The Black Hawks eARC Review

 

 

The Black Hawks (Articles of Faith, #1)

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GoodReads:
Life as a knight is not what Vedren Chel imagined. Bound by oath to a dead-end job in the service of a lazy step-uncle, Chel no longer dreams of glory – he dreams of going home.
When invaders throw the kingdom into turmoil, Chel finds opportunity in the chaos: if he escorts a stranded prince to safety, Chel will be released from his oath.
All he has to do is drag the brat from one side of the country to the other, through war and wilderness, chased all the way by ruthless assassins.
With killers on your trail, you need killers watching your back. You need the Black Hawk Company – mercenaries, fighters without equal, a squabbling, scrapping pack of rogues.
Prepare to join the Black Hawks.

Purchase Links

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**The links to the book used in this post are Affiliated links, should you click on my links and use them to purchase this book, it will gain me some monies, and will cost you nothing, but gotta disclose this first.**

 

My Review

 I am happy to report that at times this book had me in stitches. This was your stereotypical fantasy, band of misfits, heroes and villains, underdogs, kings and princes, evil plots, royal clashes and then the humor.

The humor is key to this book to making it stand apart. I loved the prince and his personality and he was probably my favorite and had the best character development out of everyone, but I really enjoyed the mix of characters.

Chel made for a great protagonist and I loved reading his adventures and cheering him on.

I also want to say that I love the typical formula for fantasy books, so this was a real win for me. But I also love new things, so don’t worry about that lol but sometimes it’s nice to go back to something familiar, and this felt as if I had always known these characters, a win in my books.

Also, I’m going to share my favorite quote so you all can understand the hilarity of this.

Shepherd’s tits, imagine their children! They’ll need breathing lessons!”

I pretty much died laughing and my soul stayed behind to write this lol.

But. This is a truly solid start to a good fantasy series and I cannot wait for the next book!

Thanks to Harper Voyager and Netgalley for an eARC Of this in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

 

My Great Reads of 2019

 

So these are books I read, in general, this year, they may have come out this year, they may have come out before, but, I wanted to just give you all a bit of a highlights reel of books I didn’t get to include on the other lists whether because they didn’t fit the genre or because I just loved too many of a certain genre lol, either way, here are some of my favorites.

 

YA Fantasy/Scifi

The Fever King

Shadow of the Fox

Soul of the Sword

Heart of Mist

Reign of Mist

The Phantom Forest

Spin the Dawn

We Hunt the Flame

A Spark of White Fire

Tiger Queen

Realm of Knights

The Deathless Girls

Gravemaidens

Tears of Frost

Girls of Paper and Fire

The Last Namsara

The Sky Weaver

This Mortal Coil

Fawkes

Blood Heir

The Weight of a Soul

Sorcery of Thorns

Reverie

Contemporary

The Beekeeper of Aleppo

Postscript

YA Contemporary

Becoming Beatriz

Coral

The Naseby Horses

 

Mystery/Thriller/Crime

Dead Man’s Blues

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

The Devil Upstairs

A Death in Harlem

Starve Acre

Fantasy/Scifi

Anna Undreaming

The Bird King

The Little Snake

The Heart of Stone

The Veiled Threat

Lost Solace

Angel Mage

The Black Hawks

Practical Magic

The Priory of the Orange Tree

Graphic Novels

Horizontal Collaboration

Bloodlust & Bonnets

 

Other

The Art of Taxidermy

Women’s Weird

Foxfire, Wolfskin

Pursuit: The Balvenie Stories Collection

The Company of Eight [MG Fantasy]

Sense and Sensibility

Historical Fiction

The Pursuit of William Abbey

The Crown Agent

The Penelopiad

 

And here are the ones I will be screaming about again and again because that’s how good they are:

Crown of Feathers

[^There’s going to be a readalong of this starting very soon!^]

The Return of King Lillian

A House of Rage and Sorrow

Kingdom of Souls

Girls of Storm and Shadow

House of Salt and Sorrows

The Priory of the Orange Tree Review

 

 

The Priory of the Orange Tree

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A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens.
The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction – but assassins are getting closer to her door.
Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.
Across the dark sea, Tané has trained to be a dragonrider since she was a child, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.
Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

Purchase Links

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**The links to the book used in this post are Affiliated links, should you click on my links and use them to purchase this book, it will gain me some monies, and will cost you nothing, but gotta disclose this first.**

 

My Review

Finally! A post not scheduled from me lol though I set most of this up before I left. I hope you all are doing great and staying warm (or cool) this holiday season.

