Review: Twice Dead, by Caitlin Seal

This book works because the central concept is great. We’ve done necromancy before- not personally, I assure you, but in YA literature- but Twice Dead takes a new idea and runs with it, and creates something fresh and intriguing. The necromancy bit is central to the plot. Naya, the daughter of a sea captain, wakes up from…

Blog Tour: The Blue Salt Road, by Joanne Harris

Before we go any further, I’d just like to say: yes, the book is just as gorgeous in person as it looks in the image. For The Blue Salt Road, illustration and image is such an important part of the entire book that it simply has to be mentioned. The beautiful blue and silver cover and a series of lovely…

Review: Empress of All Seasons, by Emiko Jean

The synopsis of this book looked great from the off, so I was extra excited to see that it had been accepted on Netgalley! So excited, in fact, that I skipped the rest of my TBR and went straight to this. What’s new. And Empress of All Seasons definitely delivered… kind of! The first thing you…

Review: Soulbinder, by Sebastien de Castell

Time to return to Sebastien de Castell’s fabulously quirky little Spellslinger series. I’ve missed it! One of the joys of reading these books so far has been that you can pretty much pick them up in almost any order and still have a fairly good idea of what’s going on. Not any more, though: with Soulbinder, de…

Review: The Ember Blade, by Chris Wooding

What can I say about this book? It’s like Lord of the Rings, given a dark twist and with the dial turned up to maximum. It’s great! The story itself reminded me surprisingly of Dark Age stories, and of the Romans vs. Celts. Set in the land of Ossia, which was taken over by the…