Viper’s Daughter by Michelle Paver #VipersDaughter @MichellePaver @_ZephyrBooks @HoZ_Books @ed_pr #review #blogtour

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For two summers, Torak and Renn have been living in the Forest with their faithful pack-brother, Wolf. But their happiness is shattered when Renn realises Torak is in danger – and she’s the threat.

The seventh in the award-winning Wolf Brother series featuring artwork from the original designers John Fordham and Geoff Taylor, Viper’s Daughter plunges us back into a world of exhilarating adventure where nature is honoured, where demons thrive, and where the bonds of friendship are all.

For fans of the original Wolf Brother series and a whole new generation of readers.

Viper’s Daughter by Michelle Paver is out now, published by Zephyr, an imprint of Head of Zeus, priced £12.99 in hardback. 

My review
With thanks to Megan at Ed Public Relations for providing a paperback proof to review for this blog tour. An already well established story to continue with Viper’s Daughter, I have not read the previous books, so this was new to me.

The story starts off fast paced and engaging which was helpful, as I was not introduced to the characters beforehand. There are various characters that play an important role within the story line. Some parts of the story I did get a little confused, as I’m sure you if you have read previous books, you might have a better idea of the past history between certain characters, however it didn’t impair my enjoyment of the story.

Within the story you meet various clans and characters, some wolf, some human and other kinds, this brings depth to the story.

Torak, Renn and Wolf are the main characters, their relationship and their adventures they have together are fascinating, being dangerous and testing at times. When Renn decides to go off, Torak has to follow, this is where the adventure begins.

The storyline is very engaging and the descriptions of the surrounding scenery is one to enjoy and loose yourself in, the book itself only being 238 pages long keeps you engrossed right up to the end! You can see how much research has gone into the writing of this story.

I would definitely recommend reading this story, it is an ideal read for any age.

You can purchase it here from Amazon.

About the Author

MICHELLE PAVER is an international bestselling author with over 3 million copies of her books sold across the globe. She was born in Malawi and came to England as a child before studying Biochemistry at Oxford University. She went on to become a partner in a City of London law firm before turning to writing after her father’s death. She has never looked back.

Known for her painstaking and meticulous method- approach to researching her novels, with treks to Siberia and the Arctic North, exploration of ice caves, swims with killer whales and meals of whale meat and tangy roseroot regular fare, Michelle writes for both adults and children. Her adult fiction includes the bestselling ghost stories Dark Matter, Thin Air and Wakenhyrst, published in paperback in October 2019.

However, it is for her prize-winning, million-copy-selling Wolf Brother series for children that she is best known. Wolf Brother was named one of The Times 100 Best Books of the Decade and the series has gone on to sell millions of copies across the globe. Five more bestselling and award-winning titles followed, including Spirit Walker, Soul Eater, Outcast, Oathmaker and Ghost Hunter, winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and after a hiatus of over a decade, we now see the return of Torak, Renn and Wolf in Viper’s Daughter.

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The Girl in Red by Christina Henry #review #survival @lydiagittins @TitanBooks @C_Henry_Author #TheGirlInRed

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It’s not safe for anyone alone in the woods. But the woman in the red jacket has no choice. Not since the Crisis came, decimated the population, and sent those who survived fleeing into quarantine camps that serve as breeding grounds for death, destruction, and disease. She is just a woman trying not to get killed in a world that was perfectly sane and normal until three months ago.

There are worse threats in the woods than the things that stalk their prey at night. Men with dark desires, weak wills, and evil intents. Men in uniform with classified information, deadly secrets, and unforgiving orders. And sometimes, just sometimes, there’s something worse than all of the horrible people and vicious beasts combined.

Red doesn’t like to think of herself as a killer, but she isn’t about to let herself get eaten up just because she is a woman alone in the woods…

My review

With thanks to Lydia from Titan Books for providing a copy of this book for me to review. I am slowly working through my huge tbr review pile and I spotted this one! I knew it was a re-telling about Little Red Riding Hood, however I didn’t realise how good it was going to be!

From the very first chapter you are thrown into the story line, who the main character is – Red, what she is doing and what she is trying to achieve from her journey – to reach her Grandma’s house. However, it is far from a mild introduction as the need for survival is more than clear! This was an amazing starter to a story, after reading the first chapter you are flooded with so many questions, Christina’s story telling is captivating, she keeps you gripped wanting more at every stage!

