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UPCOMING REVEALS, GOODREADS GIVEAWAY, NANOWRIMO & MORE

Hi friends,

Hope you’re all doing well!

I’m checking in today with a quick update as to where I am with my writing & other such progresses.

The Iníonaofa Chronicles:

As you may already know, the release day for Heralding is set for December 4th 2017! The blurb and cover reveal are set for this Friday. If any of my fellow bloggers would like to help share the news on Friday, click the link below to sign-up and I’ll send you email instructions by Tuesday 🙂

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Everything is on track for publication and I’ll also be announcing a call for ARC readers on Friday, so eyes open friends! The time is approaching!

Also, I’m running a giveaway for a signed paperback of Eléonore (only for UK, US & Canada)! Here’s the LINK!!

You have until November 1st! Good luck 🙂

NaNoWriMo 2017:

Those of you who’ve been following me for a while, might remember that I last NaNo I had started writing a project called The Desert Knight. i stopped working on it the day I hit 50k, and I haven’t touched it since.

But this November, I intend to finish it. There should be a good 50k left in it. And if I finish my narrative with less than 50k, I have plenty of other projects to fill the space up with 🙂

Other WIPs

In case you’re interested 😉

Heritage: I had to put it on hold recently, but I’ll be working on it on and off for the rest of the year, slowly converting it for an MG audience.

Destinies Entwined: My fairy tale adaptation. I’ve begun writing it by hand again but haven’t had a chance to type it up yet! I think I’ve written a good 5k-8k this month.

TPS (Novella): A Victorian gothic with ghosts, I finally finished outlining it and hope to write it in December. I am really excited for this one, friends!

New Blog Series

I am starting a new series here called, Reading the Craft which is all about lessons I learn about writing through the books I read. The first one I’m working on is Mastering the Middle Grade. I read alot of MG novels last month to prepare for fixing up Heritage and the patterns are incredible. I have quite a bit to say on character arcs and plot structure and theme, but is there something else you’d be interested in: i.e. worldbuilding, prose, specific plot points?

Let me know 🙂



Hope you’ve all had an amazing weekend! Any exciting news you’d like to share? Any good books to recommend?

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith     quill-ink

 

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WARDENS OF ARCHOS | Character Aesthetics

Happy Monday friends!

Today is an exciting day! Today marks the release date of Sarina Langer’s second book & sequel to Rise of the Sparrows: WARDENS OF ARCHOS.

Once a despised street rat, now the reigning queen of Rifarne, Rachael is at the centre of everyone’s attention. All she wants is a few peaceful moments to herself—

but her kingdom has other plans.

The Tramuran ambassador unnerves her.

The Krymistian lady is hiding something.

A Mist Woman brings her a gift, and a warning: Aeron’s death has released the Dark One’s shades into the world. And Rachael, as the only living seer in existence, is the only one who can stop him before he destroys everything she’s beginning to cherish. But can Rachael trust the Mist Woman, or is Kaida just another sorceress playing with her life?

There’s a chance that answers are hidden beneath the ancient Krymistian ruins of Archos.

If only she could be sure that her nightmares of Cephy are just that, and not something darker…

Rachael is running out of time. The shadows are coming, and their claws are reaching for her.

A five-star, fast-paced, page-turning high fantasy read, you’ll want to read this one friends!

I’m honoured to be hosting day one of Sarina’s blog tour! She’s been an inspiration for my own writing journey!


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“The night the blue blood runs free the Sparrows will rise once more / Find the Sparrow who sees ahead  and it will lead you to victory / Trust the Fox, and it will betray you before the end / Do not accept the Ar’Zac, for it will lead you to ruin” – RISE OF THE SPARROWS

To celebrate the release, I’m sharing some of the stunning character aesthetics created by Sarina. I’ve paired them with a few of my favourite quotations from Rise of the Sparrows Wardens of Archos.

Sarina’s worldbuilding and characters are just two of the elements that really stand out in her narratives. Each character brings a lot of baggage with them (emotionally) and they are as much on a journey to save Rifarne as they are of self-discovery and growth!

