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Top 10 Best Female Character Names

Top Ten Tuesday #40: Best Female Character Names

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Top 10 Best Female Character NamesMay 22, 2018: Best Character Names (make this as narrow/broad as you’d like)

I really enjoyed creating this list and thinking up all the great feminine characters who I’ve enjoyed over the years and then finding art to go along with all of them. The characters who haven’t been on the big screen yet were a little challenging, and for those characters who do have movie adaptations I tried to stay away from straight up movie art.

A note on the art: I used image for this blog from DeviantArt as noted below. As a creator myself I enjoy it when someone else likes my work, but I want them to credit me, and so in return I credit other creators. And I only used images that had the download link active or I contact the creator for permission to use the image in this blog. A huge shout out goes to Marianna Insomnia Photography for letting me use one of their wonderful photographs!

10 Best (Female) Character Names

  1. Arwen, The Lord of the Rings – I am probably a little biased because it’s my name. Yes, my real name. The one on my drivers license and birth certificate, not just an online alter-ego. Bonus: since we are big LOTR fans our cats are named Frodo, Samwise, Pippin and Sauron.

    by jackieocean on DeviantArt
  2. Nazafareen, The Forth Element – I love this fantasy series by Kat Ross. It’s set in ancient Persian and the heroine is a warrior called a Water Dog.

    by Italiener on DeviantArt
  3. Katniss, The Hunger Games – I love the earthy name of the heroine and archer, Katniss. It just seem to fit. I also love her sister’s name Prim.

    by flominowa on DeviantArt
  4. Inej, Six of Crows – Inej is definitely my favorite Dreg. The balance of her skill and her vulnerability is really interesting to me. And I would not want to meet her in a dark alley… of course you probably wouldn’t even see her….

    by taratjah on DeviantArt
  5. Penny Farthing, Ticker – Her name makes me chuckle. What a great twist of a name for a steampunk novel. I’m sure some cosplayer out there uses this name too. (If you don’t know what a penny farthing is please Google it.)

    by MariannaInsomnia on DeviantArt
  6. AuriThe Slow Regard of Silent Things – Auri is so special I don’t even know how to describe her. If you haven’t read the book I highly recommend reading it. It’s a different sort of fantasy novel just the way Auri is a different kind of heroine.

    by Lyraina on DeviantArt
  7. Petra Arkanian, Ender’s Game – I’m a little biased because Petra is also one of my favorite bands from when I was a teen… who am I kidding I still love them. Petra is strong,  smart and kind, which is surprising because kindness and battle school don’t really mesh.

    by AdharaPhoenix on DeviantArt
  8. Violet BaudelaireA Series of Unfortunate Events – I’ve always liked the name Violet, it has both colorful and earthy connotations. Violet Baudelaire is a genius, and although her life is pretty rough she never gives up.

    by Zakeno on DeviantArt
  9. Yvaine, Stardust – Some how this is the perfect kind of name for a star. It sounds heavenly.

    by arivanna on DeviantArt
  10. HaramasThe Saga of the Trillium – Of all three sisters I like the name Haramas the best, although Kadiya and Anigel are interesting names too. Haramas becomes the high priestess/ sorceress and a guardian of ancient knowledge. Plus she’s a total bookworm!

    by avvart on DeviantAr

I hope you enjoyed my list. What names would you add? Do you have any particular favorites among female characters? Please let me know in the comments.

The Great American Read

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series on PBS that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

In the finale, the results will be announced of a nationwide vote to choose America’s best-loved book. . .  learn more.


Read marked in blue. On the To-read shelf marked in green.

