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The Aeronaut’s Windlass – A Book Review

Books. They’re beautiful works of art that require nothing less than the life and soul of their authors. They are an invaluable part of my life and I’m confident they always will be.

At the very least that is my excuse for writing a post that has absolutely nothing to do with travelling while I am in a beautiful country nothing less than half way across the world from my home. Continue reading The Aeronaut’s Windlass – A Book Review

Book Review: ‘City of Demons’ by Kevin Harkness

Hello all and welcome to the Apothecary! The following book review is for a novel that was passed on to me for review by the publisher, Tyche Books. To really see all the detail in the cover, you should click on it and view it full sized. The smaller versions don’t do it justice in the slightest.

Fantasy Book

“Demons are invading the Midlands for the first time in centuries.

The farmers have no defences against the murderous creatures. Swords in the hands of ordinary soldiers have no effect against demons, for the ability to resist a demon’s power – a projection of paralyzing fear – cannot be taught.

Garet’s life is forever changed the night his midlands family is attacked. Demonstrating a rare talent for resisting demon fear, Garet is taken to the city of Shirath to become a Demonbane: one who can withstand the demons’ psychic assault, trained in combat, and learned in demon lore.

But the ancient city isn’t a safe haven, it’s a death trap. While opposing political forces vie for the throne, a new demon terrorizes the citizens. To save Shirath, Garet must find friends and allies quickly, because the biggest threat to the city isn’t the demons, but the people living within the city’s walls.”

‘City of Demons’ is the debut novel of indie fantasy author Kevin Harkness. As with any new author I wasn’t sure what to expect and picked up the book with a degree of hesitation. I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t the dark, gore filled fantasy that I was expecting.

It’s a rich story set in a unique world and filled with interesting glimpses into the human mind. It delves into how our past experiences and how we deal with them can affect our ability to overcome fear. I noticed a tiny bit of steampunk-ish influence in the novel, which in my world is always a fun discovery.

That being said, it is not a difficult story to follow and I found it both entertaining and easy to read. I have no doubt that Kevin will only improve as an writer and I would happily read any novels that he might release in the future.


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Book Review: ‘Beauty and the Werewolf’ by Mercedes Lackey

“The eldest daughter is often doomed in fairy tales. But Bella-Isabella Beauchamps, daughter of a wealthy merchant-vows to escape the usual pitfalls.

Anxious to avoid the traditional path, Bella dons a red cloak and ventures into the forbidden forest to consult with “Granny,” the local wisewoman. But on the way home she’s attacked by a wolf-who turns out to be a cursed nobleman. Secluded in his castle, Bella is torn between her family and this strange man who creates marvelous inventions and makes her laugh-when he isn’t howling at the moon.
Bella knows all too well that breaking spells is never easy. But a determined beauty, a wizard (after all, he’s only an occasional werewolf) and a little Godmotherly interference might just be able to bring about a happy ending….”

As with all of Mercedes Lackey’s “Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdom’s” novels – this book is a fantasy romance, but thick with adventure and fantasy with just a dash of the romance to make all those people with gushy hearts like me perfectly happy. Yes, it is technically one of a series but you could read it quite easily on its own. If you want to get a better look at one of the minor characters and the world that Lackey has created I would suggest reading “The Fairy Godmother” first. It is still my favourite of all the books in this series and will introduce you to… well… the Fairy Godmothers and a bit of backstory.

It’s easy for me to say that I loved Beauty and the Werewolf, I’m not sure I blinked from the time I picked it up until the moment I read that last page. It’s a fun, slightly sweet read with all the elements of a classic fairy tale that I do so love. Curses, magic mirrors, step-mothers, Fairy Godmothers and of course… true love. (Aww)

The romance is relatively clean and the violence is only slightly graphic in a couple of scenes. There is some adult content for sure, but I would say that it would be fine for 16+.

If you were introduced to fantasy romance on the urban side of things, and haven’t yet tried out true fantasy, or you’ve never read fantasy before, this series would be a good place to start. You have the comforting familiarity of fairy tales and romance but with a fantasy world to wrap it all up in.

Definitely worthwhile; and if you happen to have a cozy fire to snuggle up in front of while enjoying this particular vintage, I’d count yourself lucky and me just a little jealous. ;)


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