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The Last Days of Magic – Mark Tompkins

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Synopsis:

What became of magic in the world? Who needed to do away with it, and for what reasons? Drawing on myth, legend, fairy tales, and Biblical mysteries, The Last Days of Magic brilliantly imagines answers to these questions, sweeping us back to a world where humans and magical beings co-exist as they had for centuries.

Aisling, a goddess in human form, was born to rule both domains and—with her twin, Anya—unite the Celts with the powerful faeries of the Middle Kingdom. But within medieval Ireland interests are divided, and far from its shores greater forces are mustering. Both England and Rome have a stake in driving magic from the Emerald Isle. Jordan, the Vatican commander tasked with vanquishing the remnants of otherworldly creatures from a disenchanted Europe, has built a career on such plots. But increasingly he finds himself torn between duty and his desire to understand the magic that has been forbidden.

As kings prepare, exorcists gather, and divisions widen between the warring clans of Ireland, Aisling and Jordan must come to terms with powers given and withheld, while a world that can still foster magic hangs in the balance. Loyalties are tested, betrayals sown, and the coming war will have repercussions that ripple centuries later, in today’s world—and in particular for a young graduate student named Sara Hill.

Review:

The rich history in this novel makes it worth the read. However, there is also a wonderful story here. Tompkins is able to paint a beautiful backdrop to his story as well as allowing you to connect with the many characters he brings forth. I was hooked from the first page to the last. Any historical fiction or fantasy fan will be happy with this one for sure.

(No quotes due to the fact that my copy was an ARC from NetGalley)

Recommendations:

Truthwitch – Susan Dennard

The Shards of Heaven – Michael Livingston

Children of Earth and Sky – Guy Gavriel Kay

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Posted by on April 6, 2016 in Book Reviews

 

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Upcoming Reviews

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Changeling (Order of Darkness, #1)  by Philippa Gregory

I love tales of the Fae, so how could I pass up a book with this title? I am a quarter of the way through and I am thoroughly enjoying it.

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Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1)  by Cherie Priest

So far, this has been a great adventure!

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Lord of Snow and Shadows (Tears of Artamon, #1)  by Sarah Ash

I haven’t decided how I feel about this one yet. I am only about halfway through. We shall see.

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The Shards of Heaven (The Shards of Heaven #1)  by Michael Livingston

This is a NetGalley review book. I am loving it so far but I am only about 15% of the way through it.

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Only the Stones Survive  by Morgan Llywelyn

Another NetGalley, haven’t started this one but it sounds amazing!

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2015 in Book Reviews

 

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Domnall and the Borrowed Child – Sylvia Spruck Wrigley

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Synopsis:

The Fae wars have ended and the only Fae worthy of rank or honor has fallen to the Slaugh. Domnall is the only scout left from the old wars and he is no longer a spring chicken. With battle wounds that give him hell and the next generation of scouts being nothing more than pampered babies, Domnall is very much a cranky old man. Now, with one of the Fae falling deathly ill, Domnall is the only Fae within his Sithen who knows how to track humans and is sent to trade the Fae child with a human child. What ensues is one hell of an adventure.

Review:

I received my copy through NetGalley!

Oh. My. Goodness. First, look at that cover, isn’t it stunning! I love it. Second, I love cranky old men. Third, I love Fae stories. This novella was such a fantastic read that I devoured it in one sitting. Domnall is essentially a veteran with a war injury that gives him pains throughout the entire novel. It makes him cranky but he pushes through and gets his job done. I love that he is paired with a spry young girl and the contrast between the two gives the novella a little friction. I also enjoyed the writing style. I felt as if I had sat down and someone was telling me a story, nothing about it made me feel as if I were reading it myself.

The only thing I didn’t like was that IT WAS TOO DANG SHORT! I want more!!!

No Quotes due to the fact that this was an ARC copy. 

Recommendations:

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)  by Julie Kagawa

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown  by Holly Black

Unbreakable (The Legion, #1)  by Kami Garcia

Changeling (Order of Darkness, #1)  by Philippa Gregory (Review to come)

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2015 in Book Reviews

 

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Witchling – Yasmine Galenorn

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Synopsis:

A trio of Faerie sisters have been sent to our world to work for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. Sounds like a pretty cool gig, right? Only problem is, none of the sister’s powers work correctly and they are pretty sure they were sent topside as a way to be rid of them.

Now, with the leader of the Subterranean Realms on their heels, the sisters have to figure out how to be rid of one of the biggest and baddest Fae there is.

Review:

I am going to be completely honest. I hated the first few chapters of this book. It was so cliché and so unbelievably cutesy I wanted to vomit. However, the writing style was good and I pressed on. I am so glad I did. After a few more chapters, these extremely weak characters found their grit and buckled down for the ride. I was beyond happy with how the book ended. I almost wish that the beginning was as good as the end but I liked being pleasantly surprised by the way the story shifted. I would just say to those avid urban fantasy fans out there, GIVE THIS ONE A SHOT. Don’t give up just because the beginning was sub-par.

