Fantasy

Sing Me Forgotten – Jessica S Olsen – ARC Review

Isda is a gravoir, someone with the ability to alter people’s memories when they sing. In the kingdom of Channe, where memories are currency, gravoirs are condemned to death on sight, but Cyril rescued her from the well she was thrown into as a baby and she has lived in the opera house he owns all her life. He only asks that Isda use her ability to keep ticket sales high and that she never allows herself to be seen, which is a simple enough rule for her to follow until she accidentally meets Emeric. His voice calls to her and his memories are brighter than any she has ever seen before, but more importantly, she gets a glimpse of something in one of his memories, that may be a way out of a life in hiding. Determined to discover more, Isda begins to spend more time with Emeric, searching his memories as he sings under the guise of vocal training, but as she sees more and more, her desire to have a life outside the opera house too grows.…

Breaking Damian – Eren Morgul

In the Gauntlet, where weavers, those who can use magic, and benthon, ordinary people, live side by side, orphan Damian struggles for survival on the streets. All Damian has ever wanted was to be a weaver and wield magic of his own. When one day he finally does manage to weave a spell, he is noticed doing so by a powerful weaver and his life changes overnight as he starts training to use his ability. But Damian soon realizes that he has gotten more than he bargained for – the Gauntlet is poised to descend into a power struggle with the Emperor gone missing – and Damian is about to find himself at the center of a brewing war.…

A Vow So Bold and Deadly – Brigid Kemmerer

With the revelation that Grey is the true heir, Emberfall is splitting into factions even as the end of Grey’s two month ultimatum draws closer. Meanwhile in Syhl Shallow, Lia Mara is now the queen, but after a reign so ruthless as Karis Luran’s, Lia Mara’s gentler approach is less than effective, particularly as the people are not pleased to see her with a magesmith by her side. But now that the enchantress Lilith is back, they all face a bigger challenge, and though Rhen and Grey stand on opposite sides of the brewing war, the only way to defeat her once and for all is to work together.…

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Woods of Silver and Light – Victoria McCombs – TBR And Beyond Tours

A few months after the events of The Storyteller’s Daughter, Cosette’s sister Anika has travelled to Wateredge Manor and is trying to adjust to her new life as a noble. It is far less of an adventure than she anticipated however, and navigating society as a lady with a title comes with many rules, but she attempts to use her new privilege to help the tenants on her land work through the aftermath of the war. When Anika witnesses a gang of thieves known as the Silver Raiders steal from another noble, she becomes curious about these bandits who steal from the rich and give to the poor. Upon learning that they are camped in the Woods of Silver and Light, the magical forest that borders her lands, she sets out to confront them and meets with their leader Ronin. While she sympathizes with their intentions, she still dislikes their methods, but Anika is increasingly drawn to the Woods even as she begins to realize that the magic that lives there is more dangerous than it seems.…

Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

Karou is an art student living in Prague leading a seemingly normal life. But she was actually raised by a group of demonic beings called Chimaera who form her surrogate family, and she now works for one of them, a wishmonger named Brimstone who collects teeth. Karou lives between these two worlds, never feeling like she really belongs in either. One day mysterious black handprints begin to appear around the world on doorways which act as portals into Brimstone’s workshop, and Karou runs into an angel, Akiva, causing her to question who and what she really is. A day later, all the doorways burn down at once, cutting off Karou’s connection from her only family and she finds herself caught up in an ancient war between the Seraphim and Chimaera.…

City of the Uncommon Thief – Lynne Bertrande – ARC Review

In a walled-off city, people live in tall iron towers, each organized by a trade or craft guild. Once a year, the city’s gates are opened to receive a shipment of food and other essentials, and also ship out the products the guilds make to the world outside. Teenagers can opt to become runners between the towers and spend a few years on the rooftops before taking up an apprenticeship with one of the guilds. New runners often play pranks and dare each other to complete tasks. When, during one of these dares, what looks like a pair of iron knitting needles are stolen, it quickly becomes clear there is something special about them as the regnat, the main administrator of the city, is willing to do anything it takes to get them back.…

This Golden Flame – Emily Victoria – Harlequin Trade Publishing Winter 2021 Blog Tour

Karis, an orphan, was separated from the last of her family, her brother Matthias when she was brought to the island of Tallis to serve the Scriptorium. After all automatons mysteriously stopped working 200 years ago, the Scriptorium has been working to unlock the secret to awakening the army of machines again. Karis has been on Tallis for years, but has never felt at home or wanted to connect with any of the other orphans with the exception of her best friend Dane. Her main goal has always been to discover where her brother was sent and find out what happened to him. When she stumbles upon an automaton hidden in a cave, she manages to wake it and realizes that Alix, as he introduces himself, is capable of speech, thought, and feeling, something that has always been deemed impossible. With Alix’s help, she is able to obtain information about her brother, but with the Scriptorium now hunting them, both of them must find a way to flee Tallis.…

Lore – Alexandra Bracken

As punishment for a past rebellion, every seven years, nine Greek Gods are forced to descend to earth and live for seven days as mortals. During these days, the descendants of ancient heroes hunt the mortal gods, seeking to kill one of them and gain their power, immortality and eternal glory in a lethal hunt known as the Agon. Lore of the House of Perseus fled that dangerous life following the brutal murders of her family by a rival house, but as a new Agon begins in New York City, she finds herself drawn back into that world when on the first day, two participants seek her out – Castor, a childhood friend she believed long dead, and the goddess Athena, one of the last original gods still alive. Severely injured, Athena asks for her help and in return, offers her an alliance and what she has long sought: revenge against Wrath, the new Ares, and the man responsible for her family’s deaths, and possibly a way to stop the cycle and end the Agon forever.…

The Last Tiara – M. J. Rose – ARC Review

In 1948 New York, Isobelle Moon, an architect, starts renovating her apartment following her mother’s death when she happens upon a box hidden in the wall containing the silver frame of a tiara and some receipts showing that the jewels it once held were sold. Intrigued as to why it was kept hidden, she seeks out the jeweller, hoping to find out more about the life her mother left behind in Russia and always refused to speak of and also about the father whom she has never met. As Isobelle’s search for information intensifies, a parallel timeline unfolds in 1925 Russia, telling the story of Sofiya Petrovich, best friend to the Grand Duchess Olga, and the journey that led her from Tsarist Russia to New York.…

Muse – Brittany Cavallaro – ARC Review

In an alternate version of history where George Washington became King and formed the First American Kingdom, the province of St Cloud is preparing to host the World’s Fair. Claire Emerson’s father, an inventor, is working on a mighty weapon that is to be unveiled at the fair and display St Cloud’s strength in a kingdom where the provinces are poised for war. Claire has bigger problems: her father believes that she possesses a magic that allows her to bless him with good fortune, and as a result, she has spent most of her life under his suffocating restrictions – but she’s finally hatched a plan to make her escape. Her plans go awry however, as the weapon fails to fire on opening day and she is taken captive by the province’s young Governor, Remy Duchamp, all at once finding herself in the middle of a deadly game of politics.…

We Hunt the Flame – Hafsah Faizal

Zafira is the legendary Hunter who can venture into the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people and return unharmed – but if anyone were to ever find out that the Hunter is actually a girl, her achievements would be considered meaningless. Crown Prince Nasir of Arawiya is better known as the Prince of Death for the many assassinations he has carried out at the command of his ruthless father, the Sultan, and forbidden to display any compassion. The caliphates are growing restless however, and war is on the horizon as the Sultan grows more power hungry, but the immediate threat is the Arz which creeps closer by the day. Zafira sets out on a quest to find an artifact that can bring back magic to the lands and destroy the Arz where on the other hand, Nasir is ordered to go the same quest – but to kill the Hunter once the artifact is found and retrieve the artifact for the Sultan. But a larger scheme is at play here, and Zafira and Nasir must become reluctant allies to face an evil greater than anything either of them anticipated.…

Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik

Miryem’s father is the town’s moneylender, but he’s not very good at it, repeated failing to collect on debts, leaving his family in a very poor financial condition. Determined to do something about it, Miryem takes over collection duties with immediate results, and gains a reputation for turning silver into gold, soon hiring Wanda a peasant girl to help. Her success however, draws the attention of the king of the Staryk, who sets her an impossible challenge. Meanwhile, the plain daughter of a local duke, suddenly becomes attractive to everyone around her due to the jewellery made of fairy silver that Miryem sold her, and is married off to the tsar. But Tsar Mirnatius has a dark secret of his own that threatens both mortals and Staryk alike.…

