The Forth Talisman Series: Start Reading for Only $0.99!

Nocturne, a wilderness of eternal night.
Solis, a wasteland of endless day.

Nazafareen is a Breaker, a mortal who has the rare ability to shatter spell magic—although her power carries a high price. With the memories of her former self erased and nowhere else to turn, she comes to Nocturne hoping to start a new life under the triple moons of the darklands.

But when an assassin forces Nazafareen to flee to the sunlit mortal city of Delphi, she finds herself embroiled in a deeper mystery whose origins lie far in the past. Why was the continent sundered into light and dark a thousand years before? And what really happened to the elegant but ruthless creatures who nearly reduced the world to ashes? The new Oracle might know, but she’s outlawed magic and executes anyone caught practicing it. Nazafareen must hide her powers and find a way out of the city—before it’s too late.

As the net slowly tightens, something ancient and vengeful begins to stir in the arid death zone called the Kiln. A dashing daeva named Darius is pursuing Nazafareen, but so are a multitude of enemies. War is brewing again. Can she stay alive long enough to stop it?

Right now Nocturne, first book in the Forth Talisman Series, is on sale for only $0.99. The whole series is available to read on Kindle Unlimited. I’ve read all of the book and recently posted my review of the final book in the series. Quite frankly I am still mussing on it, still planning to write another post all about the way that final book, Inferno, made me feel. But right now is your chance to jump in and get started on this binge worthy fantasy series!

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Note: This is a new Book Deals feature on my blog. Where I will be featuring deals on books I’ve read and loved. To be featured here I have to have previously reviewed the book on my blog. Authors if I have reviewed your book and it’s going to be going on sale please send me a message (with at least a week’s lead time) and I will add your deal to my blog.

My Reviews

The Fourth Talisman Series:
Nocturne
Solis
Monstrum
Nemesis
Inferno

The Fourth Element Series:
The Midnight Sea and The Blood of the Prophet
Queen of Chaos

Dominion Mysteries
The Daemoniac
The Thirteenth Gate

Roar: Review

Roar (Stormheart #1)
by Cora Carmack
380 pages
Genre:  Fantasy, Young Adult, Magical Fantasy
Release date: June 13th 2017

LoBook Reviews - Loved Itved It

Synopsis:

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

Review:

I had to wait for months to get my hands on Roar simply because I wanted the paperback copy. I was seeing this beautiful book EVERYWHERE, and hearing rave reviews about it. Once I got a hold of my copy I was not disappointed.

Roar is a rich fantasy story with great world building. I love being able to sink into the world and feel like I’m living in it while I’m reading.

The elemental magic troupe has been all over in fantasy stories. It’s been imagined and reimagined countless times. The storm magic in Roar manages feels fresh and interesting. Without spoiling it, there are some interesting reveals about the storms that I really didn’t see coming.

Aurora’s journey from protected princess burdened with a B-I-G secret to a woman of her own was really great. It did seem at first that she was going to be the princess who needed saving, the fish out of water who was helpless, I’m so glad it ended up being so much more complicated than that. People are complicated and I’m enjoy it when authors are able to write complicated characters.

Speaking of complicated characters, Cassius. Again, it’s hard to write without spoilers. During the first part of the book I kept rolling my eyes at him, it seemed like he was going to be so pompous, selfish and evil but he ended up with so much more depth to him.

Locke is the character everyone likes to swoon over. I’m not the type to swoon and I did find the romance end of the relationship a little convenient. It seemed to be rushed, an instant romance. But then again this Aurora’s first real relationship, she’s been so sheltered that she doesn’t have any experience. In a way that does make it real, we all probably know a  girl like that who went head over heels for the first guy to give her any attention. This being a YA book I shouldn’t be surprised that the romance is, well immature.

That aside, I loved the story with it’s rich world building, complicated characters and deft plot.

Bottom Line:

There was so much good stuff in this book! I can’t wait to see where this series goes.

Goodreads / Amazon

List of 13: Book Blitz

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by E.A. Comiskey
Publisher: Nuff Said Publishing
Publication Date: December 1st 2018
Genre: Science Fiction

Meet A New Book

Synopsis:

If Jim C. Hines wrote about Gilmore Girls taking a journey through the underworld, it might be a little something like A LIST OF 13.

Death sucks, but there’s good beer in Purgatory.

Alice and her adult daughter, Claire, created a “bucket list” of thirteen experiences they would seek out before Alice died from cancer. They never expected to die in a plane crash attempting to cross off number three. Now, mother and daughter are stuck in the underworld, unable to move on to their ultimate destiny until they finish the list, but finding an Irish Pub near the Fields of Asphodel, or swimming naked in the ocean while being pursued by bloodthirsty Aztecs and a smitten Egyptian god is as hard as it sounds. When everything they ever thought they knew is challenged, will faith be enough to carry them through?

A LIST OF 13 moves between the time after Alice’s death and the time before, allowing the reader to explore the way her relationships evolve and intertwine throughout her life and beyond.

Read an excerpt.

AMAZON / GOODREADS

Curing My Venom: Guest Post

I love that I get to feature another poet on my blog during #NationalPoetryMonth. Curing My Venom is a poetry collection by A. Rinum.

My poetry book, Curing My Venom, is based on the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. The book focuses on the issues of mental illness (Venom) and how it can be used as a cure. It also covers the concepts of self-hatred, cultural taboos, jealousy, failures, and self-acceptance.

Excerpt:

It was when I could not take it anymore
I yanked my heart out of my chest
and placed it in my palm.Why are you like this?
I asked, trying to stay calm.You’ve put me through so much chaos
my heart silently wailed
and you ask me what is wrong
you’re the one that’s broken
yet you beg me to be strong
I refuse to fill myself with this venom and pain
I quit
go find someone else to blame.

I quit too

Take that knife
and cut open your wrist
no one loves you
then why do you exist?

The world does not understand
that your light is fading away
everyone is selfish
why do you stay?

(Don’t you dare say that
I know your battles are hard to dwell
but if no one loves you
then learn to love yourself.

I know life is hard
and you’re shattering like glass
but I promise you
this too shall pass.

I know you’re wounded
and nothing is making sense
but today you’ll have to save yourself
because no one will come to your defense.

You need to stay strong, my love
because the only cure you have is you
don’t you dare surrender
if I made it, then you can make it too.)

See what depression can lead to

Tiny speck of hope
peeking through my window
tell me what you seek
there is nothing for you here
maybe you should leave
I am just an ounce of emptiness
fading behind this dark
stay away from me
before you lose your spark.

O’ my foolish child
how do you not know?
You are the light I come for
and yet you have no clue?
this spark you see in me
is a reflection of you.

Because, darling, you are hope

Amazon / Goodreads / Booksprout