Favorite Quote:

“Lips to lips, mouth to mouth,
Comes the speaker of the shrouds,
Suck in the spirit, speak the words,
Let secrets of the dead be heard.”
Yasmine Galenorn, Witchling

Recommendations:

Darkfever (Fever, #1)  by Karen Marie Moning

Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1)  by Kim Harrison

Beyond the Pale (Darkwing Chronicles, #1)  by Savannah Russe

Bitten (Women of the Otherworld #1)  by Kelley Armstrong

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2015 in Book Reviews

 

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Authors I Love – Charlaine Harris

You may only know Charlaine Harris as the author of the Sookie Stackhouse/ True Blood series, but did you know she also writes mysteries? She is one of my favorite authors because she can reel you in quickly and it’s almost impossible to put the books down. Also, she is one of my main go-tos for a quick and exciting read.

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The Sookie Stackhouse Series

I fell in love with these novels from the very start and while True Blood did the first two books justice it just wasn’t the same. Sookie is a very loveable country bumpkin whose life gets turned upside down when vampires decide to come out of the closet. With the invention of a synthetic blood that sustain a vampire and “end vampire attacks forever” (True Blood) the vampires feel that they can now be a normal part of society again. For those who haven’t read the series yet I won’t include any spoilers but I will say these books get progressively better. The only snag I had during reading these was the horrible turn the show took. It turned me off to Sookie for a while but I came back (when I had forgotten the hideousness that had occurred on my TV).

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The Harper Connelly Series

These books, again, hook you from the beginning. Harper has an interesting ability. While she’s not exactly psychic, she can sense the dead. She uses this gift to track down missing persons. She can even sense just how the person was killed. In the first novel, Harper is called in to find two missing people, but when she does find them life becomes interesting. unravelling years of lies and deceit in a small town turns out bad for Harper and the books only get better.

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The Lily Bard Series

The one thing I want to say about these books is that Lily is probably one of the most likeable characters I have ever read. She is real and vulnerable, yet reserved and strong. Her past isn’t perfect and her job is lackluster but somehow she is captivating. I read this entire series in a week. I LOVED it.

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The Aurora Teagarden Series

Lucky for us, Real Murders was picked up for a made for TV movie. Sadly, I missed it. I do hope to find it on Netflix one day. I have only read Real Murders but I can say that one book was just as good as any of her other works.

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Midnight, Texas

This trilogy is on my TBR shelf and was supposed to have been purchased for me as a “Congrats on the new job” present from my hubby but he never got around to it. It may get purchased today 😉

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The Cemetery Girl

And for those of you who like graphic novels, here’s one! Co-Authored by Christopher Golden!!

I hope you give Charlaine Harris a go. She is a fantastic author!

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2015 in Book Reviews

 

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The Iron King – Julie Kagawa

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Synopsis:

Meghan lives a fairly typical teen-outcast life. She seems to be invisible to those around her, even her stepfather Luke. The only people who truly share in her life are her baby brother Ethan and her best friend Robbie.

On her sixteenth birthday she is thrilled to be able to finally spend time with her crush. He has to notice her if she is going to tutor him, right? But when things go horribly wrong during their tutoring session she may wish to never be seen again.

Not only did things go horribly wrong with her long time crush, now she is seeing strange things, a tiny laughing creature that seemed to take over her tutoring session, a strikingly beautiful boy on horseback, a creepy long limbed creature in her brother’s room. However, it is not until she gets home that she realizes what she is seeing. Her brother, who had been fine that morning, seems different. When Robbie shows up with celebratory wine he had promised he also delivers her the news that will change everything about her life from that day forward. Her brother was not her brother at all but a fey changeling.

Review:

Oh. My. Goodness.

I am so excited that this novel is such a throwback to the classic fey stories and characters we all know and love. I was absolutely thrilled to see Kagawa’s interpretation of the Seelie and Unseelie courts and of the new steam punk mixed with something so classic and tying them together! I cannot wait to pick up the next in the series.

Favorite Quotes:

First of all, let me say it was so hard to limit this list because there are some truly hilarious moments in this novel and second, I apologize for the language but I couldn’t stop laughing at these parts.

“Oh, we’re playing nice now? Shall we have tea first? Brew up a nice pot of kiss-my-ass?” 
― Julie Kagawa, The Iron King

“Touch her, and I’ll freeze your testicles off and put them in a jar. Understand?” 
― Julie Kagawa, The Iron King

“Ladies and Felines,” he stated grandly, grasping the doorknob, “Welcome to Tir Na Nog. Land of endless winter and shitloads of snow.” 
― Julie Kagawa, The Iron King

Recommendations:

Wicked Lovely – Melissa Marr
Unenchanted – Chandra Hann
Tithe – Holly Black
Frostfire – Amanda Hocking

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Book Reviews

 

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