Tag: Rating: 1 star


Review: City Under the Stars

Posted 17 August, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

City Under the Stars
By: Gardner Dozois & Michael Swanwick
Format/Source: Advanced reading copy courtesy of Tor.com (Netgalley)

God was in his Heaven—which was fifteen miles away, due east.

Far in Earth’s future, in a post-utopian hell-hole, Hanson works ten solid back-breaking hours a day, shoveling endless mountains of coal, within sight of the iridescent wall that separates what’s left of humanity from their gods.

One day, after a tragedy of his own making, Hanson leaves York, not knowing what he will do, or how he will survive in the wilderness without work. He finds himself drawn to the wall, to the elusive promise of God. And when the impossible happens, he steps through, into the city beyond.

The impossible was only the beginning.

I’ve had this book on the radar for some time now, both the title and the premise intrigued me. I was granted access to a galley copy of this book in exchange for a review. This book will be released on 25 August 2020.

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Review: The Kingdom of Liars

Posted 14 August, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Kingdom of Liars (The Legacy of the Mercenary Kings #1)
By: Nick Martell
Format/Source: Advanced reading copy courtesy of Saga Press (Netgalley)

Michael is branded a traitor as a child because of the murder of the king’s nine-year-old son, by his father David Kingman. Ten years later on Michael lives a hardscrabble life, with his sister Gwen, performing crimes with his friends against minor royals in a weak attempt at striking back at the world that rejects him and his family.

In a world where memory is the coin that pays for magic, Michael knows something is there in the hot white emptiness of his mind. So when the opportunity arrives to get folded back into court, via the most politically dangerous member of the kingdom’s royal council, Michael takes it, desperate to find a way back to his past. He discovers a royal family that is spiraling into a self-serving dictatorship as gun-wielding rebels clash against magically trained militia.

What the truth holds is a set of shocking revelations that will completely change the Hollows, if Michael and his friends and family can survive long enough to see it.

I was updating some reviews that I had meant to send ages ago to NetGalley when I decided to wander around a bit and see what books were coming out. The book cover to this novel piqued my attention and I decided to give it a try. Thank you to Saga Press for letting me read this book. This book was released on 23 June 2020.

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Review: The City in the Middle of the Night

Posted 1 June, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The City in the Middle of the Night
By: Charlie Jane Anders
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

“If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreams…And from there, it’s easy to control our entire lives.”

From the brilliant mind of Charlie Jane Anders (“A master absurdist”—New York Times; “Virtuoso”—NPR) comes a new novel of Kafkaesque futurism. Set on a planet that has fully definitive, never-changing zones of day and night, with ensuing extreme climates of endless, frigid darkness and blinding, relentless light, humankind has somehow continued apace—though the perils outside the built cities are rife with danger as much as the streets below.

But in a world where time means only what the ruling government proclaims, and the levels of light available are artificially imposed to great consequence, lost souls and disappeared bodies are shadow-bound and savage, and as common as grains of sand. And one such pariah, sacrificed to the night, but borne up by time and a mysterious bond with an enigmatic beast, will rise to take on the entire planet–before it can crumble beneath the weight of human existence.

The premise of the novel sounded really interesting and I had All the Birds in the Sky (review) lined up to read at the time so yeah, I picked this book up too. I read this book right after her debut novel.

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Review: Miss You

Posted 4 March, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Miss You
By: Kate Eberlen
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

“TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.” Tess can’t get the motto from her mother’s kitchen knickknack out of her head, even though she’s in Florence on an idyllic vacation before starting university in London.

Gus is also visiting Florence, on a holiday with his parents seven months after tragedy shattered their lives. Headed to medical school in London, he’s trying to be a dutiful son but longs to escape and discover who he really is.

A chance meeting brings these eighteen-year-olds together for a brief moment—the first of many times their paths will crisscross as time passes and their lives diverge from those they’d envisioned. Over the course of the next sixteen years, Tess and Gus will face very different challenges and choices. Separated by distance and circumstance, the possibility of these two connecting once more seems slight.

But while fate can separate two people, it can also bring them back together again. . . .

I picked up this book after seeing it on an ARC request list. I would’ve requested it but at that point I was starting to request less ARCs to focus on my own TBR pile. I had seen it again on sale around Christmas a few years ago so I decided to pick it up.

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Review: Promise of Blood

Posted 20 January, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Promise of Blood (Powder Mage #1)
By: Brian McClellan
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

The Age of Kings is dead . . . and I have killed it.

It’s a bloody business overthrowing a king…

Field Marshal Tamas’ coup against his king sent corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brought bread to the starving. But it also provoked war with the Nine Nations, internal attacks by royalist fanatics, and the greedy to scramble for money and power by Tamas’s supposed allies: the Church, workers unions, and mercenary forces.

Stretched to his limit, Tamas is relying heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be his estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail.

But when gods are involved…

Now, as attacks batter them from within and without, the credulous are whispering about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods waking to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing. But they should…

I had heard of the Powder Mage trilogy in passing but it wasn’t until I read the short story The Girl of Hrusch Avenue (review) that I was keen to pick up the first book and read it. It sat on my TBR pile for quite a while but I finally got around to reading it (hurray!).

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