Book Extract: Raven Fire by Emma Miles

Today, I’m excited to be part of the blog tour for Raven Fire by Emma Miles and share an extract of this fantasy novel with you. This is the 4th book and final instalment in the Fire Walker series.

Book Cover Raven Fire by Emma Miles

Title: Raven Fire

Author: Emma Miles

Release date: 1st May 2021 Kindle edition and paperback 11th May

Genre: Fantasy

Purchase Links

US – https://www.amazon.com/Raven-Fire-Fire-Walker-Book-4-ebook/dp/B091TYD38X/

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Raven-Fire-Fire-Walker-Book-4-ebook/dp/B091TYD38X/

Blurb

Is prophecy real; can Arridia and Joss defeat a god?

Evil never sleeps, and neither can the fire spirits who have guarded Kesta and her family so faithfully for more than fourteen years. United in a desire for peace, the four lands beneath the sky have enjoyed relative stability, but under the surface stirs unrest. Greed, ambition, disquiet, rebellion; and the ever-present threat of Geladan’s crazed god discovering she has been fooled.

Quiet Arridia is a Raven Scout, dedicated to the principles and hopes of her parents. When an opportunity presents itself to come home, she grasps it, longing to settle and find the love she has patiently waited for.

 Fun-loving Joss is drawn to the court of Elden with all its colour, noise, and intrigue; but has he taken on more than a young man can survive?

Raven Fire is the final part of the breath-taking Fire-Walker saga.

If you could, would you dare to change the world?

Book Extract: Raven Fire by Emma Miles

This extract is taken from chapter four, where we follow young Joss – son of Fire-Walker’s protagonist, Kesta – as he navigates the dangerous court of the King of Elden. With him is his faithful adopted brother and bodyguard, Alikan.

Joss swallowed back his ale and smoothed down the front of his dark-blue jacket. His training kicked in as he surveyed the room before stepping further in. King Bractius sat at the high table, laughing loudly with the Jarl of Southport. Bractius was drinking from a large, ornate tankard carved from the bone of an enormous animal and traced in gold. Joss startled, his eyes narrowing. Had the king forgotten it had been a long-ago gift from the murderous delegation from Geladan? Bractius’s astute brown eyes travelled around the hall even as he joked with his subordinate. He’d allowed his sandy beard to grow long, plaited and held by silver beads. Queen Ayline was standing apart, Eleanor at her side. The young princess was wearing an elegant gown that hugged her slender figure, and Joss raised an eyebrow.

Alikan nudged his arm hard, and Joss only just avoided splashing ale over his expensive clothes.

‘Hey!’

‘Keep your eyes in your head.’ Alikan scowled.

Joss grinned. The king’s hall was an array of very tempting young woman, but Elden wasn’t the Fulmers, as his parents were fond of reminding him. There was a sudden buzz in the conversation, and many turned toward the main doors. A man strode in with a retinue of Borrowmen warriors on his heels. Bard of the Borrows and captain of the Undine, Temerran’s striking red hair seemed untouched by grey despite the years he’d accumulated. His green eyes sparkled with mischief as he bowed to both men and women on his way to present himself to the king. Temerran’s first mate, Nolv, was a more sombre figure, in practical loose clothing of salt-splashed grey.

‘Your majesties.’ Temerran gave a low and flamboyant bow. The man never forgot to include the queen, and despite her dislike of the Borrowman, Ayline flushed and smiled.

‘Temerran.’ The king gave the Bard the courtesy of standing but didn’t move to greet him. ‘How good of you to come.’

‘It honoured me to be invited,’ Temerran replied.

Movement caught Joss’s eye, and he turned to see his parents slipping in quietly through a side door. As ever, his father wore perfectly tailored black, but his mother had chosen a bright red, and unlike the women of Elden she allowed her long dark hair to fall loosely around her shoulders. Despite their discreet entrance, they stood out like hawks in a flock of doves.

Doroquael gave a sudden squeal and flew out of the torch in which he’d been hiding. Joss’s hand twitched, readying to draw power, before he realised the fire-spirit was excited, not alarmed. Alikan took a step forward, putting himself between Joss and the room.

‘It’s okay, Ali.’ Joss’s heart beat just a little faster as he squeezed through the crowd, hurrying toward the main doors through which Doroquael had vanished.

One of the king’s stewards loudly announced, ‘The Icante of the Fulmers.’

The Icante stepped in, wearing a pale cream dress with a sky-blue cloak wrapped around her shoulders. Unlike her daughter, the ruler of the Fulmer Islands had her steel-grey hair coiled artfully about her head. The warrior Gilfy flanked her, along with the Fire-Walker, Eidwyn. Her new apprentice, Vivess, and the formidable scout, Heara, followed behind. Despite being in her sixties, Heara moved with energy, her bare arms still tight with muscle. As far as he could see, Heara was the only one who’d dared bring weapons into the king’s hall; her two long knives tucked into her belt.

