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Prophet’s Journey

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Sam reviews Matthew S. Cox’s Prophet’s Journey

About the Book

Prophet’s Journey; Matthew Cox
Young Adult; Science Fiction; 370 Pages

Division Zero Press (August 18, 2019)

Althea struggles to adapt to an unexpected twist in her life—not being kidnapped in six whole months.

The strange police from the faraway city claim the abilities she thought of as magic are really ‘psionics,’ and say she is far stronger than anyone they have ever seen. Despite their curiosity, they let her remain in the Badlands to protect her from an evil they call corporations.

Of course, Althea knows all too well how powerful her healing gift is. For most of her life, she’d been a prize taken in raids. Tribes have killed to own her, and she let them.

But the Prophet is done being passive.

Having a family changes everything. No longer afraid to use her powers to protect herself, Althea refuses to be taken again… even when corporate mercenaries find her.

About the Author

Originally from South Amboy NJ, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Since 1996, he has developed the “Divergent Fates” world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, The Awakened Series, The Harmony Paradox, the Prophet of the Badlands series, and the Daughter of Mars series take place.

His books span adult, young-adult, and middle-grade fiction in multiple genres, predominantly science fiction, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic, and fantasy.

Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, developer of two custom tabletop RPG systems, and a fan of anime, British humour, and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of humanity, reality, life, and what might happen after it.

He is also fond of cats, presently living with two: Loki and Dorian.

LINKS:
http://www.matthewcoxbooks.com/wordpress/
https://www.facebook.com/MatthewSCoxAuthor

Sam’s Review

Althea is the prophet. A girl with glowing blue eyes and a troubling past. A teenager(almost) with the mind of a six-year-old. And she is far from her new home. Far from her new family, and scared of the chance she may be sold into back into slavery and forced to heal people for a price. Don’t let the description fool you. Her innocent mind describes things much, much more adult than she lets on.

Definitely a post-apocalyptic book, somewhere in the post robot takeover, with a hint of fantasy from what I can tell. I have no idea if there is a predecessor, sadly. I do believe that there is, and I really look forward to continuing Althea’s journey.

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Sam reviews Matthew S. Cox’s Prophet’s Journey

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Also by Matthew S. Cox:

One More Run (The Roadhouse series, book 1)

The Redeemed (The Roadhouse series, book 2)

Dead Man’s Number (The Roadhouse series, book 3) (coming soon)

The Girl Who Found the Sun (Coming Soon)

Son of Sun

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Sam reviews Megan O’Russell’s Son of Sun

About the Book

Son of Sun; Megan O’Russell
Teen/Young Adult; Dystopian Sci-Fi; 286 Pages

Ink Worlds Press (May 7, 2019)

The ruins of the city hide secrets Nola never imagined and danger she can’t escape.

The domes seek to destroy anyone who might disturb their perfect sanctuary. They’ll watch the world crumble from behind their glass walls. But the world isn’t ready to die.

With the strength of Nightland and the ferocity of those left to suffer, the final battle begins. Survival requires sacrifice, and the time has come for Nola to pay the cost.

About the Author

Megan O’Russell is the author of several Young Adult series that invite readers to escape into worlds of adventure. From Girl of Glass, which blends dystopian darkness with the heart-pounding danger of vampires, to Ena of Ilbrea, which draws readers into an epic world of magic and assassins.

With the Girl of Glass series, The Tethering series, The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, The Tale of Bryant Adams, the Ena of Ilbrea series, and several more projects planned for 2020, there are always exciting new books on the horizon. To be the first to hear about new releases, free short stories, and giveaways, sign up for Megan’s newsletter by visiting the following:

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Originally from Upstate New York, Megan is a professional musical theatre performer whose work has taken her across North America. Her chronic wanderlust has led her from Alaska to Thailand and many places in between. Wanting to travel has fostered Megan’s love of books that allow her to visit countless new worlds from her favorite reading nook. Megan is also a lyricist and playwright. Information on her theatrical works can be found at RussellCompositions.com.

She would be thrilled to chat with you on Facebook or Twitter @MeganORussell, elated if you’d visit her website MeganORussell.com, and over the moon if you’d like the pictures of her adventures on Instagram @ORussellMegan.

