The Bear and the Nightingale | Katherine Arden | a review

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine ArdenEver since I devoured Catherynne M Valente’s Deathless, I’ve been on the look out for good literary adult fairytale-esque stories steeped with folklore and simmering with magic. I think The Bear and the Nightingale delivers. Set deep in the Russian countryside, we follow Vasilisa (immediately a nod to Russian folklore) from her birth to the
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Most Anticipated Backlist Reads | Fantasy

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One of the great things about reading fantasy fiction is that there is a  *huge* backlist of brilliant books to work through while you’re waiting for all the new books/sequels. I have attempted to give a flavour of these books without looking into them too deeply as I don’t want to be spoiled or spoil you. So without further ado, here are my most anticipated backlist reads. Continue reading

Bookends | 12.01.18

The Bear and the Nightingale

 

It’s Friday! One last push then reeelax. Don’t know about you but I’ve found this week more of a slog than last. It’s amazing how much a Christmas break can mess up my routine. Ah well, at least the books have been kind this week.

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Mythos | Stephen Fry | a review

Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold by Stephen Fry

I’m always a bit skeptical when new Greek mythology books are released as they are all too often factual exploratory analyses of the myths, breaking down the meaning or impact rather than actually telling me (or retelling!) the actual stories. And so it was with no small sense of trepidation that I began Mythos. I am so glad I did as it proved to be exactly what I’ve been searching for.

What makes this retelling of Greek myths different from all the others that I have collected over the years is the coherent chronology Continue reading

Five Sequels I Can’t Wait To Read | Fantasy

So I don’t tend to stick too well to ‘tbr’ lists so I’d like to share some of the sequels I’m super excited about getting to in 2018. Fantasy fiction is my favourite genre and all of these series’ are classed as adult fantasy. I read at least the first book in the series of the following books in 2017 and loved it. I definitely have an exciting year ahead finishing these series up!

Fool's Quest, Robin Hobb, Shadow of Night, Deborah Harkness, Knight's Shadow, Sebastien de Castell, Deadhouse Gates, Steven Erikson, Seer of Sevenwaters, Juliet Marillier

Fool’s Quest | Robbin Hobb | Fitz & the Fool book 2

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Bookends | Karina Reads

Happy Friday guys! Hope the week has been kind to you.

Welcome to my new series: Bookends. In an effort to post more regularly I have decided to start posting weekly about what I’m reading. Hopefully by writing little snippets about the books, I will be inspired to write more full reviews. For more instantaneous updates about all the amazing books, be sure to add me as a friend on Goodreads. Anyway, here’s to the first of many (hopefully)!

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2017 Reading Wrap Up

Happy 2018! I hope you’ve all enjoyed a lovely festive break and haven’t had too hard a shock to your system by getting back to work.

2017 was a bit of a mixed bag for me, looking back I don’t feel like that many books stand out. I read a lot of average books this year, which is a bit disappointing. However, there are a few good things to discuss. My Goodreads Reading Challenge was 150 books and while some months I totally beat the target, others I slumped and there was a time when I thought I wouldn’t make it. I’m happy I managed 151 in the end but I’m not really using a high target going forward as I think the pressure made me read too many average books. Yet powering through made me realise that my tastes have developed again, I’ve moved away from YA and embraced Regency Romances and more Urban Fantasy with Fantasy in general remaining as my numero uno genre. Continue reading

My 2017 Favourites | Book List 2 of 2

As I was unable to keep myself from only writing a few sentences about my top 10 reads of 2017, here is my second round of favourite books of the year. If you would like to see the other half, check out my first post here. In no particular order….

The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams

I enjoyed this one so much I was unable to write a decent review when I first read it, so I will try my best to describe why you need to read this book here. The Ninth Rain has everything a fantasy book should have Continue reading

My 2017 Favourites | Book List 1 of 2

I can’t believe it’s this time of year already! This year has flown by and looking back, it hasn’t been the greatest reading year for me. Despite discovering the beauty of audiobooks, and several new genres, not many books stand out as really brilliant. As I browsed my Goodreads Reading Challenge I made a note of the ones I loved and as luck would have it, (as what is a favourites list if it does not contain 10 items?) I ended up with 10 wonderful novels. I thought I’d be able to squeeze them into one post, but alas, as each book came up I got so excited I had to write more. If you would like to check out Book List 2 of 2, you can do here. So, in no particular order here is part one of my favourite reads of 2017… Continue reading

A Time of Dread | John Gwynne | a review

A Time of Dread

First of all, a huge thank you to Pan Macmillan and Netgalley for allowing me to read this in advance. It was brilliant. Exactly the kind of fantasy I live for.

Now before I get started, I must confess that this is my first John Gwynne novel. His debut, Malice , was next on my pile to read when I was approved for this beauty so I thought I’d start here. Although I don’t regret it, I do feel like I have missed a lot of cool references to characters of his first series, The Faithful and the Fallen. For that reason, I found the first half of the book fairly slow, as new characters are introduced, the world explained and tales of the original heroes are told. There are a lot of talks and hints about previous characters which I am sure long time readers of Gwynne will love, I just wanted to get started with the new ones. Saying that, the slow start was necessary to making this book (and presumably, series) readable for those who are new to Gwynne and this world, me included. Now I don’t mind a slow pace so this did not put me off reading, but I wasn’t as glued to the story as I thought I might have been after the amazing reviews Gwynne already has for his work. However, I did just read the last 50% in one sitting this morning, so I can say with some certainty that this changes. Continue reading