Onto my review though!

I was so frustrated reading this because I kept having to put it down to read other things with set dates like the fabulous blog tours I’ve been doing. And, well, I hated putting this book down because I loved it so much from start to finish.

Shannon gives us this incredible world with an intricate history and magic system. This is everything I wanted from a fantasy novel and what I wish ‘Game Of Thrones’ had been more like if I’m honest.

You’re kept on this really decent flow, the pace never slumping once it hits its momentum so though she be a THICC book, the only time you realize it is when your wrists start to hurt when you’re holding a physical copy.

Ead was hands down my favorite character but omg I loved them all! Especially a certain cranky old man who is pretty much my spirit animal.

I loved the different lands and rulers, the facets with the different beliefs especially on their dragon views and I ADORED the concept and execution of the dragons and the Eastern and Western differences in them.

Shannon not only gives us one of the best books of the year but one of the best books I have personally ever read.

The Sapphic love story was flawless, the backgrounds for each character well thought out and their development astounding.

I have nothing but good things to say about this book, the cast and its author.

I do know some people flight it started off slowly and I can see where they are coming from but I do feel after that there seems to be settling in with the pacing and Shannon keeps it going well.

Maybe I wish there had been more dragons but this was a story about people and then dragons. This was a story of heart and beliefs and fear, and all of it wrapped up in a glorious dragon fantasy world.

I can’t thank Samantha Shannon enough for writing this book and it’s definitely a five cups of hot chocolate read for me.

Some Of My Favorite Re-Reads

 

 

Hey all! It’s Sunday, I’m tired and still have yet to start packing for Friday, so, I’ll be doing that tonight after some ill-timed coffee drinking later.

Anyway, I definitely love rereading books and wanted to share some of my favorite ones to reread.

NOTE: You’ll notice a pattern with these, but since I’ve started really interacting on the bookish communities on social media, my reading has diversified, and I plan on making a post of planned rereads for next year with my diverse reads I’ve found.

So, here we go!

 

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Sorry to say I’m quite predictable in this first one, I do love to reread the Harry Potter books but typically I’ve only reread books 1-4, because after the other three came out I was in the last couple of years of high school and a slave to homework and college applications. But I have started to read the first one with my mini.

 

Anne: The Green Gables Collection

Another I love to reread, and this one is much easier as I have it on my kindle so whenever I feel like it, I go and reread whatever book I like in the series. I’ve read the whole thing at least twice through, books 1-7, and other works by Montgomery.

 

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The Lucas Film’s Alien Chronicles trilogy, an absolute favorite of mine that I have been talking up for like a year on this blog lol, if you ever find this at a library or somehow in a store [they’re out of print by now I think] then I highly recommend them if you’re a Scifi fan! I’ve read this series 3x, I think, and have read the first book like 3.5x lol.

 

Remember Me

 

 

 

 

 

Where Are the Children?

I tend to reread a few of her books a lot, like every Christmas I reread the Christmas themed ones of hers that I own, and I reread Loves Music, Loves to Dance and a couple of others, but these two are my ultimate rereads. Especially Remember Me as it’s what I like to call my comfort read. Sometimes when I’m just not in the mood to pick up a new book or maybe just feeling a little blue, I pick this up and read a bit of it, and I’ve read it a total of about 4x in whole. Where are the Children? I’ve read about 3x I think. Every few years I pick it up and give it a read.

