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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday: Children of Earth and Sky

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat.

I’m so excited to be able to read this book through NetGalley.com!

My Teaser

Teaser Tuesday: Children of Earth and SkyChildren of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay
Genre: Fantasy / Historical Fiction
Publisher: NAL (May 10, 2016)
Find the Author on Twitter and Facebook
Available on Goodreads and Amazon

“It was why she had a chance to do what she was out here to do tonight. She wasn’t, Danica knew, an especially conventional young woman.”
~location 297 on my Kindle (4%)

Description

From the small coastal town of Senjan, notorious for its pirates, a young woman sets out to find vengeance for her lost family. That same spring, from the wealthy city-state of Seressa, famous for its canals and lagoon, come two very different people: a young artist traveling to the dangerous east to paint the grand khalif at his request—and possibly to do more—and a fiercely intelligent, angry woman, posing as a doctor’s wife, but sent by Seressa as a spy.

The trading ship that carries them is commanded by the accomplished younger son of a merchant family, ambivalent about the life he’s been born to live. And farther east a boy trains to become a soldier in the elite infantry of the khalif—to win glory in the war everyone knows is coming.

As these lives entwine, their fates—and those of many others—will hang in the balance, when the khalif sends out his massive army to take the great fortress that is the gateway to the western world…

Want to Play Along?

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

▪ Grab your current read
▪ Open to a random page
▪ Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
▪ BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
▪ Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

What are you reading?

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday: Dragon Fate

Dragon Fate by J.D. HallowellTeaser Tuesday: Dragon Fate
Genre: Teen & YA Fantasy
Series: War of the Blades
Publisher:
 Smithcraft Press
Find the Author on Twitter, Goodreads, and Facebook

“I know the difference between a bird and a dragon. I was raised in a kingdom that is unfortunate enough to have three of those damned beasts in residence.”

~location 1839 on my Kindle (27%)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat.
To play along just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

A Drift of Quills: Books We Love #5 (The Woodcutter, A Hero's Curse)

A Drift of Quills: Books We Love (#5)

“Books We Love” is a recurring topic for A Drift of Quills. Sometimes there’s a feast, and sometimes there’s a famine… Does that ever happen to you? Luckily, we’ve got a couple of tasty tidbits to whet your appetite!

A Drift of Quills

On to the Books!

A Drift of Quills: Books We Love #5 (The Woodcutter, A Hero's Curse)

At the beginning of the year I joined the Goodreads’ Reading Challenge. I started out with a bang, burning through 14 books in a little over two months. Last month? Not so much, though I’ve started several. In order for my “read” to be counted for the challenge, I actually have to finish it, and there have been some books that I’ve set aside. (Gently, because I love my Kindle—Otherwise, I’d have thrown them across the room in frustration.)

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 
Books We Love: The Woodcutter, by Kate DanleyMuch to my delight, I stumbled across Kate Danley’s The Woodcutter. What a wonderful, unique twist on fairytales! Danley weaves her own style into a retelling of familiar stories and does not disappoint. I love the brevity of her descriptions; it is a rare author that can convey so much information and emotion with so few words and still maintain such a lyrical quality. I was completely enchanted by her prose and by the story itself. Duty, treachery, love and sacrifice wind throughout a mystery that the Woodcutter must solve. He has help on his long and twisting journey, and we’re given a sizable dose of the old-fashioned magic one rarely sees outside of fairytales. Humor, setbacks, and plot twists lead to a climax and resolution that surprised and delighted me with its emotional impact.

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Patricia RedingPATRICIA REDING

Author of Oathtaker and Select
Patricia’s website

I’m going with an Indie read this time. Truth to tell, one must wade through some things to find gems, whether they are traditional- or Indie-published. But for those who enjoy fantasy for the young, I can recommend, A Hero’s Curse, by P. S. Broaddus.

What intrigued me when I read the blurb for A Hero’s Curse, was that the main protagonist is a young—blind—girl. Since so much of our world is what we see, and since in our writing, we authors must disclose that world to our readers, I was intrigued with the concept of using a blind heroine. P. S. Broaddus did not fail to deliver . . . (Read more!)

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Book Review: By Divine Right, by Patrick W. Carr

By Divine Right,” the prequel to a longer series, starts out with a wonderful little mystery about the main character, Willet, then segues into a detailed description of the town — a little *too* detailed for my tastes, but hang in there, the story picks up after that in an entirely readable fantasy detective fashion. The real mystery is soon revealed as Willet follows his insatiable curiosity (and apprehension) in an attempt to discover who is stealing magical gifts.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

The culture is fascinating and richly multi-layered. The characters are expertly drawn: Jed the chief reeve (evidently comparable to a sheriff), Rory the urchin, Duke Orlan, and the plucky Lady Gael, and a handful of others. There are no nondescript characters, but this doesn’t require pages of description for each, either. A scar here, a phobia there… Told from a first person point of view, Willet doesn’t spend a lot of time dwelling on details of his past. He is preoccupied with the war that robbed him of his chance to become a priest and gave him a dark secret even he doesn’t understand.

As a plot to draw the reader into the series, this works well. There are questions presented here that are not fully answered. I didn’t find that a bad thing, as the story is complete in itself and so delightfully done.

Willet Dura ekes out a living as an assistant reeve in the city of Bunard, the royal city, investigating minor and not-so-minor crimes in the poor quarter. Ever since a terrible battle, Willet’s been drawn to the dead, and has an uncanny ability not only to solve their crimes, but even to know when one has been committed.

ByDivineRight_PatrickWCarrWhen a gifted musician is found dead in the merchants’ quarter of the city, everyone assumes by the signs that the old man simply died of a stroke, but Willet’s intuition tells him better. When he learns that this is the second death within the last month of one of the gifted, those with a rare inherited ability, he begins to suspect that something more is afoot, and he soon finds himself chasing a mystery that could bring down the very kingdom of Collum.

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Have you read it yet?
Have you got any single-point-of-view fantasies to recommend?