Broadside No. 4 – an author advertisement

Hear ye hear ye me mateys!  I announce an additional broadside to me Captain’s log.  What is a broadside ye ask?  Traditionally:

  1. A broadside is the side of a ship, the battery of cannon on one side of a warship; or their coordinated fire in naval warfare. From the 16th century until the early decades of the steamship, vessels had rows of guns set in each side of the hull. Firing all guns on one side of the ship became known as a “broadside“. source
  2. A broadside is a large sheet of paper printed on one side only. Historically, broadsides were posters, announcing events or proclamations, or simply advertisements. source

What does this mean for me mateys?  Well tomorrow I will publish the fourth edition of me broadside that will highlight a specific favorite author and their work.  Who ye ask?  It’s a surprise . . .

On the Horizon – age of myth (Michael J. Sullivan)

Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this fantasy eARC from Goodreads Giveaways.  It was the first time I have ever won.  Arrrrr!  In return I will write an honest review.  So here are me honest musings . . .

age of myth (Michael J. Sullivan)

Title: age of myth

Author: Michael J. Sullivan

Publisher: Del Ray

Publication Date: TODAY!

ISBN:     9781101965337

Source: Goodreads Giveaways

 

The gorgeous cover is what made me click on the giveaway for this novel.  The blurb is what made me enter the giveaway.  Reading the novel is what made me fall in love with this author’s work and made this novel one of my top favorites ever.  I actually struggled making myself write this post because I know that whatever I write will not do it justice.  However, this novel deserves to be praised and the love shared and so I will do me best . . .

So I am a huge fantasy nerd and love epics but found myself in a bind recently of not wanting to finish epic series.  I seemed to have a problem with the world building or the characters or the portrayal of women or the length of chapters and chapters where nothing happened.  Even hyped series failed to deliver.

This book reminded me of all of the reasons that I love the epic fantasy genre.  I was transported and immersed into the world of Riyria.  This novel tickled me fancy in just the right way and fit me mood perfectly.  I love when that happens.  The world building and writing were glorious.  My copy was 384 pages (minus glossary etc.) and yet seemed so short when it was over.

While the world was awesome and the plot was super fun, it was the characters that made me soul happy.  Super strong female characters, men with depth, magical beings, etc.  All characters were fleshed out and necessary for the story being told.  Some of my favorites:

– Raithe – a reluctant hero who finds himself drawn into a conflict through unlikely circumstances

– Suri – a seer who talks to trees, has a unique worldview, and travels with a wolf (Arrrr!)

– Persephone – a strong willed woman who doesn’t break under the burdens life is giving her

– Malcolm – a former slave who has a penchant for using rocks

– Arion – a woman with magic whose perspective on life takes a hit

I love how the characters are drawn together in the conflict and how they work together.

As the author states on Goodreads, all the novels in this five book series are already written!  Of course the publishing dates for 2 – 5 have not been decided yet.  I want them all!  The author also stated that this series can be read without having read any other Riyria novels.  Eventually I will read them all.

So lastly . . .

Thank you Del Ray and Goodreads Giveaways!

The author’s website had this to say about the novel:

Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between men and those they thought were gods changes forever. Now, only a few stand between humankind and annihilation: Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer, Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom, and Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people. The Age of Myth is over; the time of rebellion has begun.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Michael J. Sullivan – Author

To buy the novel please visit:

age of myth – Book

The Captain’s Log – brightly woven (Alexandra Bracken)

Ahoy there mateys!

brightly woven (Alexandra Bracken)

This novel was apparently written as a gift for a friend.  This book has a rather simple feel to it but was entertaining.  I think my major problem with it was that the two main characters are supposed to save the world.  And of course they do, but the overall manner in which it happens did not do justice to the magic set up in the world itself or to the characters’ strengths and talents.  Also there was not enough explanation of how the magic really worked at all though the concept was rather interesting.  I would say the entertainment value is worth a read and it is definitely a good book in that it seems to have been written for that one friend in mind.  A good first try and I will certainly try one of her next novels.