As the story continues it flashes back from now to before, when the Crisis began. You get to meet Red’s family and how they finally decided that a trip to Grandma’s is definitely needed. However, their thoughts of getting there doesn’t go to plan, they discover how bad this Crisis is and how many have been affected in more ways than one!

Throughout the story you read about racial hatred, demands and what people will do when they have their own rules to follow! Survival is at its highest and Red has known all along that her own planning will help her survive, even the toughest of decisions!

Along the way before and after, Red meets good and bad people, her instinct to be careful is nearly almost at every meeting, however at one vital point Red does let her guard down, which then follows consequences that she will never forget!

While Red is in the woods you can feel the emotions she is going through, the decisions on which way is the best to go, along with the past that haunts her. Christina’s descriptions of Red’s surroundings and what’s happening is very cleverly done, you feel like you’re in the thick of this adventure and when things go wrong you’re gripping the book, as though you are feeling the same dread!

There is a twist to the story of the Crisis which becomes evident as Red’s journey continues, even to understand more about Red, gave this story an unusual but creative edge, which I thoroughly enjoyed!

With all that is going on and what Red goes through, will she finally get to Grandma’s house? I wouldn’t want to spoil it! This book is definitely recommended to the point I am looking to read other books by this amazing Author!

You can purchase it here at Amazon.

 

For your consideration – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson & Keanu Reeves @quirkbooks #review @JamiedoesPR

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There are three certainties in life: death, taxes, and the awesomeness of Dwayne The Rock Johnson. Sporting a perfect Rotten Tomatoes score of 100%, Certified Fresh, the Rock embodies everything we want from our Hollywood superstars and everything we admire in those who so boldly pursue the American Dream. But how did it all happen? How did a loathed professional wrestler become the most famous person in the world? Was it just good timing? Years of trial and error? Countless hours in the gym? A winning smile? Or his total mastery of Instagram Stories? For Your Consideration: Dwayne The Rock Johnson looks at the distinct phases of the legend s career, examining the ways in which he has become both an onscreen heartthrob and an off-screen hero. Also included are a ranking of his movies from Awesome to More Awesome, a theoretical road map to EGOT, a breakdown of his seven-meals-a-day diet, and much, much more.

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With an acting career spanning 30 years though you wouldn t know it from his immortal look Keanu Reeves has a body of work like one of his motorcycles at the end of a demon ride up the Pacific Highway: long overdue for attention. For an actor who s been in so many mega-hits and equally mega misses, it can be tough to track his accomplishments. But true fans know that Keanu is so much more than his Bill and Ted persona, both onscreen and off. He s the type to start his own publishing company, reread Hamlet, write a grown-up children s book, photobomb people s weddings, eat lunch alone in the park while looking very sad, and give away his salary to the film crew. For Your Consideration: Keanu Reeves examines the ways in which Keanu strives to be kind and excellent in work and in life. The authors also explore various Internet conspiracies about his age, help you identify which Sad Keanu meme you are, give you the Keanu and Winona Ryder fanfic your heart desires, and much, much more.

My review

With thanks to Jamie-Lee from Quirk Books for providing paperback copies of both of these books. I’m a huge fan of these actors, they both provide a different aspect of acting and the films that I have seen (not everyone though – but most!) have been enjoyable for many reasons.

From an early start I watched in full delight while “The Rock” did his ‘thing’ while wrestling, watching him moving onto films was amazing! His smile and charismatic attitude was always something I thought was one to admire, let alone his figure!

With Keanu my first movie I watched was Speed, which I enjoyed, along with The Devil’s Advocate and The Matrix. However, for me it was the John Wick films franchise that peaked my interest the most! I love these films, for me not only the storyline is simple but the fight scenes are great! The fact that after a fight, no one gets up, non of this – ‘jump up and attack again!’ John Wick ensures he does his job well!

I have reviewed both books together regardless that they are written by different people about two different actors, it is purely that they are both very similar in the content they provide.

Both books have a fascinating background of both actors, how they started off, what films and acting they had taken part in – good or bad! These books would be ideal for any film goers, that are either fans of these actors, or wanting to know more before they watch any of their films. In some cases the actors films are discussed in detail along with their fellow co-stars.

The beginning of the books talk about the actors young lives, how they were brought up, their families, where they lived, things that affected how they got into acting and how they were perceived from their own heritage.

I enjoyed reading about the quotes/sayings and what the actors are famous for (most I knew), with the fun brought in with a quiz that you can take with which ‘The Rock” you would take to prom, or which Keanu you might be!

