Maps Edge by David Hair – Blog Blast!

Hi guys! I’m here for a quick blog blast as it’s release day for Maps Edge by David Hair!

This is the start of a new series by David and I’m really enjoying reading it! Unfortunately, due to my current slump, I haven’t been able to finish this one but I will let you know my thoughts once I’m finished!

The Blurb:-

Follow a renegade sorcerer off the edge of the map, in a thrilling adventure perfect for
fans of Scott Lynch, Brandon Sanderson and Sebastien de Castell . . .


Dashryn Cowl has run out of places to hide. The erstwhile sorcerer of the Imperial College fled the
Bolgravian Empire when his high-flying family fell from grace, but the tyrannical empire is still hunting for him.


So when he gets his hands on a map showing a place outside the known lands rich in istariol, the mineral that fuels sorcery, he sees a way back to power. There’s only one problem: it means masquerading as an Imperial Cartomancer (an instant death sentence) and finding some dupes to help him mine the istariol
in secret, no questions asked.


But somehow, amid the dangers of the road (floods and avalanches, beasts, barbarians and monsters), a strange thing begins to happen: Dashryn starts to care about his ragtag followers and their strange
odyssey into the ruins of an ancient forgotten civilisation.


But his past won’t let him be: the implacable Imperial Bloodhound Toran Zorne has caught his scent,
and Zorne has never yet failed to bring his quarry to ground.


At the edge of the map, there’s no going forward and no going back . . .

Make sure you check out everyone else’s posts!

Children by Bjorn Larssen – A Feature and Thoughts So Far

Hi guys! Back with another post for Storytellers One Tour! Today it’s a feature post for Children by Bjorn Larssen!

Book Blurb
Magni never wanted to be like his father, a murderous, absent, cheating alcoholic: Thor – the feared and beloved God of thunder. When Thor destroys everything and everyone his son knows and loves, Magni vows to stop the violence. His dream is to bring peace and prosperity to the Nine Worlds, then settle down with the man he loves. But is it possible to remain good in a place this bad? How do you escape cruelty in a universe built on it, or the shadow of your father when everyone calls you by his name?

Maya knows she’s a failure and a disappointment to her foster-parents. How could a child raised by Freya and Freyr – Goddess of love and God of sex – have no interest in the greatest of pleasures? Obviously, it couldn’t be the torture they subjected her to, or treating her as a tool that might someday be useful. Maya, her rage at their games more powerful than she knows, wants freedom to pursue her own destiny. But how do you forge your own life away from your God-parents when you’re nothing more than human.

A retelling of the Norse myths unlike any other, Children will answer all the questions you never knew you had about the heathen Nine Worlds… before leading you into the Tenth!

I have started reading this and so far I’m enjoying it! It does throw you straight into the story which I’ve actually enjoyed! I love Maya as a character and I’m really intrigued to see where this story is going to go!

(trigger warning for attempted rape which happens in the opening chapter)

Author Links
Website: http://www.bjornlarssen.com/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bjornlarssen
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bjornlarssenwriter
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18916648.Bj_rn_Larssen

Frozen Rage – A Review

Hello! Welcome back for another Storytellers on Tour Post! Today I am reviewing Frozen Rage by Steve McHugh. This is a new novella set in the Hellequin Chronicles but it can be read on its own.

Book Blurb
The Realm of Dreich is a getaway for the rich and powerful, a medieval-inspired town in the middle of a vast frozen wilderness.

Now it’s the site of a wedding, intended to join two feuding families who have spent centuries in an uneasy truce with each other.


When Tommy Carpenter asks his best friend, Nate Garrett, to help him with the security of the wedding,


Nate reluctantly agrees, knowing that it will be a long weekend of work and, in all probability, treachery.


It is only a matter of time before members of each family are found murdered and it is up to Nate and
Tommy to find the killer before more bodies fall, potentially reigniting a war.

I was very kindly gifted a physical copy for this review but I also purchased the audiobook myself to listen as I read. (would really recommend the audiobook as it was fantastic!)

