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”
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”
‘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 “Promise of Blood | Brian McClellan | a review”
In 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”
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”
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 | #013”
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 “Bookends | #012”
‘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”
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 “Bookends | #011”
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”