Read-along: Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey (week 4)

A daring escape from the prison island of La Dolorosa! Rescued from near-death at sea by pirates! Taken as hostage to a secret island! It’s been a whirlwind ride for Phèdre this week and we’re pausing on a cliffhanger to take stock. Each week’s prompts, links to other readers’ responses and the reading schedule for this read-along can all be found on this Goodreads page here. It’s my turn to ask the questions for this segment, so let’s get going …   … but be warned, it’s SPOILERS all the way!   What are your thoughts/feelings on Phèdre’s escape from … Continue reading Read-along: Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey (week 4)

The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

I doubt I can say anything new or different about this beautiful book, I can only add my voice to those already exclaiming over its clever, delicate storytelling. And it was just the loveliest book. Reading it was like unearthing treasure. There is something incredibly appealing about a story being told through everyday objects and so I love that this novella’s segments often begin with a handful of items uncovered by the historian-cleric Chih, and their hoopoe companion Almost Brilliant as they catalogue the contents of Thriving Fortune, once home to the exiled Empress In-yo. Using this device Vo is … Continue reading The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

Read-along: Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey (week 3)

  This week we begin to explore a new part of Phèdre’s world as she arrives in La Serenissima. But our cocksure courtesan (*snorts laughter* sorry! couldn’t resist!) is only just getting into the swing of things – this is a place with its own gods, politics and drama – when she finds herself in a whole new heap of trouble and comes face to face with the dastardly Melisande once again … This weeks prompts are posed by the marvellous Zeezee of Zeezee with Books (who’s my go-to blogger for awesome book tags, just FYI). Each week’s prompts, links … Continue reading Read-along: Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey (week 3)

Buddy Reading Daughter of the Forest with Lynn

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier has been on my tbr book stack for soooo long and honestly, if Lynn from over at Lynn’s Books hadn’t agreed to buddy-read it with me, it’d still be there now. I knew I wanted to read more of Marillier’s books, but just didn’t have the gumption. I recommend buddy-reading wholeheartedly to anyone who needs a little added motivation. The first half of our conversation can be found over on Lynn’s site here and that’s definitely where you should start. If you’ve come here from over there, then hi! and welcome. Nice of … Continue reading Buddy Reading Daughter of the Forest with Lynn

Thorn by Intisar Khanani

In a different mood, I perhaps wouldn’t have been so absorbed in this retelling of the Brothers Grimm’s story of the Goose Girl. However, I was in need of a thick slice of escapism when I picked this up and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The main character, Alyrra, is something a bit different from the usual YA heroine and her story has got more depth than I was expecting. Better than that, it wasn’t clear until very near the end that things would work out in her favour and the world in which her story takes place feels promisingly large … Continue reading Thorn by Intisar Khanani

Read-along: Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey (week 2)

  We’ve returned to Terre d’Ange, and to the court of Queen Ysandre, but there’s no time for sight-seeing as Phèdre packs her bags and sets sail for La Serenissima in pursuit of traitorous secrets. Who, if anyone, can be trusted in this game? Place your bets, ladies and gentleman, as we delve deeper into the world of Kushiel’s Chosen. This week’s prompts have been posed by that wisest of bookwyrms imyril of There’s Always Room for One More (who levelled up this week – please go wish her happy birthday if you haven’t already). Each week’s prompts, links to … Continue reading Read-along: Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey (week 2)

Lady Mechanika: The Tablet of Destinies by M M Chen, Joe Benitez, Martin Montiel & Mike Garcia

If the first volume of Lady Mechanika’s adventures The Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse had Sherlock Holmesian undertones, this second volume is channelling Lara Croft in a big way. Returning from a hunting trip, Lady Mechanika finds a young friend of hers, Winifred, waiting with news of unusual goings-on that have her worried for the safety of her Grandfather, Professor Henry Thomsen, who is currently on an expedition in Africa. No sooner has the continent been mentioned than Nika and Fred are making their way there with the help of the mysterious Mr Jabir. Adventure ensues. This story has some … Continue reading Lady Mechanika: The Tablet of Destinies by M M Chen, Joe Benitez, Martin Montiel & Mike Garcia

Read-along: Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey (week 1)

After the incredible introduction to Terre d’Ange that was the Kushiel’s Dart read-along in September last year we are finally returning to see how Phèdre and Joscelin are getting on and what new games are afoot in this angel-touched world. This will be another six-week Wyrd and Wonder read-along (because these books are chunky) being led by imyril of There’s Always Room for One More. Prompts are posted on this Goodreads page each week, along with links to everyone’s response posts and the reading schedule.   Before you read on, please be aware that there will be SPOILERS not only … Continue reading Read-along: Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey (week 1)

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P Djeli Clark

It is 1912, a historic year for Egypt at the beginning of this novella, in which, in a few days’ time it will be decided whether women can vote, and the city of Cairo is abuzz with the energy of potential change. It is a thoroughly modern city of airships, trams and automatons, and Egypt a world power, having ditched the British and the French after the madman-genius al-Jahiz opened the doors to the world of magic forty years ago. Everything about this lights up the switchboard in my brain.   Agent Hamed (a little stiff, a little world-weary) and … Continue reading The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P Djeli Clark

The Man with Six Senses by Muriel Jaeger

First published in 1927, The Man with Six Senses tells the story of Michael Bristowe, a young man with a natural dowsing ability that, through practice and experiment, becomes so acute that he can tell what change a person is carrying in their pocket and whether they’ve eaten recently without even getting up out of his chair. It also tells the story of Hilda, the educated young woman who tries to help Michael, and of Ralph the older man who has just returned to England with the intention of marrying Hilda. (And no, he hasn’t asked her if she wants … Continue reading The Man with Six Senses by Muriel Jaeger