Angel Mage – Blog Tour

 

 

 

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GoodReads:
More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the Fall of Ystara. But she emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than nineteen, and once again renews her single-minded quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara.

A seemingly impossible quest, but Liliath is one of the greatest practitioners of angelic magic to have ever lived, summoning angels and forcing them to do her bidding.

Liliath knew that most of the inhabitants of Ystara died from the Ash Blood plague or were transformed into beastlings, and she herself led the survivors who fled into neighboring Sarance. Now she learns that angels shun the Ystaran’s descendants. If they are touched by angelic magic, their blood will turn to ash. They are known as Refusers, and can only live the most lowly lives.

But Liliath cares nothing for the descendants of her people, save how they can serve her. It is four young Sarancians who hold her interest: Simeon, a studious doctor-in-training; Henri, a dedicated fortune hunter; Agnez, an adventurous musketeer cadet; and Dorotea, an icon-maker and scholar of angelic magic. They are the key to her quest.

The four feel a strange kinship from the moment they meet, but do not know why, or suspect their importance. All become pawns in Liliath’s grand scheme to fulfill her destiny and be united with the love of her life. No matter the cost to everyone else. . .

Book Information:
Written by: Garth Nix
Published by: Gollancz
Publication date: 17/10/2019
Format: Hardcover

 

My Review

 

Something, something, Musketeers, something something, omg I can’t believe this magic system, something, something fangirl screeching…

That’s what my review was at first ^ After taking a couple of days to try and become coherent again, I was able to form full sentences about how kickass this book was.

First off, thanks soooooo much to Gollancz for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion as part of this awesome blog tour.

Now that, that’s been covered, onto the review!

This was an amazing read. If you’ve read or even watched/know about the 3 Musketeers -or just any musketeers in general- then you’re going to probably enjoy this. If you haven’t, you’re still probably going to enjoy it. This is a beautiful homage to Dumas and the adventures of the musketeers. Taking the inspiration from Dumas, Nix completely turns it into something new and vital to fantasy readers.

The magic system is unlike anything else I’ve ever encountered before, using Angel icons, icon makers, and those who choose to use the icons to summon angels for uses, but, each time you call upon an angel it requires a price of you. Each time you summon an angel, it takes a bit, or a lot, of your lifespan, away depending on what you’re asking the angel and what angel you’re asking.

Tell me that’s not unique, mixing that with amazing fantasy worlds and musketeers.

Uniquely, our ‘Angel Mage,’ Liliath, may be the focus of our story, but, our heroes are the four which she seeks. Why? Well, read and find out if you like!

This is also where my 4.5 instead of full 5 cups of coffee rating comes in, the ONLY reason I did not give this the full five [though I’ve rounded up to so on GoodReads because it deserved it and I loved it] is because I really really really wish we would have more of the four ‘musketeers.’ [I also found sometimes chapters went a bit too long with certain details, but, I also enjoyed those details]

Liliath was super well written, holy cow I loved reading about her and her chapters were amazing. The chapters and parts of the book were spread out between her and the four friends and it was great that way, and really well-paced, not a lot of backtracking or feeling like you were missing out on anything. [On that point though I wish I would have known more about Liliath’s past and how she ended up on such a mission as the one she was on.]

I wanted to see them do more, it didn’t even need to be to develop them or huge character growth, I just wanted more time on them to get to know them better or at least see more adventures for them. But. I may just be greedy on that point.

Before this, I had not read anything by Garth Nix, but let me tell you, after today, I intend to keep an eye on this author because his prose was brilliant. He builds a world and he gives you this fantastic magic system and a blend of angels and mages and its own land and you are just craving more by the end.

Damn it. I want moooooore!

So! 4.5 HUGE cups of coffee from me!

