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John James – The Fourth Gwenevere

johnjames-thefourthgwenevereGwenevere, Arthur’s Saxon wife, is a problem. As the dynastic cement between the British and the Saxons, her marriage to Arthur will result in a child that will unite both sides. At least, that would have been the plan, had the Great Duke Arthur not died and left the petty kings of Britain to squabble over his title.

Only Morvran, Arthur’s chief fixer, has the wit to see that the Fourth Gwenevere is the key to maintaining a crumbling peace. But when she is abducted, it seems that all hopes might disappear with her.

For, in a world where swords and horses have names of honour, where poets speak as oracles of a shifting truth and the raiding of Saxon warriors is set to ruin Britain, perhaps it’s only the Fourth Gwenevere herself who has the real solution?

I’ve always loved Arthurian tales, or the Matter of Britain to give them their proper name, ever since I first read an adaptation when I was a little girl and just reading on my own. When I was just a teen I loved The Mists of Avalon and I read many variations and retellings in the years since. Thus a book that is titled The Fourth Gwenevere immediately grabs my attention. The Fourth Gwenevere however isn’t a straight retelling of the Arthur legend as we know it – the sword in the stone, the round table, Lancelot and Gwenevere and so on – but the tale of what happens after Arthur is taken to Avalon and the kingdom has to go on without him. And it’s not the tale you might have expected.   Continue reading »

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Tom Pollock – Our Lady of the Streets

tompollock-ourladyofthestreetsFour months ago, Mater Viae, the Goddess of London, returned from London-Under-Glass to reclaim her throne. And ever since then, London has been dying.

Streets are wracked by convulsions as muscles of wire and pipe go into spasm, bunching the city into a crippled new geography; pavements flare to thousand-degree fevers, incinerating anyone and anything touching them. Towers crash to the ground, their foundations decayed.

As the streets sicken, so does Beth, drawn ever deeper into the heart of the city, while Pen fights desperately for a way to save her. But when they discover that Mater Viae’s plans for dominion stretch far beyond London’s borders, they must make a choice: Beth has it within her to unleash the city’s oldest and greatest powers – powers that could challenge the vengeful goddess, or destroy the city itself.

All good things must come to an end, so it was inevitable that Tom Pollock’s debut series would end too. After the fantastic The City’s Son and the equally wonderful The Glass Republic, this final instalment in the trilogy Our Lady of the Streets came with high expectations and had to meet a high standard to equal its predecessors. Happily, Our Lady of the Streets is even better than the previous books. It takes Beth, Pen, and all their allies on a wild ride trying to save the city they love and their own lives in the process. Since this is book three in a series it’s hard to review it without giving any spoilers for the previous books. I’m keeping them to a minimum, but you have been warned.   Continue reading »

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The Skyscraper Throne Reread Week 22

Welcome back for another stop in the Jo Fletcher Skyscraper Throne Reread. In week 22 we’ve come about halfway in The Glass Republic and I’ll be recapping chapters 29-32. As in the previous posts I hosted there will be spoilers galore. If you haven’t read these books before and want to remain unspoiled, best beware, as Milady says: SPOILERS!!!

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Anticipated Reads (Summer-Fall) 2014

2014In the past week and a half I’ve brought you my Anticipated Books for Summer/Fall 2014 and today I bring you the fifteen books I anticipate reading the most in the coming six months. As usual it’s a list of fifteen, as there are just too many good books to choose from and I always have a hard time getting the list down to the more usual ten books. Also as per usual, I’ve excluded many books I’m really looking forward to reading right out of the gate, for example all the new instalments in series I’ve been reading. If I loved the previous book in the series, it’s a good bet I’ll want to read the next one. Some examples of these are Tom Pollock’s final book in The Skyscraper Throne trilogy, Our Lady of the Streets, Liz de Jager’s second book Vowed, and Mark Charan Newton’s Retribution, the sequel to the excellent Drakenfeld. So below in alphabetical order by author is my list, with a little explanation of why I really can’t wait to read these books. Do you agree or would you have chosen differently from the lists I posted recently?  Continue reading »

