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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!

Book Reviews, Fantasy

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.

Book Reviews, Fantasy

Review: Equinox by David Towsey

Christophor Morden lives by night. His day-brother, Alexsander, knows only the sun. They are two souls in a single body, in a world where identities change with the rising and setting of the sun. Night-brother or day-sister, one never sees the light, the other knows nothing of the night. Early one evening, Christophor is roused by a call to the city prison. A prisoner has torn his eyes out and cannot say why. Yet worse: in the sockets that once held his eyes, teeth are growing. The police suspect the supernatural, so Christophor, a member of the king’s special inspectorate, is charged with finding the witch responsible. Night-by-night, Christophor’s investigation leads him ever further from home, toward a backwards village on the far edge of the kingdom. But the closer he gets to the truth, the more his day-brother’s actions frustrate him. Who is Alexsander protecting? What does he not want Christophor to discover? And all the while, an ancient and apocalyptic ritual creeps closer to completion...

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Book Tag: The Last Book I…

It's been a while since I did a book tag, and when I saw this one over at the Bookforager's blog, and then ZeZee With Books also had a go, and I simply had to join in! The tag originates with Becky at Becky's Book Blog, and it was adapted from an instagram post, creator… Continue reading Book Tag: The Last Book I…

Book Reviews, Mini Reviews, Non-fiction

Mini Reviews: Lost to History

I have been delving a lot more into non-fiction this year, partly for writing research, partly because it turns out I like non-fiction audiobooks, and today I wanted to review two titles that I happened to read simultaneously and which ended up having a lot of cross over themes and topics: The Ship Asunder by Tom Nancollas and Shadowlands by Matthew Green.

Book Reviews, Science Fiction

Review: How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu

From funerary skyscrapers to hotels for the dead, How High We Go in the Dark follows a cast of intricately linked characters spanning hundreds of years as humanity endeavours to restore the delicate balance of the world. This is a story of unshakable hope that crosses literary lines to give us a world rebuilding itself through an endless capacity for love, resilience and reinvention. Wonderful and disquieting, dreamlike and all too possible.

Book Reviews, Fantasy

Review: The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean

Hidden across England and Scotland live six old Book Eater families. The last of their lines, they exist on the fringes of society and subsist on a diet of stories and legends. Children are rare and their numbers have dwindled, so when Devon Fairweather's second child is born a dreaded Mind Eater - a perversion of her own kind, who consumes not stories but the minds and souls of humans - she flees before he can be turned into a weapon for the family... or worse. Living among humans and finding prey for her son, Devon seeks a cure for his hunger. But time is running out - for her family want her back, and with every soul her son consumes he loses a little more of himself...

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The Wandering Fire Read-Along: Week 3

Week 1: Chapters 1-6Week 2: Chapters 7-11 I can't believe we've already finished The Wandering Fire, book two in the Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay! Despite having read it over the course of a month, roughly, it feels like it's over in a flash! So much happened, and yet, not much has advanced? Idk,… Continue reading The Wandering Fire Read-Along: Week 3