Joss appraised his grandmother’s new apprentice before moving forward again to meet them. Vivess had lighter hair than most of those in the Fulmers, a dark chestnut, almost red where it caught the light. She was about Joss’s age and had one grey eye, one green.

‘Grandma.’

‘Joss.’ Dia’s serious expression melted into a joyful smile and she halted to hug him. ‘Are you well?’

‘I am.’ Joss waved a hand at Doroquael. ‘Calm down!’

The fire-spirit ceased his noisy buzzing and made himself small, coming back to Joss’s shoulder.

‘Did Grandpa not come?’

Dia’s smile faded, and anxiety squeezed Joss’s heart. ‘Your grandfather was a little unwell. Joss, I’ll catch up with you as soon as I can, but it would be rude of me not to go straight to the king.’

‘Oh, of course.’ Joss’s face warmed, and he glanced around, realising many eyes were directed his way. ‘I’ll find you in a moment.’

Dia Icante smiled, then turned to continue to the high table. Heara gave Joss a huge grin and a thump on the arm as she passed. Alikan ducked in time to miss the scout’s hand as she tried to clip him around the head.

Despite his laughter, Joss felt uneasy. His grandmother had seemed worried.

Author Biography

Author Emma Miles

I often get asked when I knew I was a writer; the answer is always. A writer is what I am, it’s in my soul. There have been times in my life when I couldn’t write, and times when my writing has been the only thing that kept me going. I think I always longed for something deeper from life, something more meaningful, and I found it in my imagination and in the music of words.
It was poetry which first caught my attention, and whilst my younger cousins called for ghost stories it was animals I first wrote of. I think I gravitated toward fantasy because of the freedom it gives, I could create my own worlds and decide my own rules. My Wind’s Children trilogy was born from an image that came to me whilst daydreaming, of a young man sitting alone below a bridge. I didn’t know who he was; it turns out neither did he, but we found out together.
I’m now working on my eleventh book and love writing more than ever, it’s an addiction, an obsession, but one I now share with my wonderful writing family. My beta readers, my editor, and you, my readers, having you with me on my journey means the world to me.
I write as much as I can around work, but I also try to squeeze in a ridiculous amount of hobbies! I’m a wildlife photographer and do a little archery. I paint, sculpt with clay, withies and driftwood, preferring to be outdoors if I can. I still have a love for the theatre, having started out in life studying backstage crafts, and a great love for language. I speak a little French, Romanian and Italian, ma non molto bene!

Thanks for reading this. If you read any of my books and love them, please come say hello and tell me, you’d be surprised at how much that means to an author.
Take care of yourself.
Em x

Social Media Links –

https://www.facebook.com/EmmaMilesShadow
https://mobile.twitter.com/EmmaMilesShadow

Other blogs on the tour.

If you would like to find out more about these books and author, why not visit other blogs on this tour especially Mai Musings who has reviews for all the books in the series.

Thank you Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to this tour. This series is firmly on my TBR pile and will review once I have caught up.

Happy reading!

Love

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Book Review: Witches of Barcelona by Caedis Knight

The writers who call themselves Caedis Knight are back with the next instalment in the Blood Web Chronicles, Witches of Barcelona. I had high expectations for this book because I adored the previous two books and longed to see how Saskia dealt with witches. My previous review for Vampires of Moscow can be found here. Scroll down to see if it reached my expectations.

I was also intrigued by their awesome trailer: https://youtu.be/yyWSZvHTlNU

Book Review: Witches of Barcelona by Caedis Knight

Witches of Barcelona by Caedis Knight book cover

Title: Witches of Barcelona

Author: Caedis Knight

Publisher:

Genre: urban fantasy, adult fiction

Release date: 31st March 2021


Purchase details:
Universal purchase ebook link:  mybook.to/WitchesOfBarcelona

Blurb

Saskia de la Cruz is a Verity Witch and investigative reporter for The Blood Web Chronicle, the biggest news outlet on the paranormal Blood Web.

After escaping murderous Vampires in snowy Moscow, Saskia can’t imagine a more difficult or more dangerous mission. That is until her editor sends her to Barcelona to investigate a high profile disappearance at the Mage Association, which just happens to be run by her evil mother Solina.

Saskia’s plan is to spend as little time in Barcelona as possible, until she meets three junior members of the MA who know more than they let on – including information on Saskia’s missing sister, Mikayla. Among her new leads is Catalan bruixa Luisa, who has a hold over Saskia stronger than any magic.

It doesn’t take long until Saskia finds herself under the glittering spell of MA high society, where morals are few and magic is law. Can Saskia escape the clutches of a world that’s always been dangerous for her, before it turns deadly?

With vibrant characters, page-turning suspense and steamy romance, this second book in the Blood Web Chronicles series has been dubbed by early readers as ‘devilishly addictive’ and ‘a dark, magical world of power and passion.’ Co-authored by two established fantasy authors Jacqueline Silvester and N.J Simmonds, the second book in the Blood Web Chronicles series is perfect for fans of Crescent City, True Blood, The Elite, and The Craft.

