The second edition of The Exercise of Vital Powers by Ian Gregoire was released today! I really enjoyed the first edition, and I have absolutely no doubt that the revised book will be awesome! It has already received a 5 star review on Goodreads! If you are a fantasy lover, then do yourself a favour and take a look!
Back Cover Blurb
Some Lessons Must Be Learned The Hard Way
Since its inception, The Order has been dedicated to the prevention of the misuse and abuse of magic. For seven decades this mandate has guaranteed peace and stability throughout The Nine Kingdoms. But a potential threat to the peace has emerged, and its source is much closer to home than the leadership of The Order may realise.
Arrogant, manipulative, confrontational and angry. Undesirable qualities in a person at the best of times, but more so in a young woman born with the power to bring kingdoms to their knees. Kayden Jayta, precocious apprentice of The Order, is all these things and more, yet wholly unwilling to acknowledge and rectify her many troubling traits.
Unbeknown to anyone, Kayden’s resolute determination to join the ranks of The Order is born of a secret that puts her priorities at odds with the precepts of the organisation, setting her inexorably on a collision course with the most powerful institution in The Nine Kingdoms.
If Kayden is to be dissuaded from walking the path she has chosen, averting tragic consequences in the process, two unanswered questions must be answered: What is the dark secret guiding Kayden’s actions? And, why has a legendary figure within The Order, with a secret of her own, taken undue interest in Kayden’s future?
Due to my busy life at the moment, I have not yet had the chance to read this book, but I am still very excited for the release of Book 2 of the Silent Sea Chronicles by Susanne Rogerson! I really enjoyed Book 1 and you can read my review here.
The Sentinel’s Reign is high on my To Read list once I get back into things, and I definitely think other fantasy lovers should pick up this series. Why not pick it up while it’s on sale?!
The new Sentinel’s reign is doomed to failure unless Tei can prevent the Kalayan people from plunging into war.
With the new Sentinel initiated and the magic restored on Kalaya, life is flourishing for Tei and the exiles. But Rathnor’s plans for war soon escalate and thwart any chance of peace.
Brogan’s position on the Assembly is uncertain as rumours circulate that he is an exile spy.
After an attempt on his life, Farrell is more determined than ever to build a home for his people on Stone Haven. But the council have their sights set on Kalaya and Farrell struggles to steer them from war.
As trouble brews within and outside forces gather against them, can the exiles keep their hold on the magic, or will this spell the end of Kalaya and its people?
The Sentinel’s Reign is a heroic fantasy. If you like character-driven adventures then you will love The Sentinel’s Reign.
This is the second book in the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy and follows on from The Lost Sentinel.
Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.
She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.
Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.
She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.
Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.
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Drakin: The Story of Raiya
I would like to announce the release of Drakin: The Story of Raiya! This book has been on my WordPress TBR list since the cover reveal and I am very excited that it is now available! It can be purchased from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other book retailers.
The official release post can be found here with a sample chapter and you can also find the synopsis from Goodreads at the end of this post!
I would like to wish James Harrington all the best with the release! If you read this book, don’t forget to leave a review and let me know what you think!
Book Synopsis from Goodreads
“Abomination, freak, monster…” You get used to names like these when you have yellow eyes, horns, and scales, but Raiya could have really cared less.
After being forced into exile because of her appearance, Raiya’s mind has been focused on one goal; hunting down the dragon lord that killed her parents. For over thirty years, humanity has been locked in a struggle for survival against a race of dragons that had fallen from the heavens. They took everything from her and consumed the planet in a fierce war. Humanity’s numbers are quickly dwindling, leaving her few options in the way of allies.
What she doesn’t know is that her journey will strike at the very heart of the Red War and uncover truths about her past that she may not want to know. Can she finish what she started while coming to terms with the truths of her origin?
Angel of Shadow
D. H. Nevins
Angel of Shadow is now available for purchase! I have recently reviewed this book and I would definitely recommend it! The blurb written by the author can be found at the bottom of this post, though I suggest you only read it if you have read book one already.
D. H. Nevins is hosting a GIVEAWAY for two paperbacks and five ebooks of Angel of Shadow! It is open internationally until the 5th of February!
She is also starting up a newsletter if you want to sign up!
Let me know if you are interested in this book! I would love to hear your thoughts!
D.H. Nevins hurtles you into a world of half-angels, demons and tormented love in this driving, dystopian sequel to Wormwood.
Half-angels, known as Nephilim, have all but destroyed the surface of the Earth. Yet for Kali Michaels, her life is now much more complicated than simply surviving. Grappling with her own powerful identity, she worries her connection to the world of Shadows could destroy those around her.
And what if she hurts Tiamat Wormwood, the Nephilim outcast who has given everything to save her? Tiamat and Kali know they have no future—not when outside forces and Kali’s own power push both the humans and the Nephilim to the brink of extinction.
As she fights to stop the inevitable, she is led to question who her real enemies are, and whether the ultimate threat may actually be herself.
Angel of Shadow
D. H. Nevins
I received this book as part of a give away promotion before the release.
I mentioned in the review for book one that I did not feel as though I knew Kali as well as I should after finishing a book. I connected with her more during book two and I understood her motivations and thoughts. Kali goes through some changes and I found it really interesting to follow her struggle and self doubt. There was a point near the end that bothered me, when Kali seemed to take her time to really get involved, but overall I thought she was a well developed character.
I’m not sure why I did not mention Richard in my review for book one. He is definitely coming out as one of my favourite characters in this series. He seems perfectly deceptive and manipulative. He is exactly what I would expect from a menacing demon and I enjoy the encounters with him (does that make me evil?).
Different characters are introduced and I found most of them to be interesting and well developed. There was one that did not feel quite right during the book but it was explained later and her reactions to situations made a lot more sense.
This book follows a similar slow pace as the first one, with the majority of the story taking place over a few days. I enjoyed the pace and I thought it allowed the reader the opportunity to really get involved in what Kali was experiencing.
Similar to book one, there are things that happen in this book that do not seem to quite add up as you read through the chapters, but it all makes sense by the end. I was actually quite surprised by some of the explanations and I really enjoy it when plots are not predictable.
There was one aspect of the plot that seemed repetitive and I struggled to understand why the characters did not grasp the situation and continued to make the same mistakes. An explanation was provided but I do not think it was enough.
There were some interesting changes to the world that I cannot mention without giving away spoilers. I also felt as though the use of shadows was unique and clever.
I found myself a little lost with the description of some of the caves and I do not think I pictured the area correctly. This bothered and confused me slightly but only for about one chapter.
I found a few tiny errors and some of the descriptions and explanations were a bit repetitive, but most of the book is really well written and an easy read. I think this is a great achievement for a new author.
Just like book one, book two is difficult to put down, especially if you like stopping at the end of a chapter. You are often left with a hint of what will happen next and it makes you want to keep going.
This is another enjoyable book by D. H. Nevins, with interesting concepts and a well thought out storyline.
I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys dystopia or paranormal genres, but I would also recommend it to those who want an unpredictable read. I really liked the little surprises.
Angel of Shadow will be released on the 13th, so not long to go now! Let me know if you plan on reading it or if you already received an ARC. I would love to know your thoughts.