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The Priory of the Orange Tree | Review

Title: The Priory of the Orange Tree

Author: Samantha Shannon

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 26 Jan 19 – 02 Mar 19

Publication date: 26 Feb 2019

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Genre(s): Fantasy

Description:

An enthralling, epic fantasy about a world on the brink of war with dragons – and the women who must lead the fight to save it.

A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction – but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained to be a dragonrider since she was a child, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

*THIS IS A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW* Continue reading “The Priory of the Orange Tree | Review”

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FemmeFanTale Sign Up and TBR

It is March, I haven’t done a TBR in a while, and I am loving reading fantasy SOOOOOOO I think a Fantasy by Female Author readathon is EXACTLY what I need in my life right now, don’t you? Announced and co-hosted by Jean of Jean’s BookishThoughts and Jill of The Book NeUK, the readathon will take place from March 2nd to March 10th and is celebrating all things written by Female Fantasy authors! An added bonus is that it also is celebrating International Women’s Day AND helping me fulfil this month’s Just One More Pa(i)ge readathon prompt! Continue reading “FemmeFanTale Sign Up and TBR”

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Children of Blood and Bone | Review

Title: Children of Blood and Bone

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 30 Jun 18 – 08 Jul 18

Publication date: 08 March 18

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s

Genre(s): Fantasy, YA

Description:

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us. 
Now we rise.

Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.

Zélie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic – and her growing feelings for an enemy. Continue reading “Children of Blood and Bone | Review”

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Shadowblack | Review

Title: Shadowblack

Author: Sebastian de Castell

Rating: 2 Stars

Dates read: 22 Aug 18 – 20 Sep 18

Publication date: 27 Oct 17

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Genre(s): Young Adult; Fantasy

Description:

SORCERY IS A SCAM . . .

Four months after fleeing his own people, Kellen has discovered he’s an even worse outlaw than he was mage. It doesn’t help that his only allies are a swaggering card player and a thieving squirrel cat.

Then he meets Seneira, a blindfolded girl who isn’t blind, and whose secrets get them caught up in a conspiracy of magic, blackmail and murder. Now Kellen must find the mage responsible before the entire frontier falls victim to the mystical plague known as the shadowblack.

*I received an e-ARC of this book courtesy of Hot Key Books and Net Galley in return for a fair and honest review* Continue reading “Shadowblack | Review”

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Spellslinger | Review

Title: Spellslinger

Author: Sebastian de Castell

Rating: 3 Stars

Dates read: 08 Apr 18 – 02 Jun 18

Publication date: 04 May 2017

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Genre(s): YA; Fantasy

Description:

MAGIC IS A CON GAME . . . 

Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage’s duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster. There’s just one problem: his magic is gone.

As his sixteenth birthday approaches, Kellen falls back on his cunning in a bid to avoid total disgrace. But when a daring stranger arrives in town, she challenges Kellen to take a different path.

Ferius Parfax is one of the mysterious Argosi – a traveller who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries. She’s difficult and unpredictable, but she may be Kellen’s only hope . . . Continue reading “Spellslinger | Review”

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T5W: Science Fiction and Fantasy Media Crossover

So, I’m back to posting the actual topic of the week, because this week there is an awesome crossover theme linking other forms of media other than books. I love me a good book, but, I also really enjoy a solid Science fiction world or foreign fantasy land, and done well they are equally as magical, and sometimes more memorable than those capture within the pages of a book. So, this week, I have embraced the Science Fiction and Fantasy crossover, and looked into some of my favourite SFF world’s in the media!

If you want to find out more, or take part in, Top 5 Wednesday, click hereto find Lainey and Samantha’s Goodreads page. Continue reading “T5W: Science Fiction and Fantasy Media Crossover”

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Book Haul #10

Here we are again, hands up who’s surprised? Why am I not surprised that precisely zero hands shot in the air there? In my defence, I have come to the realisation that I need to stop buying books this year, and as my eagerly awaited pretty edition of Children of Blood and Bone has been released, I can stop buying. That’s the plan anyway. We’ll see how long it actually lasts! I think the amount I am building through my bookish savings jar has made me realise that this is a brilliant way for me to save money. It hasn’t stopped me reading or hauling, but it has allowed me to save a lot of spending money for Disney already!

Also, Happy International Women’s Day! Can we just take a second to discuss how many of these books are by awesome female authors?  Continue reading “Book Haul #10”