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Monday, April 27, 2015

The Shadow Revolution , Crown and Key by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith

The first in the Crown and Key series is a blockbuster of non stop action and mayhem. London is besieged with evil and Simon, a scribe who is still learning, is the only one who can stop the growing darkness. When a young lady he once loved is murdered by a werewolf Simon vows to avenge her death and by doing so uncovers a frightening truth - its not the only one. In fact there are several dens of werewolves coming together with the goal of obtaining something from a local heiress, but what? Why would they want this simple girl, Imogen? When she goes missing her sister, Kate, a alchemist, goes on the hunt eventually teaming up with Simon and his mentor Nick.
Their discoveries will lead them to more surprising and horrifying discoveries as well as new allies in their fight against a rising darkness that is so powerful it has caused Nick to flee.
I really enjoyed this novel immensely and will be posting a review in a few days for the next book in the series, The Undying Legion.

The Great Bazaar and Brayan's Gold by Peter V. Brett

So everyone knows how much a love the Demon Cycle series by Peter V. Brett so I was thrilled when Netgalley gave me a review copy of The Great Bazaar and Brayan's Gold. This is a companion novella of stories that Peter couldn't fit (for various reasons) into the novels.
-The Great Bazaar is a story about Arlen and Abban that I think should have been worked into The Desert Spear as it has information that I think is valuable to the story or at least fills in a missing bit of info. Arlen returns with pottery from a desolated city for Abban to sell but while negotiating Arlen discovers that Abban might be able to procure a map to an ancient Krasian city that is holy and may contain more of the lost wards. Abban reluctantly agrees to this because he owes Arlen for not giving him vital information on a previous excursion.
-Brayan's Gold is about Arlen's first mission as a messenger but also to me it is his 'becoming a man' story as he defends his cargo from bandits even though he is sorely outnumbered and his companion has fled. It is also our first look at snow demons.
If your a serious fan of The Demon Cycle I highly recommend picking it up.