My most memorable part for me, is reading about the dedication each actor has to their own acting, Keanu is so dedicated in blending into his role, that he takes on months of training and broken bones! “The Rock” is dedicated to providing the best possible entertainment, from his wrestling career to being this adored full to life character off screen.

If your film goer or want to know more about these two actors, I would recommend these books, they are easy to read and digest, touching on various parts of the actors careers.

You can purchase For you consideration – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at Amazon, or For you consideration – Keanu Reeves.

Princess Poppy – Fantastic, No Plastic! by Janey Louise Jones & Jennie Poh #review #FantasticNoPlastic @_Princess_Poppy @janeyjones23 @JenniePoh

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In this book, Princess Poppy takes part in a beach clean-up. When her puppy, Sidney, chokes on a plastic bag, Poppy takes action! Join Poppy, Sidney and friends as they learn that EVERYONE can help tackle the plastic problem – small changes can make a big difference! Follow the adventures of Princess Poppy and discover nature with her!

My review

With huge thanks to Janey for sending not only a copy of Poppy’s new adventure but a copy of Please, Please Save the Bees in paperback that I reviewed previously. My daughter is very happy with these beautiful books!

Princess Poppy is an amazing character, she is one to admire and brings a very important message to children alike.

Once again this book is not only well written and a joy to read, it is also beautifully illustrated, with bright colours on every page, you are sure to find something interesting to look at, while enjoying the story, perfect for various ages.

The story itself is something that any child or adult can relate to, as Poppy spends time with her Grandpa (who was also in the previous book), she reads about a competition about saving the planet and designing something that would stop people using plastics, by replacing it with something more environmentally friendly!

As they arrive at the beach they start to enjoy themselves, doing all the things they love to do at the beach, along with starting to clean the beach from all the rubbish they find, especially plastics! Sidney – Poppy’s dog, is enjoying himself too, until one point where he thinks it is a good idea to play with a plastic bag, this doesn’t turn out well for Sidney! With a visit from the vet quickly needed! This part of the storyline I thought was very well written, it brings the issue of plastics more to reality, as not all children will see or understand that sea animals can get hurt by plastics.

Within the story there are lots of facts that are discussed about the problems that plastics create, it is good to see adults and children talking openly about the concerns raised. This would make a good opportunity for the reader to talk to the child/ren about this too.

With Poppy back home and researching more into the plastic problems and who it affects, she designs her competition entry, with the hope to win the prize to visit the seals.

I love these books, they are great fun to read and they are ideal for all age groups. At the back of the books there are always facts about the story, with this one Grandpa visits again with his plastic facts, along with how to be plastic free! For the younger readers (I also enjoy this!) there is ‘find the creatures and plastics’ within the illustrations fun.

I would definitely recommend these books, they are ones that you can read over and over again!

The new paperbacks also have these beautifully designed edges!

You can purchase it here from Amazon.

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Silent Cry by Jenny O’Brien @ScribblerJB @HQDigitalUK #CoverReveal #SilentCry

Alys is fine. Don’t try to find us.

Five years ago, Izzy Grant’s boyfriend Charlie took their newborn daughter Alys out for a drive.

They never came back.

After years of waiting, Izzy has almost given up hoping that they’re still alive – until a note is pushed through her door telling her they’re fine, not to look for them. Suddenly the case is top priority again, and Izzy is swarmed with faces from the past: the detective who was first on the scene to help; an old friend who vanished not long after Alys and Charlie.

Izzy doesn’t know who she can trust, who is sending her notes, where Charlie and Alys might be. Her only ally is DC Gabriella Darin, recently transferred from Cardiff and fleeing a painful past of her own.

Gaby knows something doesn’t fit with the case, and she knows Izzy won’t rest until she finds out what really happened to her daughter. Could someone she knew and trusted really have taken Alys from her?

Wherever Alys and Charlie are, Gaby is determined to find them, no matter what it takes. Somewhere in Izzy’s past is a clue, if Gaby can only find it…

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Amazing and striking cover, I love the various hues of orange and yellows! Very intriguing cover, giving the reader that gripping edge before they even start reading!

You can purchase the book here at Amazon

Author Bio

Jenny O’Brien was born in Ireland and, after a brief sojourn in Wales, now resides in Guernsey.
She’s an avid reader and book reviewer for NetGalley in addition to being a RoNA judge.
She writes for both children and adults with a new book coming out every six months or so. She’s also an avid collector of cats, broken laptops, dust and happy endings – two of which you’ll always find in her books.

