Synopsis: Sparhawk, Pandion Knight and Queen’s Champion, returns to Elenia from a long spell of exile to find his young Queen grievously ill and his native land overrun with evil and intrigue. Queen Ehlana can be kept alive, magically encased within a block of crystal for one year. But the cost is tragically high. Unless Sparhawk and his allies can find a cure, the Pandion Knights must one by one enter the House of the Dead in order to preserve the Queen on her Diamond Throne.
Continue reading “The Diamond Throne by David Eddings (and Leigh Eddings)”
Synopsis: Audrey’s father taught her that to stay human in the modern world, she had to build a moat around herself; a moat of books and music, philosophy and dreams. A moat that makes Audrey different from the echoes: sophisticated, emotionless machines, built to resemble humans and to work for human masters. Daniel is an echo – but he’s not like the others. He feels a connection with Audrey; a feeling Daniel knows he was never designed to have, and cannot explain. And when Audrey is placed in terrible danger, he’s determined to save her.
I picked this up on the recommendation of one of the librarians. Continue reading “Echo Boy by Matt Haig”
Synopsis: Lucien de Fontein has grown up different. One of the mysterious and misshapen Orfano who appear around the Kingdom of Landfall, he is a talented fighter yet constantly lonely, tormented by his deformity, and well aware that he is a mere pawn in a political game. Ruled by an insane King and the venomous Majordomo, it is a world where corruption and decay are deeply rooted – but to a degree Lucien never dreams possible when he first discovers the plight of the ‘insane’ women kept in the haunting Sanatoria.
I was interested just from the title of this book but the concept drew me as well.
Continue reading “The Boy With The Porcelain Blade by Den Patrick”
Synopsis: Ava has spent the last hundred years as a hellhound, the indentured servant of a reaper who hunts errant souls and sends them to Hell. When a human necromancer convinces her to steal her reaper’s scythe, Ava incurs the wrath of the demon Lilith, her reaper’s boss.
As punishment for her transgression, Lilith orders Ava to track down the last soul in her reaper’s ledger … or die trying.
But after a hundred years of servitude, it’s time for payback. And Hell hath no fury like an avenging Ava …
I actually saw the second book of this series first; Grim Tidings, and thought the cover was cool, so I looked around and found a copy of Black Dog at the library.
Continue reading “Black Dog by Caitlin Kittredge”
Synopsis: Life has been hard for Shell since the death of her mam. Her dad has turned his back on reality leaving her to care for her brother and sister. When she can escape, she sees her best friend Bridie and the charming, persuasive Declan, sharng cigarettes and irreverent jokes. Shell is drawn to the kindness of Father Rose, a young priest, but soon finds herself at the centre of an escalating scandal that rocks the small Irish community to its foundations.
So the reason I picked this book up is A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. If you haven’t read it, the illustrated edition, then do so immediately. On the cover it says ‘From an original idea by Siobhan Dowd’. There’s more info in the extended edition which came out after the film was released, though sadly I have not been able to get my hands on a copy.
Continue reading “A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd”
Synopsis: Charlie Tristan Moore isn’t a hero. She’s a survivor. On a night when her demons from the past are triggered, she arrives home to something even more harrowing-an attack by three monstrous skinhounds, creatures straight out of nightmares. She fights but is outmatched. Just as hope seems lost, in sweeps The Man In Black, a rescuer even more monstrous and unlikely, dressed in a long, dark coat that seems to have a life of its own and with a black-bladed sword held in his terrible, red right hand.
Her rescue comes at a cost. She must become his new Acolyte and embrace a dark magick she never knew she had inside her. To ensure she gives it her all, he takes her friend and possible love, Daniel, in thrall as a hostage to her obedience. The Man in Black, a Lovecraftian chaos god, claims to be battling his brethren gods, other horrors who are staging an incipient apocalypse. But is he truly the lesser of all evils or merely killing off the competition? Either way, will Charlie be strong enough to save herself, Daniel, and possibly the entire world?
This book caught my eye a while ago but I was a little wary of picking it up. It was a combination of factors really. I’d never heard of Levi Black and the title promised a lot. I picked it up after hearing it wasn’t bad.
Continue reading “Red Right Hand by Levi Black”
Synopsis: A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.
A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
So, full disclosure, I watched the movie first. I wasn’t entirely sure about it and the movie seemed like less effort. Less immersion. I did get kind of into it by the end and wanted to see what happened next, so I picked up the first book. Continue reading “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs”