Day Shift by Charlaine Harris

After downloading and enjoying the first book in the Midnight, Texas series, I knew I had to get straight onto NetGalley and acquire the next instalment, Day Shift by Charlaine Harris. This time around, the residents of the sleepy Dallas town of Midnight find their lives disturbed by the renovation of an old hotel. The hotel has been in disrepair for years, but now a property company has decided to renovate it and make it open to the public once more. This poses a great risk to the privacy of…

Midnight Crossroad

Surprisingly, I have never read anything by Charlaine Harris before, so I was keen to read the first in her new series, Midnight Crossroad. The series is about the sleepy little town of Midnight, Texas, the kind of place where you might stop to refuel, but not really pay any attention to. There is little passing trade, and the residents all seem to have their own reasons for moving in to such a place. As such, the first chapter takes us on a whistle-stop tour of the town, introducing us…

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

A tale of corruption and lost cities, Elantris by Brandon Sanderson was his first fantasy novel, and sets the precedent that everything that has followed. The book begins with Arelon’s Crown Prince, Raoden, having woken up and discovered that he has been marked by the Shaod. The Shaod is a mysterious disease that can afflict anyone in the city, causing them to come out in black blotches and to lose their hair. As a result, all those infected with the Shaod are thrown into the city of Elantris, a city…

The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson UK cover

Set three-hundred years after the Mistborn trilogy, The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson visits the reshaped empire of Scadrial, which has been changed by the dawn of technology, with railways and skyscrapers clouding the landscape. Amidst the town of Elendel, the magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy remain prevalent, although magic such as Kelsier, Vin and Elend’s is long since consigned to the history books. However, there are those who are twinborn, possessing one element of both Allomancy and Feruchemy, such as our protagonist, Waxillium Ladrian, who can both increase…

The Seventh Miss Hatfield by Anna Caltabiano cover

Establishing a brand new concept is never easy, but that’s part of the joy in reading The Seventh Miss Hatfield by Anna Caltabiano. I was drawn to this series precisely because of its intriguing premise, as a young girl called Cynthia encounters the mysterious Miss Rebecca Hatfield. Miss Hatfield is their newest neighbour, having just moved in across the street, and draws Cynthia to her house one day under the mistake of a parcel being delivered to the wrong house. Despite knowing she shouldn’t talk to strangers, Cynthia accepts Miss…

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 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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