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text 2017-08-04 23:00
Reading progress update: I've read 12 out of 333 pages.
Within the Hollow Crown: A Valiant King's Struggle to Save His Country, His Dynasty, and His Love - Margaret Campbell Barnes

I just finished last month's More Historical Than Fiction book so I figured I'd follow Debbie's example and dive into this month's read since I wasn't sure what I felt like reading. I've read Chapter 1 and so far not much has happened other than giving us a glimpse of a young king who's buffeted about by everyone trying to control him and compare him to his father and grandfather.


Now, should I continue or take a nap?

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review 2017-07-09 16:39
The Tavern in the Morning by Alys Clare
The Tavern in the Morning - Alys Clare

Series: Hawkenlye #3


A man is poisoned at the inn in Tonbridge, but it looks like he wasn’t the intended target. Josse d’Acquin investigates and stumbles into something bigger. There was less of the New Age Druidic stuff in this one but there was a wise woman and a reference to far-seeing so I’m really hoping this series doesn’t continue this trend. I can’t really get into what I didn’t like about this one without getting into spoilers, but I’ll just say that some of the conversations with a certain woman were eye-roll worthy. Overall it was okay, but I hope the next books take a turn toward the mysteries and don’t treat them so much as an afterthought.


I read this for booklikes-opoly square Adventureland 27 “Read a book…that has a tree on the cover”. There are several trees on the cover, so I’m counting the 245 pages as another $6 for my bank, bringing the total to $196.

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review 2017-07-08 22:43
Ashes of the Elements by Alys Clare
Ashes of the Elements (Hawkenlye Mystery) - Alys Clare

Series: Hawkenlye #2


I was disappointed in this installment. The solution to the mystery involved a lot of new age stuff with twins and mind readers and I just wasn’t impressed. It also wasn’t entirely clear but a point of the plot hinged on missing “undergarments” which, it being 1191, sounds like the author might have been thinking with a modern mindset although perhaps I’m wrong. I’m not giving up on the series though and plan to read the next one.


I read this for the booklikes-opoly square Main Street 11 (from the July 4th free move) “Read a book…that was written by an author who was born before 1955". Alys Clare (Elizabeth Harris) was born in 1944. At 265 pages, that’s $6 for my bank, bringing my new total to $190.

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review 2017-06-10 01:35
The Thrall’s Tale by Judith Lindbergh
The Thrall's Tale - Judith Lindbergh

This took me longer than I expected. It wasn’t exactly a hard read, but there was this dreamy quality to the prose that I wasn’t entirely sure I liked. It almost feels languid. It’s told from three perspectives: Thorbjorg – a freewoman and witch, Katla – Thorbjorg’s unfortunate thrall, and Bibrau – Katla’s unwanted daughter. All three perspectives are told in the first person which I didn’t entirely like. It is very clear whose section is whose and none of them are very long, but I still wasn’t sure I liked the convention. This isn’t a happy story but it is an interesting one. We follow Thorbjorg and Katla as they travel from Iceland to Greenland in the 10th century and it’s the kind of historical fiction where the magic and spirits are real because the characters believe them to be. There isn’t a lot of magic; just the kind of stuff that’s mixed in with folk tales and rituals and believing in spirits. There’s a lot of Norse mythology mixed in with the threat of Christianity.


I did decide that I liked how everything tied together though, so I’m going with four stars.


I read this for booklikes-opoly square Tomorrowland 34 since it has a child on the cover. Well, a baby. I’m pretty sure that counts. At 450 pages, I get to add $5 to my bank, bringing my total to $114.


Previous update:

41/450 pages

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text 2017-06-05 16:30
Reading progress update: I've read 41 out of 450 pages.
The Thrall's Tale - Judith Lindbergh

I went with this book for Tomorrowland #34 (child on the cover) since it's been on my shelf so long.


I've been trying to figure out just how long it's been sitting there unread, and I have to admit that I'm not sure. I know I picked it up for $5 or so in the bargain section at Chapters (actually I think it was at one of the stores still under the Indigo name). The book was published in 2006 so it probably wasn't put in the bargain section until 2007...maybe 2008? Regardless of which year it was, it's kind of sad that it's been on my shelf close to a decade even if it hasn't quite reached that mark.


It's about time I read it, isn't it?


So far it's about a bunch of people emigrating from Iceland to Greenland, and the main point of view character is Katla, a thrall (read: slave) of one of the leaders. I don't think this is going to be a very happy story.

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