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Book Review: In Solitude’s Shadow

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πŸ“š In Solitude’s Shadow by David Green @davepgreen83

πŸ“š My rating: β­β­β­β­β­

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TL:DR – This was great! Loved it. And that ending?? πŸ€―🀯🀯

Honestly, though: Wow, In Solitude’s Shadow had me hooked from the prologue and didn’t let go even as the ending came. Now I’m left feeling like I’ve been cheated. I NEED MORE. But yes, I’ll have to wait. Ugh! Anyway, maybe I should write this properly?

I won’t rehash the blurb an awful lot, but Solitude is a fortress full of left-over good-for-nothing peeps and criminals, and the Banished come knocking on their door and threatens to invade. And we all know that never goes well! Lucky for us, we’ve got Celene, a magic user (or one gifted with the Spark), who sets off on a journey to Solitude, where she must reunite with her mother in order to save the realm.

In Solitude’s Shadow is an absolutely brilliant epic fantasy, from the first page to the very last. The world-building is fabulous, the magic system fantastic, and the characters fleshed out, flawed, and authentic. The relationship (or lack thereof) between Celene and her mother is beautifully depicted, and I couldn’t help but feel for both of them. And as to the rest? The action scenes are gory and harrowing, the pace is kept up throughout, and the stakes are sky-high! In case you missed it, I loved this book!

So, for any other epic fantasy fans out there – this one is for you. Just trust me on this.

Book Review: Found in Roll

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πŸ“š Found in Roll by Stephanie B. Whitfield @authorstephaniebwhit

πŸ“š My rating: β­β­β­β­β­

Found in Roll is the third and final part of the Roll trilogy, and it’s a great ending to a fabulous little YA series.

Jo is as spunky as she’s always been, hanging out with her friend Mary, going to school, chatting about boys, and performing her magic. Being a witch isn’t easy, and when a new girl moves to town who also seem able to wield magic, Jo sees her chance to gain her first witch best friend. This new girl also happens to have a super hot brother, which puts a spanner in the works in more ways than one.

But as always, not everything is all roses and sunshine. There is a reason for this new girl’s, Astrid’s, appearance. Dangerous hunters are on their tail, and Jo is dragged into the middle of it, forced to perform the most evil of magic to save those she loves.

Found in Roll is a sweet, fast-paced and clean YA read, but with a bit of romance and plenty of magic. I love the witty inner monologue from Jo and how authentic she feels to the age that she is. This book made me laugh and smile with her, as well as bite my nails when things took a turn for the worse later on.

For anyone in the mood for a clean YA Urban Fantasy, this one is for you!

Book Review: Nor Iron Bars a Cage

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πŸ“š Nor Iron Bars A Cage by Kaje Harper

πŸ“š My rating: β­β­β­β­β­

Nor Iron Bars a Cage is a beautifully paced standalone novel centring around the relationship of two men. It’s written in first-person view, from Lyon’s perspective as he is forced to face his demons and leave the safety of his home.

Lyon is a sorcerer, but no longer wishes to be one. He is a young man, but feels as though he is old. He longs for companionship, but wants to be left alone.

After barricading himself in a house made from stone, hiding away for over 15 years, his past comes back to haunt him. Yet, it comes in the form of an old friend, a kind soul, and a man whom he can trust. Or… eventually, at least. The king calls on Lyon for aid in a translation, and Lyon’s old friend Tobin – being one of the king’s Voices – cannot refuse this order. But he doesn’t want to force Lyon to leave the safety of his home, even though he can’t wait to finally be with Lyon again, after thinking he had died in a fire so many years ago.

This is one heartfelt story of a broken character. Two men come together in friendship, understanding, sweet reunion, and ultimately love. It comes in stages, goes back and forth, as trust and feelings build across every page of the book.

There are just so many great characters and story arcs. So many things to enjoy, and not enough space in a review to remotely tell about it.

Lyon’s struggles are beautifully written, both physical and mental. The boundaries that he’s placed in his life are now slowly broken down as the story progresses. Absolutely fabulous! And the tenderness between Lyon and Tobin is to die for.

“He was my safety and my wall, the mirror in whose eyes I somehow looked brave and desirable.”

The descriptions are wonderful, and I loved the magic system with the summoning and transference. Everything was well-thought-out, and the story culminated with unseen twists.

I can’t finish this review without mentioning Xan. His story absolutely broke my heart, and I still need to tell myself it is only fiction, for it upsets me time and again. He will stay with me, just like Lyon and Tobin, for a long while, I reckon. For anyone in the mood for some M/M romance in a fantasy setting, I highly recommend this read.

Book Review: God King Rising

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πŸ“š God King Rising by Jeffrey L Kohanek

πŸ“šΒ My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

And what a thrilling start to a fantastic series it is!

I’m just going to say it: Hats off!! Because, people – Kohanek does it again!