Sam’s Review

The clock is ticking. The domes are no longer safe, as well as the city outside of the domes. Females within what is left of the crumbling world Nola was raised in are now being bred to raise population. Survivors of the attacks are being tracked as a corrupt government searches for Nightland and the traitors. Nola has opened her heart to love, at last, but can it stay that way when the new people they find, the Teachers and the Northerners, threaten them with bows and arrows? Or will it crumble away like trees under the touch of an illegal substance that the domes have resorted to?

The stakes are higher than ever, and so will your interest in the series as more secrets are revealed and people are hurt. Nowhere is safe, and Meghan O’Russell makes sure you know that.

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Sam reviews Megan O’Russell’s Son of Sun

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Night of Never

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Sam reviews Megan O’Russell’s Night of Never

About the Book

Night of Never; Megan O’Russell
Children; Dystopian Sci-Fi; 238 Pages

Ink Worlds Press (April 16, 2019)

Good and evil have vanished, leaving only power and death in the outside world. As fire and blood rain down on the city, a new foe appears amongst the flames. One who will stop at nothing to create the future the domes have dreamt of.

Those who have managed to survive beyond the reach of the domes are left with a terrible choice: to hide in safety, or fight against the monsters who slaughter without mercy.

About the Author

Megan O’Russell is the author of several Young Adult series that invite readers to escape into worlds of adventure. From Girl of Glass, which blends dystopian darkness with the heart-pounding danger of vampires, to Ena of Ilbrea, which draws readers into an epic world of magic and assassins.

With the Girl of Glass series, The Tethering series, The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, The Tale of Bryant Adams, the Ena of Ilbrea series, and several more projects planned for 2020, there are always exciting new books on the horizon. To be the first to hear about new releases, free short stories, and giveaways, sign up for Megan’s newsletter by visiting the following:

https://www.meganorussell.com/book-signup.

Originally from Upstate New York, Megan is a professional musical theatre performer whose work has taken her across North America. Her chronic wanderlust has led her from Alaska to Thailand and many places in between. Wanting to travel has fostered Megan’s love of books that allow her to visit countless new worlds from her favorite reading nook. Megan is also a lyricist and playwright. Information on her theatrical works can be found at RussellCompositions.com.

She would be thrilled to chat with you on Facebook or Twitter @MeganORussell, elated if you’d visit her website MeganORussell.com, and over the moon if you’d like the pictures of her adventures on Instagram @ORussellMegan.

Sam’s Review

Sam’s Teen Reads Corner Livestream for the Girl of Glass series by Megan O’Russell

Nola was bait once. She was beaten, betrayed, and put into danger more than once. She had found love with two men, both in their own ways breaking her heart, hardening her heart just in time for the climax of her story. She is in Nightland, under the influence of a life-saving drug that, instead of turning her into a vampire, a werewolf, or a zombie, made her into a superhuman. She is now stronger, faster both in running and healing. A force to be reckoned with, indeed.

Time is ticking, the domes are crumbling after her leaving. She cannot go back. Her bloodline is tainted. She is a traitor to the domes. She doesn’t care. People have died at the domes’ hands. The fires were only sparking and being fanned before, now they are growing.

I have a lot of praise for this series, this book in particular. As gripping as the other two, it almost feels like you are there with her. Filled with more danger, with little blips of humor, the series is close to the end.

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Sam reviews Megan O’Russell’s Night of Never

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Also by Megan O’Russell

Girl of Glass (book 1)

Boy of Blood (book 2)

Son of Sun (book 4) (coming soon)

Death of Day (Book 5) (coming soon)

Child Wound in Gold (Short story)

The Girl Without Magic (Maggie Trent, Book 1)

Our Bloody Pearl

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Sam reviews D.N. Bryn’s Our Bloody Pearl

About the Book

Our Bloody Pearl ; D.N Bryn
Adult; Fantasy Romance; 200 Pages

Avos Publishing (July 26, 2018)

The ocean is uncontrollable and dangerous. But to the sirens who swim the warm island waters, it’s a home more than worth protecting from the humans and their steam-propelled ships. Between their hypnotic voices and the strength of their powerful tails, sirens have little to fear.

