Friday Face Off : ‘Murder most foul, as in the best it is’

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Here we are again with the Friday Face Off meme created by Books by Proxy .   This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers.  The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined theme (list below) choose a book, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below – the list has been updated to help out those of you who like to plan ahead – if you have a cover in mind that you’re really wanting to share then feel free to leave a comment about a future suggested theme. This week’s theme:

‘Murder most foul, as in the best it is’ – a cover featuring a murder scene

This week I had a specific book in mind but then changed it at the last moment because the rather brilliant Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes popped into my head and on checking it out it certainly has a few very different offerings.  I love Lauren Beukes and if you haven’t checked out her work I strongly recommend you do so (although her themes can be a little dark):

Scary covers!  The two I would have to choose between would be:

I like both of these for entirely different reasons,  But, on balance I would go with the cover below because for me it’s perfect for the story:

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Which is your favourite.

Next week – a cover that is predominantly red

Future themes: (if you’re struggling with any of these themes then use a ‘freebie’ of one of your favourite covers)

29th June – ‘Lips as red as the rose’ – a cover that is predominantly red

6th July – ‘The north wind doth blow, and we shall have snow, ‘ – a cover that is windswept

13th July –‘There’s more of gravy than of grave about you’ – a cover featuring a ghost or spectre

20th July -‘In winter with warm tears I’ll melt the snow’A cover featuring icicles or snow

27th July – “I saw huge buildings rise up faint and fair, and pass like dreams.”  – a cover that is steampunk

3rd August – “Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.” – a cover featuring a starry sky

10th August – ‘…Christine, who have torn off my mask and who therefore can never leave me again! – A cover with a mask

17th August – ‘Knock, knock… ‘who’s there?’ – A cover featuring a door ajar or closed

24th August – ‘To be a legend, you’ve either got to be dead, or excessively old!’ – A cover with a title featuring the word ‘legend’

31st August – ‘“Come buy our orchard fruits, Come buy, come buy’ – A cover featuring a goblin or dwarves

7th September – ‘Mirror, Mirror on the wall – A cover featuring a queen

14th September – “He had killed man, the noblest game of all, and he had killed in the face of the law of club and fang.” – A cover featuring a wolf or wolves

21st September – ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’ – a cover featuring clouds

28th September – Eyes wide shut – a cover featuring eyes

5th October – “He sounded like a man who had slept well and didn’t owe too much money.” – A cover that is ‘noir’

12th October – “The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”  – A cover for a mystery novel

19th October -“If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!”  – A horror cover

26th October – Trick or treat – A halloween inspired cover

2nd November – ‘Remember, remember the fifth of November,’ – A cover inspired by Bonfire Night

9th November – ‘All right! They’re spiders from Mars! You happy?’ – A cover feturing a critter of the eight legged variety

16th November – There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.’  – A scary cover

23rd November – ‘The child is in love with a human. And not just any human. A prince!’ – A cover featuring a mermaid/man

30th November – “..the children of the night. What music they make!” – a cover with a vampire

7th December – ‘I am Aragorn son of Arathorn; and if by life or death I can save you, I will.’ – A cover featuring a hero

14th December -“Heavy is the head that wears the crown”  – A cover featuring a crown

21st December – ‘ho, ho, ho’ – A seasonal cover

28th December – A freebie – choose one of your favourite titles and compare the covers

2019

4th January – A cover that is fresh – New beginnings for a New Year

11th January – ‘I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king’ – A cover that depicts a novel set in the Tudor period

18th January – A cover featuring an Amulet – either in the cover or title

25th January – ‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.’ – A cover featuring a monk/priest/person of the cloth

1st February – A comedy cover

8th February – ‘Hi little cub. Oh no, don’t be ssscared.’ – A cover with snakes

15th February – A heart – for Valentine’s day past

22nd February – “Woe, destruction, ruin, and decay; the worst is death and death will have his day.” – A cover with abandoned building/s

1st March – ‘who will buy this wonderful morning’ – A cover featuring a shop or market

8th March – ‘Two little fishes and a momma fishy too’ – A cover featuring a fish/fishes or other sea creatures

15th March – ‘Beware the moon, lads.’ – A cover with a shapeshifter

22nd March – ‘A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse’ – A cover featuring a king

29th March – “I thought unicorns were more . . . Fluffy.”  – A cover featuring a unicorn

5th April – ‘nomad is an island’ – A cover featuring a desert landscape

12th April – ‘Odin, Odin, send the wind to turn the tide – A cover featuring a longboat

19th april – ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times – A cover featuring a school

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Can’t Wait Wednesday : The Winter Road by Adrian Selby

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“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that was originally created by Breaking the Spine.  Unfortunately Breaking the Spine are no longer hosting so I’m now linking my posts up to Wishful Endings Can’t Wait Wednesday. Don’t forget to stop over, link up and check out what books everyone else is waiting for.  If you want to take part, basically, every Wednesday, we highlight a book that we’re really looking forward to.  This week my book is: The Winter Road by Adrian Selby

the winter roadA gritty and epic adventure to appeal to fans of Mark Lawrence, Andrzej Sapkowski and Joe Abercrombie – The Winter Road is a fantasy novel which remembers that battles leave all kinds of scars.

