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Mini Review ‘The Empress of Salt and Fortune’ ~ Nghi Vo

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Publication Date: March 24th 2020

Publisher: Tor.com

Blurb: With the heart of an Atwood tale and the visuals of a classic Asian period drama, Nghi Vo’s The Empress of Salt and Fortune is a tightly and lushly written narrative about empire, storytelling, and the anger of women.

A young royal from the far north, is sent south for a political marriage in an empire reminiscent of imperial China. Her brothers are dead, her armies and their war mammoths long defeated and caged behind their borders. Alone and sometimes reviled, she must choose her allies carefully.

Rabbit, a handmaiden, sold by her parents to the palace for the lack of five baskets of dye, befriends the emperor’s lonely new wife and gets more than she bargained for.

At once feminist high fantasy and an indictment of monarchy, this evocative debut follows the rise of the empress In-yo, who has few resources and fewer friends. She’s a northern daughter in a mage-made summer exile, but she will bend history to her will and bring down her enemies, piece by piece.

★★★/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

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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

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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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Mini Review ‘Ormeshadow’ ~ Priya Sharma

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Publication Date: October 15th 2019

Publisher: Tor.com

Blurb: Burning with resentment and intrigue, this fantastical family drama invites readers to dig up the secrets of the Belman family, and wonder whether myths and legends are real enough to answer for a history of sin.

Uprooted from Bath by his father’s failures, Gideon Belman finds himself stranded on Ormeshadow farm, an ancient place of chalk and ash and shadow. The land crests the Orme, a buried, sleeping dragon that dreams resentment, jealousy, estrangement, death. Or so the folklore says. Growing up in a house that hates him, Gideon finds his only comforts in the land. Gideon will live or die by the Orme, as all his family has.

★★★★/5

Review

Ormeshadow is an atmospheric treat that you can devour in a single sitting. A story of dragons, legends & the shadows in families. This has whispers of fantasy but is grounded in the bleak Victorian England countryside. Gideon’s tale isn’t necessarily a happy one but Sharma weaves an engrossing tale that’s hard to pull yourself away from.

The Orme slept for hundreds of years. Grass grew along her back. Most people forgot her. A village sprung up in her shadow and still she sleeps on.

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