The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo – Book Review (spoiler free)

I do like a novella. Short stories are often too short for me. They only offer a peek into a new world, rather than the grand tour I prefer. A novella lives somewhere between these two mediums, and I find the length gives the story more room to breathe, whilst also offering a sharper andContinue reading “The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo – Book Review (spoiler free)”

Book Review – Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence (spoiler free)

Mark Lawrence is certainly a prolific author. I’ve been a fan of his work for a long time and have noticed that his various series are always a little different. He doesn’t serve up the same story twice. Broken Empire is dark grimdark – a tale that questions if redemption is possible. Very different toContinue reading “Book Review – Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence (spoiler free)”

Writing and Reading – June 2022

Hello everyone, I hope you are all keeping well. June was an eventful month. So many wonderful things happened – which means there is lots to talk about. The Children of Gods and Fighting Men Firstly, my lovely special edition with The Broken Binding was available for preorder at the start of June… and thenContinue reading “Writing and Reading – June 2022”

Book review – The Martyr by Anthony Ryan

Another fabulous book by Anthony Ryan has arrived. This is the second book in the Covenant of Steel series – and if you haven’t read The Pariah yet, I highly recommend that you do. And just to help you on your way, here is my spoiler free review of The Pariah. https://shaunalawless.com/2021/12/12/book-review-the-pariah-by-anthony-ryan-spoiler-free/ But onto TheContinue reading “Book review – The Martyr by Anthony Ryan”

Book Review – A Touch of Light by Thiago Abdalla – spoiler free

Hi everyone, I hope you are all keeping well! I’ve another book review for you. This time it is SPFBO 8 contender, A Touch of Light by Thiago Abdalla. So first of all – Thiago Abdalla paints a wonderful story. The prose was elegant and engaging and pulled me into an intriguing world. And theContinue reading “Book Review – A Touch of Light by Thiago Abdalla – spoiler free”

Writing and Reading – May 2022

Hi everyone! It’s the start of June which means it’s less than 3 months until my book is released! The countdown is on. There is plenty of writing and reading news this month! So – let’s get into it! Writing So the first amazing piece of news is that I have a Broken Binding specialContinue reading “Writing and Reading – May 2022”

One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence – book review (no spoilers)

Wow – what a book. I only picked it up to read the blurb… which lead me to flip open the front cover and read the first page… which resulted in me finishing the whole book in one weekend. Not that I should be surprised. I’ve loved every single one of Mark’s books. And yet,Continue reading “One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence – book review (no spoilers)”

Irish Mythology for beginners

Since my book was announced, I’ve had quite a few people message me to say they they are intrigued by Irish mythology, but don’t know anything about it – and don’t know where to begin. Who is Cú Chulainn? You ask. Who is Finn McCool? Aren’t there giants? And what about leprechauns? The first thingContinue reading “Irish Mythology for beginners”

No Gods, Only Monsters by Steve McHugh – Book Review (spoiler-free)

Hello everyone, Today it’s my turn to review No Gods, Only Monsters by Steve McHugh. Thanks to the Escapist Book Tour for putting this together! So first things first. What is the book about? The Blurb Diana, the Roman Goddess of the hunt, lives alone on the far edge of the Roman Empire. When anContinue reading “No Gods, Only Monsters by Steve McHugh – Book Review (spoiler-free)”

Writing and reading – April 2022

Hi everyone, Well, this has been quite a month! I really mean it. Just one exciting thing happened after another. A review ARC of my book has been sent out to various authors/reviewers – and I also was sent a copy. Head of Zeus did a wonderful job with these and it was such aContinue reading “Writing and reading – April 2022”