It’s been an interesting year…
Cat has been forced into an arranged marriage with William – a situation that comes with far more strings than even she could have anticipated, especially when she learns of his family’s intentions for them both.
Meanwhile, Max and the gargoyle investigate The Agency – a mysterious organisation that appears to play by its own rules – and none of them favourable to Society.
Over in Mundanus, Sam has discovered something very peculiar about his wife’s employer – something that could herald a change for everyone in both sides of the Split Worlds.
One of my favourite books this year, if not my favourite so far was Emma Newman’s Between Two Thorns. It’s no great secret that I think Emma is fabulous and that I love her Split Worlds, so it should come as no surprise that I loved Any Other Name. What I hadn’t expected was the direction the book took and the twists Newman added to the story. Discussing the book will inevitably give spoilers for the first one, so be warned. If you want to remain unspoiled clicking away now would be advisable. Continue reading
“It’s time to finish what he started…”
A young girl is snatched in broad daylight from outside her school and later found brutally murdered and hanging from a tree.
When recently retired San Francisco Police Inspector, Bob Farrell, sees this on the news, he realises his worst nightmare has just come true. The same brutal killer a government agency stopped him from putting away twenty years before is once more on the loose.
As the killer wreaks a trail of blood and destruction across North America, Bob Farrell teams up with rookie cop Kevin Kearns and sets out to track down their lethal prey.
But Farrell and Kearns are not playing by the rules any more than the killer is, and soon the FBI have all of them in their sights…
Earlier this year I read and reviewed Ripley Patton’s Ghost Hand. I really enjoyed the book and am really looking forward to reading its successor, Ghost Hold. So when I was approached to participate in Ghost Hold‘s cover reveal, I quickly agreed. Well, today is the day and below you’ll find the press release that accompanied the cover:
THE GHOST HOLD COVER REVEAL
As many of you know, Ripley Patton’s first novel, Ghost Hand, is also the first book in a series known as The PSS Chronicles. While Ghost Hand has been getting rave reviews on Amazon and was recently chosen as the June Book of the Month for a Goodreads Book Club with over 1300 members, Ripley has been hard at work writing the second book, Ghost Hold. Continue reading
Rebel Cast out from his home, rejected by his family, Tom Rivers returns to his regiment. But his commander believes the young hothead’s recklessness and contempt for authority has no place in his troop. But to a spymaster like Captain Crafte, Tom’s dark and fearless nature is in itself a weapon to be turned upon the hated Cavaliers – who else would dare to infiltrate Oxford, now the Royalist capital, to destroy the King’s printing press and strike a blow at the very heart of the enemy?
Renegade Raw with grief at the death of his father, Edmund Rivers rejects the peace talks between Parliament and the King. He chooses instead to lead a hardened band of marauders across the moors, appearing out of the frozen world to fall on unsuspecting rebel columns like wolves. But Prince Rupert – recognising in Mun a fellow child of war – has other plans for him, from stealing a colossal gun, to tunneling beneath the walls of Lichfield. The only peace the enemy will get from Mun Rivers is that of the grave.
Huntress Her heart broken following the deaths of her beloved Emmanuel and her father, Bess Rivers takes the hardest decision of her life: to leave her new-born son and depart Sheer House in search of the one person who might help her re-unite what is left of her broken family. Risking her own life on the road, Bess will do whatever it takes to find her brother Tom and secure his Royal pardon, but can she douse the flames of her brothers’ fury and see them reconciled?
The first book in this series The Bleeding Land, made the top 5 of my favourite books of 2012, so my expectations for Brothers’ Fury were high. How would Kristian follow up the harrowing and fascinating experience of that book? Quite well, actually. In fact, I could just copy/paste my review for The Bleeding Land, update some of the details so they’d apply to this book and you’d have a pretty good description of how I felt about this book. Of course, I won’t do that, so I’ll focus on some different elements than I did last time. Continue reading
Zenn Scarlett is a bright, determined, occasionally a-little-too-smart-for-her-own-good 17-year-old girl training hard to become an exoveterinarian. That means she’s specializing in the treatment of exotic alien life forms, mostly large and generally dangerous. Her novice year of training at the Ciscan Cloister Exovet Clinic on Mars will find her working with alien patients from whalehounds the size of a hay barn to a baby Kiran Sunkiller, a colossal floating creature that will grow up to carry a whole sky-city on its back.
