#BlogTour THE FALL OF KOLI by M.R.CAREY #BookReview @michaelcarey191 @orbitbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Delighted to be with you today to share my thoughts on THE FALL OF KOLI by M.R.CAREY. My thanks to the author, publisher and Tracy of Compulsive Readers, for putting this wonderful blog tour together and letting me be part of it all!


ABOUT THE BOOK


The Fall of Koli is the third and final novel in the breathtakingly original Rampart trilogy – set in a strange and deadly world of our own making.

The world that is lost will come back to haunt us . . .

Koli has come a long way since being exiled from his small village of Mythen Rood. In his search for the fabled tech of the old times, he knew he’d be battling strange, terrible beasts and trees that move as fast as whips. But he has already encountered so much more than he bargained for.

Now that Koli and his companions have found the source of the signal they’ve been following – the mysterious “Sword of Albion” – there is hope that their perilous journey will finally be worth something.

Until they unearth terrifying truths about an ancient war . . . and realise that it may have never ended.


published by Orbit Books

PURCHASE LINKS – publication date 25th March 2021


Amazon
blackwell’s
waterstones

MY REVIEW

Book 3 of the Rampart Trilogy….. why does it have to end?! I’ve got so used to Koli being in my life that it’s going to be tough without him and his merry band of adventurers!!  But this final part is a wonderful fitting way to end the series and I’ll just have to keep reading them all over again to keep them in my mind!


In this book we really get to see how the journey has changed Koli – we’ve watched him grow up in front of us with the challenges he has had to face along the way, and this whole story is a more streamlined and straightforward tale.  We follow Koli and his friends on their quest, along with the storyline from the point of view of Spinner who is back home and facing challenges of their own as they battle rival forces.  This split storyline really does capture your imagination and ramps up the emotion – it’s one of those books that leaves you not wanting to read on at times, but know you have to as you just want to find out what happens!!

This is a book that engages you as a reader! You are travelling along with Koli and seeing how his relationships with Monono, Ursula and Cup evolves, as well as spending time with Spinner who is making big decisions back home for the safety of everyone else. 
It’s a book full of dramatic scenes, full of emotion but yet full of hope and I have enjoyed every single moment of my time spent in the company of these characters in their weird, but relatable futuristic world… now when do we get a movie???!!!


★★★★★

#BlogTour THE ONCE AND FUTURE WITCHES by ALIX E HARROW @Tr4cyF3nt0n @orbitbooks #bookreview

A huge delight to be the lastest stop on the Blog Tour for the magical THE ONCE AND FUTURE WITCHES by ALIX E.HARROW. My thanks to the author, publisher and Tracy of Compulsive Readers for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!

ABOUT THE BOOK


In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.


But when the Eastwood sisters–James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna–join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.


There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.


PUBLISHED BY ORBIT BOOKS

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon

hive.co.uk

blackwell’s

MY REVIEW

It’s witchy and it’s wonderful!! Buy it!!! 

How’s that for an easy review haha!! I absolutely adored every single second I spent in the company of the Eastwood sisters – all very different and not even in each others lives for a number of years UNTIL they are drawn together to fight the unfairness of a world that seems set on destroying women wanting to be heard.  Seen but not heard seems to be the order of the day but for these women that is not how they want things so despite their differences they come together to form a united front in fighting for what is right.

This is a story of strong women, of overcoming adversity and for standing up for what you believe in.  Their lives haven’t been easy and there are grievances between them but in fighting this common battle they grow closer together again and it was just such a wonderful story to read.

Many in New Salem want the past of their town forgotten and will do whatever it means to keep the old ways gone, but changing times are upon us so June, Beatrice and Agnes are at the centre of the efforts of the women’s movement. It’s an angry book, but inspiring and beautifully written from the  slow pace at times, to the revelations of the past and I just completely lost myself in the world created.  In the 3 main characters, Alix has conjured (sorry!) up such fascinating and polar opposite characters – you can see yourself in all of them – but they have that determination to keep fighting for what is right despite the obstacles put in front of them and the danger they put themselves in.

 I loved her previous book, The Ten Thousand Doors of January, but think I loved this even more!! Definitely one of my books of 2020!!

★★★★★

#BlogTour THE TRIALS OF KOLI by M.R.CAREY #TheTrialsOfKoli @OrbitBooks @michaelcarey191@Tr4cyF3nt0n

A huge delight to be the latest stop on the Blog Tour for the fabulous THE TRIALS OF KOLI by M.R.CAREY. My thanks to the author, publisher and Tracy of Compulsive Readers for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!


