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
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Anna! Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Anna Kashina] A self-questioning over-committed dreamer.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about your book? Read more
This morning I have a special giveaway, thanks to Penguin Books! The Magician’s Land, the final installment of Lev Grossman’s The Magician’s Trilogy, just hit store shelves and you can win a copy!
The stunning conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy
THE MAGICIAN’S LAND
By Lev Grossman
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I admit it! I wanted to read The House of the Four Winds because of the cover. I think it is absolutely breathtaking. We all know the problem with judging a book by its cover, though. Sometimes the story doesn’t live up to that gorgeous cover. In this case, I’m glad I did pick it up. While the pacing was occasionally frustrating, The House of the Fours Winds was a gripping read none the less. Read more