Shadow City – Francesca Flores – ARC Review

Aina and Tannis have now taken over Kohl’s tradehouses, but Kosin is far from peaceful. The corrupt general Alsane Bautix who was ousted after Aina revealed his corruption is already making moves to take back his power with no care for anyone who stands in his way. When Kohl returns and asks Aina to join him in taking down Bautix, she is reluctant, but seeing no other option to protect her home, agrees. But their alliance is an uneasy one, knowing that once they’ve achieved their goal, it will be time to face each other once again.…

Cast in Firelight – Dana Swift – ARC Review

Heirs to their respective kingdoms, Adraa Belwar and Jatin Naupure meet as children, and their parents plan for them to be married when they are older. Needless to say, that first meeting does not go well, and after years of intense rivalry from afar, it is time for them to come face-to-face once more, something neither of them are looking forward to. Adraa is now a powerful witch, weeks away from going through the royal ceremony test to prove her mastery over the nine colours of magic and officially being declared the heir. Jatin, no less competitive, has already been through his ceremony and is returning home after years of studying abroad. Through an interesting sequence of events, neither recognizes the other when their paths cross, and when criminal activity surfaces in Belwar, the two agree to team up, both going by secret identities in order to reveal the source of the corruption and the real threats to their homes.…

A Sky Beyond the Storm – Sabaa Tahir | Blogmas Day 20

Following the events at Antium, the Martial Empire has been plunged into chaos. The imprisoned jinn are free and wreaking their long-awaited vengeance on humans. The Nightbringer has deadlier plans that stretch far beyond mere vengeance however, and self-declared Empress Keris Veturia takes city after city, massacring dissenters. Laia, now allied with the Blood Shrike, vows to destroy the Nightbringer even as she struggles with recent losses. Meanwhile in the Waiting Place, the Soul Catcher only wants to forget his past life and get on with his new duties, but to uphold his oath to Mauth, he must once again step out of his lands to prevent the oncoming destruction.…

Holy Sister – Mark Lawrence | Blogmas Day 18

Holy Sister is narrated in two timelines. One picks up immediately after the ending of Grey Sister, following Nona’s escape from the Tetragode, as she and Zole head for the ice to keep the shipheart safe with the enemy in hot pursuit. The other is in present day, three years after these events – the Corridor is narrowing fast, the Empire is under attack from all sides. Nona has nearly completed her training and is taking the tests to become a full sister, but the final battle is approaching faster than expected, and it may be the biggest challenge of all.…

A Darker Shade of Magic – V. E. Schwab | Blogmas Day 15

Centuries ago, four Londons existed side by side, sharing the name but essentially in very different worlds. When a massive magical accident occurred in the place known as Black London, the doors between the worlds were sealed and all magical travel restricted. Since then, the only people who can travel back and forth are the Antari, or blood magicians, who act as messengers between the rulers. Kell is the Antari in service to the King and Queen of Red London, and on one of his travels to the notoriously unstable court of White London, is tricked into bringing back a forbidden artifact that turns out to be from Black London (all of which were supposed to have been destroyed). This sets off a chain of events as Kell races to find a way to dispose of the item before anyone figures out he’s committed treason or the dangerous magic within it turns on him. Delilah Bard, a thief from magicless Grey London, has spent her entire life looking for adventure and a way out. When she stumbles into Kell and learns about his abilities and mission, she sees it as the perfect opportunity and makes him take her along. But the two are about to stumble into a much larger plot than Kell foresaw and if they don’t succeed in their aim, the doors between worlds could be torn down and corrupted magic unleashed once more.…

Grey Sister – Mark Lawrence | Blogmas Day 13

Two years after the events of Red Sister, Nona is now fifteen and has moved up into Mystic Class. Nona’s enemies haven’t given up yet though. The powerful Tacsis clan is still seeking revenge for Raymel’s death, but the immediate threat is much closer, inside the walls of the Convent. Nona’s actions have gained her many enemies and when the Emperor’s sister Sherzal finally makes her move to take over the Empire, they seize their chance. The Inquisition arrives at the Convent, claiming to be hunting heretics and things quickly go downhill as it becomes clear that Sweet Mercy is no longer safe for Nona. Abbess Glass is in an equally precarious position as the inquisitors, under the direction of the Emperor’s sister Sherzal, take her into custody for trial and interrogation.…

Supernova – Marissa Meyer | Blogmas Day 8

Nova has completed her mission and retrieved Ace Anarchy’s helmet – but not everything went according to plan. Sentinel, aka Adrian, has captured Ace, Max was severely injured and is now in a coma, so Nova is back at Renegade headquarters playing her role as a spy. But she is on the verge of being discovered: Danna may be unable to reveal what she knows for the moment, but someone else has found out about Nova’s double life and begins to blackmail her for Ace’s helmet. Where Adrian’s interest in Nightmare previously was to find out what she knows about his mother’s death, he now wants to get revenge on her for hurting Max. Time is running out fast, and the Anarchists know that they need to move quickly.…

Archenemies – Marissa Meyer | Blogmas Day 6

Following her shocking discovery that Ace Anarchy is still alive, Nova is continuing her pretense of being a Renegade attempting to find Ace’s legendary helmet and further the Anarchists’ cause. Her mission is becoming more complicated by the day however, due to her growing relationship with Adrian, the son of Captain Chromium himself whom she holds responsible for her family’s death. But Nova is not the only one leading a double life. Adrian has secrets of his own – he is struggling to hide his identity as Sentinel as he becomes even more determined to find out the truth of his mother’s death – and he’s not convinced that Nightmare is really dead. And though he created Sentinel with the best of intentions, his actions have unwittingly caused the Renegades to become even more committed to stopping rogue prodigies – with terrifying results.…

A Torch Against the Night – Sabaa Tahir | Blogmas Day 4

On the run after the events of the Fourth Trial, Elias and Laia flee across the Empire, headed to the dread prison of Kauf where they hope to save Laia’s brother Darin, who knowledge of Serric steel is crucial to the Scholar’s revolt. But darker forces than Martial soldiers pursue them, and their other enemies are already plotting: the cruel Commandant, the new Emperor Marcus and worst of all, Elias’ old friend Helene, the new Blood Shrike.…

The Wolf and the Water – Josie Jaffrey – ARC Review

In the city of Kepos, located in a secluded valley that is sealed off from the outside world by a massive wall, ten aristocratic families rule. Kala is the daughter of the least influential of these, the Glauks, and is shunned due to a childhood illness that left her deformed. When her father dies under mysterious circumstances, her mother is forced to remarry according to the laws of the city and Kala’s new stepfather is a cruel man, and will certainly not tolerate her for long. Kala is determined to find out what happened to her father, but in the process stumbles upon the horrifying secret that has long been kept hidden from the people of the valley – what lies beyond the wall that keeps them isolated – and she must make a much bigger decision than she anticipated: flee or reveal this knowledge and jeopardize her own escape.…

Red Sister – Mark Lawrence

Nona Grey is about to hang after attempting to murder the heir of one of the wealthiest families in the Empire when she is rescued by Abbess Glass of the Convent of Sweet Mercy. Sweet Mercy isn’t your average convent though – the novices are basically trained as warriors and assassins who fight in the name of the Ancestor. Nona will need to do her best, for even behind its secure walls, she can’t escape her past, and she has made powerful enemies who continue to chase her.…

Renegades – Marissa Meyer

The Renegades are an organization of prodigies – superheroes – who fought to take back Gatlon City from the prodigies known as the Anarchists led by Ace Anarchy. When they succeed, the Renegades are hailed as heroes and saviours by all – all but the Anarchists who were forced underground after Ace Anarchy’s death. Ten years later, Nova, Ace’s niece, has sworn to get revenge and has spent years training for it. But when she infiltrates the Renegades to get closer to her targets, she meets the people she has hated all her life and begins to realize that things aren’t as black and white as she has always believed.…

Fable – Adrienne Young

A day after her mother drowns in a storm at sea, Fable is abandoned on the island of Jeval by her father who runs a powerful trading business. Alone on an island of thieves and with no resources, Fable slowly learns to survive in this hostile environment, determined to find a way back to her father and demand her rightful position on his crew. Four years later, Fable is finally able to negotiate with a young trader named West for passage across the Narrows, but in these years, her father’s enemies have only grown, and far more dangerous things than storms lie in her path ahead. It is starting to look like Jeval might have been a safer place for her all along.…

