Elves, Goblins, and all kinds of madness: The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

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Elf on a mission

Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission. He must travel to the land of goblins and present their King with a mighty present. But there’s a catch : the king is a dark, mysterious alien.

Goblin archivist Werfel has his own mission. He is Spurge’s host, and he’s determined to please his guest and assist him in any way possible. Continue reading “Elves, Goblins, and all kinds of madness: The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge”

Children’s book: The Girl with the Dragon Heart

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Welcome to Drachenburg

In the beautiful kingdom of Drachenburg lives a bright young girl, who tells stories like no other human can. Silke’s ability to weave stories is so good, that even the crown princess has noticed it. And now that she has, she will need Silke to work for her on a dangerous task that requires a lot of intelligence.

The fairies are coming to the Kingdom of Drachenburg, and nobody knows why. Having lived underground years, the fae are cunning, secretive people. And very, very dangerous. Continue reading “Children’s book: The Girl with the Dragon Heart”

The Darkest Star, by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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In a world where humans co-exist with aliens, seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher has experienced the war between the two species first-hand. With a mother working in military and a father that died in the war, Evie has learned to keep away from the Luxen.

But then, thanks to a friend, she is caught up in a club that is notorious for letting the Luxen roam unsupervised from humans. That’s where Evie will meet Luc. Continue reading “The Darkest Star, by Jennifer L. Armentrout”

The 5 best graphic novels to read this Fall

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Let’s admit it: we’re not always in the mood for a long read. War and Peace might be your thing, no questions asked. But at some point, you’re going to need something lighter. And this is where graphic novels, mangas and comics come in.

An art form of its own, this category of reading has its own charm. There’s something about the beautiful artwork that makes you fall into the story so hard and fast, it is almost magical. So, here are our best 5 recommendations if graphic novels are your thing! Continue reading “The 5 best graphic novels to read this Fall”

Dystopian worlds and glimmering hope : Fury, by Rachel Vincent

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1986. The Reaping.

On a warm night in 1986,  Rebecca Essig comes home during the night to find her siblings slaughtered. Her own parents are covered in blood. Soon enough, she’ll realize that this has happened to others: during the same night, in the same circumstances. This will be a night remembered for ever; this is the night of the Reaping.

Present day

Thirty-something years later, Delilah is on the run, along with some fellow cryptids. The world seems to be against them, and Delilah is determined to protect her unborn child and help her friends reunite with their families.

But along with her own serious problems, some even worse begin to arise. Humans are being massively murdered again, and the blame is cast on cryptids.

Can Delilah figure out how to help humanity while remaining free and building a future for her child? Is her calling waiting for her out there?

The third book in the Menagerie series, Fury is a dark, yet beautiful tale of oppression, love and sacrifice. Rachel Vincent has managed to cleverly balance the dark, ominous setting of the story with the heroes’ love, hope and willingness to survive and thrive, even under the worst of circumstances.

Moving back and forth between two timelines seems easy and straightforward, while the plot remains immensely interesting for the reader, who tries to figure out the connection between the two stories. But don’t worry, this is done gradually and in a very enjoyable way. One piece of the puzzle each time you go back, until you get the full picture together – and you will be amazed. Bonus points, there is a very strong and exciting finale.

Fury is probably one of the best fantasy books of 2018, definitely not to be missed. Strongly recommended to all fans of the fantasy genre.

Magic, cold and silver: Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik

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Welcome to a strange land with long winters

Miryem is the sole daughter of a moneylender. But her father is too kind-hearted for his family’s good, and they are close to starvation. At the point when everything seems lost, Miryem will take reign of the family business, reclaiming everything that is owed to them by their debtors. Silver seems to flow freely in their home, now.  But her intelligence and business mindset will get too famous. It will soon reach the ears of the powerful and terrifyingly cruel magical creatures, the Staryks. And one day, the Lord of Staryks will come to meet her. He has two choices for her, one more dreadful than the other. Continue reading “Magic, cold and silver: Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik”

The Poppy War : The fantasy book you need to read in 2018

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Step into the Poppy War and find yourself in a land of epic fantasy, military, rueful tactics and long forgotten Gods.

The Nikara Empire is a vast place. Consisting of twelve districts and ruled by one Empress, the kingdom is plagued by opium and wars. Thanks to its old heroes, the legendary Trifecta, the land survived the first two Poppy Wars. But now the heroes are gone, and the Empire is clinging on the verge of another war.

War orphan Rin was raised among drug dealing peasants, silently enduring every hardship and torture her foster family had to impose on her. But when a marriage is arranged for her, she claw her way out of it, struggling for a different future. Continue reading “The Poppy War : The fantasy book you need to read in 2018”

Phoenix Fire : The fantasy book that just stands out!