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Anticipated Books (Summer-Fall) 2014: Fantasy October-December

2014Day two of my Anticipated Books series for the second half of 2014. As usual I had so many fantasy books catch my fancy I had to split them into two posts. For some of these I already have an (e)ARC or review copy, so they’ll definitely be read and reviewed. And for the rest, I’ll have to see whether I get the chance to get my hands on them!  Continue reading »

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Anticipated Books (Summer-Fall) 2014: Fantasy July-September

2014Welcome to the first post in my Anticipated Books series for the second half of 2014. As usual I had so many fantasy books catch my fancy I had to split them into two posts. For some of these I already have an (e)ARC or review copy, so they’ll definitely be read and reviewed. And for the rest, I’ll have to see whether I get the chance to get my hands on them!  Continue reading »

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The Skyscraper Throne Reread Week 19

Welcome back for another stop in the Jo Fletcher Skyscraper Throne Reread. In week 19 we’ve come about halfway in The Glass Republic and I’ll be recapping chapters 17-20. As in the previous posts I hosted there will be spoilers galore. If you haven’t read these books before and want to remain unspoiled, best beware, as the gentleman says: SPOILER ALERT!!

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Author Query – Aidan Harte

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aidanharte-ireniconLast April Jo Fletcher Books published the last book, Spira Mirabilis, in Aidan Harte’s The Wave series and published the first one, Irenicon, in the US. The Wave is a series which I’ve heard much praise for, but unfortunately haven’t (yet) read myself, though I do have Irenicon on my TBR-pile. However, having heard so much good things about the series, and being curious about Aidan’s dual career as a sculptor and a writer, I asked Aidan for an Author Query. He sent me back some awesome answers. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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Snorri Kristjansson – Blood Will Follow

snorrikristjansson-bloodwillfollowUlfar Thormodsson and Audun Arngrimsson survived the battle for Stenvik, although at huge cost, for they have suffered much worse than heartbreak. They have lost the very thing that made them human: their mortality.

While Ulfar heads home, looking for the place where he thinks he will be safe, Audun runs south. But both men are about to discover that they cannot run away from themselves. For King Olav has left the conquered town of Stenvik in the hands of his lieutenant so he can journey north, following Valgard in the search for the source of the Vikings’ power.

And all the while older beings watch and wait, biding their time, for there are secrets yet to be discovered…

Snorri Kristjansson’s debut Swords of Good Men was one of my favourites of last year. So I was looking forward to reunite with Audun and Ulfar after that rather game-changing ending of the last book. Not to mention that when my review copy arrived there was this to consider, which completely made my month. Saying I started Blood Will Follow with high expectations is putting it very mildly. For the most part Kristjansson met all of them, even exceeded some of them, though the book did somewhat suffer from Middle Book Syndrome. I started to wonder where the plot was going about halfway through, as it felt a little meandering, but trusting Kristjansson to know what he is doing, I read on to find that everything came together beautifully. Be aware that there will be spoilers for the previous book in the series, so if you want to remain spoiler-free best not read on.   Continue reading »

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Author Query – Snorri Kristjansson

snorrikristjansson-bloodwillfollowSnorri Kristjansson’s Swords of Good Men was one of my favourite books last year and also one of two that Wiebe loved as much as I did. It’s a raging, berserk Viking novel, but I loved it to pieces and I couldn’t wait to read the sequel Blood Will Follow. While in Brighton, I was also fortunate enough to meet Snorri in person and he was very lovely and gracious, and patiently listened to Wiebe and I waffling on about how much we liked his book. Today is the publication day for Blood Will Follow and I’m so pleased to be able to bring you an interview with Snorri. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for my review of the book!  Continue reading »

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