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Bite-size Books: The Fisher of Bones

Book cover: The Fisher of Bones - Sarah Gailey (a woman in red robes with a staff)A religious people on an epic journey, following their seer through the wilderness in search of a promised land. Sound familiar? It won’t be…

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Born to the Blade (1.03): Baby Shower

In an unlikely turn of events, junior Warder Bellona arranges an extravagant baby shower for Vanian battlemistress Penelope. With Lavinia on the war path and a flamboyant ship’s captain determined to show off, what can possibly go wrong?

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Strange Practice: London blue-light special

Book cover: Strange Practice - Vivian Shaw (woodcut style image in black and white and red of a woman standing over a coffin)Doctor Greta Helsing isn’t your regular Harley Street practitioner: she specialises in the lesser-known maladies of the supernatural. When a mysterious group of monks try to murder a local vampire, she gets drawn into solving London’s ills to keep her patients safe…

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Bite-size Books: Cold-Forged Flame

Book cover: Cold-Forged Flame - Marie Brennan (a young woman holding a longbow, hair tossed by the wind)A people in need summon a woman by magic, binding her to their cause. She must fight her way across an enchanted landscape to win her freedom. She doesn’t know who – or even what – she is except strength and fury, so she has nothing left to lose …or does she?

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Born to the Blade (1.02): Fault Lines

Relationships are getting complicated on the supposedly neutral island of Twaa Fei. Loyal Michiko’s ancestors are more vocal than she’d like, and arrogant Mertikan Bellona is determined to turn Michiko’s acquaintance with Kris to her advantage. But Kris is hot tempered and has their own views on who they should befriend – and trust…

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Made of Books: Ten Things I Learned From Reading Fantasy Novels

Some of the first books I remember falling in love with were fantasy. I’d devoured AlannaThe Weirdstone of BrisingamenThe Chronicles of PrydainThe Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia by the time I was 8. So in honour of Wyrd and Wonder, I thought I’d review what I learned from reading fantasy…

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Welcome to a month of Wyrd and Wonder

Spring has sprung, and we’re halfway to the summer solstice. The world is full of possibilities, and it’s the perfect time to get fannish about fantasy. Wyrd and Wonder will be a month-long celebration of the fantastic, so grab your sword belt and summon your steed! It’s time to go on an adventure…

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April Redux: some months are just hard work

Another busy month in meatspace, and while books gave me some much-needed respite, they were also a challenge in their own right. The month started off with a disappointing novella, then several excellent books that exhausted me in spite of their good points – so I took a step back from “I must read this now” for some shorter reads and books I just wanted to read. Erm, and then I read all the things. And a few more.

Reading round-up, Stacking the shelves and goal progress

Revenant Gun: the final battle for the Hexarchate’s soul

Book cover: Revenant Gun - Yoon Ha Lee (space ship flying away from explosion and asteroids)The Hexarchate is no more. Only two Hexarchs survive: slippery Shuos Mikodez, backing Cheris’s nascent democracy; and immortal Nirai Kujen, determined to resurrect the high calendar to maintain his grip on life. And even Protector-General Kel Inesser and her fleet don’t back him. Kujen isn’t worried: he has another incarnation of Shuos Jedao at his command…

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Bite-size Books: Born to the Blade

The Mertikan empire grows ever stronger, Rumika’s industrial prowess is bringing it new influence, and Quloo is literally sinking into the Mists. Welcome to a world of islands floating in the sky, where airships carry trade and war and magic is cast by swordcraft.

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Throwback Thursday: Abaddon’s Gate

Book cover: Abaddon's Gate - James S A Corey (view up the side of a spacecraft above a planet lost in yellow haze)In the outer reaches, the protomolecule has built a gate to… somewhere else. It’s the last place a haunted Jim Holden wants to go, but a determined young woman with a vendetta against him holds all the cards. Leaving human space may be the only way the Rocinante can escape her well-laid plans…

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Top Ten Tuesday: most common words on my shelves

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s all about books, lists and sharing the love we have of both with our bookish friends. This week, we’re having a bit of fun and looking at words that commonly appear in genre titles. I thought I’d keep it more personal and find out what the most common words are in my books’ titles. At the risk of going full clickbait, the answer may surprise you…

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