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Monthly Wrap-Up

Monthly Wrap-Up: August 2019

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August proved to be another busy month here over at Whispers & Wonder – SPFBO reads, a few reviews for a wide variety of stories, hilarious shenanigans during the bi-weekly Call to Arms Tourneys, and some exclusive, behind-the-scenes interviews with three of the five authors featured in the Dark Ends anthology…

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Pursuit of Shadows by JA Andrews

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One fateful night, young Will awakens to find trouble crawling through his window. The result is a violent encounter that leaves his family in tatters, his younger sister missing, and Will with hands blistered by Keeper magic. Decades pass, and yet he still holds onto the hope…

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Knights of the realm, it is time to heed the call! Join me and the amazing Carol A. Park for this round of Call to Arms! The coveted prize of this Tourney: her magical and monster-filled debut Banebringer*, the first installment in The Heretic Gods series.

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Well, the entirety of this book is one wild expedition, fraught with horrors and peril at every. Single. Turn. A thrilling tale of adventure, treachery, and courage, The Ukinhan Wilds delivers us from the throes of a hungry sea, to shattered shores, to humid swamps, to labyrinthine caves…

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Grayden: The Secret of Illryn is a compelling story of persuasion and deceit governed by magic, gods, and the arduous journey of finding the truth. The general concept Evans conveys of a gifted person being used as a puppet by both the church and state for their own conflicting…

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The Dark Ability by DK Holmberg

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The Dark Ability was one of interest around the FBC circle for SPFBO5, as it already has over 2,000 varied ratings on GR, so I was pretty excited to give it a try. The notion of magical abilities determining a person’s standing in society is an intriguing approach to viewing…

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Starheart by Hailey Griffiths

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This was the first book out of my assigned SPFBO mini-batch I chose to pick up, because I was in dire need of some YA escapism. Starheart is a remarkably whimsical story defined by a uniquely enchanting world; one that is far too easy to lose yourself in…

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A Keeper’s Destiny is a coming-of-age story that follows a group of teenagers as they discover their own abilities and attempt to save the world from an impending invasion and complete destruction, as foretold in a prophecy. This story also focuses on the corruption of man…

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Realm of Knights is the first entry in the Knights of the Realm series, and my first foray into the works of Jennifer Anne Davis. The cover and blurb are what originally caught my attention, and I went into this book with high expectations for a solid YA tale of female empowerment…

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Shields in Shadow by Andy Peloquin

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Aravon, the once-proud and renowned Captain of the Legion’s Sixth Company, is now sole survivor of the bloodshed and carnage allotted by the imposing Eirdkilr barbarians. The savages have one goal: to rid Fehl of the half-men – those who traveled across the Frozen Sea…