The Irredeemable Prince – Alyssa J. Montgomery (Review)

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Prince Devereaux is not an ideal role model. Rather than working to benefit his country, he spends his time drinking and dancing with a succession of beautiful women. He seems to have no interest in anything more serious.

Despairing of his brother, King Gabriel hires an image consultancy to improve the prince’s public image: the kingdom must have an heir, and no one will marry someone with Devereaux’s reputation. At first, Devereaux is reluctant to go along with the scheme, but he quickly finds himself enthralled by the passion and beauty of the consultant. Continue reading “The Irredeemable Prince – Alyssa J. Montgomery (Review)”

Top Ten Tuesday – Things I want to see more of

Top Ten Tuesday“Top Ten Tuesday” is a feature started by “The Broke and the Bookish“, in which people list their top ten books that match some given criterion. It changes every week, and happens on a Tuesday. Lots (a frankly ridiculous number) of bloggers take part. This week’s topic is “things you want to see more of in books”. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Things I want to see more of”

Eagles at War – Ben Kane (Review)

EaWEagles at War tells the story of  the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest. Given that it’s one of the most famous military upsets in all of recorded history, I don’t think I’m giving away any plot twists here if I talk about it. I don’t think many people read historical fiction in a state of surprise. Three Roman legions march into Germany under the command of Quintillius Varus. They all die.  Continue reading “Eagles at War – Ben Kane (Review)”

Top Ten Tuesday: Clichéd book covers

Top Ten Tuesday“Top Ten Tuesday” is a feature started by “The Broke and the Bookish“, in which people list their top ten books that match some given criterion. It changes every week, and happens on a Tuesday. Lots (a frankly ridiculous number) of bloggers take part. This week’s topic is “anything to do with covers”.
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Tough Travels – Assassins

Tough TravellingEvery month, Fantasy Faction runs a feature where they seek out examples of fantasy tropes. Other bloggers are welcome to join in, finding their own books to match the given topic. This week’s topic is assassins:

Assassins are ubiquitous throughout fantasyland. Sharp-eyed readers (or even dull-eyed ones) will notice that their hooded forms often adorn book covers, and that they frequently appear – rather improbably – not to mind being the sole focus of our attention. Whether they’re spotlight hogs or camera-shy and brooding, most assassins will have trained for years and are very, VERY good at their job (i.e. killing people for money).

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H is for Hawk – Helen MacDonald (Review)

HifHH is for Hawk is about a hawk. A goshawk, specifically. But it’s not just about that. It’s also about T. H. White, and falconry, and the grieving process.

After the death of her father, Helen MacDonald returns to her childhood hobby of falconry. She withdraws from society and begins training a goshawk – a famously grumpy and difficult-to-train bird. Through this training, and her growing relationship with the hawk (Mabel), MacDonald deals with her grief and explores ideas about nature and identity.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Things that make me stop reading

Top Ten Tuesday“Top Ten Tuesday” is a feature started by “The Broke and the Bookish“, in which people list their top ten books that match some given criterion. It changes every week, and happens on a Tuesday. Lots (a frankly ridiculous number) of bloggers take part. This week’s topic is “Top ten things that will make me instantly not want to read a book”. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Things that make me stop reading”