An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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A book that is getting quite a bit of hype in the general populace. Tahir also just sold movie rights for over 7 figures! If it wasn’t for this fact and Danica’s audio review, I might not have gotten to it so soon. An Ember in the Ashes is dystopian fantasy, and while this isn’t a new genre, it has become more frequent. The Broken Empire and The Vagrant are two that immediately spring to mind. The story begins with a female POV called Laia (liar??? lay-a???) who is part of a race called the Scholars. The Scholars used to be…

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Win a copy of The Prince of Fools

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If you didn’t know, Mark Lawrence’s second book in The Red Queen’s War, The Liar’s Key is already out this month. If you didn’t know about the series or want to, well here is your chance. Simply fill out the form below and enter to win the first book in the series called The Prince of Fools. There are 5 copies to win, 2 for New Zealand and 3 for the rest of the world. Entries close Midnight (NZT) 17th of June, 2105. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Where by Kit Reed

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I liked a lot of things about ‘Where: A Novel’, but the ending left me unsatisfied. I’m still not sure what to make of it several days after finishing the book, as a matter of fact. But first, the good things. I read this book in one evening. It was short and it started off quickly. A stranger named Rawson Steele has come to town and Dave, our first POV character, is suspicious — thinks Steele has broken into his (Dave’s) office, stolen cars, etc. Dave later becomes downright hostile towards Steele. You start off thinking this is going to…

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Interview – Peter Newman

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We recently sat down with the much talked about fantasy author Peter Newman, whose fantastic debut The Vagrant recently hit the shelves. We probed Peter on various topics, including the pricing of the book on Amazon, his input towards the cover blurb, his feelings about being the new kid on the block, his podcast, how many books he plans for this series, his influences and many many more. Listen to the interview below. p.s. *spoiler* I knew computer games were an influence!

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The Mad Apprentice by Django Wexler

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The Mad Apprentice by Django Wexler is the sequel to The Forbidden Library, a very good Adolescent/Young Adult fantasy book. The story of Alice and how she is sucked into a world where Readers (magicians) bind creatures to their being by confronting and conquering creatures from within Prison Books. In The Mad Apprentice, Alice is instructed to go to Stronghold of Esau, a Reader of renown. Esau has been murdered by his apprentice and thus Alice, along with other apprentices, will go and bring back this apprentice to justice. Most stronghold’s defences dwindle when its Master dies, however, this is…

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Review: Half a War & a Joe Abercrombie giveaway

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Half a War by Joe Abercrombie I am going to try and do audio reviews from now on. I want to try to keep them to 2 min, as we are all busy people. If you hate it please let me know, I don’t want you to miss out on reviews! We really wanted to give you Joe Abercrombie but he politely refused! So we had to go with the next best thing and have a signed poster of the man in anticipation of the the latest and last book in his Shattered Sea trilogy. This is Joe in all his…

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The Skull Throne by Peter V. Brett

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The Skull Throne is the 4th instalment of The Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett. One could say that it is highly anticipated but for many different reasons. There are some that just really enjoy the intricacies of the world Brett has created, the magic system and the overall story telling. Other’s like myself have thought of this series as being a bit of a train wreck. The first book called The Painted Man (Warded Man in the US) was just brilliant. Loved everything about the book. Magic, demons, cultural clash, victory and betrayal. Then the Desert Spear came out…

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