Anoshe — A Conjuring Of Light by V.E. Schwab {Book Review}

a-conjuring-of-light-by-v-e-schwabTitle: A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3)
Author: V.E. Schwab
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date:  February 21st, 2017
Standalone/Series: Final book in the Shades of Magic trilogy
Genre: Adult – Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 5 stars
My rating in words: All-time favorite

 

Warning: Spoilers for book one and two. Minor spoilers for A Conjuring of Light.

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Name One Hero Who Was Happy – The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller {Book Review}

The Song of Achilles by Madeline MillerTitle: The Song of Achilles
Author: Madeline Miller
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date:  September 20th, 2011
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Genre: Adult – Fantasy – Historical – Mythology

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My rating in stars: 5 stars
My rating in words: New all-time favorite

What it’s about:

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.

But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

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Hello, New Favorite! — A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab {Book Review}

a-gathering-of-shadows-by-v-e-schwabTitle: A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2)
Author: V.E. Schwab
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date:  February 23rd, 2016
Standalone/Series: Book 2 in the Shades of Magic trilogy
Genre: Adult – Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 5 stars
My rating in words: NEW ALL-TIME FAVORITE!

What it’s about:

It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London.

Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.

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The Brighter The Light, The Deeper The Shadow — Nevernight by Jay Kristoff {Book Review}

Nevernight by Jay KristoffTitle: Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1)
Author: Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release Date:  August 9th, 2016
Standalone/Series: Series
Genre: Adult – Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 5 stars
My rating in words: New all-time favorite

What it’s about:

The first in a new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

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The Adventure of a Lifetime – A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab {Book Review}

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. SchwabTitle: A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1)
Author: V.E. Schwab
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date:  February 24th, 2015
Standalone/Series: First book in the Shades of Magic trilogy
Genre: Adult – Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 4,5 stars
My rating in words: LOVED this book!

What it’s about:

Kell is one of the last Antari, a rare magician who can travel between parallel worlds: hopping from Grey London — dirty, boring, lacking magic, and ruled by mad King George — to Red London — where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire — to White London — ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne, where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back — and back, but never Black London, because traveling to Black London is forbidden and no one speaks of it now.

Officially, Kell is the personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see, and it is this dangerous hobby that sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to take her with him for her proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save both his London and the others, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — a feat trickier than they hoped.

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Sing Me A Song Of A Lass That Is Gone – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon {Book Review}

Outlander by Diana GabaldonTitle: Outlander (Outlander #1)
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publisher: Dell Publishing Company
Release Date:  June 1st, 1991
Standalone/Series: Book one in the Outlander series
Genre: Adult – Fantasy – Historical – Romance

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My rating in stars: 4 stars
My rating in words: Really liked this book

What it’s about:

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

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Book Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted by Naomi NovikTitle: Uprooted
Author: Naomi Novik
Publisher: Del Rey
Release Date: May 19th, 2015
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Genre: Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 4 stars
My rating in words: Really liked this book

What it’s about:

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

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Book Review: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

The Final Empire by Brandon SandersonTitle: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Gollancz
Release Date: October 1st, 2009
Standalone/Series: First book in the Mistborn trilogy.
Genre: Fantasy – Adult

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My rating in stars: 4,5 stars
My rating in words: Loved this book

 

What it’s about:

What if the prophesied hero had failed to defeat the Dark Lord?

For a thousand years the ash fell. For a thousand years, the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years, the Lord Ruler reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Every attempted revolt has failed miserably.

Yet somehow hope survives. A new kind of uprising is being planned, one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the courage of an unlikely heroine, a Skaa street urchin, who must learn to master Allomancy, the power of a mistborn.

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Book Review: Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat

Kings Rising by C.S. PacatTitle: Kings Rising (Captive Prince #3)
Author: C.S. Pacat
Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: February 2nd 2016
Standalone/Series: Third book in the Captive Prince series
Genre: Fantasy – Romance – Adult

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My rating in stars: 5 stars
My rating in words: New all-time favorite!

 

What it’s about:

The epic conclusion to the internationally acclaimed Captive Prince trilogy.

Damianos of Akielos has returned.

His identity now revealed, Damen must face his master Prince Laurent as Damianos of Akielos, the man Laurent has sworn to kill.

On the brink of a momentous battle, the future of both their countries hangs in the balance. In the south, Kastor’s forces are massing. In the north, the Regent’s armies are mobilising for war. Damen’s only hope of reclaiming his throne is to fight together with Laurent against their usurpers.

Forced into an uneasy alliance the two princes journey deep into Akielos, where they face their most dangerous opposition yet. But even if the fragile trust they have built survives the revelation of Damen’s identity – can it stand against the Regent’s final, deadly play for the throne?

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Book Review: Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat

Prince's Gambit by C.S. PacatTitle: Prince’s Gambit (Captive Prince #2)
Author: C.S. Pacat
Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: July 7th 2015
Standalone/Series: Second book in the Captive Prince series
Genre: Fantasy – Romance – Adult

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My rating in stars: 5 stars
My rating in words: New all-time favorite!

 

What it’s about:

The second novel in the critically acclaimed trilogy from global phenomenon C. S. Pacat…

With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his new master, Prince Laurent, must exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot.

Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself increasingly drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But as the fledgling trust between the two men deepens, the truth of secrets from both their pasts is poised to deal them the crowning death blow…

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