Book Review: The Golden Fool by Robin Hobb


Author: Robin Hobb

Title: The Golden Fool

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Date: 2002

Synopsis: The second book in Robin Hobb’s thrilling fantasy series returns readers to the Six Duchies and the magical world of the Fitz and the Fool.

Fitz has been persuaded back to court, posing as a servant to the decadent Lord Golden (who is the Fool in disguise). In secret, he will train Prince Dutiful in the magic known as the Skill.

The peace remains fragile, so the diplomatic wedding between Dutiful and the Outislander princess is a crucial alliance. But when Elliania arrives she challenges the prince to undertake an impossible quest before she will accept him.

He must kill Icefyre, one of the last true dragons. And Fitz and the Fool must go with him…

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Theatre Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I never considered going to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I had read it but tickets are so hard to obtain I didn’t think anymore of it.

Then a friend text me – she had tickets and did I want to go and see it?

Did I heck!

It is expensive, but it was worth it!Harry Potter 1

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Bookishly book subscription review

For my birthday earlier this year, my sister treated me to my first ever book subscription package. She chose Bookishly, selecting the package that included classic books and tea. Considering I am both a book and a tea addict, I can see why this was an obvious choice.

Now that my three months are up, I thought I would share some of the goodies I received while being part of it. Although it was exciting to receive these each month, I wouldn’t continue this one myself. I’m not certain I’m going to get around to reading the books and while a few of the gifts were really cool, I’m also not sure I’ll use the others. I’m not convinced this package was worth the money she paid for it.

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Book Review: Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence

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Synopsis: In Mystic Class Nona Grey begins to learn the secrets of the universe. But so often even the deepest truths just make our choices harder. Before she leaves the Convent of Sweet Mercy Nona must choose her path and take the red of a Martial Sister, the grey of a Sister of Discretion, the blue of a Mystic Sister or the simple black of a Bride of the Ancestor and a life of prayer and service.

All that stands between her and these choices are the pride of a thwarted assassin, the ambition of a would-be empress wielding the Inquisition like a blade, and the vengeance of the empire’s richest lord.

As the world narrows around her, and her enemies attack her through the system she has sworn to, Nona must find her own path despite the competing pull of friendship, revenge, ambition, and loyalty.

And in all this only one thing is certain.
There will be blood.

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Book Review: The Reconstruction by Karl Wiegers

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Author: Karl Wiegers

Title: The Reconstruction

Publisher: Agent Q Bookworks

Date: 2017

Synopsis: When 34-year-old forensic sculptor Jessica Sanford of Portland, Oregon, completes a forensic facial reconstruction on unidentified remains found in a forest, she discovers that she has a shocking personal connection to the victim. Jessica is then driven to identify the victim, to confirm their relationship, and to deliver justice for her death.

Adopted as an infant, Jessica cleverly exploits connections with other adoptees and their families in her quest for the victim’s identity. Once she understands her link to the victim, Jessica finds herself more immersed in this case than in anything she has done before. Those involved in the apparent homicide are still out there—and Jessica intends to find them. Her relationships, her career, and her life are at risk as she strives to reconstruct the victim’s last days.

Not just about uncovering a crime and hunting the suspects, The Reconstruction is also about a young woman’s search for her own identity. Though the reader knows from the outset who the victim is and who was involved with her death, Jessica does not. The reader accompanies Jessica as she applies all of her skills and all of her smarts to try to solve the mystery of a lifetime.

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Blogging inspiration: taking a break

I’ve really appreciated the activity I’ve seen on Twitter lately, supporting bloggers by telling them it’s okay to blog the way you want. There seems to be this pressure – that we put on ourselves – to follow a checklist if we want to feel like bloggers.

A lot of this happened while I was having a break from posting so it was encouraging to feel it didn’t matter I wasn’t currently setting posts live and that didn’t stop me from being a blogger.

I hate taking blogging breaks, but this year was particularly hard. I know it’s not all about the statistics, but I’ve really seen an increase in numbers recently and feel I might – finally – be doing something right. I’m never going to be a big blogger, but I love what I do and that’s good enough for me.

Sometimes, though, it gets too much.

Are you starting to struggle to think of content? Is it getting too much to keep on top of everything?

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Book Review: Extinct by R.R Haywood

Synopsis: The end of the world has been avoided—for now. With Miri and her team of extracted heroes still on the run, Mother, the disgraced former head of the British Secret Service, has other ideas…

While Mother retreats to her bunker to plot her next move, Miri, Ben, Safa and Harry travel far into the future to ensure that they have prevented the apocalypse. But what they find just doesn’t make sense.

London in 2111 is on the brink of annihilation. What’s more, the timelines have been twisted. Folded in on each other. It’s hard to keep track of who is where. Or, more accurately, who is when.

The clock is ticking for them all. With nothing left to lose but life itself, our heroes must stop Mother—or die trying.

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