Category: Fantasy

“A Snowflake at Midnight” by Anne Renwick – Audiobook

“A Snowflake at Midnight” by Anne Renwick – Audiobook

Narrated by Anais Inara Chase

A rare manuscript. A midnight promise. A man who would steal them both away.

Pressured by looming deadlines and an annoying patron, Evie Brown, an academic librarian, struggles to find joy this Christmas holiday. Worse, her sick father is ready to abandon treatments and surrender to fate – a decision she refuses to accept. Delving into a medieval manuscript, she searches for answers in the distant past.

For the woman who has stolen his heart, only a perfect proposal will do. Ash Lockwood, botanist, has transformed the rooftop greenhouse into a tropical fairyland. But when Evie begs him to help her harvest mistletoe at midnight, they venture down a different garden path, unaware that danger circles close.

When their plans implode and a murderer threatens their lives, only invention and teamwork will save them. 

Christmas in steampunk Victorian England! What could be better. I don’t usually go for Christmas themed books because I find them to be rather sappy, but I can’t resist an Anne Renwick story and this one is no exception. I was also very pleased to see Anais Inara Chase return as the narrator. So what makes this Christmas story different for me? Well, as always there is a lot of science in the story which gives my brain a workout, while at the same time there is a love affair taking place and it’s all wrapped in mistletoe and bio-luminescent light. Evie the librarian, with her love of books, was somebody I could completely relate to. And Ash is so sincere in his love for her, it warmed even my old heart. I have to say though, that I was most charmed by the squirrel, and if you want to know why you need to read or listen to the story for yourself. I don’t know where Ms. Renwick gets all her stories from but I certainly feel privileged to be able to read them. Pick up this winter treat as soon as you can!

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“In Pursuit of Dragons” by Anne Renwick – Audiobook Review

“In Pursuit of Dragons” by Anne Renwick – Audiobook Review

Blurb:

In a laboratory behind the walls of a castle, Natalia Zakharova Kinross, Lady of Kinlarig, hides her many secrets. But for how much longer? For not only is a medical miracle embedded within her skin, a mythological dragon prowls the grounds. And there are men who will stop at little to lay claim to both.

Though Luke Dryden, cryptozoologist, is welcomed back to the castle at the tip of a blade, an old romance ignites. Until a lingering illness acquired in a secret biotechnology facility takes a turn for the worse – all while disaster circles. To help defend a lady and her dragon, he must attempt a risky cure.

As old enemies threaten their future, they will fight back to back in a desperate last stand…

My Thoughts:

In short, listen to the audiobook. My full review of the book itself is here. I enjoyed this story just as much the second time as I did when I first read the book. I really enjoy Natalia and Luke as individuals and as a couple. The science here is also fascinating. But my favorite character in this one is still Kia, the dragon. She has such a precocious personality, I find myself delighted every time she appears. In terms of the audiobook, I really enjoyed this narrator and her narration of the story. She previously narrated “A Trace of Copper” which is one of my favorites in this series. I think Ms. Renwick made and excellent choice with this narrator. If your new to steampunk and want to give it a try this audiobook would be a great way to do that. If you already love steampunk than you need to add this one to your library.

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Announcing: Silent Sea Chronicles Boxed Set by Suzanne Rogerson

Announcing: Silent Sea Chronicles Boxed Set by Suzanne Rogerson

Good new everybody! Suzanne Rogerson’s Silent Sea Chronicles is now a 3 book boxed set. I have had the privilege so far of reading and reviewing the first 2 books. “The Lost Sentinel” and .“The Sentinel’s Reign” (click links for my reviews). I’m looking forward to reading the third book very soon.

Silent See Chronicles Teaser

 

I think these books are some of the best fantasy books I’ve ever read. If you haven’t discovered Suzanne Rogerson yet, now is a great time to do so. The boxed set is on sale for 99p/99 cents worldwide for one week starting on Oct. 4. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

Amazon link for the boxed set

Goodreads author page

 

“Strange the Dreamer” by Laini Taylor

“Strange the Dreamer” by Laini Taylor

Narrated by Steve West

Lazlo Strange is a young man who has recently come of age. He has been trained as a librarian and he is a bit of a loner. Left as an infant at a monastery, his life took a turn for the better when he discovered the library. Over the years he has immersed himself in the legends of a city, far away from his own. The city no longer has a name and no one can even remember the last time and resident of the city was seen. Then one day a mysterious caravan arrives in the his city and Strange finds himself on a mission to save the legendary city, known as Weep.

