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Series Review: So ALL your neighbours hate you? (Ascendance Part 3)

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Part 1 | Part 2

Welcome back guys! It’s the first review of the New Year and we’re starting with the end. It’s the final book in the Ascendance series!

We’ve spent 2 books waiting, and it’s finally here: war against Carthya. Except the war is even scarier than Jaron expected. Apparently, he pissed off so many people that pretty much all his neighbouring countries are coming to attack him. What did he do, insult their mothers? Geez, it’s kind of hard to piss off 3 whole countries. Continue reading “Series Review: So ALL your neighbours hate you? (Ascendance Part 3)”

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Series Review: Spiders aren’t scary enough yet? (Immortals Part 1)

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Let’s dive right back into Tortall with another series from this universe!

Daine has nothing left after raiders killed her family so she leaves her tiny village in search of hope–and a job. She hires on with Onua and they travel to Tortall, which is now known as the land of opportunity. Daine hopes that if Tortall can accept a lady knight, they may be able to accept a lady holster, too. However, despite their open-mindedness, Daine knows she has a secret she can’t share. ‘Cos, you know, if you talk to animals, you’re sentimental. If they talk back…

Continue reading “Series Review: Spiders aren’t scary enough yet? (Immortals Part 1)”

Series Review: Honey, I’m baaaack (Song of the Lioness Part 4)

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Finally, we’ve reached the final book of this series! After leaving her tribe in the desert, Alanna is out to find answers. She received a mysterious map from some dying lady and since she’s curious, she’s riding  all over the place to figure out what it means. It turns out to be a map to the Dominion Jewel, a shiny rock that gives rulers control over the earth itself.  Obviously, she decides to go after it. It’s an excellent way to scare your citizens into–ahem, I mean protect your borders. Continue reading “Series Review: Honey, I’m baaaack (Song of the Lioness Part 4)”

Series Review: What do you mean kings can’t also be pirates? (Ascendance Part 2)

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Part 1 | Part 3

Jaron is now king, but he doesn’t have to act like it. Between avoiding his family’s funeral, avoiding his own fiance, and ticking off the king of Avenia, he’s not doing so hot in the kingliness department. That’s why, when said ticked-off king threatens war, Jaron’s nobles decide that a regent should rule instead. The problem is, Jaron doesn’t know who he can trust. After all, these were the dumbasses who kind of just sat around while his family was assassinated. Continue reading “Series Review: What do you mean kings can’t also be pirates? (Ascendance Part 2)”

Series Review: The Ultimate Bad Guy (Song of the Lioness Part 3)

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 4

It’s book 3 now and Alanna is officially a knight, but that doesn’t mean people have to respect her. She decides to take a vacation from court to avoid the nasty gossips who claim that she seduced men and used magic to earn her position. It turns out to be a bad idea; while galavanting in the desert, she accidently kills a man, and his tribe isn’t very happy about it. Well, I mean, some of them aren’t. The rest are delighted. Continue reading “Series Review: The Ultimate Bad Guy (Song of the Lioness Part 3)”

Series Review: The Prince and the Pauper…oh, wait. (Ascendance Part 1)

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Sage is living (almost) happily in an orphanage when a nobleman named Conner  scoops him up. Conner has scoured the country’s orphanages and managed to find four orphans for a diabolical plot. Yeah, the evil plan is exactly what you think: to create a false prince. At least the title is relevant.

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Series Review: Nooo, I’M the weakest king. (Song of the Lioness Part 2)

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Part 1 | Part 3 | Part 4

Alanna is now Prince Jonathan’s squire, and he knows her secret. What he doesn’t know is that his obviously evil cousin, Roger, is plotting diabolical things. Alanna begins to uncover Roger’s evil plots but he has an eye on her and is determined to get her out of the way. By any means necessary.

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Series Review: Aren’t nobles supposed to have it easy? (Song of the Lioness Part 1)

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Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Alanna and her twin brother Thom are about to be sent off to lady- and knight-school, respectively. It’s too bad her brother’s a wimp and she’s a fighter. Alanna doesn’t want to learn to be a noblewoman who flirts, sits primly and accepts favours from men, so she comes up with the idea to switch places. Continue reading “Series Review: Aren’t nobles supposed to have it easy? (Song of the Lioness Part 1)”

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