Hope you enjoy learning more about some of the prominent characters in the series…

RACHAEL

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“Rachael of Rifarne, do you swear to protect this country and its children with your life, to the best of your ability no matter the cost, for as long as you live?” She swallowed. How could she? “I swear.” “Do you swear to give fair trial to all criminals, and pass judgement as you see fitting?” How could she? “I swear.” “And do you swear to wear this crown with honour, and with pride, and to represent the people of Rifarne in the same manner?” She was shaking. She was a fraud, and everyone here knew it. “I swear.” “And do you swear to rule with kindness, with fairness, and justice?” Maker help her, how could she do any of these things? How many people were waiting for her to lose her nerve? “I swear.”
– Sarina Langer, Wardens of Archos 

 

CALE

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He was too angry with himself to sleep just yet. He swung his sword a couple of times, felt its weight in his hand, then pivoted and struck. Aeron. Videl. Gullible fool of a king Aeric. The memory of their faces was enough to keep him training until the moon stood high above the White City, and his joints burnt. Every ache, every sore spot, was less than he deserved. He screamed, cut a training dummy in half with one clean swing, and went to his knees next to it. He leaned on to his sword’s hilt while he recovered, feeling every sting his exhausted lungs caused. Cale sheathed his sword when his breathing had calmed. He left the courtyard and the faces of his dead enemies behind. He didn’t need them. There were plenty of nightmares ahead of him to fill the rest of the night.
– Sarina Langer, Wardens of Archos

 

KIANA

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“No. I’d never take a life just to see the light go out in my victim’s eyes.” Kiana glared at the smouldering remains of Commander Videl. “I’m not a monster. Tramura’s history is full of monstrous things they should be forgetting, but instead they celebrate them. I kill because I have to, not because I enjoy seeing the terror in their eyes when my knives pierce their skin and they know they’ve lost.” – Sarina Langer, Wardens of Archos

 

KAIDA

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Kaida’s fingers traced the outlines of the embroidered symbols, her touch gentle. “Do you recognise this?” asked Rachael. “I do.” She didn’t look up when she spoke. Her eyes had clouded with memories. “I have spent many years studying history, and have spent a large part of my studies on the old magic. I know this banner from paintings and drawings only, but to see it for myself… This banner—this whole temple—was around before the war that buried the old magic in time. All this was here when magic was an accepted part of the Northern Reaches. So many secrets have been lost, but this banner prevails. Does that not astound you?” – Sarina Langer, Wardens of Archos

 

REEVE

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Reeve moved along the wall, sticking to the darkness. Small spaces like this temple gave him a headache, but the shadows helped. They were his; he could navigate them better than any street in daylight. If he just stuck to the dark edges, he could do this. – Sarina Langer, Wardens of Archos

 

CEPHY

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“I came to bring you this.” From under her rags Cephy brought forth a small loaf of bread. It didn’t seem to be warm any more, but it still looked good. “You were twitching in your sleep a lot, and you were crying. I was scared, and thought about getting help, but then you woke up and you looked scared, too.” – Sarina Langer, Rise of the Sparrows

If you haven’t read this series yet, friends, I highly recommend you do! Stirring high fantasy adventure. Rachael is a main character you will FEEL for and want to get to know better.

You can check out more of Sarina’s character aesthetics on her Pinterest page: https://uk.pinterest.com/sarinalanger/

Here are some other links for you to click onif you want to know more about Sarina & her series:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sarinalangerwriter/

Twitter https://twitter.com/sarinalanger

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sarinalangerwriter/

CookieBreak https://sarinalangerwriter.com/

Newsletter https://sarinalangerwriter.com/subscribe/

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15230729.Sarina_Langer

My book on Amazon myBook.to/roaz1

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

SEPTEMBER 2017 (and a newsletter sign-up!)

Happy October friends!

How is it possible that September has already flown by? I smell conspiracy 😉

It’s been a busy September over here and I thought I’d share some of the more important updates with you!



NEWSLETTER

After months of thinking about it, I finally threw myself into creating a newsletter and I am excited to share the sign-up link with you today!! If you’d like extra teasers, features, giveaways and general bookish delights, you can sign up below!!

