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review 2018-08-06 22:26
Starless by Jacqueline Carey
Starless - Jacqueline Carey

I’ve just been on an adventure with Khai and Zariya. The desert sand is still wedged in creases, the sea salt adhering to my hair, and some jungle forest mystery patch is making it’s home in the shady part of my imagination. I’m a long time fan of Carey’s works but Starless may have surpassed them all.  The plot was unexpected, the characters unforgettable, and the settings deadly beautiful.

A beautiful mythology wends it’s way through the plot. The stars, children of the sun Zar and he three moons, were cast from the heavens ages ago. Now these stars reside throughout the world, each gifted and bestowing their gifts upon mortals. Sometimes this is through direct interaction, sometimes through objects like rare seeds or a magical pearl.

The story is told through Khai’s eyes. He grows up in a desert fortress being trained by the monks on a variety of skills. He was born with a destiny: to be the Shadow to the Sun Blessed, Zariya. Once we’ve gotten to know Khai good and well (several years have passed), he goes to the royal palace to serve as Zariya’s body guard and confidante.

Since I had already fallen in love with Khai, I wasn’t sure I would bond as well with Zariya. Her world is so very different from the desert fortress but she has not been without her trials. An affliction challenges her daily. On top of that is the endless intrigues, making it difficult to trust anyone other than her Shadow. Zariya, being the last daughter of the last wife, believes she is destined for a simple marriage and child bearing. However, prophecy steps in and drags Zariya and Khai off on a world-saving adventure.

If Jacqueline Carey were ever to write horror, she would send a tremble through the entire genre. The creepy critters from the sea that threaten to decimate the world are truly things of nightmares. I thought the ants from the 3rd trilogy in the Terre D’Ange Cycle were scary; however, the critters from Starless take the cake.

I loved the gender fluidity of Khai’s character. The desert people call it ‘bazim’ (not sure on spelling). Khai grew up among only males but once he moves to the palace, he spends most of his time in the women’s quarter, guarding Zariya. There he learns about women and starts questioning his own gender-based roles in society. It’s all very well done. As Khai interacts with more cultures, each shares their take on the matter, sometimes in subtle ways, sometimes bluntly. Khai grows by leaps and bonds and I loved his character all the more by the end of the tale. 5/5 stars.

The Narration: Caitlin Davies did a great job with this book – a truly top notch performance. She provided so many different accents, keeping all the characters unique. Plenty of emotions, subtle and not, were on display in this tale and Davies gave them all their due. I especially enjoyed the valiant Mayfly. 5/5 stars.

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review 2018-03-19 09:15
Just breathe!
Sex, Sorcery, and Spirit: The Secrets of Erotic Magic - Jason Miller

Jason Miller’s Sex, Sorcery and Spirit the Secrets of Erotic Magic is an interesting and captivating way to practice the art of breathing. Through bold and straightforward language, Miller gives a practical spin on the mysterious art of sex magick. Sex, Sorcery and Spirit the Secrets of Erotic Magic is a conglomeration of Miller’s personal experience as a practitioner of magick and years of dedication to the study of tantra in all its forms. Miller recommends his authentic, self-tested techniques therein for harnessing sexual energy in order to stimulate a connection with Spirit. Sex, Sorcery and Spirit the Secrets of Erotic Magic will strip away any puritanical views about sexuality and replace them with an active, spiritually enlightened libido.

Sex, Sorcery and Spirit the Secrets of Erotic Magic by Jason Miller (2015)

Published by New Page Books

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SYMBIOTE: Coming December 25th

Symbiote: Book #2 of The Peradon Fantasy Series
is due for release on December 25th.


 

To save the one you love, be prepared to risk it all. Five years have passed since the fateful day that led to her husband’s demise. Violetta prays that her daughter never learns the truth, but that’s not the only thing she hopes never rises to the surface. With a mysterious storm blanketing Peradon, Violetta, Lord Jork, and Xyhoni set out to uncover its source.