1984 George Orwell
A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
A Prayer For Owen Meany John Irving
A Separate Peace John Knowles
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
Alex Cross Mysteries (series) James Patterson
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
And Then There Were None Agatha Christie
Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery
Another Country James Baldwin
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand
Beloved Toni Morrison
Bless Me, Ultima Rudolfo Anaya
The Book Thief Markus Zusak
The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
The Call Of The Wild Jack London
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
Charlotte’s Web E. B. White
The Chronicles of Narnia (series) C.S. Lewis
Clan of the Cave Bear Jean M. Auel
Coldest Winter Ever Sister Souljah
The Color Purple Alice Walker
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes
Doña Bárbára Rómulo Gallegos
Dune Frank Herbert
Fifty Shades Of Grey (series) E. L. James
Flowers In The Attic V.C. Andrews
Foundation (series) Isaac Asimov
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
Game of Thrones (series) George R. R. Martin
Ghost Jason Reynolds
Gilead Marilynne Robinson
The Giver Lois Lowry
The Godfather Mario Puzo
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
Harry Potter (series) J.K. Rowling
Hatchet (series) Gary Paulsen
Heart Of Darkness Joseph Conrad
The Help Kathryn Stockett
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy Douglas Adams
The Hunger Games (series) Suzanne Collins
The Hunt For Red October Tom Clancy
The Intuitionist Colson Whitehead
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan
Jurassic Park Michael Crichton
Left Behind (series) Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Little Women Louisa May Alcott
Lonesome Dove Larry McMurtry
Looking for Alaska John Green
The Lord of the Rings (series) J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold
The Martian Andy Weir
Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
Mind Invaders Dave Hunt
Moby-Dick Herman Melville
The Notebook Nicholas Sparks
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez
Outlander (series) Diana Gabaldon
The Outsiders S. E. Hinton
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
The Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyan
The Pillars of The Earth Ken Follett
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Ready Player One Ernest Cline
Rebecca Daphne du Maurier
The Shack William P. Young
Siddhartha Hermann Hesse
The Sirens Of Titan Kurt Vonnegut
The Stand Stephen King
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
Swan Song Robert R. McCammon
Tales of The City (series) Armistead Maupin
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
This Present Darkness Frank. E. Peretti
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
The Twilight Saga (series) Stephenie Meyer
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
Watchers Dean Koontz
The Wheel of Time (series) Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls
White Teeth Zadie Smith
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

Download the checklist or take the quiz. Then let me know how many you’ve read.

April 2018 Book Pick Ups

april 2018 book pick upsThe Deliberate ReaderIt was a pretty good month for book pick-ups. Half-Off sale at our favorite thrift store never hurts things and neither does the fact that an author I reviewed an ARC for recently liked my review so much that he sent me copies of the rest of his books.

For Kindle:

The Air Raid Killer
Why I got it: My choice for Kindle First this month.


The Incredible Secrets of Hadley HillThe Heart of Abshire House
Why I got it: My friend wrote these books and was looking for more reviewers to read them, so I signed up right away. Review of the first book should be coming later in May.


Angst, Buried in Angst, Drowning in Angst, Burning with Angst

Why I got it: This is the coolest story. I wrote a review for a book called Clod Makes a friend (see it here) and the author sent me this great note after the tour was over:

“I received a lot of great reviews through the book blog tour, and I appreciate all of them. Hands down, yours was my favorite. It means everything when someone gets my writing. Honestly, it’s far more important to me than sales. Thank you.”

Then he offered to send me the rest of his books, no strings attached (although I probably will be reviewing them.) But really this kind of feedback from an author really makes my heart sing. It’s what us reviewers live for. David is also on Twitter, follow him at @got_angst .

Kids Books:

The Berenstain Bears Blaze a Trail
Why I got it: Bought it at a game store because we are friends with the owner and I have a thing for picking up Berenstain Bears books.

A Tale About Tails (Dr. Seuss/The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!)
Why I got it: It was the Easter basket book for the 7 year old this year.

Little Critter: Just a Teacher’s Pet
Why I got it: We went to our favorite local book store on Children’s Picture book day and the 7 year old picked this one out.

Pirate Mom (Step into Reading)
Why I got it: It’s a Step 3 which is the level the 7 year old is currently reading at.

Little House in the Big Woods
Why I got it: It was half-off at our favorite thrift store and I was surprised when I looked it up on my LibraryThing to find I didn’t already own this one.

Thomas Jefferson: (Childhood of Famous Americans)
Why I got it: Again half-off at the thrift store, and I try to collect these Childhood of Famous Americans books whenever I find them.

Escape from Fire Mountain
Why I got it: I HAD NO IDEA THAT GARY PAULSEN HAD ANOTHER SERIES. So naturally I had to buy it, because it’s by GARY PAULSEN.


Tales of the Not Forgotten (Storyweaver)
Why I got it: Was my text book for KidMin academy in April. It was a great read!

Love’s Silent Song
Why I got it: A thrift store pick up, and not my typical sort of thing but it was made by a local publisher so I’m going to keep it.

Love Is a Gentle Stranger
Why I got it: Same series as above.

The Private Life of Spiders
Why I got it: My husband is super weird and pretty much got this book just to freak his (grown) sister out.

Matarese Circle
Why I got it: It was in the ten cent book box and I occasionally like a thriller.

The Fountainhead
Why I got it: Also in the ten cent book box. 😲 

Why I got it: Sorry to sound like a broken record, but it was also in the ten cent book box. Later I found out it was Stephen Baxter’s first book.

Illusion: A Novel
Why I got it: I really like Peretti and hadn’t read this one yet and… Say it with me “it was in the ten cent box.”

Top 10 Books the Surprised Me

Top Ten Tuesday #39: Books That Surprised Me

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Top 10 Books the Surprised MeApril 24, 2018: Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way)

I wasn’t really feeling this week’s topic, Frequently Used Words In [Insert Genre/Age Group] Titles”, so I decided to go back and finish a list I started last month.

These are listed in the order I thought them up, and no other.

Books That Surprised Me

    1. Pippi Longstocking – Why? Because I hated it. I love the movie as a child, but when I read the book as an adult I was not impressed.
    2. Robinson Crusoe – Why? Also because I hated it. I’m still convinced that anyone who recommends it has only read the abridged version, or just the first part, or perhaps watched the movie. Because most of the book is rubbish… boring rubbish. It nearly killed my love of read for a whole year.
    3. Mocking Jay – Why? Because of the ending. I didn’t expect the ending to be so real. Unlike most YA series is doesn’t really end on an up note. It ends… well like it should end. With character damaged, scarred, and living with the consequences of all the terrible things that happened to them.
    4. Venom & Vanilla – Why? Because I didn’t expect to like it. I’m not that into Urban Fantasy and I was expecting more Buffy rip-offs (which is how I think of 99% of Urban Fantasy.) Venom & Vanilla was witty and funny and it had a unique premise for the fantasy that was included.
    5. The Dark Tower – Why? Because the ending was so disappointing. Over 7 books with an incredible build up I was expecting an epic fight to the bitter end, what I got felt like more a fizzle out. Instead of fireworks, it was like the carbonation slowly leaking out of your pop bottle.
    6. Mary Poppins – Why? Mary Poppins isn’t actually that nice, she’s vain and disinterested in the children and she is the Queen of gaslighting. Something wonderful and amazing happens and she insists that the children must have imagined it. After reading the book, I would not hire her as a nanny or put her in charge of any children. (It’s free on Kindle Prime Reading right now if you want to check it out for yourself.)
    7. The White Stag – Why? A Newbery Winner that is just a mess of a story. I know the expectations might have been different in 1938, but I wouldn’t recommend this book to anybody.
    8. 50 Philosophy Ideas You Really Need to Know – Why? This one is a little different, because the surprise came when I went to buy textbooks one semester in college to find that our Philosophy book was only $7.99. Kudos to my professor for choosing a book for the class that didn’t break the bank.
    9. Starship Troopers – Why? Because the movie is like 10 pages worth of the material in the book. I was really surprised in the depth of the full story.
    10. Sideways Stories from Wayside School – Why? Because, the 7 year old is still playing pretend with these characters 6 months after we read the book. Something about Wayside school just ignited her imagination.

That’s it, ten books that surprised me in one way or anther. Have you ever been surprised by a book? Tell me about it in the comments below.