My Thoughts

From Russia and vampiric ballet dancers to sunny Barcelona, Caedis Knight knows how to immerse the reader into a location by painting the stunning scenery, architecture and atmosphere of a place with their words. I’ve added Barcelona to the places I want to visit and can imagine going on a global Caedis Knight inspired holiday visiting all the places Saskia visits by the end of this series. 

Still searching for sister, Saskia goes home to her mother who is acting as First Witch of the Mage. The prologue highlights the murky world Saskia is entering and immediately I knew this book would not let me down. It shows a more vulnerable side of Saskia as she is introduced to different types of witches who are more powerful than herself, makes new friends and meets a new love while she battles with the trauma of the past and her mother. It is full of magic and imaginative imagery – the descriptions of the enchanted food and the witches’ ballgowns are stunning and would translate well to film. As would the scenes with Luisa. While not for readers under the age of 18, they are the most romantic and sensual scenes I’ve read and are in keeping with the character and plot. Like their other books, there is nothing gratuitous about the sex scenes, unlike some novels. With many unpredictable twists and turns as Saskia investigates the crimes, this multilayered novel is a thrill to read.

Would I recommend?

Hell yes! This is a strong book in the genre and my favourite so far in this series. With highly visual and imaginative imagery, a thrilling plot and sensuous sex scenes, it is one to read if you love powerful female characters, travel, spectacular magic and a rollercoaster ride of a read. Like the others, they belong on my forever shelf and can’t wait to find out what happens next

Author Biography

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Caedis Knight is the pen name of two established fantasy authors, Jacqueline Silvester and N J Simmonds. Silvester began her career in screenwriting and lived all over the world before going on to pen her highly successful YA series Wunderkids. Spanish Londoner Simmonds’ background was originally in marketing before writing her fantasy series The Indigo Chronicles, along with various Manga stories and writing collaborations. Together they created Blood Web Chronicles – their first paranormal romance series set in Europe. Great friends and avid travelers, you can find them whizzing between one another’s homes in Germany and the Netherlands, or having Zoom calls to excitedly plot Saskia’s next humorous sexy adventure.

Social media:

Website: caedisknight.com
Twitter: @CaedisKnight
FB: facebook.com/AuthorCaedisKnight
IG: instagram.com/caedis_knight

Have you read any books by Caedis Knight? What do you think?Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading and stay safe!

Love

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Book Review: The Thief on the Winged Horse by Kate Mascarenhas

It is a cold but bright day in Yorkshire with no sign of snow, but if you are huddled indoors near a fire, this book may be one to keep you company. I am pleased to share my review for The Thief on the Winged Horse by Kate Mascarenhas.

Book Review: The Thief on the Winged Horse by Kate Mascarenhas

Title: The Thief on the Winged Horse

Author: Kate Mascarenhas

Publisher: Head of Zeus

Genre: Fantasy

Release Date: 12th November 2020

Blurb:

A dazzling mixture of crime, romance, magic and myth from the author of the bestselling The Psychology of Time Travel.

The Kendrick family have been making world-famous dolls for over 200 years. But their dolls aren’t coveted for the craftsmanship alone. Each one has a specific emotion laid on it by its creator. A magic that can make you feel bucolic bliss or consuming paranoia at a single touch. Though founded by sisters, now only men may know the secrets of the workshop.

Persephone Kendrick longs to break tradition and learn her ancestors’ craft, and when a handsome stranger arrives claiming doll-making talent and blood ties to the family, she sees a chance to grasp all she desires.

But then, one night, the firm’s most valuable doll is stolen. Only someone with knowledge of magic could have taken her. Only a Kendrick could have committed this crime…

My Thoughts

It was the beautiful cover that drew me to this novel but it was the well developed characters that kept me captivated in this unusual book. I loved the premise of a magical doll factory with enchanted dolls but I found the dolls unnerving and creepy. I had to keep my own over active imagination, and the fear of them going rogue in check. If you have a doll phobia this is not the book for you but for everyone else who loves magic like I do, this novel is fascinating.

I enjoyed the conflict with the men being in charge of the dolls’ hexes (enchantments) and have access to all the spells despite the company being founded by four sisters, and the women desiring change. The arrival of Larkin acts as the catalyst and he became one of my favourite characters despite not knowing whether to trust him or not. He had depth and secrets, and was perfect for Persephone to react to. She may have been surly but she had more depth than the other characters and kept the story going with her drive to want more, despite the obstacles she faced because of her gender and father. The story is an exploration of equality, power among the elite, manipulation and lies.

Despite the fae taking a less active and visual role I expected, the blend of magic and contemporary life worked well.

Would I recommend?

Yes, it is an imaginative, entertaining and thought provoking read. The premise and characters make it a book to remember. If you loved The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale you will love this.

I look forward to exploring Kate Mascarenhas’ previous novel and keep an eye out for more in the future.

A big thank you to Head of Zeus for giving me an advanced copy to read so I could share my honest and unbiased opinion.

Happy reading and stay safe!

