Here we have yet another book I read after meeting the author first. Melinda Salisbury was on the panel at the Fantasy and Folklore event, chaired by Samantha Shannon, at Waterstones Piccadilly. Melinda’s personality screamed through everything she said. She was hilarious, intelligent, the anecdotes of her Grandmother reminded me of my own family…and this concoction meant I simply couldn’t leave without buying one of her books. Surely a person that was so very interesting upon first hearing from her could whip up a book that I would love? Well, bless my instincts because holy smokes what a novel!
After going to another panel event at Waterstones Piccadilly (Fantasy and Folklore with Samantha Shannon, Melinda Salisbury and Lisa Lueddecke) I decided to buy one of the books spoken about: A Shiver of Snow and Sky. It sounded right up my street with mention of the Northern Lights, folklore, superstitions…I was not disappointed.
Title: A Shiver of Snow and Sky – DEBUT NOVEL ALERT
Author: Lisa Lueddecke
Published: 5th October 2017
⭐️ 4 / 5
Set on the fictional snowy island of Skane, the book follows best friends Ósa and Ivar in the aftermath of the red Lós (Northern Lights) presenting in the sky which signals the beginning of a plague and almost certain death. The friends also uncover a plot of invasion from the evil, almost Viking-esque, race called the Ør – who have a penchant for removing the heads of their victims and wearing their teeth as a necklace. Ivar takes it upon himself to help train all of the local villagers against the impending attack while Ósa decides to tackle the plague. She does this by riding across the country to the mountains to ask their Goddess in the stars for help and in the process she hopes to prove herself – both to herself and to the family who don’t love her as they should.
Here’s another book I bought and read off the back of an event I attended at Waterstones Piccadilly. Alwyn was a really engaging panel chair and I loved the snippets I heard about her books so I thought I’d give this one a go.
First things first, DEBUT NOVEL ALERT. Yes, I’m new to the party as this was published in 2016 but let me have my moment. Rebel of the Sands doesn’t feel like a debut. It’s certainly a solid first novel. It took a little bit of warming up to but I’m now converted.
This week’s train read/commute book has really stollen my heart…
In the week of my one year anniversary of moving to London it was so lovely to wrap myself up in a book that reminded me of my roots, even the slightly odd and alternative ones 😉
Title: The Graces
Author: Laure Eve
Published: 1st September 2016
⭐️ 5 / 5
This is another novel I decided to read after attending Victoria Aveyard’s event at Waterstones Piccadilly (read about it here). Laure Eve was one of the authors that appeared alongside Victoria, and the more she talked about her own book the more I realised just how much it was up my street. I was NOT disappointed!!
The Graces is about a mysterious family from the small town that the protagonist, River, has just moved to. This simple statement immediately presents some intriguing plot points that drive the book; River is not her real name – we never find out what her real name actually is, only that she feels more comfortable and more herself being known as River. As well as her name being mysterious it’s also unclear where the small town she has just moved to actually is, nor do we know why she has moved there until the final thirty pages or so. The town has a lot of Americanisms in the feel of the high school but it also screams of the kind of small town I grew up in. I’m from Devon and the feel of home is dripping from every page, which makes a lot of sense considering Laure grew up in Cornwall. As much as both sides of the border hate to admit we are certainly very similar in our intriguing ways, especially when is concerns our mythology and our varied histories.
An enemy who’ll stop at nothing. A city with nowhere to hide. A traitor looking for vengeance. A lover confined to the shadows. A rebel who becomes a Queen.
It’s been almost 2 years to the day that we were gifted the second novel in The Bone Season series, The Mime Order, and left with that horrific cliff-hanger on the final page. The wait is almost over and there are only a few short weeks remaining until The Song Rising finally hits the shelves. However, as part of my role as a Bone Season Advocate, I have been privileged enough to read a copy of this book early (thanks Bloomsbury!) and I am here to give you some idea of what’s in store for Paige in her most recent adventure.
The Song Rising picks up seconds after the end of the Mime Order with Paige’s dreamwalking form staring dumbfounded at Jaxon Hall; her previous mentor, confident and friend. I love that Samantha Shannon has continued her trend of the novels completely running into one another which is perfect for a book-binge as there are no gaps or pauses in the narrative. Throughout the course of the novel we explore Paige’s reign as a newly victorious Underqueen along with all the complications and surprises that this role brings. We learn more about where Jaxon’s loyalties lie and his past ways before Paige came into the equation whilst Paige is beginning to learn her own strengths and just how useful her gift can be. In short, life as Paige knows it flips on its head and it’s wonderful.
The Song Rising is a shorter novel than both of its predecessors however this takes nothing away from the content and seems to be simply because the novel takes place over a shorter amount of time than the previous novels. There is some incredible world building in this installment as not only do we explore further reaches of Scion London, but we learn a little about the Scion world outside of the capital; Scion Manchester and Scion Edinburgh. As we have come to expect from these novels, The Song Rising is packed with page turning tension which ensured I reached the final page far too soon.
As with the previous novels, The Song Rising contains a host of diverse characters who are all layered, complex and really likeable. We are made to care about every single character no matter if they are one of the main group surrounding page or a fairly infrequently mentioned secondary character. This, along with the excellent narrative, explains why we’ve had to wait a little longer for this novel than we’re used to. It’s a very strong book and an I don’t mind having to wait that little bit longer for such a perfect addition to the series.
I have been left eargly awaiting the currently unnamed The Bone Season #4.
You can catch up with Paige, Warden, Nick and the rest of your favourite voyants and Rephaites alike from publication day; 7th March.