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What I’m currently reading
I’ve been meaning to read this for ages and am thrilled that my random book draw coughed this one up. I’ve heard many good things, so expectations are high!
Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?
An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master Kalesh dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?
I meant to start Visions of Zarua yesterday but left my kindle at home and for some reason, my kindle app didn’t list it even though I’d started it (read: I opened the first page), so I started reading this one 🙂 It looks so Christmas-y with the red and the snow and the sparkle, and since I’ll be in an anthology myself I figured I can count it as research, too 😛
I love dark fairy tale retellings, so expectations are high for this one, too!
Seventeen magical stories from NY Times and USA Todaybestsellers and award-winning authors that will entice you to the darker side of faerie tales. More Grimm than Disney, in this collection you’ll find twists on Snow White, Hansel & Gretel, Rumplestilstskin, The Snow Queen, Cinderella, The Pied Piper, Alice in Wonderland, and Red Riding Hood, plus new tales paying homage to the old traditions.
Shadows cannot exist without light, however, and you’ll find enough happily-ever-afters to lift your spirits in this anthology full of adventure, dark powers, and ultimately the enduring power of true love.
What I recently finished reading
This was a pleasant surprise in several ways: I didn’t remember that this was a novella, so I got through it much quicker than I thought I would, and wow, this was good! I won’t say any more now because my review is up tomorrow afternoon, but yes, this was good.
A prequel to The Tales of the Neverwar series, with dragons, elves and faeries.
Set thousands of years before the Tales of the Neverwar, an epic fantasy through space, time, and reality.
Teralia. A world of light and beauty, holding the core of magic that infuses the universe. A land of Faerie magic and Ancient Dragons.
Here, two friends, closer than brothers, are destined to become the mightiest among the immortal Elven race.
One will fall, ensnared by an ancient evil thought destroyed eons ago.
The other will face a desperate choice to save a doomed world.
Ultimately, only one can prevail.
Free Science Fiction and Fantasy, Origins of the Never is perfect for dragon lovers everywhere.YA series about an awakening evil and the battle to save all reality.
I hate not finishing a book, but this wasn’t for me. I got to 30% and had no idea what the plot was, and my inner editor kept chirping up, too, so I decided to move on. I think the main plot was the MC determined to continue her bloodline and trying to find a baby daddy for her great-great-great-granddaughter, but it felt more like a side-plot to me. I was waiting for something important to happen, but it didn’t.
Marie Josette d’Orgemont, cousin to Louis XVI, watched in horror as a rogue creature took her husband’s life before turning on her. A powerful vampire swept in and spared her life, but she never suspected surviving meant immortality or the price she’d have to pay to protect her surviving son.
Centuries later, in Miami, with her family on the verge of extinction, Marie is preoccupied with the continuation of her human bloodline. When she meets sexy and persistent Odin Ulfsson, his icy-blue gaze and burning touch are hard to resist. Will a forbidden romance with the Nordic werewolf be the key to her happiness, or will it set in motion a wrath that endangers not only her last human heir but her entire existence?
My thanks again to the author for my ARC <3 I reviewed this last week so I won’t go into detail now, but if you’re a fan of Buffy and kick-ass heroines wielding dual daggers, I recommend it 🙂
Life was simple for Eléonore when her biggest concerns were hunting demons, stacking shelves, and pulling off the single mother gig.
But that was before the night at the Citadelle two months ago. The night when she killed an Elder sorcerer. The night she discovered her own destructive powers.
Now Eléonore’s life is defined by questions of will…
Will her dangerous powers and Iníonaofa heritage ever be explained to her?
Will her son’s father make a reappearance in her life?
Will her son discover the terrible truth of her nighttime hunts?
Will the demon who offered her protection come for her due?
With chaos brewing in Daemoniar—the demon realm—and a tyrannical group on the rise, one thing is for certain…
Eléonore’s about to stumble into a whole new hellhole of trouble.
What I think I’ll read next
My next read will be sometime in January, so this’ll have to wait 🙂 I only just started my current reads and will be on my Christmas break after Friday, so chances are I’ll be on them for a while.
I’ll come back to it in January 🙂
This was my last WWW for 2017, so have a Merry Christmas/happy holidays, everyone, and a good start to 2018! I’ll see you in January <3
Have you read any of these and would like to chat about it? I look forward to hearing from you if you do – just leave a comment below and we can get this book club started!
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