 

The Immortals Quartet by Tamora Pierce, another long favorite of mine, I’ve read it around 3-4x and haven’t in a while so I think it’s time for a reread. I think that this is another comfort read of sorts, my first real big fantasy kick just right before Harry Potter…I think, Idk guys, I’m getting old, memory’s fuzzy. Anyway, I love this, like, so much, and will die on that hill of love.

 

Five Little Pigs (Hercule Poirot #25)

This was my first Agatha Christie book, so maybe that’s why I keep coming back to it, but I make sure to put a few years between each reread, since I know I’ll eventually forget most of the details, I let that time-lapse and pick it up to discover the mystery all over again lol.

 

Brave New World

This book opened my eyes as a kid and I think that the impact of it will keep it as one of my most treasured reads, I will say it was a bit heavy to read it when I did, for me personally, but again it had an impact and I’ve read it multiple times, especially as society gets just as emotionless as Huxley predicts. Scary, but accurate like most dystopia.

 

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

I can’t help it, I love dystopian novels, and this one really captured my attention, so I’ve read this trilogy in its entirety about 3x and plan on. reading it again soon. This one and the ‘Matched’ Trilogy by Condie are my top YA dystopia picks I think!

 

Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)

Lastly, this one, well, after finding out what kind of a person the author really is, I haven’t reread it but it was powerful to me as a kid and I reread it over and over again until the cover fell off my copy actually lol. So, it saddens me that such a work about being an outsider and overcoming that is unfortunately written by a big huge dickhead.

 

There are more of course, but I can’t’ recall them all but these are always at the top of my list to go read again..well…aside from ‘Ender’s Game.’ So, what are some comfort reads of yours? Anything you’ve reread at all or want to?

Trail of Lightning eARC Review

 

 

Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World Book 1)

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2019 LOCUS AWARD WINNER, BEST FIRST NOVEL
2019 HUGO AWARD FINALIST, BEST NOVEL
2019 NEBULA AWARD FINALIST, BEST NOVEL
‘Someone please cancel Supernatural already and give us at least five seasons of this badass indigenous monster-hunter and her silver-tongued sidekick.” The New York Times
‘An excitingly novel tale.” Charlaine Harris
‘Fun, terrifying, hilarious, and brilliant.” Daniel José Older
‘Crafts a powerful and fiercely personal journey through a compelling postapocalyptic landscape’ Kate Elliott
While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.
Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last best hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine.
Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel the rez, unravelling clues from ancient legends, trading favours with tricksters, and battling dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.
As Maggie discovers the truth behind the killings, she will have to confront her past if she wants to survive.
Welcome to the Sixth World.

Purchase Links

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**The links to the book used in this post are Affiliated links, should you click on my links and use them to purchase this book, it will gain me some monies, and will cost you nothing, but gotta disclose this first.**

 

My Review

 

I’m sorry, please forgive me Bookish Universe for taking so long to read this book.

If you’re wondering why I’m reading an eARC of this not exactly new release, it’s because it’s about to be new to UK stores!

Anyway, onto the important stuff, I LOVE THIS BOOK IT IS A GIFT FROM ROANHORSE TO US LESSER BEINGS.

That first comment from ‘NY Times’ about cancelling ‘Supernatural’ and getting five seasons of this…let’s make that happen because I would crowdfund like a mofo to make that happen. [Side note: Absolutely adored ‘Supernatural’ seasons 1-6, liked 7-11, then just forgot to watch the rest.]

Mags is the utmost kick ass protagonist while also still being so flawed that you realize just how vulnerable she really is. She’s complex and layered [like an onion for you Shrek fans] and I like her shoot first ask questions later attitude. Sure it gets her into more trouble than anything else, but it makes for one hell of an adventure.

Parallel to her is Kai, he’s not afraid to be vulnerable or to use words instead of guns or fists. He’s the grandson of the Medicine Man Tah who has helped her pick herself up after being left by her mentor, and at Tah’s suggestion Kai and Mags team up to try and tackle the answer to these new monsters roaming the land.

It’s a bit of a monster hunting mystery adventure and I’m 500% there for it.

