Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo cover

*Warning: Contains spoilers for previous books in the series* Siege and Storm left heroine Alina Starkov hunting for the final amplifier of Morozova, and the hunt for the legendary firebird is most definitely on in Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo, the concluding book of the Grisha trilogy. Weakened at the hands of the Darkling, Alina and what remains of her army are recovering from their injuries in the Apparat’s underground tunnels, surrounded by the fanatics who worship her as ‘Sankta Alina’. Determined not to remain in the Apparat’s clutches…

Child of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica cover

As a novel I have been somewhat excited about reading, I anticipated Child of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica to be the next great fantasy series. The book begins with Sophie Hansa having been transported to the land of Stormwrack, a world comprised of islands barely large enough to call themselves countries. One moment she was witnessing her aunt being assaulted in a San Francisco alley, and the next she was thrown into the sea and trying to keep her aunt alive. Disoriented and confused, Sophie is hauled aboard…

The Book of the Crowman by Joseph D'Lacey cover

[color-box]The Book of the Crowman by Joseph D’Lacey (Black Dawn #2) Angry Robot (25 Feb 2014), Ebook: 480 pages, Fantasy / Dystopian Website • Series Listing • Amazon UK / US Rating: [/color-box] After reading and loving last year’s Black Feathers, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on The Book of the Crowman by Joseph D’Lacey, the concluding book in this duology. Following on from book one, Gordon Black is still in pursuit of the elusive Crowman, the figure who will supposedly give him the answers he seeks about…

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson UK cover

[color-box]The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn #3) Gollancz (Feb 2010), Paperback: 749 pages, Fantasy Website • Goodreads • Amazon UK / US RATING: [/color-box] *Warning: Contains spoilers for the rest of the series* After the dramatic turn of events at the end of The Well of Ascension, The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson takes place a year after Vin took the power at the Well and released it into the world. In that year, Vin and Elend, the newly-titled Emperor of the Final Empire, have been investigating…

The Language of Dying - Sarah Pinborough

Well this book is quite unlike any other I’ve read for Book Chick City. The genre is more literary fiction meets magical realism. The book is written in first person, however the narrator is an unnamed woman who describes the events surrounding her father’s death. This doesn’t sound like the most fun subjects to write about; but what Sarah Pinborough does so skilfully is she weaves a world that is feels so real and truthful that you can’t help but get drawn in. The narrator is a woman in her…

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[color-box]The Mist-Torn Witches by Barb Hendee (The Mist-Torn Witches #1) Roc Books (7 May 2013), Paperback: 326 pages, Fantasy Website • Series Listing • Amazon UK / US Rating: [/color-box] Sisters Celine and Amelie Fawe learned to take care of themselves at a young age. Orphaned as children, the two developed a symbiotic relationship – Celine brings money to the household by running their late mother’s apothecary shop and pretending to reading peoples futures, while Amelie protects them with her sword. Though Celine is a fraud, she is well known for her…

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson UK cover

[color-box]The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn #2) Gollancz (Dec 2009), Paperback: 763 pages, Fantasy Website • Series Listing • Amazon UK / US Rating: [/color-box] *Warning: Contains spoilers for book one* After the shocking conclusion of The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson resumes with the action in the city of Luthadel after the revolution. With the Lord Ruler vanquished, control of the city has fallen to Elend Venture, the young nobleman who has ideals of freeing the skaa workers from their poverty and establishing a…

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