This was a great little novella which introduces you to the main characters of this series including a few of the races (including werewolves, werelions and werebears!) along with following a murder mystery.

As this is only 117 pages long and is also a mystery, I don’t want to give away too much of the plot. However, I can say that I really enjoyed the writing style, I felt for the characters and I will definitely be picking up the other books in the series!

Don’t forget to check out the other hosts!


— — —
Book Links
• Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54141669-frozen-rage
• Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08DD8V26VStorytellers On Tour Frozen Rage Book Tour
https://storytellersontour.online Sep

To Sleep In A Sea Of Stars by Christopher Paolini – A mini review

Hello! I’m here with a very exciting post today as I am one of the first hosts on the blog tour for this stunning book! However, unfortunately there was a delay in the copies being sent out so I haven’t finished this beast of a book yet. But…. This means that you’ll get two posts instead of one! (thank you to the publisher for gifting me this beautiful finished copy)

This post will be a review of what I have already read along with some info on the book and I will do a follow up post once I have finished reading. This means that I will also be able to review the audio book for you as I really enjoy reading epic sci fi like this book with the audio on at the same time.

So! On to the important stuff! This is an epic space sci fi that is Paolini’s first foray into the sci fi world. It’s also quite the chonker as it’s around 900 pages long (we all know that I love a long book!). I will also preface any review that is below by saying that the author’s Eragon series is one of my all time favourites so I am already familiar with this authors writing style.

The Blurb:-

Kira Navárez dreamed of life on new worlds
Now she’s awakened a nightmare

During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, Kira finds an alien relic. At first she’s delighted, but elation turns to terror when the ancient dust around her begins to move.

As war erupts among the stars, Kira is launched into a galaxy-spanning odyssey of discovery and transformation. First contact isn’t at all what she imagined, and events push her to the very limits of what it means to be human.

While Kira faces her own horrors, Earth and its colonies stand upon the brink of annihilation. Now, Kira might be humanity’s greatest and final hope . . .

Now onto my mini review of the first 300ish pages that I’ve managed to read this weekend through my anxiety brain!

The writing in this book in really accessible, it isn’t too “techy” or clinical which I know is a criticism of a lot of sci fi. This book opens following Kira as she goes on a research mission which promptly goes wrong. There is a lot going on in this book and I have a lot of my exciting/Omg moment tabs in my physical copy just within the first 100 pages. This book literally made my jaw drop when I was reading because the events that happen were both incredibly surprising but also awesome.

So far in this book we have some LGBTQIA+ rep in the book which doesn’t feel like it’s just been shoehorned in, it feels natural and like it’s just something that happens which is wonderful. There are also different people from different planets, with different customs who all mingle well together and I actually enjoy all of the characters mentioned.

I’ve even spotted a couple of Easter eggs from the Eragon universe (One of these actually made me put down my book and go and get my copy of Eragon to check I was right!)

Overall so far, I think this is a really unique piece of work and it’s definitely worth checking it out if you enjoy sci-fi!

Don’t forget to check out everyone else’s posts too!

The Skald’s Black Verse by Jordan Loyal Short – A Review

Hi Guys! I have another spot on a Storytellers on Tour blog tour and that’s for this beauty! (I mean, just look at that cover!) make sure you go and check out the other hosts posts Here!

Book Blurb
When a soldier’s murder sparks rebellion in the tiny village of Skolja, Brohr’s past marks him as the
prime suspect. Haunted by his brother’s ghost, and drawn into a web of dark pacts and tangled
loyalties, Brohr must choose between the path of vengeance set before him, and a chance to forge his
own fate.
From the shadows, an all but extinct race of alien demigods have begun the end game of their
millennia-spanning war, and one has chosen Brohr for his closing gambit.
But Brohr’s grandfather harbors a dark secret that will change everything.
Above it all, a dread portent looms in the sky, spelling the death of Brohr’s world. With doom spiraling
toward them, Brohr must lead an unlikely rebellion, unearth disturbing family secrets, and tame the raging ghost that haunts him. Can Brohr lead his people out of darkness, or will he succumb to his own terrifying bloodlust, and destroy the very people he has sworn to save?

