Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Books That Take Place in Another Country


Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday – a weekly feature from The Broke and the Bookish, now hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl. Expect a new top ten list every week!


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Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! When the majority of your books take place in a fantasy world, finding ones that take place in another country is a far more difficult task than you might expect; particularly when the majority of historical fiction, classics and crime fiction you read take place in your own country! Scroll down for my Top Ten… Books That Take Place in Another Country!heart

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Chicago, USA

The Dresden Files

by Jim Butcher

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In this gritty urban fantasy, Harry Dresden, a wizard P.I. who consults for the Chicago P.D., takes the reader on a journey through the streets, morgues and and crime scenes of Chicago. heart

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San Francisco, USA

The October Daye Series

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The Changling October ‘Toby’ Daye awakes from a curse to find herself living in modern day San Francisco; a San Francisco populated by the courts of the Fae where fairytale creatures abound.heart

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Venice, Italy / Bangkok, Thailand / The World

The Gameshouse Novellas

by Claire North

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The Gameshouse has no fixed location but has appeared in various countries over the course of history to play with the lives and fates of kingdoms, countries and players of the ultimate high stakes game.
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Azincourt, France

Azincourt

by Bernard Cornwell

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This piece of historical fiction tells the story of Henry V’s invasion of Normandy, from the prolonged siege of Harfleur and the subsequent march to Calais, to the Battle of Agincourt itself. This is a tale of war and blood and death.
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USA

Vicious

by V.E. Schwab

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Vicious follows the lives of two college students, Eli Cardale and Victor Vale. Absorbed in their research into EOs, or ExtraOrdinary people, their discoveries lead them down a dark and dangerous path where morality, ethics and caution are thrown to the wind in their quest of discovery.
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Colditz Castle, Germany

The Colditz Story

by P.R. Reid

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Colditz Castle, located in the town of Colditz in Germany, was considered an impossible fortress to escape from. Over the course of its four-year history as a military prison, however, over 300 men escaped its walls, 31 of whom completed the dangerous journey home.  The Colditz Story was my introduction to military escape memoirs, which has since become one of my favourite sub-genres of non-fiction. 
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Stalag Luft III, Germany (Then) / Poland (Now)

The Great Escape

by Paul Brickhill

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The Great Escape tells the story of the escape attempt of 600 prisoners from Stalag Luft III during the Second World War. Like The Colditz Story, The Great Escape highlights the skill, ingenuity and bravery of those held captive; a group of men who would stop at nothing to attempt escape and make their way home.
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The Great Hunting Ground (Most of Europe + Part of Asia)

The Mortal Engines Quartet

by Philip Reeve
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One of my favourite series from my early teens, The Mortal Engines Quartet is set in a post-apocalyptic world where people live and work on traction cities, great tiered metropolises that move across the land on caterpillar tracks and hunt smaller towns in what is known as Municipal Darwinism.
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Rome, Italy

The Leone Scamarcio Thrillers

by Nadia Dalbuono

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Set in Rome, the Leone Scamarcio series tells the story of a young detective in Rome’s Flying Squad who must escape his mafia past whilst solving a number of complex and dangerous crimes. With beautiful description of Rome and its criminal underworld, this series transports the reader onto its streets and into the heart of danger itself.

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Edinburgh, Scotland

The Frey + McGrey Series

by Oscar de Muriel

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Combining crime, history and horror, The Frey and McGrey series transports the reader to Victorian Edinburgh, where paranormal crimes abound the unlikely duo of Inspector Ian Frey of Scotland Yard, and Adolphus ‘Nine-Nails’ McGrey must work together to solve dastardly murders and bring peace to its streets.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Books On My Spring TBR


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Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This Spring I intend to make headway into my vast, vast to-be-read pile, a huge and ever-growing thing that only ever seems to get bigger the moment I look away. This week’s Top Ten is just the tip of that literary iceberg, but encompasses the ten books I am most excited to read. heart

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The Ninth Rain

Book One of The Winnowing Flame Trilogy

by Jen Williams

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The great city of Ebora once glittered with gold. Now its streets are stalked by wolves. Tormalin the Oathless has no taste for sitting around waiting to die while the realm of his storied ancestors falls to pieces – talk about a guilt trip. Better to be amongst the living, where there are taverns full of women and wine.

