Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward | Book Review


LOVER ETERNAL
 BY J.R. WARD

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

“How can you stand to have me near you?” “The only thing I can’t handle is your leaving.”
J.R. Ward, Lover Eternal

Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood
#1 Dark Lover

Synopsis:
Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetites. He’s the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns a ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin. Owned by this dark side, Rhage fears the time when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him.

Mary Luce, a survivor of many hardships is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world and reliant on Rhage’s protection. With a life-threatening curse of her own, Mary is not looking for love. She lost her faith in miracles years ago. But when Rhage’s intense animal attraction turns into something more emotional, he knows that he must make Mary his alone. And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she loves…

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These books. There are parts that are so cheesy and unrealistic, but J.R Ward is an amazing writer. Only the second book in the series and I am so hooked. I am not a huge fan of romance novels at all, but Ward does so well with character and plot development. Although each book focuses on a relationship they all each continue with the war between the brotherhood and the lessers and the situations going on with all of the brothers. The books are such fast reads as it has an engaging plot and the switch between POV each chapter keeps you wanting more.

I love Rhage as a character and his relationship with Mary was so beautiful. He showed such dedication and really did everything for Mary. There were times I just wanted to smack Mary, but could understand where she was coming from. I was extremely happy with how this romance played out and thought it was perfect.  We get to learn so much more about each brother in this book and really start to get to know them.

So much is going on with the brotherhood and the plot thickens as more of the background is laid for the brotherhood and the lessers. I am definitely pulled in by the plot and liked how in this book there was more of a focus on what is going on rather than the romance.

Overall I think these books are really great guilty pleasure reads. There is a good storyline, lots of action and smoking hot vampires. There is also a lot of depth the the romances and they are not easy and perfect ones. These characters are damaged and flawed and I love that.

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On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From The Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder| Book Review


ON TYRANNY: TWENTY LESSONS FROM THE TWENTIETH CENTURY BY TIMOTHY SNYDER 

Genre: Non-fiction, Political

“Modern tyranny is terror management. When the terrorist attack comes, remember that authoritarians exploit such events in order to consolidate power. The sudden disaster that requires the end of checks and balances, the dissolution of opposition parties, the suspension of freedom of expression, the right to a fair trial, and so on, is the oldest trick in the Hitlerian book. Do not fall for it.”
Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

Synopsis:
An historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting America’s turn towards authoritarianism.

On November 9th, millions of Americans woke up to the impossible: the election of Donald Trump as president. Against all predictions, one of the most-disliked presidential candidates in history had swept the electoral college, elevating a man with open contempt for democratic norms and institutions to the height of power.

Timothy Snyder is one of the most celebrated historians of the Holocaust. In his books Bloodlands and Black Earth, he has carefully dissected the events and values that enabled the rise of Hitler and Stalin and the execution of their catastrophic policies. With Twenty Lessons, Snyder draws from the darkest hours of the twentieth century to provide hope for the twenty-first. As he writes, “Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism and communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.”

Twenty Lessons is a call to arms and a guide to resistance, with invaluable ideas for how we can preserve our freedoms in the uncertain years to come.

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This is a book that I believe everyone needs to read regardless of political affiliation and thoughts on current government officials. So many of the points that Snyder makes are so relevant to the current state of our society and makes some great comparisons to history. It was a super quick read that I was able to read in one plane ride.

Snyder goes through 20 lessons and things we as Americans should do in order to save our society from repeating history and letting the US fall to a tyrant. I will say that Snyder is a little biased, but makes relative arguments from past situations in history mainly around communism and racist leaders in Europe and Russia. He also references some great literature such as 1984 by George Orwell and Fahrenheit 451by Ray Bradbury.

I do believe that sometimes history repeats itself because we don’t learn, change or notice  certain things. Snyder explains how we as citizens have so much power even though it sometimes doesn’t seem like it. It is by manipulation, persuasion  and charisma that political leaders take ultimate control. I think it is important for people to educate themselves on situations and political points before make decisions and getting into arguments with others. It is ultimately up to us, the people to make sure our country doesn’t fall to a tyrant and destroy itself.

 

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins | Book Review

22557272THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN BY PAULA HAWKINS

Genre: Adult Mystery

“Hollowness: that I understand. I’m starting to believe that there isn’t anything you can do to fix it. That’s what I’ve taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mold yourself through the gaps”
― Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train

Synopsis:
EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

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I am going to start with this first… I thought Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was better. I have heard a lot that this is a book you either love or you hate. I felt meh about it. I sometimes have a hard time reading mystery novels because the part that I love is the end. At the end of mysteries is when all the crazy gets figured out and there is always some sort of big twist and unexpected ending.

