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I didn’t have to think too hard when a review request for Juliet Marillier’s latest release hit my inbox. I didn’t even have to read the blurb; I was in the mood for something different, and lo-and-behold Dreamer’s Pool magically appeared. I haven’t read Juliet Marillier in a long, long time, so I was eager to see if I still enjoyed her writing. I do! This is an engrossing book, with only a few niggles to distract me from the story. Read more
I enjoyed The Bloodbound, so I was thrilled when Erin Lindsey dropped by the virtual offices to answer a few questions. Be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of her book!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Erin! Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Erin Lindsey] Constantly daydreaming lover of words.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Bloodbound?
[Erin Lindsey] I wanted to write a classic fantasy adventure that was genuinely fun to read. A lot of the stuff out there in SF/F right now is pretty grim. That’s not a criticism – I’m including my own work in that category. The Nicolas Lenoir novels, which I write as EL Tettensor, are about as dark as it gets. But sometimes you’re looking for something lighter, something you can take to the beach on your summer vacation and enjoy every page. A cast of flawed, likable characters caught up in a heroic struggle, with enough romance and humour to keep the mood balanced. That’s what I was going for in this book. Read more
I have enjoyed everything that I’ve read by Cat Patrick, so I was super excited to see that she has a new book coming out. I wanted to share with all of you because I think her writing is awesome…and well, there’s a giveaway you can enter! So have at it! Read about Court and then enter away!
Author: Cat Patrick
Date of Publication: October 23rd 2014 Read more
I just read The Bloodbound by Ern Lindsey, and it’s a run, exciting read! Here’s my review. Want to win a copy? Just enter the giveaway below!
About the book:
Of all those in the King of Alden’s retinue, the bloodbinders are the most prized. The magic they wield can forge invaluable weapons, ones that make soldiers like Lady Alix Black unerringly lethal. However, the bloodbinders’ powers can do so much more—and so much worse…
A cunning and impetuous scout, Alix only wishes to serve quietly on the edges of the action. But when the king is betrayed by his own brother and left to die at the hands of attacking Oridian forces, she winds up single-handedly saving her sovereign.
Suddenly, she is head of the king’s personal guard, an honor made all the more dubious by the king’s exile from his own court. Surrounded by enemies, Alix must help him reclaim his crown, all the while attempting to repel the relentless tide of invaders led by the Priest, most feared of Oridia’s lords.
But while Alix’s king commands her duty, both he and a fellow scout lay claim to her heart. And when the time comes, she may need to choose between the two men who need her most…
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The Bloodbound appeared in my mailbox about a month ago. Until I had received an email from the publisher, I had never heard of it, and that’s extremely unusual when it comes to fantasy novels. I am like a Bloodhound; I relentlessly sniff out new titles, especially when they contain romance elements and aren’t part of an already ongoing series. And look at the cover? Protagonist Alix is wearing plate mail and wielding a sword, with barely any flesh exposed. Finally, a female warrior who looks like she’s actually ready to fight and not pose for the swim suit issue of Sports Illustrated. Better yet, she actually kicks ass! She saves her king, Erik, not once, but many times, placing herself at risk of imminent death each and every time. She’s both physically and mentally tough. Hooray! Read more
I am beyond thrilled to be part of the 50th anniversary blog tour for Lloyd Alexander’s The Book of Three. My history with Prydain goes WAY back. The Book of Three was one of the first fantasy novels that I ever read, recommended to me by my uncle right after I finished the Narnia Chronicles. I loved the world of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and I wanted to read more books in this wonderful new genre that I had just discovered. I was 11 or 12, and armed with a list of books from my uncle, I hit the library and checked out as many as I could find. The Book of Three and The White Mountains made the biggest impression on me, and I’ve been meaning to reread these treasures from my childhood for quite some time. The problem: I was afraid that they wouldn’t stand up to the test of time. The Book of Three is as old as I am, and I wondered if the years would be good to Taran and Eilonwy. Would they still seem relevant after all this time? You bet! I loved the re-read as much as when I read the book for the first time! Read more
Please welcome Lara Morgan, author of Betrayal, to the virtual offices this morning! I asked Lara to share a list of her essential items to have a really productive day. I really wish I could try #3 here! Read more
I have a couple cover reveals this morning. First up: I read about The Elementalists last week, and the plot sounds intriguing. Besides, anything with dragons gets a second look from me. What do you think of the cover? Read more