Book Reviews

Book Review ‘The Priory of the Orange Tree’ ~ Samantha Shannon

29774026The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Publication Date: February 26th 2019

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Blurb: A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction – but assassins are getting closer to her door. Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tane has trained to be a dragonrider since she was a child, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel. Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

★ ★/5

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Waiting on Wednesday…The Memory of Souls

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The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons

Publication Date: August 25th 2020

Publisher: Tor Books

Series: A Chorus of Dragons #3

Blurb: What if you’re the one that has to die?

Now that the city of Atrine has been destroyed and Relos Var’s plan to free the dark god Vol Karoth has been revealed—the end of the world is closer than ever.

To buy time for humanity, Kihrin, Janel, and Thurvishar must convince the king of the Manol vané to perform an ancient ritual that will strip the vané of their immortality—a ritual that certain vané will do anything to prevent. Including assassinating the ones bringing the news.

Worse, Kihrin must come to terms with the horrifying possibility that his connection to Vol Karoth is steadily growing in strength. How can Kihrin hope to save anyone when he might turn out to be the greatest threat of them all?

The Chorus of Dragons series is amazing – it’s got dragons, it’s got magic, it’s got an ultimate disaster bi, it’s got prophesies and it’s hella queer. Book three is out this year and I’m so damn excited, the wait is killing me (I really shouldn’t be complaining since we got both book 1 and book 2 last year) but still! I am excite!

I’m really hoping that we get some of Teraeth’s point of view in The Memory of Souls, since The Ruin of Kings gave us Kihrin’s and The Name of All Things gave us Janel’s. Not to mention the prospect of Kihrin actually getting a clue in this book? It’s going to be 👌👌

You can find my five star reviews of The Ruin of Kings and The Name of All Things here and here respectively.

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Book Review ‘The House in the Cerulean Sea’ ~ TJ Klune

45046567The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Publication Date: March 17th 2020

Publisher: Tor Books

Blurb: A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.

But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.

An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.

★★★★★/5

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Waiting on Wednesday…Drowned Country

49928905Drowned Country by Emily Tesh

Publication Date: June 16th 2020

Publisher: Tor.com

Series: The Greenhollow Duology #2

Blurb: Drowned Country is the the stunning sequel to Silver in the Wood, Emily Tesh’s lush, folkloric debut. This second volume of the Greenhollow duology once again invites readers to lose themselves in the story of Henry and Tobias, and the magic of a myth they’ve always known.

Even the Wild Man of Greenhollow can’t ignore a summons from his mother, when that mother is the indomitable Adela Silver, practical folklorist. Henry Silver does not relish what he’ll find in the grimy seaside town of Rothport, where once the ancient wood extended before it was drowned beneath the sea―a missing girl, a monster on the loose, or, worst of all, Tobias Finch, who loves him.

I absolutely adored Silver in the Wood, it was lush and vibrant and so atmospheric it swept me away. So my excitement was off the charts when I realised Drown Country would be it’s sequel – I hadn’t expected to ever get one.

I’m so damn excited. I cannot wait to see Henry Silver and Tobias Wood again, I need them in my life. And a special shout out to that cover because it is beyond beautiful! I am in love 😍

Is Drowned Country on your tbr pile? Have you read Silver in the Wood Yet? If you’re not familiar with Silver in the Wood check out my five star review here!

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Book Review ‘Docile’ ~ K.M. Szpara

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Publication Date: March 3rd 2020

Publisher: Tor.com

RRP: AU$41.99

Blurb: There is no consent under capitalism 

Docile is a science fiction parable about love and sex, wealth and debt, abuse and power, a challenging tour de force that at turns seduces and startles.

To be a Docile is to be kept, body and soul, for the uses of the owner of your contract. To be a Docile is to forget, to disappear, to hide inside your body from the horrors of your service. To be a Docile is to sell yourself to pay your parents’ debts and buy your children’s future.

Elisha Wilder’s family has been ruined by debt, handed down to them from previous generations. His mother never recovered from the Dociline she took during her term as a Docile, so when Elisha decides to try and erase the family’s debt himself, he swears he will never take the drug that took his mother from him. Too bad his contract has been purchased by Alexander Bishop III, whose ultra-rich family is the brains (and money) behind Dociline and the entire Office of Debt Resolution. When Elisha refuses Dociline, Alex refuses to believe that his family’s crowning achievement could have any negative side effects—and is determined to turn Elisha into the perfect Docile without it.

★★★★★/5

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