Update: What I’m Looking Forward to Reading in 2018

I posted at the end of 2017 some book picks we were looking forward to reading this year. Seems like it’s a  good time to check in on those books. See my  original post here.

5 Books To Read & Review in 2018:

  1. Nocturne (The Fourth Talisman Book 1) – I absolutely love Kat Ross, so of course I had to ask to be put on the review tours for her newest series. Check out my review of Nocturne here.
  2. Solis (The Fourth Talisman Book 2) – Check out my review of Solis here. I am eagerly awaiting the next book Monstrum (The Fourth Talisman Book 3).
  3. Romanov – This book wasn’t quite what I expected. Check out Part 1 of my review here and Part 2 here.
  4. The King of Eiselorn – I haven’t read this one yet.
  5. Something by KN Lee – I haven’t dug into any of these book either. I’m now kinda hesitant because I’m not sure how much sex (and how graphic it is) is in her books. I’m kinda burned out on books that have graphic sex scenes.

5 Books to Read With Miss S in 2018:

  1. Illustrated Classic Editions Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn – Not yet.
  2. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – Not yet.
  3. Redwall – We just started Redwall, and so far Miss S isn’t really into it. I’m hoping her interest picks up as the action picks up.
  4. The Mouse and the Motorcycle – Not yet, but I’m planning on reading it to her after we finish Redwall.
  5. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing – We read it and laughed and laughed.

We’ve got a pretty good start to our lists for 2018, plus I am trying to do a TBR take-down each month I’m working on reading 1 digital and 1 physical book that have been on my TBR for a least 2 years. What are you reading in 2018? Let me know in the comments.

February & March 2018 Book Pick Ups

The Deliberate Reader
Sometimes life is so busy that I don’t have the time to keep up with entering books into Librarything or Goodreads or the blog. That’s been the case lately. Which is why for the second time in a row I am combining two posts together for the pick ups blog.

For Kindle:

Bone Music (The Burning Girl Series Book 1)
Why I got it: Kindle First choice for February.

A Glimmer of Hope (The Avalon Chronicles Book 1)
Why I got it: Kindle First choice for March.

Reign of Magic
Why I got it: Author Freebie. I’m on the Author’s email list and she offered it up for reviews.


The Pink Umbrella
Why I got it: It looked like a fun kids book full of color.

Clod Makes A Friend
Why I got it: I loved the description about a boy who was bullied so much he had to make his own friend. I had no idea at the time I requested it how truly wonderful Clod Makes A Friend would turn out to be. Read my review.

Bathroom Boogie
Why I got it: It sounded hilarious.

Kids Books:

Lewis and Clark: The Astoria Cats
Why I got it: We met the author, who is also the Mayor of Astoria at an event, and of course I had to buy her book. I mean cats plus Oregon history!

The Gruffalo
Why I got it: It was the book fair dollar picture book, and for some reason I didn’t have this classic on my shelf yet.

Junie B Jones: Dumb Bunny
Why I got it: This was the book fair dollar chapter book, and I love Junie B. Jones. And that is all.

Video Game Guides:

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: Official Game Guide for PC and Xbox 360
Why I got it: A thrift store find. Saddest story of my life is the 200+ hour Oblivious game on an Xbox 360 hard drive ruined by the red-ring of death (and yes, it;s unrecoverable, we’ve tried. 🙁 )

Pokemon Black and Pokemon White Versions 1 – The Official Pokemon Strategy Guide
Why I got it: The 7 year old bought Pokemon white for my husband for his birthday. Of course, guess whose the one whose been playing it. 😉 This was another, and timely, thrift store find.


The Flanders Panel
Why I got it: Thrift store find. It seemed interesting, but I haven’t been able to read it yet.

StrengthsFinder 2.0
Why I got it: Thrift store find and this one has been on my list for a while. I plan on getting to it as soon as I finish my year long KidMin academy class.

Jesus Calling: Enjoy Peace in His Presence
Why I got it: Another thrift store find. I have the children’s version and have been wanting the adult version too.