SIGN UP HERE!!!

FREELANCE SUCCESS

I also got my first real paid freelance gig, and it’s writing reviews. Getting paid to read. That’s the dream friends. It’s definitely not enough to convince me to quit my day job, but it’s something to add to my CV 🙂

One step at a time, friends, one step at a time!

HERALDING

This project is at the forefront of my mind at the moment! The publication date is fast approaching. Release, cover and blurb reveals coming this week, so eyes open! My editor is working through it right now and I’ll be looking for ARC readers soon 🙂

Also, I’m hoping to reveal the news about Heralding across the blogosphere so if you’d be willing to share the news with your followers, leave me a message below in the comments!

 

PLANS FOR NANOWRIMO ’17

Some of you who have been following me for a while might remember that I wrote 50k of a novel called The Desert Knight for last year’s NaNo. I haven’t touched it since, but I am planning to finish it for this year’s NaNo. Anyone else joining in the fun this November??

MISCELLANEOUS PROJECTS:

HERITAGE: My YA fantasy about a fiddler and her grandmother which I’m slowly transforming into an MG one, because the narrative is better suited for a younger audience. A discover made better late than never 🙂

TPS: A novella inspired by a short story I’m currently submitting. It’s set in Victorian London and features ghosts! That’s all I’m saying 😉 I’m nearly done outlining and I’ll probably start on the first draft come December.

Destinies Entwined: A fairy tale retelling. I’m over halfway through the first draft. I hope to be done writing it by the end of the year.

Fairy Tale Musical: Untitled at the moment, but I’m working on the outline at the moment, and the narrative has taken on a life of its own! It’s really gotten me excited 😀



Okay, that’s all from me for the moment…

What are your plans for October, friends? Any new developments? I’d love to hear more about it 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

You Should Read This | January 2017

Hi friends,

Can someone please tell me how it’s possible that today is September 25th. I’m fairly sure it was August when I went to bed yesterday… 🤔

It is still 2017 right?

So, today, I’m starting a new series that explores the best of the books I’ve read every month. I’m starting this late in the year, so I’ll be posting one for each I’ve missed every third day to get started.

Hope you find it entertaining and resourceful!


LITTLE WOMEN – LOUISA MAY ALCOTT

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Genre: Classic, Coming of Age

You Should Read This, Because… besides the fact that it is a classic, it’s also a wonderfully inspiring coming of age story about four sisters who endure life together. They bicker and argue as siblings do, but they also rely on one another for strength and courage as they are met by adversity and tragedy.

As a reader, it will touch upon a wide variety of emotions. As a writer, it’s a masterclass in writing characters with real feelings and reactions, and real life moments.

MARIANA – SUSANNA KEARSLEY

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Genre: Historical Romance, Supernatural

You Should Read This, Because… it’s a beautifully imagined romance that is vividly told through sweeping prose. One woman inhabits two lives when she moves to Greyweathers, and travels back and forth between her present life and her past self.

As a reader, it is a perfect read to get swept away into the seventeenth century, and a perfect recommendation for lovers of Outlander & Kate Morton. As a writer, it is a great lesson in writing vivid descriptions that draw readers not only into location, but time.

A MONSTER CALLS – PATRICK NESS

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Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

You Should Read This, Because… it will make you feel. There are certain books you read and you know that it’s one that the entire world would find worth reading because it captures the human experience so perfectly. This is one of those books. It reaches so many truths about human emotions and honestly explores the fear of loss.

As a reader, it is a perfect read for a cold night, to get cozy with and let your emotions flow. For a writer, it is a lesson in how to capture the human emotion with honesty and integrity.

THE BLUE SWORD (DAMAR #1) – ROBIN MCKINLEY

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Genre: Fantasy

You Should Read This Because… it’s a classic fantasy adventure set in a sprawling desert location and features a formidable female protagonist. What more, it is written in mesmerizing prose that pulls you into the world and action and hooks you in.