The greatest empire of them all began with a road.

The Circle – a thousand miles of perilous forests and warring clans. No one has ever tamed such treacherous territory before, but ex-soldier Teyr Amondsen, veteran of a hundred battles, is determined to try.

With a merchant caravan protected by a crew of skilled mercenaries, Amondsen embarks on a dangerous mission to forge a road across the untamed wilderness that was once her home. But a warlord rises in the wilds of the Circle, uniting its clans and terrorising its people. Teyr’s battles may not be over yet . . .

All roads lead back to war.

Sounds awesome.

Due to be published November 2018

My next ten reads queued:

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is :

 Books to Read By the Pool/Summer Reads

The next ten upcoming reads look something like this (the best laid plans not always going according to plan being taken into consideration) – all books linked to Goodreads for descriptions:

Ravencry by Ed McDonald

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Witchmark by CL Polk

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Bitter Sun by Beth Lewis

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The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton

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Hunted by GX Todd

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The Oddling Prince by Nancy Springer

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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novak

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One of Us by Craig DiLouie

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Redemption’s Blade by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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Little Eve by Catriona Ward

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The Last Sun (The Tarot Sequence #1) by K.D. Edwards

thelastsunThe Last Sun was a blast of a novel, refreshing, quite different and downright more fun reading than I had any expectations of when I picked it up.  For a debut novel I confess myself truly impressed.

I would start out the review by saying this book will probably steam roller you.  It’s action packed and it’s written very much with the expectation that readers will hit the ground running.  There’s no handholding, the world building develops as the story unfolds and the action is intense, so be prepared to just dive onboard and hold on tight.

The story begins in an almost James Bond/Mission Impossible style fashion with a dramatic opening in which we encounter Rune Saint John as he takes part in his latest derring-do.  It’s a great way to start a story and certainly serves to hook you from the get go as well as introduce you to two of the main characters.  Rune and Brand.  It’s pretty easy from hereon-in to conclude that Rune and Brand are available for hire – they quite often work for a powerful character known as The Tower.  I guess they’re mercenaries of a sort and their latest job involves a mystery surrounding a missing person from one of the more influential families.

The world building is, to be honest, a little on the skimpy side, but that being said I’m hopeful that this is one of the first in a series in which case I’m assuming the world building will be developed as things progress.  The setting is New Atlantis – A city on an island – built after the destruction of Atlantis itself.  Here all sorts of supernatural types live alongside each other.  The noble families seem to be named for the Major Arcana of a tarot deck – Sun, Tower, Hermit, Judgement, etc.  Magic is wielded through the use of items, powered by sigils that can be ‘charged’ and worn – for example rings.  It’s a really interesting magical system although I don’t feel I’ve got a good enough handle to discuss it in depth just yet.

To be honest what really sold this story to me was the characters.  I will just mention that this is a predominantly male cast but frankly I enjoyed reading their interactions so much that I ddn’t particularly notice that until I was well into the story.  There is Rune.  His past is dark and dreadful and you will hear more of his suffering as the story progresses.  It helps to get a handle on what he’s been through and also gives added impetus as to why Brand, who is a companion and bodyguard who shares a special bond, is so protective of him.  The relationship between Rune and Brand goes back many years, and Brand can be almost a little too overprotective at times.  The surrounding cast is made up of a young man named Max – who Rune has unwittingly taken as a ward and Addam – but I won’t elaborate because this will possibly lead to spoilers.  There is a relationship that starts to blossom in The Last Sun but it’s not the main focus of the story.

The writing is very well balanced with snarky banter and slow reveals helping to lift the story and prevent it becoming too bogged down with action.  In fact I think my only real quibble here was perhaps that there is a little too much action and it monopolises the book a little, almost becoming too overwhelming at one point. But, it wasn’t a deal breaker and I can completely understand the desire to make this into a whirling dirvish of a story.  The author has definitely succeeded in coming up with a creative world combining strange creatures, ghosts, zombies, dark magic and more.

Without doubt I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I can’t wait to read more.  I hope to learn more of the mysteries behind the downfall of Rune’s family, the political background of which has been hinted at within this first instalment.

I have no hesitation in recommending The Last Sun.  A fascinating world full of intrigue and machinations, a wonderful cast of characters that are just easy to become attached to.  A thrilling plot that takes a dark turn and just a wonderful start to a very promising series.  I can’t wait for more.

I received a copy courtesy of the publisher, for which my thanks.  The above is my own opinion.

 

 

 

 

Weekly Wrap Up : 17/06/18

Posted On 17 June 2018

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Hope you’ve all had a great week.  I’ve not managed much reading this week for one reason or another.  Just the one book: The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse:

  1. The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse

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Next Week’s Reads:

  1. Bitter Sun by Beth Lewis
  2. Witchmark by C L Polk

Upcoming reviews: –

  1. Starborn by Lucy Hounsom
  2. Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace
  3. School for Psychics by K C Archer
  4. Noir by Christopher Moore
  5. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
  6. Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough
  7. The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan
  8. The Last Sun (The Tarot Sequence #1) by K.D. Edwards
  9. The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse

I’d love to know what you’re reading this week.

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