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Book Review: The Flaw in All Magic

The Flaw in All Magic was an absolute gem of a read! I loved it! Great and fun characters, plenty of action, a good plot, wonderful world and world building–nary a word was wasted on boring descriptions either. This book moved right along and told a fun story. If you like Frank Tuttle, Mercedes Lackey, Helen Harper or any of my books, I think you’ll like this book.

This is an author I’ll be keeping an eye on. Five star read, a huge bargain, highly recommended.

Posted: October 15, 2017
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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 12

This week looks like an urban fantasy kind of week, but you tell me! What are you reading?

The bargains of last week led me to this book:

Tombyards & Butterflies: A Montague and Strong Case Files I’ve already sampled it and it’s passed that test. I saw one typo in the sample (comma missing) and the plot was pretty entertaining.

An emissary from the Dark Council has just materialized in the office of the Montague & Strong Detective Agency, and makes Simon Strong an offer he can’t refuse. Charon is missing. The legendary ferryman responsible for transporting sorcerer souls across the river Styx hasn’t been seen in days. And with each passing hour, those unable to cross the river are left to walk among the living, tilting the world further out of balance.

Meet Simon Strong, an immortal, who is also the best private detective in New York City. Together with his surly partner-Tristan Montague, a mage of indeterminate age, they must find the Ferryman and get him back to work before another Supernatural War ravages the earth, destroys humanity, and Simon’s local coffee shop.

Time is running out. His landlord wants the rent and Karma with a capital K is paying him a visit, and she can be a real…

Join the Montague & Strong Detective Agency and help them locate Charon, so he can restore balance to the universe, put the dead sorcerers to rest, and maybe solve the age old conundrum-coffee or tea?

And in fantasy, I thought this one sounded good, especially the first line of the blurb!

Banished

13-Year-Old Assassin for Hire.

Ayrion learns the consequences of being exceptional.

Staying on top is not always a good thing, especially when the head of your clan has a son who can’t stand to lose. Trained as an assassin, competition for Ayrion is serious. The higher he rises, the deadlier it becomes.

Can he manage to keep his identity as a wielder hidden, or will he ignore his parents’ advice and use his magic to win?


Posted: October 8, 2017
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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 7

Is it Sunday already??? We’ve been pretty busy with that silly fence. All the posts are in now, but we have to do that actual “build the fence” thing.

Here are some bargain reads I’ve found.
Edited: First pick was deleted due to content, so we’ll have to move to the next selection!

The one I really want to read is pre-order until Monday (Sept 4):

Snowspelled I love the cover and I wish I owned that dress!

In nineteenth-century Angland, magic is reserved for gentlemen while ladies attend to the more practical business of politics. But Cassandra Harwood has never followed the rules…

Four months ago, Cassandra Harwood was the first woman magician in Angland, and she was betrothed to the brilliant, intense love of her life.

Now Cassandra is trapped in a snowbound house party deep in the elven dales, surrounded by bickering gentleman magicians, manipulative lady politicians, her own interfering family members, and, worst of all, her infuriatingly stubborn ex-fiancé, who refuses to understand that she’s given him up for his own good.

But the greatest danger of all lies outside the manor in the falling snow, where a powerful and malevolent elf-lord lurks…and Cassandra lost all of her own magic four months ago.

To save herself, Cassandra will have to discover exactly what inner powers she still possesses – and risk everything to win a new kind of happiness.

Posted: September 3, 2017
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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 6

I’m running a lot behind this week. What with all the rain we had, we have a fence down, the freezer was dripping water, the attic had to be checked, I couldn’t find the flashlight I wanted and other odds and ends kept cropping up. The cats aren’t at all appreciative of this weather either. They like to do their business outside, but when I open the door and rain hits them in the face, they get all insulted. This means opening the door for them about eight or nine times before they finally run out. Yes, they have litter boxes. That doesn’t seem to register with them as long as the human is here to be woken up at 11 and 2 at night.

Anyway, it seems like I need a book with a lot of action to work off all the anxiety. When I checked my wishlist, all I found on it was vacuum bags. Yes, I need those, but not to read.

I had to totally go “random browse” to find something of interest. Here’s what I came across:

The Dungeoneers

After five years as a city guard, Durham’s horizontal career trajectory adds a corkscrew when a misdelivered order assigns him to caravan duty for an eclectic group of Dwarves who hire themselves out as professional dungeoneers.

No ruler wants to leave a powerful magical weapon lying about in a dungeon where just any prophesied upstart can stumble across it and use it to overthrow the kingdom. That’s where The Dungeoneers come in. Dungeons sacked, artifacts recovered, no job too big or too small. They’re not adventurers; they’re professionals.

With the discovery that Durham may have arrived with a destiny attached to him the Dungeoneers find themselves in the midst of some history about to happen. Will experience and Dwarven know-how be enough to carry the day?

