Silverlegs is the first installment in Camilla Monks Seed of Rage Series. It's a book heavily influenced by Ancient Rome with a deep Grimdark twist to it. We follow our MC Constanter, a girl who escapes a life of abuse and misery, only to find herself in an army of mercenaries that has a similar attitude towards women. Her only way to survive is to pretend to be a man and hope that nobody finds out about her secret.
This was the first Grimdark book I've read for quite a while. I must admit, it was the perfect book after the recent reading slump I've had. Anyway, here's my thoughts on Silverlegs .
Dragonslayer is the first book in a new trilogy by Duncan M. Hamilton. It's also the first book I've read by Hamilton. Based in a land where dragons are long forgotten and haven't been seen for centuries. That is until a dragon is spotted terrorising the countryside. The man called up to deal the issue is Guillot Villerauvais, a famous warrior who now spends his time drinking himself to death. Can he become the hero he once was.
The Spider is the second book in Leo Carew's Under the Northern Sky series. The spider picks up exactly where The Wolf ended. The book is split into three parts, The North, The South and Lundunceaster, all following the Black Lords plans to invade the south and Bellamus' plans to wipe out the Anakim. If invading the south wasn't enough, The Black Lord has to deal with an assassination at the Anakim School to the North. on top of this, Roper has to convince the giants of Unhierea to fight alongside the Anakim to finally obliterate the Southerners. So, no pressure.
Ioth, City of Lights is the latest instalment in D. P. Woolliscroft's Wildfire Cycle series. Despite there being 3 books released, Ioth is book 2 with Tales of Kingshold technically being book 1.5. I thoroughly enjoyed the previous two books but this book is in a league of its own. So here's my thoughts in a bit more detail.
Ivy Gamble is a private investigator whose usual gigs are catching out cheating husbands or insurance frauds. She's good at what she does and enjoys what she does but that's all about to change. The headmaster of the school her sister teaches at has an offer she cannot refuse. A murder case. But this isn't any ordinary high school. it's a high school for mages. But unlike her sister, Ivy is just an ordinary person with absolutely no powers whatsoever and has always lived in her sisters shadow. This is her chance to prove herself.
"What if you were destined to be a villain?"
Master of Sorrows is the first in The Silent Gods series and an absolute sensational début novel. Early on in this book I was reminded why I love reading and specifically the fantasy genre. So here's everything I loved about Justin Call's Master of Sorrows.
Sowing is the first book in The Purification Era series by Angie Grigaliunas. Although its labelled as YA, I would put it down as more of a Grimdark-ish fantasy. Its definitely more adult that YA. Set in a dystopian world on the brink of war, we follow two sisters who are completely different from each other. One is a rebel and the other is the perfect civilian, well perfect according to the power obsessed Hulcondans.
“This world is full of one blood-feud or another, an endless cycle.”
A Time of Blood is the second book in the phenomenal new series Of Blood and Bone by John Gwynne. I didn't think it was possible to get better than the Faithful and The Fallen but somehow John Gwynne has improved even more and gifted us readers with what is proving to be an absolute masterclass of a series.
Aching God was a tricky one for me. Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning and the last 25% of the book, I was slightly disappointed by what happens in between. The majority of reviews I have read mention the similarities to Dungeons and Dragons. I've never played Dungeon and Dragons which might be one of the reasons I didn't enjoy it as much as most people. So here's my thoughts on Mike Shel's Aching God.
Dawn of the exile is the second instalment in the Infernal Guardian series by the talented author, Mitchell Hogan.
Based ten years after the events of Shadow of the Exile. Tarrik Nal-Valim, demon of the thirty ninth order has been summoned by the five Demon Lords to face trial for his actions on Wiraya and for once again meddling in human affairs. The outcome can be death, redemption or exile. There's no surprise that the outcome is exile for Tarrik and he is sent to spend the rest of his life as an exiled demon in Shimrax.