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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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Wyrd and Wonder: in case you missed it

Wyrd and Wonder is off to a flying start – I’m delighted and overwhelmed by all the passion for fantasy being shared! It can be tricky to keep up, so here’s the first in a weekly series of catch up posts to highlight at least some of the blog posts, bookstagrams and chat so far…

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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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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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Daggerspell: the Wyrd and Wonder read-along

500 years ago, Nevyn made a mistake that ruined many lives – and the Gods accepted his oath to set it right. With war threatening Deverry’s western border, the souls of those he wronged will gather once more. Will he finally untangle the knot that binds them? Or will their wayward hearts lead them further from the Light? Join us for a classic fantasy read-along of magic, fate and epic swordscraft.

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Chalk: proving nostalgia isn’t always comforting

Book cover: Chalk - Paul CornellAndrew Waggoner is one of the favourite victims of five brutal boys at school. When their hazing becomes torture one Hallowe’en, Waggoner’s pain and outrage opens the door to ancient forces that promise him revenge. But the ghosts of generations past also have their own wrongs to right…

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Bite-size Books: Passing Strange

Book cover: Passing Strange - Ellen Klages (two people dancing in a ballroom at night)San Francisco, 1939. Treasure Island glows in the Bay, a beacon for Man’s perseverance and ingenuity. The vibrant City itself is full of immigrants and free spirits, shielded from the shadows of war. Anything can happen in San Francisco: forbidden love, illegal shifts in gender, and maybe – when you really need it – some actual magic.

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Subjective Chaos: halfway there (in theory, anyway)

Time for another peek at the progress of the Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards panel! Is it April already? Cue not so much chaos as panic (at least for this reader), as that means we’re halfway through the process – at least in terms of time, if not in progress… So how are we getting on?

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Wyrd and Wonder: Daggerspell group read & giveaway

We’re only a month away from Wyrd and Wonder so it’s time to get serious about some of the events we’ll be hosting through our month-long celebration of all things fantasy. First up: I’ll be hosting a group read of Kit Kerr‘s Celtic epic Daggerspell – and giving a copy away to one lucky winner!

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