The author’s site has this to say about the novel:

Sydelle Mirabil is living proof that, with a single drop of rain, a life can be changed forever. Tucked away in the farthest reaches of the kingdom, her dusty village has suffered under the weight of a strangely persistent drought. That is, of course, until a wizard wanders into town and brings the rain with him.

In return for this gift, Wayland North is offered any reward he desires—and no one is more surprised than Sydelle when, without any explanation, he chooses her. Taken from her home, Sydelle hardly needs encouragement to find reasons to dislike North. He drinks too much and bathes too little, and if that isn’t enough to drive her to madness, North rarely even uses the magic he takes such pride in possessing. Yet, it’s not long before she realizes there’s something strange about the wizard, who is as fiercely protective of her as he is secretive about a curse that turns his limbs a sinister shade of black and leaves him breathless with agony. Unfortunately, there is never a chance for her to seek answers.

Along with the strangely powerful quakes and storms that trace their path across the kingdom, other wizards begin to take an inexplicable interest in her as well, resulting in a series of deadly duels. Against a backdrop of war and uncertainty, Sydelle is faced with the growing awareness that these events aren’t as random as she had believed—that no curse, not even that of Wayland North, is quite as terrible as the one she herself may carry.

To visit this author’s website go to:

Alexandra Bracken – Author

To buy the book visit:

brightly woven – book

Tidings from the Crew – the girl from everywhere (Heidi Heilig)

A new category for me mateys!  Though the first mate and I have very different reading tastes, occasionally we do recommend books to each other.  Books the first mate introduced to me included xom-b, holes, and the perks of being a wallflower.  He and I both read the following:

the girl from everywhere (Heidi Heilig)

We were talking about the book and I enjoyed his viewpoint so I ordered asked him to write a review.  So you get one from me and a bonus additional review from me crew.  Please note that I write like I talk and the first mate writes like he thinks.  Hope you enjoy!

From the Captain:

This Captain can say one of the true pleasures in life is standing at the helm, wind in your hair, and the next port on the horizon.  But what if you could sail not only across the world but across centuries and into myth?  Then you would find yourself in a situation like Nix.  And oh how truly beautiful this story was.

I adored this novel.  Nix is right up my alley.  Intelligent, hard working, clever, loyal, and fabulous.  The crew on the ship Temptation (Arrr!  Awesome name) is equally fun.  I am particularly fond of Bee due to her relationship with her old tribe.  Kash and Nix have a lovely friendship that was enjoyable to witness.  I wouldn’t mind any of those salty dogs on me crew.

But the biggest joy for me overall was how varied the author’s research was.  The novel had maps, culture, myths, treasure, history, fun creatures, and more.  Some of the myths and discussions of items, like Qin’s tomb and golems, I knew about.  Other items drawn from Swedish, Welsh, and Hawaiian tradition I knew little about.  And, of course, I always love reading about the superstitions of the sea . . .

The plot and myths and characters were pretty much seamlessly put together.  Some of the language was just so stirring.  It can be read as a “simple” adventure or you can add in other themes.  There were larger themes of the dangers of time travel, familial loyalty, fate, choice, etc.  The book is the author’s debut and is supposedly part of a duology.  I cannot wait!  I want more of Nix’s adventures through time and space.

From the First Mate:

Time travel and causality predicaments.  Perhaps my favorite of all sci-fi/fantasy tropes.  Something about the utility of time travel smashing directly into the possible consequence of undoing everything (perhaps even your very existence) has fascinated me ever since I watched with terror as Marty McFly slowly faded away at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance a score of years ago.  And so, of course, when I read the description of this book, I had to ask the Captain if it was worth reading. It ‘twas.  Oh, my, was it.

The Girl From Everywhere is a delightful temporal romp that fairly deftly explores the differences between personal and familial responsibility while still managing to fit in some sweet romance, mystical creatures, and one of the more delightful causality loops I’ve read in quite some time.  Our protagonist, Nix, is a sharp and quirky sixteen-year-old whose loyalties are both stuck and shifting at any given moment.  The potential existential threat that her father’s plans put her in lead to much of the drama in the tale, and I found it quite easy in most cases to empathize with Nix’s position.  Slate and Kash lacking well rounded characters seemed acceptable when considering that the story was told in the first person by Nix, so it made sense that she be the most well developed of the characters.  It is sad, though, that the rest of the crew (both of them) were little more then mentioned.

