Synopsis: In the summer of 9 CE, Publius Varus, the Roman
governor of Germania, and Lucius Tullus, a centurion garrisoned on the Rhine,
march east with three legions. As they prepare to return to their winter
quarters, they are lured off the road and ambushed by German warriors.
The Germans are led by Arminius, a chieftain
who is a trusted ally of Rome—and a man who has been secretly planning to
betray the empire since childhood. Trapping Varus’ legionaries between a
hillside and a marsh, and thereby preventing them from forming up or using
their artillery, Arminius and his warriors wreak a terrible slaughter.
The Roman defeat is overwhelming, but it is not
until the third day of the massacre that the scale of Arminius’ victory becomes
clear. Three legions, upwards of 14,000 men, have been annihilated, and
three treasured Eagle standards have been lost. Just a few hundred legionaries,
including Tullus, manage to escape.
Nor is the survivors’ ordeal over. Pursued to
the last Roman fort east of the Rhine, they are besieged by thousands of
bloodthirsty tribesmen. Only the gods can save them now.
Plot: They came against her as a child. Now they face the woman.
The ice is advancing, the Corridor narrowing, and the empire is under siege
from the Scithrowl in the east and the Durns in the west. Everywhere, the
emperor’s armies are in retreat.
Nona faces the final challenges that must be overcome if she is to become a
full sister in the order of her choice. But it seems unlikely that Nona and her
friends will have time to earn a nun’s habit before war is on their doorstep.
Even a warrior like Nona cannot hope to turn the tide of war.
The shiphearts offer strength that she might use to protect those she loves,
but it’s a power that corrupts. A final battle is coming in which she will be
torn between friends, unable to save them all. A battle in which her own demons
will try to unmake her.
A battle in which hearts will be broken, lovers lost, thrones burned.
So, apparently, in last
month’s wrap up, I said my writing buzz was back. Ha! That didn’t last: I’ve
been in a massive slump all month.
But I’m trying to get myself out of it. I’m trying a new method of pushing myself. Everyone tells me that I need to relax. But, when I was doing my Masters, I could also write non-stop, keep up to date with the blog, work part-time and still have time to get high marks in my assignments. I’m the type of person who thrives on pressure.
Just a heartbeat into the future, America is being dragged to its knees by social unrest and economic inequality. The furious pace of technological advancement has made medicine capable of near-miracles but has also enabled the widespread displacement of workers by automated systems. As unemployment and poverty levels rise to dangerous heights, those with fortunes to lose are pitted against those with nothing left. The threat of rebellion looms greater every day.
When a chance meeting in a Washington, D.C., slum leads journalist Richard LaPointe to a heinous discovery, he and his wife, internationally respected physician and medical technologist Allie MacKay, start down a path that exposes just how far those in power will go to protect themselves from the impending crisis. When their daughter, Skyie, an online video activist sensation, gets involved after pulling off a spectacular protest stunt, they are all plunged into a world in which no one is safe.
What they find behind the curtain is not an America made great again. It is an empire in ruin.
Initial thoughts: The Last Mrs Parrish is a gripping and intense read that leaves you guessing and gasping throughout. While it initially has a slow start with predictable characters and an eye-rolling plotline, it twists in a way that makes it impossible to put down.
It’s a slow-paced story with ever increasing tension and
heightened emotions. I loved the good characters, and loved-to-hate the bad
ones. This is one of my favourites in the mystery/thriller genre and I have already
been recommending it to several people to read.
If you’re looking to be hooked in and left guessing, this
book is great!
It’s book tag time again! So, technically, this one is actually called The Valentine’s Day Book Tag, but considering I’m a month love, I figured I would just focus on the ‘love’ part of the tag and roll with that as a title. Whoever said I was on the ball when it came to topical posts?
I saw this one over at Golden Books Girl and loved it! I strongly recommend you go and check out not only her awesome answers, but her fantastic blog as well! I believe this was made by Taiwo at Stuffed Shelves, who I also recommend going to check out!
So, while I might have missed Valentine’s day, book love isn’t restricted to a single day. Nor is spoiling yourself, or other people, so I’m rolling with it!
Initial thoughts: Vox has been a hot topic book recently and I wanted to form my own thoughts and opinions on it. Overall, it was an engaging read with a chilling premise: the type of plot that can easily become a reality. But I struggled with the characterisations and connecting to the individuals, making it harder to empathise with their plight than it should have been.
The idea was good, but the pacing felt slow and there were a
few too many coincidences for me to truly engage with this book. I would love
to hear if you’ve read it/what you thought?