In her spare time she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier breads. You’ll be pleased to note she won’t be entering Bake-Off.

Readers can find out more about Jenny from her blog here.

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Death in Vermilion by Barbara Elle @barbaraelleauth @LoveBooksGroup #Lovebookstours #CoverReveal

A psychological thriller about murder among friends and enemies.

Who can you trust?

Leila Goodfriend is laying down the bones of a painting. When interrupted by Iris, the noisy, unlikeable artist in the studio upstairs, Leila is distracted and annoyed.

When she discovers the racket was actually Iris’ dead body hitting the floor, Leila becomes obsessed: Who murdered Iris?

The other Red Barn Cooperative artists — competitive, jealous and hypocritical — are prime suspects. They all hated Iris. “An artist owes his life to his art,” Iris said.

Iris was good for a laugh. But no one is laughing now.

In this gripping mystery, new author Barbara Elle paints a clever and twisted picture of women and sisters, whose lives are entwined by a brutal murder in a charming Cape Cod town.

Alibis fall apart. Plot twists multiply. And Leila comes to a dangerous conclusion.

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About the Author

In her stunning debut thriller, Death In Vermilion (The Cape Mysteries Book 1), acclaimed author Barbara Elle paints a clever and twisted picture of women and sisters, whose lives are entwined by a brutal murder in a Cape Cod town. Who can you trust?

Now, Death In Smoke (The Cape Mysteries Book 2) asks what’s the connection between a bloodied body buried in a snow bank on a remote island off the Cape and a cold case in Kansas? Can artist and amateur sleuth Leila Goodfriend solve this new mystery?

Barbara Elle fell in love with books and writing at a young age, honing her writing chops as a copywriter at major publishers publishers and as a freelance journalist.

Growing up in Boston, but she became a New Yorker as an adult. Her writing draws on people and places she remembers, setting The Cape Mysteries on Cape Cod, a place of memories.

Barbara Elle continues collecting characters and plots, often traveling the world with her touring musician husband, bass player and musical director for rock and roll icon Cyndi Lauper. In her travels, Barbara has explored Buddhist temples in Beijing, crypts in Vienna and Kabuki Theater in Tokyo.

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A Dare for a Hare by Charlie Farley & Layn Marlow @HachetteKids @CharlieFarley04 @LaynMarlow #ADareForAHare #promo #blogtour #review

Daring Hares and Twit-Twoos

Ideas arrive for different writers in different ways, and any one-size-fits-all advice on how to write or find inspiration should be handled with extreme caution. So I’ll just explain how it works for me.

My ideas, whether for picture books or older kids fiction, arrive by staying as child-like and open-minded as possible. I try to allow my writing mind to float along in an ideas pool, drift on a current, ebb with the tide. I try to look closely at everything, seek out that wide-eyed wonder of watching the world at work for the first time.

A spider spinning a web.

A snowflake melting on your tongue.

An owl hooting in the woods.

On an evening dog walk with my daughter a few years ago, we heard a lonely owl calling. We talked about how the ‘twit-twoo’ of a tawny owl is not one owl, but two. I love nature, forever storing up facts and trying to spot creatures in the most amateurish of ways. I even joined in with the owl, hooting, as my daughter told me off for misleading the poor tawny. But, we said to each other as we walked home, wouldn’t that make a great story; a lonely owl trying to find the other half its song. And by next morning, having woken up in the middle of the night to write, the first draft of this story was written. It had to be rhyme, and it felt like a picture book. And I couldn’t wait to share it with an illustrator I knew – Layn Marlow, who went on to beautifully illustrate A Twit for a Twoo (Orchard, 2018).

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Inspiration, for me, comes from everywhere, as I drift along, ideas mingling and merging like brooks forming a river and creating something new, something bigger than the individual streams. Inspiration from what I’ve seen, often from nature, combines with odd facts from articles or non-fiction, as well as fragments of memories and feelings. ‘A Dare for A Hare’ came via a combination of seeing spring hares jinking and boxing, with memories of me and my brother as kids.

