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Dnf – Rise of the Dragons by Morgan Rice – audiobook

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Rise of the Dragons (Kings and Sorcerers–Book 1)

From #1 Bestselling author Morgan Rice comes a sweeping new epic fantasy series: RISE OF THE DRAGONS (KINGS AND SORCERERS—Book 1).

Kyra, 15, dreams of becoming a famed warrior, like her father, even though she is the only girl in a fort of boys. As she struggles to understand her special skills, her mysterious inner power, she realizes she is different than the others. But a secret is being kept from her about her birth and the prophecy surrounding her, leaving her to wonder who she really is.

Just as Kyra is coming of age, the local lord comes to take her away. Her father wants to wed her off to save her. Kyra, though, refuses, and she quests on her own, into a dangerous wood, where she encounters a wounded dragon—and ignites a series of events that will change the kingdom forever.

15 year old Alec, meanwhile, sacrifices for his brother, taking his place in the draft, and is carted off to The Flames, a wall of flames a hundred feet high that wards off the army of Trolls to the east. On the far side of the kingdom, Merk, a mercenary striving to leave behind his dark past, quests through the wood to become a Watcher of the Towers and help guard the Sword of Fire, the paranormal source of the kingdom’s power. But the Trolls want the Sword, too—and they prepare for a massive invasion that could destroy the kingdoms forever.

With its strong atmosphere and complex characters, RISE OF THE DRAGONS is a sweeping, romantic saga of knights and warriors, of kings and lords, of honor and valor, of magic, action, adventure, destiny, sorcery, monsters and dragons. It is a story of love and broken hearts, of deception, of ambition and betrayal. It is fantasy at its finest, inviting us into a world that will live with us forever, one that will appeal to all ages and genders.

Synopsis from Google Books.

Dnf stands for did not finish and I most certainly did not finish this book. I tried. I tried so hard to listen to this but I just couldn’t. I got through a few chapters at the start but that was it. Maybe I’m just not an audio book type of person. It can be kind of hard to listen to an audio book when there are kids shouting and making a tonne of noise, the t.v. is on full blast and other general ‘home’ noises (my washing machine seems to be on constantly lately). So it could be that I just prefer the more traditional aspect of going off to a quite(ish) corner to read by myself. Atleast then I can just drop and run if there’s any disasters (usually spilled milk-sigh). Or maybe it’s because I can block out the noise better when I’m reading.

I feel bad about not being able to give this story a fair go but it wasn’t for the lack of trying. From the few chapters I got through, the story was alright but I can’t tell if it was because it was an audio book or if I actually just didn’t like the story. Maybe I’ll try it again if my house ever gets quieter (or is that wishful thinking).

Did you listen to this book? What did you think? Or what do you think of audio books in general?

You can get it for free (currently) on Amazon, here: Rise of the Dragons (Kings and Sorcerers–Book 1).

Well that’s all from me today. Don’t forget to, Read You Fools 😉

Charlie

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Bookish Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Bookish Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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This Sunday, March 14th is Mother’s Day in the UK and Ireland. So I have put together a list of thing’s I think would be great for any book loving Mummy’s out there (and this totally isn’t a personal wishlist of thing’s I want…wink wink!)

The Bibliophile Ceramic Vase: Collected Curiosities illustrated by Jane Mount and the Bibliophile Vase: The Writer’s Companion are so pretty! Can you imagine puting those beautiful bunch of Mother’s Day flowers (or a tiny hand picked bunch of daisies) into these pretty vases? What lovely pieces of decor to add to your bookshelves. You could have even put fake flowers in them and swap them out whenever you want something new. Or if your green fingered (which I definitely am not) maybe you could actually plant some small succulents in them.

How cool is this Led book lamp?! A literal ‘book’ lamp? And it has different coloured lights, a remote control and USB charging? So cool!

I couldn’t stop laughing at this metal sign That’S What I Do I Read Books I Drink Coffee And I Know Things Cat Vintage Look Metal Wall Decor

And to go with that sign, how about a cup of coffee (or tea) in this mug Book Lover Mug Gift, Bookish Gifts, Librarian Mug, Bookworm Mug, Yes I Really Do Need All These Books

What about a diy kit to make a magical book nook? Another piece of decor for your bookshelves Wizard Alley Themed Book Nook Shelf Insert – DIY Alley Book Nook Kit – Book Shelf Decor – Home Decor – Diorama. This would look so cool in amongst your favourite magical books.

I hope you liked my picks for bookish Mother’s Day gifts.

Well that’s all from me today. Don’t forget to, Read You Fools 😉

Charlie

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Frostborn: The Gray Knight by Jonathan Moeller – book review

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Frostborn: The Gray Knight (Frostborn 1), is the first book in a series of 15 books by Jonathan Moeller.

From the author of DEMONSOULED and THE GHOSTS, here is a new epic fantasy of high adventure, heroism, and daring deeds.