Love

Book Review: Vampires of Moscow by Caedis Knight

Finally, I can share my review for Vampires of Moscow by Caedis Knight. I read this and Sirens of Los Angeles last month and been itching to tell you all about them. Scroll down to find out why.

Book Review: Vampires of Moscow by Caedis Knight

Vampires of Moscow by Caedis Knight

Title: Vampires of Moscow

Author: Caedis Knight

Publisher: Independent

Genre: Fantasy, Magic

Release date: Kindle out  Thursday 15th Oct

Paperback out Friday 13th Nov

Amazon.com links:
Vampires of Moscow – https://amzn.to/2EKx3pH
Sirens of Los Angeles – https://amzn.to/32afzNm

Blurb:

Saskia de la Cruz is a Verity Witch – her only magic being that she can tell the truth from a lie.

As an investigative reporter for The Blood Web Chronicle, the biggest news outlet on the paranormal dark Blood Web, Saskia spends her days cracking twisted para cases hoping that someday, some case, will bring her closer to finding her missing sister.

In snowy Moscow drained corpses of illegal workers have begun to turn up, with hundreds more reported missing. When Saskia is sent on assignment to investigate an oligarch Vampire crime ring that might be behind the deaths, she plans to get in out of the city’s frozen grasp quickly…preferably with her neck intact.

But beautiful ballet dancer Konstantin Volkov and his wildcard brother Lukka complicate things. The vampire brothers have their own reasons for solving the string of murders, reasons that conflict with Saskia’s mission. Soon, Saskia finds herself enmeshed in the city’s glittering web of crime, passion, and violence, where truths and lies are one and the same.

With vibrant characters, page-turning suspense and steamy romance, this new series has been dubbed by early readers as “a fun crime-solving sexual adventure across Europe.”

Co-authored by two established fantasy authors Jacqueline Silvester and N.J Simmonds, and set across a christmassy Moscow, Vampires of Moscow is the first book in the Blood Web Chronicles series. Perfect for fans of Crescent City, True Blood and Veronica Mars.

My Thoughts

I am a big fan of NJ Simmonds work which includes The Path Keeper and Son of Secrets, so was excited when I heard she was co-writing a series based on paranormals. I was even more excited when I heard her and Jacqueline Silvester’s enthusiasm for the characters and world they were building on a Facebook live. When authors glow while talking about their work, you know the reader is in for a treat. The energy and love both writers have for this series shines through, making it a fast-paced, addictive and imaginative read.

From sunny Los Angeles chasing sirens, Saskia finds herself in freezing Moscow infiltrating a club owned by two hot vampires searching for a story for the Web Chronicle. Saskia is independent and strong-willed but is still finding her feet in her new career, as an investigative reporter. This means she will take risks to prove herself, but her sense of justice also leads her into danger. With her low magical skills, she has to rely on her intelligence to get through. After constant put downs about her lack of magical ability, I enjoyed watching her learn to use her truth seeking skills and consider being a verity witch as an advantage rather than something to be ashamed of. 

The description of the locations made me shiver with cold when walking through Moscow and shudder when thrown into the seedy and murky world of vampire nightclubs. The vamps in this series are not your sparkly, tame versions from Twilight; these adore the taste and thrill of drinking human blood and have inventive ways of drinking it. With graphic descriptions, this novel is not for you if you have a blood phobia.

The idea of a vampire trained in ballet with rippling muscles and toned physique was inspired. I am currently binge watching ballets and the moves the dancers make are out of this world. Giving a vampire this ability made me fall for him hard. It took me a while to feel the same for Lukka, but the contrast between the two brothers won me over. I never expected to fall in love with two killers, but these characters have depth.

Would I recommend?

Yes, if you are a fan of witches, vampires, shape shifters and all things paranormal.  The Web Chronicles is a clever, intense and addictive fantasy crime series , perfect for winter nights and lockdown. They are steamy in places so not for under 18s and you may blush if you are reading in company. I can not wait for the next one and discover where Caedis Knight takes us.

I also have a new author, Jacqueline Silvester to read and follow.

Author biography

Caedis Knight

Caedis Knight is the pen name of two established fantasy authors, Jacqueline Silvester and N J Simmonds. Silvester began her career in screenwriting and lived all over the world before going on to pen her highly successful YA series Wunderkids. Spanish Londoner Simmonds’ background was originally in marketing before writing her fantasy series The Indigo Chronicles, along with various Manga stories and writing collaborations. Together they created Blood Web Chronicles – their first paranormal romance series set in Europe. Great friends and avid travelers, you can find them whizzing between one another’s homes in Germany and the Netherlands, or having Zoom calls to excitedly plot Saskia’s next humorous sexy adventure.

Website: caedisknight.com
Twitter: @CaedisKnight
FB: facebook.com/AuthorCaedisKnight
IG: instagram.com/caedis_knight

Thank you Caedis Knight for an advanced copy so I could give my honest and unbiased opinion. I can not wait to read the next instalment.

