Historical fiction

*BLOG TOUR* The Serpent’s Mark – S.W. Perry ★★★★★

Blurb; Treason sleeps for no man…

London, 1591. Nicholas Shelby, physician and reluctant spy, returns to his old haunts on London’s lawless Bankside. But, when the queen’s spymaster Robert Cecil asks him to investigate the dubious practices of a mysterious doctor from Switzerland, Nicholas is soon embroiled in a conspiracy that threatens not just the life of an innocent young patient, but the overthrow of Queen Elizabeth herself.

With fellow healer and mistress of the Jackdaw tavern, Bianca Merton, again at his side, Nicholas is drawn into a dangerous world of zealots, charlatans and fanatics. As their own lives become increasingly at risk, they find themselves confronting the greatest treason of all: the spectre of a bloody war between the faiths…

My Review; I am honoured to be kicking this blog tour off! I have been so looking forward to reading this one after loving book one (The Angel’s Mark). These are best read in order as this book does relate back to book one in detail at parts throughout.

Yet again S.W. Perry has given us anothor belter and page turner of a book to read. Brilliant! I expected no less. The Serpent’s Mark brings us back to some familiar characters and places from book one. I felt so sorry for Tanners character! I still love Bianca’s and Nicholas’s characters, they’re the perfect duo. Towards the end it becomes a race against time… Gripping. Suspense filled.

I awarded a well deserved five stars. Highly recommend. Brilliantly written. I cannot wait to see what comes next! Exciting.

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fantasy · Young adult

The Wicked Deep – Shea Ernshaw ★★★★★

Blurb; Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

My Review; Oh My Gosh! I absolutely loved and enjoyed every second of this story. It is an easy to read, fast paced story which you won’t want to put down. A real page turner. I adored Penny and Bo’s characters they were so cute together.

The setting is perfect, a cute little town in the middle of nowhere. But will the curse of the three sisters ever end? The ending was sooo sad and broke me! The Wicked Deep is a brilliantly written story I don’t think I will ever forget and the cover is just beautiful.

A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend. I cannot wait for Winterwood to come out later this year now. The perfect read for young adult and low fantasy readers.

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fantasy

*BLOG TOUR* Kingsbane – Claire Legrand ★★★★★

Blurb; Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping the angels at bay is falling. To repair it, Rielle must collect the seven hidden castings of the saints. Meanwhile, to help her prince and love Audric protect Celdaria, Rielle must spy on the angel Corien—but his promises of freedom and power may prove too tempting to resist.

Centuries later, Eliana Ferracora grapples with her new reality: She is the Sun Queen, humanity’s long-awaited savior. But fear of corruption—fear of becoming another Rielle—keeps Eliana’s power dangerous and unpredictable. Hunted by all, racing against time to save her dying friend Navi, Eliana must decide how to wear a crown she never wanted—by embracing her mother’s power, or rejecting it forever.

My Review; Oh wow. This series is hot! I managed to squeeze in Furyborn (book one) before reading book two and I would highly recommend they are read in order. This trilogy is amazing. I am so impressed. They have beautiful covers too.

I wasn’t a big reader of fantasy before but since this series was introduced into my life I am hooked! I love fantasy. This series has opened a whole new world for me and my imagination is on fire.

Kingsbane is a long read at 500 pages but well worth it. It is brilliantly written, a real page turner and a world you will not want to leave. Compared to Furyborn this story has so much more going on within its pages.

This is the story of two women, two queens. Rielle and Eliana. A blood queen and a sun queen. Centuries apart. The chapters flick between each queen and their story. We also get a couple of chapters from other characters too which we didn’t in Furyborn. I do find myself more drawn towards Rielle personally, but that could all change in the final book of the trilogy, which I now have to wait forever for! Damn.

A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend. Both Furyborn and Kingsbane get a spot in my top twenty reads of the year. If you want to read one fantasy series this year make it this one.

Are you a blood queen or a sun queen? I cannot wait for the final book already.

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