Sacred Ground: Celebrating Fifty Years of Broken Arrow Bible Ranch
Why I got it: A special book celebrating the 50th anniversary of the camp in New Mexico where I worked for a summer. It’s such a special place in my heart that my husband and I still support the camp so that it will be able to host campers for years to come.

Letters from Rifka
Why I got it: Thrift store find and an interesting sounding book in the vein of Number the Stars.

Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia
Why I got it: Thrift store find that I bought for my grandmother to read, but I think I’m going to keep it and read it myself.

Review: Clod Makes a Friend

Clod Makes A FriendClod Makes a Friend
by David J. Pedersen
174 pages
Genre: Middle-Grade Fiction/Fantasy
Publisher: Odysia Press
Release date: March 2018

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Content Rating: PG (There is no bad language, but there is one "boss fight" scene.)

Best Friend Ever?

Bullies love to hate Clod. Not just because he’s bigger, clumsier, and uglier than his classmates – he’s also the only student in his school without magic. In a world where all magic is possible and everyone else is born with great gifts to do amazing things, Clod is alone.

Living with his mum in a broken-down cottage on barely enough, the only thing Clod has to play with is the clay she occasionally brings him. Bleak is an understatement. More than anything, Clod wants a friend.

After an angry visit from the worst of the bullies, his teacher Learned Yugen, Clod’s clay sculpture of a little girl comes to life and introduces herself as Ada. For a clay girl barely the size of his hand, she has more confidence and courage than he knows what to do with.  After many years, and too many pranks, Yugen becomes convinced that Clod is tainted by the evil slowly infiltrating the Kingdom of Pag.

Clod Makes A Friend is a bittersweet fairy tale for all ages from David J. Pedersen, author of the Angst series of fantasy novels.


Where to start? I loved this book, for so many reasons, but I don’t want to spoil the enjoyment of discovery by giving too much away. I even cut down the synopsis a bit because I really don’t want to spoil the joys of this book for anyone.

This is a book that you should curl up with, sipping your favorite drink, nibbling on your favorite snack and read all at once.

The characters are darling and lovable, well except for the villain, but that’s to be expected. The characters also have a real depth to them, which is more than I expected for a middle-grade book. The fact that all the people in the land of Pag have magic adds an interesting spin as Clod comes to age.

Also cake is a major player in the book. Not the band, the kind you eat. CAKE SAVES LIVES! I often feel that the power of cake is underrepresented in fantasy literature, and “Clod Makes a Friend” goes a long way in fixing that. 

If you are looking for a fun, quick fantasy coming of age story this is it. I highly recommend this book.

Bottom Line:

This book is a sweet treat of a read. I’m not just saying that because cake literally saves lives in this book, but because it was a great story, start to finish.

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Blitz: Where This World Ends

Where This World EndsWhere This World Ends
(A Collection of Short Stories From Masquerade de Minuit)
By Kitty Honeycutt
GENRE: Supernatural Thriller
Release date: February 10. 2018

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Where this World ends there is another World inhabited by creatures that come from the imaginations of multiple people. Step inside their minds and meet them…

Many of these short stories have the same characters in them, in different times and in different places. This is the first book of chronicles of role play that started on AOL (American Online) years ago up until it’s demise.  All stories in this book take place in New Orleans in the 1800’s. The stories are collaborations by many people but mostly by my writing partner Amber Rendon and myself. We hope you’ll enjoy them, they are in their true form, some editing done for aesthetics as well as grammar and while I cannot promise they are in order to complete a whole story, I have done the best I could to put them together in such a way that each story is unique yet fits into the whole of a novel. There is something for everyone in this collection; vampires, werewolves, sex, seduction, blood and tears. This book is a celebration of a montage of writers from many places. We thank you for reading and wait in humble gratitude for your opinions and reviews.