Lightbringer – Claire Legrand

After being rejected by her friends, family, and particularly Audric, a heartbroken Rielle has finally turned to Corien embracing the role of Blood Queen. Meanwhile in the future, Simon’s betrayal has crushed Eliana, and she is trapped and tortured by the Emperor, desperately trying to keep her power at bay so that he cannot use it to travel back in time. But there is still one more opportunity for things to change as the Prophet finally reveals themselves, giving Eliana and Rielle a chance to alter events and step away from the path that will lead to the destruction of the world.…

The Other Side of the Sky – Amie Kaufman & Megan Spooner – ARC Review

North is the Prince of Alciel, a city high above the clouds, floating through the use of engines that are a technological marvel. On the surface, Nimhara is a living goddess to her people who look to her for guidance and hope. Alciel has been held aloft for a long time, but they are slowly beginning to sink with no solution in sight, since no one knows how the engines work in the first place. North is convinced he has found a way to not only get to the surface and look for information but also return safely. But when his experimental glider malfunctions, he goes off the edge of the floating islands and crashes on the surface below. When Nimh’s magic guides her to him, his arrival feels predestined to her as she believes they are bound to fulfill an ancient prophecy that seems to predict doom for both their worlds.…

Master of One – Jaida Jones & Dani Bennett – ARC Review

Skilled thief Rags is caught by the Queensguard attempting to steal from a secret vault with intricate protections. Turns out, the vault was a test, and before he knows it, he is forced to work through a series of deadly traps to retrieve a fae relic for the cruel royal sorcerer. Said relic is not a treasure however, but a living fae prince called Shining Talon. Things only get stranger from here, as this is just the beginning of a long journey to find the pieces of an artifact known as the Great Paragon, gathering up an odd crew along the way. With the sorcerer Morien shadowing their every step, one wrong move means death, but the group must find a way to work together to save the kingdom.…

The Camelot Betrayal – Kiersten White – ARC Review

Guinevere has accepted her role as Arthur’s queen and to protect Camelot, but she is still restless. The Dark Queen has risen and is no doubt biding her time to strike. Guinevere still struggles to belong, even as she continues to wonder about her past, but danger may have already arrived in Camelot, as magic is not the only threat. Not only is Mordred still at large, the real Guinevere’s younger sister arrives unexpectedly for a visit. Can Guinevere maintain the deception or will she be exposed as an imposter?…

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – V. E. Schwab

In the 18th century French village of Villon-sur-Sarthe, Adeline LaRue makes a desperate attempt to escape a life that she feels trapped in. She prays hard and hopes that some god will answer, and give her a way out of the restrictive life ahead of her, but only the darkness answers. Out of time and with no choice remaining, she makes a Faustian bargain that curses her to be forgotten by anyone she meets. Addie wanders the world for centuries as little more than a ghost, leaving no mark of her own, until nearly 300 years later, she runs into Henry Strauss in a hidden New York bookstore who remembers.…

A Deadly Education – Naomi Novik

Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted, is unlike any other. The real goal is survival, because there’s no leaving Scholomance unless you graduate or get killed by one of the monsters lying in wait everywhere. Galadriel, or El for short, is determined to navigate the complex politics of this already stressful school life and get herself into an alliance that will help her survive graduation by proving herself to be a useful addition to any group. Her plans, however, keep getting sidetracked by resident white knight, Orion Lake, who has taken to swooping in repeatedly to the rescue, turning her into some kind of damsel in distress, which just won’t do. While El has no friends or allies, she certainly has the potential to be the most powerful student in the school and take out the worst monsters there – except for the fact that her affinity tends towards mass destruction, and following her call would almost certainly end in her becoming a dark sorceress, possibly killing all the other students.…

The Tower of Nero – Rick Riordan + 2nd Blogversary!

The conclusion to The Trials of Apollo series brings Apollo’s final challenge, and the most daunting one of all. He and Meg are on their way back to New York to confront the last Emperor of the Triumvirate, Nero. But even if they manage to defeat Nero, Apollo’s old nemesis, the serpent Python, still waits in the shadows, having taken over the sacred shrine of Delphi, the last and most powerful oracle.…

God Storm – Coco Ma – ARC Review

Asterin Faelenhart should be celebrating – she has rescued her long imprisoned mother, defeated the false queen Priscilla, saved her kingdom and is now Queen of Axaria. But these happy events have come at a price – Orion is lost to the immortal realm, and Asterin’s actions in choosing to save Quinlan over Luna have resulted in her losing both. But darkness is already making its reappearance in Axaria, dark magic is causing havoc amongst the people. When news of Quinlan’s recovery reaches her, Asterin immediately leaves for Eradore with a few Elites only to walk into a deadly ambush en route, a precursor of things to come.…

A Golden Fury – Samantha Cohoe – Blog Tour

Thea Hope has worked at the side of her famous alchemist mother all her life and longs to build a name for herself. Their goal, like all alchemists, is to create the ultimate prize, the Philosopher’s stone which can turn any metal to gold and cure all illnesses, and they are closer than ever before, when her mother suddenly goes mad and tries to kill her. Looking through her notes, Thea finds out that there is a curse on the Stone which causes any alchemist not deemed worthy to go insane during the process. France is not safe for her anymore, not with the threat of Revolution, so she makes her way to Oxford to find her father, whom she has never met. But even in England, danger still looms, as alchemists will stop at nothing to steal Thea’s knowledge of how to create the Stone.…

Among the Beasts and Briars – Ashley Poston – ARC Review

The kingdom of Aloriya has long been kept safe from the dangers of the Wildwood by the bargain made by the first king with the legendary Lady of the Wilds. Everyone knows the dangers of the woods, especially Cerys, who barely escaped it as a child and still bears a reminder to this day – the magic in her blood. But as a new queen is about to be crowned, the monsters in the woods break free of the enchantment and descend on the coronation. With nowhere else to go, Cerys,the sole survivor, flees into the woods, accompanied only by her pet fox, determined to find the Lady of the Wilds and seek her help to reverse the curse upon those in the kingdom. But navigating the cursed forest is more dangerous than she ever realized and nothing is as it seems.…

Kingdom of Sea and Stone – Mara Rutherford – Harlequin Trade Publishing 2020 Fall Reads Blog Tour + Excerpt

Nor heads home to Varenia, but a warm welcome does not await her. The people not believe her about what happened, and Nor is battling nightmares about what she went through in Ilara and killing Ceren. All too soon, in an unexpected twist of events, Nor, Zadie and Talin flee Varenia, aiming to gather allies for Talin’s sister to claim the throne. War is on the horizon, and when Nor’s past returns to haunt her, it quickly becomes clear that victory is not going to be as easy as it initially seemed.…

The Lost Book of the White – Cassandra Clare

Magnus and Alec are enjoying their life in New York, but their peaceful life with their son Max is interrupted when the warlock Shinyun Jung and Ragnor Fell appear out of nowhere and steal the Book of the White, and before making their escape, stab Magnus with a mysterious magical thorn. And the wound, instead of hurting or bleeding, is glowing, which can’t be anything good. With Clary, Jace, Isabelle and the newly Ascended Simon in tow, Magnus and Alec head to Shanghai in search of the book and a cure, but more deadly things are afoot in the shadow world – portals are malfunctioning and demons are flooding into the city. With Magnus’ magic growing more unstable by the day, time is running out fast and their hunt leads them into the long lost realm of the dead in search of answers.…

Blood & Honey – Shelby Mahurin

Lou and Reid are reunited after the terrible events at the Chateau, barely making it out alive, but they are hunted on all sides. On the run from their enemies, the revelations of the past few days haunt them. Reid is grappling with the guilt of having killed the Archbishop, not to mention the fact that he has the very magic he has spent his life hating. Lou, on the other hand, is determined to protect those she loves, and begins to lose herself to her magic each time she wields it. Magic demands balance and there is nothing Lou is not willing to sacrifice. They know Morgane will not sit idle, but the next time they face her, they cannot do so alone – they need allies, and fast. As they work their way back to Cesarine where the Archbishop’s funeral is due to be held, time is running out fast, and Morgane is toying with them, waiting to strike.…

