Spirits that Walk in Shadow by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

I read Spirits that Walk in Shadow for Wyrd and Wonder and then ran out of time to write up my thoughts and post them. And then got distracted. For a whole month. But hey, better late than never, eh? This is the third Chapel Hollow book, a series of books that are only very loosely connected and can easily be read as stand-alone stories. The thread that runs through them is the group of magical families whose customs and practices are mostly kept secret from we ordinary folk. Magic is often used by these families to coerce and enslave, … Continue reading Spirits that Walk in Shadow by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard

Note to self: when imyril tells you something is awesome and you should read it, drop everything and blooming well read it. Immediately. This will save you a lot of kicking yourself later on. Because The House of Shattered Wings really is awesome. Here’s why: It’s dark. The kind of gothic darkness that is a delight to wallow in. Set in a post-apocalyptic Paris after the Great War with Heaven and between the many factions of fallen angels, this is a story that drips with dark magic. While the Fallen are at the top of the food chain, they are also desperately vulnerable … Continue reading The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard

Bloodsworn by Tej Turner

A copy of this book was very kindly provided me by the author. I can’t promise that this didn’t affect my feelings about it, but a book is a book is a book, however I acquire it, and I can promise that all opinions are my own.   This is how it started: I settled down to read, happily sinking into the story of Kyra competing with the boys to be the best fighter, and Jaedin lost in his books and used to being on the outside of things; I watched on with deepening interest as the Academy representatives made … Continue reading Bloodsworn by Tej Turner

Tower Climber by Jakob Tanner

A copy of this book was very kindly provided me by the author. I can’t promise that this didn’t affect my feelings about it, but a book is a book is a book, however I acquire it, and I can promise that all opinions are my own.   I had tons of fun reading this book. While only vaguely aware of the term LitRPG, I remember reading a magazine series called The Ancestral Trail when I was a young teen, which followed a similar pattern of storytelling, and which I loved. I didn’t know what to expect when I first … Continue reading Tower Climber by Jakob Tanner

Seven Deaths of an Empire by G R Matthews (ARC)

A review copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher. I can’t promise that this didn’t affect my feelings about it, but a book is a book is a book, however I acquire it, and I can promise that all opinions are my own.   The Emperor has died and before his heir can assume his mantle, his body and the sacred amulet he wears must be returned to the capital for the coronation rituals. Unfortunately, he died while campaigning in the North and while an honour guard has been chosen to bear him home, any number of … Continue reading Seven Deaths of an Empire by G R Matthews (ARC)

Fun for Monday: Quick Fire Fantasy Books

Tammy did this tag just the other day and it was too tempting to ignore. It was originally created by Jo The Bookworm Dreamer whose responses, along with Tammy’s, only added to my already-quite-large-enough-thank-you TBR. (Reader problems, eh? *grins hugely*). Anyway, let’s see Wyrd and Wonder out with a wave and a smile, and some rapid-fire responses to Jo’s prompts …   5 Star Book:   What’s that? I’m getting repetitive? Well, I don’t read as fast as some of you and when I like something I do tend to go on and on and on … I don’t think … Continue reading Fun for Monday: Quick Fire Fantasy Books

My Wyrd & Wonder wind down … or, how I did with that bingo challenge in the end

  Wyrd and Wonder is always such a blast and this year has been no different – I’ve made some new friends, read swathes of awesome posts by awesome people (and I’m still catching up), and seen my TBR list double in size (yet again) – what more could a book blogger want? Maybe only a book bingo. Which one of our three most excellent hosts, imyril, provided, and which I possibly spent a disproportionate amount of time agonising over. Because, you know, lists and achievements are how I work. So I did some extracurricular reading – crammed into lunch … Continue reading My Wyrd & Wonder wind down … or, how I did with that bingo challenge in the end

The House of the Stag by Kage Baker

In The Anvil of the World Kage Baker introduced us to a fantasy world peopled with the calamitous Children of the Sun, the gentle Yendri and the chaotic race of demons. There was a lot of fun to be had in the meeting and mingling of these three peoples, along with some pointed observations about humanity that made the book more than just another amusing fantasy adventure. So when I found The House of the Stag in the discarded books pile at work (with a badly broken spine) I swiped it. Naturally. In Anvil Baker created the Master of the … Continue reading The House of the Stag by Kage Baker

Read-along: The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart (week 4)

Wow! I’ve never been so frustrated at the conclusion of a book! Cliffhangers are a killer (which is why backlist reading is sooo appealing, I hate to wait), and Stewart has left us (or maybe just me?) with more questions than answers. Which is handy, in one sense, as I’m providing this week’s prompts, but, phew, it’s made answering them difficult! So without further ado, let’s talk about the end of The Bone Shard’s Daughter.   GIANT SPOILERS TO FOLLOW – DO NOT PASS THIS POINT IF YOU’VE NOT READ THE BOOK …   …   Chapters 36 to end … Continue reading Read-along: The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart (week 4)

Read-along: The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart (week 3)

Sheesh! Some Things have been revealed this week! And while none of the many mysteries have been truly unravelled yet, we are starting to see shapes in the mist … the truth may be stranger (and way creepier) than we think. This week’s prompts have been provided by the awesome Lisa of Dear Geek Place, one of our three rather marvellous Wyrd and Wonder hosts. Schedule details for this read-along can be found here. Watch out for the SPOILERS, SPOILERS, SPOILERS!   Chapters 24 to 35 inclusive Sand appears to be organising something of a rebellion herself – but against … Continue reading Read-along: The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart (week 3)