When eccentric explorer, Lady Vincenza ‘Vintage’ de Grazon, offers him employment, he sees an easy way out. Even when they are joined by a fugitive witch with a tendency to set things on fire, the prospect of facing down monsters and retrieving ancient artefacts is preferable to the abomination he left behind.

But not everyone is willing to let the Eboran empire collapse, and the adventurers are quickly drawn into a tangled conspiracy of magic and war. For the Jure’lia are coming, and the Ninth Rain must fall… heart

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The Providence of Fire

Book Two of the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne

by Brian Staveleyheart

The conspiracy to destroy the ruling family of the Annurian Empire is far from over.

Having learned the identity of her father’s assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies to challenge the coup against her family. Few trust her, but when she is believed to be touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire, the people rally to help her retake the capital city. As armies prepare to clash, the threat of invasion from barbarian hordes compels the rival forces to unite against their common enemy.

Unknown to Adare, her brother Valyn, renegade member of the empire’s most elite fighting force, has allied with the invading nomads. The terrible choices each of them has made may make war between them inevitable.

Between Valyn and Adare is their brother Kaden, rightful heir to the Unhewn Throne, who has infiltrated the Annurian capital with the help of two strange companions. The knowledge they possess of the secret history that shapes these events could save Annur or destroy it.
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The Air War

Book Eight of the Shadows of the Apt

by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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An empress demands her birthright . . .

All is in turmoil as the world moves towards war. In Solarno, the spies watch each other and ready their knives, while Myna sees the troops muster at its border and emotions run high as it vows never to be enslaved again. In Collegium, the students argue politics, too late to turn the tide.

In the heart of the Empire, new pilots have completed their secretive training, generals are being recalled to service and armies are ready to march. Their Empress, the heir to two worlds, intends to claim her birthright. And nothing – either within the Empire or beyond it – will stand in her way.

A conflict is coming, the like of which the insect-kinden have never seen.heart

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Wrath

Book Four of The Faithful and the Fallen

by John Gwynne

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Events are coming to a climax in the Banished Lands, as the war reaches new heights. King Nathair has taken control of the fortress at Drassil and three of the Seven Treasures are in his possession. And together with Calidus and his ally Queen Rhin, Nathair will do anything to obtain the remaining Treasures. With all seven under his command, he can open a portal to the Otherworld. Then Asroth and his demon-horde will finally break into the Banished Lands and become flesh.

Meanwhile Corban has been taken prisoner by the Jotun, warrior giants who ride their enormous bears into battle. His warband scattered, Corban must make new allies if he hopes to survive. But can he bond with competing factions of warlike giants? Somehow he must, if he’s to counter the threat Nathair represents.

His life hangs in the balance – and with it, the fate of the Banished Lands.
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The Silver Tide

Book Three of The Copper Cat Trilogy

by Jen Williams
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Tales of the Black Feather Three and their exploits abound far and wide, and Wydrin of Crosshaven, Lord Aaron Frith and Sir Sebastian have become sell swords in demand. Having foiled powerful mages and evil magic, they now face a challenge unlike any before – in the form of Wydrin’s mother.

Devinia the Red, notorious pirate and captain of the Poison Chalice, is intent on finding the fabled treasure hidden within the jungles of the cursed island of Euriale. She needs the skills of her daughter Wydrin and her companions to get there, and our heroes cannot resist the lure of coin and adventure. But no explorer has returned from the heart of the island, and it’s not long before the Three find themselves in the clutches of peril. Deep within the island of the gods, there are remnants of forces best left undisturbed…
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Shadowblack

Book Two of Spellslinger

by Sebastien de Castell

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It’s a few months since Kellen left his people behind. Now aged sixteen, Kellen is an outlaw, relying on his wits to keep him alive in the land of the Seven Sands. He misses home, he misses family and more than anything, he misses Nephenia, the girl he left behind.

