#Review: The Viper’s Nest by Tate James @TateJamesAuthor

If you missed my review of the first three books in this series then you can check them out by following the link below.

Book One – The Vixen’s Lead
Book Two – The Dragon’s Wing
Book Three – The Tiger’s Ambush

Description

Betrayal has forced us on the run. Evading the very man I considered my family, the organization I once considered good. In hiding, I need to master my new power and find peace with my bonded guardian–or risk exposure.

But my heart can’t accept the events that led us here. I need answers. Closure.

An olive branch is offered and another trap is sprung. While my relationships grow stronger by the day, new tensions arise and ghosts of my past appear. But can anyone be trusted?

I’m Kit Davenport and I didn’t see that one coming.

Review

The Viper’s Nest focuses heavily on the relationships Kit has with her six dianoch. This book leaves the paranormal plot in the background a little as we see her strengthen her bonds with the men which can only mean one thing. Lots and lots of glorious sex!

Yes I know, some people are only in it for the plot (What?!) I hear you gasp in horror, Honestly while I am huge fan of the paranormal plots, a book like this to break up the heaviness of the story (which is a bloody fantastic story btw) really is a pleasure and seeing how our main character feels, her emotions growing and changing, especially as she takes on the magic of each of the men is incredible to me.

And, let’s just be honest here, I love some solid and enjoyable sex scenes and this book is just crawling with them. High five to Tate James!

I love that Kit swears like a trooper, she’s a lot like me for that, you go girl. Kit goes against a lot of the normal female stereotypes for novels in any genre actually. She’s sharp witted, dirty mouthed, not ashamed to want multiple men and have them and she’s a powerful being. She also knows when she needs support and doesn’t shy away from that. I really do love her, my kind of gal.

Oh and yet again the ended in a way that had me screaming, screeching and wanting to tear my bloody eyes out so yeah..thanks for that Tate!

I’m very excited for the next installment but also quite apprehensive as I know we’re nearing the end and I really don’t want this series to end…Tate please don’t do this to us…please?!

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TitleThe Viper’s Nest
Series: Kit Davenport #4
AuthorTate James
Genre: Reverse Harem | Romance | Paranormal Romance | Romantic Suspense | New Adult | Dragons | Magic
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 27 February 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 287
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#Review: The Tiger’s Ambush by Tate James @TateJamesAuthor

If you missed my review of the first two books in this series then you can check them out by following the link below.

Book One – The Vixen’s Lead
Book Two – The Dragon’s Wing

Description

My quest for answers is what’s led me here. Here, to the edge of civilization where shifters are free from persecution and able to live in peace. Or, at least they were until I arrived. In the aftermath of the trouble I brought, one man holds the answers I seek so desperately.

Whether he will part with his secrets, that’s another matter.

This world is not what I always thought it to be and someone is doing their best to kill us all; when accidents continue to happen I must consider the possibility that someone I love is setting me up. With the fate of the world at stake, I must face the demons of my past or risk being consumed by them. But this time, I’m not alone.

I’m Kit Davenport and this is going to leave a mark.

Review

Tate James what are you doing to me woman?! This book was my last read of 2017 and continues the Kit Davenport series with some serious drama. We have horrendous attacks, kidnappings, and suspected betrayal as Kit uncovers more information about who she is and where she comes from.

Then there is her relationship with the guys, which just gets, well, hotter and more frustrating. She’s got the guys she’s attached to already, completely all-in with them. Then there’s poor Wes who doesn’t seem to have any luck when it comes to Kit, but she wants him…she wants him bad.

My favourites though, Austin, moody, grumpy, full of attitude Austin. Yeah we get much more of him in this book and all I can do is thank Tate for that because he is just a pleasure to read, a real pleasure…I like him in case you missed that!

My other favourite is, Vali, the bad boy mob boss dragon shifter who just has everything I look for in an alpha when I’m reading and although there wasn’t much of him in this book where he appeared was perfection.

Finally, the ending! OMG! Tate James is masterful at her cliffhangers…I’m just dangling here…just friggin dangling.

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TitleThe Tiger’s Ambush
Series: Kit Davenport #2
AuthorTate James
Genre: Romance | Paranormal Romance | Romantic Suspense | Reverse Harem | New Adult | Dragons | Magic
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 29 December 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 297
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#Review: The Dragon’s Wing by Tate James @TateJamesAuthor

If you missed my review of the first book in this series then you can check it out by following the link below.

Book One – The Vixen’s Lead

Description

I should have known my quest for vengeance would eventually be my downfall. I should have been more careful, more paranoid–but I’m glad I wasn’t. Who knew that getting caught for my crimes would lead to so much happiness?

But joy can be fleeting…

It turns out, this battle is only just beginning. With ultimate power on the line, my faceless enemies will stop at nothing to capture me, dead or alive. I need to master my abilities, fast, or this could be the end for someone I care far too deeply about.

