Waiting on Wednesday: Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger

Steel Crow Saga (Steel Crow Saga, #1)

Hardcover, 528 pages
Expected publication: September 24th 2019 by Del Rey Books

Advanced uncorrected proof provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.  This in no way affected my final review 🙂

First off, let me give you a bit of information about the structure of this book.  There are four main POVs with three being ladies of various stations.  Each section or chapter identifies the POV you are entering.  Fantastically, they each have there own voice and thoughts colored by their cultural background, which lends to building both world and story.

I fully loved this story!  The world building, tension building, character development.  All of these were integrated almost seamlessly.  This author fully understands how to capture his readers attention and keep it.  Another thing that was done well was the inclusiveness of the world and characters.  We are presented with a trans character, bisexuality, and other questions of gender or sex within a world that accepts these as normal.  I loved that it was included but wasn’t a huge plot point.

I also enjoyed that the author presented a full story with many of the plot threads coming to a conclusion at the end of this lengthy book.  That being said, GoodReads has indicated that this is the beginning of a series, and I would definitely read more!  There’s a lot to explore in this world, and I’d love to dive back in!

Summary:

Four destinies collide in a unique fantasy world of war and wonders, where empire is won with enchanted steel and magical animal companions fight alongside their masters in battle.

A soldier with a curse
Tala lost her family to the empress’s army and has spent her life avenging them in battle. But the empress’s crimes don’t haunt her half as much as the crimes Tala has committed against the laws of magic… and her own flesh and blood.

A prince with a debt
Jimuro has inherited the ashes of an empire. Now that the revolution has brought down his kingdom, he must depend on Tala to bring him home safe. But it was his army who murdered her family. Now Tala will be his redemption—or his downfall.

A detective with a grudge
Xiulan is an eccentric, pipe-smoking detective who can solve any mystery—but the biggest mystery of all is her true identity. She’s a princess in disguise, and she plans to secure her throne by presenting her father with the ultimate prize: the world’s most wanted prince.

A thief with a broken heart
Lee is a small-time criminal who lives by only one law: Leave them before they leave you. But when Princess Xiulan asks her to be her partner in crime—and offers her a magical animal companion as a reward—she can’t say no, and soon finds she doesn’t want to leave the princess behind.

This band of rogues and royals should all be enemies, but they unite for a common purpose: to defeat an unstoppable killer who defies the laws of magic. In this battle, they will forge unexpected bonds of friendship and love that will change their lives—and begin to change the world.

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Book Review: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Gideon the Ninth (The Ninth House, #1)

Hardcover, 448 pages
Expected publication: September 10th 2019 by Tor.com

This one was so WEIRD!!  But I loved it!

I would give this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars but only because I was confused by a few bits.  I had a really hard time picturing this story happening in outer space.  All the language and the use of swords and necromancy felt solidly fantasy, so when we had a descriptive section about the space ships, I was a bit jolted.  I also had a small issue trying to keep track of all the characters.  There were some that I just didn’t care about, so when those came up, I kind of glossed over their descriptions. *shrug*  My bad.

So, now I’m free to talk about all the good stuff!

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Book Review: Lucifer’s Daughter by Kel Carpenter

Lucifer's Daughter (Queen of the Damned, #1)

Paperback, 174 pages
Published February 15th 2018 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

In preparation for attending Penned Con in a few weeks, I scoured the list of attending authors to see who might already be sitting on my shelf (besides Elise Kova, who graciously provided the Penned Con ticket).  I found one that I am excited to read her new book, Audrey Grey’s Oath Taker, and one that I’d received through OTSP Secret Sister, Kel Carpenter’s Lucifer’s Daughter.

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Nerd Girl Books Blog Tour: Book Review of Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan + Giveaway!

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Hello again!  As promised, here is my review of Mary Fan’s Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon.  And our tour is almost at an end!  Check out the graphic at the very bottom of this post to see what other posts you may have missed earlier this month.  And if you didn’t check my interview about inspiration with Mary Fan and Deborah Schaumberg, click here to go read it!  Also, also, don’t forget to enter the giveaway if you haven’t already (link in my previous post)!