Then he meets Seneira, a blindfolded girl who isn’t blind, and who carries a secret that’s all too familiar to Kellen. Kellen and Ferius resolve to help – but the stakes are far higher than they realise. A Shadowblack plague is taking hold – and Kellen can’t help but suspect his own people may even be behind it. 
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Half a War

Book Three of the Shattered Sea

by Joe Abercrombie
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Words are weapons

Princess Skara has seen all she loved made blood and ashes. She is left with only words. But the right words can be as deadly as any blade. She must conquer her fears and sharpen her wits to a lethal edge if she is to reclaim her birthright.

Only half a war is fought with swords

The deep-cunning Father Yarvi has walked a long road from crippled slave to king’s minister. He has made allies of old foes and stitched together an uneasy peace. But now the ruthless Grandmother Wexen has raised the greatest army since the elves made war on God, and put Bright Yilling at its head – a man who worships no god but Death.

Sometimes one must fight evil with evil

Some – like Thorn Bathu and the sword-bearer Raith – are born to fight, perhaps to die. Others – like Brand the smith and Koll the wood-carver – would rather stand in the light. But when Mother War spreads her iron wings, she may cast the whole Shattered Sea into darkness.
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A Time of Dread

Book One of the Of Blood and Bone Series

by John Gwynne
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The Ben-Elim, a fierce race of warrior-angels, burst into the Banished Lands over a hundred and thirty years ago. They were in pursuit of their eternal enemy, the Kadoshim demon-horde. On that day a great battle was fought, the Ben-Elim and Kadoshim joined by allies from the races of both men and giants, and a great victory was won.

Now much of the Banished Lands is ruled by the Ben-Elim, who have made this world their home, extending their influence and power as they swallow ancient kingdoms into the protective grasp of their ever-extending borders. But peace is fragile within the realm and the Kadoshim that remain are now amassing on the edges of the empire….

Threats long in the shadows are about to strike. 
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The Court of Broken Knives

Book One of the Empires of Dust

by Anna Smith Spark

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They’ve finally looked at the graveyard of our Empire with open eyes. They’re fools and madmen and like the art of war. And their children go hungry while we piss gold and jewels into the dust.

In the richest empire the world has ever known, the city of Sorlost has always stood, eternal and unconquered. But in a city of dreams governed by an imposturous Emperor, decadence has become the true ruler, and has blinded its inhabitants to their vulnerability. The empire is on the verge of invasion – and only one man can see it.

Haunted by dreams of the empire’s demise, Orhan Emmereth has decided to act. On his orders, a company of soldiers cross the desert to reach the city. Once they enter the Palace, they have one mission: kill the Emperor, then all those who remain. Only from ashes can a new empire be built.

The company is a group of good, ordinary soldiers, for whom this is a mission like any other. But the strange boy Marith who walks among them is no ordinary soldier. Marching on Sorlost, Marith thinks he is running away from the past which haunts him. But in the Golden City, his destiny awaits him – beautiful, bloody, and more terrible than anyone could have foreseen.

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Age of Assassins

Book One of The Wounded Kingdom

by R. J. Barkerheart

To catch an assassin, use an assassin…

Girton Club-foot, apprentice to the land’s best assassin, still has much to learn about the art of taking lives. But his latest mission tasks him and his master with a far more difficult challenge: to save a life. Someone, or many someones, is trying to kill the heir to the throne, and it is up to Girton and his master to uncover the traitor and prevent the prince’s murder.

In a kingdom on the brink of civil war and a castle thick with lies Girton finds friends he never expected, responsibilities he never wanted, and a conspiracy that could destroy an entire kingdom.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Books With Plot Twists and Surprises


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| Top Ten… Books With Plot Twists and Surprises|

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday where this week we’re looking at the books that gave us the biggest surprises.

