#UltimateBlogTour – Knightmare Arcanist (Frith Chronicles #1) by Shami Stovall

Knightmare Arcanist
By: Shami Stovall
Release Date: June 18, 2019
Publisher: Capital Station Books
Series: Frith Chronicles #1
Award: B.R.A.G. Medallion for Fantasy; New Apple Literary Award for Fantasy; Coffee Pot Book Club's Pick for 2020 Reading
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall is the first book in the young adult book series the Frith Chronicles. Shami is the author of two series, including the Frith Chronicles and The Sorcerers of Verdun.

Review- The Everlasting Rose (The Belles #2)

The Everlasting Rose (The Belles #2)
By: Dhonielle Clayton
Website: https://www.dhonielleclayton.com/
Release Date: March 5th, 2019
Publisher: Freeform
Series: The Belles
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When we return to the world of Orléans we find that our main character Camellia is still in the fight for saving the world and stopping one rogue tyrant of a princess while also trying to right the wrongs done to so many people, including generations of Belles.

Review- The Belles (The Belles #1)

The Belles (The Belles #1)
By: Dhonielle Clayton
Website: https://www.dhonielleclayton.com/
Release Date: February 16th, 2018
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Series: The Belles
Award: Locus Award Nominee for Young Adult Book (2019), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2018), Lodestar Award Nominee (2019)
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I was curious about this series as the premise was intriguing. In the world of Orléans the Belles are powerful and beautiful. In a world where people are born gray the Belles can infuse people’s appearances with beauty and color. A tweak of the nose here, a bit more color in the cheeks, whatever you need the Belles can get the job done.

Review- The Heirs of Locksley (The Robin Hood Stories #2)

The Heirs of Locksley (The Robin Hood Stories #2)
By: Carrie Vaughn
Website: https://www.carrievaughn.com/
Release Date: August 4th, 2020
Publisher: Tor.com
Series: The Robin Hood Stories
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Book two in this wonderful series made me so happy. I read it in a matter of hours, directly after finishing book one The Ghosts of Sherwood, and I was so pleased by the ending. I wonder (hope, pray) that there will be a book three in this series as we seem to be delving deeper into each of the Locksley children as they grow up.

Review- The Ghosts of Sherwood (The Robin Hood Stories #1)

The Ghosts of Sherwood (The Robin Hood Stories #1)
By: Carrie Vaughn
Website: https://www.carrievaughn.com/
Release Date: June 9th, 2020
Publisher: Tor.com
Series: The Robin Hood Stories
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Sometimes I love classic stories being re-imagined and sometimes I am let down by them. In Carrie Vaughn’s The Ghosts of Sherwood we see her interpretation of the life of Robin Hood but instead of focusing on the man, myth and legend himself she tells us a tale of his life years later, no longer an outlaw but still brave, but also a family man that is trying to protect his family and lands. Also, we learn more about his kids than the man and Marian which I really enjoyed.

Review- The Wheel of Osheim (The Red Queen’s War #3)

The Wheel of Osheim (The Red Queen's War #3)
By: Mark Lawrence
Website: https://www.marklawrence.buzz/
Release Date: June 2nd, 2016
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Series: The Red Queen's War
Award: David Gemmell Legend Award Nominee for Best Fantasy Novel (2017), David Gemmell Ravenheart Award Nominee for Best Fantasy Cover Art (2017), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fantasy (2016)
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What is more pleasing than loving an entire series from start to finish? The fact that it is actually finished. Yes, I am joining in the bashing of George R.R. Martin but not for sport, only to say that I need resolution to characters and stories I’ve grown attached to.

Review- The Liar’s Key (The Red Queen’s War #2)

The Liar's Key (The Red Queen's War #2)
By: Mark Lawrence
Website: https://www.marklawrence.buzz/
Release Date: June 2nd, 2015
Publisher: Ace
Series: The Red Queen's War
Award: David Gemmell Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel (2016), David Gemmell Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art (2016), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fantasy (2015)
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Book number two in this series, The Liar’s Key, was fantastic. Really, you could stop reading the review there because if you enjoyed book one Prince of Fools then I know you’re already dying to jump into book two. If you haven’t read book one, go do that now. Thank me later.

Review- Prince of Fools (The Red Queen’s War #1)

Prince of Fools (The Red Queen's War #1)
By: Mark Lawrence
Website: https://www.marklawrence.buzz/
Release Date: June 3rd, 2014
Publisher: Ace
Series: The Red Queen's War
Award: David Gemmell Legend Award Nominee for Best Fantasy Novel (2015), David Gemmell Ravenheart Award Nominee for Best Fantasy Cover Art (2015), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fantasy (2014)
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I admit that I bought the Red Queen’s War trilogy when it was on sale and that I haven’t read the preceding series Order of the Broken Empire yet. Still, I didn’t feel lost or utterly confused as I stepped into this new fantasy realm and I am very glad that I took a break from the murder mysteries and thrillers to enjoy this trilogy because it was amazing.

Review- The Angel of the Crows

The Angel of the Crows
By: Katherine Addison
Website: https://www.fantasticfiction.com/a/katherine-addison/
Release Date: June 23rd, 2020
Publisher: Tor Books
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If you are a fan of historical fiction and alternative history writing this story is definitely for you. Also, if you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes then this story is 100% even more for you.

Now, before moving into the story itself there are a few things I wanted to clear up as I found them out for myself as I finished this novel. First, the author Katherine Addison is the same person as the author Sarah Monette. It appears that for different genres and topics Monette has applied her pen name Addison, so keep that fun fact for yourself if you want to read more of her writing. Second, and this is direct from the author herself in the Author’s Note – The Angel of the Crows began as a Sherlock wingfic fanfiction.

Now, to talk about this wonderful book itself. I am, admittedly, a fan of all things Sherlock Holmes so to see a reimagining of the story with different characters (Crow being Sherlock and Doyle being Watson) was fun for me. The explanation for why the characters are the way they are fits so well that I found myself smiling wide. Crow, being an angel whose domain is all of London, thus explaining his heightened senses and sometimes odd behavior as Sherlock, is wonderful in his odd ways. Doyle, much like Watson, is suffering from a leg injury and from having been in the war however his injury is of a spectral nature as he was attacked by what is known as a Fallen angel i.e. one that is now filled with dark, nefarious energy and power.

Throughout this book we cover the well-known Sherlock Holmes stories of “A Study in Scarlet,” “The Sign of the Four,” and “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” but Addison didn’t stop there and also had our heroes join the hunt for Jack the Ripper.

Honestly while I wish some lesser-known Sherlock tales had been picked or that things had been reworked a bit more to make them feel new or extremely different I did enjoy the way that Addison connected the dots between these classic stories and our newly reimagined characters.

If you’re a fan of Sherlock Holmes, alternative history or the idea of these characters being redone in a way that breathes new life back into these classics I would definitely suggest you pick up this book. While it wasn’t life altering it was a quite enjoyable read and I was impressed with Addison’s style. I may be picking up her other works soon.