Crownchasers – Rebecca Coffindaffer – ARC Review

Emperor Atar Faroshti is on his deathbed, and his final wish is a surprising one. Instead of naming an heir, he instead initiates the first crownchase in centuries, a race across the galaxy to locate the royal seal which has been hidden somewhere in the vast empire. Each of the empire’s prime families send a representative, and the Faroshti family’s is the Emperor’s niece, Alyssa Farshot. Alyssa is not pleased to be pulled back into the family legacy she has long been trying to outrun, and she would rather be out there in her ship, exploring the galaxy as she has been for the past several years. But seeing it as her duty to fulfill her uncle’s dying request, she prepares herself to take part in one last adventure even though the throne is the last thing she wants. More pieces are at play around this crownchase however, from political maneuvering and power plays by the prime families to the supposedly neutral religious group that holds the stewardship of the empire until the race is won, the crownchasers are getting into much more than they anticipated as the already competitive race through space turns deadly.…

As the Shadow Rises – Katy Rose Pool

Jude has returned to Kerameikos in disgrace, set to face a tribunal to determine his punishment for breaking the Paladin’s Oath. Anton, now revealed as the last Prophet, is safe with the Order, but struggles to deal with the weight of the responsibilities that now lay upon him – the most important of which is to figure out the meaning of the horrific visions of destruction he has seen and find a way to stop the Age of Darkness. Ephyra is determined to find Eleazar’s Chalice and use it to save her sister Beru no matter the cost. Beru, on the other hand, has had enough of leading a cursed life and resolves to atone for the lives Ephyra has taken in what time she has left. Hassan has returned to Nazirah with no real plan to take back his throne, but willing to do whatever it takes to keep his people safe – even joining up with some questionable allies. As the Hierophant and his fanatical followers, the Witnesses, continue to persecute the Graced, the prophecy is well underway and the Age of Darkness and the end of the world is fast approaching.…

Kingdom of Ice and Bone – Jill Criswell – ARC Review

Lira and Reyker are separated, each believing the other to be dead. But they are determined to complete their missions: to defeat Draki and save their homelands. Reyker could not save Lira, but he is determined to honour her memory by protecting her people by doing the one thing he never thought he’d do – return to being a Dragonman. Lira on the other hand, takes a different path. Imbued with the power of the Fallen Gods, she accepts the chance they offer her to take down Draki and sets off on a journey that takes her to Iseneld. Though they don’t know it, Lira and Reyker’s paths are destined to cross once more, but the cost of defeating Draki will be higher than either of them have imagined.…

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London – Garth Nix – ARC Review

Aspiring art student Susan Arkshaw arrives in London to search for the father she has never known, and falls headlong into a world of myth and monsters when she witnesses Merlin St. Jacques use a silver hatpin to turn Frank Thringley (who she calls Uncle, but is apparently a crime boss and a sipper) to dust. One escape from a dangerous black fog and an attack by a warden, it becomes clear that Susan is a target for some reason – and that has something to do with who her father is. The booksellers, the ancient organization to which Merlin belongs, are tasked with policing the boundaries between the Old World and the modern, but incursions are now increasing to an alarming extent. Merlin himself, however, is investigating the circumstances behind his mother’s death, certain that the someone in the Old World instigated it. When it quickly becomes clear that these two mysteries are linked, they team up to follow the path of a long closed police investigation while trying to figure out how Susan’s past ties into all of it.…

The Silvered Serpents – Roshani Chokshi – ARC Review

The Fallen House was successfully thwarted in the catacombs of Paris, but the terrible events that followed still haunts Séverin and his crew. Tristan’s death has hit all of them hard, and they have mostly gone their separate ways. Desperate to put things right, Séverin gathers them together for one last job – to find the legendary Sleeping Palace where the lost treasures of the Fallen House are rumoured to be hidden, and with it, a tome known as The Divine Lyrics which supposedly grants it’s owner the power of God. But as their hunt leads them out of Paris and into the icy expanse of Siberia, they must face not only the deadly obstacles and traps laid by their enemies, but also the demons of their own pasts in this sequel where the stakes are higher than ever.…

The Faithless Hawk – Margaret Owen

Having bargained Hawk protection for her band of Crows in exchange for delivering Prince Jasimir to safety, Fie and her Crows take to the road again. But when the plague beacons are lit for King Surimir, Fie knows that this is part of Queen Rhusana’s ploy to seize the throne, using the King’s death to turn Sabor against the Crows. On top of it all, Fie discovers that she has been reborn many times over and failed to fulfill an ancient oath, which still hangs over her head. Faced with an unexpected betrayal, Fie must venture into enemy territory – the capital city of Dumosa – and keep the Prince safe even as the plague continues to spreads across the land.…

Majesty – Katharine McGee – ARC Review

Following the death of King George, Beatrice, Sam, Nina and Daphne are all adjusting to the new status quo. Beatrice begins to step into her role America’s first queen, but obstacles are already popping up and her engagement to Teddy looms over it all. Sam, used to being the spare, is now unexpectedly the heir and subject to even more unwelcome scrutiny, making her even more determined to live up to her party princess persona. Nina, well, she is resolutely trying to put recent events behind her – especially Jeff – and avoid the palace to live as normal a life as she can, which definitely did not include Jeff’s best friend suddenly trying to get close to her. And where royalty is, Daphne is not far behind, and she is determined to get back together with Prince Jefferson, but her darkest secrets come back to threaten everything she has worked for.…

Unravel the Dusk – Elizabeth Lim

Maia Tamarin returns to the imperial court with a dark secret. She has created the legendary dresses of Amana, but her expedition to the Forgotten Isles to retrieve the blood of stars and her encounter with the demon Bandur have left her cursed – and slowly turning into a demon herself. Edan is gone, travelling to learn how to use what magic he has remaining after severing the oath, unknowing of her situation. When the imperial wedding goes sideways, Maia is forced to don the dress of the sun and take Lady Sarnai’s place in order to keep the peace and alliance between the Emperor and the Shansen, but Maia can only hold out for so long. The demon inside her is eager to take over and day by day, she is visibly losing control over her magic, body and mind, and as war breaks out, Maia is determined to find Edan and bring peace to A’landi before the change is completed.…

Queen of Volts – Amanda Foody – ARC Review

Jonas Maccabees of the Scarhands has been executed, but with his last breath, has plunged New Reynes into chaos (yet again) by outing Enne as the last living Mizer. But Enne’s identity being revealed quickly becomes a minor worry, as one last deadly Shadow Game has been initiated. The field has rapidly changed as a result of the election and recent street wars, and twenty two of New Reynes’ most influential from all walks of life are chosen, and they have no choice but to play. The most dangerous opponent yet has appeared, seemingly stepping straight out of legend, and as the game grows more vicious by the day, it’s not about winning or losing anymore – it’s about surviving.…

The Storyteller’s Daughter – Victoria McCombs

Ever since magic was invited into the land, every child in Westfallen has been born with a Gift that eventually defines their path in life – except Cosette, who remains Giftless. When her father, whose Gift is storytelling, narrates a fantastical tale of Cosette being able to spin straw into gold one night, the rumour spreads like wildfire, reaching the King himself, who orders Cosette to use her non-existent Gift to make gold for the kingdom during the war. In a desperate attempt to save her life, Cosette calls out to the spirit in the castle she has heard whispers about, and Rumpelstiltskin answers. As he willingly spins gold for her night after night, Cosette learns of his past and a curse he is under, and is determined to break it. But he is not the only one in danger – she is virtually a prisoner in the castle, and every day that passes is one where her secret might be revealed, placing her life in danger. Cosette must find a way to not only break Rumpel’s curse but also gain her own freedom before time runs out.…

Cinderella is Dead – Kalynn Bayron

Everyone knows the story of Cinderella, but to the people of Lille, it is their history, and in the two hundred years since Cinderella’s death, the fairytale has warped their daily life into something unrecognizable. Young girls are now required to attend a yearly ball to be chosen as a bride by one of the men in the kingdom. The catch – if they are not chosen within three years, they disappear and are never heard from again. This year, Sophia is of age to attend the ball, but she would rather marry her best friend Erin. A turn of events leads to her fleeing the ball and taking refuge in Cinderella’s mausoleum, where she meets Constance, the last remaining descendant of Cinderella’s stepsisters. Constance has been on the run her entire life from the king’s soldiers, and together they come up with a plan to overthrow King Manford and end his tyrannical rule and oppression of the Lille’s women. But first, they must first uncover the true story of Cinderella, which holds more shocking revelations than they ever dreamed of.…

Where Dreams Descend – Janella Angeles – ARC Review [300th Blog Post!]

