Monday, 3 August 2015

Book Review: Bloodmoon by Ben Galley

Title: Bloodmoon (Scarlet Star Trilogy #2)
Author: Ben Galley
Date: eBook July 24th 2015
Synopsis: A Bloodmoon is rising… 
With Fell Falls put firmly behind him, Tonmerion Hark has only one desire: to make his way east and once again feel the soil of his Empire under his boots. 
But blood has been spilt. Machinations of the powerful foiled. Scores have been scraped in the desert sand and now they must be settled. A new power is growing in London, and it pines for revenge. 
Now that both Tonmerion and Rhin find themselves being hunted over prairie and wasteland, he and his strange new family put their fate in the hands of a travelling circus, headed straight for the shores of the Iron Ocean, and a ship home. 
There is only one truth: all will be settled on the night of the Bloodmoon.

Review: It started with Bloodrush...(and what a rush that was #sorrynotsorry) and rising from the ashes life must go on! I was a little excited for this book, I'd been looking forward to it since the end of Bloodrush and now I have post Bloodmoon blues.

The cover is beautifully errie....If you didn't get that blood would be a part of the book from the titles, then the cover sure goes a long way to fix that, seeped in shades of reds, with the great big moon rising up...oh wait could that be the bloodmoon?? I alos love the typography of Ben's name, so different from the Emaneska, its like the name here has grit.  But I digress...The book:

There's a difference sense of pace here, a different intensity, it's very much a journey book - across the Endless lands (America to you and me) helped, buy what better means, than a travelling circus. IN so much as this was a focus we also got to send a lot more time with the events happening in London (something I mentioned wanting more of), and get more from Faye queen, in a way where everything was gradually building up to the climax of not only this book but the s*** storm that is to come in book 3!

I had wondered where this story would go, so I was pleasantly surprised with the introduction of a Circus. I love a circus in a story, but it has to be one thats a little dark, that has a bit of edge to it, and when you have a circus of rushers it certainly has edge. I also like reading into certain things far too much, and one of the first literary encounters I had with Circuses was Darren Shan's Cirque Du Freak, and a lot of the time I was getting really similar vibes...there was even a character called Shan, and even if this wasn't a reference, it was a really nice throwback for me to experience when reading.

Being the second in a series the characters felt familiar. You had them and you went with them immediately like you already knew them. Merion is this great juxtaposition between the man and the boy he is. Rhin can't seem to catch a break and Lurker and Lilian....would you come on already! One of the great things about Ben's writing is his ability to capture everyone's voice really well, building up such a variety of characters and maintaining them throughout.

Without wanting to repeat myself too much from previous reviews, I do want to touch again on the magick system, which feels so fresh to read as it takes ideas of channeling magic and put's a fresh spin on to it. There's also a great guide in the back of the books, just in case you've lost your own rushing reference and need a reminder.

This is a fantastic series, which, if you've never read any of ben's work you really need to get on to. You won't be disappointed. The only disappointment I can foresee is the end of the series! Bring on Book 3

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Blog tour Book Review Frenchman's Creek By Daphne Du Maurier

Name: Frenchman's Creek
Author: Daphne Du Maurier
Publisher: Virago Modern ClassicsRelease Date: 16th July 2015
Summary: Jaded by the numbing politeness of Restoration London, Lady Dona St. Columb revolts against high society. She rides into the countryside, guided only by her restlessness and her longing to escape.But when chance leads her to meet a French pirate, hidden within Cornwall's shadowy forests, Dona discovers that her passions and thirst for adventure have never been more aroused. Together, they embark upon a quest rife with danger and glory, one which bestows upon Dona the ultimate choice: sacrifice her lover to certain death or risk her own life to save him.

Review: Having read Rebecca I was blown away by Daphne's writing she definitely has a way with words and I look forward to devouring more of her work. Frenchman's Creek starts very descriptive and it actually made me long for a holiday. I really do wish that Daphne was still alive, as based on the two books of hers that I have devoured I have a million questions on her inspiration. My oh my the way she writes with such imagery it is quite astounding to read. 

When I first met Dona I thought she was a stuck up princess but in hearing her story my thoughts changed. Dona is a woman longing for passion and excitement in her life. At 29 she has two children and a drunk of a husband, so I quite quickly understood why she decided to flee to the countryside. This is when I realised that my first assumptions were wrong as Dona enjoyed the simple pleasures in life with her children and alone.

I had to remember that this novel was written in the 1940s. The way the frenchman is described as a pirate and a thief etc was hilarious. It's funny how word of mouth in certain circles changes people's views. It's like they cannot think for themselves which is funny as they are extremely educated people. I loved the way he was written when he was with Dona he was like a completely different person altogether.

I don't want to ruin the story as personally experiencing the goings on was half the fun. There are so many themes in this novel and a few things I really wasn't expecting. What I did love was the love and friendship in Frenchman's Creek. The way Daphne writes it is subtle and alluring leaving more to the imagination as apposed to revealing all. I also like the fact the ending left you thinking....I truly cannot wait to get stuck into more of Daphne's novels. If you want to read a classic I will definitely recommend anything by Daphne.


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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Review: The Written graphic novel by Ben Galley

Title: The Written graphic novel (Eameneska #1)
Author: Ben Galley
Illustrator: Mike Shipley
Release date: 3rd Nov 2014

Synopsis: His name is Farden. They whisper that he's dangerous. Dangerous is only the half of it.

Something has gone missing from the libraries of Arfell. Something very old and very powerful.

Five scholars are now dead, a country is once again on the brink of war and the magick council is running out of time and options.

Entangled in a web of lies and politics and dragged halfway across icy Emaneska and back, Farden must unearth a secret even if he doesn't want to know, a secret that will shake the foundations of his world.

Review: I loved this book, and it's one of the series I encourage people to read. However I've never really read many graphic novels. It a form that I've wanted to get into for a while, and do I thought what better place to start than on some common ground.

Interestingly this is more a labour of love than many graphic novels out there in that the author felt so strongly about its potential to transition into this format he went and Kickstartered it himself...and voila!

The story is still there just as I remember, only stripped back so we're left with the core elements of the story. Like I said I've not read many graphic novels, so the form was interesting to read, built around the art, which sometimes made it difficult to follow, bit not so much that I was completely confused and I picked up the flow as I went along.

My favourite line was "Wait something is happening " though that probably means something to me.

There was this really fluidness to the art, both in its style (feeling a lot like water colour that would dissolve at any time) and in the way that the images, instead of being static, flowed into each other in a really creative way. It was a little jarring sometimes as you had to really look into the pictures to get the intense details within because they were so merged together and with such was little a bit tripy at times. I really liked the full pages not broken up by frames that held so much. I know I also say this a lot but some of the pages were so cool I want them as art on my wall...Mike do you do commissions!? 

I also love how the little tidbits from the beginning of the chapters were included because they were a great part from me and it was great to see how they were still incorporated into the book.

This was an enjoyable forage into the world of graphic novels, and a great tease to Bloodmoon out on Friday!...I hope the rest of the series can get treatment. If anyone has any suggestions of where to go next I'm all ears. I'm thinking sandman?

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