A thousand years ago, the last grandson of Arthur Pendragon led the survivors of Britain through a magical gate to a new world, a world of magic and high elves, of orcs and kobolds and stranger, darker creatures. Now the descendants of the exiles rule a mighty kingdom, peaceful and prosperous under the rule of the High King. 

But a shadow threatens to devour the kingdom. 

RIDMARK ARBAN was once a Swordbearer, a knight of renown. Now he is a branded outcast, stripped of his sword, and despised as a traitor. 

But he alone sees the danger to come.

CALLIANDE awakens in the darkness, her memories gone, and creatures of terrible power hunting her. 

For she alone holds the secret that can save the world…or destroy it utterly. 

The secret of the Frostborn.

Synopsis from Google Books.

Spoilers ahead, ye be warned.

I really wanted to love this book. It has everything I look for in a story; a fantasy land that’s full of a variety of creatures, a witchy or magical female character, a group setting out on an adventure/ quest/ mystery. However, everything seemed to fall short. There were parts of the story that I was really hooked into. The village/camp of the kobolds for instance. But there were other parts I felt were just full and anti-climactic. When defeating Qazzarl, it felt too easy or straight forward. Then there were parts that felt like they were heavily ‘influenced’ by other stories. Going underground into dwarf mines, which were currently inhabited by other creatures that will probably kill you on sight (Mines of Moria anyone?). Now I know and can appreciate when authors are ‘influenced’ by other authors and stories, and some can be very well written. But for me, this was just a bit too similar.

I also felt that Calliande earned her powers too easy. Nothing for ages, then we meet Alamur and bam, oh that’s how I do it. Even he was confused as to how she suddenly had her powers.

I liked the concept of this story and I liked how it leads itself into another book (or several, 15? Wow) but I don’t think I’ll be purchasing anymore of this series.

Have you read this book? Am I missing something or did you feel disappointed by it too? Would you or have you read the rest of this series? Maybe it gets better.

I gave this book a 3/5 on my goodreads.

Well that’s all from me today. Don’t forget to, Read You Fools 😉

Charlie

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T5W- Home Sweet Home

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February 3: Home Sweet Home
When reading, do you ever pause and say to yourself, “I want to live there”? I know I do at times! For this week’s Top 5 Wednesday, what are your top five bookish settings that you would like to move to? Worlds outside of our own are preferred, but if you want to say that New York sounds like home sweet home, go ahead! Credit to Laura for the idea behind this prompt!

For those of you who don’t know what T5W is, it is a blog post topic prompt in a group called Top 5 Wednesday on goodreads. Each Wednesday there is a new prompt and you talk about your top 5 of that topic.

Ok, so I know this topic was for the 3rd of February, but I couldn’t resist not writing this one.

Hogwarts

This may be a fairly obvious or popular answer, but I have always dreamt of going to Hogwarts. Stroling down to Hagrid’s hut and walking with him and Fang into the Forbidden Forest. Climbing the moving stairs to the astronomy Tower at night. Oh and the library? A giant magical library? With a restricted section? Yes please! Then of course the dungeons and the potions lab would be next. I may be a Hufflepuff but who wouldn’t want a potions lesson from the Head of Slytherin? Diagon Alley would be next. I would love to peek into all the windows and peruse all the magical shelves. Harry Potter Boxed Set: The Complete Collection (Adult Paperback): Contains: Philosopher’s Stone / Chamber of Secrets / Prisoner of Azkaban / Goblet … Phoenix / Half-Blood Prince / Deathly Hollows

The Shire

The Shire is probably another obvious one but who wouldn’t want to visit here. To walk through all the rolling hills. Looking at all the different doors to all the hobbit holes (does anyone else love looking at front doors? No? just me?). To be at a hobbit party, eating all that amazing food. To watch Merry and Pippin get up to hilarious hijinks and to watch Gandalf’s explosive fireworks display. The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set

Redwall Abbey

Old castles and churches buildings fascinate me. So to be able to wander around Redwall, looking at tapestries, talking to the mice and other animals. To be able to taste honey cakes and the other yummy sounding treats. Although, I would prefer to visit when they are not being invaded by rats, no thank you. Redwall

The Old Kingdom

The Old Kingdom. To cross the wall from Ancelstierre. To travel to the Abhorsen’s house and eat food while hanging out with the sarcastic Mogget. Maybe visit the Clayr in the glacier, except I don’t think I’d like to travel in a paperwing though.Old Kingdom Trilogy Box Set

Wonderland

Ok, there seems to be a common theme for me and visiting these places for the food. But I have always wanted to try a cake or mishroom that makes you as small as a mouse. To go to a tea party with the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter. However, I’m sure she’s lovely and all but I’ll skip the visit to the Queen of Heart’s, thanks. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (Penguin Classics S.)

What about you? Where would you love to visit and why? Is it for the food like me?

Well that’s all from me today. Don’t forget to, Read You Fools 😉

Charlie