I read this book kind of fast, but I think it was due to the fact that I had a lot of free time and the nature of how short the sections were. The narrative jumps between mainly two different characters and adds a third about halfway through. In my opinion that was the best part because you get a different perspective from each character that is so bias and a bit unreliable. Besides this fact the story kind of dragged for me and I had a tough time getting through the dry monotonous that was the beginning of the book. I was driven by the motivation to figure out what had happened.

As with most mystery novels I was trying the whole time to figure out who had done it and what had happened. I have to say this book stumped me. I thought I had everything figured out but was completely wrong. I really enjoyed the ending. It was suspenseful and had me on the edge of my seat. 

Overall I thought the book was okay. The ending of the book saved it for me. I did enjoy the characters, it is great to read imperfect characters that are dealing with inner conflict and real struggles. I thought the nature of the characters being unreliable really added to the overall mystery feel of the story. If you enjoy mystery novels or even Gillian Flynn’s writing I think you should give this a try. I am also excited that this just came out as a movie and I cant wait to watch it and see what they did with it.

RATING-2

Landline by Rainbow Rowell | Book Review

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Genre: Adult, Contemporary/ Romance, Magical Realism

Source: First Reads Giveaway (St. Martin’s Press)

“Nobody’s lives just fit together. Fitting together is something you work at. It’s something you make happen – because you love each other.”
― Rainbow Rowell, Landline

Synopsis:
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble;it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.

Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

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*I would like to thank Goodreads and St. Martin’s Press for the copy of this book*

I feel like this is a book that many people will disagree with me on. So many of the reviews and ratings I have seen for this book are raving about how great it was and how amazing Rainbow Rowell is. This is my first Rainbow Rowell book so I have no doubt she is a fantastic author, but this book was personally just not for me. (I plan on picking up her other books!)

The one thing this book really had going for it is that Rowell’s writing is phenomenal. The story was absolutely adorable and had many cute moments, quirky characters and some fantastic pop culture references. I enjoyed learning the story of Georgie’s and Neal’s romance and felt it was a realistic representation of how relationship are not always happy and that there is work and communication needed to make it work out. Relationships are give and take  and Georgie’s internal struggle throughout the book shows how she works through the problems in her marriage. The magical realism used in the book through the telephone was a nice touch and gives more to the story as it provides more background to Georgie and Neal’s story and make Georgie really think about what went wrong. I did feel like there were questions that were left unanswered about the phone and I didn’t feel like there was enough explanation in regards to it. Another thing was that although it was a fast paced read the book lacked on the action side. I felt like it was very dialogue heavy and for me it made the story feel like it was dragging and that some parts were not necessary to the overall story. I also wish that the flashbacks were a little more separated because at times it was jumping to present and the past leaving me a little confused at where we were at in the timeline.

Rowell writes great characters with interesting personalities and quirks. I feel like the characters in Landline really break the mold for the popular character type in most novels today. They are realistic to the wide variety of people living in this world and are flawed. Georgie is a strong and driven protagonist that knows what she wants and goes after it. I felt invested in her story and found her to be relatable. I really enjoyed the range of characters and relationships between all of the characters and Georgie. I was a huge fan of Heather! I also really enjoyed Seth and Georgie’s relationship and made me think of my relationship with my best friend. I found it hard to like Neal. From Georgie’s perspective he seemed like a great man and dad, but just by his actions and his personality made it hard for me to like him.

Overall I thought this was a cute and enjoyable story. The writing was fantastic and the book was a fast paced read that had me turning the pages. The characters are refreshing and enjoyable. I did wish there was more action, questions answered revolving around the rotary phone (where it came from, was it Georgie reliving history etc) and a more concrete ending. I found the book to be quite predictable, but it made me laugh at times and was loaded with pop culture references that everyone can appreciate and enjoy. I’m sure that if you are a fan of Rainbow Rowell’s other work you will enjoy this one as well!

RATING-2

 

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn | Book Review

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Genre: Adult, Mystery, Thriller

“Sometimes if you let people do things to you, you’re really doing it to them.”
-Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects

Synopsis:
WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.[Goodreads]

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Gillian Flynn does it again. She made me completely question the sanity of her characters and her as a person. I did not think such a thing would be possible more than once. My review is going to be on the short side because not only is this a shorter book but because it is a thriller you want to go in not aware of pretty much anything.

