Book Review: Crowfall by Ed McDonald

Crowfall by Ed McDonald

Author: Ed McDonald

Title: Crowfall

Publisher: Gollancz

Date: 2019

Plot: A sorceress cataclysm has hit the Range, the final defensive line between the Republic and the immortal Deep Kings.

Tormenting red rains sweep the land, new monstrosities feed on fear in the darkness, and the power of the Nameless, the gods who protect the Republic, lies broken. The Blackwing captains who serve them are being picked off one by one, and even immortals have learned what it means to die. Meanwhile the Deep Kings have only grown stronger, and are poised to deliver a blow that will finally end the war.

Ryhalt Galharrow stands apart from it all.

He has been deeper into the wasteland known as the Misery than ever before. It has grown within him – changed him – but all power comes with a price, and now the ghosts of his past, formerly confined to the Misery, walk with him everywhere.

They will even follow him, and the few surviving Blackwing captains, on one final mission into the darkness.

Book review: Crowfall by Ed McDonald
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My top 5 highly anticipated reads

Do you ever reach a point where you are so excited about new releases you don’t know which way to turn?

‘cos that’s me right now!

And I love it!

I must have been on a reading buzz a couple of years ago – because all the trilogies I’ve been raving about seem to be coming to an end! I’m excited to read the conclusions, but it does leave me slightly worried about the big gap that comes afterwards. If you’ve got recommendations, send them my way!

I thought I’d take a look at the five reads I’m most excited for over the next couple of months:

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Book Review: The Phoenix Empress by K. Arsenault Rivera

The Phoenix Empress by K. Arsenault Rivera

Author: K Arsenault Rivera

Title: The Phoenix Empress

Publisher: Macmillan-Tor/Forge

Date: 2018

Plot: Since she was a child, the divine empress O Shizuka has believed she was an untouchable god. When her uncle, ruler of the Hokkaran Empire, sends her on a suicide mission as a leader of the Imperial Army, the horrors of war cause her to question everything she knows.

Thousands of miles away, the exiled and cursed warrior Barsalyya Shefali undergoes trials the most superstitious would not believe in order to return to Hokkaran court and claim her rightful place next to O Shizuka.

As the distance between disgraced empress and blighted warrior narrows, a familiar demonic force grows closer to the heart of the empire. Will the two fallen warriors be able to protect their home?

Book review: The Phoenix Empress by K. Arsenault Rivera
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Book Review: Dragon Song by Ava Richardson

Dragon Song by Ava Richardson

Author: Ava Richardson

Title: Dragon Song (Deadweed Trilogy #3)

Publisher: Relay Publishing

Date: 2019

Plot: Their only hope for their future is to unravel her past. 

The Southern Kingdom is overrun with Deadweed and what remains lies scorched by dragon’s fire. Plagued by the choking menace and targeted by attacks from deadly Water Wraiths, Dayie has no choice—master her magic or succumb to it. But when she and the Dragon Riders seek help from neighboring Torvald, they find a Kingdom under siege and come to a heart-wrenching realization. 

They will not win the fight. 

The only option to restore the wasteland that was once their home is for Dayie to travel to a mysterious site that may hold the key to her birth and the tremendous power that drives the Water Wraiths. But what she discovers is more terrifying than the enemies she already faces. 

Armed with a link to her past and the song of the sea in her heart, Dayie must confront the truth of her birth in order to wield the full strength of her magic against powerful and untamable foes. 

Before all hope is lost.

Book review: Dragon Song by Ava Richardson
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Book Review: The Unadjusteds by Marisa Noelle

The Unadjusteds by Marisa Noelle

Author: Marisa Noelle

Title: The Unadjusteds

Publisher: WritePlan

Date: 2019

Plot: Sixteen-year-old Silver Melody lives in a world where 80% of the population has modified their DNA. Known as the altereds, those people now possess enhancements like wings, tails, and increased strength or intelligence. Although Silver’s parents created the nanite pill used to deliver these genetic modifications, Silver is proud of her unadjusted state.

However, when the president declares all unadjusteds must take a nanite, Silver has no choice but to flee the city with her father and some friends to prevent the extinction of the unadjusteds.

With Silver’s mother in prison for treason, Silver’s father is the unadjusteds’ only hope at finding a cure. But time is running out as Silver’s father is captured by the president’s almost immortal army. Vicious hellhounds are on Silver’s trail, and her only chance to recover her father involves teaming up with a new group of unlikely friends before all humanity is lost.

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Book Review: Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

Author: Rena Barron

Title: Kingdom of Souls

Publisher: HarperVoyager

Date: 2019

Plot: Magic has a price—if you’re willing to pay.

Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.

There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.

She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.

Book review: Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
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Book Review: Dragon Magic by Ava Richardson

Dragon Magic by Ava Richardson

Author: Ava Richardson

Title: Dragon Magic (Deadweeds Trilogy #2)

Publisher: Relay Publishing

Date: 2019

Plot: They must either stand together, or the Kingdom will fall. 

The combination of Dayie’s magic and dragon’s fire has halted the advance of the Deadweed. But it is not defeated. Now, a new enemy lurks on the horizon: Water Wraiths sweep in from the sea, cutting their way inland, and assisting the invading plant’s onslaught deeper into the land. 

Killing everyone in their path. 

The new strategy against the Deadweed has proven effective, but Dayie grows weaker each time she uses her powers. It can only be a temporary fix. When she and her dragon Zarr are invited to train with the High Mountains’ Dragon Riders, Dayie eagerly accepts the opportunity. But it’s far from a warm welcome as the tight-knit riders of the High Mountains distrust the outsider and her unusual power. 

When the High Mountains leader suggests a compromise, a schism in the ranks threatens to tear the group apart. The loyal few must convince both dragons and riders of the Southern Kingdom to join forces against the Water Wraiths. 
But Dayie won’t be much use to them if she can’t figure out how to balance her magic usage and avoid depletion. 

To survive the growing menace, the Dragon Riders must set aside the things that divide them and unite. 

Before it’s too late. 

Book review: Dragon Magic by Ava Richardson
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