That is, until the ruthless pirate captain, Kian, creates a device to cancel out their songs.

Perle was the first siren captured—but the only one Kian still keeps prisoner. Song muted and tail paralyzed, Perle’s hope for escape finally rekindles as another pirating vessel seizes Kian’s ship. This new captain seems different, with his brilliant smile and his promises that Kian will never again be Perle’s master. But he’s still a human, and a captor in his own way. The compassion he and his rag-tag human family show can’t be sincere… or can it?

Soon it becomes clear that Kian will hunt Perle relentlessly, taking down any siren in her path. As the tides turn, Perle must decide whether to run from Kian forever, or ride the forming wave into battle, hoping these newfound human companions will fight with them.

About the Author

D.N. Bryn began writing short stories in middle school and has yet to stop. They received their bachelors degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from UCSD, and enjoy a day job involving respiratory disease research. They bring their love for animals, science, and mythology into all their writing, and are passionate about creating inclusive worlds where a diverse array of characters can go on grand adventures without being hindered by social misconceptions based on their appearance, sexuality, or gender.

Sam’s Review

Introducing an incredible book about sirens and pirates by the name of Our Bloody Pearl. I loved this book, so without any further ado, I’ll explain why.

Perle has never had a name. In fact, no siren does. Sirens don’t have genders, either, so classifying them is a bit tricky. But they have been stuck on the pirate captain, Kian’s, ship for ages, with filthy and toxic water and a crippled tail. But when Captain Dejean takes Kian’s ship, Perle earns a name and a chance of peace between man and siren kind.

I loved how fun this book was. It was mostly about earning trust, despite the cliche bad-guy-is-offered-a-chance-to-be-good-and-dies part. I got vibes of saving a wild wolf meets The Little Mermaid. Incredible. And for the things I didn’t like, well, there’s nada in that department. If you love a good steampunk fantasy, then read Our Bloody Pearl by D. N. Bryn.

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Sam reviews D.N. Bryn’s Our Bloody Pearl

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Queen of Air and Darkness

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Sam reviews Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

About the Book

Queen of Air and Darkness; Cassandra Clare
Teen; Dark Fantasy; 912 Pages

Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reprint edition (October 8, 2019)

Dark secrets and forbidden love threaten the very survival of the Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare’s Queen of Air and Darkness, the final novel in the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling The Dark Artifices trilogy. Queen of Air and Darkness is a Shadowhunters novel.

What if damnation is the price of true love?

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. Their society now teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find there is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of the Shadowhunters before a deadly curse destroys them and everyone they love.

About the Author

Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices trilogy, and coauthor of the Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson. She also wrote The Shadowhunter’s Codex with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than 36 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.

Sam’s Review

This is it. The final battle in The Dark Artifices series. A thrilling end to the trilogy that encaptured my mind so many times. What’s the name of the book you ask? Well, none other than Queen of Air and Darkness

If you were bonded to somebody, but you were forbidden to love them because of it, would you do anything to break it? Even if it meant traveling to other dimensions, losing your family, and defying the rules? For Julian and Emma, this question is a reality. And it could affect the ones they love.

An exciting conclusion to the series, I loved how adverse love interests were. From boys with boys, girls with girls, it is truly inspiring. There were several questionable moments, but other than that, it was good.

There were several slow moments where I got bored. Also, the sudden shifts in point of view were slightly confusing, but those are the only things that I found wrong with the series. I’d recommend this to fantasy lovers of teen ages and people who love forbidden romance.

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Sam reviews Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

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Other books in the series:

Lady Midnight (Book 1)

Lord of Shadows (Book 2)

Lord of Shadows

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Sam reviews Lord of Shadow by Cassandra Clare

About the Book

Lord of Shadows; Cassandra Clare
Teen; Fantasy; 721 Pages

Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reprint edition (May 23, 2017)

About the Author

Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices trilogy, and coauthor of the Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson. She also wrote The Shadowhunter’s Codex with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than 36 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.

Sam’s Review

More Shadowhunters! In Lord of Shadows, Emma and Julian are still dealing with their bond problem. Things get worse when Annebel rises from the dead with the Black Volume of the Dead. Malcolm, dead, is a zombie, and a trip to the faerie realm only brings more trouble than they bargained for.