Following the events of Fate of Wizardoms, God King Rising takes off running, grabs you by the throat, and hauls you through battles, intrigue, magic and more, without ever letting go! Trust me when I say, you are in for a daring ride, full of action, twists and turns, whether you like it or not!

The descriptions are just right, vivid without being distracting, the prose is on point, and the world-building is fabulous. The characters are relatable, distinctly different from each other, and already established ones (from Fate of Wizardoms) team up with new participants on what looks to become another quest to save the world!

With its perfect mix of humour, romance, action, and magic, Fall of Wizardoms has something for everyone. I wholeheartedly recommend it!

Note 1: Although Fall of Wizardoms works as a new entry point into this world by Kohanek, I believe one gets the best experience by first reading Fate of Wizardoms.

Note 2: As this was an audiobook, I will also point out that the narrator Travis Baldree does an absolutely stunning job. My mind was readily blown listening to this volume!

Book Review: Her Badass Bikers

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πŸ“š Her Badass Bikers by Tirza Schaefer @tirzaschaefer

πŸ“š My rating: β­β­β­β­β­

Her Badass Bikers is a smoking hot and entertaining RH romance!

Ava, a middle-aged woman working as a caretaker, runs into a man she used to babysit as a child – a man who used to, and still does, have a crush on her. And no, there is nothing inappropriate about this relationship since his feelings developed as an adult, but it means he has never quite been able to “let go” of her, despite the fact they never had a relationship.

Having been in and out of prison, this man – Jax – takes Ava on a date, and sparks literally fly off the page! Then, as he brings her to his biker headquarters, a whole bonfire erupts as she meets the rest – Mace, Liam and Snubbs.

But wait! There’s more! This book is fast-paced despite a delicious slow-burn, it has a fabulous cast of characters, and there are plenty of action scenes on top of that! This book really has everything one might want from a romance read, and it is just brilliantly executed. The humour is on point (I laughed out loud several times), the characters are wonderful, and the steamy scenes are sweltering hot! The way Ava’s men take care of her, show their love and attention, yet still are rough and play out their kinks, gives such a great balance to the relationship and how Ava is always the one in charge – the Queen of their MC. Absolutely fabulous!

For anyone looking for a slight reverse age gap, MMMFMM RH contemporary romance, LOOK NO FURTHER! This will satisfy ALL your needs, and then some!

Book Review: Thorn of the Night Blossoms

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πŸ“š Thorn of the Night Blossoms by JC Kang

πŸ“š My rating: β­β­β­β­

Thorn of the Night Blossoms is a fast-paced, exciting novella, part of JC Kang’s Legends of Tivara.

The story revolves around Jie, a half-elf, and her companion Lilian, who live in the Floating World. There, they are part of a house of courtesans, where most women earn their keep by offering their bodies to men. Jie, however, is yet to be “deflowered,” but she is busy enough with her other trade – as a spy and assassin of the Black Lotus Clan.

As things unfold, Jie finds herself the target of an assassination attempt, and she begins to investigate who might be behind it. And before this novella ends, there is a wicked, well-executed twist. This is an entertaining read, with just the right amount of description to paint the picture of a fabulous Asian-inspired universe, with colours, scents, and sounds included, and it is absolutely gorgeous. The only thing I struggled with a bit was the number of terms thrown at you early on, so I found it a little challenging to keep up initially.

But all in all, a great little read, with plenty of worldbuilding, depth of character, and blood-pumping action!

Book Review: I Shall Return with Winter

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πŸ“š I Shall Return With Winter by C. F. Welburn @c.f.welburn

πŸ“š My rating: β­β­β­β­β­

I Shall Return with Winter is an intriguing, dark and gritty tale by C.F. Welburn.

Oben, our protagonist, sets off on a journey of revenge after Skalgs ransacked his home and murdered his sister. He is determined to exact vengeance on four leaders of the Skalgs and promises his wife he shall return by winter.

Well, needless to say, things don’t exactly go to plan.

Oben is thrown into the midst of an age-old prophecy, of which he believes none, but he is forced to partake if only to survive. Yet, as the parts of the prophecy are revealed and events play out, his own faith is put to the ultimate test, and the stakes are sky-high.

With a fresh take on The Chose One-trope, I Shall Return with Winter has twists and turns you won’t see coming. The prose is flowing and intricate (no surprise there – all of Welburn’s books are fabulously written), the world-building is fantastic, and everything holds a mysterious quality that only adds to the book’s appeal and immersiveness.

I devoured this book in search of answers, wholly invested in Oben and the other characters. They were all wonderfully depicted and, despite their flaws, highly entertaining (even if they were not always likeable) as they all had their part to play in the prophecy. This was one exciting yet bloody ride, from start to finish.

And even though I Shall Return with Winter is a standalone novel, I’m happy to see Welburn leaves it open for a sequel. I, for one, will look forward to it!

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