Assassins, Myths & Legends > Celtic, English & Welsh
Second novel in the brilliant new series from the bestselling author of PRINCE OF THORNS. In Mystic Class Nona Grey begins to learn the secrets of the universe. But so often even the deepest truths just make our choices harder. Before she leaves the Convent of Sweet Mercy Nona must choose her path and take the red of a Martial Sister, the grey of a Sister of Discretion, the blue of a Mystic Sister or the simple black of a Bride of the Ancestor and a life of prayer and service. All that stands between her and these choices are the pride of a thwarted assassin, the ambition of a would-be empress wielding the Inquisition like a blade, and the vengeance of the empire's richest lord. As the world narrows around her, and her enemies attack her through the system she has sworn to, Nona must find her own path despite the competing pull of friendship, revenge, ambition, and loyalty. And in all this only one thing is certain. There will be blood.
This book failed to interest me.
I only managed 15% before I gave up.
In fact, the whole introduction which set out the story to Book 1 (this is next book in the series) was so convoluted that I nearly gave up there – the author stating it saved him linking the characters to the story in book 1 was lazy in my mind. Most authors manage to tell the reader about previous books in the series without confusing them!
Maybe, if you had been hooked by book 1 then this would appeal. Although some reviews state that book 1 (Red Sister) plods rather so…Hence the 2.
Plan Witch for Out of Town
[Chance Monroe #2]
fantasy, romance, humour, science fiction
Life should be getting back to normal…
Chance survived a serial killer returning from the grave and said yes to a date with her ex-lover Jack. Unfortunately, survivor’s guilt eats away at her. Then her world turns upside down when earthquakes begin to rattle the landscape and devastate the region she calls home.
Madness becomes her…
Terrified she is the source of earthquakes damaging the land, she tries to shut down her connection to the Earth. But when enemies aware of how to shatter her bonds kidnap her, Chance faces her most desperate hour,
When the earth shakes, the witch bleeds…
Staring into the face of madness, she must learn to trust her allies or risk losing everything—and everyone she loves.
Hedge witches we find out are ‘bound’ to their land and can’t leave it – ever – as it makes them very ill and eventually the ties will break or they will die. Hedge witches with broken ties are driven mad by the loss of the land-ties.
This is very original concept for me mixed with some standard magic and paranormal abilities. Looking up hedge witchery – I always like to check on things, it seems that the name comes from the time when villages were small and usually surrounded by a hedge or natural forest. Hedge witches were also thought of as being shamans that can cross into the Otherworlds – it is an old tradition that is recognised by modern witches as being a difficult path to take.
Love the story-telling with its humour and empathy.
The Summer of Impossible Things
time travel, science fiction, fantasy
January 10, 2017
This summer, get ready to believe in Impossible Things with the brand new book from international bestseller, Rowan Coleman. This is THE TIME TRAVELLER'S WIFE for a new generation of readers. Available to pre-order now! If you could change the past, would you? Thirty years ago, something terrible happened to Luna's mother. Something she's only prepared to reveal after her death. Now Luna and her sister have a chance to go back to their mother's birthplace and settle her affairs. But in Brooklyn they find more questions than answers, until something impossible - magical - happens to Luna, and she meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977. At first Luna's thinks she's going crazy, but if she can truly travel back in time, she can change things. But in doing anything - everything - to save her mother's life, will she have to sacrifice her own?
A slow burn story where you are taken into the esoteric world of physics gently so that you understand the concept of the multiverse and what happens when you kill your grandmother!
A multiverse is, apparently, a hypothetical collection of identical or diverse universes, including our own.
And of course there is Schrodinger’s cat to help us understand it – when you open he box he is there and dead, there and not dead, or not there at all and you don’t know which until you open the box.
…. the question commonly asked about your grandfather also apparently has many different answers –maybe as many the multiverses themselves!
You may have prevented yourself from being born and thus when you return to your own timeline you are an anomaly with no previous existence.
You can’t return as you no longer exist anywhere.
You haven’t made any difference as you killed your grandfather in a different universe
and so on…
In this book a different concept is proposed, that you can go not only to a different universe but also to one that it is running at a different time, and thus the connection between the two keeps throwing you into a different universe with different histories. In each universe you enter with your old memories but you gradually lose them and remember a new history.
So as you go back and forward between these universes you affect the one in which you end up until you are in one where the history you want is the correct one for that universe.
I just wish I knew more about theoretical physics before reading this book but I am fairly sure that time travel is less likely than universe hopping so I am doubtful that she really affected the timeline, merely that she ended up in the universe where she liked the timeline and family history.
I have to give this a 5 for stretching my brain uncomfortably!
Dying for a Living
Jesse Sullivan #1
Kory M. Shrum
Fiction, fantasy, scifi, contemporary
March 4, 2014
On the morning before her 67th death, it is business as usual for Jesse Sullivan: meet with the mortician, counsel soon-to-be-dead clients, and have coffee while reading the latest regeneration theory. Jesse dies for a living, literally. As a Necronite, she is one of the population’s rare 2% who can serve as a death replacement agent, dying so others don’t have to. Although each death is different, the result is the same: a life is saved, and Jesse resurrects days later with sore muscles, new scars, and another hole in her memory. But when Jesse is murdered and becomes the sole suspect in a federal investigation, more than her freedom and sanity are at stake. She must catch the killer herself—or die trying.
A strange profession is dying for a living – ie the way you make your money.
In this alternative reality, people can be warned that they about to die and can employ someone to die for them. Jesse is such an agent. On the predicted day of the person’s death she – and her employee Ally – stay close to the dying until the incident occurs. Some people called Jesse a zombie, but she didn’t like that. She took the place of the client right through until the mortuary. She explains that death is like a black hole in space, a vortex that sucks the living colours out of a person. Jesse convinces that vortex to take her instead of her client and Ally convinces the mortician that Jesse with resurrect – in time.
Unfortunately to people outside this client/agent relationship, Jesse will really appear dead and thus hospitals etc will do everything they can to attempt to save her, including cutting off her clothes etc and she complains that she never comes out of these with a complete pair of shoes, and thus she now wears mis-matched as a style..
There is a problem with being a death replacement agent. After a certain number of deaths, not an known exact number, their brains become ‘friend’ and they are no longer compos mentis.
There is a faction within the populace, embedded in various religious hierarchies, who believe strongly that death replacement is an abomination and should not happen, and death replacement agents are going missing.
Jesse is drawn into this conspiracy and attempting to discover the people behind it and the prevention of more missing.
An interesting twist on the zombie story with military experiments, hidden secrets and politics. Elements of ‘ The Men who Stared at Goats’ included.