A court of wings and ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)by Sarah J. Maas 

Synopsis


Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

Review

Just wow. It has been 12 months of waiting to find out what will happen next and now ACOWAR is here and I am still left in speechless. I have tried my hardest to leave out spoilers. As i know that there are so many people reading this at the moment and i do not want to wreak the story for anyone.

Firstly I love Sarah J Maas. From her story to the way she writes.  Maas ability to  writes such complex characters who have had some life altering events  and yet they still keep fighting for each other. 

Feyre has grown so much from the first book. When we first meet her she was a hunger girls who would do anything to save her family even if it means she has to sacrifice herself.  Her self-worth was so  low, it was as if she didn’t feel she had the right to be loved. But as the story has progressed Feyre has grown not only to love and accept herself but also come to except that she is worthly of being loved, of having friends and family. Though like any great character she is flawed. She makes some sketchy calls and is continually healing. It is what not only makes her but Rhys, Lucien, Elain, Nesta, Cassian, Azriel, Mor, Amren, and even Tamlin real.

In ACOWAR Maas juggles a wide range of new and existing characters and find really creative ways to show what’s happening and how their stories all intertwine with Rhys & Feyre. 

I was curious to see how Feyre would wield her new power as High Lady and how everyone would react once they found out she was a High lady. But the result was not quiet what everyone was anticipating. 

The only truly bitter person besides the king is Tamlin, but really there is no surprise there. He lost the girl he loves to, well his enemy. By doing what he thought was right to get her back, he ended up destroying the final piece of the world he had been despretly holding together.    

One of the hardest part of this book is know that this is meant to be the last book in the series  Which is incredible sad. But there will be spin offs from the story that we will get to read in the future. I can only hope that the feedback from ACOWAR is so incredible that Maas has no choice but to continue Rhys and Feyre’s story. Because i for one am in no way ready to say good bye. 

Maas did make sure that everything was wrapped up, but at the same time she has also left doors open for the companion books .  Which much like many of the other fans of this series i will be very excited to see what happens next and how she follows on from this  book.

This is a beautiful story of love, revenge and hope. It is a amazing series and i am one that i will defiantly read again.

Happy reading

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The Song Rising (The Bone Season, #3)by Samantha Shannon


Synopsis 

The hotly anticipated third book in the bestselling Bone Season series – a ground-breaking, dystopian fantasy of extraordinary imagination

Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London’s criminal population. 

But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilising the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging. 

Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it…


Review 

The Song Rising picks up right where The Mime Order left off.

 Paige is now the Underqueen and has so many new responsibilities that revolve not only around saving her people, but saving the world that is unaware of what is truly happening in tbe world around them. 

With the third installment we are seeing not only character but story development. Paige is essentially starting over, and we have so many different elements to the story coming  together.  

Samantha Shannon has crafted some amazing characters that you can’t help but love and root for. Nick, Maria, Eliza and Warden are all phenomenal, and it will be great to see how they develope in the coming books. 

Not to mention the villains. They are complex, and  mysterious. 

This book is full of twist and turns that will have you hooked until the very end .

 

​The Levels of Magic in Avalonia by Farah Oomerbhoy – Guest Post


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In  The Avalonia Chronicles we venture into the magical realm of Avalonia. The world of Avalonia is vast and complicated. The use of magic even more so. Here is a brief description of the levels and types of magic prevalent in the seven kingdoms.


1. BASIC MAGIC

Anyone who possesses the gift of magic can achieve this level of power. It is the most common type of magic used in the seven kingdoms.

Basic magic is taught to all Mages in their first two years of magic school. Many find it very hard to go forward to the next level and most don’t have the potential to proceed any further. Therefore, many Mages end their training after the second year at the magical academies of Evolon or Nerenor.

Most Demi-Fae and lesser Fae usually possess a basic level of magic. Elementals and other Fae creatures like Dryads, sylphs, brownies, centaurs etc, all have some magic with them suited to their Fae heritage and bloodlines.

The witches and warlocks of Rohron are born with an inner power, that can be channeled through spells and incantations. 


2. HIGH MAGIC

This kind of magic is extremely powerful and is not wielded by every Mage. 

After studying to use his/her powers for 4 years at the Academy, a Mage may achieve this level of High Magic. Only those that have completed the Mage Trials, and been tested by the Archmage, are capable of reaching this level of power. A Mage capable of wielding High Magic is a formidable force and normally in service to the throne.

All of the High Fae possess atleast one type of elemental Fae power, (earth, air, fire, water or spirit). And all are capable of wielding High Magic. There are some Demi-Fae who may possess the ability to wield High Magic, but they are rarely seen. 

A few Dwarven made artifacts can be imbued with High Magic, and have been made into formidable weapons. Dwarves used to make special swords for the High Fae warriors in the past, which was a perfect conduit for Silver-Fire; the weapon of choice of the legendary Fae knights of Elfi.

There are some very powerful witches and warlocks in the nomadic tribes of Rohron. And there are many who are capable of creating and wielding High Magic. They can infuse objects with magical powers and a lot of their magic is rooted in black magic.