So! I went into this expecting a fairly typical Viking story which I usually end up loving! However, what I got was actually a mixture of sci-fi and fantasy – a concept that was very cool!

In this book you have your viking-esque characters who are the Norns and instead of it being your usual Christian invaders taking over, in this book it’s actually a different race from another planet!

This is a very dark and gritty book that has plenty of violence in it along with a very graphic birth and baby death scene in the prologue so please read with care if you are sensitive to any of these things.

This was a good book and I’m intrigued to see where the story goes in book two event hough this wasn”t written in my usual preferred writing style. However, I’ve seen that the audio book for this should be released soon so I think I will re-read this on audio as that usually helps me when the writing style isn’t my favourite!

Author Links
Website: https://jordanloyalshort.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jordanloyalshor
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jordanloyalshort
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18602359.Jordan_Loyal_Short

The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson – A Review

Hi Guys! I’m here today with another Storytellers on Tour blog post! (I’m fast becoming a regular)

The Blurb –

The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel.

The Assembly controls Kalaya. Originally set up to govern, they now persecute those with magic and exile them to the Turrak Mountains. Tei, a tailor’s daughter, has always hidden her magic but when her father’s old friend visits and warns them to flee to the mountains she must leave her old life behind.
On the journey, an attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He entrusts her into the care of the exiles and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession.
Tei joins the exiles search for their new Sentinel – the only person capable of restoring the fading magic. But mysterious Masked Riders are hunting the Sentinel too, and time, as well as hope, is running out.
Against mounting odds it will take friendship, heartache and sacrifice to succeed, but is Tei willing to risk everything to save the island magic?

Ok… I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading the sequels! For those of you who would rather buy the box set, this has just been released on kindle and will be reduced to £3.99 for the duration of this tour which is awesome!

I found this story to be really engaging, it was easy to fall into (I need a new phrase don’t I!), it felt a little familiar without feeling like it was another book and the plot kept moving forward at a good pace!

I ended up enjoying all of the characters perspectives, though I did have a little trouble with Brogan at the start.

The magic system was really interesting and I love the idea that the island has magic that the Mystics must protect but the none magical people have forgotten and don’t look after the island ass they should. I really wish we had more stories where the land was actually alive with magic because I usually enjoy them.

Tei as a main character goes through so much growth and I love seeing a character actually grow up! The poor thing does go through a lot though and I would say that I would give content warnings for mild torture/violence and also loss (these are just for me personally) so be a little wary if you are sensitive to these topics.

However, as I’ve already said, this was a very enjoyable read and bring on book 2!

Join Suzanne’s mailing list – here!

Suzanne’s website – here!

Goodreads – here!

Twitter – here!

Instagram – here!

Amazon UK – here!

More about the author –

Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her husband, two children and a crazy puppy.
Her writing journey began at the age of twelve when she completed her first novel. She discov-
ered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a
family gave Suzanne the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft,
and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occa-
sionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Now an author of four novels including the recently completed Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy
and a Czech translation of her debut, Visions of Zarua, Suzanne hopes the dreaded ‘W’ word
will never rear its ugly head again!

She loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from
the garden and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

Suzanne collects books, is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles and old
ruins whilst being immersed in the past. She likes to combine her love of nature and photog-
raphy on family walks, but most of all she loves to escape with a great film, binge watch TV shows, or soak in a hot bubble bath with a nice cream and a book

Smoke and Stone by Michael R Fletcher – A Review

Hi guys! I’m back today with a quick review for you!

The blurb –
After a cataclysmic war of the gods, the last of humanity huddles in Bastion, a colossal ringed city. Beyond the outermost wall lies endless desert haunted by the souls of all the world’s dead. Trapped in a rigid caste system, Nuru, a young street sorcerer, lives in the outer ring. She dreams of escape and freedom. When something contacts her from beyond the wall, she risks everything and leaps at the opportunity. Mother Death, a banished god seeking to reclaim her place in Bastion’s patchwork pantheon, has found her way back into the city. Akachi, born to the wealth and splendour of Bastion’s inner rings, is a priest of Cloud Serpent, Lord of the Hunt. A temple-trained sorcerer, he is tasked with bringing peace to the troublesome outer ring. Drawn into a dark and violent world of assassins, gangs, and street sorcerers, he battles the spreading influence of Mother Death in a desperate attempt to save Bastion. The gods are once again at war.