This is a fantasy and I don’t often read books in this genre but I’ve come across so many good reviews of this one that when it showed up in an Audible sale I decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed. This is a hefty one with the audio running for a little over 18 hours but it’s a wonderfully engaging 18 hours. I really grew to like Lazlo, who is still an awkward kid when the story begins but matures into a young man with a keen sense of responsibility, a positive outlook on life and an endless imagination. The story has lot of drama and some thrilling close calls, plus an ending that definitely took me by surprise. I found that the author’s world building was very effective by not overwhelming. She has worked it into the story in a way that flows really nicely. The love interest is a sweet young woman with an incredible power, who just wants to be normal. I found the cast of characters to be very diverse and the relationships between them complex. This is the first book in a series and it left me curious as to what will happen next for these characters.

Finally, the narrator did an excellent job of telling the story and bringing the characters to life. Overall, I found this story really interesting and I think it is worth of the high praise it has received.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-5-star-rating 4.5 stars!!

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“The House with a Clock in Its Walls” by John Bellairs

“The House with a Clock in Its Walls” by John Bellairs

4-5-star-rating

Narrated by George Guidall

Blurb:  When Lewis Barnavelt, an orphan, comes to stay with his Uncle Jonathan, he expects to meet an ordinary person. But he is wrong. Uncle Jonathan and his next-door neighbor, Mrs. Zimmermann, are both witches! Lewis is thrilled. At first, watching magic is enough. Then Lewis experiments with magic himself and unknowingly resurrects the former owner of the house: a woman named Serenna Izard. It seems that Serenna and her husband built a timepiece into the walls – a clock that could obliterate humankind. And only the Barnavelts can stop it!

My Thoughts:  So I saw this book pop up on my Audible and recognized it because of the recent movie ads, but then I saw that it’s narrated by George Guidall, and you all should know by now that I can’t resist one of his narrations, even if it’s not my usual genre. I was not disappointed. This story is delightful! Lewis Barnavelt is a charming young boy who just wants to make friends and his eccentric uncle Jonathan is a mystery but also a very intuitive guardian. Of course, Mr. Guidall delivers another stunning performance. This is a great listen for adults and children alike!

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“The Tin Rose” by Anne Renwick

“The Tin Rose” by Anne Renwick

An Elemental Web Tale Book 1

This is what I call a short and oh so sweet story. I just adore the world that Anne Renwick has created in this series and this story is no exception. In this one Lady Emily and Luca and racing to find a cure for a deadly poison. Readers were first introduced to these characters in “The Golden Spider” and they continue to delight. This story has romance and action, good and evil all in about 50 pages. Oh, and don’t forget all the cool steampunk contraptions. Short story perfection with this one!

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

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“In Pursuit of Dragons” by Anne Renwick

“In Pursuit of Dragons” by Anne Renwick

An Elemental Web Tale Book 4

Dragons, Steampunk, Romance, Sword Fights! What more could you ask for in a fantasy book? “In Pursuit of Dragons” is the latest installment from Anne Renwick. In this one we have Russian born Natalia who was forced into a loveless marriage and locked away in a castle in Scotland. This is intended to protect her and the dragon under her care. Now she is alone and dragon hunters are battering down the door. Suddenly, a man from the past appears, but does he bring hope for the future or is danger following his every step?

Let’s just start with the cover, because I just love this one. The colors on this one really caught my eye and drew me in to the story. Characters: Natalia is so likeable and I couldn’t help but be sympathetic of her situation. She’s also a mighty warrior when it comes to protecting her own and she’s not willing to be pushed around by men anymore. Luke is handsome, charming and determined to be with Natalia. Kia is my favorite character in this story. She is fiercely protective when she needs to be but also very loving. I found the story to be original and innovative. There are some very interesting twists throughout and I had a really hard time putting this down. Anne Renwick has once again created a story that is charming and romantic and full of fascinating science references. I have yet to be disappointed by this author and look forward to many more.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-5-star-rating 4.5 stars!!

