Review: Firebrand by Kristen Britain
4 Stars , Reviews / February 20, 2017

Just a quick reminder that while my review is spoiler free for Firebrand, there are likely spoilers for the previous books. There is something about returning to read a new book the Green Rider series that just makes me happy. Maybe it is because I this is one of the first series I read in the fantasy genre, but I just find them to be very addictive, comfort reads that make me want to curl up with it until I finish. This one was no exception. With Firebrand, Karigan returns to her own time, so it includes many of our favorite characters from books past. I know not everyone was thrilled with the change in setting/characters/time period with the last book, though I personally really enjoyed it. For those that were less than thrilled, fear not, this book is much in line with the first 4 books in the series. Karigan is distraught and heartbroken over leaving Cade behind. She misses him deeply and feels guilt over leaving him, not knowing if he is still alive or not. In some ways, it was overwhelming, and impacted her personality a bit. But not so much that I felt it overdone or a…

Tough Traveling – Holidays

Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the mastermind of Tough Traveling. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, it’s a weekly feature on Thursdays where we dig around to come up with examples of common tropes in fantasy, using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. Nathan has invited one and all to join in the fun, so feel free to come up with your own lists and add the link on Nathan’s weekly post, which will also contain (unleash) the next weeks theme. So let the fun begin … This weeks theme? HOLIDAYS Never too late to celebrate … holidays! Because fantasy festivals and feasts are always fun.  Thanks to Wendy for the suggestion!  And feel free to blame her if this proves to be as hard as it sounds.   Winterfest from Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb Ah yes, guests, traveling minstrels, puppeteers, tumblers, tinkers all get to converge to this feast of a holiday. And what better way to start a book than a holiday full of traveling strangers? How about including a murder plot? OK, murder is not technically a Winterfest tradition, but it certainly sets up a great atmosphere for it!   Genitalia Festival from Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie…

Tough Traveling – Bugs

Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the mastermind of Tough Traveling. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, it’s a weekly feature on Thursdays where we dig around to come up with examples of common tropes in fantasy, using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. Nathan has invited one and all to join in the fun, so feel free to come up with your own lists and add the link on Nathan’s weekly post, which will also contain (unleash) the next weeks theme. So let the fun begin … This weeks theme? BUGS BUGS- Not in the Tough Guide but it should be. Let’s all find anything creepy or crawly, big or small, six legs, eight legs, or more. Bugs, bugs, bugs.     This was a fun one, but also frustrating because there are a couple of scenes I could picture, but not place. Hate when that happens. I also know there are way more than what I came up with, so I’m looking forward to checking out everyone else’s lists! I kept thinking I should be able to come up with some sort of nasty bug that causes hallucinations and crazy side effects. I know they’re out there,…

Tough Traveling – Elves

Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the mastermind of Tough Traveling. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, it’s a weekly feature on Thursdays where we dig around to come up with examples of common tropes in fantasy, using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. Nathan has invited one and all to join in the fun, so feel free to come up with your own lists and add the link on Nathan’s weekly post, which will also contain (unleash) the next weeks theme. So let the fun begin … This weeks theme? ELVES! The section in the Tough Guide for Elves looks to be about the longest one yet, but here’s the gist of it: ELVES claims to have been the first people in Fantasyland. They are called the Elder Race. They did not evolve like humans, but sprang into being just as they are now.   Elatians from Green Rider series by Kristen Britain (review of Book 5: Mirror Sight)– They are called Eletians, but basically they are elves. They have the near immortal (but not invincible) thing going on. Their race is older, wiser and more endangered than ours.       Elves from Bearers of the Black Staff duology by…

Tough Traveling – Practice/Combat Rings

Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the mastermind of Tough Traveling. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, it’s a weekly feature on Thursdays where we dig around to come up with examples of common tropes in fantasy, using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. Nathan has invited one and all to join in the fun, so feel free to come up with your own lists and add the link on Nathan’s weekly post, which will also contain (unleash) the next weeks theme. So let the fun begin … This weeks theme? PRACTICE/COMBAT RINGS PRACTICE RING OR COMBAT RING is a sanded circle used for sparring and WEAPONS practice… It can be found attached to any school of weaponry, outside mercenaries’ winter quarters, and quite often on the outskirts of aggressive towns.   Hmm… I’m running a little late with this this week. But I have something. Hopefully it’s not nonsense. I have a few I feel like I can picture from reading, but I can’t for the life of me match them with books. I’m hoping when I look at the other lists I will have a couple of A-HA moments 🙂   Green Rider Series by Kristen Britain –…

Mirror Sight by Kristen Britain
4 Stars , Reviews / May 16, 2014

So, when I sat down to write this review, I realized it was quite hard to do without some level of spoiler for the cliffhanger book 4 left you with. I have done my best, but you have now been forewarned that if you want to go into Mirror Sight completely blind (at the point of that cliffhanger), well, probably best to not read this review. Possibly not any reviews, before hand. So, onwards to my review. Before reading Mirror Sight, I have to admit to being in a bit of a reading slump. I picked up several books, would get to between 10 – 20% of each one and put it back down because I just wasn’t in the mood for it (not because I didn’t like the story or the writing). There were 3 sequels released May 6th that I have been waiting for, but of all of them I knew reading about Karigan was what would be most likely to keep my interest past that first 10 – 20% of the book. And I was right. I was immediately into the story (where it left off from book 5), and never lost interest. Which is really good,…