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review 2019-08-20 22:47
Review ~ Awesome!
Death of Darkness - Dianne Duvall

Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest.


The Immortal Guardians have been fighting for the safety of humanity for thousands of years. Seth is their leader, the stern disciplinarian, the mother hen, the worrier – he is the heart and soul of the Immortal Guardians. But he’s not like the other Immortal Guardians. He’s one of the Others and one of his former brethren is targeting him through his beloved Guardians. Gershom has lost his damn mind if he thinks Seth is just going to stand by and let him hurt and kill humans, gifted ones, and Immortal Guardians. Oh, hell no!


When Leah Somerson walks into his life, for the first time in several millennia Seth is torn in his duty. He must protect everyone, but he’s so lonely. Dare he allow himself to explore a relationship when Armageddon is about to break loose? As the other Guardians cotton onto Seth’s attraction to Leah, he may not have a choice. For the first time ever, they are plotting against him. But don’t worry, it’s really for him. Hell, if it were a Facebook relationship status it would say “It’s complicated.”


This series continues to sit in my Top Ten Favorite Series List. I sound like a broken record when I write my review for each story that comes out. I love it. I love them all. But Seth’s story…man, oh, man. Dianne Duvall outdid herself with this one. First of all, it’s massive. And Seth deserves every single page. Besides, there is a lot going on! Then there’s the characters. They step off the page. Almost literally. Strong women, strong men, a wonderful mix of paranormal elements, action, hot yummy steaminess, tension, laughter, and a whole gamut of emotions. I care for each and every character. Except the villains, of course. I started plowing through this book the day I received it, staying up way, way, way past my bedtime. I didn’t have a chance to finish it in one sitting, but I finished the next day. I even went back a few chapters to reread since I was so tired the night before I was afraid I may have missed something. I was so embedded and invested in the story it took me a few days to recover from my book hangover. I love and hate when that happens because I mourn the book world when I have to return to the real world. It doesn’t help that these stories are set in my home state of North Carolina, only about an hour from my location. It makes the setting even more real for me.


I don’t know what else to tell you. If the thought of starting yet another series is too daunting (trust me, I know that feeling) then have no fear. You can definitely read this book as a standalone. However, if you haven’t started with book 1, do so. Right now! *cough* I mean, please do so. Honestly, this book will have so much more depth and delicious richness if you do.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/08/death-of-darkness.html
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review 2019-08-19 23:10
Wyrd Sisters ★★★★★
Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett

This may be my favorite of the DW books so far. We get to spend so much time with Granny and Nanny Ogg! Now we just need more Greebo. 


I especially love how the witches do their best to stick with the prescribed witch role, to the point of absurdity with the "just an apple-seller" and "just a simple wood-gatherer", while bristling at how they are portrayed in the play. Granny's outrage at the deception of theater made me genuinely giggle out loud. 



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review 2019-08-19 20:34
Sourcery ★★★★☆
Sourcery - Terry Pratchett

Fun, but needs more luggage, tbh.

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review 2019-08-19 20:08
Mort ★★★☆☆
Mort - Terry Pratchett

As much as I love whenever Death shows up in each book – his brief scenes are always hilarious – I expected to really love this first DW book featuring Death as a main character. It was a little bit disappointing, though. Death was as fun as ever, but for whatever reason I just didn’t connect with Mort or his journey. The book was overall still amusing, and I really sympathized with Death needing to take a break from his job,

exploring new career opportunities, then resignedly taking up the mantle again

(spoiler show)

. It’s also as quotable as any DW book, which keeps me smiling.


Death watched Mort’s expression carefully. “Only the gods are allowed to do that,” he added. “To tinker with the fate of even one individual could destroy the whole world. Do you understand?”

Mort nodded miserably. “Are you going to send me home?” he said.

Death reached down and swung him up behind the saddle. “Because you showed compassion? No. I might have done if you had shown pleasure. But you must learn the compassion proper to your trade.”

“What’s that?”

“A sharp edge.”


Audiobook, via Audible. Nigel Planer’s performance is great, but the audio production quality is still vintage 1990’s.

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text 2019-08-15 15:00
Wyrd Sisters - 15%
Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett

There was a glimpse of chainmail under his sodden cloak as he drew his sword. He didn't flourish it. The eyes that didn't leave Granny's face weren't the eyes of anyone who bothers about flourishing anything. They were the eyes of one who knows exactly what swords are for. He reached out his hand. 


"You will give it to me," he said.


Granny twitched aside the blanket in her arms and looked down at a small face wrapped in sleep. She looked up. 


"No," she said, on general principles.


This tells you pretty much everything you need to know about Granny's personality. The best is the implication that she refused as much out of sheer contrariness as from anything heroic.


Then, later: 


She walked quickly through the darkness with the frank stride of someone who was at least certain that the forest, on this damp and windy night, contained strange and terrible things, and she was it.

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