If you would like to discover more about this series and the author pop over to the other blogs on this tour.

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Book Review: Son of Secrets by N J Simmonds

Nearly three years ago, I shared my review for an amazing book, The Path Keeper by NJ Simmonds.  The new adult novel blew me away with the pace, plot and characters. It was the beginning of a series; I longed to read more. I waited and, like many others, reread my treasured copy while we waited for news about the sequel’s release. The release was delayed but I am excited to say the waiting is over. The second book of the Indigo Chronicles, Son of Secrets is here! I was lucky to receive an advanced copy to review and it was one of those books I have been desperate to shout about ever since. Scroll down to see why. 

Book Review: Son of Secrets by NJ Simmonds

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Son of Secrets by NJ Simmonds


SON OF SECRETS BLURB:

Ella has been waiting for Zac for three years. She’s convinced he’ll return for her, but fate has other plans. When Josh is thrown back into her life, Ella has a choice: step back on to her rightful path, or wait for the one who dared her to rebel.

But Ella’s not the only one missing Zac. Luci has been searching for her blue-eyed boy over two millennia and will stop at nothing to get him back. Even if that means hunting down the only girl he ever loved.

From Tuscany 5BC to 17th century witch hunts, Ella, Zac, Luci and Sebastian’s lives have been forever intertwined. The time has finally come to complete the circle.

In a fight against destiny – who will win?

LINKS:

njsimmonds.com
Facebook 
Instagram 
Twitter   
Goodreads
Amazon pre-order

My Thoughts

Oh, my! My love of the first novel in the Indigo Chronicles, The Path Keeper, is immense. I’m lucky enough to own a physical copy of the original run and it holds a treasured spot on my forever shelf. The wait to read this second instalment has been excruciatingly long, but it was worth every second.

Fate is battling to right itself after the heart stopping conclusion of The Path Keeper and the characters are reintroduced along with new ones. Ella is as feisty as always and handles her pain in her own way. She was never going to be a weeping damsel in distress and I respect and love her for it. The sorrow she and Zac feel leaps off the page and her step-brother’s hatred gave me goosebumps. It is an emotional, soul ripping read and the writing is more developed than before which I did not think was possible.

The introduction of Luci is inspired and is a character I will always remember and aspire to be for her strength and clarity. The novel blends historical events, fantasy and emotions perfectly to produce a study of the treatment of women in the past and present as well as exploring how the fear of strong women and those who refused to fit to the constraints set by stereotypes triggered the hysteria surrounding witchcraft. 

With angels galore, and passion sizzling between characters, it is definitely not a YA book. The central theme of reincarnation is captivating and with the well-developed characters and many twists and turns it kept me reading through the night. NJ Simmonds  has cast a spell on an idea to create something amazing.  I’m going to struggle to find a better book to read this year and a reading hangover is looming.

Would I recommend?

Yes, get it now and if you have not read The Path Keeper, you need to add it to your shopping basket. This is a series you can not read out of sequence. Son of Secrets is an emotional, thrilling novel of empowerment, grief, magic and eternal love.
I will be counting the days to read the sequel. It is one for my forever shelf. In fact I can not wait to get a hard copy of the series to admire.

Author Biography

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N J Simmonds

N J Simmonds is the author of the fantasy series The Indigo Chronicles – she also writes Manga comics and is one half of Caedis Knight. Her stories are magical, historical and full of complex women. page-turning twists and plenty of romance. Originally from London, she now lives with her family in the Netherlands.

Thank you NJ Simmonds for inviting me to this tour and the advanced copy. If you would like to know more about the book or author visit other blogs on this tour for extracts, interviews and discussions on the characters. 

Love 

 

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Book Review: Hamartia by Raquel Rich

Last month, I was lucky enough to meet Raquel Rich to talk about her book Hamartia, and her writing and I was given a copy of her book to read. The post can be found here. I have finished Hamartia and excited to share my honest and unbiased review with you.

Book Review: Hamartia by Raquel Rich

Hamartia Book Cover

Title: Hamartia

Author: Raquel Rich

Genre: Sci-Fi, fantasy

Publisher: Words Matter Publishing

Release date: 15th August 2018

BOOK BLURB:

Grace’s nine-year-old son, Jordan, is dying. First, the Metagenesis disease will tear his soul from his body, and then it will kill him. Desperate for a cure, Grace agrees to take part in an illegal clinical trial cloning souls. Supported by her best friend Kay, the two embark on the ultimate “Vegas Vacation” to the past in search of the right soul to clone, racing against time to save Jordan’s life. But someone is trying to stop them and when they discover why, Grace must make a choice: let her son die or kill her husband. If she kills her husband she triggers widespread Metagenesis, sealing the fate of the human race with a new plague. Humanity is counting on Grace choosing to let her son die.

