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The Gods Wake in “The Copper Promise”

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The Copper Promise by Jen Williams
Angry Robot: July 5, 2016
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Free From Publisher

I’d go there again!
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I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting going into The Copper Promise, but whatever it was my expectations were far exceeded! The Copper Promise is a fun, fast-paced, swashbuckling adventure and I can’t wait to read more about the adventures of our (mostly) heroic trio.

Wydrin of Crosshaven and Sir Sebastian are mercenaries for hire. Wydrin and Sebastian are recruited for a job by Lord Aaron Frith, a seemingly simple job: infiltrate the Citadel and snag the treasure. Of course, no job is so easy and the unforeseen consequence is that a terrible goddess has been awoken and unleashed her army. You would assume that Wydrin, Sebastian and Frith would naturally want to help defeat this terror, but you would assume wrong. Each of these characters have their own private motivations, and not all mean dealing with the scourge that they have just helped to unleashed. Yet, it’s a problem that just wont go away, and the trio must reunite and figure out how they could possibly kill a seemingly unbeatable dragon and her brood army. Smooth sailing is not in the cards for our heroes. (more…)

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Winterwood: Pirates, Magic, and Shapeshifters Oh My!

25489511Winterwood by Jacey Bedford
DAW: February 2nd, 2016
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Source: Free from publisher

I’d go there again!
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This book has so many of the elements I love in a good fantasy: pirates, fae, magic, a wolf shapeshifter, a heroine who disguises herself as a man, adventure, romance, an alternative historical setting… really, this book is just my thing.

Rossalinde (Ross) Tremayne, is introduced as she works her way to her mother’s house, where her parent lays dying. Ross and her mother have had a difficult relationship for as long as Ross can remember, and she goes reluctantly. When she arrives, she discovers that her mother sent for Ross to trick her into taking up their family’s heritage – a curse in the shape of a magical winterwood box. If Ross were to take up her destiny, she would restore balance to the world and in the process, drastically alter England., (more…)

Duelist Return in “Legends and Liars”

25066585Legends and Liars by Julia Knight
Orbit: November 10, 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Free From Library

The view was nice, but the food was bad
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So Legends and Liars pretty much picked up after the ending of Swords and Scoundrels. I had felt rather ambivalent about Swords and Scoundrels and I can’t say that Legends and Liars really changed my mind. The characterization continuing to feel a bit weak and there was an over abundance of play-by-play description of all the fighting, which is never going to be my thing.

In Swords and Scoundrels, Kacha and Vocho fled the city of Reyes and into enemy territory. However, even in Ikaras the famed duelist are not safe. When the powers that rule Ikaras decide to move against Reyes, Kacha and Vocho have to decide whether or not they should lend a hand to save the city that has betrayed them. (more…)

Family Adventure in “Swords and Scoundrels”

24819531Swords and Scoundrels by Julia Knight
Orbit: October 6, 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Free From Library

Beach Vacation
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In all honesty I picked up Swords and Scoundrels because of the cover; seriously it looks badass. When I read the description I was even more intrigued. Here we have two siblings, Kacha and Vocho who are disgraced duelists, exiled from the guild for Vocho’s apparent murder of a priest, whom they were supposed to be guarding. Now having taken to a life of crime, Kacha and Vocho find themselves embroiled in a larger conspiracy when they rob the wrong carriage and come to the attention of dangerous men. (more…)

Adventures in Desert Climes: A Reader’s Map

While the desert is not my first thought when I’m wishing to get away from the winter and cold, reading a book set in a desert is almost as good as being warm again. If your imagination’s good enough, you might even feel the sun’s heat… That’s what this reader’s map is for. Click through and scroll down to read the descriptions under the images. As always, if you have suggestions for additions to the map, share in the comments!


Summer Vacation Itinerary: Nine Adventures

I always wish I had more time to read in the summer, but there are so many other attractions! When I get the chance, though, I’ll be reading these:

Strange Chemistry, a YA imprint of Angry Robot Books, has been discontinued. Which is why I finally purchased actual, new, books: The Assassin’s Curse duology by Cassandra Rose Clarke, published by Strange Chemistry. I’ve heard great reviews from Jaclyn and others, so obviously I have to try it. And it wasn’t too hard to rationalize the purchase.

The Assassin's Curse (The Assassin's Curse #1)

The Pirate's Wish (The Assassin's Curse #2)

I’ve been thinking about Madeleine E. Robin‘s Sarah Tolerance series for ages, and as I haven’t read the third one, The Sleeping Partner, and I can’t find the first two at the library (another sad lack in libraryland), these are next on my to-buy-list. Sarah Tolerance is a swashbuckling, pants-wearing, crime-solving woman in a slightly altered 19th century. Think Sebastian St. Cyr, but female. With a little fantasy, a little mystery, and some serious fighting, this will make corn fields breeze by on your road trip.

The Sleeping Partner (Sarah Tolerance #3)

Alias Hook, by Lisa Jensen. Peter Pan, from Hook’s perspective. Enough said? Hook is not an evil villain, but a misguided, un-self-reflective, childish adult, who has some growing up to do. I’m reading this one now, and it’s the ultimate summer reading, with the top, adventure-story layer and the deeper, growing-up layer readers can choose to digest.

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The Queen of the Tearling: a swashbuckling fantasy of court intrigue and politics

queenoftearling The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
July 8th, 2014 by Harper (Fantasy)*

My rating: I’ll go there again! (4/5)

Everything changes the day the Queen’s Guard come for Kelsea. Raised in isolation for her own protection from assassins, she must leave her guardians, her books, and her forest to become Queen of the Tearling – if she can. Immediately, she and her guards are set upon by the most famous assassins in the world, and she begins the race for her life. The danger increases as she gets to the capital city to be crowned before her uncle, the profligate, dissolute Regent, can have her killed. While the Regent is her most immediate problem, he is not the only villain – the neighboring Red Queen has her eye on Kelsea, her country, and the jewels she wears.

Kelsea is young at only nineteen, but she has been highly educated by her guardians. Compassionate and ruthless, she has all the qualities that could make her a successful Queen of the Tearling, if she can survive it. Many people depend on her: her people who are shipped into slavery every year, her Guard, the starving serfs, and a thief who calls himself the Fetch. Along the way to her throne, she receives help from the Mace, one of the most formidable warriors in her Guard. The Fetch and the Mace are two very important characters in the story, although they are both shrouded in mystery (which I hope will become more clear in the next novel!). (more…)