Darkness and doom abound… Ours is The Storm reviewed

Ours is the Storm by D Thourson Palmer

I think this wants to be a Grimdark epic fantasy. You can imagine the author having a big wordcloud of terms like “grim”, “dark”, “hopeless”, “dystopian” and “doom” above their desk. And it’s true that they certainly manage to evoke

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This Easter, I will mostly be reading…

Easter reads

I’ve challenged myself to read 60 books by the end of the year. That’s just over one a week. Work and volunteer projects and family life have all conspired to make March a slow reading month, so I’ve set myself

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Dark magic afoot! The Raven’s Head reviewed

The Raven's Head by Karen Maitland

The word “dark” might have been invented for this book! Just look at that cover – it’s like the beginning of Snow White when the queen wishes for a baby as “white as snow, dark as ebony, red as blood“.

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Book Review: Walking the Labyrinth

Walking the Labyrinth by Lisa Goldstein

Walking the Labyrith may work for fans of writers like Sarah Addison and Alice Hoffman, who enjoy magical realism, but it wasn’t for me I’m afraid.

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World Book Day Guest Post: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe by C S Lewis

Today I’m bringing you a special guest post. In celebration of World Book Day, today’s review is by my 7 year old daughter Lucy. She dressed up as Lucy Pevensie from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, by C

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Why do some books make you want to throw them across the room?

spolier warning

Books – specifically fantasy fiction books – are my passion. They’re a constant in my life. A way to comfort myself after a bad day. A way to stimulate my mind when it could easily sink into laziness, A way

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When Fantasy fiction goes beyond books…

Fantasy fiction

When you get a “new post” alert from me, chances are you’re expecting a book review. I do a lot of them. But just lately, something has been stealing my time and imagination. And that thing is Dragon Age: Origins.

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