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Historical Fiction Review: Threads of Silk by Amanda Roberts

Threads of Silk by Amanda Roberts


Egalley courtesy of Red Empress Publishing

Synopsis from Goodreads
When I was a child, I thought my destiny was to live and die on the banks of the Xiangjiang River as my family had done for generations. I never imagined that my life would lead me to the Forbidden City and the court of China’s last Empress.

Born in the middle of nowhere, Yaqian, a little embroidery girl from Hunan Province, finds her way to the imperial court, a place of intrigue, desire, and treachery. From the bed of an Emperor, the heart of a Prince, and the right side of an Empress, Yaqian weaves her way through the most turbulent decades of China’s history and witnesses the fall of the Qing Dynasty.


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8/10

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This was a lovely addition to my collection of historical fiction and fantasy about China. I haven't known or read much of this period specifically in Asia (1840 to 1908), and the only event I could recognise was the Boxers' rebellion, however Threads of Silk was utterly charming.

Paranormal Romance Early Review: A Stone-Kissed Sea by Elizabeth Hunter

A Stone-Kissed Sea by Elizabeth Hunter (Elemental World #4)


Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
An immortal wanderer. A brilliant scientist. A centuries-old menace written in blood.

Lucien Thrax, son of the earth and child of the ancients, is a healer of immense power. But years of work on a deadly vampire virus have not led to a cure, nor have they softened the wall he built around his heart. When he’s forced to work with Doctor Makeda Abel, Lucien is convinced he’s reached his limit of patience with humanity.

Makeda Abel may be human, but she’s far from impressed with the brooding vampire healer, even if his mind draws her reluctant admiration. She’s learned how to survive in the immortal world, and it’s not by being afraid. Working together may lead them to answers, but it also pushes Lucien and Makeda’s attraction to the boiling point.

When nightmares become reality, Makeda will have to trust Lucien with her life. Finding answers has never been more vital. Finding love has never been more deadly. To heal the Elemental World, Lucien and Makeda must follow ancient paths and ask for help from the most inhuman of immortals. Because even with a cure in hand, the battle has only begun.


Release date: Dec 6, 2016.

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8.5/10

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This was one very exciting read, ladies and gents! I am so glad a major story arch has come to an end. And yes, I'm talking about Elixir.

Friday Mini-Reviews #88: Kylie Chan, Michelle Sagara & J.D. Robb




Demon Child by Kylie Chan (Celestial Battle #2)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
Australian bestseller Kylie Chan returns with a new, fast-paced adventure of magic, martial arts, and romance

This trilogy follows the story of John Chen and Emma Donohoe. They have just found out that Emma has Demon blood and they have suffered the miscarriage of their first child. The Sidhe—or Shining folk, who defeated the Western Shen a thousand years ago—are prepared to do battle against the Western Shen to retain their dominance. Emma’s allegiance is torn: to fight for her kind, the Western demons she is descended from, or to stand alongside her beloved Xuan Wu.
 


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8/10
To describe what happens in this book is an enormous task. Pure chaos, lots of battles, magic mixed with genetic experiments, and pure, maniacal evil. I enjoyed it though. I had a long break from this series, and it can tire the most robust mind. This seemed to help.
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 Объяснить, что происходит в этой книге - геркулесова задача. Полный хаос, обилие битв, магия перемешанная с генетическими экспериментами, и чистейшее, маниакальное зло. Мне понравилось, во-многом потому, что я сделала большой перерыв в чтении этой серии. Ведь она может изморить  и самый крепкий ум. В общем, неплохо.

 Cast in Fury by Michelle Sagara (Chronicles of Elantra #4)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
When a minority race of telepaths is suspected of causing a near-devastating tidal wave, Private Kaylin Neya is summoned to Court—and into a PR nightmare. To ease racial tensions, the emperor has commissioned a play, and the playwright has his own ideas about who should be the focus.…

But Kaylin works her best magic behind the scenes, and though she tries to stay neutral, she is again drawn into a world of politics—and murder. To make matters worse, Marcus, her trusted sergeant, gets stripped of his command, leaving Kaylin vulnerable. Now she's juggling two troubling cases, and even magic's looking good by comparison. But then nobody ever said life in the theater was easy.…


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8/10
This book continues to develop the topic of the previous one - Tha'alani. Kaylin and Severn get roped helping a scriptwriter whose task is to make Tha'alani more popular to alleviate tensions in the city of Elantra. At the same time, Kaylin's seargeant, Marcus is imprisoned for murder, and she has to do all in her power to clear his name. In the process we find out about Leontine's origins, and world-building expands a little bit more.
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Четвёртая книга серия продолжает тему предубеждения против расы Та'алани. Кейлин и Северн приставлены к императорскому сценаристу, задача которого упростить и отбелить расу для масс и прекратить столкновения в городе Элантра. В то же время, сержант Кейлин, Маркус, обвинён в убийстве и приговорён к смертной казни, и Кейлин делает всё возможное, чтобы его оправдать. Мне очень понравилось, что построение мира здесь немного расширяется и мы узнаём о происхождении Леонтинов.


 Treachery in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #32)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads

Detective Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a senseless crime—an elderly grocery owner killed by three stoned punks for nothing more than kicks and snacks. This is Peabody's first case as primary detective—good thing she learned from the master.

But Peabody soon stumbles upon a trickier situation. After a hard workout, she's all alone in the locker room when the gym door clatters open; and-while hiding inside a shower stall trying not to make a sound—she overhears two fellow officers, Garnet and Oberman, arguing. It doesn't take long to realize they're both crooked—guilty not just of corruption but of murder. Now Peabody, Eve, and Eve's husband, Roarke, are trying to get the hard evidence they need to bring the dirty cops down—knowing all the while that the two are willing to kill to keep their secret.


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8.5/10
This was one of my favorites in this series - case of dirty cops, and it also gave a bigger role to Peabody. It was an intense race against time, and I couldn't put the book down. Such a rush to see two very strong women fighting it out. *grins* A great read!
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Это была одна из моих любимых книг серии. Пибоди играет более ведущую роль и оба детектива расследуют грязных копов. Очень напряжённый сюжет, и одно удовольствие видеть сильных женщин, противостоящих друг другу. Рекомендую.

YA Historical Fantasy Audiobook Review: Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

Iron Cast by Destiny Soria 


Audiocopy courtesy of Audible Studios

Synopsis from Goodreads
It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose "afflicted" blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, they realize how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn.

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8/10

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 The year is 1919. Boston on the verge of Prohibition is teeming with hemopaths: people with magical talents which develop suddenly in their teens, and a strong aversion to iron. Corinne and Ada - two sixteen year-olds work in an underground club Cast Iron as its star performers, but six months ago using their talents became illegal, and they rely more and more on tricking crooks to part with their money to keep the club which is their safe haven afloat.

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