Review: Once Broken Faith (October Daye #10) by Seanan McGuire

Once Broken Faith

Publisher: DAW
Author: Seanan McGuire
Released: September 6th, 2019
Received: Own
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

Once Broken Faith is the tenth novel in the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire, and our chaotic knight is still going strong. And thank goodness for that! Though she still seems to have her talent for getting herself into trouble…

Following the events of A Red-Rose Chain, the realm is still reeling from some of the new innovations and changes made. And that means that a convocation of the monarchs is to happen. And since Toby was behind it all, she’s sort of being forced to attend. And we all know how well that is going to go…

Also, bonus points for us fans! This novel contains a novella titled Dreams and Slumbers. This novella is about Arden and her journey to wake up her elf-shot brother. You know the one I mean, it’s been a major point in the series as of late.

 

“If you wanted to be steel, you had to be steel every day of your life, until it came naturally; until you no longer had to beat yourself bloody trying to achieve it.”

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Review: White Sand Vol. 3

White Sand Vol. 3

Publisher: Dynamite
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Artists: Rik Hoskin & Fritz Casas
Released: September 18th, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of White Sand Vol. 3 through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

White Sand Vol. 3 is the third novel following the Sand Masters series written by Brandon Sanderson. The series has been a dramatic one so far, following Kenton on his progressing quest to bring the Sand Masters back to their full power. And of course, he’s going to try and do the right thing along the way. Which is turning out to be easier said than done.

Kenton had to grow up being looked down upon; thanks to his inability to control sand like his father or his fellow Sand Masters. And even now, when that has changed, Kenton finds himself fighting for respect. He may be the new leader, but he’s got a long way to go before he can bring his people back up to where they once had been.

This task would be much simpler if there weren’t assassins hunting him, or if he didn’t have to face politicians biased against the Sand Masters. But Kenton has faced worse, so while they may delay him, they certainly won’t stop him.

 

Side note: I saw Brandon Sanderson in person a couple years back, and I asked him about the White Sand series. He promised that he wasn’t done (that was before this volume had been started, mind you), and that he was open to working on more projects like this. I’ve been anxiously looking forward to any and all news since then.

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Review: War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi

War GirlsAuthor: Tochi Onyebuchi
Publisher: Razorbill
Released: October 15th, 2019
Received: BookishFirst
Warnings: Kidnappings, child soldiers
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of War Girls through BookishFirst in exchange for a fair and honest review.

War Girls is the latest novel by Tochi Onyebuchi, and is the first novel in a new series (of the same name). It’s the tale of two sisters thrown together by the means of war, and their different journies on the path to survival.

Set in 2172, the world has gone through climate change, has survived a nuclear war, and yet those lessons weren’t enough for humanity. With large chunks of the earth unlivable, the war still is a fact of life for many.

Nigeria is one such land torn apart by war. This is due partially to the lack of resources, but also the many cultural differences between the opposing sides. And this is the world that Onyii and Ify were born into.

Onyii is a warrior. She lives to fight. She chose war, but mainly as a way of controlling her life. She adopted Ify, and became the Demon of her people – fighting, destroying, and seeking revenge everywhere possible.

Ify was an orphan of the war, and Onyii took her in. They may not be sisters by blood, but they are sisters regardless. Ify loves her accent, a type of tech that she has to keep hidden. Until one day everything changes and she no longer has to hide the tech she loves. But at what cost?

Enyemaka is an android, one who was abandoned but then repurposed by the two sisters. It’s her job to take care of Ify. To teach her and make sure she’s safe. It’s a job she took to heart. And a job that she’ll do to her last.

 

“Other War Girls have gotten used to sleeping without their arms or their legs. But Onyii’s phantom limb haunts her in her sleep. In her dreams, she has all of her arms and legs and she can run.”

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Review: Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Ninth HouseAuthor: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Released: October 8th, 2019
Received: Own
Warnings: Abuse, drug usage/overdose, sexual assault, stalking, rape of child, drowning, gore, self-harm
Rating: Kitty Rating

Ninth House is the first novel in an all-new series by Leigh Bardugo. And it’s been getting a lot of attention – both because people have been loving it, and because it’s Bardugo’s first excursion out of the realm of young adult novels.

New Haven is a place of magic and wonders. It is also a place of horrors and corruption. And it is this world that Galaxy Stern, aka Alex, has to navigate. She’s been granted a wonderful gift; a full ride at Yale. But it comes at a cost. Those in the know expect her to use her talent to help them out.

