Author Interview: Anthony Ryan

Anthony Ryan is the author of numerous novels, novellas, and short stories. His works feature on many fantasy ‘Top 10’ lists and he is a New York Times bestselling author. More than that, Blood Song, is one of my favourite books of all time. I discovered this book when I was browsing in a bookshopContinue reading “Author Interview: Anthony Ryan”

Book Review: Providence of Fire by Brian Staveley

Hi everyone, this is my review of The Providence of Fire – the second book in the Unhewn Throne trilogy. No major spoilers, but events in The Emperor’s Blades are discussed. REVIEW The Providence of Fire is full of mythological retelling and philosophical debate. The very meaning of empire is brought into question. Should theContinue reading “Book Review: Providence of Fire by Brian Staveley”

My quest to find Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne

Everyone has been talking about this book. In fact, a lot of my twitter friends and fellow book-bloggers have already read it. As a massive The Faithful and the Fallen fan, I was therefore eager to buy the book on the week of release. So, on my return to work yesterday (I haven’t been toContinue reading “My quest to find Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne”

Mythical Ireland – Rostrevor & Kilbroney Park

Kilbroney Park is situated in Rostrevor, a small town in County Down, Northern Ireland. A lot of Irish myths and literature are associated with this part of Ireland and it is well worth a visit. The most notable literature associated with Rostrevor is The Chronicles of Narnia. C.S Lewis was born in Ulster and visitedContinue reading “Mythical Ireland – Rostrevor & Kilbroney Park”

Review of Cold From The North by D.W. Ross (no spoilers)

Have you ever felt cold from just reading a book? 🥶 🥶 I’ve been walking in the mountains when sudden hail storms have blown in, when the wind has turned bitter, and the air become icy. There is a very distinct pain to being cold and outside in the elements – but very rarely broughtContinue reading “Review of Cold From The North by D.W. Ross (no spoilers)”

Book review – The Blacktongue Thief

Every once in a while a book comes out that blows me away. This is no easy feat, I’ve been reading prolifically since I was about seven. Now nearly thirty years later, I’d say I’ve read more than most. It’s not so easy to topple me from my reading perch. To be blown away notContinue reading “Book review – The Blacktongue Thief”

The Second Perspective – the most unloved perspective of all

When writers talk about perspectives, we usually discuss the 1st and 3rd. First perspective being any story where the protagonist directly narrates his/her/their own story. I walked to the shop to buy a loaf of bread. Third perspective is where the character’s name is used or he/she, and thus the writer is able to relayContinue reading “The Second Perspective – the most unloved perspective of all”

Novella review: Tower of Mud and Straw by Yaroslav Barsukov

How completely different. That is my overwhelming thought on reading this beautiful novella. I’ve been enjoying my fantasy lately; lands full of assassins, mages, female warriors, and cold-hearted kings. This isn’t that book. However, it’s no bad thing. This is still fantasy, but much more grounded, and yet, somehow more fantastical. Imagine the visuals ofContinue reading “Novella review: Tower of Mud and Straw by Yaroslav Barsukov”