As a reader, it is a short (considering it’s a fantasy novel) but fulfilling narrative for the escapist desires. As a writer, it is a lesson in world building and establishing gripping plots.

VICIOUS – V.E. SCHWAB

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Genre: Fantasy

You Should Read This, Because… it is an excellently book that subverts the superhero trope and introduces a stellar cast of characters. It is also a masterful exploration of the grey area of morality and the dark side of ambition. Victor Vale is a complex character who jumps between moments of violent cruelty and tender compassion.

As a reader, it is a refreshing break from much of the same old same old of heroes and villains. As a writer, it is a lesson in crafting an antihero who is not without the potential of redemption.





That ends volume one of You Should Read This!

Have you read any of these books? Have they had the same impact on you? Less of one? More?

Stay well dear friends!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith    quill-ink

Favourite 2017 Reads (So Far) | Top Ten Tuesday

Hi friends,

Happy Tuesday. I’m sorta kinda back… 😉

I’m playing catch up today and participating in Top Ten Tuesday after missing the past two weeks.

The topic for today is best books you’ve read in 2017 so far. Want to join, check out The Broke and the Bookish!

Only three of these were released this year. The rest have been long on my TBR.


10. The Blue Sword – Robin McKinley

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My second read from McKinley, this book was an absolute gem of high fantasy, with stunning worldbuilding. I love Harry. Such a short book too. Definitely one I’ll reread in the future.

9. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz

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This book holds a special place in my heart. Not only was it a moving story, but it was my first experience listening to an audiobook and Lin’s voice was perfectly suited to telling this contemporary epic.

8. Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

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I read this entire series this year. The first book hooked me with its star crossed romance and mythology! The two that followed were still breathtakingly written, but they lacked the tight plot and compelling narrative of the first. Still a beautiful trilogy though.

7. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

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Can’t begin to express enough how amazing this story is. I don’t read many contemporaries (especially in the YA category — somehow two are on this list, so maybe I should reconsider 🤔). The social relevance of this book alone is enough to convince me that its a book everyone should read.

6. Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman

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The universe must have heard my dreams when it inspired Neil Gaiman to write his own adaptation of Norse mythology. It was preordained that I would love this! And love it I did, with all of Loki’s snark 😍

5. A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness

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I read this book early in the year and I nearly forgot that I had, it feels like a classic already, a book I’ve known for a long time. I read it in one sitting and it broke my heart.

— the next four are honestly impossible for me to order because they are all epic! —

1. Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

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This was the last book I finished reading and oh my gosh! My heart doesn’t know what to do with itself. I need more of these amazing characters. More, I tell you! MORE 😭

1. The Dark Tower – Stephen King

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I devoured the last three books in this series and I can’t recommend this twisted and complex story enough. The journey of this narrative left me breathless and the ending… Seriously, King is a mad genius!

1. Nevernight – Jay Kristoff

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A perfectly dark fantasy! Reminded me of Game of Thrones – which is a very good thing in my books – with Mia even reading a bit like the epic Arya Stark. But believe me, Mia is her own unique character and one of my favourite protagonists. Godsgrave can’t come quick enough!

1. A Conjuring of Light – VE Schwab

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So maybe I lied. 😅

There’s a reason this is the last one. Because it’s honestly the best book I’ve read this year. I don’t know what it is about the characters and the story but Schwab crafted such a strong world with the Shades of Magic series that I want to get lost in it over and over and over again! Not to mention, that this is one of the most brilliant finales to a series. Though, I wish it was not the end…


What are the best books you’ve read so far this year? Any of the ones I’ve mentioned on your list? Let me know in the comments friends! Hope you’ve all been keeping well!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith  quill-ink

Half Month Report

Hi all!

Hope you’re keeping well.

Montreal’s summer is really settling in. We reached 34º celsius with humidity two days ago and this morning woke up to a brisk 12º. Nothing says summer like fluctuating temperature!

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Anyway, I’ve been fairly unreliable on my blog lately and while part of that is because I’m terrible at time management, the other reason is that I’ve been knee deep in edits of Pirate Eyes.

