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text 2015-08-29 20:39
Asking for help
Eagle en Garde - Olga Godim

Lately, many people post here asking for their friends' assistance in various endeavors, some financial, others literary. I'm joining the trend. 

 

 

I sent a fragment of my fantasy novel Eagle En Gardethe winner of 2015 EPIC eBook Award – to Grimdark Magazine’s Battle-Off competition. The conditions are simple: only scenes of battles (less than 1,000 words) from published works in speculative fiction genres need to apply, and only indie writers are eligible. Then, readers vote. The winner with the most votes gets a Kindle, plus a bunch of other prizes are available.

 

Here is my battle scene. I’ll be blatant about it. I want that Kindle. As far as I understand the rules of this game, that’s how it’s done. Writers apply to their friends and utilize their network to the utmost. If I want the prize I must play the game.

 

Please VOTE FOR ME!

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text 2015-08-10 03:51
Weeks 30 - 32, 2015
If Then - Matthew De Abaitua
Followed by Frost - Charlie N. Holmberg
The Aeronaut's Windlass - Jim Butcher
Crucible Zero - Devon Monk
Almost Adept - Olga Godim
A Curious Beginning - Deanna Raybourn
Hunter - Mercedes Lackey
Legacy of Kings - Eleanor Herman
An Apprentice to Elves - Elizabeth Bear,Sarah Monette
Hunt for Valamon - D.K. Mok

 

 

I seem to have skipped a few weeks! Things have been a bit strange around here, due to a combination of general life peculiarities. I think normality meter is starting to flatten out. I hope!

 

Outside it's turning into the moors of Wuthering Heights around here! Which suits me just fine... I love a bit of wild and spooky weather, even if it means power outages and flickering internet connections.. 

 

Anyway, Books! 

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review 2014-11-03 21:20
Almost Adept
Almost Adept - Olga Godim

Eriale is almost an Adept magician, the most powerful there can be.  As the seventeen-year-old half-sister to the Queen, Eriale is found in the midst of a scandal when she turns a suitor into a sheep, she is sent on her first Journeyman's quest until the incident is forgotten.  While on her quest, Eriale is bound to use her magic to help those around her, but she also wants to do one important thing so that she can become fully adept- lose her virginity.  She hopes to do this with the help of Kealan, the courier who delivered the request for help.  First, however, Eriale and Kealan must stop an evil force that is destroying the lives of the people of Grumesh.  

 
A fun, fantasy adventure in a beautifully built world with a strong heroine.  The castles, crystal fairies and magical workings were so well described that I had no trouble painting this world inside my head. I absolutely loved Eriale's character, she is strong, brave and level headed, but not without any faults. She was very easy to identify with.  Most of all, I enjoyed the way virginity was treated in the book, not something to be held onto and cherished, but something she needed to lose in order to fully gain her magic.  Eriale was ready to help in whatever way she could with her magic, even when it meant taking on pain.  Her relationship with Kealan was sweet, though I knew where it would go; it was interesting to see their interactions as the relationship developed.  
 
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.  
 
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review 2014-09-17 07:57
Eagle En Garde - History, good characters, and swordsmanship = One happy reader!
Eagle en Garde - Olga Godim

I tend to be far more picky about Fantasy books then I wish to be. If a book fits into certain sub-genres, I'm generally sure to love it - dragons, fantasy mixed with Alternate History, and Urban Fantasy to name a few - but I've been attempting to give what to me is regular fantasy more of a try. So I was extremely excited to see what Eagle En Garde had in store for me.

 

But I didn't expect to love it as much as I did.

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review 2014-09-10 13:14
Book Review: Squirrel Of Magic by Olga Godim
Squirrel of Magic: Short stories - Olga Godim

Squirrel Of Magic is a contemporary-YA book (don’t let the cover deceive you!) It’s a very refreshing read. Darya is a modern witch who is the witch-protector of her city, Vancouver. She lives the life of a common girl in Canada and has a squirrel, Beatrice (who is her familiar.) Darya and Beatrice share a magical bond which enables them to communicate through telepathy. Darya is kind-hearted, good-natured and loves helping everyone using her magical powers.

Beatrice is funny and adorable. Her sarcastic comments made me laugh throughout the book. Her sense of humour is better than any squirrel! She loves mango and walnuts and of course male squirrels. Together, Darya and Beatrice solve a series of interesting mysteries. Squirrel Of Magic is a collection of some of their adventures.

It’s one of those books which make you smile to yourself after reading. I really don’t know why, but this book made me feel joyous and delighted. This book has made it’s place among my favourite ones and I’m sure as hell reading it again very soon.

 

Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

Read all my reviews (including this one) at The Reading Bud

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