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Broken Crossroads
Broken Crossroads
by Patrick LeClerc
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.34

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked The Riyria Chronicles, you'll like this, 16 Jan. 2016
This review is from: Broken Crossroads (Paperback)
Having read Out of Nowhere and Every Clime and Place and enjoyed them both very much, I was excited to get my copy of Broken Crossroads. This is the kind of witty, pacey, neatly observed writing you come to expect from Patrick LeClerc whether with his urban fantasy, or this more traditional sword and sorcery fare. There is great fun to be had in this book, which is a series of linked stories really detailing the friendship of ex soldier Conn and wily thief Trilisean. And it is a friendship, which I rather liked. However attractive each character is, the story holds back from thrusting them at one another. Instead they are colleagues who become friends and, slowly, as friendships do, they change one another.
Having said that this is hardly an introspective book. There are ancient jewels, swordfights, giant snake monsters and any number of booby trapped goodies just waiting for a careless thief. Our thieves aren't careless. They are great fun and I hope they will live to rob their way through many more pages yet.


Gorgeous Gwendolen Goose and Other Stories
Gorgeous Gwendolen Goose and Other Stories
by Sue Ellis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars great illustrations and lots of opportunities to talk about the ..., 3 Jan. 2016
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A lovely book for sharing with young children, with charming stories, great illustrations and lots of opportunities to talk about the characters and the themes without ever losing the fun of great story-telling. Recommended as a gift, for parents or in the classroom... Gwendolen Goose will make friends wherever it goes.


The Last Changeling (The Enigma Wars Book 1)
The Last Changeling (The Enigma Wars Book 1)
Price: £2.92

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good novel but please edit it properly, 22 Mar. 2015
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This is a funny, inventive and strangely moving book. The author can definitely write. But it seems that no one has edited it. There is reams of punctuation simply missing. I don't quite understand what's happened here. I can only assume this is self-published and hasn't been copy edited. In which case, please please FR Maher, pay some to copy-edit it and publish a new edition. It is too good a book to be spoiled by constant errors.


Child of the Ghosts
Child of the Ghosts
Price: £0.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Little disappointed, 12 Mar. 2015
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I must admit I'm struggling with this. I don't like writing negative reviews but this just seems...poorly crafted. The prose is repetitive, it needs thoroughly editing structurally and for errors. It has a nice premise and if you aren't fussy about great storytelling or style then you might enjoy this. Clearly some people have. It isn't for me though.


The Last Prince
The Last Prince
Price: £3.83

5.0 out of 5 stars Gives old fashioned 'royal' fantasies an extreme make-over, 14 Feb. 2015
This review is from: The Last Prince (Kindle Edition)
I thought I'd reviewed this book a long time ago when I first read it and was astonished to find I hadn't. It's lovely - fun, smart, doesn't take itself too seriously and yet delivers on a cracking storyline which is quite unlike most romantic adventures set on idyllic islands with princes and cavalry. Kirsty McCluskey lets her imagination drag the idea of old-fashioned royal fantasies well and truly into the twenty-first century. One of those books I enjoyed so much more than I was expecting because it was different and fresh but still enchanting.


Icefall (Rebel Angels)
Icefall (Rebel Angels)
by Gillian Philip
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning conclusion to one of my favourite series, 21 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Icefall (Rebel Angels) (Paperback)
First up, the only reason this review doesn't get ticked as an Amazon purchase is because someone who knows how much I loved the first three books, gave it to me as a gift. And what a lovely gift. Icefall is everything we have come to hope for in a Rebel Angels book. Gritty, dark fantasy which shows us the magic of being human and being alive. Seth's journey, which begins in Firebrand, has been long and arduous, chock full of passion, terror, heartbreak and tenderness. This series is wonderful for adults and young adults alike, with a powerful plot, characters who fill your head and your heart, but a maturity of insight and compassion which flows through its pages like the most potent wine.

When I started reading Rebel Angels I believed I was opening another young adult, paranormal fantasy about the Sithe. But this series morphs, even as you read, into that and so much more... urban fantasy, delivered with poetry and grace, mixed with the otherworldliness of the Scottish Sithe landscape beyond the veil and powerful insights into the human heart. The devastating, transformative power of relationships, the cold blade of sacrifice, the fraught responsibilities of parenthood, and how dreams tatter and tear in the cold wind of fate... Philips is uncompromising, deft and eloquent with every issue she touches upon.

Icefall delivers on all the promise of the earlier books, giving not one but several satisfying conclusions to relationships, the endless battle to save the Veil, and with it the Sithe homeworld, from the intoxicating and dastardly Kate NicNiven, and a glimpse into a future which makes you smile even as you blubber like a child over the final pages.

I am so tempted to tell you some of my favourite moments but I won't because spoilers are torture for true book lovers. All I will say is if you love powerful stories, high, urban or literary fantasy, or novels where the stakes are high and just keep climbing, this is for you. Icefall is one to buy, read and keep - because you will read it again.


Now You See Me
Now You See Me
Price: £2.98

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, compassionate novel, 1 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: Now You See Me (Kindle Edition)
This was a very original story with some lovely character studies. I was both intrigued and moved by this book all the way through and it didn't end where I thought it would. Overall a book that deals with tragedy but finds a place for compassion and heart warming growth even when the obvious happy ending eludes you. Haughton's writing is deft and poignant. Thoroughly recommended.


The Royal Confessor: A Father Neri Novelette
The Royal Confessor: A Father Neri Novelette

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely period piece, 26 Jun. 2014
This is a lovely portrait of a royal family, whose dysfunction is set against the precariousness of their independent state and the shadows they all labour under. At its heart is a poignant unspoken love affair, and a wider exploration of duty in conflict with the self. Beautifully executed - McCluskey writes like a latter day Edith Wharton. Highly recommended for an evening of period escape.


Ash Mistry and the City of Death (The Ash Mistry Chronicles, Book 2)
Ash Mistry and the City of Death (The Ash Mistry Chronicles, Book 2)
by Sarwat Chadda
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great MG/YA series, 6 Jun. 2014
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Ash is a compelling character and the series just gets better as we go on and see what Ash risks and the price he pays for his power. Great books for anyone but particularly boys who maybe need a strong hook to get reading. Also nice to see some Asian mythology and Asian characters - doesn't happen enough in Western fiction.


The Dirty Streets of Heaven: Bobby Dollar 1
The Dirty Streets of Heaven: Bobby Dollar 1
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, good execution, 6 Jun. 2014
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Thoroughly worth reading. I loved Bobby Dollar and the story is strong in the kind of Dresden Files, pile-on-the-bad way. A nice thing about Bobby as a character though is that he is seriously outgunned by all the supernatural creatures around him. No magic tricks, no heavenly powers to save him, just detective work and courage.


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