To which you now say… “but Faith, you mentioned that they were done just a few weeks ago. Are you a pathological liar?”

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In all seriousness, though, I was telling the truth when I said I was done, but since then, my sister started and finished her developmental edit of my story and made a few excellent points so I’m just making the minor changes I need to and doing a final readthrough to reassure myself it’s as good as it can be, and then that’s it.

For real this time.

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On top of that, I’ve been dividing my time between work, family and that secret project. Oh, and Social Media. I’ve been most active on Instagram but that’s about to change because I can feel myself reaching the breaking point, which isn’t good… Or so I’ve heard ;P

All that to say, this year has been a challenge for me in terms of learning to balance time. Though I will admit that a good part of my struggle has to do with where I am in my personal life. I won’t burden you with that for now. We all are battling our own inner demons, and all I can say to you, is keep your chin up and put up the good fight friends. Five years down the line, you’ll back on the darker periods of your life and they’ll only be distant memories. Life is so much bigger than right now.

Winding down, I’m making plans, and putting my best foot forward. Scheduling is my best friend right now and I’m creating time blocks for my activities, which means that I’m hoping to post on this blog at least once a week and catch up on your posts and comments twice more.

If everything works out as I hope — edits of Pirate Eyes entirely done by the end of this month — I’ll be starting on Heralding edits next month and coming to you with a special new blog series. Plus that secret project will finally see the light of day!

And keep your eye out for tomorrow’s post, which will be a guest post by the very kind and talented, Sarina Langer!

But enough about me… What have you been up to friends? Anything exciting happening in your life? Do you feel stressed or overwhelmed at the moment? Let me know what’s on your mind and we can support one another as we set forth to create a future for ourselves 🙂

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all gifs taken from giphy.com


May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

Ten High Fantasies on my TBR | Top Ten Tuesday

Hello friends,

How have you been?

Hope that you are all keeping well and safe.

Today’s Tuesday which means it’s time for a Top Ten Tuesday post as brought to us by the brilliant Broke and the Bookish!

The topic today is Ten Books from X Genre that I’ve Recently Added to my TBR.

As you all know, High Fantasy is a great joy of mine so I’m focusing on the last ten books I’ve added to my GoodReads TBR in that genre

You might recognize a few from my TTT post last week which was about anticipated upcoming releases but there are a few older books here that I’ve only recently put on my TBR because I’m slow to the uptake (that’s the saying, right?) sometimes.

Here they are, in ascending order…


10. Godsgrave (Nevernight Chronicles #2) by Jay Kristoff

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In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

9. Blood Red Road (Dust Lands #1) by Moira Young

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Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That’s fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when four cloaked horsemen capture Lugh, Saba’s world is shattered, and she embarks on a quest to get him back.
Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the outside world, Saba discovers she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba’s unrelenting search for Lugh stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.

8. Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King #2) by Tricia Levenseller

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Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

7. The Wise Man’s Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles #2) by Patrick Rothfuss

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Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.

The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.

A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

6. The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty #1) by Ken Liu

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Two men rebel together against tyranny—and then become rivals—in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards.

Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.

Fans of intrigue, intimate plots, and action will find a new series to embrace in the Dandelion Dynasty.

5. Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

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13056868Liyana has trained her entire life to be the vessel of a goddess. She will dance and summon her tribe’s deity, who will inhabit Liyana’s body and use magic to bring rain to the desert. But when the dance ends, Liyana is still there. Her tribe is furious — and sure that it is Liyana’s fault. Abandoned by her tribe, Liyana expects to die in the desert. Until a boy walks out of the dust in search of her.

Korbyn is a god inside his vessel, and a trickster god at that. He tells Liyana that five other gods are missing, and they set off across the desert in search of the other vessels. The desert tribes cannot survive without the magic of their gods. But the journey is dangerous, even with a god’s help. And not everyone is willing to believe the trickster god’s tale.

The closer she grows to Korbyn, the less Liyana wants to disappear to make way for her goddess. But she has no choice — she must die for her tribe to live. Unless a trickster god can help her to trick fate — or a human girl can muster some magic of her own.

