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A bar that is sentient? Oh my…

Through the Badger Hole Book Cover Through the Badger Hole
Badger Hole Bar
Taki Drake, TS Paul
science fiction, adventure
All Chaos Press
(4 Jan. 2018)
Kindle

Desolation and grief can leave you floating, unable to find a new shape to your existence.

Who knew that it was possible to be shocked out of the morass of sorrow by a well-timed push?!

Madrik was reeling from the loss of his family and unable to find his way into the new reality. Then something happened that sent him further than he ever thought to travel. A new life, in a new dimension!

This is a place where problems are solved, and life is continually changing. Come in, put your feet up, and join the crew that Madrik is collecting in this shared universe.

Be amused and challenged, touched and enthralled.

Welcome to the Badger Hole Bar!

This a review of all 3 books so far in this series:

  1. Through the Badger Hole
  2. Grand Opening
  3. Fashion forward

There is also a cookbook which I have not looked at.

This is about a pocket universe that is also sentient and grows as energy is poured into it from those who visit. The more energetic they are – rowdy, noisy, dancing, happy etc – the bigger it gets and new things appear.

The visitors come through portals from other universes and are many and varied races and cultures. The universe /bar is clever in that there is an automatic translation scheme so you speak and understand everyone regardless of their language.

There are permanent inhabitants also who come through the chaos fog that surrounds the universe which is currently configured as a bar with some of the necessary suppliers eg a brewery. Some of the supplies though come through a portal, and there is one, of course, through in the Federal Witch’s garden as this is a spin-off book from that series.

I really liked this concept and enjoyed learning how the universe operated in book 1. Book 2 went over some of the same concepts from the views of different inhabitants and thus lost some of the edge of the new. It provided the reader with the backgrounds which was useful but..

Book 3 was far too short, but I enjoyed the Clothier and how her sentient shop and house and tools worked. Good tip on the pin cushion!

 

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What Chains are Made of….

Warrior Mage Book Cover Warrior Mage
Chains of Honour #1; Snake Heart #2
Lindsay Buroker
sword and sorcery, scifi and fantasy, epics
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(1 May 2015)

His mother was one of the most powerful wizards in the Nurian Empire until she abandoned her people to become a notorious pirate. That choice doomed the family she left behind to a life of disgrace. Yanko White Fox doesn’t remember his mother, but as the only gifted child in the family, he is expected to erase the mark she left on them all. With an affinity for earth magic and communicating with animals, he’s not the most natural candidate to become a warrior mage, but it’s the only sure route back into the Great Chief’s good graces. He has resigned himself to training for that destiny, whether it matches his passions or not. Long before he’s ready for his first battle, insurrection comes to his distant corner of the empire. Rebels take over the salt mine his family manages and slay the only relative who ever supported Yanko. On the heels of the tragedy, a courier brings a message from the Great Chief’s son. Whether he is prepared or not, Yanko must undertake a quest, one that could save millions of lives… or fail utterly, leaving him dead, his family forgotten, and his people the victims of starvation and endless war.

Initially I thought that this was just another YA book with a teenage hero, but as I carried on reading Book 1 I grew very fond of the main characters, especially the ‘hero’.

He turns out to be cute, clumsy, unaware of his attractiveness, and hesitant over his magic.

Basically a big puppy you want to cuddle!

So I kept on reading to see if he grew up – and he didn’t really – just his magic grew.

So enjoyable books, nicely written, and whilst not books that keep you entranced, certainly books that you enjoy reading.

[PS: you don’t need to read the prequel 3 books, these stand alone]

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