Circe | Madeline Miller | a review

Circe by Madeline Miller

I am always wary of any new book that comes with lots of hype, but for once (for me!) I’ve found that Circe by Madeline Miller more than lives up to it. I was vaguely familiar with some aspects of Circe’s story (Odysseus, Aeaea, the pigs) but I found it fascinating to begin at the beginning of her story and watch her grow.

Circe suffers an awful lot in her long life and interacts with many famous faces of Greek Mythology and it was gripping to see her warped one way and then another in response to her and others’ actions. Continue reading

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Urban / Paranormal Fantasy Recommendations

I’ve had this post brewing in my brain for a while, and now, finally, after binge reading two urban/paranormal fantasy series in close succession, I’ve decided today is the day. I hope you’re ready.

So this sub-genre of fantasy Continue reading

Bookends | 20.04.18

Malice by John GwynneSpring is finally here and the pretty, pretty sunshine and blue skies are making my days far more joyful than the constant grey clouds. Although, with the pretty sunshine, my reading has suffered. I’ve been enjoying walking outside during my lunch breaks and evenings rather than settling in with my books.

That said, I do have a few to chat about. The weekend was gloomy after all…  Continue reading

Promise of Blood | Brian McClellan | a review

Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan

‘The Age of Kings is dead… And I have killed it.’ 

So I admit that I was wary when picking up Brian McClellan’s Promise of Blood. I generally prefer my fantasy feudal with royalty, swords and plenty of sorcerous magic with little to no technology, let alone guns. As a flintlock fantasy I thought I would bore easily over the gun warfare and magic that is directly linked to said guns and gunpowder; however this series is now one huge exception. Simply, I loved it.

We follow Continue reading

The Children of Jocasta | Natalie Haynes | a review

The Children of Jocasta by Natalie HaynesIn The Children of Jocasta, Natalie Haynes expertly brings to life the overlooked females in two well known Ancient Greek tragedies: Oedipus and Antigone.

We follow Jocasta (Oedipus) and Ismene (Antigone) in alternating chapters as  Haynes weaves a wonderfully immersive and emotive story stripped of magic and focusses on Continue reading

Bookends | 13.04.18

Omens by Kelley Armstrong

Hello! Welcome to another of my weekly reading wrap ups. I’m having a really great reading week so far. Work has been mega hectic to I’ve really enjoyed taking time for myself and getting lost in fantastical worlds. Although, I have become a *little* addicted to one series in particular and it’s become rather all-consuming…. Continue reading

Bookends | 06.04.18

Veil of Spear by Bradley Beaulieu

Hello, hello, hello 🙂 hope this week’s been good to you and if you’ve enjoyed a lovely four day weekend followed by a four day working week comme moi, I hope it’s been wonderful. If you’ve had to work as normal/more than normal, you are a hero.

My reading week has been a mixed bag, I’ve had two fantastic reads and two very disappointing reads – but the fantastic included my first five star read of the year so you know, without further ado… Continue reading

Bookends | 30.03.18

 

Oh hello four day weekend, you have good timing! I have finally shaken the lurgy that took me down for two weeks – I feel terrible that I didn’t post a Bookends last week, the only one I’ve missed! But even if I had been able to sit  and concentrate for long enough, I wouldn’t have had much to chat about. Turns out I struggle to read when poorly – being sick is actually very boring.

Anyway, I am all better now and I’ve got some great books to discuss from the past fortnight.

I’d seen a lot of hype over Continue reading

March Favourites

London Charing Cross

Woah, it’s the last week of March. Already! I know I say this every month, but this year is flying by. I struggled a little coming up with some favourites this month. I’ve done some fun stuff and some practical stuff but nothing really stands out too strongly. Anyway, here a few things that did make smile… Continue reading

Children of Earth and Sky | Guy Gavriel Kay | a review

‘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