Rich and creative as ever, Lord of Shadows will draw you in. Easy to read, difficult to put down, and all-around pleasant. In some places though, it’s basically all aboard book train, leaving Pleasantville and entering What-the-Fudge Town. I recommend for readers of a teen read in level who can handle tense scenes.

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Sam reviews Lord of Shadow by Cassandra Clare

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Other Books by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight (Book 1)

Queen of Air and Darkness (Book 3)

Lady Midnight

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Sam reviews Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (book 1 in the Dark Artifices series)

About the Book

Lady Midnight; Cassandra Clare
Teen; Fantasy; 689 Pages

Publisher – Date published

The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

About the Author

Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices trilogy, and coauthor of the Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson. She also wrote The Shadowhunter’s Codex with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than 36 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.

Sam’s Review

A series of a series. Who would have thought? That is exactly what Lady Midnight starts. Well, ends. It depends on how you look at it. Shadowhunters are half angels who hunt and kill demons. And falling love with your partner is NOT allowed.

I loved this, and it is a very large book. Filled with major plot twists and Poe references, it was an interesting ride. However, there were very slow moments.

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Sam reviews Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (book 1 in the Dark Artifices series)

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Other Books in the Series:

Lord of Shadows (Book 2)

Queen of Air and Darkness (Book 3)

The Vixen Pederson Workshop

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Sam’s Teen Reads Corner reviews The Vixen Pederson Workshop by Maxine Sylvester

About the Book

The Vixen Pederson Workshop; Maxine Sylvester
Children; Christmas; 397 Pages

Amazon Digital Services LLC – November 15, 2019

Destination North Pole! Santa’s top reindeer, Vixen Pederson, is hosting a teamwork workshop—and Ronaldo has his flying goggles packed and ready to go!
In training for a sleigh race, the cadets must work together to win the ultimate prize—Jingle Bells! But Ronaldo’s dream turns into a nightmare when Cupid joins his side. She’s the worst flying cadet, ever! And his squabbling teammates are plotting to put her out of the race.
But Cupid isn’t who she appears to be. And when Ronaldo discovers she is the granddaughter of a world-famous flying champion, he suspects she is guarding a secret. And the only way to lead his team to victory—is to find out what it is.

About the Author

Maxine Sylvester was born in London, England. She grew up with a passion for Winnie the Pooh and Paddington Bear. She also loved anything Disney and enjoyed drawing the characters.
Maxine’s love of ‘fun’ art grew and she had the privilege of being mentored by cartoonist and caricaturist, Steve Chadburn. She completed further studies in children’s book illustration with talented artist and illustrator, Jan Nesbitt.

Sam’s Review

Sam’s Teen Reads Corner features two new books by Maxine Sylvester

Ronaldo is back! And this story follows the birthday of his best friend, Rudi, as they go to the North Pole, meeting new friends and learning new things about themselves. Cute and funny just like the others, the main lesson in this one is that it’s ok to accept the fact that you are different, followed by strength in numbers. I would recommend this series to young children who are animal lovers and holiday lovers.

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Sam’s Teen Reads Corner reviews The Vixen Pederson Workshop by Maxine Sylvester

More by this author:

Rudi’s Birthday Extravaganza (Book 3)

Ronaldo & the Phantom Carrot Snatcher (Book 2)


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Rudi’s Birthday Extravaganza

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Sam’s Teen Reads Corner reviews Rudi’s Birthday Extravaganza by Maxine Sylvester

About the Book

Rudi’s Birthday Extravaganza; Maxine Sylvester
Children; Christmas; 397 Pages

Amazon Digital Services LLC – November 15, 2019

Destination North Pole! Santa’s top reindeer, Vixen Pederson, is hosting a teamwork workshop—and Ronaldo has his flying goggles packed and ready to go!
In training for a sleigh race, the cadets must work together to win the ultimate prize—Jingle Bells! But Ronaldo’s dream turns into a nightmare when Cupid joins his side. She’s the worst flying cadet, ever! And his squabbling teammates are plotting to put her out of the race.
But Cupid isn’t who she appears to be. And when Ronaldo discovers she is the granddaughter of a world-famous flying champion, he suspects she is guarding a secret. And the only way to lead his team to victory—is to find out what it is.