Kallia has lived in Hellfire House, a private club, for most of her life, perfecting her performing magic under the master of the House, Jack. But she yearns to see the world outside the House, particularly the city that lies beyond the Dire Woods that surround it – Glorian. Jack has always been staunchly against it, stating that Glorian is no place for magicians until one day, Kallia discovers a flyer announcing a magician’s competition in that very city. Uncovering some shocking secrets Jack has been keeping from her, Kallia escapes, determined to prove herself capable as she faces off against nine other magicians displaying their feats of magic in a city whose past is mired in mystery to win and become the headliner of the famous Conquering Circus. But she soon finds out that there might have been some weight to Jack’s words after all, as competitors start to go missing and danger seems to lurk in the shadows.…

Ignite the Sun – Hanna Howard – ARC Review

Siria Nightingale lives in an island kingdom which has been shrouded by shadow for fifteen years by the witch Queen Iyzabel according to whom the light of the sun is dangerous. She has always been fascinated by stories of the old days when light still shone over the kingdom, something no one understands, especially her parents. But determined to please them and win their approval at long last, she sets out for the royal court, hoping to be chosen to serve the Queen. At the Choosing Ball however, she finds out that she is the last living sunchild, a fire nymph, capable of bringing back the sun. Siria must now journey north with a group of rebels and train her powers before the vernal equinox to lift the Darkness once and for all.…

The Damned – Renee Ahdieh

Following the horrific events at the end of The Beautiful, both Sébastien and Celine’s lives have changed forever. Bastien is now a vampire, the last thing he ever wished to be. His changing is against the treaty between the Fallen and the Brotherhood and war is on the horizon. Meanwhile, Celine is attempting to recover from the trauma of events she cannot remember, and desperately seeks out more information, leading her straight back into the supernatural world. Nicodemus’ memory wipe seems to be failing by the day and Celine’s quest to find the truth will reveal far more secrets than those she sought.…

Star Daughter – Shveta Thakrar – ARC Review

Sheetal Mistry is accustomed to secrets – after all, she’s been hiding her true self all her life. Unknown to any but a few, Sheetal is the daughter of a star – her mother who returned to the celestial court many years ago. But her abilities have been acting up of late, and it is getting harder to hide by the day. When her starfire flares up and her father is accidentally injured in the process, she knows there is only one medicine that can heal him – a drop of blood from a full star. Accompanied by her friend Minal, Sheetal journeys to the celestial court where she hopes to reunite with her mother and finds that the competition to determine the next ruling house of the skies is about to begin. The flares of power she has been experiencing were in fact a summons, calling her to be her family’s champion in this contest and in order to return to Earth with what she needs to save her father, she will need to win.…

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin – Roseanne A. Brown

The Solstasia festival occurs in Ziran once every fifty years and brings with it a grand competition between six champions. Malik is hoping to use this opportunity to escape his war-torn home and start a new life in Ziran with his sisters. But things go wrong and his younger sister Nadia is captured by an evil spirit. Desperate, Malik strikes a deal – for Nadia’s freedom, he will have to kill Princess Karina. But Karina is far from the spoiled girl most believe her to be. Unknown to the people, Karina’s mother, the Sultana, has just been assassinated and Karina must step into her place and take up responsibilities she is not remotely prepared for, surrounded by a council she cannot trust. Upon learning of an ancient magic ritual for resurrection, Karina decides that she will bring back her mother, but the ritual calls for the beating heart of a king. The competition provides a perfect source – Karina offers her own hand in marriage as the prize to the victor. Malik tricks his way into the contest in order to get closer to Karina, unknowingly setting them on a path to destroy each other.…

Set Fire to the Gods – Sara Raasch & Kristen Simmons – ARC Review

In a world ruled by six gods, each possessing a specific type of energeia – elemental power – there are the Divine, who have inherited energeia from their god, and the powerless Undivine who are second class citizens. In the domain of the earth god Geoxus, Madoc has grown up fighting on the streets to support his family, but he guards a dangerous secret – his elemental power is not of the earth as it is supposed to be, but something that has never been seen before. Ash is from a line of gladiators directly descended from the fire god Ignitus himself, and has seen her mother fight in arenas all her life. When Ash interferes in a fight to help her mother, it sets off a disastrous chain of events, and Geoxus declares war on Ignitus. But war in this world is more of a festival, a two week long spectacle of gladiator fights, ending in a fight to the death between the champions of the two countries. Ash swears to avenge her mother by killing Ignitus and upon meeting Madoc, realizes at once that his power is unique and would be a useful weapon, but Madoc’s priority is keeping his family safe and he is determined not to get involved. But there is a plot afoot as a famous gladiator disappears and turns up dead under mysterious circumstances, leading Ash and Madoc to suspect that not only are the gods involved somehow, but are in fact plotting something much bigger – something that will place Madoc at the center of an ancient war.…

Knightmare Arcanist – Shami Stovall – The Write Reads Ultimate Blog Tour

Volke Savan dreams of becoming a famous arcanist like his idol, the legendary Gregory Ruma. To become an arcanist, he first needs to bond with a mythical creature, but as the gravedigger’s apprentice, his opportunities are rather limited, until he comes upon the chance to bond with a knightmare, a creature made of shadows. Bonding with the knightmare, Luthair, comes at a price though – he seeks to avenge the murder of it’s former master and the murderer is none other than Gregory Ruma himself who is spreading corrupted magic. As the plague continues to spread, Volke must master his magic, a task made more complicated due to him being the Luthair’s second bonding, in order to protect his adopted sister Illia and seek out the truth of the matter.…

Harrow the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir – ARC Review

After the chaos that was the end of Gideon the Ninth, Harrow is now a Lyctor in the service of the God Emperor, fighting what seems to be a war on multiple fronts. On one hand, there are a group of rebels who are anti-necromancy, determined to take down the Emperor and on the other, a set of dangerous creatures known as Resurrection Beasts that are actually the ghosts of dead planets seeking revenge against the Emperor and his Lyctors for stealing their thanergy. Under the guidance of the other three Lyctors, she and Ianthe train in the Mithraeum, the Emperor’s space station, in order to prepare for the battle against one of these beasts that has found their location. But settling into Lyctorhood is not easy for Harrow – her ascension has gone hugely wrong, she can’t even trust her own mind, oh and one of her new teachers is actively trying to kill her for some reason.…

The Court of Miracles – Kester Grant

Il était une fois…in a world where the French revolution failed and the instigators were made a harsh example of, Paris is now split between the royalty, who are more ruthless than ever and the nine criminal underworld guilds who form the Court of Miracles which runs on its own law. Éponine ‘Nina’ Thenardier joins the Guild of Thieves to escape her violent father and eventually becomes the Black Cat, one of the most skilled thieves in the guild. When her adopted younger sister Cosette catches the eye of the Tiger, the lord of the Guild of Flesh, Nina is determined to do whatever it takes to protect her, refusing to lose her to the cruel lord as she did her sister Azelma years ago. But the laws of the Court of Miracles are strict, and Nina’s actions and thirst for revenge could set off a war between the guilds as they bring face to face not only with the various Masters, but also revolutionaries and Royalty.…

Incendiary – Zoraida Cordova

In the kingdom of Puerto Leones, the Moria people who can wield magic are persecuted for their abilities. As a Robari, Renata’s feared power to steal memories saw her kidnapped and brought to the palace as a child to serve the King’s Justice. Years later, Renata is part of the rebellion that rescued her, the Whispers, who help the surviving Moria all over the kingdom to escape – but she is still an outcast due to the nature of her powers, friendless except for the commander of her unit, Dez. When Dez is captured by the Prince and a rescue attempt goes disastrously wrong, Renata must now step in and complete his mission – which means returning to her former captors in the palace. But what she finds is not what she expects as the familiar surroundings stir memories of her childhood that have long since been locked away, and Renata will have first find the answers to her own past even as she works to help her people.…

