When Ravian's father doesn't return home from sea for his son's birthday, Ravian is certain he must be in danger. Hearing tales of a cursed ship that captures fishermen, Ravian goes in search of his father accompanied by his only friend Marvin the seagull. Before long, the pair find themselves trapped on the ship with a kindly boy and a bad-tempered pirate for company. The ensuing voyage is beset with battles with giant squid and fierce storms, and Ravian despairs of ever finding his father. Featuring stunning illustrations by acclaimed illustrator Karl James Mountford.
Last year, I had the chance to read Little White Hands by self-published author Mark Cushen, which follows a young kitchen boy as he takes up a quest to restore the seasons to their balance. I absolutely loved this story and the way it felt both classic and fresh and, well, you can see what… Continue reading Author Chat: Mark Cushen
Silverthorne is a place of secrets. A forest of twisting paths and tangled thorns. A castle with locked towers and whispers of tragedy. A village trapped between terrors known and unknown. But something is stirring in the leaves...Saffy is a good girl, tired of being told to stick to the forest paths, and always follow the… Continue reading Review: Wilder Than Midnight by Cerrie Burnell
The Darkest Part of the Forest readalong, week one. Spoilers beware!
Week one of The Summer Tree readalong for Wyrd and Wonder 2022. Beware spoilers.
It's been a while since I did one of these, but I quite like the challenge of giving my last 10 books a one-word review, and since it's Wyrd and Wonder I will be focusing on my latest fantasy reads (though that's mostly business as usual).
ARTWORK by chic2view from 123RF.com First, can I just say that I am so happy with how many people have been taking about Wyrd And Wonder on day one already? It's my first time as a host, and my second year taking part, and I've spent most of Sunday (when I wasn't trapped in an IKEA) scrolling… Continue reading Anticipated Fantasy Reads
ARTWORK by chic2view from 123RF.com Here we are, it's May at last and the 5th(!) annual Wyrd & Wonder has begun! A month-long celebrations of all thing fantastical, ready to tempt you with new books to add to your already teetering TBR piles, bring new authors to your attention, find new friends among fellow fantasy-lovers, and test… Continue reading Into the Woods: Wyrd & Wonder Plans and Top Five List
It's the end of April, which means only one thing... [insert gif here] It's gonna be May! And with May comes the joy of Wyrd & Wonder! But more on that tomorrow... For now I'm going to be looking back on April and how I somehow managed to read 15 books in one month, including my current Book of the Year.
After one great battle, the Architects disappeared. Yet humanity’s fragile peace is brief. For, forty years later, the galaxy’s greatest alien enemy has returned. This time, the artefacts that preserved entire worlds from destruction are ineffective. And no planet is safe. The Human Colony worlds are in turmoil as they face extinction. Some believe alliances with other species can save them. Others insist humanity must fight alone. But no one has the firepower or technology to ensure victory, as the Architects loom ever closer. Idris spent decades running from the last war’s horrors. Yet as an Intermediary, altered to navigate deep space, he’s one of humanity’s only weapons. He’s therefore forced back into action. With a handful of allies, Idris must find something – anything – to stop the Architects’ pitiless advance. But to do so, he must return to the nightmare of unspace, where his mind was broken and remade. What he discovers there will change everything.