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Reviewsday: King of Ashes by Raymond E Feist

Brand new fantasy from the master of the genre!

With King of Ashes, scheduled for release in April 2018, Feist once again proves he is a master of epic fantasy. Unique world-building, memorable characters and political intrigue are all exquisitely rendered and the story moves at an incredible pace, pulling you into Feist's brand new world, Garn. The five kingdoms of Garn knew a long-lasting peace until King D betrayed King Steveren, destroying his kingdom and butchering his entire family. the Firemane's legacy was ended and the One Church gained a foothold in Garn, burning heretics and political enemies alike.

Apalled at the betrayal of a great king, Baron Daylon Dumarch takes it upon himself to hide the last remaining child, spiriting the baby away after the battle is over.

Hatu is an orphaned boy growing up in the shadow of criminal underworld, alongside best friends Donte and Hava. His 16th birthday approaches and he's almost ready to make his way into the world, when his friends are ripped away from him and he learns he is the long lost Foremane heir, thought long dead by his father's enemies. Hatu has to learn fast who he can trust and hone every skill he learned at the hands of the Nocusara.

It's also the story of Declan, a talented blacksmith who grew up under one of the last masters who taught him the secret of King's Steel. Whispers of a new war arising, and a perculiar family resemblance lead to Baron Daylon encouraging Declan to set up in his province, where his fate becomes entwined with Hatu's.

King of Ashes is a wonderful, easily read introduction to Feist's new world, and I'm looking forward to exploring Garn and watching the elemental magic introduced in this first novel expand.

Reviewed by Shannon, QBD Mandurah

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Reviewsday: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

I've been waiting with bated breath to read this book ever since the shock ending of Glass Sword! (For those who haven't read it, avert your eyes and finish it quickly so you know what's going on) I knew it would have to be amazing, thanks to the incredible plot set up by its predecessors, but what I didn't expect was how heavy and intense of a story line it would be.

Mare's captivity under Maven's tyrannous thumb was always going to be hard to read but I felt like it took me forever to get through this book because I had to take frequent breaks - there's a lot of strong emotions bubbling at the surface of this novel, for Mare, her friends and her foes and at times it just got to be too much. It was very cleverly written in that I wanted to keep turning pages to find out what was going to happen next but I personally felt there was little to no relief from the constant turmoil our brave hero experiences.

That being said, the plot overall was rich and engrossing. As well as combing through Mare's struggles as Maven's prisoner, we're given also given insight into the Scarlet Guard's activities during her captivity and boy, oh boy was that an interesting ride as well! If you haven't read this amazing novel yet, pick up a copy ASAP!

 

QBD Reviews: The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher

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Only five still guard the borders between the worlds.
Only five hold back what waits on the other side.
When they fall so do we all...
The end always comes faster than you think.

Before the Disaster, the members of the Oversight numbered in their hundreds. Brave souls, voluntarily standing between the natural and the supranatural elements of our world, keeping both sides safe. Now there are only five. And forces conspire to dwindle their numbers further still. For in the dark, cold London night people are plotting...

Roughly thrust into the midst of this battle is Lucy Harker, abducted by a vagabond and unceremoniously dumped at the Oversight's London headquarters. If she can find it within herself, she might just save them all...

9780356502861In his debut adult  novel, Charlie Fletcher spins a rich, almost gothic tale of magic, adventure and mystery that captivates the reader from the very beginning. Admittedly it is a little slow to start, but this twisting fantasy full of hidden agendas, secrets and lies requires a little world-building so that you can properly appreciate the characters in all their depth. And while it is true that the end always comes faster than you think, take heart! Book 2: The Paradox is released on August 25th so you don't need to say goodbye to these fictional friends just yet.