#wyrdandwonder: Throwback Thursday : The Spellslinger series by Sebastien de Castell

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Wyrd and Wonder – a month long event that is a celebration of fantasy.  Check out the details hereand join in the fun in whatever way you would like to do so.

ThrowbackThursday.pngThrowback Thursday, is a new feature created by Tenacious Reader with the aim of  highlighting books from your reading past. This can be virtually anything, a book that you previously read and loved, a book that you want to highlight again, maybe it’s a book in a series and the next book is due out shortly so you want to focus some attention on the series.   Anything goes – so long as your book isn’t a current release as there are already plenty of ways to highlight the latest books.  

Today I’m highlighting The Spellslinger series by Sebastien de Castell.  I’m absolutely loving this series.  It’s the perfect combination of good storytelling, wonderful characters and crazy adventures where everything and anything can go wrong and it’s a series that is growing in seriousness with each instalment.  I’ve read the first four books already and hopefully will pick up No.5 soon.  If you’re loving this series you may be pleased to learn that No.5 is now out there – in the big wide world and No,6 has been announced with an expected publication date later this year.  So there’s never been a better chance to give this series a shot.  Here are the first four in series:

I love these covers and so I’ve also posted the fifth cover below for your convenience:

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Throwback Thursday : The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

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(May is the month of Wyrd and Wonder – details here, Twitter: @wyrdandwonder)

ThrowbackThursday.pngThrowback Thursday, is a new feature created by Tenacious Reader with the aim of  highlighting books from your reading past. This can be virtually anything, a book that you previously read and loved, a book that you want to highlight again, maybe it’s a book in a series and the next book is due out shortly so you want to focus some attention on the series.   Anything goes – so long as your book isn’t a current release as there are already plenty of ways to highlight the latest books.  

Given the Wyrd & Wonder event and the spotlight on fantasy this week I’m highlighting another urban fantasy series that I love (last week’s TT was the October Daye series): the Mercy Thompson series of books by Patricia Briggs.  This is another long standing series that has a new book released today and with that new release the total number of books in the series now stands at 11 titles.  This is a series that is well worth picking up, particularly if you like a strong female lead.  Mercy is a no-nonsense car mechanic with a Native American heritage that has given her the ability to shape shift.   Again, this might seem like a daunting backlog of books but it’s the sort of series that pulls you in so successfully that you will probably end up binge reading a lot of them (at least that’s what I would probably do!).  I  highly recommend this series, it builds on a strong foundation and adds more and more depth with each successive book.  Feast your eyes on these lovelies:

And, released today, the latest in series:

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Throwback Thursday : The October Daye series by Seanan McGuire @wyrdandwonder

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(May is the month of Wyrd and Wonder – details here, Twitter: @wyrdandwonder)

ThrowbackThursday.pngThrowback Thursday, is a new feature created by Tenacious Reader with the aim of  highlighting books from your reading past. This can be virtually anything, a book that you previously read and loved, a book that you want to highlight again, maybe it’s a book in a series and the next book is due out shortly so you want to focus some attention on the series.   Anything goes – so long as your book isn’t a current release as there are already plenty of ways to highlight the latest books.  

Given the Wyrd & Wonder event and the spotlight on fantasy this week I’m highlighting an urban fantasy series that I love and that if you haven’t started to read yet I will say – don’t be put off by the number of books already released – this series is remarkable.  It’s the series that keeps on giving with every book seeming to be stronger than the last.  The October Daye series by Seanan McGuire.  I’m not totally uptodate with the series – but that just means I have some books still to look forward to.  And, on top of the 12 books below I know there are more planned, so there’s never been a better time to start.  Feast your eyes on these lovelies:

Throwback Thursday : Kushiel’s Dart (Phèdre’s Trilogy #1) by Jacqueline Carey

Throwback Thursday, is a new feature created by Tenacious Reader with the aim of  highlighting books from your reading past. This can be virtually anything, a book that you previously read and loved, a book that you want to highlight again, maybe it’s a book in a series and the next book is due out shortly so you want to focus some attention on the series.   Anything goes – so long as your book isn’t a current release as there are already plenty of ways to highlight the latest books.  