Alex Stern can see dead people, which is exactly as traumatic as it sounds. But this opportunity at Yale might be her one chance to take control of her abilities. And her life. She doesn’t want to mess it up. But she’s also not going to look the other way when a murder happens. Not when she’s in a place to actually do something about it.

Darlington is the golden boy of Yale. He’s the Virgil to Alex’s Dante. He’s a classic good old boy, but with a secret twist. He’s been obsessed and fascinated with magic and the history of the town since he was a little boy. And he’s going to delve deeper than anybody else.

 

“’Incorruptible.’ When she saw that word she understood Darlington’s smirk. The dead would be raised, but as for incorruptibility, Grove Street Cemetery was making no promises. In New Haven, it was best not to hope for guarantees.”

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Review: A Red-Rose Chain (October Daye #9) by Seanan McGuire

A Red-Rose ChainPublisher: DAW
Author: Seanan McGuire
Released: September 1st, 2015
Received: Own
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

A Red-Rose Chain is the ninth novel in the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire, and it’s amazing to see our chaotic knight still kicking and getting herself into trouble. I’d like to say that this time the mess isn’t Toby’s fault. But she did sort of dive into it headfirst, so there’s that.

This novel brings the Kingdom of Silences into focus. They’re the neighboring Kingdom, and have never looked kindly on changelings or humans. Nor do they seem pleased about the change in rulership, if their declaration of war is anything to go by.

So once again our Toby has found herself in a position where she’ll have to try and prevent a war. But the situation is completely different from before, and preventing a war may be the easiest part of the situation.

 

“Sometimes the high ground is reserved for the people who think honor is more important than living.” (Seanan McGuire, A Red-Rose Chain)

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Review: Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger

Steel Crow SagaPublisher: Del Ray Books
Author: Paul Krueger
Released: September 24th, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of Steel Crow Saga through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Steel Crow Saga is the first novel in a series of the same name by Paul Krueger, and it’s as intense as it is brilliant. If you’re looking for a new fantasy series to get into, consider giving this one a try. It’s full of character driven plots, a magical world, and so much more.

In a world torn apart by battle, four characters must come together to find a way to forge a new path. By doing so, they hope to prevent the circle of pain and bloodshed from continuing. But the journey will be anything but easy.

Steel Crow Saga takes four characters, all of whom a very different from one another, and by rights all should hate the others, and forces them to do the unbelievable. This novel is an amazing fantasy novel, but it’s the characters who make this tale sing.

Tala is a soldier through and through. She lives for the battles, and will do whatever it takes to take vengeance for her lost family. She and her animal companion Beaky have a dark secret, one that colors every aspect of her life. And her life is forever changed when she is forced to guard a prince that is not her own.

Jimuro is the prince of Steel – and he’s bound to step up and lead his people. Unfortunately, he’s currently a prisoner in another nation. In other to bring the peace though, he’s allowed free and sent off with a military escort. Only, the whole trip doesn’t go as planned. On the bright side, the change in course has given him plenty of time to learn the truth about the world around him.

Lee is a thief, plain and simple. She’s smart as a whip and even more determined to survive. She’s one of the last of her kind – a people constantly stepped on by those who consider themselves better. But she won’t let their outlook on her life change her plans for the future.

Xiulan is a woman with many identities. Her preferred one is a detective, which is how she ends up with a master class thief. She hopes that Lee will help her find the person she is looking for, and start a change for the better.

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Review: Batman: 100 Greatest Moments: Highlights from the History of the Dark Knight

Batman 100 Greatest MomentsPublisher: Chartwell Books
Released: October 1st, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Batman: 100 Greatest Moments: Highlights from the History of the Dark Knight through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Batman: 100 Greatest Moments is exactly what you’d expect and hope for. This amazing book collects the 100 best moments in the beloved and sometimes controversial Batman we all know and love.

Saying that they’re going to collect the top 100 moments is quite a lofty goal, but I would say that they more than kept their promise here. I loved reading through this selection, and for a variety of reasons.

Batman: 100 Greatest Moments includes everything from the original origin story of Batman to some of the more modern-day plot arcs. Honestly, it was quite refreshing seeing some of the older plots once again, and of course the newer ones as well.

What I really loved about this collection is the way each moment is presented. There’s the obvious, of course. Listing everything out, and even including the images. But the book goes a step further – including as many pages as feels right, and even provides a few paragraphs of description and context. It’s perfect.