The last thing they expected was for her young daughter to vanish. As troubling rumours swell, Violetta reaches her wits end. Now she must journey through the four realms to find answers and recover her daughter before it’s too late.


Be sure to pop in at our launch event (online- Facebook) on December 23rd,

from 10 am to 5 pm GMT.

 

Symbiote Facebook Launch Party (Dec 23rd.)


A
lso, be sure to check out our fantastic giveaway below:
Symbiote Official Bookish Giveaway

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text 2017-11-02 04:51
great book and great characters
Cloaked in Sorcery (Wulfkin Legacy Book 6) - T.F. Walsh

Kalin was a wolf shifter. Kalin’s best friend was Alena who was mated to the pack's Alpha.- Enre. Alena and Enre had twins - Lupita and Seff. Alen told Kalin a witch had put a curse on her family and twins had joint souls and if one twin died so would the other. At the age of twelve Kalin’s sister had been killed by a wolf attack Alena’s father had found Kalin wondering in the woods and taken her into his pack.  Kalin would do anything for Alena. Lenita was Kalin’s roommate and unlike most wolves who lived and slept all together they had their own place. Lenita and Kalin had their first human job as hired fortune tellers at a human party. It was a gimmick for Lenita . But Kalin felt the cards told the truth. Kalin could also see some of people’s past or future when she touched the cards but it didn’t work on everyone or even all the time. Wulfkin had to live in secret for the survival reason. The pack needed money for their growing members so Lenita and Kalin were doing their part. Axe belonged to a Russian pack  whose bloodthirsty power hungry Alpha planned on taking over Europe starting with Romania. First thing was to get ownership of Bran’s Castle and then fight the Romanian pack then take over Transylvania then Europe. But the owner of the castle was human and a private man and nearly impossible to track down. But then the Russian Alpha discovered the man was having a birthday party and was making an appearance hand he got some of his people -Axe, Titas, Leo, and the witch Natalya. The castle wasn’t actually for sale so the pack members may have to use some magic to get the owner to sign over the castle. The Russian Alpha treated his own pack no better than enemies. If Axe and his team didn’t succeed in this mission they would be killed. Axe was over the Russian Army and he was determined to become his Alpha’s second. Kalin seelt a foreign wolfkin and then Axe was there in front of her. She was affected by Axe like she had never been to any other male before. Axe kissed Kalin and they both desperately wanted each other. Axe lead Kalin to a room they had sex there. But then Lenuta knocked at the door and came in knowing Kalin and Axe had sex.

I enjoyed this book. I liked the plot. I felt the book went to fast to enjoy it as much as I would have if it were longer. It could have been a five. Yet I did still enjoy it quite a bit. I loved Axe and Kalin together. Even though they were from different packs they were soul mates. I loved that Kalin’s Alpha did finally listen to her then Axe and not just kill Axe. This was a short read and the only problem I really had as I said was the length. Otherwise as far as I'm concerned this would have been a perfect book. I liked the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend,

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photo 2017-04-13 22:01
PHOENIX: Book One of The Peradon Fantasy Series (Revised Edition)

I am about to launch the revised edition of Book One in a New 

Fantasy Series. If you love magic, then Phoenix may be for you.

 

 

'You're only a prisoner if you believe you are.'


Magic. Sheltered from the cruelties of the world, Princess Violetta came to adore it. When a terrible tragedy befalls her realm, she vows to shun her royal duties, setting off a chain of events that will see her true power come to light.

Prince Ryore spent his life at the mercy of his father and was deemed the weak link in the chain of command. His new found status as Emperor sees the entire Frost realm bow to him. Little does he know that enemies lurk within his walls, determined to end his reign before it begins.

 

The revised edition will be out on April 30th and is available for pre-order. See link below:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XSL13FD

 



Source: www.amazon.com/dp/B06XSL13FD
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