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Review: Runes of the Dokkrsdottir by Bjorn Leesson

Set in the age of Vikings, the main character, Myrgjol, is unlike others her age. After battling and losing loved ones, she ventures farther out to the Saxon lands, eventually culminating in a battle unlike any she had faced before.

I love historical fiction books, especially those set in Viking culture. There is something unique and fun about that time in history (at least to read). The author did a fantastic job building Myrgjol’s character from an infant to a woman. We spend a little bit of time at significant ages and get to explore her growth along with the other characters.

Many characters were well fleshed out, and I could see the story unfolding. There were so many ups and downs that propelled me to keep reading. I needed to know what would happen next.

Unfortunately, the ending felt like a different story. Without giving any spoilers, I think that the story took a detour to something unexpected and unwanted. I didn’t hate the ending, but it wasn’t my favourite choice for where this story was headed.

It was still a really fun read, and I would be interested in reading the next installment. So, if you like Vikings, this is worth reading.

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REVIEW: Dissonance of Bird Song by Alexandra Beaumont

Starting in a small village, we awake with the main character, Eseld, while her twin is asleep. Eseld feels the ocean’s pull but cannot live without the myst that the birds bring. Unfortunately, every year, fewer birds return, creating a disturbing number of people sent to the pits. Eseld must escape to the ocean to save her sister and the birds.

The author does an amazing job of using folklore as the base for this book while building something entirely different. The world was crafted as the reader went on the journey with Eseld. We knew what she knew, giving the book the suspense and wonder it deserved.

Even though the druid isn’t in the book for any real length of time, he plays a pivotal role. He is easy to hate, yet Alexandra Beaumont gives his character such depth that by the end, the reader can see something that wasn’t there before.

Eseld changes throughout the story, but her main characteristic gets stronger – like her!

If you enjoy fantasy and folklore, this is an excellent book for you!

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Review: Black Rose Cocoon by AG Flitcher

Are people born evil? It seems as though this serial killer may have been. 

Black Rose Cocoon follows four main characters as a serial killer stalks them. Who loves targeting children? Each chapter is written from the perspective of one of the main characters. This technique layers the knowledge of events for the reader from all angles without being omniscient. 

Starting the story with a glimpse into the killer’s childhood instantly made me want to know what would happen next. Intertwining it with a criminal case kept me intrigued. 

So much heartache, death and destruction make this a great suspenseful read. 

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Review: A Fifth of the Story by Dr. Katherine Hutchinson-Hayes

A team of CIA agents are finally back home after another mission. The difference this time is that they are to stay on American soil. After a debriefing, they are attacked, leading Brock to question why.

A Fifth of the Story is an easy-to-read, action-packed book. Reading it was like watching an action movie, with gun fights, fires, and bombs, along with great dialogue that progressed the story and the characters’ relationships.

The one negative aspect of the book was how blind the main character was, despite being a CIA agent, to what was happening. I kept yelling at him to smarten up.

The reasoning behind the attack that takes centre stage in the book reflects the unfortunate reality of our society. Katherine Hutchinson-Hayes does an amazing job showing the differences in ideology that created the situation, making the book’s relevance to today’s landscape even more compelling.

If you like action-packed stories, this is one for you.

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Review: The New Empire by Alison McBain

The New Empire draws you in immediately. Why were the men there? Twenty years previously, the main character, Jiangxi, was sold into slavery. Life as he knew it was over, and what awaited him was yet to be determined. 

I enjoyed the storyline of this novel because it was refreshingly unique. There are many stories of slaves searching for their freedom and place in the world. The New Empire blended cultures seamlessly, creating an entirely new aspect of an age-old tale. At a time when communities are fighting to survive, this blend shows that time marches on, and we can either embrace it or fall. 

Each character was well developed, with the main characters experiencing amazing growth. I enjoyed that Onas didn’t just do a 180 and change; he grew in a believable way. 

The story was thought-provoking, relevant (even though it is set in the distant past), and emotional. 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. 

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