The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson UK cover

*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 discoveries of the Lord Ruler’s underground storage caches, with each one containing the location of the next. The caches are filled with enough tinned food…

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson UK cover

*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 semblance of equality from the former feudal system. At the opening of the novel, he is unsure about how to rule the central dominance, often relying…

fromdeadtoworsecharlaineharris

From Dead to Worse is book number 8 in Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series, and it’s been a while since I have visited the little town of Bon Temps. Sookie is back in all her kookiness; she’s still kind of dating Quinn, although he’s missing; she’s still living with the witch Amelia who still hasn’t been able to reverse the spell on Bob the cat; Hurricane Katrina has completely changed the supernatural world; and there are plots afoot in both the vampire and werewolf worlds, which Sookie can’t seem to escape. Enter…

charmsarahpinborough

Charm is the second of Sarah Pinborough’s Fairy Tale retellings. Where Poison was her take on Snow White, Charm is an interpretation of Cinderella with Pinborough’s earthy mix of sex, feminism and subverting the expected tropes. In this version Pinborough makes Cinderella a little bit different from the norm. How many versions have there been where Cinderella is the poor put upon daughter used as a servant while the wicked stepmother favours her own daughters the ugly sisters? This interpretation turns our expectations on their head at every opportunity. At the…

Archangel's Storm (UK)

Recently I’ve been on a bit of a contemporary romance kick, so it was lovely to delve back into paranormal romance with one of my favourite authors and series. This is Jason’s book. Upon hearing the news of Eris’ death, consort to the powerful Archangel Neha, Jason is brought in to find his murderer, but first he has to bind himself to Neha’s niece. From this point, we see Jason unfold from dark and secretive to seductive and loving. Jason is cold to begin with, not nastily so, just a bit…

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REVIEW Poison by Sarah Pinborough

Poison

Poison by Sarah Pinborough Gollancz (April 2013) Hardcover, 200 Pages Fantasy Poison is a retelling of the Snow White fairy-tale but with a modern edge and some wonderfully delicious touches. First off this is a book well worth purchasing in hardcover, it is like one of those old treasury editions albeit one with shiny holographic effects etched into it. It is gorgeous to look at and has some lovely illustrations by Val and Les Edwards. The main character in this version of the tale is the Queen, Lilith. Sarah Pinborough…

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REVIEW: Fire by Kristin Cashore

FireUK

Fire (Graceling Realm #2) by Kristin Cashore Audiobook, 13h 16m | Narrator: Emma Powell Orion Publishing Group (April 2012) | YA Fantasy I am fast becoming a rather big fan of Kristin Cashore’s writing. You could be forgiven for thinking that book two in her Graceling Kingdom series would have the same world building we’ve already seen in Graceling. But, Cashore has cleverly crafted an additional rich and exotic world layered onto the clever landscape she has already depicted. I think it’s also fair to say if you really don’t need to have read…

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