Dragonslayer – Review

A fast paced ‘back to basics’ traditional fantasy tale that keeps the fun factor high. Author: Duncan M Hamilton Publisher: Tor Pages: 304 Rating: 4.5 stars (Rounded up to 5 on Goodreads/Amazon) Synopsis: With the dragons believed dead, the kingdom had no more need for dragonslayers. Drunk, disgraced, and all but forgotten, Guillot has longContinue reading “Dragonslayer – Review”

Kalanon’s Rising – Review

A gripping murder-mystery fantasy thriller with great characters, exciting twists and turns and a fleshed-out world. Author: Darian Smith Website Twitter Facebook: DarianSmithAuthor Pages: 424 Synopsis Solve a murder, stop a war, save the world. Sir Brannon Kesh spent years building a new life as a physician and leaving the name Bloodhawk (and the wartimeContinue reading “Kalanon’s Rising – Review”

#ArmedWithABingo 2020 Reads

I’m taking part in Ariel and Kriti’s #ArmedWithABingo. I thought I’d share with you as there’s still time to take part yourself. And of course a preliminary look at the books I’ll be reading to fill my bingo squares this year! I could have probably read one of the books in the time it’s takenContinue reading “#ArmedWithABingo 2020 Reads”

Feb & March Diversity Reads!

As mentioned in this blog post, I am spending February and March reading and reviewing works from women and/or non-white authors to highlight and celebrate diversity within the Fantasy and Science Fiction genre. For more information please see the hyperlink above. Although I have allocated February and March for these reads, should I take longer,Continue reading “Feb & March Diversity Reads!”

It’s time to talk about diversity! My plan.

As you may have seen on my twitter account, this year I wanted to consciously experience and give exposure to more books from diverse authors. Partly this is so that I don’t just read from the viewpoint of authors with a similar identity to myself, so I can have a more rounded experience. The otherContinue reading “It’s time to talk about diversity! My plan.”

The Blade Itself – Review

Enthralling modern classic of the genre; the plaudits are well deserved. Publisher – Gollancz, Publication date – 8th March 2007 Page Length (Paperback) – 544 Synopsis Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and increasingly bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer extraordinaire, is trapped in a twisted and broken body – not thatContinue reading “The Blade Itself – Review”

End of year reflections on TBR and the coming year ahead.

On the shelf you sit in peace,You were 6 months ago’s must read.I promise I’ll pick you up some day,Though when that is I cannot say. There’s 3 more books due to arrive,And they’ll be placed right by your side,Into one of these I’ll dive,The next already eyed. For the apocalypse at least I’m set,InContinue reading “End of year reflections on TBR and the coming year ahead.”

Skyward – Review

An exciting start to a planned starfighter trilogy Publisher: Gollancz Ebook: £5.99 Paperback: £6.47 Amazon UK Synopsis Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot.Continue reading “Skyward – Review”

From books and back again: a blogger’s tale.

I was quite a naughty kid. Nothing evil but I was a handful. On my parents’ first parents evening my teacher told them despite this, I was a huge help in the reading corner. I’d put the books back on the shelves in the right places the other children had left on the floor. I’dContinue reading “From books and back again: a blogger’s tale.”