I’m Kit Davenport and this is going to be a bumpy flight.

Warning: This is a reverse harem story with sex, violence and swearing.

Review

Holy-Freakin-Moly, it’s hard to beat the kind of wow factor that the first book in this series had, but this book really had everything I wanted and more.

Kit is tenacious, feisty, and doesn’t let anything get to her whatever the situation. As she learns more about her strengths and supernatural powers in this book she also grows closer to her men. Relying on them for support to grow and become the woman she’s meant to be. Each of the men wants to protect her but they allow her to be the strong woman she is and help her face the challenges coming her way, they support her with the investigation into her past to find out about her future.

Somebody new enters the fray in this one, somebody already connected to the group that we didn’t know about who Kit feels drawn to, who is connected to Kit but tensions run high when he steps into the light. His presence adds an interesting dynamic and I couldn’t help but enjoy seeing how he implanted himself and I’m looking forward to seeing how his storyline develops.

Finally…Dragons, yay, Dragons. We all know, put dragons in a story and I’m happy.

Tate James, has absolutely nailed this continuation of the series, can’t wait to get my teeth into the next part of the series, seriously, this is such good stuff.

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TitleThe Dragon’s Wing
Series: Kit Davenport #2
AuthorTate James
Genre: Romance | Paranormal Romance | Romantic Suspense | Reverse Harem | New Adult | Dragons
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 1 November 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 384
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#Review: The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams @sennydreadful @headlinepg

If you missed my review for book one in this trilogy The Ninth Rain…check it out today.

Description

 

The Ninth Rain has fallen. The Jure’lia are awake. Nothing can be the same again.

Tormalin the Oathless and the fell-witch Noon have their work cut out rallying the first war-beasts to be born in Ebora for three centuries. But these are not the great winged warriors of old. Hatched too soon and with no memory of their past incarnations, these onetime defenders of Sarn can barely stop bickering, let alone face an ancient enemy who grow stronger each day.

The key to uniting them, according to the scholar Vintage, may lie in a part of Sarn no one really believes exists – a distant island, mysteriously connected to the fate of two legendary Eborans who disappeared long ago.

But finding it will mean a perilous journey in a time of war, while new monsters lie in wait for those left behind.

Join the heroes of THE NINTH RAIN as they battle a terrible evil, the likes of which Sarn has never known.

Review

I have been anxiously awaiting The Bitter Twins, desperately wanting to know what happens next in the story that Jen Williams so masterfully started weaving in The Ninth Rain. At the beginning of The Bitter Twins, Williams catches us up on where everybody is successfully without needing to do a recap chapter which I really like about the way she writes.

We move around the characters in this novel who are mostly separated fighting different battles, investigating different avenues, and discovering new things to help in the fight against the Jure’lia. Then of course we have Hestillion who is now with the enemy, will she fight back or will she cross over? I didn’t like her much in The Ninth Rain but her personality develops wonderfully through The Bitter Twins to become one of my favourite characters this time around.

We meet new characters, some fleeting and some more permanent members, one of those that really dug a hole into my heart Eri, an Eboran teenager, by which he was a few hundred years old, you know how those Eborans are! The way he starts in the book then integrates into the group is incredible and again a testament to Williams writing that a brand new character can become so important to you by the end of the book when there is already such a vast cast to choose from.

The existing cast are bonding with their war beasts and we definitely start to bond with them as well, they have very individual personalities of their own and their were some I loved more than others. I found myself more connected to Noon and Tor, they are a pair who need a good kick up the backside most of the time but there is something incredibly special about them and as they investigate the origins of the Eborans before the war really kicks off I had a lot of lump in throat moments.

Aldasair and Bern are so special and would make everybody coo over them in our world.  Funnily Vintage who was by far my favourite character in The Ninth Rain, irritated me in this book, I’m not sure what changed but I just didn’t connect with her this time around.

Overall, the world building continued to blow my mind, the battle scenes for the most part moved to the sky in this novel and were incredibly vivid, my brain was creating them as I was reading and it was epic. The Bitter Twins has shocking twists that leave you gasping; with love, betrayal, friendship, and The Ninth Rain war really kicking off.

A huge thanks to Jen Williams and Headline for the eARC of this book in return for my honest review.

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TitleThe Bitter Twins
SeriesThe Winnowing Flame Trilogy #2
Author: Jen Williams
Genre: Fantasy | Magic | Epic Fantasy | Dragons | Sword & Sorcery
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: 8 March 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 624
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Most Popular Reviews 2017: Made in the Image of the Goddess by Chantelle Griffin @Legacy_Zyanthia

This week, I am sharing the five most popular reviews this year by visits to the blog. Thank you to all of you for visiting and supporting me, and the blog, but most importantly your support for all of the authors I’ve featured.