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hamartia-Raquel-Rich-ebook/dp/B07GJXT4SG/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

My Thoughts

My first thought as I finished this book was “Bloody hell, what a ride!”  quickly followed “How do I review this?” It is quirky, clever and overwhelmingly unique. Time travel is difficult topic to get your head around and the addition of the theory of reincarnation  should have made this novel complicated but it is told in a way that makes perfect sense. The descriptions of how Grace goes back in time are vivid and highlights the strength of Raquel Rich’s imagination. The pace quickens as the hunt for the cure progresses and the novel twists and turns in many unexpected ways; I was kept on edge throughout. I have never read a book like it. It thrilled, questioned my morals and made me consider what I would do in the same situation.

This is a story of love, soul mates who meet time and again in different life times and the strength of maternal love. The first couple of chapters require the reader to suspend their disbelief and go with the flow until a connection is formed with Grace, Kay and their predicament. It is heartbreaking and emotional. With time travel books I have a habit of  getting confused with paradoxes and my mind gets filled with what ifs and implausibilities so I decided to just read which added to the enjoyment and the questions I did have were answered as the story developed.

The pair go back to the year 2000 and it is scary how much things have changed in the last nineteen years. Her vision of the future, eighty years from now is in some ways reassuring as I watch programmes on plastic and climate change but horrifying in others. The terminal disease Metagenesis sends shivers down my spine and even now, days after I have finished this novel, it unnerves me.

Would I recommend?

Oh yes. This is a gem of a book which deserves to be shouted about, seen and not hidden by obscure Amazon algorithms. If you love quirky, thoughtful reads and the premise of reincarnation sparks your interest, grab a copy, and then comment below as I would love to chat. It would be an amazing book to analyse, dissect and discuss at a book club meeting because there is so much to say.

It is on my forever shelf and I am desperate to read her next book when it is released.

Author Biography

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Author Raquel Rich

Raquel Rich is the author of the award-winning novel, Hamartia. She loves to travel, suntan, walk her dog, and is obsessed with all things Beauty & the Beast. She despises cold weather, balloons, and writing about herself in the third person but noticed all the real authors do that. Born and raised in Canada to Brazilian parents, she lives in the Toronto area with her family. Married to the guy she’s been with since she was fifteen (her baby daddy), her superpowers include being a mom to their two awesome grown-ass boys and one fur baby.

Social Media links

Raquel’s website: https://www.raquelrich.com/hamartia

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41397476-hamartia

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorRaquelRich/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rich.raquel/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RaquelRiosRich

 

Happy reading!

Love

Meet The Author: Emma Miles

From under the duvet today, I am excited to speak Emma Miles as part of her blog tour for her new novel The Raven Coven, the second book of the Fire Walker series.

The Raven Coven by Emma Miles

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The Raven Coven Book Cover

Title: The Raven Coven

Author: Emma Miles

Publisher: Independent publishing

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Release Date: 5th May 2019

Blurb

Kesta had left her heart across the sea. They were at peace, her people saved from slavery, and yet… her soul was uneasy.

Chem lies in chaos, its people suffering as a result of the death of the ruling sorcerers. Refugees flee the cursed Borrows, begging for help from those they had made their enemy. A Queen unknowingly makes a dark, deadly pact, and new powers rise to fill the seats left empty by the Dunham necromancers.

Purchase Links:

US – https://www.amazon.com/Raven-Coven-Fire-Walker-Book-ebook/dp/B07Q4K623S

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Raven-Coven-Fire-Walker-Book-ebook/dp/B07Q4K623S

Meet the Author: Emma Miles

Welcome Emma,

  • What is your favourite book?

It’s always hard to pick one. Of my favourites The Lord of the Rings is the one I have re-read the most. Amongst my other favourites are Robin Hobb’s Farseer books, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books, particularly ones that contain the characters Sam Vimes and Granny Weatherwax. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Bradly and Stephen King’s The Stand and Insomnia.

  • Who is your favourite author?

My favourites are those listed above. All of them are fantastic at character creation and world building. If I had to pick one, I’d have to say Tolkien for the same reason as question one.

  • Where is your favourite place to read or write?

In my back garden when it’s sunny. I love to be outside if I can.

  • How would you relax if you were having a duvet day?

I like to go out with my camera and lose myself in nature. My two favourite spots are a field high on a ridge with fabulous view looking out to sea, and a fallen tree in a forest where I can watch the deer wander by.

  • When did you begin writing and how did being published come about?

I started writing pretty much as soon as I learned to hold a pen and shape letters, I was composing poetry at seven years old. I just loved creating stories and exploring new worlds in my head. A friend of mine who writes horror I met online, encouraged me to try self publishing years ago, I didn’t have the confidence to try and sell myself to an agent. Self publishing seemed to be the answer for someone as shy as me. I soon found that as a self-published author you have to do a huge amount of selling yourself to get anywhere.

  • Have you always written fantasy and what draws you to that genre?

As a child I mostly wrote of animals having adventures and my verbal storytelling tended towards ghost stories as that’s what my younger cousins loved. But my novels have all so far been fantasy, I absolutely love world building and the creative freedom fantasy allows.

  • What do you do when you are not writing?

