‘Villages or farms on a violent border divided by faith didn’t become peaceful because of pen strokes in courts far away.’
Children of Earth and Sky is inspired by Renaissance Europe and follows a range of characters: an angry woman pretending to be someone she’s not, an artist travelling to a dangerous city, a boy training to be a soldier, an apathetic merchants son and a young woman who is out to avenge her family. These characters come together and apart to weave a wonderful tale of loss, war, love and loyalty. Kay does not disappoint.
I really took my time with this one, time to savour Guy Gavriel Kay’s sumptuous prose. Let’s not beat around the bush, Continue reading
Here we are, another week another Friday. Time is flying, right? Despite a roaring cold my reading picked up after last week’s slower efforts.
So first up I devoured Continue reading
I have mixed feelings about The City of Brass. I largely enjoyed it: it was refreshing to read a fantasy with a setting other than feudal Europe and I particularly enjoyed the djinn and other fantastical creatures in this story. The writing is good and it was certainly compelling enough to keep me reading all day. Sadly, there are a few things in City of Brass that I didn’t really enjoy.
Firstly, I went in expecting Continue reading
The Queen of The Tearling – Erika Johansen
I read the first two a few years ago and found them quite underwhelming. Maybe it was a case of the hype giving me unrealistic expectations but I just wasn’t invested in the story or the characters. I found the protagonist dull and a little too self-obsessed. While I have a vague curiosity Continue reading
Oh hello Friday, long time no see. I convinced myself on Wednesday morning that it was Saturday, turned my alarm off and went back to sleep… Suffice to say this week has felt like forever!
It’s not been my strongest reading week either, but I am okay with that and I will tell you why. Continue reading
Well, what a weird week, both in real life and in my reading life. In real life, snow has been the bane of my days, and readingwise I’ve been in a strange slump. I’ve still been reading, but I’ve not been very lucky in my picks. I would like to preface this weeks’ Bookends post with saying all opinions are my own. Just because I didn’t enjoy some of these books doesn’t mean you won’t.
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& so February has come and gone… how quickly is this year going by?! I hope you haven’t been hit too badly by ‘the beast from the east’ – anyone else eyerolling over that name? Yeah. Despite being a short month, I have a lot to share so without further ado…
First of all, I loved this book. It’s definitely one that I’ll reread many times and I am still thinking about it a week after finishing it.
This is going to be long, I’m not sorry. I’ll start with what I loved. (Which is pretty much everything!) This is my first Tchaikovsky and is not my usual fantasy pick. I like my fantasy feudal. Technology (including any sort of gun/grenade/canon) is normally a huge turn off for me when I’m looking to escape reality. Guns of the Dawn, obviously, contains guns. Lots and lots of guns – it is primarily a story about humanity and warfare. I am so glad I took a risk and read it as it is about so much more than that too. I would like to preface all this with saying that this is definitely fantasy lite. Yes there are warlocks who can conjure fire and the countries are imaginary, but the magic does not have a huge role in the story at all.
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Just as I thought it’d be safe to turn the heating off, a horrible cold blast has hit the UK and apparently we’re due to suffer -4 temperatures over the next week or so. I’m swiftly going off winter…
I’ve had a very fun reading week and I flew through 5 of them.
I mentioned last week that I started Continue reading