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Book Giveaway: Vita Nostra

Courtesy of Imprint, I have a copy of Vita Nostra by Sergey and Marina Dyachenko for one lucky winner!

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Fantasy Book Review: The Golden Tower

Magisterium 5: The Golden Tower by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Synopsis:
Callum Hunt has been a hero and an outcast, a force of good and a portent of evil. While the doors of the Magisterium have been open to him, he has never felt entirely welcome. If anything, he has felt others’ resentment . . . and fear.

Now, as he begins his final year at the magical school, his place is less certain than ever. With one unique exception, he is estranged from most of his friends. A furtive darkness still hounds him. And the greatest challenge he will ever face is right around the corner.

Review:
Callum has a big secret as he starts his final year at the Magesterium. Meanwhile, a great evil still looms and a clever plan is formed. The Golden Tower is the final installment in this fantastic middle grade fantasy series. Reading this was bittersweet. I love this series – the engaging characters and the inspired story. And this final book is fast-paced and full of drama, suspense, and magic. With several surprises along the way – both good and heartbreaking, the excitement builds to a climactic ending that doesn’t disappoint. Don’t miss this series.

Box Review: TeeBlox – October 2018

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Received in October

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

Blu Rays:
Beyond the Sky Blu-ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox

Ace:
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey by Gordon Doherty

Daw:
Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch

Del Rey / Bantam:
Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
Thin Air by Richard K. Morgan
The Women’s War by Jenna Glass
The Book of Magic: A Collection of Stories by George R. R. Martin

Disney Hyperion:
The Adventurers Guild #2 Twilight of the Elves by Zack Loran Clark

Entangled Teen:
Toxic by Lydia Kang

Hachette Books:
Planet of the Apes: Caesar’s Story by Maurice

HMH:
Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers

Harper Collins / Avon:
Diamond Fire: A Hidden Legacy Novella by Ilona Andrews

Harper Voyager:
Dragonshadow by Elle Katharine White
Heartstone by Elle Katharine White
The Rift Uprising by Amy S. Foster
The Rift Frequency by Amy S. Foster
The Rift Coda by Amy S. Foster
The Lost Puzzler by Eyal Kless
<em>The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling
The Kingdom of Copper by S. A Chakraborty

Macmillan Children’s / FSG / Henry Holt / Swoon:
The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena
Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
The Lonely Dead by April Henry
Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills
Mist, Metal, and Ash by Gwendolyn Clare
All We Could Have Been by TE Carter
A Soldier and A Liar by Caitlin Lochner

Midnight Ink:
Fatal Festival Days by Jamie M. Blair

Pegasus Books:
The Oyster Thief by Sonia Faruqi

Pyr:
The Fall by Tracy Townsend

Shadow Mountain:
Dragonwatch: Wrath of the Dragon King by Brandon Mull

Simon & Schuster Kids / Simon Teen / Simon Pulse / Margaret K McElderr:
Children of Jubilee by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody
Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young
Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
The Cold Is in Her Bones by Peternelle Van Arsdale
Slayer by Kiersten White

Subterranean Press:
The October Man by Ben Aaronovitch

Tor / Forge:
Starless by Jacqueline Carey
Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds by Brandon Sanderson
The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi
Restless Lightning by Richard Baker
The Dogs of Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron
The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders
Nothing to Devour by Glen Hirshberg
The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

Tor Teen:
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Transreal Books:
The Hollow Earth & Return to the Hollow Earth by Rudy Rucker

Book Giveaway: What the Woods Keep


Courtesy of Imprint, I have a copy of What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra for one lucky winner!

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Book Giveaway: The Witchlands Series

Tor Teen is partnering with SciFiChick.com for a giveaway!

Courtesy of Tor Teen, I have a copy of Truthwitch, Windwitch, and Sightwitch by Susan Dennard for one lucky winner!

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Days of the Dead Blog Tour: Gail Z. Martin Guest Post

Author Gail Z Martin joins SciFiChick.com again for her Days of the Dead Blog Tour!

Epic Vs. Urban—Writing Both Sides of Fantasy
By Gail Z. Martin

Swords or shotguns? Grenade launchers or catapults?

How about both? (Though not, usually, in the same story.)

I write epic fantasy and urban fantasy—along with alternate history and comedic horror—in time periods ranging from medieval to Victorian to modern. Sometimes people ask if it’s difficult, jumping around time. For me, it’s all part of the fun.

This year, we had a bumper crop of books coming out on both sides of the genre. Vengeance is the second book in my Darkhurst series about three undertaker brothers who become outlaw monster hunters and discover there is a much bigger conspiracy than they ever expected. The Dark Road is the second in the Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures, tracing the story of the brigand lord through his time as a mercenary, fight slave and smuggler. Assassin’s Honor is the first in the new Assassins of Landria series, as King’s Shadows Joel Breckenridge and Garrett Kennard go rogue to save the kingdom from a shadowy itinerant holy man who has ensnared the aristocracy with treasonous whispers.

Plot and characters aside, the books are all very different. Vengeance is ‘big fat fantasy’, with multiple point of view characters, several braided story arcs, a big cast of characters, and a truly epic scale. The Dark Road is a serialized novel from Jonmarc’s point of view, told in an interconnected collection of short stories and novellas. Assassin’s Honor is buddy flick epic fantasy, under 300 pages, and rocks the ‘Butch and Sundance as medieval assassins’ vibe with humor, action and intrigue. I really like switching up how the story is put together, even though all three are technically epic fantasy due to their scope and the medieval setting.

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Book Spotlight: Dragonwatch: Wrath of the Dragon King

Dragonwatch: Wrath of the Dragon King by Brandon Mull is now available from book sellers!

Synopsis:
Dragons have declared war on humanity.

After a humiliating defeat at the hands of Kendra and Seth, Celebrant, King of Dragons, prepares to unleash his fury and take control of his native preserve. Two of the seven dragon sanctuaries have already fallen. Will Wyrmroost be next?

Armed with secret information from a new ally, Celebrant seeks a talisman that will guarantee victory in the war against the humans. With a cursed castle and traitorous creatures standing in the way, Kendra and Seth must attempt to foil Celebrant’s plan and beat him to his prize.

Will the two young caretakers rally enough support from the creatures of Wyrmroost to quell the uprising and protect the world from draconic dominion? One thing is certain—dragons are deadly foes, and one wrong move could bring swift defeat. It will take more than Kendra, Seth, and their current allies have ever given to endure the wrath of the Dragon King.