4. Blood Song (Raven’s Shadow #1) by Anthony Ryan

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Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

Vaelin’s father was Battle Lord to King Janus, ruler of the unified realm. Vaelin’s rage at being deprived of his birthright and dropped at the doorstep of the Sixth Order like a foundling knows no bounds. He cherishes the memory of his mother, and what he will come to learn of her at the Order will confound him. His father, too, has motives that Vaelin will come to understand. But one truth overpowers all the rest: Vaelin Al Sorna is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend. A future that will alter not only the realm, but the world.

3. Blackwing (Ravens’ Mark #1) by Ed McDonald

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Nothing in the Misery lasts…

Under a cracked and wailing sky, the Misery is a vast and blighted expanse, created when the Engine, the most powerful weapon in the world, was unleashed against the immortal Deep Kings. Across the wasteland, teeming with corrupted magic and malevolent wraiths, the Deep Kings and their armies are still watching—and still waiting.

Ryhalt Galharrow is no stranger to the Misery. The bounty hunter journeys to a remote outpost, armed for killing both men and monsters, and searching for a mysterious noblewoman. He finds himself in the middle of a shocking attack by the Deep Kings, one that should not be possible. Only a fearsome show of power from the very woman he is seeking saves him.

Once, long ago, he knew the woman well, and together they stumble onto a web of conspiracy that threatens to unmake everything they hold dear and end the fragile peace the Engine has provided. Galharrow is not ready for the truth about the blood he’s spilled and the gods he’s supposed to serve…

2. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

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Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

 

1. The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black

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Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.


Have you read any of these books? Which books have you recently added to your TBR in the high fantasy genre? Share in the comments 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith    quill-ink

This Month in Review | May 2017

Hello friends!

Happy June 1st!

Is it happy, though? Not sure how I feel about knowing that we’re nearly halfway through 2017! Anyone else feel like time keeps testing how fast it can go with every passing year?

As with the last four months, I’m starting off this one reflecting on the goals I achieved, those I didn’t and what I have to look forward to in June.

I feel like May was far less productive than June, but I still got some things done 🙂


GOALS OF MAY

  1. Edit Heralding to second draft.
  2. Finish writing my fairy tale adaptation
  3. Outline Hollow Vows (sequel to Pirate Eyes) – I had most of this done, but after edits of Pirate Eyes, I have a new idea for the rest of the series.
  4. Host #FictMAYhem on Twitter/Instagram.I’m really excited to be hosting this again and helping people develop their characters! You’re more than welcome to join us 🙂
  5. Read 5-6 books. This includes Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, which I didn’t get to last month, Nevernight by Jay Kristoff because Sarina convinced me to, and Eon by Alison Goodman.
  6. Watch 4-5 movies. There are so many great ones coming out this month: Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2, Pirates of the Caribbean (Dead Men Tell no Tales), Everything Everything and King Arthur (Legend of the Sword).
  7. Post 2 entries for Crafting the Series.
  8. Special project – I would say more, but it’s a secret for the moment. Just know that something exciting is coming in June and I’m excited to share it with you 🙂
  9. Outline a novella idea. I had started to write out an outline in April and I’m hoping to get more of it worked out this month.

 

ACHIEVED IN MAY

  1. I’m still in the process of editing Heralding. Unfortunately, I spent most of May doing a readthrough of Eléonore to catch any plot holes and make sure all’s set for the sequels. Then I managed a full readthrough of Heralding and made notes of what needs work where. So the actual edits are taking place this month and the draft for betas should be ready by July 1st.
  2. I didn’t finish writing that adaptation, but it really was an overambitious goal to begin with. I have maybe two chapters left on one part and then I’ll start the second. But this isn’t a priority.
  3. I didn’t get to outline Hollow Vows yet only because I’ve been working meticulously on Pirate Eyes. My edit was done but I’m in the midst of another read through to identify those pesky plot holes because my sister pointed out a little problem and now I’m paranoid it’s elsewhere. So we’re both going through it with a fine tooth comb and I have a few beta readers who will be giving it a fresh look as well.
  4. Something I succeeded at! Somewhat. I wasn’t able to stay up to date with posts on Keira, but I was able to provide daily prompts so I hope that #FictMAYhem was a success!
  5. I read THIRTEEN books in May! Wow! I just realized that right now 😂 I’ll do a separate post on this. But I can honestly say my favourite book was…. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff!
  6. I watched EIGHT movies this month, though only three were first time viewings. By far, my favourite was Pan’s Labyrinth! (Still can’t believe how long it’s taken me to watch that!
  7. This did not happen again but I have one almost done and it should be up next week latest 🙂
  8. Ah, the special project. Something my sister and I have been working on. Something coming very, VERY soon 😉
  9. I didn’t touch this at all, but I did write a short script that I’ll be submitting to a couple of contests so there’s a trade-off there!