Queen of Coin and Whispers – Helen Corcoran

Aurelia ascends to the throne of Edar following her Uncle’s death and finds that she has inherited not only a bankrupt kingdom, but also a scheming court filled with enemies at every turn. An idealist, Lia begins her rule with the intention to root out all the corruption and aid the common people – but first, she needs someone who can keep an eye on the politicians at court and warn her of any dangers. Xania is a young noblewoman of a lower ranked family seeking the truth behind her father’s death, sure that he was murdered by Lord Vigrante, the Head of Government. Xania agrees to become Lia’s Whispers, or spymaster, to uncover who in the Government is plotting against her. Matters quickly become serious – just as Lia is figuring out how to handle the failing harvest and juggle a court that doesn’t think much of her yet, there is an assassination attempt upon her and the girls must work together to unravel the plot before it is too late.…

House of Dragons – Jessica Cluess

Emperor Erasmus is dead and the fight for the throne is about to begin. One representative from each of the five royal houses of Etrusia will be selected to compete, and traditionally, the eldest son or daughter is chosen. This year though, the unforeseen is about to happen. Emilia of the Aurun hides her ability to wield chaos magic which would spell a death sentence for her. Lucian of the Sabel has had enough of war and death and has vowed to never lift a sword again. Vespir, who is chosen for the Pentri, is not even of the family, and is their dragon trainer, but these might be the very skills that will keep her alive the challenges to come. Bastard born Ajax of the Tiber is chosen over his true born brothers and thirsts to prove himself. And Hyperia of the Volscia will stop at nothing to claim the throne and ruthlessly removes all obstacles in her path – even her own sister. These five unlikely candidates must participate in four challenges, knowing that the price of failure is death.…

The Crow Rider – Kalyn Josephson – ARC Review

After narrowly escaping Illucia, Thia, her storm crow Res, and her friends are seeking alliances with the other kingdoms in an effort to take down Queen Razel. With Res exhibiting a variety of powers not typical of Storm Crows, and Thia has to learn the extent of his abilities and train with him which will prove critical in the upcoming battles. Razel continues to relentlessly seek vengeance, but that’s not all – an old enemy, long dismissed as mere myth, has risen in the shadows and is working with Razel to destroy Rhodaire and Thia for their own reasons. Thia must now step up into a leadership role to save her country and people and win the alliances they desperately need to survive.…

Hunted by the Sky – Tanaz Bhathena – ARC Review

A prophecy foretells the downfall of the cruel Raja Lohar of Ambar at the hands of one who bears a star-shaped birthmark and ever since, girls across Swapnalok with this mark have been disappearing. As Gul, who bears such a mark, flees her home, hiding from the Sky Warriors who murdered her parents, she runs into a group of rebels known as the Sisterhood of the Golden Lotus who take her in and train her in magic. Two years pass and though Gul can only just barely wield her magic, her thirst for revenge has not abated, and she is determined to find a way into the palace. Enter Cavas, a non-magus boy who lives in the tenements with his ailing father and is considering leaving his position in the royal stables to join the king’s army. A chance meeting at the bazaar on the night of the moon festival ends up with both of them being drawn into the plot as reluctant partners.…

Sisters of Sword and Song – Rebecca Ross – ARC Review

Evadne of Isaura is eagerly awaiting the return of her sister Halcyon who left to join the queen’s army eight years ago. But when the time comes for the sisters to be reunited, Halcyon appears earlier than planned, on the run from her commander and charged with murder. At her trial, Halcyon is sentenced to a harsh punishment, but Eva is determined to find out the truth behind what happened and volunteers to take on part of her sentence. Eva begins her five year servitude in the commander’s household, she quickly realizes that there is much more at stake than is initially evident.…

Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

Having pulled off an impossible heist, Kaz and his crew ought to be swimming in their hard earned money. But double-crossed by Van Eck, Inej has now been taken captive in an attempt to get them to turn over Kuwei Yul-Bo. Worse yet, the knowledge of the jurda parem’s existence has spread and everyone is after its secrets. It seems that all of Ketterdam is against them now, but Kaz is not one to give up and concocts his most complicated plot yet – to rescue Inej, get their 30 million kruge and ultimately take down Van Eck’s entire empire.…

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker is offered a chance at the heist of a lifetime, that would make him rich beyond belief. But this is no ordinary heist – a Shu scientist who has developed a deadly drug that enhances a Grisha’s power to deadly effect is in hostile hands and needs to be rescued from the Ice Court in Fjerda, a fortress prison that has never been breached. Unable to resist the opportunity, Kaz assembles an unlikely crew in whose hands the fate of the world now rests.…

The Jewel Thief – Jeannie Mobley – ARC Review

The Jewel Thief takes us back in time to 17th century France, to the court of the Sun King, Louis XIV, who has just acquired the diamond called the Tavernier Violet that is today known as the Hope Diamond. The Crown Jeweller, Jean Pitau, is entrusted with cutting this precious gem to make it shine, a herculean task, considering its odd shape. His daughter Juliette watches as the seemingly impossible demand the King has made sends her father into a deep depression and she resolves to do whatever it takes to get the job done. From her cell in the Bastille, Juliette narrates her story as she stands accused of stealing the diamond, and the court-appointed scribe, her lost love Rene, records the confession upon which her fate rests.…

Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor

Lazlo Strange is a war orphan who has never really felt like he fit in, except for in the Great Library, surrounded by stories of magic and monsters that he loves. He has always been fascinated with the tales of the mythical city, and one day, its true name vanishes from all memory and is now simply known as Weep. He is only a junior librarian, but Lazlo has always dreamed of travelling the world in search of this city shrouded in mystery to discover what truly happened two hundred years ago – a seemingly impossible dream, until opportunity presents itself in the form of the legendary Godslayer himself, and Lazlo manages to join his group on their quest to save the city that has become the stuff of legend.…

The Archer At Dawn – Swati Teerdhala – ARC Review

Now allies in the quest to find the long-lost Princess Reha and rescue her from King Vardaan’s clutches, Kunal and Esha undertake the next steps in the rebels’ dangerous plan to take back the throne and restore the magical bond to the land. The Sun Mela, a grand yearly spectacle of games and celebrations provides the perfect opportunity – Kunal returns to his soldier’s life, now as a newly promoted Senap, infiltrating the citadel as a Mela champion, while Esha accompanies the Dharkan delegation as an advisor to Prince Harun. But more forces are at play in the Jansan capital of Gwali than any of them realize – Vardaan has some surprises planned on top of the excitement of the festivities, not to mention the Scales, led by the mysterious Dharmdev, who have their own plans to topple Vardaan. The Sun Mela is about to prove to be a test of loyalty for both our heroes.…

The Traitor Prince – C. J. Redwine

Javan Najafai, Crown Prince of Akram, has finally completed his studies at an elite boarding school and is eager to return home to his father. But there is a deadly plot afoot, and after barely escaping an assassination attempt, he makes his way to Akram only to find that an imposter has taken his place. Having not seen Javan in the last ten years, no one is ready to believe that he is the true prince, and he is thrown into the dangerous prison of Maqbara. There is only one way to get out and reveal the truth to his ailing father – to fight in the prison’s yearly tournament which involves some of the deadliest creatures in the world. Sajda, a slave of the warden, agrees to help him gain the skills he needs to win, but she has secrets of her own, but she has secrets of her own, and Javan will need to find trustworthy friends and allies to make it to the end.…

The Wish Granter – C. J. Redwine

The second book in the Ravenspire series brings us to the kingdom of Sundraille where the King’s illegitimate twins, Thad and Ari Glavan, have just had their lives changed in the blink of an eye. One moment, they were being pursued by the queen’s hunters who had already killed their mother, and the next, the royal family has mysteriously died, leaving Thad to take the throne. Ari soon begins to suspect that these events weren’t mere coincidence, and finds out that Thad has made a bargain with the Wish Granter Alistair Teague for her safety. But every wish comes with a price, and it is Sundraille’s people that are paying it as Teague’s criminal empire terrorizes them. Ari is determined to outwit him and recruits the weapons master Sebastian to train her even as she works to find Teague’s weakness before she loses not only her brother and Sebastian, but also her own soul.…

