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Mini Review ‘Magic For Liars’ ~ Sarah Gailey

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Publication Date: June 4th 2019

Publisher: Tor Books

Blurb: Sharp, mainstream fantasy meets compelling thrills of investigative noir in this fantasy debut by rising star Sarah Gailey. 

Ivy Gamble has never wanted to be magic. She is perfectly happy with her life—she has an almost-sustainable career as a private investigator, and an empty apartment, and a slight drinking problem. It’s a great life and she doesn’t wish she was like her estranged sister, the magically gifted professor Tabitha.

But when Ivy is hired to investigate the gruesome murder of a faculty member at Tabitha’s private academy, the stalwart detective starts to lose herself in the case, the life she could have had, and the answer to the mystery that seems just out of her reach.

★★★★/5

Review

Magic for Liars is a short, sharp book about worlds that could have been, the dangerous things you do for the people you love and broken relationships – set against a backdrop of magic.

What I loved about Magic for Liars was how mundane the magic is – yes there are fantastical things you can do with it but the wielders are very human and Gailey nails this. Ivy is a wonderful character to follow, she’s messy, flawed and wants gloriously. It was both uncomfortable and wonderful.

It was a little slow to start but overall a thoroughly inventive and wonderful book that I’ll definitely be rereading in the near future. And finally I cannot leave without a mention to Rahul – bi cinnamon roll extraordinaire.

“Fucking Mages.”

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Five Star Book Predictions

Hello, hello!

It’s been a little while since my last non-book review/waiting on Wednesday post – since early July in fact – woops 😅
It seems every few months I commit to doing a wider variety of posts and then proceed to not do anything about it….until now! This ‘Five Star Book Predictions’ post is inspired by the very wonderful Jami @ jamishelves – click on the link to see her post.

The idea behind this is to pick five books from my tbr I believe could be five star reads, so read on to find out which books I am hoping will be new favourites!

The Empire of Gold by SA Chakraborty

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The City of Brass and The Kingdom of Copper sit among my favourite books. The ending of The Kingdom of Copper left me on tenterhooks to find out what happens next. Given how much I loved the first two books, I can’t see this one being any different even if it does destroy me. 

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Bloodchild by Anna Stephens

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Another trilogy drawing to a close, with Bloodchild continuing on from Godblind & Darksoul. I fucking love these books. They are intense, brutal and so so good. I barely survived Darksoul and to be honest I don’t think I’ll even survive Bloodchild but I will love every single minute of it.

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Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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Honestly I’ve been excited for this for a while now and I have a feeling it’s going to be amazing. Witches, enemies-to-lovers, the book being a chonky boi, a ridiculously beautiful cover – it’s all there.

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Crier’s War by Nina Varela

41951626._SY475_Crier’s War is one of my most anticipated reads of 2019. It sounds and looks amazing and I have a feeling it’s going to live up to the hype!

F/F, enemies to lovers, fantasy, super slow burn – I need it!

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The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons43255070

Kihrin is my smol disaster bi son and I just need him, Teraeth and all the others back in my life. The Ruin of Kings is one of my favourite books and Lyons jumped onto my favourite authors list with this book. I have no doubt The Name of All Things will be a masterpiece.

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Most of these are to-be-released titles so next time I check in once I’ve read these, I might do some already released ones. Are you excited for any of these? What are some of your five star predictions?

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Book Review ‘Kingdom of Souls’ ~ Rena Barron

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Publication Date: September 24th 2019

Publisher: HarperVoyager

Series: Kingdom of Souls #1

Blurb: THERE’S MAGIC IN HER BLOOD.

Arrah is a young woman from a long line of the most powerful witch doctors in the land. But she fails at magic, fails to call upon the ancestors and can’t even cast the simplest curse.

Shame and disappointment dog her.

When strange premonitions befall her family and children in the kingdom begin to disappear, Arrah undergoes the dangerous and scorned process of selling years of her life for magic. This borrowed power reveals a nightmarish betrayal and a danger beyond what she could have imagined. Now Arrah must find a way to master magic, or at least buy it, in order to save herself and everything she holds dear.

An explosive fantasy set in a world of magic and legend with a twist you will never see coming. 

★★★/5

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Book Review ‘Ninth House’ ~ Leigh Bardugo

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Publication Date: October 1st 2019

Publisher: Gollancz

Series: Ninth House series #1

Blurb: Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

★★★★★/5

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Book Review ‘The Impossible Contract’ ~ K.A. Doore

43263188The Impossible Contract by KA Doore

Publication Date: November 12th 2019

Publisher: Tor Books

Series: Chronicles of Ghadid #2

Blurb: Thana has a huge reputation to live up to as daughter of the Serpent, who rules over Ghadid’s secret clan of assassins. Opportunity to prove herself arrives when Thana accepts her first contract on Heru, a dangerous foreign diplomat with the ability to bind a person’s soul under his control.

She may be in over her head, especially when Heru is targeted by a rival sorcerer who sends hordes of the undead to attack them both. When Heru flees, Thana has no choice than to pursue him across the sands to the Empire that intends to capture Ghadid inside its iron grip.

A stranger in a strange city, Thana’s only ally is Mo, a healer who may be too noble for her own good. Meanwhile, otherworldly and political dangers lurk around every corner, and even more sinister plans are uncovered which could lead to worldwide devastation. Can Thana rise to the challenge—even if it means facing off against an ancient evil?

★★★★☆/5

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