 

JUNE GOALS

  1. Edit HERALDING to a second draft for beta readers. As mentioned above, I really want to have this done by July 1st, because my hope is that she’ll be out by November latest! So keep your eyes open friends. Eléonore’s coming back.
  2. Outline Hollow Vows: At the same time, make corrections to Pirate Eyes as the edits from my sister (aka my ideal reader) and my beta readers come in. Really hoping to have this done so I can start working on the sequel in July/August.
  3. Write more of my fairy tale adaptation: If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed in my story that I do most of the writing for this at night, which gives me usually half an hour. Honestly, it’s a great way to unwind. The goal is to write at least four nights a week and hopefully make some headway.
  4. Write a Christmas musical for my Church. This will be my second time (it’s been years since the first attempt). And it will be dedicated to my dear friend ❤
  5. Read 5-6 books: I’ll be posting my TBR tomorrow so keep an eye out 😉
  6. Watch 4-5 movies: This includes WONDER WOMAN!!!, maybe Pirates of the Caribbean, and hopefully My Cousin Rachel and The Beguiled.
  7. Post at least one Crafting the Series post. As I mentioned above, I have one just about ready to post. But I do hope to have a second one up, time permitting!
  8. The SPECIAL PROJECT: stay tuned… it’s coming this month…

What were you busy with in May? What plans do you have for June? Share in the comments 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

Books Still to Come 2017 | Top Ten Tuesday

Good Day Everyone,

I hope that you are all doing well 🙂

Can you believe that tomorrow is the last day of May??

Keep an eye out for some posts coming out this week about where I am in my writing life and my June TBR.

Today’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017.

Not sure if I’ll actually read these releases this year, but I’m hoping to make time to because they sound SOOO GOOOD!!!


Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

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If there’s one I have to make time for this year, it’s Godsgrave. I just read Nevernight this month and it BLEW. ME. AWAY. Dark fantasy as its best. A kickass heroine. And worldbuilding done absolutely right.

Releases: September 5th

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

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Truth be told, I haven’t read This Savage Song yet because I’ve been waiting to binge read these two together. And I can’t wait. Shades of Magic is one of my favourite fantasy series and Schwab is easily one of my favourite authors. After I devour these, I only have her Archived series to read as I impatiently await the release of Vengeful next year!

Releases: June 13th

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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First things first. I am RIDICULOUSLY excited for the Wonder Woman film coming out this Friday. The reviews are rolling in and they are extremely positive!

With that hype going, it’s no wonder that one of my highly anticipated releases is a YA take on the superheroine! And written by Leigh Bardugo! Bring on all the awesomeness!

Releases: August 29th

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

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I’ve only read one book my Maggie Stiefvater, Raven Boys, and while I had some issues with it, I mainly loved the characterization of the boys and I’m eager to read more of her works. Especially The Scorpio Races, but this one sounds absolutely amazing too!

Here is a thing everyone wants:
A miracle.

Here is a thing everyone fears:
What it takes to get one.

Releases: October 10th

La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

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His Dark Materials was one of my favourite series growing up so when I heard that Pullman was writing a companion series with the first book coming out this year… well… there were a few Hallelujah choruses, I’ll tell you that much 😀

Releases: October 19th

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

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Yes, Leigh Bardugo is featuring twice on this list. But it can’t be help. A collection of six tales with stunning illustrations inspired by myths, fairy tales and folklore… well, that has me sold!