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Review: Requiem Infernal (Dark Coil) by Peter Fehervari

Requiem InfernalPublisher: Games Workshop
Author: Peter Fehervari
Released: October 15th, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of Requiem Infernal through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Requiem Infernal is part of the Dark Coil series, which will hopefully have more books added to it in the near future. Written by Peter Fehervari, the novel fits in with the world of 40K, with a delightful focus on the Adepta Sororitas.

If you’ve read any other 40K novels, let me just say that you need to lay down all of your expectations before picking up Requiem Infernal. This book reads nothing like all of the others – and that’s not a bad thing.

This novel read as a blend between 40K lore and a disturbing and disquieting horror novel. It had the best of both worlds, and told a tale unlike any other. The world and characters are captivating – even as their quest and the mysteries surrounding them give readers chills down their spines.

The Adepta Sororitas of the Last Candle live on an isolated island, on an isolated planet. And they like it that way. But that’s all about to change, as a desperate group of survivors are seeking their medical aid.

Sister Hospitaller Asenath Hyades is one of the Adepta Sororitas. But there’s so much more to her than meets the eye – though she would prefer that nobody else knows or recalls everything that she has seen or done.

Commissar Ichukwu Lemarch is one of the few surviving members of his company – The Exordio Void Breachers. They are his brothers. Even if they see him as an outsider, he’ll always consider himself part of their group. They are the family he has always sought.

Jonah Tythe is an Imperial Preacher. But like many others in this world, he is nothing and everything that he appears to be. His mission is his world, though it is one that he keeps close to his chest.

 

“’Truth is our first and lasting light’ Asenath recited. ‘Speak only as you see and seek to be, for all else is darkness.’”

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Review: The Princess Beard (The Tales of Pell #3) by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne

The Princess BeardAuthors: Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne
Publisher: Del Ray Books
Released: October 8th, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of The Princess Beard through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Princess Beard is the third novel in the Tales of Pell series, which is a joint project by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne. Together these two authors have created a truly inane and amazing world.

The Tales of Pell is a world full of fairy tales flipped on their heads, with dozens of stereotypes warped into the funniest ways imaginable. They stretch plots to their extremes and have oh so much fun along the way.

There once was a princess who fell to sleep thanks to a magical rose that cursed her. It was her second curse, which resulted in some interesting side effects. Now that she’s awake, she’s determined to change her destiny. And maybe save some otters along the way.

This novel is full of unique and brilliant characters, all quirky, silly, and utterly lovable. Morgan is the princess who woke up from a cursed slumber…and she wasn’t too thrilled about the massive amount of hair and nails she grew during that time. Though she’s cool with keeping the beard. And with becoming a pirate.

Vic is a centaur with a specific gift. He can summon tea and biscuits on a whim. But he doesn’t want that power – he wants to be all swoll and tough. And ideally, have everyone know exactly how manly and macho he is.

Tempest is a dryad, and now that she and her sisters have been newly freed, she has big plans for her life. That is, she’s got plans on how to spend the part of her life before she turns into a giant and blood-hungry tree. That part is already set in stone for her, and the rest of her kind for that matter.

Albartalus, aka Al, is the world’s worst elf. He doesn’t look or act like any other elf out there. Unless you count his talent for taking advantage of rubes. But he wants better for his life. He wants something new and better.

 

“Everyone loved dryads and drynads when they lived as slightly leafy humans, looking beautiful and healing folks of any ailment, but no one wanted to tolerate them when they were living the part of their life cycle that required them to be bloodthirsty trees.”

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Review: The Winter Long (October Daye #8) by Seanan McGuire

The Winter LongPublisher: DAW
Author: Seanan McGuire
Released: September 2nd, 2014
Received: Own
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

The Winter Long is the eighth novel in the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire, and this will surprise exactly no one, but Toby is still getting herself into trouble. What a shock, I know. At least this time it isn’t Toby’s fault. Mostly.

Everything was going well in the Kingdom of Mists, so naturally, that means something had to come along and mess all of that up. Or more accurately, someone. Enter Simon Torquill. Twin brother to Toby’s liege, Sylvester. He also happens to be a wanted criminal; one known for working with a renowned poisoner.

And if that wasn’t enough, he’s not the only one back to make more troubles for Toby and her family. Further proving that Toby has a way of getting herself into trouble. But this old/new antagonist made a mistake when they made it personal.

 

“Please don’t mistake villainy for evil. The two can exist side by side while remaining quite distinct.”

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