Sebastian Orwell did the only thing a smart wizard could do when he stumbled upon the wounded Crown Prince: he healed him and dumped him in a tavern where he could continue not being Sebastian’s problem. Unfortunately, the prince isn’t content with being alive, and he hunts Sebastian down to thank him personally. Not only is Sebastian stuck with the prince’s unwanted affections, he’s also confronted by growing evidence linking the assassination attempt to someone from his father’s past.
Lord Orwell is a lot of things: thief, liar, drunk, and all around horrible father, but Sebastian knows he’s no murderer. In order to prove it, Sebastian has to keep the prince alive long enough to discover the truth—a task made considerably harder because the idiot prince prefers wooing Sebastian over securing his own survival. On top of everything, Sebastian needs to save the day without revealing his magical powers and the real reason he hides his appearance.
Sebastian had no intention of playing the hero, but whoever is stirring up shit in his country will pay for destroying his quiet life.
Taken from book blurb
Length: 324 pages
Series: Family of Lies #1
Genre: Romance. Fantasy. QUILTBAG. M/M Romance.
Read As: Paperback.
Why is it a favourite?
Family OF Lies: Sebastian is such a breath of fresh air! The first time I read it, I DEVOURED it! I fell in love with the characters, the setting, and the romance between the main characters.
Not only is this book an amazing example of the fantasy genre but my god, the characters just jump from the page! Honestly I think Sebastian and Prince Turren are my favourite romantic pair 💕
There is snark.
There is sarcasm.
And there is a hard won happy ending, I may as well stop reading other books because Family of Lies: Sebastian is the perfect book for me.
Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.
Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomises the worst of the decadent court at Vere. But in the lethal web of Veretian politics, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen is caught up in a dangerous play for the throne, he must form an alliance with Laurent to survive and save his country.
For Damen, there is just one rule: he must never reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else . . .
Taken from book blurb
Okay, so I have been promising myself that I would write a blog post dedicated to this book or the Captive Prince series as a whole… and I haven’t. So it looks like this is the perfect opportunity to force myself to write about how much I enjoyed this book.
When one man’s courage is lost to his own anger, another will try to rekindle it—no matter the cost. Kaidyn is the son of the queen and a trainee officer in the kingdom of Sareen. He is also a Half-Blood—his father is from Iskandir, a neighboring kingdom which has been at war with Sareen for many years. Bitter and angry at the prejudice he faces, Kaidyn meets Sorin, a healer from one of Sareen’s most prominent noble families. As their relationship deepens, the war between Sareen and Iskandir grows worse. Not only will the pair inevitably become involved with the conflict one way or another, but Sorin is also hiding a secret, and time is running out for them both.
Kaidyn’s Courage is an emotional fantasy novel that at times had my heart racing and tears in my eyes. I really enjoy reading fantasy books that include QUILTBAG romances and Diana Waters has written an amazing book which delivers on all of these fronts.
I foolhardily started the book in my lunch break and was quite disappointed that I had to put it down and return to work. After this however, I was able to quickly devour the rest of the book in one sitting. Waters has written a really well paced novel that was not only really easy to read but made me want to keep reading. I found myself immersed very quickly and emotionally engaged with the characters. While I did read Kaidyn’s Courage quite quickly, boy did it manage to pack an emotional wallop.
Blurb: Aurora Rose slumbers in the city of Oldpass, a cursed kingdom once allied with Grimvein. The victim of a malicious spell, she is powerless to control her own fate. At least, that’s how the story goes.
Now, as Grimvein faces attack, Prince Amir has been tasked with the life-threatening rescue of Aurora, his parents hopeful he will marry the princess and secure safety for their kingdom. Talia, the strongest spellcaster in the known lands, protects and guides the prince in his quest to save a woman that threatens to change their lives forever.
In finding Aurora, the pair will realise the truth about themselves and each other, coming to understand just what—and who—they really want in life.
Death is nasty and not a little inconvenient. Being dead even more so. Especially when you’re tied to an amulet that has its own designs on the world. For the Princess Macoby the annoying ghost with the axe in his head who keeps hangng around is just plain irritating. Little do either of them know that the fate of the world is in their substantial and not-so substantial hands.
Jim Bibby has created a world peopled with real people, with real concerns. Their lives are not played for laughs, these come from Bibby’s acute eye for timing and sympathy
with human foibles/ This is a serious cut above your average humorous fantasy.
Once again I’m looking back at a fantasy book I have always meant to review. Shapestone is a humourous fantasy novel that plays off of the tropes and plot devices of the fantasy genre.
From what I remember, Shapestone is a not only a funny book but it is an entertaining one. Bibby does not sacrifice plot for humour which means that not only are you smiling and laughing throughout the novel but you’re engaged with the actual fantasy story.
