Review: Sword of Destiny [The Witcher #0.2]
All , Fantasy / February 27, 2019

Title: Sword of Destiny  Author: Andrzej Sapkowski Genre: Fantasy First Publication date: 1993 Summary: Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety. In this collection of short stories, following the adventures of the hit collection THE LAST WISH, join Geralt as he battles monsters, demons and prejudices alike…       I have finally finished Sword of Destiny, the second collection of short stories accompanying The Witcher series, and I am left with very mixed feelings. By now I realized that Andrzej Sapkowski‘s style is a bit too philosophical, too pompous at times and I have come to terms with that. Maybe it is just the translation, as I am reading it in English, but there are times when the characters talk and talk about things…

Review: The Last Wish [The Witcher #0.1]
All , Fantasy / February 23, 2019

Title: The Last Wish Author: Andrzej Sapkowski Genre: Fantasy/ Adventure First Publication date: 1993 Summary: Geralt of Rivia is a witcher. A cunning sorcerer. A merciless assassin. And a cold-blooded killer. His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world. But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good… and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth. A collection of short stories introducing Geralt of Rivia, to be followed by the first novel in the actual series, The Blood of Elves. Note that, while The Last Wish was published after The Sword of Destiny, the stories contained in The Last Wish take place first chronologically, and many of the individual stories were published before The Sword of Destiny.    I had The Witcher series by Andrzey Sapkowski on my reading list for years but somehow I never got around to reading it. After finishing the Kate Daniels series I needed something new and different so here we are, jumping into another world of magic, mythical creatures and a man that desperately tries to escape what he is.    The Last Wish turned out to be more of a prelude rather than the…

Review: Magic Triumphs [Kate Daniels #10]
All , Fantasy / February 23, 2019

Title: Magic Triumphs Author: Ilona Andrews Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Romance/ Adventure Publication date: 2018 Summary:     Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She’s made friends and enemies. She’s found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be.     Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones. And when a mysterious box is delivered to Kate’s doorstep, a threat of war from the ancient enemy who nearly destroyed her family, she knows their time is up.     Kate Daniels sees no other choice but to combine forces with the unlikeliest of allies. She knows betrayal is inevitable. She knows she may not survive the coming battle. But she has to try.     For her child.     For Atlanta.    For the world.    Every good things must come to…

Review: Iron and Magic [Iron Covenant #1]
All , Fantasy / February 20, 2019

Title: Iron and Magic Author: Ilona Andrews Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Romance/ Adventure Publication date: 2018 Summary: Hugh d’Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast.  Elara Harper is a creature who should not exist. Her enemies call her Abomination; her people call her White Lady. Tasked with their protection, she’s trapped between the magical heavyweights about to collide and plunge the state of Kentucky into a war that humans have no power to stop. Desperate to shield her people and their simple way of life, she would accept help from the devil himself—and Hugh d’Ambray might qualify.  Hugh needs a base, Elara needs soldiers. Both are…

Review: Magic Binds [Kate Daniels #9]
All , Fantasy / February 19, 2019

Title: Magic Binds Author: Ilona Andrews Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Romance/ Adventure Publication date: 2016 Summary: Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this… Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar… Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead. The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…    Magic Binds is the 9th book of the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews and by now I am really out of nice things to say. Looking back I realize with awe how much more complicated and serious the story became without loosing its specific humor and passion. Most series fall prey to this…

Review: Magic Shifts [Kate Daniels #8]
All , Fantasy / February 18, 2019

Title: Magic Shifts Author: Ilona Andrews Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Romance/ Adventure Publication date: 2015 Summary: After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters. So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected. An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece…     I’m done with book eight of the series and by now I love the series to death. Literally. It has been a long, long time since I loved books series with such passion and I missed it. And it is not just that I am so familiar and…

Review: Magic Extras [Kate Daniels Extras]
All , Fantasy / February 14, 2019

Title: Magic Graves(0.5), Magic Mourns (3.5), Magic Dreams (4.5), Magic Tests (5.3), Magic Gifts (5.4), Gunmental Magic (5.4), Magic Steals (7.5), Magic Stars (8.5) Author: Ilona Andrews Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Romance/ Adventure Summary: A sum of all spinoffs, extras and scenes written from different POV Ilona Andrews shared with us.     Magic Graves(0.5) or also as we know it A Questionable Client was one of my favorite short stories of the series. I like Saiman, well, sometimes, and I find him fascinating. And I always wondered what the story was behind the ‘friendship’ or whatever it is between him and Kate. I somehow imagined it to start just like this and I had a good laugh as I read.     The story follows Kate on a job as a bodyguard detail – her least favorite type of job. But beggars can’t be choosers so she drags her butt to the only standing tall building in a shitty neighborhood with no idea who she will be guarding and from what. All she knows is that the money are good.     The story was full with mythical creatures, fighting and Kate’s typical humor which we love and enjoy. The…

Review: Magic Breaks [Kate Daniels #7]
All , Fantasy / February 14, 2019

Title: Magic Breaks Author: Ilona Andrews Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Romance/ Adventure Publication date: 2014 Summary: No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: if there’s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it… As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate. As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear…    Oh, how I…

Review: Crooked House
All , Mystery / February 11, 2019

Title: Crooked House Author: Agatha Christie Genre: Mystery First Publication date: 1949 Summary: In the sprawling, half-timbered mansion in the affluent suburb of Swinly Dean, Aristide Leonides lies dead from barbiturate poisoning. An accident? Not likely. In fact, suspicion has already fallen on his luscious widow, a cunning beauty fifty years his junior, set to inherit a sizeable fortune, and rumored to be carrying on with a strapping young tutor comfortably ensconced in the family estate. But criminologist Charles Hayward is casting his own doubts on the innocence of the entire Leonides brood. He knows them intimately. And he’s certain that in a crooked house such as Three Gables, no one’s on the level…      Crooked House by Agatha Christie is just one of many entertaining, intricate mysteries that her wondrous mind gifted us with. For the fans of the genre I can only image the pleasure and anticipation that grows inside of you as you turn page after page while your mind connects clue after clue – and still gets surprised at the end.    I am usually more of a fantasy type of girl but good books are good books, and good plots are my favorites. I…