This was my first self published read of the month and it did not disappoint!

The authors writing style was really nice and let me fall into this world.

I’m a sucker for books that explore pantheon of gods and what would happen if they decided to make a comeback so this was right up my street!

I don’t really want to say anything else as I feel like you’re better going in with nothing more than the blurb but I loved this book!

Book 2 has just been released and I also own another book by yjis author which I can’t wait to get to!

Amazon UK – here!

Og- Grim-Dog by Jamie Edmundson – A Review

Hi Guys! I’m back today with my first review for Self published Fantasy month! This review will be for Og-Grim-Dog which is a novella series based on the life story of a 3 headed ogre!

The Blurb:

Two heads are better than one

Three can be a real pain in the arse

We are Og-Grim-Dog!

We have been loved and reviled! We have been the Hero of the Hour, the Darkest Villain, and everything in between! We have saved this world and travelled to worlds beyond it!

You think you can distil the life of Og-Grim-Dog into some words on a page?
When a stranger visits their inn, the regulars are in for a surprise. Did their Landlord really come here from Gal’azu—the dangerous, edgier province to the east? Could it be that his stories, so fanciful and fantastical, were episodes from his previous life?
When their Landlord is persuaded to have his life story recorded for posterity, the surprises come thick and fast. Just like his regulars, you too can learn how a three-headed ogre came to be a hero. Unlike them, you don’t stand to be killed if it all goes wrong…

As I said, this series (two books are currently released) are written as novellas – this first one was 136 pages according to my kindle. Normally, I’m not a fan of novellas as I always feel like I want more but this one was perfect!

There was enough information given that I had a fairly clear picture of the world and there were more than enough action scenes along with other interactions that helped show the growing relationship between Og-Grim-Dog and their companions.

I loved Grim the best I think (always stuck between his brothers arguing) but I also enjoyed the other two characters and I can’t wait to read on and see where this trio ends up!

Goodreads – here!

Amazon UK – here!

Tuyo by Rachel Neumeier – A Review

Hi Guys! I’m back again with a review of Tuyo and I’m part of the blog tour hosted by Storytellers on Tour! Make sure you check out everyone else’s reviews here!

The blurb –

Raised a warrior in the harsh winter country, Ryo inGara has always been willing to die for his family
and his tribe. When war erupts against the summer country, the prospect of death in battle seems imminent. But when his warleader leaves Ryo as a sacrifice — a tuyo — to die at the hands of their ene-
mies, he faces a fate he never imagined.

Ryo’s captor, a lord of the summer country, may be an enemy . . . but far worse enemies are moving,
with the current war nothing but the opening moves in a hidden game Ryo barely glimpses, a game in
which all his people may be merely pawns. Suddenly Ryo finds his convictions overturned and his loy-
alties uncertain. Should he support the man who holds him prisoner, the only man who may be able to
defeat their greater enemy? And even if he does, can he persuade his people to do the same?

Rachel has a nice, easy writing style and this book felt like an older fantasy which was great for me! The whole premise reminded me of Raymond E Feists earlier Midkemia novels which are some of my favourites.

I really enjoyed the concept of enemies becoming friends (though I feel the author missed a trick slightly by there not being something more than friendship) and the trust that builds slowly between Tuyo and Lord Aras.

I did feel that Ryo made some silly decisions on occasion but they were mainly due to ingrained fear that he has of sorcery due to his peoples culture, but he was always very honest and honour bound which I really enjoyed.

This is an interesting story because the main focus of the story is very much on their characters and watching their friendship grow and develop rather than on the world building and magic systems – personally I would have loved to know even more about the magic system.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable read and I look forward to reading some of her other works!