Bookends | #016

I started the year with such good intentions to write a post every week summing up what I’ve read/started reading in that week . I’m quite proud with how long I managed to keep up that madness (16 weeks!) but it became tricky to find the time to write up all my opinions, especially when I’d read more than 3 books that week. So, going forward I’m going to try a new format: voila! Each week I’m going to write about what I’m currently reading, watching, listening to and loving. Hopefully it’ll be a lovely blend of weekly books and favourites – & will most often be completely bookish as that is just how I roll – because if you really want to know every book I’ve read, you can check out my reading list, or be my friend on Goodreads. We’ll see how it goes…

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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 “Circe | Madeline Miller | a review”

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 “Urban / Paranormal Fantasy Recommendations”

Bookends | #015

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 “Bookends | #015”

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.

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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 “The Children of Jocasta | Natalie Haynes | a review”

Bookends | #014

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 | #014”

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

The City of Brass | S A Chakraborty | a review

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 City of Brass | S A Chakraborty | a review”

5 Fantasy Series I Won’t Finish

5 Fantasy Series I Won’t Finish

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 “5 Fantasy Series I Won’t Finish”