I love hares, so unruly and rugged and gangly-limbed. And I knew from some nature book or memory that hares have to be so very brave from the moment they’re born. Unlike rabbit kittens, hare leverets arrive fully-furred, not blind but with eyes wide, not in burrows but out in the open. Hares have to run and jink and be as brave as bears (although I’ve really no evidence that bears are brave), from the moment they’re born. And so I thought of a story about brother hares. My older brother was always playing tricks on me, like brothers do, and who can blame him as I was so very annoying and far too full of beans. But my big brother would never let anything bad happen to me. So along came Buster and boisterous little brother Harvey in ‘A Dare for a Hare.’ As Harvey says at the end of the story in an echo of his refrain:

‘You’re Buster the Hare, AS BRAVE AS A BEAR,

 No better big brother, not anywhere.’

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My review

With thanks to Namishka from Hachette Kids for providing a beautiful copy of A Dare with a Hare.

I absolutely loved this story, the love of two hare brothers whom are very close, but the little brother wants to be adventurous, so the older brother dares him with a challenge. As the little brother takes on this wonderful exciting challenge, the older brother is concerned, so he helps him along the way – a little bit! I loved the gripping moments, waiting for the reader to turn the page, this will surely get younger readers guessing!

As the adventure continues, the love between the brothers is shown clearly and is adorable with the ending as they go to sleep cuddling.

The rhyming story throughout is simple to follow with large text, to enable the adult reader to give some character to the story, as they read it! It is a very enjoyable story, with the most amazing and bright illustrations throughout.

An adorable and creative story of support in the most secretive ways, showing you don’t always have to clearly show that you care, just be there! A story to re-read and enjoy!

You can buy it here from Amazon.

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The Saracen Storm by J.M. Nunez @LoveBooksGroup #JMNunez #Lovebookstours #Blitz

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Hispania, 704 AD. When young Pelayo, the rebellious illegitimate son of the Duke of Asturias, is tasked with hunting down a party of Saracens raiders, he seizes on the chance to escape the city and the scandals that have swirled around him for years. As he follows the trail of devastation left by the raiders, he learns that Valentina, the headstrong daughter of his father’s closest ally and his hated half-brother’s betrothed has been taken captive.

As Pelayo leads his cohort toward the eastern coast, the sudden death of the king in Toledo unravels old alliances and sparks a fierce competition for the throne. As the kingdom descends into civil war, the ambitious Saracen governor, Musa Ibn Nosseyr, sees the Iberian nation’s troubles as the perfect opportunity to expand the reach of the caliphate into the underbelly of Europe.

Based on historical figures and events, The Saracen Storm is the sweeping saga of one of Spain’s best-loved heroes and the role he played during the nation’s darkest period: the Moorish invasion of its lands in 711 AD.

About the Author

Jose Nunez resides in Montreal, Canada, with his wife and two daughters. After running a small, software development company for a few years, he turned his hand to freelance writing. A chance sighting of a bronze statue of an ancient warrior called Pelayo in the town of Cangas de Onis, Spain, gave rise to his first novel, The Saracen Storm.

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The Dragon Lady by Louisa Treger @Louisatreger @Lovebookstours #Bookstagram #Review

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Opening with the shooting of Lady Virginia ‘Ginie’ Courtauld in her tranquil garden in 1950s Rhodesia, The Dragon Lady tells Ginie’s extraordinary story, so called for the exotic tattoo snaking up her leg. From the glamorous Italian Riviera before the Great War to the Art Deco glory of Eltham Palace in the thirties, and from the secluded Scottish Highlands to segregated Rhodesia in the fifties, the narrative spans enormous cultural and social change. Lady Virginia Courtauld was a boundary-breaking, colourful and unconventional person who rejected the submissive role women were expected to play.

Ostracised by society for being a foreign divorcée at the time of Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson, Ginie and her second husband ,Stephen Courtauld, leave the confines of post-war Britain to forge a new life in Rhodesia, only to find that being progressive liberals during segregation proves mortally dangerous. Many people had reason to dislike Ginie, but who had reason enough to pull the trigger?

Deeply evocative of time and place, The Dragon Lady subtly blends fact and fiction to paint the portrait of an extraordinary woman in an era of great social and cultural change.

My review

With thanks to Louisa for sending a copy of this fabulous book, it not only looks glorious on the outset, the story within is engaging and intriguing!

The main character Ginie Courtauld (The Dragon Lady) was a fascinating character, she had her own intricate background from an early age, developing through her life and how she represents herself as a married woman, along with the people around her.

You learn more about this mysterious tattoo that Ginie has, along with the passion of Ginie’s husband, they both wish to support their community, although this has consequences that could affect them in more ways than one!

