Fear the Wolf by Andrew Butcher

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For generations people have believed that the Wolf watches over them and will destroy their village if they forget their place, if they forget that no one is better than anyone else, if they forget that desire and dreams are selfish and dangerous.

Senla cannot help but wish for a little beauty, a little color in her life. But the day she steps too far over the line, the Wolf attacks her village and destroys everything she thought she knew. 

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The Anmorian Legends by D.N. Pillay

This is book 1 in a story that spans across the galaxies and follows a young mage who starts the story as a slave but is soon told it is his destiny to become the strongest war mage, and the only one who would be capable of destroying the evil that has run amok for the last few centuries.

I received this book directly from the author, but all opinions are my own.

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The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

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Fantasy | Historical Fiction (Stand Alone)

440 Pages

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The year is 1491 and the newly formed Spanish monarchy is at the doors to the palace of the last Sultan of Granada. The story follows a young lady named Fatima who was born and raised in the palace for one purpose… to be the Sultan’s concubine.

Fatima longs to see something other than the palace walls and only her friend Hassan, the mapmaker, treats her as a person. When Hassan’s life is threatened by the Spanish Inquisition, Fatima will go to great lengths to try and save him.

Fear can make anything real. The black-cloaks are afraid you’re a sorcerer. If they condemn you as a sorcerer and burn you for it, then you are, for all practical purposes, a sorcerer, whether you began as one or not. Fear doesn’t need to make sense in order to have consequences.

I really enjoyed this story. The writing was beautiful and transported me to Granada and all along their great adventure. The only negative was that some of the Jinn or spirit scenes were difficult to follow but I think it was partly on purpose and partly because my husband was distracting me by watching Guardians of the Galaxy.

I would highly recommend this book to any one who enjoys historical fiction centered around the Spanish Inquisition. Also, if you enjoy reaching for impossible dreams on an adventure sprinkled with danger and magic then you should definitely give this book a try.

Dawn by Brad Lenaway

Fantasy 
440 pages


Fane Graves lives in Hawaii right before Pearl Harbor and afterwards finds himself in a land called Sárin. It’s not the bombs that killed him and so he explores this dragon and magic filled land looking for revenge but finding friends instead. 

I frequently found myself reading this book long after the baby had fallen asleep in my arms. But then I also found myself frequently complaining to myself in the shower about how I don’t like the narrator. 

I did love the other 3 main characters, especially the dragon. I enjoyed the pace of the story and the adventures the group encountered. 

The thing that brought my rating down to a 3 were the errors. It needs another loop through the ole’ editing machine, assuming there is such a thing.

I did really like the characters and story so I recommend you give it a try if you like dragons, dragon hunters, wars, and friendship that can stand against any and all of the above.

This is an ARC that the author provided me in exchange for an honest review.

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How to Fracture a Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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Short Stories / Fantasy

Released October 2018

320 pages

This is a book of short stories written by Jane Yolen. Each short story is a retelling of a fairy tale. At the end of the book Yolen also describes her thought processes and influences behind each story.

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