But after a series of inexplicable animal escapes from the school and other near-disasters, the Cloister is in real danger of being shut down by a group of alien-hating officials. If that happens, Zenn knows only too well the grim fate awaiting the creatures she loves.
Now, she must unravel the baffling events plaguing her school, before someone is hurt or killed, before everything she cares about is ripped away from her and her family forever. To solve this mystery – and live to tell about it – Zenn will have to put her new exovet skills to work in ways she never imagined, and in the process learn just how powerful compassion and empathy can be.
In the Nineties, the BBC aired a show called Vet’s School and later Vets in Practice, which followed a group of veterinary students through veterinary school and in the early years of their practice. I adored this show and followed it faithfully; I crushed on some of the male vets as only a teenage girl could and I cheered them as they passed exams and internships and felt for them when they failed. I was invested, as they say. I’ve also read and adored all of James Herriott’s books, so to say that Zenn Scarlett came perfectly tailored to me, is an understatement. I expected to adore the book and while I really liked it, I didn’t love it as deeply as I could have; mostly due to some plot and writing issues. Continue reading
Last month I posted about Emma Newman’s Three Wishes project she set up to celebrate the release of her second novel Any Other Name. At the time Emma announced the project, I was dithering about posting my own three wishes, as most of the things I want aren’t things anyone can help with, short of a) performing magic or b) handing me a boatload of cash. However, Emma herself said she really wanted to see me post my wishes, so I thought long and hard and came up with my three wishes. Continue reading
For nearly a year peace reigned in the enchanted kingdom of Rillanon. But new challenges awaited Arutha the Prince of Krondor when Jimmy the Hand – youngest thief in the Guild of Mockers – came upon a sinister Nighthawk poised to assassinate him.
What evil power raises the dead and makes corpses do battle with the living at the behest of the Guild of Death? And what high magic can defeat it? The new King of Midkemia is threatened – and a life-or-death quest must be undertaken for an antidote to a poison that fells a beautiful Princess on her wedding day…
Silverthorn is Raymond E. Feist’s second novel set in Midkemia and in the Riftwar Saga—not to be confused with the Riftwar Cycle, which is the name for the entire 30 books-spanning series. While I love Magician, Silverthorn is where I really lost my heart to this series, largely due to the focus on my favourite characters, Arutha and Jimmy the Hand. Of course, the cast of characters we met in Magician mostly returns as well, but for the main part this is Arutha’s and Jimmy’s story.
Welcome to June. Have you seen the sun where you are at all last month? Here in the Netherlands the horror spring, as it’s been dubbed, has continued on with lots of cold weather and rain. Luckily it seems as if June is bringing better weather, so hopefully summer is now on its way. May was a hectic month on the blog with lots of reviews and other posts. This month also saw me post my 500th post on the blog! Who would ever have thought I’d make it this far! I also kicked off my Midkemia Reread and tried to catch up on my TBR-pile, which didn’t really happen, despite me writing fifteen reviews. The mind boggles, truly. Anyway, let’s see what happened on the blog.
It’s graduation day for sixteen-year-old Malencia Vale, and the entire Five Lakes Colony (the former Great Lakes) is celebrating. All Cia can think about—hope for—is whether she’ll be chosen for The Testing, a United Commonwealth program that selects the best and brightest new graduates to become possible leaders of the slowly revitalizing post-war civilization. When Cia is chosen, her father finally tells her about his own nightmarish half-memories of The Testing. Armed with his dire warnings (”Cia, trust no one”), she bravely heads off to Tosu City, far away from friends and family, perhaps forever. Danger, romance—and sheer terror—await.
Joelle Charbonneau’s The Testing is one of the latest additions to the crowded dystopian YA field. I’ve seen the usual comparisons to The Hunger Games, but I haven’t read any of the books in that series or seen the film, so it’s hard say whether they’re justified. In some ways the book reminded me of Veronica Roth’s Divergent, even if world-building and story largely have nothing in common beyond a Chicago-setting and the cut-throat competition between the candidates. Then again, in the flood of dystopian stories that have been published in the past few years, it’s unsurprising that certain elements become recognisable, even to one as sparsely read in the subgenre of YA dystopia as I. Whatever the resemblances might be, I rather enjoyed The Testing and found it an interesting read.