Althalus, burgler, armed robber, is paid to steal a book by a sinister stranger named Ghend. Althalus sets off to the House at the End of the World where the book is kept. There, in the same room as the book Ghenddescribed, he finds a talking cat. What he can’t find as he turns around is the door by which he entered.
Back in the long long ago, The Redemption of Althalus was a book that was recommended to me by one of my high school teachers. I even think that they lent me the book so I could read it. Regardless of the recommendation I remember really enjoying the book.
The book has 913 pages and is huge! I do remember that it took me a while to get through the book, but I think I was just coming off of reading the Lord of the Rings, so I was used to the larger page counts.
Are you a blogger who keeps telling themselves you’ll get around to writing reviews, but then don’t. Do you write ‘review to come’ on Goodreads only to let them languish for years? Well then, the blog feature ‘Long Lost Reviews‘ is for you.
The aim of the blog feature is to start tackling your review backlog. Whether it’s an in-depth analysis of how it affected your life, one sentence stating that you only remember the ending, or that you have no recollection of reading the book at all. Let’s tackle your review backlog and dig up some long lost reviews!
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When Izgard of Garizon put on the Coil and crowned himself King, he set in train a course of tumultuous events that would reverberate around the continent. For the Coil must have blood. And the first blood to flow is that of Berick of Thorn, the legendary conqueror of Garizon. His son, Camron, wants revenge and knows that Izgard can only be stopped by force of arms. He seeks out the man who knows most about Izgard’s murderous hordes – Lord Ravis, a ruthless mercenary with a dark and secret past. And Tessa McCamfrey is about to become caught up in this dangerous and exotic world – with the piratical Ravis, a beautifully patterned gold ring and a role to play in the momentous events that unfold.
There have been so many books over the years that have left a mark. I was always an avid reader but it was in early high school that I truly became hooked. The below are just a few of the ones that have stayed favourites over the years.
Quick story run down: Sophie finds herself under a spell that transforms her into an old woman. Seeking a way to break the spell, Sophie tracks down the castle of the wizard Howl.
While at the castle she not only looks after the wizard and the castle occupants, but she begins to learn more about herself. Howl’s Moving Castle is a story of magic, mayhem, high fantasy hi-jinks.
Quick reasons why I love the book:
The Cover: Just look at that cover, how could you pick up this book and not read it?! For a while, the entirety of Jones’ books were released with covers like these and they were beautiful! I have made it my mission to complete my Chrestomanci collection with these covers.
Howl: The character of Howl just flew off the pages and made me fall in love. The interactions with him and Sophie also made my heart melt, and the book has remained on my favourite list ever since I finished it.
When I decided to read this, I had been devouring a lot of fantasy novels, however this novel proved to be above and beyond all that I had been reading. Family of Lies: Sebastian is a high fantasy book that follows the journey of Sebastian, a snarky wizard who unbeknownst to him, saves a Prince’s life.
For me, the best part of this novel is Sebastian himself. The character is just so snarky and wonderful, you will find it difficult not to sit there with a big silly grin on your face. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a funny, high fantasy novel that makes you laugh almost as much as it makes your sigh.
Words cannot express the sheer brilliance of Terry Pratchett’s imagination.The back catalogue of this man is not only large but his most well known work, the Discworld series spans across over 40 books. The distinct and different style that is distinctly Pratchett’s is one that blends comedy with high fantasy. While certainly taking place in a somewhat typical fantasy world, the Discworld series is one that is full of magic, adventure and a dastardly sense of humour.
Through techniques such as extensive and sometimes page long footnotes as well as a distinct characterisation, Pratchett weaves unique stories set in a vastly different world. To understand the scope of the world creation one simply has to look at the place in which the Discworld series is set, the Discworld. The normal day to day life of the Discworld is one that is as the name implies, on a disc. However, this disc is one that is held up by four elephants who themselves ride on the back of a giant turtle which is forever swimming through the infinite vastness of the universe.
Such imaginings are almost typical of Pratchett’s stories with other reoccurring stand outs including an oddly human Death personification, an orangutang librarian, the Night Watch and the staff of the Unseen Wizard University. These characters and the magical stories that the novels weave are what have led to a very passionate fan base. Indeed the real value of this series is in how welcoming it is to new readers.
New initiates to the Discworld do not have to start at book number one and slog it out to the end, rather the way in which the series is written allows for new readers to start at any novel. Pratchett writes novels that sometimes do connect together or to past characters but often times, each new book is dedicated to a new bunch of characters with old characters being mentioned and interacted with occasionally.
With this in mind, it is with a small shove, that this blogger highly recommends that a Pratchett book be picked up and read, post haste!