I’m fairly certain that the majority of the books I’ve read have provided a good assortment of twists and turns to keep me hanging to the very last. Narrowing the list down therefore is a rather difficult task. This Top Ten considers those books that gave me the biggest surprises when I first read them, and that still surprise me when I think about them now. So, without giving anything away, here are my Top Ten… Books With Plot Twists and Surprises.heart

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The Second Sons Trilogy

by Jennifer Fallon

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The Mistborn Series

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The Turn of the Screw

by Henry James

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His Dark Materials

by Philip Pullman
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by J. K. Rowling
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Angels and Demons

by Dan Brown
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And Then There Were None

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Rebecca

by Daphne du Maurier
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Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Brontë

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The Girl With All The Gifts

by M. R. Carey
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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Book Quotes By P.G. Wodehouse


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| Top Ten… Book Quotes By P. G. Wodehouse |

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! For this week’s top ten I’ve decided to narrow down my favourite quotes to just one author – P. G. Wodehouse.  A master of the metaphor, whose books a consistently laugh out loud funny, P. G. Wodehouse is one of my favourite non-speculative fiction authors. If you’re yet to discover his witty and wonderful novels, scroll down for a taste of the finest 20th Century humour.heart

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Books I Could Re-Read Forever


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| Top Ten… Books I Could Re-Read Forever |

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This week we’re looking at the Top Ten books we could re-read forever.

There are so many books I would happily pick up and read again and again and, in the past few years, this list has only grown. Keeping this Top Ten to only ten books was, therefore, quite a challenge. But, as with all these lists, there are those books that ultimately deserve a place.

These are the books that I adored as a child and inspired my love of the weird, the magical, the fantastic and the witty; these are the books that will always have a place on my bookshelf.

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The Lord of the Rings

by J.R.R. Tolkien

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The Hobbit

by J.R.R. Tolkien

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The Silmarillion

by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Harry Potter

by J.K. Rowling

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The Little White Horse

by Elizabeth Goudge

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Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

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The Chronicles of Narnia

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland + Through the Looking Glass

by Lewis Carroll
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The Secret Garden

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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The Weirdstone of Brisingamen

by Alan Garnerheart

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Books I’m No Longer Interested in Reading


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| Top Ten… Books I’m No Longer Interested in Reading |

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! If you’re anything like me and have a mountain of unread books, then you’re more than likely to have a few you no longer want to read. Luckily for me, they are few and far between. Sadly that means their removal makes absolutely no difference to my incredibly huge TBR… Scroll down for the Top Ten… Books I’m No Longer Interested In Reading. heart

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Poison Study

The Chronicles of Ixia

by Maria V. Snyderheart

I read the first three books in Snyder’s Study Series about ten years ago but, even then, found Yelena rather insipid and the overbearing romantic nature of the storyline vastly irritating. Ten years later I know that, despite owning the first three Glass books, that I will no longer be reading them.

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Enchantress

The Evermen Saga

by James Maxwellheart

Despite owning all the books in this series, I barely made it to two thirds of the way through Enchantress before giving up. The storyline was predictable, the characters two dimensional and the writing often left little to be desired. I just couldn’t go on.heart

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The White Rabbit Chronicles

by Gena Showalter

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Reading as though its pages were torn straight from a teenager’s diary, had I known how irritating the majority of Alice in Zombieland was, I would never have bothered in the first place.  I only need to re-read my review to feel my abject hatred for this book. And worse of all, I already own the sequel! heart

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City of Glass

The Mortal Instruments

by Cassandra Clare
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Picked up on a whim many years ago, the first few books in The Mortal Instruments series have taken quite the dusting on my shelves. Having seen a few episodes of the TV series however, and having read very mixed reviews, I’m pretty certain this isn’t a series for me.
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Stray

Shifters

by Rachel Vincent
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I’ve not just read one book in this series, but five out of six! I have no desire whatsoever, however, to complete a series whose characters make the same mistakes time and time again while the narrative repeats itself in Every. Single. Novel. Not to mention the romance…heart

