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Review: The Phantom Tree, by Nicola Cornick

I am a sucker for historical fiction, and I'm a sucker for fantasy: is it any wonder, then, that I loved this book? Sweeping, gloriously romantic, and with a unique twist on the Tudor novel, The Phantom Tree was a great read. It follows two characters: Alison, in the present day, and Mary Seymour, the daughter of… Continue reading Review: The Phantom Tree, by Nicola Cornick

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Review: The Hawkman, by Jane Rosenberg LaForge

Oh, how I wanted to like this book. It had everything I wanted: fantasy, a modernist retelling of a Grimm's fairy tale, cloaked in historical fiction. Two fascinating characters, and a very sweet love story in the middle of it that vibrates with wonder all the way through. And Jane Rosenberg LaForge, for the most… Continue reading Review: The Hawkman, by Jane Rosenberg LaForge

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The top eight fantasy books to read this Winter

As the long nights draw in, there’s no better time to curl up by the fireside (or radiator) and get stuck into the huge pile of books that has been building up over summer. And what better way to forget about the rain outside than the ultimate in escapism, a good fantasy novel? 2017 has… Continue reading The top eight fantasy books to read this Winter

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Review: The Word is Murder, by Anthony Horowitz

Murder mysteries are great. Despite the obviously grisly contents, they're quite sedate reads, quite formulaic: a murder happens, the detective systematically visits the family and friends of the deceased, often with an admiring Watson in tow, and then makes a brilliant deduction and the murder is revealed to be somebody (if it's well-written) you never… Continue reading Review: The Word is Murder, by Anthony Horowitz