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Links:   Amazon US   |   Amazon UK   |   Goodreads   |   Author’s website

“The Sentinel’s Reign” by Suzanne Rogerson

“The Sentinel’s Reign” by Suzanne Rogerson

Spoiler Alert!! There is a plot spoiler in this review – proceed with caution!!

Today is release day for this, the newest book, from Suzanne Rogerson!  The Sentinel’s Reign is book 2 in the Silent Sea Chronicles. In this installment, Calissa has become the Sentinel and Tei her confidante. Both are struggling a bit with the adjustment to their new roles. At the same time, Rathnor is upping his campaign against magic and the death and destruction is increasing. As Rathnor continues to get stronger the fate of Kalaya and its magic is becoming more and more precarious. Meanwhile, Captain Farrell is desperately trying to improve the lives of his people on Stone Haven, but unknown to him Rathnor is gradually taking over his mind and bending him to his will. What will the fate of Kalaya and Stone Haven be? Will Rathnor’s evil schemes be defeated? Will Calissa and Tei learn how to work together for the future of Kalaya?

Yummy is the word that comes to mind when I think about this book. As the second book in the series, my favorite characters are back, Callisa, Tei, Brogan and Mara. There are also some secondary characters that get a bigger role in this one, like Hafender the giant of a man who commands the military forces of the exiles. The characters that return just continue to develop as individuals and in their relationships with each other. The attraction between Tei and the handsome Brogan sees the most development and it is quite charming. I loved revisiting Kalaya and as in previous books the descriptions of the world and of the magic it contains are beautiful. I always appreciate the way the descriptions are woven into the story and don’t feel heavy or lecture-y. The story moves forward at a good pace that keeps the reader’s attention and there are enough curveballs to keep you guessing at the final outcome. There is a 3rd book planned for this series so don’t despair if you get to the end and want more. Even if you don’t like fantasy books usually, you will like this series, so don’t delay, get your copy today!

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-5-star-rating  4.5 stars!!

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Links:   Amazon US   |   Amazon UK   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon CA   |   Author’s website

“The Iron Fin” by Anne Renwick

“The Iron Fin” by Anne Renwick

The Elemental Web Chronicles Book 3

When I was growing up my favorite fantasy world was the Land of Oz, which I loved for its complexity and the ingenious mechanics that would pop up periodically (a city that can raise and lower itself to the bottom of a lake?!). There was also something delightful to read about. Anne Renwick has created a steampunk world that is equally delightful. Even more so in this this installment because there is a whole crew of hunky naval guys as supporting characters.

In this installment of the Elemental Web Chronicles we meet Isa and Alec who are on a mission to save a castle and capture a megalodon. Isa is a young woman who has been a widow for a year. She has some medical training, though she is not a doctor, and she travels amongst the villages of the Finn people helping those in need of medical attention. She is half Scottish and half Finn and has some of the distinctive characteristics of the Finn. Her marriage was a disappointment and she is not interested in giving up her independence. Alec is a naval officer who leads a highly trained team that specializes in covert operations. He has never been interested in marriage because he doesn’t want to repeat the disastrous relationship of his parents. When Alec is injured while on an underwater mission he is sidelined from his team and instead asked to track down rumors of seamen being attacked by octopus in the North Sea. This is when he meets Isa, and to say that sparks fly would be a huge understatement. As they work together to uncover the secrets of the megalodon and the octopus both will put their lives on the line.

I think this is my favorite book so far in this series. I felt an instant connection to the main characters and I just love the way they play off of each other. There is no holding back with these two, no playing hard to get, they want to be together but they also want it on their own terms. The story also holds quite a lot of surprises and moves at an excellent pace. Once I picked it up, I was very reluctant to put it down. For me, this is another homerun from Anne Renwick.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

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“Kraken and Canals” by Anne Renwick

“Kraken and Canals” by Anne Renwick

Another delicious story in the Elemental Web Tale series! First of all, I am loving the steampunk world that Anne Renwick has created in this series. This is a short story that tells about the aunt of Olivia, the heroine in “The Silver Skull”. One of the things I love about these books is that the author packs quite a lot of character into her short stories. In this one Arturo and Judy must battle the Kraken in the canals of Venice. But will they survive the tentacles and claws of these beasts? You have to read it to find out. I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I’ve read from this author and I highly recommend it!

Alinefromabook’s rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  5 stars!!

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