About the Author

Maxine Sylvester was born in London, England. She grew up with a passion for Winnie the Pooh and Paddington Bear. She also loved anything Disney and enjoyed drawing the characters.
Maxine’s love of ‘fun’ art grew and she had the privilege of being mentored by cartoonist and caricaturist, Steve Chadburn. She completed further studies in children’s book illustration with talented artist and illustrator, Jan Nesbitt.

Sam’s Review

Sam’s Teen Reads Corner features a special double new release by Maxine Sylvester

Ah yes, the gentle reminders of childhood reading. And while I do a lot of YA, today, we’re gonna do something a little different. Ronaldo: Rudi’s Birthday Extravaganza! Cute, funny, and full of lessons that are good for young children. Such lessons include don’t make yourself sick on sugar, and help out around your neighbors.

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Also by Maxine Sylvester:

Ronaldo and the Phantom Carrot Snatcher (Book 2)

The Vixen Pederson Workshop (Book 4)


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Shadows of Hemlock

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Jenn and Sam weigh in on KM Pohlkamp’s Shadows of Hemlock

About the Book

Shadows of Hemlock; K.M. Pohlkamp
Adult; Crime Thriller; 360 Pages

Filles Vertes Publishing; None edition (November 19, 2019)

Regret is a bitter poison. In a desperate grasp for prestige, Aselin Gavrell betrayed her master to the execution block for the advantage of the onyx pendant now around her neck. Shelter from her master’s crimes comes with an unwanted allegiance and a list of innocents to murder. But the Guild of poison assassins will not be so easily pacified and charge Aselin to develop an antidote as retribution of her betrayal. Unprepared for the independence she craved, Aselin is forced to seek aid from a fickle contact who wants only one means of payment: a ruby ring with a mare’s head. To save herself from her master’s fate, Aselin must navigate a growing list of debtors eager to toss her aside and confront her guilt in this fast-paced tale of growth and redemption in Tudor England.

About the Author

K.M. Pohlkamp is a blessed wife to the love of her life, a proud mother of two, and a Mission Control flight controller. Originally from Wisconsin, she now resides in Houston, Texas.

Jenn’s Review

Strong, independent, female characters and anti-heroes return in K.M. Pohlkamp’s much-anticipated sequel to Apricots and Wolfsbane, Shadows of Hemlock.

Aselin Gavrell made a fateful decision, and one she may live to regret when she betrayed her mentor. Now, she sits indebted to the man who arranged the betrayal.

Worse, the Guild doesn’t recognize Aseline’s supposition of her former Master’s status.

And because Fate will challenge the willful, not only does Aselin have a list of targets that she won’t be paid for, she also has four short months to discover an antidote to her poison of choice – Hemlock.

As she works her way through her benefactor’s list and comes to realize how petty their slights really were, Aselin begins to question her choices and form a plan to avenge her mentor and redeem herself.

Sequels are notoriously difficult, and they are frequently seen as less than the first. I admit that I struggled with Aselin’s character (to be fair, her mentor challenged me, too, on Apricots), but the story kept me engaged, pulling me from page to page as Aselin’s arc accelerated and grew into her purpose.

This can be read as a stand-alone, but I wouldn’t recommend doing so. Aselin’s story begins in Apricots, and so many characters pull from that tale to this that much of the detail could be lost. Start with book 1, and be ready to dive into book 2. A solid 4 stars.

Sam’s Review

The lineage of women assassins continues with Aselin, apprentice to the late Lavia. Desperate to prove her worth to the world of poison masters and her patron, her pride guides her, mixed with the teachings of Lavinia and the guilt of her brother’s death. With the daunting tasks ahead of her, can she prove her worth, or will she be marked as both an outcast and a criminal?

Shadows of Hemlock is certainly as captivating and Apricots and Wolfsbane, and teaches you much about the assassin world the author has created. Poison on the right and one’s poison of choice shows just what kind of assassin you are. Captivating, descriptive, and overall pleasing to read, I strongly recommend to all historical fiction lovers, murder lovers, and to all people in general.

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Other books in the series:

Apricots & Wolfsbane (book 1)


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