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QBD Reviews: The Fate of the Tearling

Loyalties are tested, hearts are broken and a

Queen stands ready to sacrifice it all for her people.

tearling-fate-ofThe day the guards came and took her from her from her quiet cottage life was the day she was exposed to assassins, betrayal, magic and death.
The day she freed the Tearling from slavery to a neighboring kingdom was the day she doomed them with war.
The day she saved the Tearling from war was the day she doomed herself...

On her way to the enemy nation of Mortmesne, Kelsea comes to grips with the reality that she is at the whim of the Red Queen. The woman who enslaved the New world, one kingdom at a time, the woman who wields power such as no one has ever seen, and the woman who has made a pact with the dark.
Can Kelsea overcome the fear and uncertainty to escape from the feared dungeons of the Red Queen?

The Mace guards the Tearling against a revolt, the church at the heart of the problems. Slowly the corrupt are taking the city for their own and betrayal is happening at every turn. The Queen's Guard is all that is stopping complete chaos and the end of the Tearling way, but they will need much more than smarts and swords to save the Kingdom, they will need The Marked Queen, The Glynn Queen, The True Queen.

Wow. This truly is the end we all needed to this epic Trilogy.

The Fate of the Tearling was long awaited, I was practically on the edge of my seat the week before it came out! Erika Johansen transports me every time, whether it be my first reading or my fifth. The words blur and before me is the story playing out. One of the greatest things about this series are the characters. They are so believable. Kelsea is anyone I could meet, someone I went to school with, maybe someone I work with. She is an amazing, inspirational, ordinary person. She is shaped by the fate set out before her and because of this she became extraordinary. And it doesn't stop with Kelsea! Read on and find out about the Red Queen, the Mace, Penn and people from a distant past.

~ Hayley, QBD Hornsby

QBD Reviews: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The stars are seen by all, but are interpreted by few.

star-queenOn the day Maya was born the stars aligned to spell out a fate worse than any before. Her marriage will be filled with death and destruction. Being a daughter of the Raja her only expectation was to marry well to help her father's land, especially now in the time of war. But her fate keeps her from marriage and has her at the mercy of the Raja's many wives who scorn and fear her.

To save her land and family Maya is forced into a political marriage. And in this marriage she finds exactly what was predicted.... Or did she?

She now has magic on every side of her, whispers and shadows in the dark plaguing her, and a voice from a distant past leading her down a path that may prove the end of her.

I loved this book from start to finish! The characters, and relationships between them had me up well past my bedtime! Roshani Chokshi has shown an amazing ability to bring you into the story so you live it as you read it. I felt my hands tingle with magic, my heart race in the heat of battle and my lips twitch in a smile as a kiss is exchanged.

A beautiful telling of a strange land.

~Hayley, QBD Hornsby

QBD Reviews: Raelia by Lynette Noni


Loved this second book of “The Medoran Chronicles”; it kept my interest all the way through and did not disappoint as some sequels can.

We pick up the story of Alex as she enters the Akarnae academy for her second year of learning - this time with parents in tow. In “Raelia” Alex trains harder than ever before - she has done “remedial training” over the summer break with her combat skills teacher and can now handle a sword with ease. A demonstration during the first class back is enough to cement her position in the class and the respect of her fellow students made the training worthwhile. Alex and her friends meet up again with arch-enemy Aven, visit the mysterious land of Meya and meet royalty. There are tough choices for Alex to make but with the help of her close friends, classmates and teachers she is as prepared as possible to face any adversity.

Raelia” introduces new characters with special abilities, while also further developing favourites from the first book. Alex herself finds enhanced skills emerging whilst in Meya - which will help in any further encounters with Aven and his cohorts. I really enjoyed how this story developed the relationships between central characters so well - I’m loving the tension between Alex and Kaiden, she trusts him but can’t tell him all her secrets. I loved how the elven theme meshed with magic and technology - elements of Lord of the Rings and Narnia with Harry Potter - and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next instalment.

Kerryn, QBD Northland

QBD Reviews: Vigil by Angela Slatter


Verity Fassbinder has one foot in each of two very different worlds. Half human, half Weyrd and one hundred percent bitter about the end result of her most recent attempt to protect both worlds (see: maimed by an otherworldly creature), she’s none too pleased when her boss – and ex-lover – turns up on her doorstep with yet another problem in need of solving that her unique skills are perfect for.

Before she can manage to come up with a good excuse to avoid Bela’s request, she’s inundated with more than she’d bargained for. On top of the spike in missing street children, the police have her consulting on the murder of a siren, whose half-angelic baby has vanished and there’s a headstrong, arrogant businessman on her doorstep demanding she investigate his AWOL son. Oh, and there’s some romantic prospects on the horizon if she could manage to find some time for a date in amongst all of the fact-finding, ass-kicking trips she’s having to make around the city to get information out of human and Weyrd alike; all in a day’s job for the daughter of an infamous Weyrd criminal.

Vigil is a stunning urban fantasy novel, jam packed with action and mystery, set in our own backyard. Our fair heroine, Verity, is full of wit, courage, compassion and has a penchant for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time that makes her journey an amusing one at times. Verity’s explorations in her home town of Brisbane and its surroundings and interactions with its Weyrd residents as she attempts to get to the bottom of the myriad of mysteries that buzz around her like flies make for an intriguing read and I, for one, cannot wait for more!

QBD Reviews: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E.Schwab

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In a world of magic, intrigue, politics and parallel universes, Kell is one of the last surviving Antari; able to travel between the universes at will, his position in Red London is an illustrious one. Raised alongside the heir of throne, revered by the people and employed as a messenger to carry communications to the ruling elite of Grey and White London, he has comfort, wealth and excitement in his life – but it is a life he feels is not entirely his own.

Taking up smuggling artefacts between the universes – a hobby declared illegal by all of the London’s rulers – Kell has a broad variety of shifty customers willing to part with large sums of money for the smallest of trinkets. Normally his side business goes off without a hitch… until he gets his hands on something someone else would apparently kill to own. Until he meets Lila Bard, pickpocket extraordinaire, during a trip to Grey London and loses the prized treasure to her nifty fingers. Until he commits high treason by transporting the girl back to Red London in exchange for his artefact returned. Suddenly the two find themselves caught in a game far more deadlier then they’d expected and what began as an adventure swiftly turns into a race against time to save the worlds.

A Darker Shade of Magic is a rich, engrossing tale that pulls you in with its promise of magic and adventure and has you hooked within seconds. The complex web of characters that the London’s produce are shockingly tangible, relatable even through their unique, expertly weaved stories, and the overall experience is a curiosity in itself. With strands plucked from each of the London’s and forced together in an explosion of barely controlled chaos, you never know what to expect next but there’s an underlying pulse of secrets, lies and subterfuge that drives that ‘need-to-know’ feeling that will have you turning pages until you hit the end, screaming “NOOOOOOOOO!”.

Don’t worry: the follow up, A Gathering of Shadows, is already out… and it’s amazing as well. You’re welcome.