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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 Reviews · Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday…Carved From Stone and Dream

43801242._SY475_Carved From Stone and Dream by T. Frohock

Publication Date: February 25th 2020

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Series: Los Nefilim

Blurb: February 1939

Catalonia has fallen. Los Nefilim is in retreat.

With the Nationalist forces hard on their heels, the members of Los Nefilim—Spanish Nephilim that possess the power to harness music and light in the supernatural war between the angels and daimons—make a desperate run for the French border.

Diago Alvarez, a singular being of angelic and daimonic descent, follows Guillermo and a small group of nefilim through the Pyrenees, where the ice is as treacherous as postwar loyalties—both can kill with a single slip. When a notebook of Los Nefilim’s undercover operatives falls into a traitor’s hands, Diago and Guillermo risk their lives to track it down. As they uncover a pocket realm deep within the Pyrenees, Diago discovers his family is held hostage.

Faced with an impossible choice: betray Los Nefilim, or watch his family die, Diago must nurture the daimonic song he has so long denied in order to save those he loves.

T. Frohock is my new favourite author! I only discovered her books this year but I am in love.

The Los Nefilim books are spell-binding and I cannot wait for Carved From Stone and Dream 😍 I would die for Diago, Miguel and Rafael not gonna lie!

If you aren’t familiar with these books I highly, highly recommend you pick them up. Find my ‘Five Reason to Read Los Nefilim’ post here and my five star review of Where Oblivion Lives here.

Find Carved From Stone and Dream
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Book Review ‘Kingsbane’ ~ Claire Legrand

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Publication Date: May 21st 2019

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Series: Empirium #2

Blurb: Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping the angels at bay is falling. To repair it, Rielle must collect the seven hidden castings of the saints. Meanwhile, to help her prince and love Audric, protect Celdaria, Rielle must spy on the angel Corien – but his promises of freedom and power may prove too tempting to resist.

Centuries alter, Eliana Ferracora grapples with her new reality: she is the Sun Queen, humanity’s long-awaited savior. But fear of corruption – fear of becoming another Rielle – keeps Eliana’s power dangerous and unpredictable. With few allies in her corner she races against time to save her dying friend Navi. Most importantly, Eliana must decide how to wear a crown she never wanted by either embracing her mother’s power or rejecting it forever.

Separated by a thousand years, connected by secrets and lies, Rielle and Eliana’s fight continues amid deadly plots and unthinkable betrayals that will test their strength – and their hearts.

★★★★/5

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Book Review ‘We Hunt the Flame’ ~ Hafsah Faizal

WHTF_JKT_2p.inddWe Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

Publication Date: May 14th 2019

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux BYR

Series: Sands of Arawiya #1

RRP: AU$18.99

Blurb: People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. 

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.

★/5

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Five Reason to Read ~ Los Nefilim by T. Frohock

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Publication Date: June 14th 2016

Publisher: HarperVoyager

Series: Los Nefilim #1-3

Blurb: Collected together for the first time, T. Frohock’s three novellas–In Midnight’s Silence, Without Light or Guide, and The Second Death–brings to life the world of Los Nefilim, Spanish Nephilim that possess the power to harness music and light in the supernatural war between the angels and daimons. In 1931, Los Nefilim’s existence is shaken by the preternatural forces commanding them … and a half-breed caught in-between.

Diago Alvarez, a singular being of daimonic and angelic descent, is pulled into the ranks of Los Nefilim in order to protect his newly-found son. As an angelic war brews in the numinous realms, and Spain marches closer to civil war, the destiny of two worlds hangs on Diago’s actions. Yet it is the combined fates of his lover, Miquel, and his young son, Rafael, that weighs most heavily on his soul.

Lyrical and magical, Los Nefilim explores whether moving towards the light is necessarily the right move, and what it means to live amongst the shadows.

I recently finished Los Nefilim by T. Frohock, devouring it as I fell in love. So I thought I’d share some of the reasons to read this book!

An enchanting mix of elements

Los Nefilim is a perfect blend of the fantastical and the real. Set in 1930’s Spain, it follows Diago as he battles to find his place as both angels and daimons vie for his loyalty or try to take it by force. There’s mystery and angelic battles and dark magic. There’s an old school vibe/glam to it that draws you in. It doesn’t fit squarely in one genre and it’s perfect for it.

Engrossing without hopelessness

Los Nefilim draws you in and keeps you riveted without leaving you feeling like the heroes are never going to succeed. I’ve read and loved books like that but sometimes it’s tiring reading books where the MCs can never win or where they’re endlessly suffering. Los Nefilim has high stakes and is intense but without leaving you feeling like it’s all pointless if everything is always going to shit anyway.

Established relationship

I don’t know why I like this particular element in books but it’s just so nice?? I just really loved that Diago and Miquel were already in a committed relationship. They’re married, they love each and it’s never in doubt and, although there are some things that happen that do bring challenges for them, they’re in it together.

Magic through music

I really loved Frohock’s take on angels, daimons and their magic. In Los Nefilim magic is woven through music (and dance). Through music they are able to draw the sigils needed to cast magic and harmonising with others strengthens the magic, making for some powerful scenes.

Soft men who are allowed to be vulnerable

We love non-toxic masculinity. That’s not to say there aren’t some arseholes in the book but the main characters are so wonderfully drawn. They are allowed to be vulnerable and hurt and emotional without it being condemned. Guillermo doesn’t hesitate to show his care and love for Diago, Miquel and those under his charge without having to include bro-ish slaps on the back. The love Diago has for Rafael & Miquel are where he draws the strength of his magic from. Diago is given the space to start to come to terms with the abuse he suffered without him being seen as weak or not man enough for having been through it. It’s so lovely to see and read.

This is a small and incomplete list of reasons to read Los Nefilim but I highly recommend you do, it’s a wonderful series full of characters you’ll love. It’s followed by Where Oblivion Lives, which I am very much looking forward to diving into!

“He had his family, his family of bears, and together, they would roar.”

Find Los Nefilim
Goodreads ~ HarperCollins Australia ~ Book Depository ~ Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble

Find T. Frohock
Website ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads Author Page