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Throwback Thursday: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library, #1)

Paperback, 341 pages
Published June 14th 2016 by Roc

I’m pretty upset with myself for not starting this series sooner!  I’ve been collecting this series since its US release, but kept setting it aside for other reads.  In spite of hearing fantastic things!  I honestly could not tell you why I wasn’t as interested in picking this one up to read until recently.  Perhaps the cover wasn’t eye-catching enough?  Unknown!  But it’s all good now as I listened to this book as an audio and loved it!

This book creates an intense pace, delightful characters, deep-seated secrets, and an investment to learn more about the world and the characters’ backstories.  If you like thrillers, steampunk, libraries, secrets, things to get a little creepy, or the battle between order and chaos, you should have already been reading this series a long time ago!

So far, it looks like five titles have been released with a six scheduled for a December/January book birthday and a seventh that has been announced.  I know the first four books are sitting on my shelf, and I’ve just bumped them up much higher on my TBR.  Plus, I gave book one to a friend, so I’m sure she’ll want book two very soon 🙂

Have you read this series yet?  Want to yell at me for just now jumping on this train?  Go for it in the comments below!

The Secret Chapter (The Invisible Library #6)

Summary:

Collecting books can be a dangerous prospect in this fun, time-traveling, fantasy adventure from a spectacular debut author.
 
One thing any Librarian will tell you: the truth is much stranger than fiction…

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from all of the different realities. Most recently, she and her enigmatic assistant Kai have been sent to an alternative London. Their mission: Retrieve a particularly dangerous book. The problem: By the time they arrive, it’s already been stolen.

London’s underground factions are prepared to fight to the death to find the tome before Irene and Kai do, a problem compounded by the fact that this world is chaos-infested—the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic to run rampant. To make matters worse, Kai is hiding something—secrets that could be just as volatile as the chaos-filled world itself.

Now Irene is caught in a puzzling web of deadly danger, conflicting clues, and sinister secret societies. And failure is not an option—because it isn’t just Irene’s reputation at stake, it’s the nature of reality itself…

Book Review: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Sorcery of Thorns

Hardcover, 456 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Although the synopsis sounded like my dream book, I was hesitant to start this one as I’d thought I’d love this author’s debut and then didn’t.  I can happily say that whatever issues I’d had with An Enchantment of Ravens had no bearing on my enjoyment of this book.  AT ALL!  This book had great pacing, intriguing but mysterious characters, solid world building, everything that a five star book needs to get starred reviews.  If you are on the fence at all, then fall on the side of READ IT RIGHT NOW!  I cannot stress enough how thoroughly I loved this one.

I especially loved that the character, who grew up in a library (like I always wanted to do), loves all things books (just like me), has an attachment to a cat (cat-lover here!), and a fascination with learning everything (I have way too many hobbies), is named Elisabeth, which isn’t quite my name since I spell it with a ‘z’, but I’ll take it!  I can definitely understand why everyone wants to see themselves in their favorite books/genres.  It’s rather addictive!

Anyway, are you still reading this review?  Why?  Go read the book!  Like, right now!  Go!

Sorcery of Thorns

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Summary:

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

Throwback Thursday: Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie

Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound, #1)

Paperback, 312 pages
Published September 14th 2018 by Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.

I recently listened to this one through Audible, and I really liked it!  I thought at first it was just going to be mind candy (a fluffy read with little to no depth although still excellent), but I found a well-thought out and surprisingly fun story!  I loved how the main character isn’t “special” aka she has no magical powers.  But, she was still able to provide her own perspective on things and definitely contributed to the guild in believable ways.

I would highly recommend checking out this book.  Besides our heroine, there’s magic and hot guys aplenty 🙂  I mean, if you need more reasons to pick it up.  But I think that you will find great enjoyment in this read.  Plus, it’s not a huge tome.

Looks like there are at least three more in the series, so I’ll probably have to pick those up too at some point.  Because we all know that my TBR needs EVEN MORE books on it.

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