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Nights of Villjamur

Legends of the Red Sun

by Mark Charan Newton

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Apparently I’ve finished Nights of Villjamur, though the only thing I remember is how painful I found the characters, how irritating I found the dialogue and how much I detested the entire experience of reading it. The plot and storyline? I really couldn’t even tell you what it was about. Needless to say, I will not be returning to this series.
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Clockwork Angel

The Infernal Devices

by Cassandra Clare
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Whatever possessed me to physically purchase a book called ‘Clockwork Angel‘?! I cannot even fathom what was going through my head because I just KNOW it is the type of book I’d detest. I can only say it must have been cheap with a shiny cover. Damn my magpie book finding skills.heart

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NOS4R2

by Joe Hill
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NOS4R2 has been on my ‘currently reading’ Goodreads page since October 2015. Let’s face it, this book is never going to make it to the promised land. It is however a signed copy with a picture of the devil drawn by Joe Hill himself… 
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Outlander

Outlander Series

by Diana Gabaldon
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I know I’m judging from a TV series… but Claire Randall has to be one of the most irritating women I’ve ever had the misfortune to spend an entire season watching. Never again. And I’m sorry, but if you happen to be a botanist, I’m almost certain you don’t need to research what a forget-me-not is. The thought of actually reading this is painful.

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A Discovery of Witches

All Souls Trilogy

by Deborah Harknessheart

I own the first two books in this series and have read neither. After reading the many MANY mixed reviews, I’m not even certain I ever want to. The only thing that even tempts me is its setting in Oxford… but I’m not sure that’s enough of a reason to commence the slog.
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I’m starting to think I should start a “Books I Hated Giveaway”…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Doomed Romances of Fantasyland


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| Top Ten… Doomed Romances of Fantasyland |

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This week it’s a love freebie in honour of valentines day so, to get you all in the spirit, I bring to you the Top Ten… Doomed Romances of Fantasyland!
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Túrin Turambar + Niënor Níniel

from The Silmarillion + The Children of Húrin

by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Without giving away any spoilers to one of Tolkien’s many great tragedies, there is one glaringly obvious reason these two star crossed lovers should never have got their heavenly bodies entangled. Amnesia can be a bitch.heart

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Beren + Lúthien

from The Silmarillion + Beren and Lúthien

by J.R.R. Tolkien

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While this may be the only ‘happy ending’ The Silmarillion has to offer, the tale of Beren and Lúthien, which sees a man fall in love with an elvish woman, takes pleasing the in-laws to a whole new level. With more shapeshifting, limb-lopping and blood-letting than you can shake a silmaril at, its a good job this elf maiden had a beautiful voice.

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Aredhel + Eöl 

from The Silmarillion

by J.R.R. Tolkien

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When your spouse traps you in a forest and stops you from seeing any of your friends or family you know life has taken a turn for the worse. But hey, at least you didn’t try and escape with your small child and get fatally wounded in the process… Though on the grand scale of things death is probably the least of your worries.
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Harry Dresden and Susan Rodriguez

from The Dresden Files

by Jim Butcher

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If Harry Dresden and Susan Rodriguez can teach us anything with their dramatically flawed relationship it’s that being honest with your love interest is probably the best course of action. Harry and Susan however did not take this advice which lead to an escalating series of lies, dangerous encounters and eventual vampirism… things couldn’t get any worse, could they?
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Albus Dumbledore + Gellert Grindelwald

from Harry Potter

by J.K. Rowling
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Albus Dumbledore’s fancy for dark wizards and muggle suppression in his youth was bound to end in disaster from the start. After a chain of events instigated by his lover all but destroys his family, his interpersonal relationships took a sudden turn for the worse. But hey, love excluded, he didn’t do too badly afterwards.
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Severus Snape + Lily Potter

from Harry Potter

by J.K. Rowling

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The spurned love of Severus Snape by Lily Potter, which was escalated by her not-at-all-spurned love for infamous bully James Potter, lead to his eventual joining of He Who Should Not Be Named, her untimely death, and a somewhat short lifetime of secretive babysitting. 
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Cersei + Jaime Lannister

from A Song of Ice and Fire

by George R. R. Martin

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This one really doesn’t need any description, explanation or sorry conclusions. Suffice to say that having an incestuous affair with your twin is probably not the best idea you’ve ever had.

