The Sunday Share – April 29, 2018
The Sunday Share / April 29, 2018

The Sunday Share is a new meme I’m going to try out that lets you share links to content you’ve enjoyed (or posted) from the past week. It is similar to what Anya used to do over at  On Starships and Dragonwings. I have looked for other options since that stopped, but unfortunately haven’t found one yet, epecially one with a solid focus on speculative fiction. So I decided to test out running one here on Tenacious Reader. I know we all like to discover new blogs, reviews, discussions, guest posts and especially those giveaways that we may have otherwise missed during the week. So, feel free to share your links, and also they can be your own, but don’t forget if you just found a new blog or read an amazing review, be sure to spread the love and link those as well. And you don’t need to limit to blog posts, there are amazing reviews and posts on Goodreads, Reddit (r/Fantasy), feel free to link those too.   I’ve given the format of this feature some thought and have decided to try something a bit new this week. To make it easier to see what everyone has added,…

Friday Face Off – A cover that is positively medieval
Friday Face Off / April 27, 2018

Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a new weekly meme hosted at Books by Proxy. Every Friday two books will be lined up to be judged solely on their covers (that thing we are never supposed to do, but you know we all do it!) You can find a list of upcoming themes at Lynn’s Book Blog This weeks theme: a cover that is positively mediaeval  So, with epic fantasy, there a re a ton to choose from, but I immediately thought of Irenicon by Aidan Harte. Since there is only one cover available, I decided to compare the covers from the series.                                   My choice: Sticking with my original pick, though I debated a bit with the omnibus cover which is essentially the same just purple instead if teal. But it has the castle and the cavalry and the banner. Even the horse is all decked out. Which one is your favorite? What cover/book immediately comes to mind for this weeks topic?

Top Ten Tuesday – Frequently Used Words in Fantasy Titles
Top Ten Tuesday / April 24, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is:  Frequently Used Words In FANTASY Titles I went with BLOOD for this one, and used either series or title names, and I went WAY WAY over 10. I actually paired it down quite a bit and still wound up with a ton.       cover title author Daughters of the Storm(Blood and Gold, #1) Wilkins, Kim * With Blood Upon the Sand(The Song of the Shattered Sands #2) Beaulieu, Bradley P. * Spells of Blood and Kin Humphrey, Claire * Blood of the Earth(Soulwood, #1) Hunter, Faith * Scourge of the Betrayer(Bloodsounder’s Arc, #1) Salyards, Jeff * Blood of Dragons (Rain Wild Chronicles, #4) Hobb, Robin * Blood of the Gods (The Ascension Cycle #2) Mealing, David * The Bloodbound(Bloodbound, #1) Lindsey, Erin * Promise of Blood (Powder Mage, #1) McClellan, Brian * Blood Song (Raven’s Shadow, #1) Ryan, Anthony * Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) Rowling, J.K. Blood of the Four Golden, Christopher * Blood and Feathers (Blood and Feathers, #1) Morgan, Lou * Song of Blood & Stone(Earthsinger Chronicles, #1) Penelope, L. * Blood and Salt (Blood and Salt, #1) Liggett, Kim * The Killing Moon(Dreamblood, #1) Jemisin, N.K. *…

Review: The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark
Reviews / April 23, 2018

Thanks to Anna Smith Spark for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. With all the new releases out there, sometimes I miss out on reading a book that gets a lot of praise from people I trust, making me wish I had prioritized my reading differently. The Court of Broken Knives was that book for me last year. For whatever reason, I passed over it and read books, some of which I am sure that I did not enjoy nearly as much. In other words, I made a mistake. When the author reached out to me and offered a copy for review, I was both incredibly grateful, and also really excited to finally make reading this book a priority And I am so glad I did. The Court of Broken Knives is a beautifully written dark and epic story that weaves together through multiple perspectives that are each unique and intriguing. This book does settle pretty solidly in the realm of grimdark and tells the story of an rich empire that has become too used to luxury…

The Sunday Share – April 22, 2018
The Sunday Share / April 22, 2018

The Sunday Share is a new meme I’m going to try out that lets you share links to content you’ve enjoyed (or posted) from the past week. It is similar to what Anya used to do over at  On Starships and Dragonwings. I have looked for other options since that stopped, but unfortunately haven’t found one yet, epecially one with a solid focus on speculative fiction. So I decided to test out running one here on Tenacious Reader. I know we all like to discover new blogs, reviews, discussions, guest posts and especially those giveaways that we may have otherwise missed during the week. So, feel free to share your links, and also they can be your own, but don’t forget if you just found a new blog or read an amazing review, be sure to spread the love and link those as well. And you don’t need to limit to blog posts, there are amazing reviews and posts on Goodreads, Reddit (r/Fantasy), feel free to link those too. Reviews: Giveaways: Guest Posts, Discussion Posts, Excerpts, etc

Friday Firsts – The Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum
Friday Firsts / April 20, 2018

Friday Firsts is a new meme that will run every Friday here on Tenacious Reader. It will feature the first few sentences/paragraph of my current book and my first impressions as well. It’s meant to be a quick and easy way to share a bit about what I am reading, and I would love to hear others join in sharing their current reads as well. CHAPTER 1 Here too, like always, timing was everything. Five hours before painting the southern wall in his apartment for the 250th time, Guy sat at the small café and tried to sip his coffee in a deliberate, calculated way. His body was tilted back a bit from the table, leaning in a position that was supposed to suggest a calmness engendered by years of self-discipline, with the small coffee cup gently cradled between his fingers like a precious seashell. From the corner of his eye, he followed the progress of the second hand on the large clock hanging above the cash register. As always, in the final moments before implementation, he felt the same frustrating awareness of his breathing and his heartbeat, which occasionally drowned out the ticktock of the seconds. The café was half full….

Top Ten Tuesday – 12 Books More People Need to Read
Top Ten Tuesday / April 17, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is FREEBIE – So, I’ll pick TOP 12 Books More People Need to Read (because picking just 10 was too hard) The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark (review is coming very soon) – Great start to a new, grim, epic fantasy Soul of the World by David Mealing Black Wolves by Kate Elliot Borderline by Mishell Baker The Shards of Heaven by Michael Livingston The Holver Alley Crew (or The Thorn of Dentonhill) by Marshall Ryan Maresca The Facefaker’s Game by Chandler Birch The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman Bite by K. S. Merbeth The White Road by Sarah Lotz

Review: The Defiant Heir by Melissa Caruso
4.5 Stars , Reviews / April 16, 2018

I need to just start out with stating how much I love this book and series. It is a refreshing and lively fantasy that has characters that I just can’t get enough of. The entire concept of a non-magic user being tethered to someone with magic, with the ability to essentially turn their abilities on and off, and tying their lives to one another creates very interesting dynamics. Having Amalia, the heir to the Empire, also be a Falconer puts her in a really unique position. The throw in that Zaira, her falcon, is a fire mage, and things get really interesting. In the last book, we saw Amalia’s relationship with Marcello both start to bloom, but also become stifled as the reality of her duty as heir made it apparent she had to remain open to suitors that could gain the Serene Empire a political advantage. In the Defiant Heir, her relationship with Marcello is further tested and strained as an opportune suitor presents her with enormous possibility politically. It is something she can’t just dismiss. The problem? This suitor is not a normal noble, but a Witch Lord from Vaskandar. Witch Lords are the things of scary childhood…