Book Review: The Last Warrior by M.J Porter

Publisher: BooksGoSocial

Date: 2020

Genre: Historical fiction

Plot: He sent a hundred men to kill two thousand. It had to be enough.

Mercia lies broken but not beaten, her alliance with Wessex in tatters.

Coelwulf, a fierce and bloody warrior, fears no man, especially not the Raiders claiming Mercia as their own.

Coelwulf must travel away from the heart of Mercia, hunting down the Raiders along the bank of the vast River Trent, and what he discovers on his journey to Torksey will determined the fate of Mercia, as well as his own.

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10 steps to posting a book review

A few weeks ago, I mentioned to a friend how long it had taken to write up a review. She asked what was still left to do, then was surprised when I rattled off a long list before I’d say I was done.

I started thinking about the process of being a book-blogger; about all the things I didn’t know when I first started blogging.

I’ve never felt confident with advice blog posts – who am I to know what I’m talking about? But I did want to share my process, including some of the steps I wish I knew at the beginning of my journey.

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Book Review: The Angel of Evil by Kenneth B. Andersen

The Angel of Evil by Kenneth B. Andersen

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date: 2019

Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult

Plot: Nothing will ever be the same. Satina is gone, kidnapped by the enemy. Disobeying Lucifer, Philip heads out to find her, journeying into the deep darkness of Outer Reach. But nothing can prepare Philip for the horror that awaits—or the demons he will face.

Meanwhile, Lucifer’s kingdom is threatened as the Great Devil War draws closer. All Hell is about to break loose.

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Book Review: The Ragged Blade by Christopher Ruz

The Ragged Blade by Christopher Ruz

Publisher: Parvus Press LLC

Date: 2019

Genre: Fantasy

Plot: As a young mercenary, Richard followed a mysterious Magician on a quest to steal a treasure from a demon and overthrow a king. The two men started their journey as strangers, became lovers along the way, and ended as master and loyal soldier.

Twenty years later, that kingdom is steadily falling into ruin and Richard has realized that time and power have twisted the Magician into more monster than man – children disappear nightly into his dungeons and the only things that leave are terrible creatures crafted in the shadows.

To save his own daughter, Richard flees into the desert wastes where magic boils beneath the sand and monsters walk the dunes in the shape of men. He will return to the burning heart of the desert and restore the demon’s treasure, or die in the trying.

What Richard doesn’t know is that Ana is the key to the Magician’s plans and he and his favorite monster will lay waste to the world to get her back.

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Television Review: Arrow, Season 8

Show: Arrow, Season 8

Company:  DC Entertainment

Date: 2019/2020

Plot: Following the arrival of The Monitor, Oliver Queen left his home, his family, & his team behind to take on his most challenging battle yet, knowing the cost may be his life. But this time it’s not just his city he’s seeking to protect – it’s the entire multiverse. Oliver’s quest will send him on a journey where he is forced to confront the ultimate question: what is the true cost of being a hero?

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It’s okay…to not be okay

I’ve been thinking about this for a while, uncertain if I wanted to post – or write – it. A friend reminded me the other day that the blog is my space, and even if this takes a more negative view than I’d like, it’s something I need to say:

It’s okay to not be okay.

I prided myself on how I coped when we went into lockdown. I’m fortunate I’m in full employment and once I got my set-up sorted, I felt I’d be okay.

But I slipped up.

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Book Review: The Last King by M.J Porter

The Last King my M.J Porter

Publisher: BooksGoSocial

Date: 2020

Genre: Historical fiction

Plot: They sent three hundred warriors to kill one man. It wasn’t enough.

Mercia lies broken but not beaten, her alliance with Wessex in tatters.

Coelwulf, a fierce and bloody warrior, hears whispers that Mercia has been betrayed from his home in the west. He fears no man, especially not the Vikings sent to hunt him down.

To discover the truth of the rumours he hears, Coelwulf must travel to the heart of Mercia, and what he finds there will determine the fate of Mercia, as well as his own.

The Last King by MJ Porter

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Book Review: Promises Forged by Devri Walls

Promises Forged (Venators #2) by Devri Walls

Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group

Date: 2019

Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult

Plot: It has been mere days in the world of Eon, where Rune Jenkins, her twin brother Ryker, and their friend Grey have been trapped, fighting for their lives. After discovering the truth of their ancestry, the three are far from home, and far from anything resembling their mundane lives of the past.
While Ryker is still held captive by the eerily beautiful Zio and her goblins, Grey falls into the clutches of Feena, the Fae queen. She begins to drain his soul bit by bit to feed her dark underground garden, and Grey has no hope of escaping on his own.

It is now up to Rune to save Grey, as his precious time slips away inexorably. But the Council has denied her permission to embark on a rescue mission, until she can harness her Venator gifts and prove herself capable of venturing into the Fae queen’s territory. As Rune discovers that promises in Eon are forged with life-or-death consequences, she realizes that she must act quickly, or else be swallowed and Grey along with her by the dangers of Eon.

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My top 5 bloggers

After a spell where my muse vanished and I didn’t engage with content as much as I should, it’s great to be back in business.

Today, I wanted to do something I’ve never done before: to share some of my top blogs that I visit without fail. I might not always be the best at leaving comments, but whenever I’m looking for inspiration or am in the mood to immerse myself in the blogging world, these are always on my list.

They make me laugh; they make me smile; they make me think about mental health; wellbeing; and how I’m running my blog.

What more can I say?

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Book Review: The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

Publisher: HarperCollins

Date: 2020

Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult

Plot: In the ice, east of the Black Rock, there is a hole into which broken children are thrown.

On Abeth the vastness of the ice holds no room for individuals. Survival together is barely possible. No one survives alone.

To resist the cold, to endure the months of night when even the air itself begins to freeze, requires a special breed. Variation is dangerous, difference is fatal. And Yaz is not the same.

Yaz is torn from the only life she’s ever known, away from her family, from the boy she thought she would spend her days with, and has to carve out a new path for herself in a world whose existence she never suspected. A world full of difference and mystery and danger.

Yaz learns that Abeth is older and stranger than she had ever imagined. She learns that her weaknesses are another kind of strength. And she learns to challenge the cruel arithmetic of survival that has always governed her people.

Only when it’s darkest you can see the stars.

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