#Wyrdandwonder – It’s a wrap

Posted On 1 June 2019

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Another Wyrd and Wonder event comes to an end, all too quickly!  I’d like to thank the hosts this year imyrilLisa and Jorie.  I’ve loved taking part and I know how time consuming all the organisation can be so thank you again :D.  I perhaps didn’t get round to everything that I’d planned but I still had a great time and here’s what I managed to include:

FFOFive Friday Face Offs with the following themes:

  1. A Cover that is blue
  2. A cover featuring a festival/party/celebration
  3. A cover featuring a fantasy beast
  4. A cover that features ‘magical things’
  5. A favourite fantasy cover 

Can’t Wait Wednesday in which I highlight books that I’m excited about that aren’t yet released.:Can't wait

  1. The Bone Ships (The Tide Child #1) by R.J. Barker
  2. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  3. Stormsong (The Kingston Cycle #2) by C.L. Polk
  4. Flamebringer (Heartstone #3) by Elle Katharine White
  5. The House of Sacrifice (Empires of Dust #3) by Anna Smith Spark

ThrowbackThursday.pngThrowback Thursday where I highlight books from the past – maybe the next in series is due out for example and this is a good way to highlight the series for other readers:

  1. The October Daye series by Seanan McGuire
  2. The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
  3. The Winnowing Flame Trilogy by Jen Williams
  4. The Spellslinger series by Sebastien de Castell

Books read and reviewed:

  1. Westside by WM Akers
  2. A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay
  3. Dark Shores by Danielle  L Jensen

I did read a further four books that fit the theme but unfortunately haven’t posted the reviews yet so I’m not including them here.

Another year comes to an end but hopefully there’ll be another wonderful celebration of all things fantasy next year and with a bit of a forward planning I might keep on track.

 

 

 

 

#wyrdandwonder: Can’t Wait Wednesday: The House of Sacrifice (Empires of Dust #3) by Anna Smith Spark

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

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that was originally created by Breaking Can't waitthe 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 the book I can’t wait for is: The House of Sacrifice (Empires of Dust #3) by Anna Smith Spark.

This series is fantastic, I’m loving Anna Smith Spark’s style of writing, it’s really quite something.  Anyway, The House of Sacrifice is, I think, due for publication either end of July or beginning of August and here are the covers and details:

Marith’s power is growing. His empire stretches across half the world, and allies are flocking to his banner to share the spoils of war. With Thalia ruling at his side they are unstoppable.

But Marith is become increasingly mentally unstable and their victories cannot continue forever.

Here are my reviews for The Court of Broken Knives and The Tower of Living and Dying.

 

#wyrdandwonder : Friday Face Off : “bibbity, bobbity, boo”

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

FFOHere 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.  I’ve also listed events that take place during the year, that I’m aware of, so you can link up your covers – if you’re aware of any events that you think I should include then give me a shout.  This week’s theme:

“bibbity, bobbity, boo” – A cover that features ‘magical things’

Not too difficult to find a cover this week – hope everyone else found it okay too.  (Also, sorry I’ve not been visiting blogs – I’m suffering from very bad wifi at the moment and even creating a post takes an age – hopefully I’ll be back to normal soon).  Anyway, to the covers.  This week I’ve picked Storm Front by Jim Butcher.  This is the first in the Dresden Series – this is a series that I was really enjoying and really need to jump back on board (I think I got as far as No.8).  Anyway, quite a lot of the books feature Harry’s magical staff (not sure if I’m naming that correctly) so that’s the artefact I’m choosing for this week’s theme:

Some very unusual covers here – my favourite two (and I’m sure some of this comes down to familiarity are:

I like the simplicity of the first cover and the second is the series of covers that I’ve become very familiar with and naturally drawn to.  I’m not going to choose between the two.

Which one is your favourite?

Like last week I’ve added a Mr Linky here so that you can leave a link if you wish or please leave me a link in the comments so we can all visit and check out each others covers.  Thanks

I’ve updated the list and included themes through to the end of 2019 – I’ve also included events that I’m aware of so that you can perhaps link your themes up where possible (if you know of an event you’d like to share that let me know in the comments).  I also have a list prepared for 2020 and so will set up a separate page soon for forthcoming themes.  As always, if you wish to submit an idea then leave me a comment.