They run into cryptic signs that this is just the beginning of something larger than just a monster hunt, and with the words of the trickster Coyote guiding them at times, Mags finds the clues all pointing to someone she didn’t expect.

I loved the side characters as well as our main peeps and I think they were so well fleshed out.

But really, the most amazing part of this all is the World Building, culture focus, and creativity. Hands down one of the best fantasy books I have EVER read and I can’t wait to read book 2!

This book was above and beyond my already high expectations considering my friends had all raved about it. They were all correct. Roanhorse gives us this lush and amazing world and background and history and magic and character development and lore, well, you get the point. This was a SUPERB read and I can’t believe I hadn’t read it before today. I would say that Mags is a completely complex and full protagonist, with wonderful flaws and an amazing spirit. The sub-characters were just as great, and though I did adore Kai, I think perhaps Tah was my favorite.

A flawless first book in The Sixth World.

Thanks to NetGalley and HodderBooks for an eARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

Pros:
– Worldbuilding
– Culture central lore, magic, and myth
– Awesome magic system
– Clans with unique powers and a unique distribution of them [see magic system point above]
– Perfect for Supernatural fans
– Tah is the best
– Fighting scenes that are GREAT
– Mythical creatures and beings running amok
– Monster Hunting
– Everything
Cons:
– You can’t function without knowing what happens in the next book.

 

About the Author

Rebecca Roanhorse

Rebecca Roanhorse is a Nebula and Hugo Award-winning speculative fiction writer and the recipient of the 2018 Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her short fiction has also been a finalist for the Sturgeon, Locus and World Fantasy awards. Her novel Trail of Lightning was selected as an Amazon, B&N, Library Journal, and NRP Best Books of 2018, among others, and is a 2019 Nebula Finalist.

Her short fiction can be found in Apex Magazine, New Suns, and various other anthologies. Her non-fiction can be found in Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, and How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation (Macmillan).

She lives in Northern New Mexico with her husband, daughter, and pug.

Author Links

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Fawkes Review

 

 

Fawkes

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Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.

Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.

But what if death finds him first?

Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.

No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.

Purchase Links

Amazon UK | Amazon US

**The links to the book used in this post are Affiliated links, should you click on my links and use them to purchase this book, it will gain me some monies, and will cost you nothing, but gotta disclose this first.**

 

My Review

Hey guys, totally decided to do my own review, non-tour related! I know, I am in shock as well!

Anyway, I did the readalong for Fawkes in October, cohosting with the awesomeness of fellw Ninja Street team member and awesome Bookstagrammer, TheLibrarianFiles.

Finally I am getting around to writing this review after being super delayed in reading the end of this.

Also, be prepared, my pros and cons lists are returning. But first, the nice tidy paragraphed review!

I loved the creativity behind this, blending fantasy and historical fiction with fact. I’m a huge sucker for interesting historical fiction and Guy Fawkes is definitely near the top of the list for UK’s interesting peeps.

I have NOT read Romanov of the Out of Time Series so this means, *gasp* this was my first Brandes read! I know, I know, horrible street team member, but, I was so excited about the premise of Romanov that I knew I was going to love Brandes, and I was right. Of course I was, I’m always right when it comes to internal dialogue/debating.

Brandes has a really nice flow to her prose, you are able to feel this sort of rhythm to her writing and it’s great. I felt like it just allowed you to be carried away by a sort of current between her style and the pacing of the plot. This is always a huge plus for me, especially since I can be easily distracted by…everything.

Thomas was a fantastic protagonist, I have to admit, most protagonists I read about are girls, so, this was a nice change of pace for me, and the emotions he has are so easily relatable/sympathetic in their expression. He’s a teenager, basically a man in his time, and he has not had an easy life. His mother gone and his father, more legend to him than anyone else, has forsaken him. Why?

Thomas has the stone plague, in a time where there’s color magic and masks, two ‘faiths’ of color magic are pitted against each other, each blaming the other for this plague that turns you to stone. Contract it and you are suddenly condemned to a life on the outskirts of society. If you’re lucky it will go dormant and you will live, if you’re unlucky, it will suffocate and consume you, killing you.