And it had better not bore me or I’ll tell you what will be getting sacked! Now then, when will the peanut butter chocolate chip cookies be ready?

Posted: August 27, 2017
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Bargain: Something Different, Unique Fantasy

The Steerswoman – Another interesting book recently put on kindle and highly recommended by April the Dragon.

The premise on this one is quite interesting.

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

If you ask, she must answer. A steerswoman’s knowledge is shared with any who request it; no steerswoman may refuse a question, and no steerswoman may answer with anything but the truth.

And if she asks, you must answer. It is the other side of tradition’s contract — and if you refuse the question, or lie, no steerswoman will ever again answer even your most casual question.

And so, the steerswomen — always seeking, always investigating — have gathered more and more knowledge about the world they traveled, and they share that knowledge freely.

Until the day that the steerswoman Rowan begins asking innocent questions about one small, lovely, inexplicable object…

Her discoveries grow stranger and deeper, and more dangerous, until suddenly she finds she must flee or fight for her life. Or worse — lie.

Because one kind of knowledge has always been denied the the steerswomen:

Magic.

Posted: August 25, 2017
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Bargain: Fantasy

Goblin Moon – Not only does this look like fun, it was highly recommended by April the Dragon. The blurb uses the word scoundrels. That’s definitely a plus.

Coffins float down the river, alchemists turn mandrakes into men, the gentlemen scoundrels known as the Knights of Mezztopholeez practice bloody rituals as vicious as they are depraved . . . and one man fights a secret battle against villains and blackest sorcery, with wit, ingenuity, and a lethal lack of compunction.


Posted: August 22, 2017
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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 5

Oh, what to read! Will there even be time to read???

Stranger at the Wedding

I’ve been waiting forever for this book to go on sale. I checked again today and…headdesk! It says I bought it three years ago. GAH! My life organization is so lacking, I completely forgot I bought it! So I guess this will be the book I’ll read. It was highly recommended to me. Three years ago.

The new cover is uglier than the original cover, so I’m putting up the original.

Kyra was preparing for her final wizard test before the Council. But suddenly, something was twisting her magic, weaving sinister portents of doom into even the simplest of her spells. Then she knew for certain that her young sister Alix was soon to marry–and soon to die. And so she journeyed back to the family who had disowned her. To save her sister, Kyra would have to face down her father’s rage, stand firm against the venomous rivalries of her family’s enemies, and confront the Inquisition. Then she must defeat a still deadlier foe–if only she could find it!

Posted: August 20, 2017
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Bargain: Thief Fantasy

Hand and Talon Thanks to a tip from April, today’s bargain is a thief fantasy! She hasn’t read it yet. Neither have I. BUT, I should be sampling very soon! Great cover too.

Steal the bag. Don’t get caught. Repeat. Not the most glorious existence, but Krea likes it just fine.

When Sorin, a cranky old soldier, barges in and decides to take over her life, Krea is less than enthused. Sure, he saved her from a brutal death at the hands of the guards, and he did stop decrepit faerie monsters from eating her. But declaring she isn’t human and dragging her through a cursed forest to the Royal City is going too far.

Now, she is eyeball deep in magic wielding nobles, shapeshifting dragons, assassins and an ancient elf war that could destroy the Empire. Her cloak is too small. Her horse thinks she wants to eat it and her companion resents her very existence.

And then there’s Dane.

Posted: August 16, 2017
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Bargain: Fantasy

His Majesty’s Dragon I’m pretty sure April has recommended this title to me and now it’s on sale! Woot!

Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors rise to Britain’s defense by taking to the skies . . . not aboard aircraft but atop the mighty backs of fighting dragons.

When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Capt. Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future–and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.

Posted: August 12, 2017
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Bargain: Fantasy Ghost Story

A great sale on Heirs of Grace by Tim Pratt. Another super awesome cover too. This was a surprise find by April the Dragon.

Recent art school graduate Bekah thought she’d hit the jackpot: an unknown relative died, and she inherited a small fortune and a huge house in the mountains of North Carolina.

Trey Howard, the lawyer who handled the estate, is a handsome man in his twenties and they hit it off right away—and soon become more than friends. Bekah expected a pleasant year to get her head together and have a romantic fling. Problem is, the house is full of junk…and siblings she didn’t know she had are willing to kill her for it.

More important, the junk in her new house is magical, she’s surrounded by monsters, and her life seems to be in mortal peril every time she ventures into a new room. As Bekah discovers more about her mysterious benefactor and the magical world he inhabited, she’s realizes that as tough and resourceful as she is, she might just be in over her head…

Heirs of Grace is a tale of family and magic, action and wonder, blending the strong heroine, cheeky humor, and dark fantasy that have become the hallmarks of Tim Pratt’s writing.

Posted: August 2, 2017
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