Book Review – Mannethorn’s Key

There is something about a nice sunny Sunday afternoon that just demands sitting out and enjoying a good book. The last few lovely weekends have been spent reading and enjoying Mannethorn’s Key by Simon Lindley

ManneBlurb: Slumped over the toilet bowl in his slum apartment, Bart’s high-rolling lifestyle isn’t exactly coming up roses. Alcohol, affairs, and a skill exploited for short-term gain have rewarded him with divorce, bankruptcy, and unemployment.

A world away, a wizard-apprentice confronts a foe as threatening as the once-dominant age of Dragon’s Rule. But to triumph, he will need Bart – a washed-up derivatives broker – plucked from a last-ditch job interview and thrust into a testing ground, where a knight with a penchant for lopping off heads will either groom him for the world beyond or murder him in the process.

Exiled dragon-lords, grass-eating giants, impetuous warriors, troll assassins, ribald dwarfs, evil men, and vengeful women seek to save themselves from a flawed world of failing magic. With hungover Bart at its epicenter, what can possibly go wrong?

Trailerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykKjOoLmqOE

Rating:  6/5 (I know that’s not really allowed but some books just deserve the extra point!)

My thoughts: Bart’s life is a mess, unemployed and living in a run down apartment the only relationship he has is with the bottle – not exactly what a hero is made of. A hero is exactly what he needs to become if he’s going to help battle the evil growing in another world.

It took me a couple of chapters to properly settle into this book. I think with fantasy novels set in other worlds you need a bit of time to get to grips with who (or what) the characters are but as I read further I became completely immersed in this fantastical world. There are several story lines running, all of which slowly begin to entwine each one adding to the others.

The characters are a varied bunch, human like and not, good and evil or often a little bit of both, and Bart is our touchstone. The “normal” man trying to understand exactly what is going on while hoping he can find his way back home.

If you’re a fan of fantasy then you will love this book. If you’re not a fan of fantasy just try it anyway, you might well become a fan!

The only thing about this book that was disappointing was getting to the end and realising the next instalment is not yet out!

*Sits waiting patiently for part two*

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#RRBC WELCOME!! #RRBCSpotlightAuthor JAN SIKES (@rijanjks)

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Today we are kicking off our Spotlight Author Blog Tour with Guest Author Jan Sikes!

Jan’s story is similar to my own as far as becoming a writer. I couldn’t find anybody else to write my story either. So Jan, Welcome to my blog. I’m so happy to be hosting you today!


WHY I WRITE

 

It has been said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. I say that a story begins with one word, one sentence, one paragraph.

I always thought someone would come along in life and write our story. In fact, I was sure of it as many people suggested it to us over the years.

But, I awoke one morning to the realization that no one else could write it because I was the only one there and would have to tell it myself. I’ll never forget the elation of attending…

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RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’S “SPOTLIGHT” Author, Maretha Botha!! #RRBC @MarethMBotha ‏#BlogTour

Nia Markos

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Maretha Botha is an Italian National born in South Africa. She and her family now live in Lancashire, United Kingdom, where she writes and illustrates animal and bird adventure stories, based on her experiences while growing up in South Africa. Her love for the southern African landscape, its environment, animals, birds and people shines through in her series of books which she entitled, “Fauna Park Tales”. She has completed the first four books in this series.

She and her family lived in Botswana for a few years before immigrating to the United Kingdom. This series, Fauna Park Tales: An African Adventure” is set against this background. Many of the stories are based on fact – things which she observed while living on the outskirts of a game reserve as well as the lives of her family’s pets – dogs, cats and birds, even birds of prey such as martial…

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Book Review – Kai by Michelle Abbott

It is once again time for me to share with you a review of my latest read – and this time it’s “Kai” by Michelle Abbott

KaiBlurbMy name is Kai Okamoto. I deal drugs. Trade escapism for cold, hard cash.
Born to a British mother and a Japanese father, I grew up poor, hungry, and alone. Hiding from the monsters at our door. The debt collectors.

I’ve worked hard to escape my past. I’m not that frightened little boy anymore. I’m wealthy, secure, and sure of myself. At least I was, until I met Lily.

Lily is a good girl. The kind of girl I should stay away from. I should, but I can’t.

I hate lying to her, but if she finds out who I am, what I do. I won’t see her for dust.

A standalone, bad boy romance, set in England.

Rating:  4/5

My thoughts:  Lily is a nice “ordinary” girl. When she gets her bag snatched, taking the last of her money, she thinks life has hit rock bottom. Then she meets Kai, the handsome, mysterious stranger who returns her bag and quickly charms her. Instead of a stolen handbag Lily quickly becomes the victim of a stolen heart.

Kai seems to be the perfect man, handsome, charming, kind and generous. Unfortunately he has a secret that could tear their relationship apart.

I enjoyed how this story unfolded, the narrative alternating between the two characters view points so we had a full picture, even if they didn’t.  It was well written and an easy read which kept me turning the pages to see how things would unfold with realistic relatable characters.  Well worth a read!

 

Book Review – Deception by Bill Ward

Here I am again with the latest of my book reviews and today I have the third book in a series by Bill Ward – this time the book is Deception (Powell Book 3)

Blurb:  POWELL IS BACK IN A HEART POUNDING STORY THAT WILL LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS.
DeceptionThe Americans aren’t happy with the changing political climate in Britain. Elements of the CIA and MI6 enter into a conspiracy to help shape the thinking of the British public.
Meanwhile ISIS has a plan to bring terror to the streets of Britain.
Powell is caught in the middle when he offers help to a former lover, whose life is in danger. Soon it becomes evident, someone will stop at nothing to see them both silenced.
Unsure who can be trusted, Powell must act to save the lives of his friends and right a terrible wrong.

Rating:  5/5

My thoughts: After having read the first two of the Powell books I had no hesitation in reading this third instalment, and I wasn’t disappointed.

The writing is as strong as ever and the story holds your attention from the very first page. Powell’s life is thrown into chaos when an old lover comes to him for help, little does he realise just how dangerous things are going to become.

The threat of terrorism is growing steadily but the culprits might not always be as obvious as suspected.

This is a brilliant read and I am already looking forward to what dangers Powell finds himself in next.

Let’s Play Follow The Leader – @rijanjks #RRBC #RWISA

Watch Nonnie Write!

Thank you all for dropping by today.  I hope it was the title of this post that enticed you to do so.

Many of you may be aware that early last year I took my debut novel, “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND” down from Amazon.  (I’ve recently discovered that in my haste to do so, I only removed the e-book format and it is still there in paperback format, but hopefully, no one’s buying it).  I did this, because although it received many positive reviews, I just happened to open a paperback copy one day to find some very glaring “hiccups.”  I was so blown away (that they were glaring…at least to me) that I rushed to Amazon and yanked it down with such force, I think I hurt my arm. (I’m sorry, poor arm).

Anyway, with running the hugely busy and successful communities known as RRBC & RWISA, I…

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The Geography of Hexborn

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Every high fantasy novel needs a map, right?  Unfortunately, I am not the most visually inventive person.  So, when it came time to devise a realm for my latest story, I decided to base it on a region I know.  It worked for Tolkien, right?  Let’s learn a little about Bryn, Hexborn’s imaginary kingdom.

From Hexborn:


The rain had washed the air clean, and the view from the dock took Shiloh’s breath away even more than the corset already had.  The Bay stretched out in front of them, and the hills and buildings of the City were bathed in morning light on the other side of the water.  A few islands poked up out of the blue, capped by lighthouses.  The two great lighthouses were clearly visible, the one on the City side and its twin on the Gate side. 

She’d read about their construction in one of Edmun’s…

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