I work full time so with that and the hours I put into my writing I don’t have a lot of free time. Despite that I have a foolishly large amount of hobbies! Wildlife photography, oil painting, sculpting with wood, clay or withies. I grow my own fruit and vegetables and love exploring new places.

  • Who was the hardest character to write?

Osun. If you’ve read book one, you’ll know he is one of the main protagonists and part of the story is told through him. There are a lot of things I dislike about him, he is selfish and for many years has allowed himself no empathy for others. He also does some pretty abhorrent things. He has some surprisingly good qualities too, such as loyalty, creativity and intelligence. He started off being hard to write, but as I got to know and understand him he became one of the most complex and brilliant characters I’ve created. I’d love to know people’s impressions of him as they follow his story in The Raven Coven.

  • What countries inspired each of the lands that we see Kesta visit?

In terms of the landscape the Fulmer Islands I picture as a more forested north Cornish coast, the people and their society something like the spiritual and environmentally conscious Native Americans.

The Borrows are an island version of the north Cornish coast with its culture similar to that of Vikings.

Elden would most closely resemble medieval Europe with the ecology and landscape being inspired by Italy.

Chem’s landscape was inspired by Norway, but with a volcanic element. Thankfully its society is wholly fictional.

  • Tell us about Azrael’s favourite story.

His favourite story is actually a historical book rather than a tale, it’s ‘The Witch Trials of Elden.’ Azra is a sentimental soul and that was the book Kesta read him to keep him company whilst he was scared and traveling over the sea. Azrael loves stories and in book three of the Fire-Walker series you’ll see him come into his own as a fabulous story teller.

  • What are you planning next?

I’ve just been working on revising my trilogy, ‘The Wind’s Children’ and plotting my next three books. I’m about to start writing a sequel to Hall of Pillars, set in the Valley of the Fey, then early next year I’ll return to my Fire-Walker series to write the next two instalments… life permitting!

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If you would like to know more about Emma and her books why not visit  the other bloggers on tour for reviews and more.

A book review by Mai’s Musings for the first book in the series The Raven Tower  can be found here 

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Author Biography

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Emma Miles

I presently live in the stunning county of Dorset where I’m a cat slave to Wolfe and Piglitt. I spend as much time as I can outside in nature and love exploring and learning about new cultures and languages. I’ve visited Greece, Serbia, Transylvania, Sicily and Norway as well as making several road trips around our beautiful United Kingdom. I paint, sculpt, dabble in photography and do a little archery but most of all – whenever I get a chance – I write.
My writing started from a very young age when I often found myself being the one taking charge of and entertaining all my younger cousins. They loved to hear my stories and although they mostly called for ghost stories it was fantasy I fell in love with when I read The Lord of the Rings when I was ten. I went on to write stories and short ‘books’ for my friends through school and college; then one evening whilst I was waiting for my aunt and uncle to visit an image came to my mind of a boy sitting beneath a bridge. I didn’t know who he was or why he was there, but from exploring those questions ‘The Wind’s Children’ trilogy blossomed and grew with roots going back into his far history as well as stretching out to his future. The boy’s name was Tobias.
I have since left Tobias’s world of ‘Naris’ to explore the Valley with Feather in the ‘Hall of Pillars’ which is now available through Amazon. I am now presently finding my way through Elden, the beautiful Fulmer islands, the ravaged Borrows and haunted Chem with Kesta Silene; a shamaness of sorts with a big journey ahead of her. I hope you come along to share her story and join her adventure; she needs you and you won’t regret it.

 

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Thank you Emma Miles for chatting about books, writing and duvet days and Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to this tour.

Good luck and happy reading!

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Guest post: Real History versus Fantasy History; or, the Dangers of Pushing Research Too Far by M.K Wiseman

I am pleased to introduce M.K Wiseman, as part of a blog tour to celebrate her book, The Kithseeker.  Welcome Duvet Dwellers Books and over to you.

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Real History versus Fantasy History; or, the Dangers of Pushing Research Too Far

I almost went back to change the title of this post. In hindsight it comes across as quite menacing. But then, considering the topic at hand, I think I’ll keep it as typed. For you see, my writing jam is historical fantasy and sometimes real history just … *shiver

Have you ever heard of Hew Draper? I ran across his name while putting together a few fun table props for a convention I attended in August. ExpectoCon in Madison, Wisconsin is a new immersive wizards and witches weekend brought to you by the same mind that created the series of TeslaCon immersive steampunk conventions. As such, I needed a few really nifty outfits and a set of cool new props.

I decided to be so bold as to do a cheeky mild cosplay of one of my own characters. Well, more a nod than a true character cosplay. I fashioned Nagarath’s cinnabar staff and tried to have at least one of my weekend outfits resemble something akin to what I believe a 17th century Croatian wizard would wear. And I made reference books.

And to do so, I did (admittedly shoddy) research so that I could have with me the means to discuss, at length, various magickal histories. Books. Wizards. Strange facts (e.g. the history of the wand is quite fascinating). These filled my little note books in the hope that I could fill strangers’ ears with impromptu in-character lectures. To some extent, I was successful in this attempt and had a blast doing so. But to another extent this exercise mainly served to scare me.