The only quibbles I had with the book were quite minor.  It seemed highly unlikely that such a small crew could handle the ship as described.  One of the central rules of the time travel that Nix learns halfway through seems like the type of thing that Slate would’ve learned fairly early on in his travels.  And, like in most time travel stories, the book spends far too much time in one location than I would’ve preferred.  Again, very minor quibbles that barely detract from an otherwise highly enjoyable tale.  Highly recommended.

The author’s website has this to say about the book:

Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Heidi Heilig – Author

To buy the novel visit:

the girl from everywhere – Book

The Captain’s Log – the forbidden wish (Jessica Khoury)

Ahoy there me mateys!

the forbidden wish (Jessica Khoury)

I love retellings of fairytales.  This was a good one.  It is the story of what happens when Aladdin finds the lamp.  Well, actually, better yet: it is the story of what happens to the jinni when Aladdin gets the lamp because it is from her point of view.  Cool huh?  Has the jinni ever been a woman before in a retelling?  I don’t know because the version of Aladdin I know best is from Disney.

The jinni, Zahra, has been trapped in the lamp for thousands of years.  One of the things I liked most about this novel was that it weaves the stories of Zahra’s previous friendship with the human Roshana with the events that are happening with Aladdin.  As for Aladdin, as weird as this may sound, he is almost a caricature of a person.  But it didn’t really bother me because Zahra believed he was good so he was.  If that makes any sense.

I thought the other jinni were fun in an evil-for-the-sake-of-being-evil way.  I loved the Watchmaidens in this story.  Kick ass women who defy the cultural stereotypes.  Wish they could have had an even bigger role.  Oh and there is no infighting of women in this book.  How awesome is that?  The ending was also super fun.  Though the book seems to be a standalone, I would like if the author would write about another of Aladdin and Zahra’s adventures.  But if not, at least I will be able to read the author’s other series!

The author’s website has this to say about the novel:

When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years — a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

To visit this author’s website go to:

Jessica Khoury – Author

To buy this novel go to:

the forbidden wish – Book

Shiver me Timbers!

Ahoy there me mateys!

While I was busy plotting yesterday, an amazing thing happened:

100 follows

How cool is that?  Took me 125 days to get 50 follows and only 37 days to get the next 50!  So welcome to me crew ye scalawags, seadogs, and fellow explorers!  Always remember:

What did the pirate say when she turned 80?

Aye Matey!

x The Captain

Sailing to the Stars – these broken stars (Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner)

Ahoy there me mateys!

these broken stars (Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner)

I wish I could remember which blogger talked about this novel so that I could thank them because I really enjoyed this young adult space adventure.  But I suck.  I will try to be better about remembering in the future.

The two main characters, Tarver and Lilac, are pretty cool.  Well, Lilac kinda starts out as a snot.  Though major improvement happens, and I like how she turns out by the end of the novel.  Tarver, I pretty much liked from the very beginning.

The premise of the story is that the spaceship that two characters are on crashes into a planet.  And they seem to be the only survivors.  The relationship developing between the two characters was what kept me interested.  Both characters have strengths and weaknesses and both characters are necessary to their survival.

However this story has multiple plot twists I did not see coming.  Very enjoyable ones which I will not ruin for ye.  Super fun though.  I rather enjoyed all the discoveries made on this planet.  While some seemed a little silly at first, I find meself ignoring the usual things that might annoy me and just enjoyed.  I find I sometimes have a hard time not picking apart novels for flaws.  This may have some but none come to me at the moment and I just don’t care.

Oh and the other two books in the trilogy are already out.  Bonus!

The authors’ websites have this to say about the novel:

It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.

To visit the authors’ webpages go to:

Amie Kaufman – Author

Meagan Spooner – Author

To buy the novel visit:

these broken stars – Book