“Magic, at its heart, starts with sacrifice. You have to give up something to get something, and because magic is big, with all that it allows you access to, what you give up has to be big. It has to be meaningful.”
Within New York City lies a world of magic, the Unseen World. It is open only to those with magical ability, but the degree of that ability varies from person to person. Every twenty years this magical world must participate in the Turning— a series of duels between established Houses, their champions and various challengers, with the winner gaining control of the Unseen World. However, the Turning has arrived early this time around and there is something strange happening in the Unseen World; the magic is weakening. Sydney has seemingly come out of nowhere and proven herself as a force to be reckoned with. She is one of the few people who know what is occurring and why, and is intent on winning control in order to destroy the existing system. Continue reading “An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard”
“Five women go on a hike. Only four return. Jane Harper, the New York Times bestselling author of The Dry, asks: How well do you really know the people you work with?”
Five women compose one of two teams taking part in a corporate retreat, which has them setting off into the wilderness to navigate their way to the finish line. One of the women never makes it back, and the slightly different accounts told by her colleagues deepens the mystery of her disappearance. Federal Police Agent, Aaron Falk has a connection to the case and finds himself swept up in the investigation that takes him into an isolated region, which holds many secrets from both past and present.
“Later, the four remaining women could fully agree on only two things. One: No-one saw the bushland swallow up Alice Russell. And two: Alice had a mean streak so sharp it could cut you.” Continue reading “Force of Nature by Jane Harper”
Summer calls for page-turning reads to get lost in. Whether you are adventuring or enjoying a nice staycation, consider adding these wonderful books to your reading list. Continue reading “Five Books to Read This Summer”
“This was the line between here and there. No landwash, no vague intertidal zone, no undecided. She stood at the edge, a mass of instincts and yearnings and despair, while the dawn painted itself in around her, shade by delicate shade.”
Catching the Light is a lovely book that initially appealed to me due to its setting, with much of it taking place in a small fictional town in Newfoundland as well as the very real city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The story mainly focuses on two characters: Cathy, a talented young artist who is struggling in school and is an outcast in the community, and Hutch, a popular kid in school who is charismatic, athletic, and ambitious. Through alternating points of view we follow each of these characters over the course of a few years, from high school through university, as they deal with personal struggles, insecurities, obstacles, successes, and failures. Cathy desires, more than anything, to be an artist and to leave the small town of Mariner’s Cove, however her struggle with reading has set her back and there is a great sense of hopelessness and impossibility when she thinks about where she wants to be, and what she wants to achieve. Hutch, on the other hand, seems to have it all figured out with plans A through C, and to him it is just a matter of time before he is on his way to achieving whatever he sets his mind to. However, a tragic event changes everything and he is forced to reevaluate his future. Continue reading “Catching the Light by Susan Sinnott”
“I suppose I’ll need Jastra’s plan after all. Pity.
It would have been nice to avoid murdering anyone.”
The Queen of Sorrow concludes The Queens of Renthia Trilogy; a wonderful fantasy series and one I have enjoyed immensely. In this final instalment, the focus is on the political landscape of Renthia, and the dynamics between three very powerful women. Daleina is a queen who has settled well into her role, although she lacks the power of her predecessor. Naelin holds great power but lacks training, and her role as queen is one she never sought or wanted. The most important thing in her life is her children whose safety and well-being she puts above everything. And then we have Queen Merecot, the key antagonist in the story and who fast became one of my favourite characters. She is incredibly ambitious, humorous, and borderline sociopathic. Her intentions are slowly revealed as the story progresses and she kept me guessing more than anyone else. Continue reading “The Queen of Sorrow by Sarah Beth Durst”