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Review: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

The people of Ravka don't know what Nikolai Lantsov endured in their bloody civil war and he intends to keep it that way. Yet each day a dark magic in him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. Zoya Nazyalensky has devoted her life to rebuilding the Grisha army. Despite their magical gifts, Zoya knows the Grisha cannot survive without Ravka as a place of sanctuary – and she will stop at nothing to help Nikolai secure the throne. Far north, Nina Zenik wages her own kind of war against the people who would see the Grisha destroyed. Burdened by grief and a terrifying power, Nina must face her past to have any hope of defeating the dangers that await her.

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Wyrd & Wonder: Desert Island Reads

IMAGE CREDIT: pegasus image by Svetlana Alyuk on 123RF.com This challenge was put together by imyril @ There's Always Room For One More and inspired by a BBC radio show, which I haven't actually ever listened to, but I still love the concept! You can see her post about it here, but essentially these are the rules: Eight books/audiobooks,… Continue reading Wyrd & Wonder: Desert Island Reads

Book Reviews · Fantasy

Review: For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten

As the only Second Daughter born in centuries, Red has one purpose - to be sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wood in the hope he'll return the world's captured gods. Red is almost relieved to go. Plagued by a dangerous power she can't control, at least she knows that in the Wilderwood, she can't hurt those she loves. Again. But the legends lie. The Wolf is a man, not a monster. Her magic is a calling, not a curse. And if she doesn't learn how to use it, the monsters the gods have become will swallow the Wilderwood - and her world - whole.

Book Reviews · Fantasy

Review: Sairō’s Claw by Virginia McClain

Torako has done many things to protect the valley that she calls home, but she’s never looted a corpse before. So when the katana she steals off the still-cooling body of a bandit turns out to be possessed by a grumpy wolf kami, she can only assume it’s because she’s somehow angered the spirits. An impression that’s only reinforced when she returns home to find her wife abducted and her daughter in hiding. But angry spirits or no, Torako isn't about to let bandits run off with the love of her life, even if it means taking their 3 year old on a rescue mission. In all Kaiyo's years as Captain of the Wind Serpent she has never once questioned her admiral’s orders. So when she receives the command to abduct a civilian scribe with the help of fifteen felons, she registers her objections, but does as she is bid. Yet, as the mission unfolds, Kaiyo finds herself questioning everything from her loyalties to her convictions. As Torako and Kaiyo’s fates cross like dueling blades, their persistence is matched only by their fury, until they uncover a series of truths they may never be ready to accept.

Top Ten Tuesday · Wyrd And Wonder

Wyrd & Wonder Top Ten Tuesday: My Latest Fantasy Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new topic, and you compile ten books that fit the theme. You can find more information here. Wyrd And Wonder month means this week's list is fantasy themed, (she says, as if most of her lists don't feature fantasy… Continue reading Wyrd & Wonder Top Ten Tuesday: My Latest Fantasy Reads

Book Reviews · Fantasy

Review: The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec

Angrboda’s story begins where most witches’ tales end: with a burning. A punishment from Odin for refusing to provide him with knowledge of the future, the fire leaves Angrboda injured and powerless, and she flees into the farthest reaches of a remote forest. There she is found by a man who reveals himself to be Loki, and her initial distrust of him transforms into a deep and abiding love. Their union produces three unusual children, each with a secret destiny, who Angrboda is keen to raise at the edge of the world, safely hidden from Odin’s all-seeing eye. But as Angrboda slowly recovers her prophetic powers, she learns that her blissful life—and possibly all of existence—is in danger.

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Wyrd & Wonder: Ambitious Plans

IMAGE CREDIT: pegasus by Svetlana Alyuk on 123RF.com It's the 1st of May, which means Wyrd & Wonder has begun! It's an annual challenge in which participants spend the month focusing on all things fantasy with discussion posts, reviews, instagram photos, etc. If you want to know more, or want to sign up, all the information is over on… Continue reading Wyrd & Wonder: Ambitious Plans

Book Reviews · Fantasy

Review: Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

In the city of Bassa, Danso is a clever scholar on the cusp of achieving greatness-only he doesn't want it. Instead, he prefers to chase forbidden stories about what lies outside the city walls. The Bassai elite claim there is nothing of interest. The city's immigrants are sworn to secrecy. But when Danso stumbles across a warrior wielding magic that shouldn't exist, he's put on a collision course with Bassa's darkest secrets. Drawn into the city's hidden history, he sets out on a journey beyond its borders. But the chaos left in the wake of his discovery threatens to destroy the empire.