ABOUT THE BOOK

 The Trials of Koli is the second novel in M R. Carey’s breathtakingly original Rampart trilogy, set in a strange and deadly world of our own making.


Beyond the walls of Koli’s small village lies a fearsome landscape filled with choker trees, vicious beasts and shunned men. As an exile, Koli’s been forced to journey out into this mysterious, hostile world. But he heard a story, once. A story about lost London, and the mysterious tech of the Old Times that may still be there. If Koli can find it, there may still be a way for him to redeem himself – by saving what’s left of humankind


PUBLISHED BY ORBIT BOOKS


PURCHASE LINKS

HIVE.CO.UK
BLACKWELL’S
WATERSTONES

MY REVIEW


The distinctive voice of Koli is back, and this is the next installment in the trilogy and boy is it good!! 


As the journey for Koli and his companions continues, this book allows them all a little more space to develop and we also get the fascinating point of view of Spinner and their point of view of things in the present back in the village and that really does add something a little bit special to the storyline!


They are searching for Lost London and how the old tech may be able to save them from the dystopian world they find themselves living in.  And they are now dealing with danger from man, beast and trees along the way! There’s a lot more action in this book which made for even more edge of the seat reading!!


And while Koli is on a quest for information, we get to see things from the perspective of Spinner who is at home and fighting war and disease.  With information that she uncoves, she finds herself being distrusted and feared by others who want to silence her.


This part of the trilogy felt more settled, and more grown up. The way the world was expanded by the author was just perfect! And it just sets up so nicely for part 3 which I’m equally excited and dreading!! Please can it carry on for a few more books?!!!


★★★★★

#BlogTour THE UNLIKELY ESCAPE OF URIAH HEEP by H.G. PARRY #BookReview @Tr4cyF3nt0n @orbitbooks @hg_parry

Delighted to be the latest stop on the Blog Tour for THE UNLIKELY ESCAPE OF URIAH HEEP by H.G.PARRY – my thanks to the author, publisher and Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for putting this all together and letting me be part of it all!

ABOUT THE BOOK

The ultimate book-lover’s fantasy, featuring a young scholar with the power to bring literary characters into the world, for fans of The Magicians, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, and The Invisible Library.

For his entire life, Charley Sutherland has concealed a magical ability he can’t quite control: he can bring characters from books into the real world. His older brother, Rob — a young lawyer with a normal house, a normal fiancee, and an utterly normal life — hopes that this strange family secret will disappear with disuse, and he will be discharged from his life’s duty of protecting Charley and the real world from each other. But then, literary characters start causing trouble in their city, making threats about destroying the world… and for once, it isn’t Charley’s doing.

There’s someone else who shares his powers. It’s up to Charley and a reluctant Rob to stop them, before these characters tear apart the fabric of reality.

published by Orbit Books

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon UK

hive.co.uk

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

H. G. Parry lives in a book-infested flat in Wellington, New Zealand, which she shares with her sister and two overactive rabbits. She holds a PhD in English literature from Victoria University of Wellington, and teaches English, film and media studies. Her short fiction has appeared in InterGalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction and small press anthologies. The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is her debut novel.

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MY REVIEW

A joy to read!! And I now have an overwhelming desire to read all of Dickens’ work and see if I can work the magic to make my favourite (and those not so favourite!) characters  leap from the pages of a variety of books into my world, and see what transpires! Because if it’s as half as entertaining as the goings on in this book then it will make the world an interesting place to be!

This book is an ode to books, a love letter to reading and all the places that stories take us, and to the characters it introduces us to. With the background that Charley Sutherland has, it allows the author to have so much fun with his ‘ability’ of bringing book characters to life. Something he’s been able to do since his childhood – it’s only when they start to cause trouble in the real world that he questions  this power and needs to find a way to put a stop to it all. His older brother, Rob, has always been the one to help him out in sticky situations and he’s drawn into this ‘split’ world in a big way throughout this story. Can  he keep on going on fixing things for his little brother and the more he begins to investigate the past and these happenings, the more the plot thickens!

I loved the strangeness of the book! It was such good fun trying to guess which fictional character would appear next, and it was a perfect mix of the fun and serious! From Darcy to Dorian, Jabberwocky to Dr Frankenstein (to name but a few!), it’s a real blast to see these characters operate out of context – some to help, others to hinder!

There’s a great humour about the book as well, and it sits well with the mystery aspect along with the family dynamics and I just kept hoping the story would never end!

It’s inventive, insane, emotional and incredibly enjoyable and I loved every single minute of my time in the world of Charley and Uriah Heep! Highly recommended!!

★★★★★