I was so pleased to see this one appear, Made in the Image of the Goddess is a self-published fantasy by Australian author Chantelle Griffin and the first in the Zyanthia series, my review was published 27 July. I have the next two books in the series to read and I will get to them soon I hope as this first one was fantastic!

Description

Saranon glanced up at the dragons as they flew overhead. The hour of darkness covered them as she watched on. She waited as Pennie examined the stone. It formed part of the shield locking them inside the camp. Shouts rang out on the other side. ‘Is that Galven?’ Pennie asked.

She nodded in reply. A twig broke on the muddy ground. ‘We have company,’ she said.

A lone sorcerer. Just one, but that was enough to give them away. Pennie ran for fear of being caught, while Tasha stood gazing out into the distance, ‘One day that will be us.’

Enter an epic tale of sword and sorcery. More than two hundred years ago a powerful sorceress freed her people then vanished. As time passed truth turned into myth and myth became legend. The time has come again. Saranon must claim her rightful place before Zyanthia falls.

Review

The first book in the Legends of Zyanthia series, Made in the Image of the Goddess see’s Saranaon take on the powers of the Angeon a powerful sorceror. But at just 15 and having been a captive most of her life she struggles at managing the power and now she is exiled from her home and away from her friends and so she needs to find someone to train her and somewhere to call home.

Her quest see’s her crossing borders meeting new people, and running from and to wizards.

Saranon was a wonderful blend of powerful sorcerer and confused teenager. Chantelle Griffin found the balance between the two so that she didn’t become this cocky powerful kid like can sometimes happen in this novel. She was unsure of herself but over time came into her powers and learned what she needed to do.

Different characters came and went through the book and sometimes I felt some were so fleeting that I hope in future books they come back as I really connected with some of them. Anthony and Jedd were two such characters, they both offered Saranon a lot of help at different points in the story and I felt so connected to them and would love to see them again and see their characters develop further.

Pennie and Jacob are childhood friends of Saranon who I think are destined to play a larger role in her story, Pennie especially seems to have her own motives and these don’t necessarily run parallel to Saranon’s but she is an interesting character and I feel like there is a bigger story surrounding Jacob and his involvement with them both.

Mitch is a wizard, a human who can do magic, and he becomes accidentally bonded to Saranon. but it’s not all sweetness and light and he is a few years older than her.  I really liked Mitch and I’m looking forward to learning more about him, I feel like he has a lot of hidden depths and could be the one person who can do the best job at helping Saranon achieve her potential.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, the fighting, the magic, the dragons it all came together in a wonderful introduction to this world and I am really looking forward to what comes next.

A huge thank you to Chantelle Griffin for my signed copy of this novel so that I could read and honestly review it. I will be treasuring it!

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TitleMade in the Image of the Goddess
Series: The Legacy of Zyanthia #1
Author: Chantelle Griffin
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Epic Fantasy | Sword & Sorcery | Magic | Dragons
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 17 March 2017
Review Format: Paperback
Other FormatseBook | Hardcover
Pages:  226
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#Review: Raising Fire by James Bennett @Benjurigan @orbitbooks

If you missed my review of book one in this series Chasing Embers then you can check it out by following this link.

Description

Life isn’t treating Red Ben Garston well. He’s lost everything he once held dear, including the love of his life. Still, at least he escaped the clutches of a malevolent spirit bent on total destruction. So there is that.

Now Ben just wants to drink, and forget, and drink some more. But he can’t. Not yet.

Because someone is stirring up trouble. Someone who wants to unleash a powerful ancient magic that could bring the realm of mythology crashing into the modern world.

If Ben fails to stop them, the world will burn – and that’s the last thing he needs on his conscience.

Review

This has been floating around the top of my most anticipated books of 2017 since I found out it was being released towards the end of last year. Chasing Embers was one of my favourite books of 2016 and Ben Garston is one of my all time favourite characters partly because I have a huge thing for him, hey, no judgements people, if I want to crush on a dragon I will OK?

Raising Fire delivered everything I was hoping for and more. Moving us on a year from the events in Chasing Embers Ben is still torn up over losing the love of his life. He’s sunk further into the booze and is essentially hiding. But his life isn’t one in which he can hide easily and another faction are after his hide and this time it seems somebody else is looking to wake up all of the remnants.

Yet again Ben is faced with moral choices that leave his mind swirling, he is faced with battles that risk exposure to humans and breaking the rules of the lore. His advisor Von Hart is missing which isn’t helping his state of mind as he has nobody to turn to for advice. New characters are introduced in this book who offer a fresh perspective but in addition give us more questions around who can and should Ben trust.

