Review: A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay
4.5 Stars , Reviews / April 29, 2019

This is a book that is more about the human element than the bigger picture of the world. How people’s lives can be defined, shaped, altered by a single moment. It is about those passing moments and memories. There are no guarantees in life, just because you feel something should be doesn’t mean it will happen or be that way. This book is full of danger, excitement, betrayal and love. Kay continues to prove his skill at storytelling is on a different level from most authors. Within the first hour of reading this book I was quickly reminded that even though I know I love reading Guy Gavriel Kay’s books, reading a new one is a fresh and strong reminder of how much I love them and why. I had a hard time putting this book down because I just kept wanting more, I was invested in the characters, their lives and the potential I could immediately see in them and the story. I wanted to see where things would end up. There is a decent size cast of characters and perspectives in this and I loved reading each character’s individual story. I feel like every character was important and…

Top Ten Tuesday – Standalone Books
Top Ten Tuesday / March 12, 2019

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  Standalone Books Technically, the suggested theme was Standalone Books that Need a Sequel, but I find that the standalones I am happy with, even if I think I’d enjoy reading more, I don’t think they *need* a sequel. That’s kinda the point. So I’m just listing 10 of my favorite standalones.

Stacking the Shelves – February 16, 2019
Stacking the Shelves / February 16, 2019

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature all about sharing your good luck in book acquisitions! So here’s what came my way since my last post! Received for Review   I have some really fun additions this time. About half are second in series and the others are first.  I loved the first in this series quite a bit and am excited to see there is finally another a book. So many thanks to Ace Books! This book wasn’t really on my radar before a copy showed up, but I have to admit it does sound intriguing. I plan to keep my eye out for reviews and to see if I have time to fit it in. Many thanks to Wunderkind and 47 North for the review copy. This book was a bit of an impulse request for me, but it was so much fun. If you missed my review, be sure to check it out! Many thanks to Harper Voyager! This was such a fun package to open!! I loved all of the books I’ve read by Leckie so far so am really looking forward to this one. So many thanks to Orbit books! I really enjoyed the first in…

2019 New SFF Series and Standalones
Lists / January 8, 2019

Alright, it’s somehow already 2019! So, I decided I should make a list of the New Series and Standalones for the year. It’s pretty much impossible to get all the books on these lists, so here is a good sampling of ones I’m excited for. Please feel free to leave ones I’ve not included in the comments. I apologize for the mish-mash order. I usually try to group them better or organize by release date or genre, but the new WordPress is not my friend right now, and I decided I’d rather post than spend the time sorting the list with the new block style that is not as easy to just move chunks at a time (Yes, I can easily move blocks, but each book has about 4 blocks that are not easy to move all together)   Gods meddle in the fates of men, men play with the fates of gods, and a pretender must be cast down from the throne in this breathtaking first fantasy novel from Ann Leckie, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards. For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god…

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Audiobooks You Should Listen To
Top Ten Tuesday / September 20, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is Top Ten Audiobooks You Should Listen To I was very hesitant to try audiobooks in the beginning, but figured it was worth a shot. Turns out I love them and they have quickly become a staple for my reading habits. Every book I mention below, I felt had amazing narration or it would not be on the list! 🙂 Between Two Fires is a wonderful blend of fantasy and horror. This book pretty much blew me away. I often stray away from this author, for fear of books being “too weird” for me.  I found This Census-Taker to be absolutely fascinating as I tried to puzzle the pieces together. This one also has a tinge of horror to it. Neil Gaiman does an brilliant job narrating his own work, and I feel the audiobook for The Ocean at the End of the Lane greatly benefits from his performance. It’s always re-assuring when you have the author narrating because you know absolutely every little inflection and nuance in speech is exactly as they meant the…

Review: Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay
4 Stars , Reviews / May 16, 2016

Children of Earth and Sky is Kay’s latest novel, set in war torn lands. The cast is comprised of a variety of characters, characters that are unlikely companions, crossing paths only by chance. As with Kay’s other books, this is set in a fictional land/world, but quite closely matches our own. There are a good number of characters in this, but I think it works extremely well as it helps give perspectives and information from a variety of sources. This always helps paint a broader picture. As one might expect, this world can brutal, and there are great hardships that help steer our characters onto their current courses. Danica is a determined young woman, set of on vengeance for the loss of her family. She is fiercely independent and not afraid of calculated risks. Honestly, she does not seem to fear much in this world. Perhaps that comes from losing so much. At some point, what is left to fear when everyone you love is dead or taken? She is also extremely talented with the bow and has worked to earn her place among the raiders (pirates) of Senjan. This sets her on her course for the book, her life…

New Series or Standalones to Look For in 2016
Lists / December 17, 2015

During this season of List Making and Anticipation for the year to come, I really enjoy focusing on the books that anyone can jump into. This means brand new series and standalone novels that don’t require previous reading. As always, there are many great books to look forward to! I tried to mark if the book is a standalone or the start of a new series, but I’ll be honest, it’s not always easy to tell and sometimes books that are initially offered as a standalone wind up getting follow up book deals. For those interested in seeing a list of everything I am currently looking forward to, you can see my running list of 2016 Anticipated Releases that is updated through out the year as I hear of books and release dates. Its nothing fancy, just a list of dates and titles with links to reviews when I have them.   NEW STANDALONE The bestselling author of the ground breaking novels Under Heaven and River of Stars, Guy Gavriel Kay is back with a new novel, Children of Earth and Sky, set in a world inspired by the conflicts and dramas of Renaissance Europe. Against this tumultuous backdrop the lives…

Backlist Burndown Review: Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
4.5 Stars , Reviews / January 30, 2015

If you have not read anything by Guy Gavriel Kay, I really encourage you to. His prose is beautiful without being flowery or ostentatious. It just flows and and leaves both wonderful images and reflections in its wake. And to make the deal even sweeter, the audiobook is narrated by Simon Vance. If you haven’t listened to a book narrated by Simon Vance, your life is just not as fulfilled as it could be! His voice is just magic, and pair that voice with Kay’s prose? The result is an audible heaven. Seriously. Tigana is a magical exploration of history and memory. A grieving sorcerer casts a spell in vengeance, causing everyone from Tigana to be caught in the middle. It is the story of a land that has been erased from everyone’s memory, and the even then name Tigana is not able to be heard or understood by anyone from outside of Tigana. Whoever you are, wherever you are from, imagine not being able to speak the name of where you are from much less speak of its history. It’s a sad loss that most of the world is unaware of. In addition to that, it’s also a story that causes you to pause and think…

The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
5 Stars , Reviews / February 12, 2014

  Guy Gavriel Kay has been on my “must try” list for years. I have heard him recommended so many times and I have come across devoted fans that will praise his prose endlessly. And on top of that, he writes stand-alone novels, so there is no fear of commitment here. With all of that, I have no idea why I have not read one of his novels previously. But, I nominated The Lions of Al-Rassan for one of my book club reads and happily it won. No more excuses, it was time to actually read. So, now that I have read it, do I think it is worthy of the praise I have heard? Absolutely. Kay’s prose is just wonderful to read. Lions of Al-Rassan is a historical fantasy with very little magic. Similar to K. J. Parker’s work, this one is a fictional world that mirrors ours. But the strengths of this book are different than Parker. Kay’s prose has a more fluid feel, while Parker has more mystery/layers. I don’t think one is better than the other; they just have a little bit different feel reading them, even though in some ways they are similar. One of…