Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems
Top Ten Tuesday / September 11, 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 : Hidden Gems (which books haven’t been talked about as much or haven’t been marketed as strongly that you think deserve some recognition?)

Review: The Empire’s Ghost by Isabelle Steiger
4 Stars , Reviews / May 15, 2017

The Empire’s Ghost is epic on many levels. The massive empire of Elesthene is now history, fractured into separate lands. Magic has become fable, thought to be rooted in superstition rather than historical fact. The story gives viewpoints from several rulers, all with their own agendas and ruling styles. You also get the view point of many citizens and soldiers as well. It gives a sweeping view of what life is like across the board, giving the reader insights into the life and happenings for commoners as well as intrigue from within the palace. Though the perspectives are all unique, they become intricately intertwined as the story progresses. Through perspectives on the struggles between adjacent lands that used to be part of the Empire, we meet the rulers of all three and three and see the contrasting styles of rule. We see hints of magic, enough for speculation. The story can be dark at times, but this is not a brutal and gritty story. It is epic with ups and downs, and definitely death and blood. It’s not a happy feel good story that glosses over battles, but it is not terribly graphic either (at least not by my standards). Now, one…

Friday Firsts – The Empire’s Ghost by Isabelle Steiger
Friday Firsts / May 12, 2017

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.   The last time it snowed, Roger took a bundle of firewood and some biscuits to the Dragon’s Head.   The streets of Sheath Alleys were perpetually dank, as narrow and twisting as a guilty thought— and they inspired many, as Roger knew all too well. It was as if Valyanrend itself fled to Sheath to escape its past, to disappear into the shadows as so many of its citizens had done. For the city, at least, it was a lost cause.        My First Impressions I have to confess, I started this one in too many short bursts over too long of a time (like after two weeks, I was still in the prologue), and with all the characters, I had trouble keeping up. HOWEVER. I went back to the beginning, read the prologue straight…

Stacking the Shelves – May 6, 2017
Stacking the Shelves / May 6, 2017

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! I have still been trying to show some restraint with my book request, but always easier said than done! 🙂 Anyway, I am excited about the books I received over the past couple of weeks! Received for Review This one has a great line up authors! Many thanks to Pyr for sending a copy my way! Huge thanks to Ace for this early review copy! I still need to catch up with the first one, but hear it is supposed to be good! Many thanks to Tachyon for sending me the review copy! I have been meaning to read McKillip for a while, and was delighted to be able to get a review copy of this reprint. Plus, look at the gorgeous cover! I am seriously looking forward to this one. Bite was a favorite of mine from last year, and so excited to get another one. Many thanks to Orbit for the review copy. This book sounds quite different from Certain Dark Things, in fact, it sounds closer to the Glamourist Histories books I…

2017 New SFF Series and Standalones
Lists / December 12, 2016

Once again, it’s time to look ahead and get excited for what the new year has in store for us. Here’s a list of upcoming releases that I think are worth keeping track of, all either first and series or standalones. I read predominantly Fantasy, particularly epic fantasy, and my list definitely reflects that. This list wound up twice as long as I aimed for, and I know there are still more great books coming out not listed.   Looking forward to something you don’t see on the list? Share it in the comments!   EPIC FANTASY         FANTASY          SCIENCE FICTION           HORROR   EPIC FANTASY       Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan An epic new fantasy series from Brian McClellan, set in the same world as his wildly popular Powder Mage trilogy. The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place – a frontier destination for criminals, fortune-hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of a suppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires. The insurrection that threatens Landfall must be…