Flynn crafted a story with intense characters that each have problems of their own. When Camille is sent back to her hometown after years to report on a possible rising serial killer, she is faced with family issues as well as the need to lapse back into her old habits. The way that Flynn creates and weaves together her stories leaves me completely shocked and slightly disturbed and Sharp Objects was no exception. You are left wondering who to believe and what is really happening in this small town, which seems to be hiding something. Not only is Camille trying to solve the questions of who murder these two young girls, but things from her past come back to haunt her and she must figure out the connection. Camille was an interesting character and had an intriguing issue. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat and although at times I felt that story lulled, I needed to know what was happening.

If you have read any of Gillian Flynn’s other work Sharp Objects will not disappoint. Her writing style is fantastic and gives you just enough to keep you wanting more. I have to say that I slightly solved this one to a point although the end caught me off guard, I did not see the end coming. That being said I still enjoyed Gone Girl more even though this was not a bad book at all . It was fantastic and I think that if you have never read any of Gillian Flynn’s work before you should definitely pick up any of her books. She has a way with psychotic, manipulative, and outright insane characters that are sure to leave you questioning everything and everyone.

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward | Book Review

42899DARK LOVER BY J.R. WARD

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

“You’ve won the evolutionary lottery: You’re a vampire. Let’s go to Disneyland!”
-J.R. Ward, Dark Lover

Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood

Synopsis: 
In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.[Goodreads]

review

I have to admit I was very hesitant to pick up and read this book. I have never really been big on romance books. I feel so many of them lack a plot and story line other than the relationship and the sexy times. Being a paranormal romance I thought it might provide more of what I want and enjoy, but I was nervous that it would be corny and ridiculous like Twilight because it is about vampires. This book completely surprised me and proved to be an absolutely amazing, action packed and well written novel.

The world that was created by Ward was so complex, detailed and flushed out. I absolutely loved the world and development of the vampire aspects. The vampire society has intricate hierarchy and workings. There are also slayers that are not like the normal slayers we think of when thinking vampires. The slayers are a created society of soulless beings that give up their souls to live longer and are geared to destroy the vampire community. The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a selected group of male vampires that are there to protect their society and other civilian vampires. I did feel like it took awhile to get to the explanation and in depth understanding of the world and all aspects of it. You subtly learn about the world up to that point, but I felt there was a lot of stuff that was left unsaid and I might have been confused if I didn’t read through the glossary at the beginning of the book.

I really enjoyed that the book was written in multiple points of view, it really gave the story depth and was a driving force making the book a quick and captivating read. With the multiple povs you were introduced to many characters and learned the back story and information in more clarity because you were getting it from all sides. I also enjoyed that you learned and followed the story of all the characters and not just the main characters. I loved Beth! I thought she was a great strong female character that was independent and knew what she wanted. Her relationship with Wrath was fabulous and you really got sucked into their intense love. Wrath went through some great character development and growth. It doesn’t hurt that he was a strong and beautiful man. I fell for so many of the Black Dagger Brotherhood members. They are just my type of guy, tall, rugged, sexy filled with tattoos and personality. I don’t know which one I like the best. I was a huge fan of Rhage, but also really love Wrath! All of the BDB guys really made the book for me. It added a whole other aspect to the story than just a love story. There was action, suspense and drama.

Overall this was a unique and well developed world that allowed for an action packed story that was more than just a hot and steamy romance. It has amazing, hilarious, sassy, strong and sexy main characters and secondary characters. The story was complex and was so much more than I expected it to be. The book was gripping and had so many elements involved that I could not put the book down. It did have some steamy sexy times so this is definitely for mature audience, but there was more content than just sexy times. I can’t wait to pick up the next books so I can learn more about all the other guys and their love lives!

5s

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn | Book Review

Gone_Girl_(Flynn_novel)GONE GIRL BY GILLIAN FLYNN

Genre: Adult, Mystery/Thriller

“We weren’t ourselves when we fell in love, and when we became ourselves – surprise! – we were poison. We complete each other in the nastiest, ugliest possible way.”
-Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

Synopsis:
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?[Goodreads]

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I am going to start this review by saying it is going to be rather short because I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about this book and I am afraid I might share spoilers. With this being a mystery/psychological thriller you really want to go into knowing very little and any spoilers can ruin the story because there is so much suspense and twists.