Releases: September 26th

The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera

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I am always on the lookout for new fantasies to add to my ever growing TBR of ‘MUST READ FANTASY NOVELS’ and with both Roshani Chokshi and VE Schwab praising it, you can be darn sure that this one has jumped up a few spots.

Releases: October 3rd

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

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This sounds like a gorgeously realized book, the premise so whimsical and heartbreaking already. I know that many people speak highly of McLemore and I’ve been meaning to pick up a book hers. With the promise of magical realism and a female centric storyline, I cannot wait for this one!

Releases: October 3rd

Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett

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A story about a young girl living in a fictional Himalayan country who joins a legendary explorer on a dangerous climb with “avalanches, ice chasms, ghosts, and other dangers at every turn.”

Yes please!

Releases: September 5th

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

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I’ve only recently started reading fantasy books with a worldbuilding steeped in Asian culture and so far I have been captivated! Enter a retelling of the Evil Queen legend with an antiheroine on a journey from peasant to Empress and onto my TBR you go 🙂

Releases: October 10th

HONOURABLE MENTION

Well, I hear there’s a nifty urban fantasy novel called Heralding releasing Fall 2017, a pseudo-sequel to this little novella called Eléonore by Faith Rivens…

Oh wait… 😳

Sorry for the shameless promotion! 😅


What book release are you most anticipating for the rest of 2017? Let me know!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith   quill-ink

Pirate Eyes | Care to be a Beta Reader?

Hi friends!

Hope you’re having a beautiful Monday so far.

Earlier this month, I finished my last round of edits of Pirate Eyes and I am really happy with where she is now. My sister is currently deep in a read of it of her own, and she’s picked up a few things I missed. This is her first time reading the new draft (for those of you who don’t know the current Pirate Eyes is only half of what she once was. I split the original book in two because there was WAY TOO MUCH happening in it) and I’m glad to have her eyes on it.

But I’d really like to have a few more.

So here’s a call-out for Beta Readers!

Pirate Eyes is a high fantasy coming in at 121,500 words.

Here’s a small blurb for you:

With purple eyes that can see further than any man’s has ever seen, 18-year old Keira’s gaze is set upon the endless horizons of Quarathar. Raised by pirates, her heart is devoted to the Diamond Heart and the Oceans Six that make her home. It’s a good life, even with Captain Sean obstructing her attempts to prove her mettle.

With a bit of stubbornness, she convinces him to give her a chance to show her strength. And ends up discovering a lot more.

Stashed away on the deck of a sunken ship, Keira uncovers the legendary jewel known as the Cerastone and the role that she has been destined since before her birth.

Evil threatens the freedom of her ocean home, manifested in the form of Captain Armando, and Destiny has chosen her as its sword to wield against his impending domination of the Oceans Six. To choose to accept it would be to embrace the powers of the Cerastone and prove her worth once and for all. But to give in to Fate is to renounce Freedom, to become a pawn. To imperil not only her own life, but that of the crew she calls family.

Keira must make a choice: to serve Destiny or herself. With devastating consequences assured either way, Keira’s decision will set her on a path from the life she has known towards a future beyond the reach of even her far-seeing eyes.

If you’re interested, here are a few other things to consider:

  1. I am looking for beta readers who are familiar with the fantasy genre (especially high fantasies).
  2. I will be sending out beta copies this Friday (June 2nd) with the hope to have feedback within 6 weeks (by July 16th).
  3. I need critical opinions that will help me improve my story. Tough love, friends. That’s what I need 😉

If you would like to be a beta reader, please leave me a comment here with your email address or send me an email at faithrivens(dot)writer(at)gmail(dot)com and we can discuss more about it. When you do, let me know what your favourite high fantasy is and what about it cemented your love for it.


Thank you for all your support and encouragement thus far. I cannot wait to share Pirate Eyes with you all one day. Hope you all have a lovely week ahead! Let me know what you’ve been up to!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith  quill-ink