The Shadow Queen – C. J. Redwine

This retelling of Snow White begins with a prologue narrating how the evil Queen Irina took over Ravenspire and how the Crown Princess Lorelai and her younger brother became fugitives in their own kingdom. Years later, Lorelai is training in secret, honing her magic and skills as she plots to take back her throne, avenge her father and put an end to the suffering of her people. Meanwhile in the neighbouring kingdom of Eldr, second-born Prince Kol finds himself ascending to the throne he never wanted after his family is killed during an ogre invasion. These are magical ogres however, and only magic can destroy them, so he sets out to seek aid from the only known Mardushka, Irina, Queen of Ravenspire. The Queen offers him a deal – in return for her aid, Kol must bring her Princess Lorelai’s heart.…

House of Earth and Blood – Sarah J. Maas

Bryce Quinlan is a half human, half Fae content with her party lifestyle in Crescent City until the day she returns home to find her best friends brutally murdered, leaving her broken and alone. Hunt Athalar is a Fallen angel who is basically enslaved to the Archangel Micah as punishment for his attempt to rebel many years ago, and acts as his personal assassin until his debt is paid. When, two years after the murders, the killings start again with the same pattern despite the accused having been put behind bars, he is offered a deal – work with Bryce to track down the murderer and his sentence will be reduced with freedom within reach. The mystery of these brutal murders is far more than tracking down one demon however, and as Bryce and Hunt unwillingly partner up to descend into Crescent City’s darkest places, the secrets they begin to uncover make it very clear that nothing and no one is as they seem.…

Mini Reviews #11

Hello readers! It’s time for another round of Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don’t write full length reviews for. This installment, let’s chat about: The Kingdom of Back, Girls With Sharp Sticks, Sword in the Stars and Aru Shah & the Tree of Wishes.…

Kingdom of Ash – Sarah J. Maas [REPOST]

This was one of two most anticipated books of 2018 for me (the other being Cassandra Clare’s Queen of Air and Darkness), and it most definitely did not disappoint. Kingdom of Ash was well worth the wait, and definitely worth the time it took to read too. Sarah J. Maas has a knack for absolutely epic conclusions, and I have never loved the final book in a series as much as this one.…

The Red Scrolls of Magic – Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu

Set during City of Fallen Angels, Magnus and Alec are off on a tour of Europe, just getting settled in their first destination, Paris, when Magnus is implicated in a demon-worshipping cult known as the Crimson Hand – a cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. With their vacation shelved, their romantic getaway turns into a race across Europe that takes them from Paris to Venice to Rome, as their work to uncover the secrets of this cult and stop them before they cause any more damage.…

Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare

Tessa is preparing for her wedding to Jem, but the threat of an attack by the clockwork army looms and the Shadowhunters of the London Institute are desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. Everything changes however, when Mortmain kidnaps Tessa. Jem’s condition is steadily deteriorating as his stock of the drug yin fen has run out and there is no more to be found since someone has bought up all the available stocks in London, so it is Will who must save her. But unknown to all of them, Tessa’s powers are more than any of them every imagined, and she is the final piece Mortmain needs to carry out his plan – the destruction of the Nephilim.…

Ruthless Gods – Emily A. Duncan – ARC Review

Since the end of Wicked Saints, when the plot to kill the King of Tranavia went awry, Malachiasz has retreated to the Salt Mines in his new monstrous form following his failed attempt to become a god. Serefin is now king, but the suspicious circumstances behind his ascension to the throne has done him no favours with the nobility and his young reign is already under threat – and that’s not even considering the new voice in his head, possibly a God’s. Nadya is still at the Tranavian court, posing as a minor noble – but the deception is coming apart and if it is revealed that she is in fact a Kalyazin cleric, her life will be in danger. The war between Tranavia and Kalyazin still rages, but they are the main players anymore. A darker and more dangerous force is taking over, and they are now merely pawns in the game. …

Clockwork Prince – Cassandra Clare

Following the attack upon the London Institute, Charlotte’s position is in jeopardy for her recent missteps – going after DeQuincey, being duped by Nate and letting him get away with the pyxis – and the Clave gives her and Henry two weeks to capture Mortmain to keep her position as head of the London Institute. The Shadowhunters come across a lead that sends them to Yorkshire as they begin to unravel the secrets of Mortmain’s past. With Nate’s betrayal, Tessa is desperate to find out more about her parentage and the situation grows more perilous by the day as the Shadowhunters realize that one of their own has betrayed them.…

Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare

Title: Clockwork Angel Series: The Infernal Devices #1 Author: Cassandra Clare Genre: YA, Fantasy Published: August 31st, 2010 (Margaret K. McElderry Books) Goodreads

Mini Reviews #10

Hello readers! It’s time for another round of Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don’t write full length reviews for. This installment, let’s chat about: The Shadows Between Us, Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta and The Warrior Queen.…

Chain of Gold – Cassandra Clare

Cordelia Carstairs arrives in London, hoping to establish herself in Shadowhunter society and build relationships to prevent the family’s ruin as her father prepares to stand trial in Idris, accused of a terrible crime. Reconnecting with their old family friends, the Herondales – in particular her dear friend and soon to be parabatai Lucie, and James, whom she is secretly in love with, Cordelia is quickly drawn into the world of the London Enclave. But with the appearance of a terrifying new demon that can apparently attack in daylight with fatal results, Cordelia is about to have much greater worries than her father’s trial, as the streets of London, which have been quiet and trouble free since the end of the Clockwork War are once more beginning to stir.…

Tower of Dawn – Sarah J. Maas

In this parallel story to Empire of Storms, Chaol Westfall and Nesryn Faliq arrive in Antica, the capital of the Southern Continent with two aims: forge an alliance with the Khagan to gain the aid of his armies for Erilea’s cause, and seek healing for Chaol’s injuries with the renowned healers of the Torre Cesme. Yrene Towers, who met the assassin Celaena Sardothien in Innish, has since made it to the Torre Cesme and is one of their most talented healers, second only to the Healer on High. She is less than pleased when she finds out her prospective patient is an Adarlanian lord, one who was in service to the King who killed her mother. But the darkness of Morath might have already reached the streets of Antica, and Chaol, Yrene and Nesryn find themselves in a race against time to unravel secrets held by the ancient civilizations predating the khaganate that may help in their fight against the valg, all the while navigating the delicate political situation in a royal court that doesn’t have a very high opinion of Aelin and sees no reason to send aid.…

Cloak of Night – Evelyn Skye

With the completion of the Ceremony of Two Hundred Hearts, Sora, Daemon, Fairy and Broomstick are the only taigas in the kingdom not under Prince Gin’s mind control. Now that Zomuri is the patron god of Kichona, the ordinary people too are being affected, and their personalities are changing, making them cruel and selfish. With Empress Aki still missing, time is running out fast as our heroes discover that the price of using ryuu magic is far more dangerous than anyone realizes.…

The Devil’s Thief – Lisa Maxwell

Picking up right after the shocking ending of The Last Magician, The Devil’s Thief finds Esta and Harte somehow managing to cross the Brink and make it off the island, as they begin their quest to retrieve the four stones scattered across America. But the world beyond the Brink is very different from what they have been told. With the book’s power now inside Harte, and Esta’s affinity also affected by it, an attempt to make a short jump in time to save themselves from Jack results in an accidental two year jump into the future, landing them in a much changed world of 1904 where they head to St Louis and the World’s Fair to find the first of the stones. Back in 1902, Violet and Jianyu find themselves in very precarious positions after Dolph’s murder, no longer under the protection of the Devil’s Own in a city increasingly controlled by the Order, the gangs, or in certain cases, an alliance of both. With Nibsy Lorcan manipulating events in both the past and future, the stakes are about to become higher than ever.…

Empire of Storms – Sarah J. Maas

Aelin and her newly formed court are ready to head home at last – north to Terrasen. But ten years under the cruel yoke of Adarlan has not endeared her to many of the remaining lords of the realm and the welcome they receive is less warm than they expected. With Rifthold captured by the enemy in a surprise attack by the witch legions and Dorian barely escaping, Aelin knows it won’t be long before war comes to Terrasen. Even as she sets off across the continent, calling in old debts to raise an army to defend her country, her greater concern is the Wyrdkeys, and how they might be used to seal the Wyrdgate and defeat Erawan. But something bigger is at work here, and there are yet more secrets of the past to be uncovered which will change everything.…