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Ahh…the joy of reading fiction!

I’ve read them, you’ve read them. Basically, most of us bookworms have: fantasy books. What do they usually include? Vampires, ghosts, the typical supernatural creatures. Oh, and a hint of romance. They’re good, or we wouldn’t be reading them.

But what if you found a fantasy book that gets more original than that?

This is Phoenix Fire

bibliophilephoenixAva has spent all her life in foster care, trying not to get too attached to people. Getting attached hurts. Loving people hurts. Not to mention the fact that if she opened up to anyone, she would have to talk about her weird flashback-like seizures she gets from time to time. Everyone would think she’s crazy.

 

Or is there a hint of truth behind everything that’s happening to her?

When Nick and Cade step into her life, she realizes that she has family. When she starts falling for Wyatt, she understands she has lived before, loved before, and come back to live again. It is not all sweet and great, however. There are dark forces encircling her newly found family, and Ava founds out she bears the burden of saving them all. Can she open up and reveal her true self? Is she strong enough for her destiny?

 

An epic fantasy book

that transports the reader to a different realm. Unique in its characters, this is a supernatural story completely different from  your average fantasy books. There’s more than vampires and werewolves. There’s a new kind of hero, one that can live again and again to fulfill a purpose noble and true. And, if the title isn’t a good enough hint for you: yes, there are phoenixes (and they are absolutely awesome!).

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Three siblings, thousands of lives

Follow along a story of three siblings that have lived, tried and failed, only to come back and do it again, and do it better. The story will have you guessing all the secrets the family keeps, as you will be constantly getting glimpses of the past, trying to put the pieces together. It will make you gasp, laugh at times, cry.  There is love, there is loss, there is strong dilemma in between, and there’s a lot of frustration as you empathize with so many characters in this story.

A love that lasts through centuries

bibliophilephoenix3What would an epic story be without love? One of the things that make this book stand out, is definitely a connection between two creatures that have lived again and again, falling in love only with each other. A love that  is forbidden by rules on both sides. But it is not and cannot be ignored. In a world facing so many problems, a world that Ava will have to save , she’ll also have to figure out if she can really trust her instincts. Is Wyatt really as innocent as he looks? Are his intentions pure? And what is it that really connects these two in all their lives?

 

Suspenseful, well written and beautiful, this is a story that teaches us not everything is black and white. Various shades of everything in between come out, and you can only hope that the heroes will find the strength and determination to choose wisely.

 

Strongly recommended for the fans of fantasy, this is the book you need if vampires have tired you and you need something fresh and well written.

You can find the book directly on Entangled Publishing site : https://entangledpublishing.com/phoenix-fire.html

About the author

D. Grimm’s first love in writing is young adult fantasy and science fiction, which is to be expected from someone who looks up to heroes like Captain America and Wonder Woman, has been sorted into Gryffindor, and identifies as rebel scum. Her patronus is a red Voltron lion, her spirit animal is Toothless, and her favorite meal is second breakfast. Her office is anywhere she can curl up with her laptop and at least one large-sized dog.

You can learn more about her upcoming novels at www.sdgrimm.com

 

Zarox, by Louis Smith

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Parker is a normal boy…

… living a normal life. Every morning he and his brother, Callum, go to school, where they meet their best friends, Riley and Lucy. Everything seems quite ordinary…right?

During what should be an everyday, regular meet, the group of friends will find themselves transported to a whole different realm. Zarox is a world where many different creatures exist. Some of them are friendly, some hostile, all of them magical. The group of four will soon realize they have a very special role in this situation, and so…adventure begins!

Welcome to Zarox: a world of fantasy, magic and courage!

This is a tale of friendship at its very best! A story that teaches everyone that anything is possible with enough collaboration, hope, communication and above all: love.

This is a story told beautifully. Each and every character is built so differently at its core, but at the same time all the heroes are similar in their values. Kindhearted and brave, they certainly teach us that what is most important in difficult times is to stay together.

I am always happy to read books of new authors. But if I am to be completely honest with you, in the back of my mind I always have the fact that debut stories usually have quite a few plot flaws and need a lot of improvement (they usually have quite a few syntax and grammar errors,as well). Having reviewed plenty such books, I tend to believe that’s the general rule.

However, this time I was pleasantly surprised. I was very happy to realize that this story is as well written as any book by experienced, many-times published authors. Zarox is a story with a plot that I admired, and it certainly had me hooked!

A genuine page turner, I strongly recommend it for all fantasy lovers out there!