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Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish + The Tully Sisters

from A Song of Ice and Fire

by George R.R. Martin
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If love makes you go crazy then Petry “Littlefinger” Baelish may be the perfect example. Spurned by his childhood sweetheart, Littlefinger’s unrequited love caused him to instigate a civil war just to get her back. After this plan fails abysmally he settles for the runner-up, which leads to a series of deaths, murders and general mayhem thereafter. 
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Lyra Belacqua + Will Parry

from His Dark Materials

by Philip Pullman

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After spending almost an entire two books together, Lyra and Will’s blossoming relationship is cut woefully short when neither of them is capable of living in the others world. I guess some things just aren’t meant to be.

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Lord Asriel + Marisa Coulter

from His Dark Materials

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After a steamy affair results in the birth of a certain compass wielding little girl, a sequence of murder, abandonment and child cruelty ensues. But it wasn’t all so bad; their tragic end, for once, made all the difference. 
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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Books I Still Haven’t Read


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| Top Ten… Books I Still Haven’t Read |

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This week we’re looking at the books which have been gathering dust on your TBR the longest.

If you’re anything like me, then your to read list is dominated with series that you’ve started and left incomplete. Before you know it, you’ve got a mountain of books tumbling off your shelves in need of reading as you struggle to claw your way out from under them. Such is the life of a fantasy addict.

After rifling through said mountain, I bring to you my Top Ten… Books I Still Haven’t Read – a list comprising some of my all time favourite authors whose work I shame myself in neglecting. Realising you have a problem, they say, is the first step to recovery… so here’s to catching up in 2018!
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Lord of Chaos

Book Six of The Wheel of Time

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Lord of Chaos, Book Six of The Wheel of Time, has been on my to read list for years. Years. Four whole years and six semi-whole months if we’re being exact and open to the full weight of judgement. I even have the next three books in the series sitting on the shelf next to their predecessor! But, with a list as long as my arm and a mind ever prone to distraction, I still haven’t got round to reading them… 2018 will be the year! I’m sure of it. Honest.
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Half the World

Book Two of Shattered Sea

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I’ve been to see Joe Abercrombie more times than I can count on my hands and have more signed books than is entirely right from an author who has published ten books. This hasn’t stopped me however from relegating Half the World and its successor, Half a War, to the metaphorical mountain of doom! Having read half the book and finding myself moving house in June 2017, it was left behind with so many book friends to keep my parents company until I could furnish my library with bookcases. Eight months later and the problem has only just been rectified. Little steps. 
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The Air War

Book Eight of Shadows of the Apt

by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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The Shadows of the Apt series is one of my fantasy favourites and Adrian Tchaikovsky has only gone from strength to strength since its publication. But even with a love as great as this, actually making my way round to reading The Air War has taken considerably longer than expected. With only three books remaining in the series, and with numerous additional offerings from its author, it’s about time Book Eight was dusted off.
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Words of Radiance

Book Two of the Stormlight Archives

by Brandon Sanderson
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No matter how big a Brandon Sanderson tome is, it’s never quite big enough to satisfy my cravings for more. Yet even with an addictive master storyteller like Sanderson I stay true to form; leaving Words of Radiance, the second book in what might be my favourite Sanderson series, gathering cobwebs on my bookshelf. And with Oathbringer now providing familial company to its predecessor, it’s high time Words of Radiance got the attention, and the dust off, it deserves.
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Tower Lord