3. OLD MAGIC

The oldest power known to most of the world of Avalonia; magic like this is rarely ever seen in the Mage or witch kingdoms. Mages have not yet learned to use this power. The only Mage who has ever achieved it is Lucian, the Archmage of Avalonia. But rumour has it that he uses dark magic to achieve his goals.

Usually only the most powerful High Fae who possess more than one Fae power can wield old magic; the queen of the Fae, the Elder Council, and some of the High Fae nobility.

Drakaar sorcerers, priests of the demon lord Dragath can also wield old magic. Making them extremely dangerous. The only ones capable of defeating them are the fire-fae warriors of Elfi.
4. ANCIENT MAGIC

The most dangerous and unpredictable kind of magic; ancient magic doesn’t exist in Avalonia anymore. There are old legends of ancient Fae queens who possessed this power, but that power is now long gone. Most of the information of the ancient age was lost in the Demon Wars when Dragath destroyed most of Avalonia. The only surviving text from the age of the ancient Fae, is The Book of Abraxas and the Fae Codex.

The only person ever known to have wielded this sort of magic is Auraken Firedrake, the first High King of Avalonia, and Aurora’s ancestor. He used this power to trap the demon lord Dragath in a magical prison within the depths of fiery Mt. Khatral, which lies beyond the Silverspike Mountains in the darklands of Maradaar.

Another who is known to have knowledge of ancient magic is the demon lord Dragath himself. Although Auraken’s powers were as strong as his, there is always the fear that one day Dragath (who is immortal) will break his magical chains and destroy the world with his darkness once more.

The Dawnstar – A legendary weapon which is said to contain the last of Avalonia’s ancient magic is Avalonia’s only defence against Dragath should he ever awake.

The Rise of the Dawnstar (The Avalonia Chronicles #2)by Farah Oomerbhoy

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Aurora Firedrake returns in the spellbinding sequel to The Last of the Firedrakes.
The seven kingdoms of Avalonia are crumbling and evil is spreading across the land like a plague. Queen Morgana is close to finding a way to open The Book of Abraxas and it’s only a matter of time until she uses the power trapped inside its pages to enslave the entire world.
With Avalonia growing more dangerous by the day, Aurora must travel through war-torn lands and deep into the heart of the fae kingdom of Elfi. Her goal is to find a legendary weapon infused with the last of the realm’s ancient magic—the only weapon in the world powerful enough to stop the queen.
Aurora might have survived her first battle against Morgana, but the true fight to save her kingdom and restore her throne has only just begun
Review
The Avalon is Chronicles are back and  all I can say is WOW. I have tried my hardest  not to give anything away.
The Rise of the Dawnstar, by Farah Oomerbhoy is the second book in the Avalon Chronicles. Picking up where we we left off. We dive back into a world of betrayal, love  adventure and magic. Where good and evil battle for supremacy.
 Oomerbhoy’s  has built a complex world, with seven war torn kingdoms, royalty and mages working for and against each other to open the Book of Abraxas and enslave the world. There is something in this story for everyone.
Aurora is finally starting to realize her purpose in Avalonia, and  embracing her power. Though Aurora’s stubbornness does  continue to get her into trouble. It is what makes her so real and relatable. At the end of thr day she is a teenager whos whole world was turned up side down.  Aurora is now starting to realize her worth and fighting for what is right,no matter how she is treated. 

Aurora’s romance with Rafe took an unexpected turn, right as it was just starting to blossom. 

Then there is our new characters including her grandmother and Tristan. just to name a couple.
The Last of the Firedrakes, was a favorite book of mine and the Rise of the Dawnstar is now one too.

 I am excited to see where this thrilling series is going to go next. I just  hope we dont have to wait to long for the third book. 

The Rise of the Dawnstar,book two of The Avalonia Chronicles.

The Rise of the Dawnstar by Farah OomerbhoyAurora Firedrake returns in the spellbinding sequel to The Last of the Firedrakes.

The seven kingdoms of Avalonia are crumbling and evil is spreading across the land like a plague. Queen Morgana is close to finding a way to open The Book of Abraxas and it’s only a matter of time until she uses the power trapped inside its pages to enslave the entire world.

With Avalonia growing more dangerous by the day, Aurora must travel through war-torn lands and deep into the heart of the fae kingdom of Elfi. Her goal is to find a legendary weapon infused with the last of the realm’s ancient magic—the only weapon in the world powerful enough to stop the queen.

Aurora might have survived her first battle against Morgana, but the true fight to save her kingdom and restore her throne has only just begun…

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About the Author

Farah OomerbhoyFarah Oomerbhoy is the international bestselling author of The Avalonia Chronicles. Her first book, The Last of the Firedrakes, was originally published on Wattpad where it gained over two million reads and a Watty Award. Since publication, her debut has gone on to win a silver medal in IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards and the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, along with winning a finalist placement in the USA Best Book Awards. Farah loves the fantastical and magical and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest. With a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Mumbai, Farah spends her creative time crafting magical worlds for young adults. She lives with her family in Mumbai, India.

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