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Writing Updates #19

So, how you been? It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I can’t believe my last writing update was in March of this year. There’s so much that has happened between then and now in both my writing life and my personal life.

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Review: The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

I heard of this book through r/fantasy, because that’s where I learn about most new books these days. Everyone spoke well about The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson, so I figured, why not try it out? And so I bought it. It was money well spent.

Plot:

The Empire of Masks has landed on the shores of peaceful Taranoke, and with them it brings new rules, new ways of thinking, and thoughts on what is, and isn’t, proper. They take the Taranoke children and set them up in a school, to learn of the wonders of the Empire, and to groom them for positions in their ranks. Baru Cormorant is one such a child. And she’s especially gifted at numbers. When she gets appointed the title of Imperial Accountant in a distant land called Aurdwynn, she is both apprehensive and excited. Because she has never forgotten her one true goal: learn everything she could to empower herself, and bring the Empire of Masks down from the inside. For her beloved Taranoke.

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Review: The Ace of Skulls by Chris Wooding

The Ace of Skulls is the fourth and final book in the Tales of the Ketty Jay series by Chris Wooding.

Plot:

The crew of the Ketty Jay has been set up, betrayed, double-crossed and shot down. They’ve done terrible things for money, and displayed heroics for no other reason than righteousness. They’re rascals with a heart. But now civil war has come to Vardia, and captain Darian Frey knows his was a large part in its conception. The Archduke’s forces and the religious Awakeners are at each other’s throats, and Vardia is caught int he middle. Frey is determined to keep his crew out of the war, but chaos has a way of disrupting the best laid of plans.

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Review: The Black Lung Captain by Chris Wooding

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The Black Lung Captain is the second novel in the Tales of the Ketty Jay series by Chris Wooding. I raced through this one in a day and a half, so that’s an indication of how much I liked it.

Plot:

Captain Darian Frey is down on his luck. His aircraft is old, rusty, and the engines are only being held together by the craft of Silo, while his crew is squabbling and broke. How he will keep the Ketty Jay in the air and his crew fed is a question that keeps playing in his mind. Enter captain Grist, who want Frey and his crew to accompany him on an expedition of sorts. Grist found an explorer who’d discovered an ancient aircraft that crashed on a remote island full of monstrous beasts. The aircraft contains treasures of a lost civilization. Frey thinks it’s dangerous, and too good to be true. But what’s a broke captain to do?  Continue reading

Review: The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence

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The Wheel of Osheim is the third and last book in The Red Queen’s War series by Mark Lawrence.

Plot:

The Wheel of Osheim is turning faster than ever, and it will crack the world unless it’s stopped. And Jalan is just the man for the job, even though he tries to convince everyone he isn’t. Jalan and Snorri face danger upon danger, from the minions the Dead King, the mysterious Lady Blue, to the horrors of Hell itself. The Wheel must be stopped. Nothing else, and no one else matters. Continue reading