Ruin and Rising – Leigh Bardugo

Following the Darkling’s devastating attack on the capital, Alina, Mal and a handful of Grisha have escaped and are now under the questionable protection of the Apparat in the tunnels below Ravka. But Alina finds herself no longer able to summon, and is not certain whether this is the price of wielding the merzost stolen from the Darkling that left her near death. Without her power, she is effectively a prisoner underground, and up on the surface, the Darkling has taken over, and is planning a final move to crush the last of the resistance. Finally escaping the White Cathedral, Alina and her friends set out to find Morozova’s last amplifier, the legendary firebird. The urge to gain the third amplifier is stronger than ever, but power always comes at a cost, and Alina might not be willing to pay this one.…

Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo

Following the battle on the Fold, Alina and Mal have escaped and made it across the True Sea to Novyi Zem where they are now living in disguise. Not for long though, as the Darkling has survived, with a terrifying new power to boot, and soon tracks them down, with the aim of not only taking Alina back to Ravka, but also finding a second amplifier – Rusalye, the sea whip, a mythical water snake. The captain of the ship, who turns out to be Sturmhond, the notorious Ravkan privateer, has other plans however, and after a mid-sea mutiny, Alina is headed back to Ravka with a second amplifier – something unheard of for a Grisha – and in the company of none other than Ravka’s second prince, Nikolai Lantsov. The country is gearing up for war, and the people, already uneasy in the company of Grisha, are now outright hostile towards the Second Army – or what remains of it after many deserted it for the Darkling’s side.…

The Vanishing Deep – Astrid Scholte – ARC Review

The Vanishing Deep is set in a future where nearly all land has been submerged due to the Great Waves. One of many now surviving in floating cities built on reefs, Tempe is a diver who searches the ruins of the sunken cities for things she can sell, and ever since her sister Elysea died, she has been saving up for a very expensive program that will revive her for a single day so that she can discover the truth of what really happened to her parents. Elysea has other plans once revived though and she and Tempe break out of the facility on Palindromena in search of answers. Two employees are not far behind though. Lor and Raylan know they must get Elysea back before the twenty four hours are up or the consequences will be disastrous – for more than just Elysea, because the true cost of the revival process is a dark secret Palindromena has guarded all these years.…

Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo

For many years, the kingdom of Ravka has been split in half by the Fold, a sea of darkness inhabited by monsters known as Volcra. Alina and Mal are orphans who grew up together in Keramzin, one of the many homes across Ravka for war-orphans, and eventually join the First Army. But when their regiment makes the dangerous crossing through the Fold, Mal is injured during an attack by the Volcra, and a power Alina never knew she possessed rises up and saves them. This power, the ability to summon light, makes Alina not only one of the Grisha, the magical elite of the Second Army, but also the first of her kind, the Sun Summoner – and the hope of Ravka, that she is destined to destroy the Fold which has wreaked havoc on the war-torn kingdom. Under the guidance of the enigmatic Darkling, Alina struggles to wield her powers which have lain dormant for so long, but the gilded world of the Grisha and the royal court holds many secrets, and no one is what they seem.…

Ember Queen – Laura Sebastian

Theo has survived her experience in the Fire Mine and come out with new abilities that may be her only hope against Crescentia, now the Kaiserin, who also holds Prinz Søren hostage. Her main advantage now is that Cress believes her to be dead, and Theo can plan her next steps to liberate her people in this brief reprieve. Meanwhile in the capital, Cress may have the throne, but there are still many among the Kalovaxians who are of the opinion that Søren is the true heir and are not truly loyal to her – only fearful of her power.…

Mini Reviews #9

Hello readers! It’s time for another round of Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don’t write full length reviews for. This installment, let’s chat about three books: We Unleash the Merciless Storm, Blood Countess, and Scavenge the Stars.…

Of Curses and Kisses – Sandhya Menon – ARC Review

Princess Jaya Rao arrives at the elite St Rosetta’s Academy with a single goal in mind – get revenge on her family’s longtime enemies, the aristocratic Emersons, more specifically, the heir, by breaking his heart, in retaliation for slandering her little sister Isha in the media. Lord Grey Emerson has gone through life believing himself the victim of a centuries-old curse by a Rao matriarch, and his father has always told him that he was doomed to die on his eighteenth birthday, causing him to isolate himself. When Jaya, his known familial rival shows up at St Rosetta’s, wearing a very familiar ruby rose pendant, he immediately questions her intentions. But time is ticking down for Grey, and with each day, the curse seems to be a step closer to coming true.…

Diamond City – Francesca Flores – ARC Review

Diamond City follows the story of Aina Solis, who is rescued from a life on the streets of Kosin by a gang lord and trained as an assassin. Years later, she is given her toughest job yet, but also the one that could be her way out of the gang. All Aina has ever wanted was to fulfill her debt to her boss, Kohl Pavel, and open her own tradehouse – and Kohl agrees, as long as she successfully completes this one last big job for him. But when the assassination attempt goes wrong, she finds herself for the first time in years, not only out of the boss’ protection, at the mercy of Kosin’s cutthroat streets, but also caught in an increasingly dangerous game of politics.…

Belle Révolte – Linsey Miller – ARC Review

Emilie des Marais is a Comtesse born to wealth and comfort, destined for finishing school to study the midnight arts of divining and illusion, but all she wants is to study the noonday arts and become a physician, something forbidden to women, particularly noblewomen. But when she meets Annette, a commoner, who wants nothing more than to study magic, Emilie devises a plan. Annette will go to finishing school in her place while she will head to the university to become a physician’s assistant. But unrest is rife in the country with an underground resistance group against the king called Laurel , and when war is declared with the neighbouring country, the girls find themselves uncovering some very dangerous secrets and must work together to bring the truth to light and end the king’s atrocities.…

Deathless Divide – Justina Ireland – ARC Review

Deathless Divide finds our characters fleeing the now overrun town of Summerland in search of safety to Nicodemus, another nearby town which is supposedly free of the inequality and discrimination that plagued Summerland. But Nicodemus has problems of its own, not counting those that have followed them from Summerland, and the horde is slowly, but surely making its way there as well.…

Nameless Queen – Rebecca McLaughlin

The city of Seriden consists of three classes: the Royals, who are like the aristocracy, the Legals, who make up the working class, and the Nameless, who basically don’t have names, and hence no legal rights. When the ruler of the city dies, they speak the name of their successor out loud and hence transfer the crown tattoo, which grants magical abilities to the heir. But when the tattoo shows up on the arm of a Nameless girl, who goes by Coin, people are outraged, and things quickly get dangerous for her. She understands soon enough that there is no way the Royal Council is actually going to let her reign, much less do something about the Nameless who have been disappearing off the streets of late, but Coin must figure out the secret of how she, a Nameless girl, could have possibly been Named by the late King as heir.…

Spellhacker – M K England – ARC Review

Magic, known as maz, was freely available in Kyrkarta before an earthquake contaminated it with a plague, killing thousands, and a corporation stepped in and commercialized it. Years later, Diz and her friends are running their last job illegally siphoning maz when they accidentally siphon something they weren’t supposed to find. Now they have said corporation, the MMC, wanting to kill them so that they don’t expose the secret of what turns out to be the secret, fifteenth strain of maz. But the friends have stumbled onto something far more dangerous than just a new strain of maz – they’ve accidentally unearthed a conspiracy that will have massive repercussions and possibly destroy the world if the MMC is not stopped.…

Dark and Deepest Red – Anna Marie McLemore – ARC Review

In this retelling of The Red Shoes, a dancing fever strikes Strasbourg in the year 1518, and amidst accusation of witchcraft, the blame turns to the most easy targets – Lavinia and her aunt who are Romani in hiding. Five hundred years later, the fever strikes again, and this time, the victim is Rosella Oliva, whose family is famous for the red shoes they make. But the shoes seem to be leading her straight to Emil, who, unknown to her, is related to Lavinia, and uncovering the truth of past events may be what decides if Rosella will survive the dancing curse.…

Infinity Son – Adam Silvera – ARC Review

Adam Silvera’s first fantasy novel takes us into New York in an alternate world where there are some people who are born with powers known as celestials and specters, who kill magical creatures to get powers. Brighton has always longed to be a celestial and join the heroic Spell Walkers, while his brother Emil wants no part in it and just seeks some peace in the middle of all the conflict. The fight between the Spell Walkers and specters is escalating by the day, and the people are beginning to turn against those with powers. But when the brothers get into a brawl with a specter, it’s Emil who gains a power, one never seen before, and Emil, who never wanted to be a hero, or fight, finds himself catapulted into the heart of the conflict that is quickly turning into a fight for their lives.…

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