REVIEW: Queenslayer by Sebastien de Castell (Spellslinger #5)

Title: Queenslayer by Sebastien de Castell
Pages: 400
Published by: Hot Key Books
Publication date: 2nd May 2019
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

A royal conspiracy. An unbreakable curse. An outcast mage will face an impossible choice…

An innocent mistake sends Kellen to the hangman’s noose and his only way out is to agree to murder an eleven-year-old queen. But Kellen soon discovers the child monarch is much shrewder than anyone realises – and in a great deal more danger.

Can an outlaw spellslinger and his squirrel cat business partner unravel a treasonous plot without bringing down the most powerful empire on the continent?

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ARC REVIEW: The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

Title: The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
Pages: 352
Published by: HQ
Publication date: 25th June 2020
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis: 

You’ve never met the other wives. None of you know each other, you see your husband only one day a week. Thursday. But you don’t care, you love him that much. Or at least that’s what you’ve told yourself…

And then, one day it all changes.

You thought you were fine with this, with only having a fraction of a husband. But you can’t help yourself, you start to dig. Begin tracking them down, the other days… Who is Monday and why does she have bruises on her arms? Is she being abused? By who? Her husband? Your husband? What else is he keeping from you? And who is he, really?

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REVIEW: Soulbinder by Sebastien de Castell (Spellslinger #4)

Title: Soulbinder by Sebastien De Castell
Pages: 400
Published by: Hot Key Books
Publication date: 4th October 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis: 

A spell warrant on his head. A posse on his trail. A curse on his eye.

Kellen and his murderous squirrel cat, Reichis, are on their own, searching for a mythical monastery known as the Ebony Abbey. It’s a place that outsiders can never find, but Kellen is getting desperate. He’s been told that the monks inside the Ebony Abbey know more about the shadowblack than anyone else – and that they even know how to cure it.

But there are darker truths waiting there for Kellen, and when he finds himself separated from Reichis he’s forced to face the world alone and venture deeper into shadow magic than he ever knew he could. 

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REVIEW: Charmcaster by Sebastien de Castell (Spellslinger #3)

CharmcasterTitle: Charmcaster by Sebastien de Castell
Pages: 400
Published by: Hot Key Books
Publication date: 17th May 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback
Amazon UKWaterstones

Synopsis: 

On the run from mages and bounty hunters, Kellen’s life as an outlaw spellslinger is about to get a lot worse. 

At a poker game in a mysterious saloon, Kellen’s mentor Ferius Parfax is handed an unusual card depicting a delicate mechanical bird. To anyone else it would be a curiosity, to an Argosi it means war.

They trace the bird to Gitabria, land of wondrous contraptions, where spies have gathered from all over the continent, willing to kill to get their hands on it. But the device holds an even darker secret – one that will set off a war unless Kellen and his thieving squirrel cat, Reichis, can uncover it first.

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REVIEW: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Ninth HouseTitle: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Pages: 458
Published by: Gollancz
Publication date: 8th October 2019
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

Alex Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. A dropout and the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved crime – the last thing she wants is to cause trouble. Not when Yale was supposed to be her fresh start. But a free ride to one of the world’s most prestigious universities was bound to come with a catch.

Alex has been tasked with monitoring the mysterious activities of Yale’s secret societies – societies that have yielded some of the most famous and influential people in the world. Now there’s a dead girl on campus and Alex seems to be the only person who won’t accept the neat answer the police and campus administration have come up with for her murder.

Because Alex knows the secret societies are far more sinister and extraordinary than anyone ever imagined.

They tamper with forbidden magic They raise the dead. And, sometimes, they prey on the living…

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BLOG TOUR: Q by Christina Dalcher

3D1D4D19-BF90-479C-AD57-DF057B9F4EDETitle: Q by Christina Dalcher
Pages: 384
Published by: HQ
Publication date: 30th April 2020
Genre: Dystopia
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

Elena Fairchild is a teacher at one of the state’s new elite schools. Her daughters are exactly like her: beautiful, ambitious, and perfect. A good thing, since the recent mandate that’s swept the country is all about perfection.

Now everyone must undergo routine tests for their quotient, Q, and any children who don’t measure up are placed into new government schools. Instead, teachers can focus on the gifted.

Elena tells herself it’s not about eugenics, not really, but when one of her daughters scores lower than expected and is taken away, she intentionally fails her own test to go with her.

But what Elena discovers is far more terrifying than she ever imagined…

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REVIEW: The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Venerable Tiger by Sam Siciliano

The Venerable TigerTitle: The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Venerable Tiger by Sam Siciliano
Pages: 352
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 14th April 2020
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Format: eBook
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

Sherlock Holmes acquires a new client when a beautiful young woman, Isabel Stone, faints on the steps of his Baker Street rooms. She has come to beg his assistance in reclaiming the priceless jewels kept from her by her tyrannical stepfather, Captain Grimbold Pratt. But shortly after agreeing to take her case, Captain Pratt comes to Baker Street, furious that Isabel is trying to deprive him of his fortune. Unsure who to believe, Holmes and his cousin, Dr Henry Vernier, must travel to Pratt’s estate, home to tigers, wolves and murderers, to unravel a family mystery dating back to the Indian Mutiny.

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REVIEW: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas (Crescent City #1)

House of Earth and BloodTitle: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
Pages: 803
Published by: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 3rd March 2020
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

Bound by blood.
Tempted by desire.
Unleashed by destiny.

Bryce Quinlan used to light up Crescent City, partying all night in the clubs where the strict classes of angel, shifter, human and Fan merge into a sea of beautiful bodies.

And then a demon murdered her closest friends.

Two years later, when the supposed killer is behind bars but the crimes start up again, the city’s leaders command Bryce to help investigate. They assign an enslaved fallen angel, Hunt Athalar, to make sure she does. But as Bryce fights to uncover the truth – and resist her attraction to the brooding angel who shadows her every step – she finds herself following a trail that leads deep into her own dark past.

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REVIEW: Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare (The Last Hours #1)

00a04bed-84c8-4ed9-9b82-207929e26230Title: Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
Pages: 617
Published by: Walker Books
Publication date: 3rd March 2020
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

Cordelia Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, a warrior trained since childhood to battle demons. When she travels to London, she encounters childhood friends James and Lucie Herondale and is drawn into their world of glittering ballrooms and supernatural salons. All the while, she must hide her secret love for James, who is sworn to marry someone else. But Cordelia’s new life is blown apart when demon attacks devastate London. Trapped in the city, Cordelia and her friends discover that a dark legacy has gifted them with incredible powers – and a brutal choice will reveal the true cruel price of being a hero.

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