Nicholas Flamel—made more recently famous through J. K. Rowling’s having dropped his history into the Harry Potter series—proved an interesting if non-threatening maybe-maybe-not wizard. I mention Hew Draper above. He managed something potentially more exciting. I say potentially for, no record exists of his having escaped the Salt Tower of the Tower of London on May 30, 1561 … but neither does there exist proof that he did not, in fact, conjure himself away after making the cryptic astrological carving on the wall of his cell.

And then there’s La Voisin. Catherine Monvoisin, French poisoner for hire for the aristocracy in the seventeenth century. Her fate we know. She was publicly executed in Paris on February 22, 1680. Charge of witchcraft (amongst other things.) I stopped researching when I found out how she was performing “black masses” and I figured I no longer wanted to know anything of real wizards from history.

I guess I’ll stick to fantasy for now?

 

The Kithseeker

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Title: The Kithseeker

Author: M.K Wiseman

Genre: Historical fantasy

Release date: 21st August 2018

Blurb

France, 1680

Liara’s defense of the Wizard Nagarath has rendered Anisthe incantate–bereft of magick–but even this cannot guarantee her safety. Because the death of her father-in-magick would seal the girl’s fate, necessity demands she and her wizard maintain a watchful eye on the war mage, while protecting her from his dark designs.

Anisthe has embarked on a journey across Europe, aided by his half-fey manservant with an agenda all his own. They search for a legendary mirror that contains the world’s most powerful magick. Although the stuff of fairytales, the possibility of its existence compels Nagarath and Liara to seek the artifact themselves. Both know that should Anisthe lay claim to that power, Liara would be at his mercy and not even Nagarath could save her.

Thus, the pair find themselves at Versailles, surrounded by agents who ferret out magick users and destroy them. Uncertain who is friend and who is foe, with their rival on their heels, they must discover the mirror before Anisthe releases its evil, or worse, it lays claim to Liara’s magick and brings doom upon them all.

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Author Bio

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M. K. Wiseman has degrees in animation/video and library science – both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Today, her office is a clutter of storyboards and half-catalogued collections of too, too many books. (But, really, is there such a thing as too many books?) When she’s not mucking about with stories, she’s off playing brač or lying in a hammock in the backyard of her Cedarburg home that she shares with her endlessly patient husband.

 

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Thank you for visiting M.K Wiseman and I love the idea of cosplay and hope you took lots of photos. I am also tempted to read more of the real wizards you researched.

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Book Review and Blog Tour: We Other by Sue Bentley

Those that know me know I love folklore and faeries so I was extremely happy to be involved in this book tour for Sue Bentley’s young adult book We Other. Thank you for inviting me Rachel Random Resources

 

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Book Title: We Other

Author: Sue Bentley

Publisher: Endeavour Venture

Release date: 6th June

Blurb

Family secrets, changelings, and fairies you never want to meet on a dark night.
Jess Morgan’s life has always been chaotic.

When a startling new reality cannot be denied, it’s clear that everything she believed about herself is a lie. She is linked to a world where humans – ‘hot-bloods’ – are disposable entertainment. Life on a run-down estate – her single mum’s alcoholism and violent boyfriend – become the least of Jess’s worries.

My Thoughts

This book is pure magic. It lured me in like a faerie charming me into stepping into their faery kingdom. Sue Bentley has woven traditional folklore,  real life, well-formed characters and imaginative descriptions of her faeryland into a lyrical masterpiece. I have been spoilt this year with wonderful books that I could talk about for hours but this novel blew me away.

It is deliciously dark: you do not want these fairies at the bottom of your garden. Jess Morgan’s life in the real world is not easy as the daughter of an alcoholic and it does not shy away from the emotional impact that has. All the prominent characters are believable with their strengths and flaws;  they made me feel as if I knew them.  They immersed me in the story so I didn’t notice this novel was an epic 560 pages. In fact, I did not want it to end.

 

 Would I recommend?

Don’t wait to order this book if  dark fairytale twists are your  thing. It is classed as a YA book but it is mature and could easily fit on an adult shelf. I am enchanted by this book. Before I had finished I made my daughter order it – HINT:  it is on offer if  you pre-order. This is novel is will be on my forever shelf to be reread because I am sure I will discover new things in the details I may have missed the first time round.

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Author Bio

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Sue Bentley discovered a love of books at an early age. She worked for Northamptonshire Libraries for many years, while teaching herself the craft of writing. She is the author of the worldwide bestselling Magic Kitten, Magic Puppy, Magic Ponies, Magic Bunny series for age 5-9 years. She also writes for children and adults under various pen names. A lover of English Folklore, her books often contain elements of the otherworld and the darkness within the everyday. Her books have been translated into around 20 languages. We Other is her first book for Young Adults.

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Happy reading and if you do read this book please let me know your thoughts below.