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review 2016-07-10 15:57
Book Review: The Malice by Peter Newman
The Malice - Peter C. Newman

In the south, the Breach stirs.

Gamma’s sword, the Malice, wakes, calling to be taken to battle once more.

But the Vagrant has found a home now, made a life and so he turns his back, ignoring its call.

The sword cries out, frustrated, until another answers.

Her name is Vesper.



Thanks to Harper Voyager Australia for the review copy. 


I love Newman's writing. It's as poetic as it is intelligent, beautiful as it is brutal. However, The Malice wandered about feeling plotless for the first 300 pages. I just didn't feel.. Involved? Not sure if that's the right word exactly, but when a book takes me a month to finish, there's usually a good reason that it's just not gripping me by the lapels and screaming into my face to finish it. In this case, I believe it's because it felt muddled until around page 350..

I suppose I could understand it from an academic standpoint; there's possibly a literary device there to help underpin and highlight Vesper's unplanned adventure. The reader feels just as lost as the MC. You feel that 'not sure what's next' feeling. I just didn't really want to feel so lost.. I've got real life to do that in.. :)



To be utterly honest, the most empathy I felt for a character, was for the kid goat... And I really need that connection to at least one character, to feel truly involved. I don't have to like the characters, but I do need to feel something toward them. Dislike  is just as powerful..


It's entirely possible it was just the wrong time for me to read it, as I felt nothing of this during The Vagrant. I almost feel like I'm betraying The Vagrant by being so apathetic toward The Malice! 

I will absolutely still read #3; there's a need in me to understand this world more fully, and the enjoyment I feel from Newman's wordery is worth every second spent. So, let the adventure continue.... 

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review 2015-11-14 05:18
Her Royal Spyness
Malice at the Palace - Rhys Bowen

It's Rhys Bowen need I say more? Everything she writes is great! I'm very happy with the turn of events at the end. If you're a fan of the series you don't want to miss this one. : )

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review 2015-09-29 19:38
Malice at the Palace by Rhys Bowen
Malice at the Palace - Rhys Bowen

This is the 9th book of 'A Royal Spyness Mystery' series.


Lady Georgiana Rannoch is thirty-fifth in line for the British throne unfortunately money doesn't come with the royalty or a place to live. Luckily the Queen "asked" Georgie to be a companion to Princess Marina of Greece who is to wed George, the King's youngest son and stay at the haunted Kensington Palace until the wedding.


Her duties are simple: help Marina acclimate to English life, show her the best of London and, above all, dispel any rumors about George’s past affairs with women & men.  Nothing spoils a royal wedding more than murder, and the whole matter must be hushed. As always, Georgie is right in the middle of the investigation trying to find the answer to each clue. 


This a fun mystery for the royal watcher in all of us! 

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review 2015-09-02 04:44
Malice at the Palace (Royal Spyness, #9)
Malice at the Palace - Rhys Bowen

Lady Georgiana has been asked by her cousin, the Queen, to move into Kensington Palace for a few months to be a companion to the future bride of the Queen's youngest, a deposed Grecian princess.  George sowed his oats without discrimination before agreeing to marry, so half of Lady Georgiana's job is making sure the stories of his illicit affairs do not reach the ears of the bride to be.  This task is made harder by Lady Georgiana's discovery the first night of the dead body of one of George's ex-lovers.


I love this series; I love Lady Georgiana and Darcy.  Malice at the Palace was no exception, although I'll admit it dragged a bit until Darcy was back on the scene.  Rhys Bowen knows how to weave a plot and send readers' imaginations off on wild goose chases (geese chase?).  While the series is the very epitome of cozy, the author doesn't shy away from the less cozy issues of the time: homosexuality, drug use/abuse, out of wedlock pregnancy, extra-marital affairs - they're all woven into the fabric of the series, giving it gravitas without the gritty atmosphere.


The light dawned on the perpetrator somewhat early for me, but I enjoyed every word nonetheless.  The ending was fanciful but hugely fun and the last page of the book, that last line of text, has me positively in suspense for the next one (please Ms. Bowen: don't let it be a red-herring!!!).

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text 2015-09-01 18:56
Belated books of August
War and Peace - Larissa Volokhonsky,Richard Pevear,Leo Tolstoy
Demelza - Winston Graham
Malice at the Palace - Rhys Bowen
The Feline Affair: An Incident Series Novelette - Neve Maslakovic
Voices in the Ocean: A Journey Into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins - Susan Casey
That's Not English: Britishisms, Americanisms, and What Our English Says About Us - Erin Moore,Lynne Truss
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States - Sarah Vowell
Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times (Icons) - Anne C. Heller
Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them - Nancy Marie Brown
Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante: A Maggie Hope Mystery - Susan Elia MacNeal

War and Peace - my review here


Demelza - I enjoyed this just as much as Poldark, the first book in the series which I reviewed here. Almost all the best lines of the BBC adaption, all those wonderful Lizzie Bennet-like comebacks, are taken from the books. 


Malice at the Palace - my review here 


The Feline Affair - my review here


Voices in the Ocean - my review here


That's Not English - my review here


Lafayette in the Somewhat United States - my review here 


Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times - my review here


Ivory Vikings - my review here


Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante: A Maggie Hope Mystery - Set during WWII, this is book 5 in the series and I loved it, but since I read it as a NetGalley ARC I'll post its review closer to the publication date. I will say that while not avoiding serious issues it's much less dark than book 3--Maggie's in the US this time and one of the characters meets Walt Disney!

Source: jaylia3.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/belated-books-of-august
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