Book Reviews

Review: The Ghost Woods by C.J. Cooke

In the midst of the woods stands a house called Lichen Hall. This place is shrouded in folklore – old stories of ghosts, of witches, of a child who is not quite a child. Now the woods are creeping closer, and something has been unleashed. Pearl Gorham arrives in 1965, one of a string of young women sent to Lichen Hall to give birth. And she soon suspects the proprietors are hiding something. Then she meets the mysterious mother and young boy who live in the grounds – and together they begin to unpick the secrets of this place. As the truth comes to the surface and the darkness moves in, Pearl must rethink everything she knew – and risk what she holds most dear.

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It’s Spooktastic Season!

We are entering the last 13 Days of October, which means it’s time for Spooktastic Reads, our Wyrd and Wonder mini event! In case you missed my announcement post earlier this month, it’s a very relaxed blogging event to celebrate all things dark and eerie within fantasy. There’s no Reading challenge or sign up to… Continue reading It’s Spooktastic Season!

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Review: Notorious Sorcerer by Davinia Evans

Siyon Velo, Dockside brat turned petty alchemist, scrapes a living hopping between the planes to harvest ingredients for the city's alchemists. But when Siyon accidentally commits and act of impossible magic, he's catapulted into the limelight - which is a bad place to be when the planes start lurching out of alignment, threatening to send the city into the sea. It will take a miracle to save Bezim. Good thing Siyon has pulled off the impossible before. Now he has to master it. 

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The Darkest Road by Guy Gavriel Kay: Read-Along Week 4

Our journey has come to an end, for better or for worse, and now we readers of Guy Gavriel Kay's Fionavar Tapestry have only these thoughts to cling to. It has been a wonderful time over these last few months reading this trilogy with you all, so thank you for being a light in the… Continue reading The Darkest Road by Guy Gavriel Kay: Read-Along Week 4

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The Darkest Road by Guy Gavriel Kay: Read-Along Week 3

We left so many of our characters poised on the brink of action last week, and now many things that were foretold have come to pass. It's time for part 3 of this epic read-along, with questions very kindly provided by the mighty Bookforager. As ever, this is a discussion post and will contain spoilers… Continue reading The Darkest Road by Guy Gavriel Kay: Read-Along Week 3

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The Darkest Road by Guy Gavriel Kay: Read-Along Week 2

It's been such a weird week for me that I was convinced we were already on part three of The Darkest Road! But no, we are about halfway through this journey full of pain and hope in spite of it, so let's get to these questions, kindly provided by Imyril @ There's Always Room for… Continue reading The Darkest Road by Guy Gavriel Kay: Read-Along Week 2

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Spooktastic Reads: A Thrill for the Chill Season

It's my favourite time of year: there's a chill in the air, slippers and blankets come out of storage, and it's the perfect time to curl up with some darker reads. Enter Spooktastic Reads: your friendly Wyrd and Wonder mini event to celebrate all things dark in the fantasy genre for the 13 days leading up to Halloween! I am particularly excited because this is my first time taking part!

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The Darkest Road by Guy Gavriel Kay: Read-Along Week 1

One last time, we lovers of a readalong enter the magical world of Fionavar, first of all worlds on the Tapestry, to discover whether the forces of Light will defeat Maugrim at last, or if all will fall to darkness. This is the third book in a series, and these posts will be discussing everything in detail, so please beware of spoilers if you ever plan to pick this story up for yourself! Week one is hosted by yours truly, and there is a lot to talk about, so let us dive straight in!

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Review: A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland

Kadou, the shy prince of Arasht, has no intention of wrestling for imperial control with his sister, the queen. Yet he remains at odds with one of the most powerful ambassadors at court – the father of the queen’s new child. Then a hunting party goes terribly awry, and Kadou finds himself under suspicion of attempted murder. To prove his loyalty to his sister and salvage his reputation, Kadou takes responsibility for the investigation of a break-in at one of their guilds. He enlists the help of his newly appointed bodyguard, the coldly handsome Evemer, who seems to tolerate him at best. But what appears to be a straightforward crime spirals into a complex counterfeiting operation, with a powerful enemy at its heart. In Arasht, where princes can touch-taste precious metals with their fingers and myth runs side by side with history, counterfeiting is heresy. The conspiracy they discover could cripple the kingdom’s financial standing – and bring about its ruin.