“Gone Girl is one of the best ­and most frightening ­portraits of psychopathy I’ve ever read. Nick and Amy manipulate each other ­with savage, merciless and often darkly witty dexterity. This is a wonderful and terrifying book about how the happy surface normality and the underlying darkness can become too closely interwoven to separate.”
—Tana French, New York Times bestselling author of Faithful Place and Into the Woods

Tana French has summed up this book better than I ever could. On the surface this book is a love story. About a couple dealing with the problems that come with marriage and how being past your prime and dealing with unhappiness in life can transfers over to the relationship. Flynn has crafted a beautifully dark and intense story that looks past the surface layer and lets you into the inter workings of Nick and Amy. There were times throughout the story that I sure did question Flynn’s sanity. The way the story was put together and unfolded was fantastic. As with all mysteries I tried to figure out what had happened and just when I thought I had an idea of what was going on, Flynn threw a twist at the story and changed everything. The way she plays with the characters flaws, enhance the suspense because you get to a point where you aren’t sure what to believe. The characters were brilliantly crafted and really are messed up.

Overall this was a wonderfully devious story that makes you question the sanity of not only the characters, but the author as well. Gillian Flynn is absolutely brilliant. Her writing and story telling is fantastic and created a superb mystery/thriller. I highly recommend this book  and would definitely say that you should read it before you see the movie because I don’t think it would create the same atmosphere and brilliance if you know what is to happen.

RATING-3

Inspire by Cora Carmack | Cover Reveal

We are thrilled to bring you the cover for Cora Carmack’s INSPIRE! INSPIRE is a New Adult Paranormal Romance novel and is due to be released on December 15, 2014!

 

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About INSPIRE:

Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.

 

 

HeadshotAbout Cora Carmack:

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

 

 

 

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The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch | Book Review

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THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA BY SCOTT LYNCH

Genre: Adult Epic Fantasy

“There’s no freedom quite like the freedom of being constantly underestimated.”
– Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora

Series: Gentleman Bastard

Synopsis: 
In this stunning debut, author Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is one part “Robin Hood”, one part Ocean’s Eleven, and entirely enthralling…

An orphan’s life is harsh — and often short — in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains — a man who is neither blind nor a priest.

A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected “family” of orphans — a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards. Under his tutelage, Locke grows to lead the Bastards, delightedly pulling off one outrageous confidence game after another. Soon he is infamous as the Thorn of Camorr, and no wealthy noble is safe from his sting.

Passing themselves off as petty thieves, the brilliant Locke and his tightly knit band of light-fingered brothers have fooled even the criminal underworld’s most feared ruler, Capa Barsavi. But there is someone in the shadows more powerful — and more ambitious — than Locke has yet imagined.

Known as the Gray King, he is slowly killing Capa Barsavi’s most trusted men — and using Locke as a pawn in his plot to take control of Camorr’s underworld. With a bloody coup under way threatening to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the Gray King at his own brutal game — or die trying…[Goodreads]

review

I don’t even have words right now! This book exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds. It literally was a book of many firsts for me. This novel is the first “adult” book I have read, finished, understood and LOVED! It kept me hooked the whole way through, answering questions before I knew I had them, making me laugh more than I think I have ever laughed during reading a book and was the first time I have ever screamed at a character in a book. I have always kept the yelling, screaming and comments of ” why are you doing that”, “No! don’t do that” etc. to a character in my head. But this book had me so invested and flustered that the trickster was being tricked that I literally screamed out loud at my book. (It’s times like this that I am happy I live alone so no one can look at me funny for the fact that I was talking to my book). Scott Lynch writing was fantastically snarky and witty and I fell in love within the first few pages. I do not think I even have a bad thing to say about this book. There were things throughout that I kept note of an issues that I found, but he resolved all the problems I had by the end of the book.

The Lies of Locke Lamora was highly entertaining and props to Lynch for the style of writing that was so intriguing and beautifully laid out. He tells part of the story and then switches to events in the past that help develop the world, issues and characters brilliantly.  The world building was absolutely amazing and Lynch has a wonderful way with details. (If you have ever read a blog post of mine before or know me at all you would know that I am a big stickler for details.) I also have to say the best part about “adult” novels is the language used. And Lynch sure made use of his curse vocabulary! I have to say I loved that the word ” jackassery” was used!

“I’m fucking serious, man. Dip your wick. Drop your anchor. Go see a lady about a sheath for a dagger. You’ll feel better.”

This novel has everything from thieves, fighting, comedy, death, revenge and some badass characters that never let up throughout the novel. I highly recommend this to anyone, especially if you enjoy beautifully written epic fantasy with lots of swearing and snarky characters! 

““The only constant in the soul of man is inconstancy; anything and everything else can pass out of fashion-even something as utilitarian as a hill stuffed full of corpses.”

RATING-3