Ben continues to get under my skin. He’s moody, drinks far too much, he bitches and moans. But he’s also thoughtful and really gives a shit about making the lore work, he gave his word hundreds of years ago and that means something to him. He loves fully and thoroughly and though other remnants look down on him for it he cares about humans and how the things the remnants do could affect them.

This is a solid urban fantasy and I enjoyed it as much if not more than Chasing Embers. I’m also over the moon to know there will be a third book to this series as I’m definitely not done reading about this amazing character.

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TitleRaising Fire
Series: Ben Garston #2
Author: James Bennett
Genre: Fantasy | Urban Fantasy | Dragons
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: 29 August 2017
Review Format: Paperback
Other FormatseBook | Audio
Pages: 416
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#Spotlight: The Last Dragon Rider by Errin Krystal @ErrinKrystal #Excerpt

Good morning lovely people! Today I have a treat for you, it’s release day for The Last Dragon Rider so I’m sharing an exclusive excerpt. This excerpt is from one of my favourite scenes from the book. It really tells you a lot about these characters so I hope you enjoy it!

I also have to draw your attention to the artwork which accompanies it. Errin Krystal has some fabulous artwork which I’ve been in awe of quite honestly, it has been done by an artist named Ryuutsu and you can check out more here.

If you missed my review of this amazing fantasy novel last week, you can catch up with it here. In September Errin will share more about her reading habits on The Bookshelf!

Description

Trained as an elite warrior from childhood, the elven crown prince Flintathriël fights to bring a stop to a war that began before he was born. With the aid of his betrothed Sairalindë, a skilled mage and dragon rider in her own right, they must find the Book of Souls – an ancient and mysterious tome rumored to have belonged to the god Hath’Raal.

When the missing book turns up in the hands of Mnuvae, the bastard child of the dead king, Flintathriël finds himself fighting to not only save his people from this new threat but also trying to keep Sairalindë safe when Mnuvae takes over the dragons in her attempt to win back the kingdom she believes is rightfully hers.

The love Flintathriël and Sairalindë share shines pure and true, but when the smoke of the battle clears, will their hearts survive the aftermath of war or will their love become a casualty that cannot be revived?

Excerpt

“So where is this book?”

 

She avoided his gaze, glancing about the room, scarlet bloomed upon her cheeks.

 

“Sivath would not take me down.”

 

Flintathriël could not stop the laughter that rumbled up from his chest. “The great hulking dragon was afraid to enter a haunted marsh!”

 

“Please, Flint, na’vahla, we must go.”

 

His laughter died in his throat. She wanted him to take her into that gods forsaken marsh. The place the gods had literally forsaken.

 

“Do not be daft, woman.” He held up his hand when she made to protest.

 

“No! You will stay here. I will go, you, na’vahleth, will stay here where it is safe.”

 

Her golden eyes narrowed, and she leaned back against her desk, her fingers drumming an irritated tune against the polished oak. “Stay behind? You must be joking?”

 

Flintathriël shrugged, tossed the papers on her bed, and stepped away from the bedpost. It was worth a try even though he knew she would never agree to stay behind. He stopped before her, and her features softened as he cupped her face between his palms, brushing away the dried blood smeared across her skin.

 

“Flint, I am careful. I did not go charging into Gahl-Raëlön unprepared.” She always saw straight through to that part of him that worried, that feared the day all warriors in the darkest reaches of their soul did. The last day. She always saw.

 

He pressed his brow to hers and closed his eyes, inhaling the intoxicating scent of her. Wildflowers and sweat and blood. Flintathriël reached for a loose strand of coppery hair, letting the silky strands slip between his fingertips, feeling the flecks of dirt brush across his skin.

 

“Saira—”

 

She felt the tension in his body as he leaned against her, his breath warm against her cheek, his eyes still tightly closed. “If anything were to happen to you—”

 

Sairalindë reached up and brushed the silver-white veil from his face. He slid one hand up the back of her neck, gently tracing the contours of her cheekbone with the other before sliding his fingers down to work the fastenings of her riding armor.

 

“You are my everything.”

 

About Errin Krystal

Errin Krystal - Author ImageErrin Krystal is a fantasy romance writer who has been writing since she was a small child. Her head has always been full of stories. She began work on her first novel when she was sixteen.

She lives with her family in regional Victoria, Australia, and works as a chef. In her quieter moments, she loves to indulge her passion for storytelling, basking in the joy that comes from creating vibrant characters, fantastical worlds and all manner of magical creatures. Dragons and elves, mages and warriors, troubled princes and beautiful princesses, romance, magic, and adventure can all be found in her writing.

    

 

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TitleThe Last Dragon Rider
Series: The Wild Realms of Véneanár #1
Author: Errin Krystal
Genre: Fantasy | High Fantasy | Swords & Sorcery | Dragons
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 9 August 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 100
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