The book I’d like to shine the spotlight on this week is : Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey.  This is the first in Phedre’s trilogy, a series I loved.  I thought I’d highlight this today because if you haven’t read this – you should by the way – there’s a new book planned, no firm dates yet, possibly to be released in 2020.  I was so excited when I saw tweets about this last year – basically this is going to be a retelling of Kushiel’s Dart from Joscelin’s point of view.  Okay, breathe everyone.  Anyway, the idea of Throwback Thursday is to highlight books for one reason or another – so, if you’ve not yet read Kushiel’s Dart – you could give it a try now, there’s still time to read the series before this new release so this is a very timely post.  Joscelin has to be one of my favourite characters and so the idea of reading from his POV has me doing somersaults.  Here’s the announcement from Tor.

So,  here’s a little more about Kushiel’s Dart to get you started:

Kushiel's Dart.jpgThe land of Terre d’Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good… and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

Phèdre nó Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. Sold into indentured servitude as a child, her bond is purchased by Anafiel Delaunay, a nobleman with very a special mission… and the first one to recognize who and what she is: one pricked by Kushiel’s Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one.

Phèdre is trained equally in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber, but, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze. Almost as talented a spy as she is courtesan, Phèdre stumbles upon a plot that threatens the very foundations of her homeland. Treachery sets her on her path; love and honor goad her further. And in the doing, it will take her to the edge of despair… and beyond. Hateful friend, loving enemy, beloved assassin; they can all wear the same glittering mask in this world, and Phèdre will get but one chance to save all that she holds dear.

Set in a world of cunning poets, deadly courtiers, heroic traitors, and a truly Machiavellian villainess, this is a novel of grandeur, luxuriance, sacrifice, betrayal, and deeply laid conspiracies. Not since Dune has there been an epic on the scale of Kushiel’s Dart-a massive tale about the violent death of an old age, and the birth of a new.

 

Throwback Thursday : The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

Throwback Thursday, is a new feature created by Tenacious Reader with the aim of  highlighting books from your reading past. This can be virtually anything, a book that you previously read and loved, a book that you want to highlight again, maybe it’s a book in a series and the next book is due out shortly so you want to focus some attention on the series.   Anything goes – so long as your book isn’t a current release as there are already plenty of ways to highlight the latest books.  

The book I’d like to shine the spotlight on this week is : The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes.  This is an author that I really like.  The books of hers that I’ve read have been simply amazing, dark and imaginative.  I haven’t read all her books and that is something that I need to address but for today I’m going with The Shining Girls, difficult to believe that this was published in 2013 – I wonder if it’s due for a reread!  A book that brings to us a time travelling serial killer.  This is a dark read but it’s also absolutely compelling read and I couldn’t put it down.

The shining girlsThe Girl Who Wouldn’t Die Hunts the Killer Who Shouldn’t Exist

The future is not as loud as war, but it is relentless. It has a terrible fury all its own.

Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to have a future.

Kirby is the last shining girl, one of the bright young women, burning with potential, whose lives Harper is destined to snuff out after he stumbles on a House in Depression-era Chicago that opens on to other times.

At the urging of the House, Harper inserts himself into the lives of the shining girls, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He’s the ultimate hunter, vanishing into another time after each murder, untraceable-until one of his victims survives.

Determined to bring her would-be killer to justice, Kirby joins the Chicago Sun-Times to work with the ex-homicide reporter, Dan Velasquez, who covered her case. Soon Kirby finds herself closing in on the impossible truth . . .

The Shining Girls is a masterful twist on the serial killer tale: a violent quantum leap featuring a memorable and appealing heroine in pursuit of a deadly criminal.

 

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