 

 

 

About the Author

Website
Garth Nix has been a full-time writer since 2001, but has also worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve.
Garth’s books include the Old Kingdom fantasy series, comprising Sabriel, Lirael; Abhorsen; Clariel and Goldenhand; SF novels Shade’s Children and A Confusion of Princes; and a Regency romance with magic, Newt’s Emerald. His novels for children include The Ragwitch; the six books of The Seventh Tower sequence; The Keys to the Kingdom series and others. He has co-written several books with Sean Williams, including the Troubletwisters series; Spirit Animals Book Three: Blood Ties; Have Sword, Will Travel; and the forthcoming sequel Let Sleeping Dragons Lie. A contributor to many anthologies and magazines, Garth’s selected short fiction has been collected in Across the Wall and To Hold the Bridge.
More than five million copies of his books have been sold around the world, they have appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly and USA Today and his work has been translated into 42 languages. His most recent book is Frogkisser! now being developed as a film by Twentieth Century Fox/Blue Sky Animation.

Author Links

GoodReads | Twitter | Webpage

 

The Rest of the TourANGEL MAGE BLOG TOUR PART 1

The Return of King Lillian Review


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GoodReads:
The Return of King Lillian is a mythic journey tale – a metaphysical fantasy for dreamers and nonconformists of all ages.
So, why the manly moniker in tandem with the womanly name?
“The Firstborn Child of The Emperor-King Inherits the Ruling Crown, the Title of Emperor-King and All Powers Thereof.” (Item 37, The Royal Manual)
Enter Lillian, the firstborn child of said Emperor-King. Cast out of her Kingdom by malevolent forces, mysteriously waylaid by Destiny, the spirited, self-reliant Lillian sets off on an exuberant journey to find her way home and claim her birthright. As she travels through marvelous and mystical lands in search of her origins, Lillian encounters and befriends a kaleidoscopic cast of characters. Most of the tale is told by Lillian herself, as she chronicles her extraordinary adventures.
The audiobook of The Return of King Lillian is performed by the author, Suzie Plakson.
This is probably one of my favorite retellings ever now. I do have a soft spot for retellings in general but Plakson just knocks it out of the park for creativity. Lillian is such a bright, enigmatic, and innocent character with a heart so full and pure that I cheered her on from page one. This has a bit of a ‘Princess Bride’ meets ‘Wizard of Oz’/’Alice in Wonderland’ feel. It’s whimsical in all the best ways and though beautiful and lush with some darker moments it can fit a wide range of ages as far as reader audience goes.

Honestly, this was an incredible read.

Lillian writes in her book, and to her book, so as you read it’s as if she’s writing to you. She writes as she speaks so that makes from some creative spelling and word choice and it’s a lot of fun in that way. Also, this has a feel of the old fantasies and tales, there’s a character going on a long quest with a bunch of adventures along the way and a great slew of companions and character interactions.I’ll expand on this more when I write up a review on my blog but needless to say I completely love this book.

^ This was my GoodReads review, and to expand on it, this book really stuck with me. I mean I think about it randomly when someone asks about retellings. Obviously, there are some great ones out there but I just felt this was one of the more creative ones and it left me yearning in a pretty nostalgic manner. This harkened me back to again The Princess Bride [in terms of style, not content] where I chuckled, but more than that fleeting style comparison, it reminded me of the older books such as The Wizard of Oz, or Alice in Wonderland as I stated in the GoodReads review. There’s this sense of exploration of new lands and adventures, and a hero travelling through a world but instead of focusing on the world, we see bits of it as we go, piecing it together and focus on the adventures.

Lillian is a great protagonist and I loved her, and it’s not completely without heartache but it was little enough to be almost refreshing in that sense. She overcame quite a few things, and there was sadness, but that wasn’t the main focus of Lillian’s thoughts, she was carrying forward most of the time, toward a goal.

Not to mention, how many times can we recount a retelling or adaptation of The Emperor’s New Clothes and Plakson just completely blows me away. [I’m a HUGE Andersen fan so I can be picky]

I was also lucky enough to be gifted an audiobook copy from the Maestro herself, and I’ve delighted in listening to it with my daughter. In fact, this was an audiobook first and the fact that she has turned it into an equally beautiful novel on paper, that there’s no difference and they both flow flawlessly says a lot about her talent with words.

Thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher for a chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

Bride Squad Runaway Blog Tour

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GoodReads:
Ava and her trusty bride squad set off on an unforgettable Irish roadtrip. Along the way there’s ice-cream vans, roguish strangers and a very handsome Frenchman. Join them for this laugh-out-loud, feel-good romance with a twist.
‘Tu es belle – wow! Look at you!’ 
It should be the perfect moment. A sunny day at Vintage Brides, and Ava O’Hara is twirling in her wedding dress. Super-hot Stefan likes what he sees…
But Stefan won’t be the one standing at the altar. It’ll be Simon, Ava’s wannabe rockstar fiancé. Or will it?
Simon says he loves her, but he’s got a funny way of showing it. When his indiscretions go viral on the big day, Ava suddenly becomes a bride-NOT-to-be.
She needs her Bride Squad, and fast. It’s time for a runaway! But will Ava come home from her wild Irish roadtrip? And if she does, will it be to love, loss or something entirely different?
A brilliantly funny and uplifting story of love, friendship and freedom by real-life BFFs, Caroline Grace-Cassidy and Lisa C. Carey. Readers of Holly Martin, Marian Keyes and Katie Fforde will love this brilliant collaboration.

Where to Buy

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My Review

Bride Runaway Squad is a light hearted and funny read. Think of ‘Bridesmaids’ meets ‘The Decoy Bride.’ [2 of my fave wedding rom-com films, just incase you all were wondering] It’s really the kind of read that just leaves you feeling uplifted at the end, the authors do a great job of keeping real emotions while giving us something to chuckle at. It actually reads a lot like a rom-com movie and it makes the pages just fly by. But! The focus isn’t the romance, it’s the friendship, so keep that in mind, this is all about some Bride Squad Power.

One thing I tell you though, chapter six had me dying to find out what had Simon the fiancé done?! That whole chapter it was just me going ‘WHAT DID HE DO?!’

I really enjoyed is that our bride was just about 40 and just getting married for the first time, I just felt this was a bit more accurate in our day and age, people get married all across the age ranges now.

Also, while the humor is definitely what makes the book, I adored how this was truly a book on friendship, so even though it read like a ‘rom-com’ romance wasn’t the focus, it was a smaller part, the main bulk of the story is finding yourself along the way of reconnecting with those who make a difference just by being in your life.

[My favorite part was with the rats. Hands down. I’m still chuckling.]

The friends don’t always see eye to eye and I love that the issues were resolved in a way that just felt natural. Let me tell you, finding out you had more in common with someone and that jealousy can remove a lot of obstacles is so enjoyable to read. Cate and Lauren are different enough that they both really stand out from each other and from our bride Ava, and the cast of characters is just really fun, there’s a great energy between them and  whoever they meet along the way.

Friendship aside though, I just want to say I adore Stefan and felt like he was such a great character. He is supportive and a good friend before anything else. I may be a fangirl of his now haha.

If you like romance, if you’re getting married, if you just finished a relationship, and you like to have a laugh, this book is one to pick up! It’s a quick and fun summer read and I hope that you all get to enjoy it as much as I did!

Thank you to Black&White Publishing for sending me a copy and allowing me to take part in the tour. [My review is as honest as always!] And you can find the rest of the tour at the end of my post.

***Note! Royalties from the sale of this book are going to be donated to the Sarah Jennifer Knott Foundation for Cancer of Unknown Primary.***

 

About the Author(s)

 

Caroline Grace Cassidy is an Irish film and television actress, and author. She is best known for her role in David Gordon Green’s Your Highness. 

Her debut novel When Love Takes Over was released by Poolbeg on February 7, 2012. She was cited by The Irish Times newspaper as one of their ‘People to Watch’ in 2012.

Since then she has been published with , The Other Side Of Wonderful (2013), I Always Knew (2014) Already Taken (2015) and The Week I Ruined My Life was published in 2016 with UK Publishers Black & White Publishing.

 

Rest of the Tour

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