The political side of this story within Rhodesia, brings to light the ups and downs of the society and what happens, whether right or wrong. This story is passionately written, giving strength to characters and makes the reader deeply engrossed within its surroundings, you can feel the heat, the rain and the sounds of the wild!

The intrigue within this storyline is captivating, as the story starts with one huge introduction, which allows the reader a small insight into what might be heading their way. However, Louisa is so very clever in keeping you fully engaged and guessing!

This book provides an insight into history, a clever ‘who dun it’ along with the sights and sounds that are one to admire and appreciate. This is one book that will transport you to a different world and time!

It is very much recommended!

You can purchase it here from Amazon.

About the Author

Born in London, Louisa Treger began her career as a classical violinist. She studied at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music, and worked as a freelance orchestral player and teacher.

Louisa subsequently turned to literature, gaining a First Class degree and a PhD in English at University College London, where she focused on early twentieth century women’s writing.

Married with three children, she lives in London.

Find out more about Louisa at louisatreger.com , or https://www.facebook.com/louisatregerwriter , or @louisatreger

 

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The Mortal Word by Genevieve Cogman @GenevieveCogman @JamiedoesPR @panmacmillan #review #FaeAndDragons #Librarian #TheMortalWord #TheInvisibleLibrary

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The Mortal Word is part of Genevieve Cogman’s witty and wonderful Invisible Library series, which can be enjoyed as part of a sequence or as standalones.

A corrupt countess. A spy in danger. And an assassin at large.

Peace talks are always tricky . . . especially when a key diplomat gets stabbed. This murder rudely interrupts a top-secret summit between the warring dragons and Fae, so Librarian-spy Irene is summoned to investigate. In a version of 1890s Paris, Irene and her detective friend Vale must track down the killer – before either the peace negotiations or the city go up in flames.

Accusations fly thick and fast. Irene soon finds herself in the seedy depths of the Parisian underworld on the trail of a notoriously warlike Fae, the Blood Countess. However, the evidence against the Countess is circumstantial. Could the assassin – or assassins – be closer than anyone suspects?

The Mortal Word is perfect for fans of Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes.

My review

With huge thanks to Jamie-Lee from Pan Macmillan for providing a copy of this amazing book for me to review.

Of course being an avid reader any story with a Librarian spy must be good! I certainly wasn’t wrong!

The story is one of a series which I have yet to read, however I didn’t feel at any point that I had missed past history, that affected what I was reading. The characters are really engaging, Irene the Librarian Spy was amazing throughout, her dedication to her role within the library and her friendships with the Dragons and Fae were one to admire.

The story is fast paced from the beginning, with Irene attending to a retrieval of a book from a different world, that she must return to the main library, her love for danger is clear from start to finish, she has absolute no fear!

Within the story you learn more about Irene and her parents, that have unfortunately become part of the peace treaty, that is being attempted between the Dragons and the Fae. The past history between these two has not been a pleasant one, so more than now! With the murder of a very important diplomat Irene and Vale her detective friend have been employed to solve this mystery, before the Dragons and Fae come to blows again!

The descriptions of the scenery and the clothing worn makes this story engaging and brings the characters and places to life.

With everyone fighting against each other, no one wishes to admit where they might be wrong, blaming each other for various problems, who can Irene trust!? With a twist of fate Irene becomes in contact with the well known Fae – the Blood Countess! She is one gruesome although fascinating character, she loves blood and gore, she has no shame in admitting her ‘fun’ however, is she connected with the murder that has occurred, what role does she play!?

My favourite parts of all, were when Irene uses the Librarian words – like magic, to do various things; to protect, to find out the truth and to get her out of deep trouble!

As Irene is placed with one of each member of the peace treaty, she isn’t pleased when she finds out who, as she has some past history with one of them and worries this may cloud her investigation, I quite enjoyed the hidden passion between these characters!

With the answers becoming clear, Irene has to take charge and make her evidence clear to see, with or without upsetting one or two characters, that she feels may affect her own friendships.

Her bond with one of the Dragons – Kai, is warmly met, you can see they have a fondness for each other from the beginning, however as the story continues, I started to wonder if it would in the end.

The finale is gripping, creating the beginning of the end of war between the Dragons and Fae.

I would definitely recommend this book, thrilling from the beginning with the ending open, to enjoy more from Irene and The Invisible Library! The next book in this series is The Secret Chapter, I feel I will need to find out more about what Irene gets up to, maybe more from the beginning!

You can purchase it here from Amazon.