Friday, June 2, 2023

ARC Review: The Sun and the Void by Gabriela Romero Lacruz

Title: The Sun and the Void
Author: Gabriela Romero Lacruz
Series: The Warring Gods #1
Genre: Historical Fantasy/Sapphic Romance/Mythology
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: July 25, 2023
Edition: 432 pages, ebook
Source: NetGalley
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Reina is desperate.
   Stuck living on the edges of society, her only salvation lies in an invitation from a grandmother she’s never known. But the journey is dangerous, and prayer can’t always avert disaster.
   Attacked by creatures that stalk the region, Reina is on the verge of death until her grandmother, a dark sorceress, intervenes. Now dependent on the Doña’s magic for her life, Reina will do anything to earn—and keep—her favor. Even the bidding of an ancient god who whispers to her at night.
Eva Kesare is unwanted.
   Illegitimate and of mixed heritage, Eva is her family’s shame. She tries her best to be perfect and to hide her oddities. But Eva is hiding a secret: magic calls to her.
   Eva knows she should fight the temptation. Magic is the sign of the dark god, and using it is punishable by death. Yet, it’s hard to deny power when it has always been denied to you. Eva is walking a dangerous path, one that gets stranger every day. And, in the end, she’ll become something she never imagined.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Bulk Review: The Manga I've Been Reading

Over the past couple of years I've been reading a lot of Manga through my library as e-books. I think I've mentioned this on another post, but I can't remember right now, but since I read them so quickly, I can finish one in about an hour, and sometimes the wait between volumes can be long, making a written review for each volume doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Especially since they are so short.

Saturday, May 6, 2023

Review: Age of Empyre by Michael J. Sullivan

Age of Empyre
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
Series: Legends of the First Empire #6
Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: Riyria Enterprises, LLC
Publication Date: May 5, 2020
Edition: 395 pages, Kindle Edition
Source: Library
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   After obtaining the secret to creating dragons, the leader of the Fhrey has turned the tide of war once more—but gaining the advantage has come at a terrible price. While Imaly plots to overthrow the fane for transgressions against his people, a mystic and a Keeper are the only hope for the Rhunes. Time is short, and the future of both races hangs in the balance. In this exciting conclusion to the Legends of the First Empire series, the Great War finally comes to a climactic end, and with it dawns a new era—The Age of Empyre.

From Michael J. Sullivan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author comes the concluding installment of his six-book epic fantasy. This series chronicles a pivotal point in Elan’s history when humans and those they once saw as gods warred until a new world order was born. Set three thousand years before the Riyria tales, Legends is a stand-alone fantasy series that is independent of the Riyria novels. But for those who do follow both series, Legends will unmask lies and reveal the truth about Elan’s history and the men and women who shaped what the world became.

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Review: Age of Death by Michael J. Sullivan

Age of Death
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
Series: Legends of the First Empire #5
Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: Riyria Enterprises, LLC
Publication Date: February 4, 2020
Edition: 341 pages, Kindle Edition
Source: Library
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   Do Gods truly exist? Can you know the future? And what lies beyond the veil of death?
   Winter blankets the land, and more than hope has died. Barred by the tower of Avempartha, the western army cannot invade the Fhrey homeland. So it must seek a way across the Nidwalden River before the fane obtains the secret of dragons. As time runs out for both humanity and the mystic Suri, the only chance for the living rests with the dead. Having made their fateful choice, can a handful of misfits do the impossible, or are they forever lost to an inescapable grave? As in Virgil’s Aeneid, Dante’s Divine Comedy, and Milton’s Paradise Lost, the most epic tales transcend the world of the living. It’s time to see what lies in Elan’s Age of Death.


Friday, April 21, 2023

ARC Review: Zhara by S. Jae-Jones

Author: S. Jae-Jones
Series: Guardians of Dawn #1
Genre: YA Fantasy/Mythology
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: August 29, 2023
Edition: 416 pages, Kindle Edition
Source: NetGalley
Magic flickers.
Love flames.
Chaos reigns.
   Magic is forbidden throughout the Morning Realms. Magicians are called an abomination, and blamed for the plague of monsters that razed the land twenty years before.
   Jin Zhara already had enough to worry about—appeasing her stepmother’s cruel whims, looking after her blind younger sister, and keeping her own magical gifts under control—without having to deal with rumors of monsters re-emerging in the marsh. But when a chance encounter with an easily flustered young man named Han brings her into contact with a secret magical liberation organization called the Guardians of Dawn, Zhara realizes there may be more to these rumors than she thought. A mysterious plague is corrupting the magicians of Zanhei and transforming them into monsters, and the Guardians of Dawn believe a demon is responsible.
   In order to restore harmony and bring peace to the world, Zhara must discover the elemental warrior within, lest the balance between order and chaos is lost forever.
Sailor Moon meets Cinder in Guardians of Zhara , the start of a new, richly imagined fantasy series from S. Jae-Jones, the New York Times bestselling author of Wintersong.