Review: Romanov (Part 2)

By Samaire Provost
Publication date: January 24th 2018
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy

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In an abandoned warehouse in Manhattan, two enemies battle to the death, while outside, a malevolent entity watches and waits and plots, eager for blood. On an island in the heart of Seattle, an immortal princess struggles to lead a normal life just as a flood of terrifying creatures starts to pour in through a portal that should not be there. A young man meets a classmate while walking home from the college library, and embarks on the most dangerous adventure he’s ever known – will he survive? A deranged madman hunts the girl he’s lusted after for a century, in a relentless pursuit for vengeance. A prehistoric, mythical beast jealously guards a primeval land, which is leaking into present-day Seattle. A sweet, forbidden passion blossoms between two lovers who steal moments whenever they can, while unbeknownst to them, they’re hunted by a deadly creature.

A royal family threatened at its weakest – yet lethal in its own right – is stalked by an ancient evil that will not rest until they are utterly destroyed: a nightmare incarnate that has waited millions of years for revenge threatens the very existence of the young lovers and their family.

Will they prevail?


See the first part of my review here.

Let me say this right up front – This is not the normal type of book I read. I’m not into vampires, and I’m not really into urban fantasy, and I don’t like sex scenes at all. So if I didn’t like it as much as I should have that because it not my type of book. I was really hoping that the Romanov angle would overcome some of those things though. Because I do like Romanov retelling and re-imaginings.

YOU might like this book though. If vampires, urban fantasy, and all that are your cup of tea then don’t let my preferences turn you off.

It took until about 60% of the way into the book for it to get really interesting for me. It seemed like the author had finally felt that the relationship had been established and now she could go on with the story.

Then we get the good stuff, with mythical beasts, cool fight scenes, magic, back story, and a very cool ending. The ending left me thinking all night long. I enjoy books that leave you thinking as long as they wrapped up the story nicely. It leaves you wondering, but generally satisfied with they way things wrapped up.

I enjoyed the dynamics between the members of the Romanov family. I thought the mythos of magic and vampires and the paranormal side of things was interesting.

Bottom Line:

It was an okay book. Cut down the sex scenes and get to the good stuff faster and it would have been much more interesting for me.

Also can we please get someone to make a webcomix with Jinx and Gypsy. (Or a short story? Or spin off novel? Or something?) I love the Kindred.

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Review: Solis

by Kat Ross
(Fourth Talisman #2)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: February 19th 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy

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In the second volume of the Fourth Talisman series, Nazafareen’s path takes a twist, setting her on a journey into the heart of the maelstrom…

It’s been a thousand years since the Avas Vatras tried to burn the world to ashes. A thousand years since they were imprisoned in the brutal wasteland called the Kiln. But revenge is a dish best served cold—even, apparently, by the children of fire.

In Delphi, Nazafareen joins forces with the followers of Dionysius to rescue her friends from the Oracle’s dungeons and seek out the three talismans whose extraordinary powers stopped the Vatras before. With her own breaking magic growing stronger by the day, she must walk a razor’s edge to control her volatile temper. And if the Vatras find the talismans first, their last hope will die.

In the frozen wastes of the Valkirin range, Victor strikes an uneasy bargain with bitter enemies to keep his tenuous grip on the Maiden Keep. The other holdfasts are coming for him. But it’s an enemy within Val Moraine’s walls that may prove to be his downfall.


See my review of the first book, Nocturne here. And see my reviews of the Fourth Element trilogy books 1 & 2 here and book 3 here. I strongly suggest you read at least Nocturne before reading Solis, but if you read the Fourth Element trilogy first you’ll have a lot more of the character’s backgrounds and the Fourth Talisman series will carry more emotional weight.

It’s hard to review another Kat Ross book, simply because they are all amazing! Nocturne left off at a huge cliffhanger, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Solis. It did not disappoint.

It’s thoughtful, mature (not as in x-rated, but as in developed and substantial,) and exciting. I love the complicated relationships between characters and the conflicting motivations (sometimes within the same character.) For a fantasy book this keeps it really grounded.

The world building is excellent. The books is fast-paced. What else can I say? Kat Ross hits another one out of the park. Fantasy readers who haven’t yet been introduced to her NEED to get their hands on one of her books.

Bottom Line:


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