school. It isn’t long before Perdy realises that the curse also involves her. But that’s after she finds her supposed best friend has gone mad and her whole life has turned completely upside-down!

Basically this has been an easy read with the basic plot of boy meets girl, boy turns into Werewolf and someone gets hurt! With a few extra twists and turns that keep the reader interested. The grammar isn’t the best but the book is more detailed for you do adults than to the older reader. Each of the main characters are developed simply giving readers only a basic connection, though admittedly Perdy is starting to grow on me. I would recommend this title to any young adult branching out in the realms of the fantasy genre. I give this book a rating of 6/10 stars.

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