Thomas is ‘lucky’ he has only to cover up his plague which has taken an eye, using an eye-patch to keep himself from being found out. But still, Guy Fawkes, his father, has refused him a mask in which he can practice color magic, and without that mask, he is turned away from his school, doomed a life as bad as if those knew of his plague. There’s only one option and Thomas decides to go for it; find his father and demand his color mask, as his right.

The journey of Thomas is one that once again I felt was relatable, he is looking for acceptance, especially in the eyes of his Father and so he makes decisions rashly, wanting to win his father’s approval and gain his mask.

Still, Thomas begins to see how the decisions he made may not be the right ones, and in the end he stands for not himself but the truth, with the help of his friend Emma.

A girl who is the opposite of his father in almost every way, and yet, someone to aspire to. After all her color magic is the best, and she has a bravery in her that allows her to fight for everyone in need, even if they do not share her views.

At the core of all this, the color magics and two different sectors, Keepers and Igniters, there is White Light/Magic, it is the power from which all color magic is born and it is who both sides fight for.

But what does the White stand for?

Thomas finds out, but you’ll have to read to find out yourself!

I loved the White and Emma, hands down the best parts of the book where parts with either/both of them in it.

Emma is strong and brave and a great parallel to draw against Guy Fawkes for the two paths that Thomas has awaiting him to choose.

There’s also some great sub characters! The plotters were really fun to read about and I seriously enjoyed Henry versus Thomas, every time, haha.

Overall this was a super enjoyable read, I loved the stone plague and how it came to be, I also loved how Thomas went on this radical journey to get where his destiny always meant for him to be, and I SHIP the relationship in this so much. Spoilers, so, no giving away the answer.

The ending was perfect and the reasoning for four cups of coffee on this is the ending and the pure enjoyment I felt in reading it.

Pros:
– Awesome magic system
– The different color ‘faiths’ Igniters and Keepers
– There’s Guy Fawkes
– Plotting, gunpowder, and treason!
– Color magic in action is so much fun to read
– Emma
– White Light’s sass. That’s right, it has a personality.
– The masks were so cool
– Soul searching to the max
– Stone plague was such a creative twist to ‘the plague’
– Thomas’s character development was off the charts

Cons:
– Not enough background on color magic to me
– Also not enough of it in the story to satisfy my wants loooool
– I wanted more development of Emma
– More interaction between Henry and Thomas would have been good
– I wanted to know more about Dee’s motivation, it felt slightly lacking but the action scenes filled that out nicely.
– More of Guy Fawkes and Thomas would have been nice
– MORE WHITE LIGHT PLEASE AND THANK YOU. Again I wanted more interaction of it with Thomas.
– I think more knowledge about Thomas’s years at school would have helped
– There was a small lull in the transition between the first and second third of the book, but, the pacing picked up nicely after that.
– Why not more color maaagic
– Uh…why not more everything? BRANDES I WANT MOOOOOOORE.

 

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About the Author

Nadine Brandes

NADINE BRANDES once spent four days as a sea cook in the name of book research. She is the author of FAWKES, ROMANOV, and the award-winning Out of Time Series. Her inner fangirl perks up at the mention of soul-talk, Quidditch, bookstagram, and Oreos. When she’s not busy writing novels about bold living, she’s adventuring through Middle Earth or taste-testing a new chai. Nadine, her Auror husband, and their Halfling son are building a Tiny House on wheels. Current mission: paint the world in shalom.

Author Links

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The Pursuit of William Abbey – Blog Tour

 

 

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A hauntingly powerful novel about how the choices we make can stay with us forever, by the award-winning author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and 84K.

South Africa in the 1880s. A young and naive English doctor by the name of William Abbey witnesses the lynching of a local boy by the white colonists. As the child dies, his mother curses William.

William begins to understand what the curse means when the shadow of the dead boy starts following him across the world. It never stops, never rests. It can cross oceans and mountains. And if it catches him, the person he loves most in the world will die.

