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    SHOULD YOU READ THE DRAGONBONE CHAIR (MEMORY, SORROW, AND THORN #1) BY TAD WILLIAMS ? | A NON-SPOILER BOOK REVIEW

    The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams is the first book in the YA epic series, Memory, Sorrow and Thorn. This is a classic fantasy series and has been known to be the inspiration for many of the more popular books. The story is set in the land of Osten Ard where the High King John Prester is dying, and his son Elias will take the throne. Osten Ard was a peaceful land under the rule of John Prester and will descend into chaos under his son Elias's reign. The world will no longer be at peace with strange things happening across the lands, and the realm will be threatened by…

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    SOULSMITH (CRADLE #2) BY WILL WIGHT | BOOK REVIEW

    Soulsmith by Will Wight is the second book in the Cradle series. We are buddy reading the whole series and had a blast reading Unsouled. While I was a bit slow to start, I still had a ton of fun reading it with our Goodreads group. Everyone had interesting things to say and new insights to provide. Highly recommend buddy reading fantasy series as it not only helps in discussing the book and ideas but also helps in catching up to elements that we might have missed or glossed over and also makes it easier to keep track of all the details.

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    UNSOULED (CRADLE #1) BY WILL WIGHT | BOOK REVIEW

    Unsouled by Will Wight is the first book in the Cradle series. It is an Asian-inspired fantasy. Although this is a YA/NA novel, it's an exceptionally addictive and fun fantasy for adults as well. This was also one of the buddy reads I signed up for on Goodreads and had a blast reading it with our group. I started Insouled in January and am only now getting to review the book. Life got hold of me and I am behind on most of my reviews.

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    THESE VIOLENT NIGHTS BY REBECCA CRUNDEN | BOOK REVIEW

    These Violent Nights by Rebecca Crunden is a YA Sci-Fi/dystopian/fantasy standalone novel. The story is set on Earth 300 years after the war between the Suriias and humans. Suriias are the alien species that came from Salfar. They came to Earth after passing through a rift that happened in the universe. Humans lost the war and are on the brink of being extinct. Turmoil and destruction are rampant on the earth, with the Surriias dominating the remaining humans. Orphans Thorn and Thistle are living under the brutal regime of Suriias while looking for a way to find their parent's killers. Thistle gets a surprising offer from a human-sympathizing Suriia that…

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    THE THIEF’S DAUGHTER (KINGFOUNTAIN #2) BY JEFF WHEELER | BOOK REVIEW

    The Theif's Daughter by Jeff Wheeler is the second book in his Kingfountain series. Owen is older and is mentored by Duke Horwath to serve King Severn. His and Elyse's friendships blossoms into young love, and the two are inseparable as always. Severn has plans for both Elyse and Owen, and things may not progress as they wish. With the news of a pretender to the throne spreading throughout the Kingdom, the fragile peace is once again threatened. King Severn tasks Elyse and Owen with spying on the usurper and his supporters. Owen has to make hard decisions and make sacrifices while being away from the Kingdom. With lies, deceptions,…

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    WARRIOR’S RANSOM (THE FIRST ARGENTINES #2) BY JEFF WHEELER | BOOK REVIEW

    Warrior's Ransom by Jeff Wheeler is the second book in The First Argentines Series. We continue on in this story with Ransom going on a journey to the Eastern Kingdoms seeking blessings from the fountain. He returns from his pilgrimage to meet with his love Claire de Murrow and express his feelings. He is also in need of a patron for his skills and needs to be honor-bound to his patron. On his return, he finds himself in a position of favor from the Elder King Devon Argentine and is assigned two wards of his own to take care of. With more responsibilities comes great sacrifice. Nothing comes easy for…

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    THE QUEEN’S POISONER (KINGFOUNTAIN #1) BY JEFF WHEELER | BOOK REVIEW

    The Queen's Poisoner by Jeff wheeler is the first book in the Kingfountain series. So confession time, I read this book after reading Jeff Wheeler's Knight's Ransom. Knight's Ransom takes place several years before the Kingfountain series and takes us through the Argentine family's reign. After reading the book I realized I am missing things and so I decided to jump into The Queen's Poisoner without any thought. I would recommend reading the series in order to get the most out of it, but it's not really necessary if you find yourself hesitating to commit to the big series.

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    KNIGHT’S RANSOM (THE FIRST ARGENTINES #1) BY JEFF WHEELER | BOOK REVIEW

    Knight's Ransom by Jeff Wheeler is the first book in The First Argentines series. This series is set in the same world as the Kingfountain series. The court historian finds a personal journal of a lady who was held at Kingfountain to ensure her father's loyalty to the King. The story is told from Ransom the knight's perspective and Claire's journal entries. Devon Argentine takes over the Kingdom and Knight's Ransom tells the story of a King who ruled with an iron fist and how his actions cause a rift within his court. We follow Ransom as a young boy who was held, hostage by the King of Kingfountain. Later…

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    BONES OF A SAINT BY GRANT FARLEY | BOOK REVIEW

    Bones Of A Saint by Grant Farley is a young adult historical fiction. The book tells us the is a coming-of-age story of the 15-year-old RJ Armante set against the backdrop of late 70's Northern California. RJ has lived his whole life in the hometown of Arcangel. The Blackjacks have ruled the town for years and force younger kids to do petty offenses for the gang. RJ lives with his mother, many siblings, and his differently-abled brother in a trailer park. The young boy has always been in troubling situations and finds himself at the center of a dangerous situation that forces him to work for the Blackjacks. He is…

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    THE SHADOW IN THE GLASS BY J.J.A.HARWOOD | BOOK REVIEW

    The Shadow In The Glass is a dark, gothic retelling of Cinderella by J.J.A.Harwood. The story is set in Victorian England and takes us through the truly terrible times women had to face on a daily basis. The story takes place in Grandborough House where Mrs. Pembroke took in the recently orphaned Eleanor known as Ella. She is treated like a daughter and grew up with all the privileges that a child would get. Mrs. Pembroke passes away and Ella is forced to earn her keep by the housekeeper. Mr. Pembroke is an alcoholic and is drinking away the wealth and the riches that Mrs. Pembroke had managed wisely. As…