Joan is 25 years old and she feels like her life is stuck. After being dumped by her long-time boyfriend, she finds herself working at a job that's not her passion, she's not using her English degree, not dating, not socializing, only going to church as an everyday activity and spending time with her family.
Safi is a Truthwitch, a rare and desirable power that lets her tell when someone is or isn't telling the truth. She has managed to keep her power hidden from those who would certainly want to take it (well, her) for themselves, and instead lives out a life of... crime?
"Strange" is the last name given to those who don't have last names. These nameless orphans, raised in a monastery, the product of war. Lazlo is one such orphan, who delights in the crazy stories told by a delirious monk about an ancient forgotten city that once was the focus of the world.
Lord Henry Montague, called "Monty" by his friends, has a poor relationship with his father (also Henry). The father is sick of his son's careless and wastrel behavior, and after he's kicked out of school, decides to send him on Tour in one last hope of making him into a man who can take on the family estate.
I really wanted to love this book. The cover is beautiful, obviously. Besides that, I love the idea. The countryside is taken care of by the Great Houses, which are literally houses spread about England. The houses have magic and a personality of their own, and only chosen Caretakers can channel their magic effectively.
Tales of Mundane Magic vol 3 continues the adventures of magical sisters Gertie and Bridget. While most chapters of the previous books are stand-alone short stories, this book is about a road trip and a mysterious magical statue they need to deliver to a persistent bidder... while having magical adventures along the way.
The ruthless army of the Angel Prince is conquering the Five Isles, one by one. Next is Gul Khana's turn, but where the previous king battled and died, his incompetent bully of a son trusts in his nefarious religious advisors that everything will go their way, so no point in doing anything about it.
Book review for : Writers Author : Deborah Harkness Rating : 2 stars Series : All Souls Trilogy, Book 1 It lingers, lurks, and lags It starts out with a promise. An adult protagonist, who is an analytical historian, who is also a witch. A witch afraid that using her powers will get her killed,... Continue Reading →