Next week – A favourite fantasy cover

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

2019

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

31st May –  “simples” – A favourite fantasy cover 

7th June  – “One swallow does not make a summer” – A cover that makes you think of Summer 

14th June – “Coraline opened the box of chocolates. The dog looked at them longingly.” – A cover featuring something sweet

21st June – Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year – Pagan rituals/standing stones/blazing suns – a cover with your own interpretation

28th June – “And who decided which people wore the striped pyjamas” – A cover that is striped

5th July – “The question of whether or not we are alone in the universe… has been answered” –  a cover featuring something/somebody historic 

12th July – A wrap around cover

19th July – “You can’t choose between life and death when we’re dealing with what is in between.” – A cover that is grainy or looks like ‘white noise’

26th July – “Ludo ….. down” – A cover that is Upside Down

2nd August – “There are children here somewhere. I can smell them.” A cover featuring children

9th August – “I’m disinclined to acquiesce to your request.” – A cover featuring Pirates

16th August – “The haft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagles own plumes” – a cover featuring feathers

23rd August – A cover that is a movie tie in

30th August – “I wandered lonely as a cloud” – a cover that is predominantly yellow

6th September “Warm September brings the fruit” – a cover that is seasonal for Autumn/Fall

13th September – Friday the 13th – unlucky for some!  A cover with ‘curse’ in the title

20th September – “Your hair is winter fire,January embers.” – A cover featuring hair

27th September – Freebie

4th October – “Feed me Seymour” – A cover that is 60s horror

11th October – ““And, though there should be a world of difference between the smile of a man and the bared fangs of a wolf, with Joss Merlyn they were one and the same.”  – a cover featuring an Inn

18th October – “It’s your favorite scary movie, remember? He had on the white mask, he stalked the babysitters.” – A cover featuring a scream

25th October – for Halloween – pick any scary cover you like

(I’m hoping that November will once again bring to us SciFiMonth – Twitter @SciFiMonth)

1st November – A cover that is predominantly grey

8th November – “big badda boom” – a cover that features an explosion

15th November – “No thinking thing should be another thing’s property, to be turned on and off when it is convenient.” – a cover featuring a robot

22nd November – A cover that is Futuristic

29th November – “When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.” – a cover that is 60s sci fi

6th December – Now is the winter of our discontent, Made glorious summer by this sun of York”  – a cover that puts you in mind of winter

13th December – A cover that features a temple/or religious icon

20th December – Longest Night –  a dark and foreboding cover

27th December – the festive season – a cover that is glittery or sparkling

(2020 – January is Vintage SciFi month so I’ll be including possible themes to take that on board.)

#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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#wyrdandwonder Can’t Wait Wednesday: Flamebringer (Heartstone #3) by Elle Katharine White

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

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that was originally created by Breaking Can't waitthe 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 the book I can’t wait for is: Flamebringer (Heartstone #3) by Elle Katharine White.  I’m loving this series and so I nearly burst at the seams when I saw this was due out THIS NOVEMBER!:

Flame BringerMonsters, manners, and magic combine in this exciting final volume in the Heartstone Trilogy—an exhilarating blend of epic fantasy and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice—in which a fearless healer and her dragon-riding husband must stop a reawakened evil from destroying their world.

It starts with the inconceivable: Wydrick, sworn enemy of the Daireds, is back from the dead, possessed by a ghast that grants him immortality and inhuman strength. From the isolated northern mountains, Aliza, Alastair, and Akarra chase him into the dangerous Old Wilds, realizing too late that he’s led them into a blizzard. Before he vanishes, Wydrick utters a warning: A terrible, ancient evil has awoken, hungry for blood, and is headed their way.

The danger is closer than they know. The Tekari—sworn enemies of humans—are openly roaming the kingdom and are headed towards the capital, Edonarle. Then unexpected news arrives: riding like a dark dragon on the winds from the south, an ambassador from the Silent King of Els, has left the shores of the distant desert kingdom for the first time in centuries.

Unknown enemy? Or unexpected ally? Plunged into a dangerous world of royal intrigue and ancient grudges, Aliza and Alastair soon realize it will take more than steel and dragonfire to save their kingdom. For the silence of Els hides a secret that could shake House Daired to its foundations, and the time has come to settle accounts.

Silence, it seems, is about to be broken.

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