Friday, December 2, 2016

The Flame Bearer by Bernard Cornwell

Uhtred is going home to Bebbanburg. However, he knows it will not be easy as three other forces want Bebbanburg. Constantin, King of the Scots has declared that Bebbanburg is how his and intends to besiege the ramparts. Aethelhelm, advisor and father in law to Edward of Wessex, wants Bebbanburg and intends to use trickery to steal it from his enemy Uhtred. Living high on Bebbanburg's impregnable walls is Uhtred's usurper cousin.  The four forces will have a victor.

This book is amazing. The plot never waivers and I greedily sucked up each detail and word. Our powerful cast of characters is still with us; Uhtred the Warlord and thinker, Fintan and Uhtred, the warrior who is just like his father. I did enjoy that Uhtred reflected on his past, which brought a smile to my face, as well as his. Edith said it best "But you're  Uhtred." This book continues the amazing series. A must must read!

Thank you so much to the publisher for a copy.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Warriors of the Storm by Bernard Cornwell

Uhtred, now the warlord of Aethelflaed, guards Mercia from Chester. Tensions grow high when North men, allied with Ragnall Ivarson are kicked out of Dublin. When the force allies with Northumbria, Uhtred finds himself outnumbered. Knowing he must keep Aethelflaed safe, Uthred must turn to those who know the enemy best, Ragnall's brother and Uhtred's son in law. Family nonds and loyalty are tested in the installment of my favorite ever series.

I am not lying when I say that this is my favorite series. Uhtred is cheeky, wonderful, daring and resourceful. His tales don't always involve bravery, but when when they do...
The plot, as always, was wonderfully done. The action is not too heavy to overpower the book. Relationships are wonderful. This is an amazing book, as always. May Uhtred live forever!
Thank you to the publisher for the copy. A review of the next book will be coming next!

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Monday, November 28, 2016

The Conqueror's Wife by Stephanie Thorton


Women surround Alexander from his earliest days to his last. Three of them tell his story and ; his sister Thessalonike, his sister-in-law and wife of his most trusted companion, Drypteis and Roxana, his street wise wife. Three separate stories unite to create one spectacular man.

The three women are distinct and wonderful. All were amazing in their own way, but I really liked Drypteis. I also liked how Alexander's mother fit in the mix. This book was really good. The action was there, but not overpowering, as was the romance. This book really has it all. This was my first Thorton book and I can't wait to read more! Very highly recommended.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laua Kamoie

Martha "Patsy" Jefferson promises her mother on her deathbed to take care of her father. In his grief, Patsy becomes his confidante and assistant. She travels with him to France during the beginning of the French Revolution, defends him at home in America and serves in his White House. Through her personal life, she always stays a true daughter to one of America's First and Finest Presidents. 

Patsy was a wonderful character.  I enjoyed her strong will from the first page, and she never disappoints. Her story is uplifting and heart breaking. Dray and Kamoie manage to capture every emotion that Patsy experiences with clarity. I enjoyed this book a lot. Very highly recommended!

As a side note, this book is one of the Goodreads Finalist in Historical Fiction. Read this one, you won't be sorry! Congrats to Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie for this honor!

Thank you to the publisher for a copy.



Monday, November 14, 2016

Lady of Misrule by Suzannah Dunn

Elizabeth Tilney, a good Catholic girl, volunteers to serve the disposed Queen Jane Grey while she is imprisoned. On the surface, the girls seem incompatible, but as time passes, the girls realize just how much they have in common.

I enjoyed this book. This book is suspended in time, which is what I would think each one of the girls would say of the days passed in the book.  Elizabeth was a great character, but I really enjoyed trying to discover Jane. I enjoyed this book a lot, but it's not an action packed thriller, but rather a character book.

Thank you to the publisher for a copy.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Bohemian Gospel by Dana Chamblee Carpenter

Mouse is a girl alone. She sees visons, but is unsure of what she is. Though she lives in a monastary, she has no family, only a small link to her past. Her mentor, Father Lucas, taught her to heal; she employs this gift when she saves Young King Ottakar from a battle wound. Their trust seems immediate and Mouse goes to court with him to help save him from his insane father who is trying to kill him. Things deepen and Mouse finds herself involved with Ottakar. But Mouse has a different calling.

This book starts a little slow, but picks up very quickly. I liked Mouse, but I didn't totally relate to her, something I think that the author did on purpose. The plot was interesting, and didn't follow the normal course. The end is a little different, but once again, I think that it was intentional. I enjoyed this book even though it was out of my wheelhouse.

Thank you to the publisher for a copy.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

For the Most Beautiful by Emily Hauser

Krisayis, a daughter of Apollo's priest and companion of Cassandra, is trying to avoid taking her vows as a priestess of Apollo so she can marry Troilus, Cassandra's brother. Briseis, a Princess of Lyrnessus, is a newly wed who has avoided the curse placed on her when she was young. Both women are captured at the beginning of the Trojan War and enslaved. Their journey to their own freedom plays a small role in the story of the Trojan War, but both women change the course of history.

This book was really, really good. Told from the women's point of view, it held the right balance of life, love, war, death and tragedy. I would be hard pressed to say which one of the women I identified with most, because both are so well written.  I liked seeing the deities in their natural habitat, though they are far from likeable, but they give the story a boost. The action seems to follow history very well and the plot was steady. A really great read.

I received this book from the publisher. Thank you.

Also this is my 300th post! Thank you all for reading. It means a lot :)