Wings of Fire: The Dangerous Gift – Book Review

Wings of Fire: The Dangerous Gift, Book 14 by Tui T. Sutherland

Snowfall didn’t expect to be queen of the IceWings at such a young age, but now that she is, she’s going to be the best queen ever. All she has to do is keep her tribe within IceWing territory, where it’s safe — while keeping every other tribe out, where they belong.

It’s a perfect and simple plan, backed up by all the IceWing magic Snowfall can find. That is, until a storm of unidentified dragons arrives on her shore, looking for asylum.

The foreigners are completely strange and, Snowfall is certain, utterly untrustworthy. But as she escorts the miserable new tribes out of her kingdom, Snowfall is forced to reconsider her plan. Maybe she can only keep her tribe safe . . . if she’s willing to risk everything.

Just when I think that this has to be the weak installment in this amazing saga, Tui proves me wrong again. There are 14 plus the Darkstalker novel and each is exciting, engaging, and unique.

This novel is told from Snowfall’s point of view, a spoiled, arrogant, and entitled newly crowned queen of the IceWings. She’s incredibly annoying at first. But then, she discovers some artifacts and a horde of unfamiliar dragons land on her doorstep. And she begins to slowly change. Meanwhile, these new refugees from off need a new home. I absolutely loved following along Snowfall’s journey of self-discovery as she learns about these refugees as well as some interesting information about “Scavengers.” There isn’t a lot of action, but a lot of story is revealed. This fantastic, character-driven story is full of drama, humor, and revelations. And, as always, I eagerly await the next in one of my all-time favorite children’s fantasy series.

Master of the Revels – Book Excerpt!

This fast-paced sequel to the New York Times bestselling near-future adventure The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. picks up where the original left off, as Tristan Lyons, Mel Stokes, and their fellow outcasts from the Department of Diachronic Operations (D.O.D.O.) fight to stop the powerful Irish witch Gráinne from using time travel to reverse the evolution of all modern technology.

Chief amongst Gráinne’s plots: to encrypt cataclysmic spells into Shakespeare’s “cursed” play, Macbeth. When her fellow rogue agents fall victim to Gráinne’s schemes, Melisande Stokes is forced to send Tristan’s untested, wayward sister Robin back in time to 1606 London, where Edmund Tilney, the king’s Master of Revels, controls all staged performances in London. And now Gráinne controls Tilney.

Historical objects disappear, cities literally rise and fall, and nothing less than the fate of humanity is at stake. As Gráinne sows chaos across time and space, the ragtag team of ex-D.O.D.O. agents must fix the past—in order to save the future.

Master of the Revels by Nicole Galland excerpt posted with permission from the publisher, William Morrow:

Handwritten in pencil on scrap paper
(Mel, please scan and destroy hard copy.)

This memo provides foundational data for new recruits, assuming we can score some.

My name is LTC Tristan Lyons, USA (Ret.), and I’m one of several ex-employees of DODO, the Department of Diachronic Operations, a black ops arm of the U.S. government that has been taken over and subverted by an enemy agent.

DODO was formed five years ago with the mission of using time travel (diachronic operations) to benefit the United States. Its staff quickly expanded from only myself (operational command), Dr. Melisande Stokes (historical linguist), Dr. Frank Oda (physicist), and Erzsébet Karpathy (witch) . . . to a sprawling, bureaucracy-sogged government agency.

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Received in February

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received last month for review and/or giveaways:

Rick and Morty The Complete Seasons 1-4 Blu-Ray
Victor and Valentino: Folk Art Foes DVD

Book Fluent:
The Authors of This Dream by Seth Mullins

Caezik SF & Fantasy:
Déjà Doomed by Edward M. Lerner
Power Challenges by Ben Bova

Del Rey:
Star Wars: Victory’s Price: An Alphabet Squadron Novel by Alexander Freed

Disney Hyperion:
Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident – The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer
Airman by Eoin Colfer
Summer Adventure for Groot! by Brendan Deneen

STARGATE SG-1: Infiltration by Susannah Parker Sinard

First Second:
Pepper Page Saves the Universe! by Landry Q. Walker

Harper Voyager:
The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers
The Bone Maker by Sarah Beth Durst

HMH / Mariner Books:
The Conductors by Nicole Glover

Lycan Valley Press:
Stella by Josh Dygert

Unknown 9: Revelation: Book Two of the Genesis Trilogy by Layton Green

Saga Press:
My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
Machinehood by S.B. Divya

Wings of Fire: The Dangerous Gift Book 14 by Tui T. Sutherland

Subterranean Press:
Alias Space by Kelly Robson
Collectibles by Lawrence Block
The Return of the Sorceress by Moreno-Garcia

White Tigress Press:
The Descent of the Drowned by Ana Lal Din

William Morrow:
Master of the Revels: A Return to Neal Stephenson’s D.O.D.O. by Nicole Galland

All the Tides of Fate – Book Review

All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace

Through blood and sacrifice, Amora Montara has conquered a rebellion and taken her rightful place as queen of Visidia. Now, with the islands in turmoil and the people questioning her authority, Amora cannot allow anyone to see her weaknesses.

No one can know about the curse in her bloodline. No one can know that she’s lost her magic. No one can know the truth about the boy who holds the missing half of her soul.

To save herself and Visidia, Amora embarks on a desperate quest for a mythical artifact that could fix everything―but it comes at a terrible cost. As she tries to balance her loyalty to her people, her crew, and the desires of her heart, Amora will soon discover that the power to rule might destroy her.

All the Tides of Fate is the sequel to All the Stars and Teeth, which I really enjoyed. And though I forgot some details, the author makes it easy to jump in and expertly refreshes the necessary points, without an info dump. Amora is now queen and looking for a way to break the curse that surrounds her power. So, to quietly investigate a way to lift her curse, the queen uses the excuse that she’s looking for a husband. She gathers her trusted friends and travels among her realm, though not all of her subjects are happy to have her visit.

This is fantastic duology with vibrant and memorable characters and an exciting story. It’s a unique fantasy world with various islands with magical abilities and a seemingly impossible, no-win scenario to release Amora’s curse. The story is fast-paced and full of suspense, intrigue, and romance. I loved this installment even more than the first. With several surprises along the way, as well as heartbreak, this is an amazing novel that I won’t soon forget.

Doom Patrol: Complete 2nd Season – Blu-Ray Review

Doom Patrol: The Complete Second Season

DC’s strangest group of heroes are back again to save the world – that is if they can find a way to grow up…both figuratively and literally. Following the defeat of Mr. Nobody, the DOOM PATROL now find themselves mini-sized and stranded on Cliff’s toy race car track. Here they begin to deal with their feelings of betrayal with Niles Caulder aka The Chief, while confronting their own personal baggage.

The first season of Doom Patrol was more of an origin story for everyone and the team itself, though there was still a foe to overcome. But this season focuses mainly on Nile’s daughter Dorothy, a girl who has been forced to stay young – in order to keep a monstrous evil at bay. Though the season is only 9 episodes, there is a lot of complex stories interwoven in this fantastic new installment. Full of humor, interpersonal drama, intense suspense – this sophomore season doesn’t disappoint. We get a deeper look at Jane’s past, Larry’s family, and Cyborg finds love. But this is the Doom Patrol, so no one seems to have happiness that lasts very long. Dorothy is a wonderfully complex girl. She emotes such sweet innocence, so it’s easy to feel for her. But soon the creepiness factor comes along. I enjoyed this season almost as much as the first. This season gets a bit darker than before, and even more heart-wrenching. And the climactic ending leaves off in a major cliffhanger that made me impatient for the next season!

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