Gripping, moving, and utterly thought-provoking, this novel proves once again that Claire North is one of the most innovative voices in modern fiction.

 

My Review

Once more, my huge apologies for the late post, I’ve really just been bed ridden and cranky and sleeping when I’m not awake to be cranky.

But.

I got to read this book in between bits of my coughing and grumpiness and I did not expect the book to have such a profound effect on me, but it did.

Confession time this is the first time I’ve read a Claire North book [Or Webb or Griffin book] and so I went in with not knowing what to expect other than the basis of the book sounded SO intriguing.

William Abbey is a very complex character in his own emotions that he presents, but his actions are all driven by his reactions and instincts, it’s really great to have such an in depth character. You’re not meant to necessarily like Abbey but in learning his story, I think the important part is to understand him, to see why he made his choices for better or worse.

North doesn’t soften the aspects of colonialism that are rather prominent in this book and I loved that. For so long to stretch your empire was seen as a noble thing, one used to justify almost anything, but even then not everyone would have seen it as noble, some knew, whether they admitted it or not, that it was wrong. An abuse of power and an abuse on fellow humans in the worst atrocities.

Abbey was a product of this time, not to justify what he did and didn’t do, just that you learn that some people were simply not strong enough in mind or heart to do the right thing when it was so easy to just let things happen.

For Abbey this results in him being cursed and now, well, his eyes are open and he’s left to continually travel the world in trying to outrun his curse.

Others see his curse as a gift, whether they are cursed or not, and some, those who have so long abused power in their noble works for the empire see it as a gift that THEY can use.

I would say though this story had a lot of tragedy in it, it also held hope, even if hope wasn’t always the truth that people like Abbey, a truth-speaker, could know without a doubt.

While Abbey is cursed to flee from his shadow, it’s never far and carries the weight of the truth of it, and if it catches up to him….someone he loves will die. But Abbey is not the only one to have this ‘affliction’ and I loved that we got to see how even power could try and corrupt and use such a personal curse for its own uses.

There’s a lot of great moments in this book, twists and turns of the human heart that I didn’t expect and honestly every page gave me something to think about.

A stupendous read that crosses over the genres of historical fiction, fantasy, and more.

I think it’s certainly worth the read and North’s prose is easily read with a sort of eloquence that makes it flow rather quickly. So despite the length of the book, it seems to fly by as Abbey shares his story with Sister Ellis.

I would say hands down this was one of the best reads of the year for me, I’d put it up there with some of my favorites now and I feel so incredibly lucky to have had the chance to read this.

It’s just a story about the complexity of humans and their nature, and it’s not always pretty, but it is honest and raw and there is a certain beauty in that.

Five cups of coffee from me, I’m off to go sleep more. Thank you so much to Orbit and Compulsive Readers Tour for a chance to read and review this honestly as part of the blog tour.

About the Author

Catherine’s first novel, Mirror Dreams, was completed when she was 14 years old. The book was published in 2002 and garnered comparisons with Terry Pratchett and Philip Pullman. She went on to publish a further seven young adult novels under her own name, earning her extensive critical acclaim and two Carnegie nominations for her novels Timekeepers and The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle.
While studying International History at the London School of Economics, she wrote an urban fantasy series for adults, writing as Kate Griffin. On graduating LSE she went to the Royal Academy for Dramatic Arts to study Technical Theatre and Stage Management. Throughout her training she continued to write, and while working as a lighting technician at the Royal National Theatre wrote her first Claire North novel, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, which became a word-of-mouth bestseller and was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. The follow-up Touch was described by the Independent as ‘little short of a masterpiece’, and her next novel The Sudden Appearance of Hope won the 2017 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. Her recent novel The End of the Day was shortlisted for the 2017 Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award, and her latest book, 84K has been shortlisted for the Brave New Words and Philip K. Dick Awards.
Catherine currently works as a live music lighting designer, teaches women’s self-defense, and is a fan of big cities, long walks, Thai food and graffiti-spotting. She lives in London.

 

The Rest of the Tour

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