Book Two of Raven’s Shadow

by Anthony Ryan
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The first book in the Raven’s Shadow series, Blood Song, was a tour de force in the fantasy genre and one of my favourite books of 2015 (yes, it came out in 2012 but I neglected to read it for several years – why change the habit of a lifetime). However, with Tower Lord and Queen of Fire still on my book mountain, and several intermediate short stories, the adventures of Vaelin Al Sorna are, for me, still very much in their infancy. heart

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The Crimson Campaign

Book Two of the Powder Mage Trilogy

by Brian McClellan

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Promise of Blood was undoubtedly one of my favourite books of 2016 – to say it blew me away would be an understatement, this series opener was phenomenal. In spite of this unwavering praise and the bloody pedestal upon which Mr. McClellan has now been raised, The Crimson Campaign still remains unopened, unread and appears only as ornament on my overcrowded shelves.
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King of Thorns

Book Two of The Broken Empire

by Mark Lawrence
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King of Thorn, the sequel to Prince of Thorns, has been abandoned to shelfdom for far too long. The excitement following the completion of its predecessor soon gave way to forgetfulness and King of Thorns was doomed to spend year upon year as a top shelf dust collector. But no more! The vacuum has been enlisted, the shelves have been cleaned and the second novel in The Broken Empire trilogy is in sight once more.
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The Skull Throne

Book Four of the Demon Cycle

by Peter V. Brett
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The Daylight War, the third book in Peter V. Brett’s Demon Cycle left us on more than a metaphorical cliffhanger and, following its completion, The Skull Throne took very little time winging its way to me. But this signed hardback has become little more than a decoration as book upon book put it to the back of my mind, if not the back of my shelf. But with the release of The Core last year, The Skull Throne has made it to the head of the queue.
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Calamity

Book Three of The Reckoners

by Brandon Sanderson
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After reading the first two Reckoners novels, I was lucky enough to win a hardcover copy of Calamity through Goodreads; but this fortune still didn’t exempt Calamity from an early life on a pile of books. Now restored to the illustrious rank of the shelved, the third book in The Reckoners series has more than a little chance of being read this year.

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Golden Son

Book Two of Red Rising

by Pierce Brownheart

My natural aversion to Young Adult fiction was overcome by the glowing reviews received by Red Rising. They didn’t exaggerate, I was not disappointed – Red Rising is incredible. But all incredible books should have a successor that remains unread for far too long and Golden Son has no problems in assuming this position. Recommended to friends long before I even remembered to read it, Golden Son is definitely earmarked for 2018.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Historical Fiction On My TBR


Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday – a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish


| Top Ten… Historical Fiction On My TBR |

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This week I’m taking a look at the historical fiction which has made its way onto my shelves. Ok, so some are more fantasy than history… and some are only by authors who made their name in the historic fiction genre… but they still made it onto my TBR! Take a look and see if any made your list.
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Conclave

by Robert Harrisheart

The Pope is dead.

Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world’s most secretive election.

They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals.

Over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.
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All The Light We Cannot See

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Marie-Laure has been blind since the age of six. Her father builds a perfect miniature of their Paris neighbourhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. But when the Nazis invade, father and daughter flee with a dangerous secret.

Werner is a German orphan, destined to labour in the same mine that claimed his father’s life, until he discovers a knack for engineering. His talent wins him a place at a brutal military academy, but his way out of obscurity is built on suffering.

At the same time, far away in a walled city by the sea, an old man discovers new worlds without ever setting foot outside his home. But all around him, impending danger closes in.

Doerr’s combination of soaring imagination and meticulous observation is electric. As Europe is engulfed by war and lives collide unpredictably, ‘All The Light We Cannot See’ is a captivating and devastating elegy for innocence.
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Dunstan

by Conn Iggulden

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In the year 937, King Æthelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, readies himself to throw a great spear into the north. His dream of a kingdom of all England will stand or fall on one field and the passage of a single day.

At his side is Dunstan of Glastonbury, full of ambition and wit, perhaps enough to damn his soul. His talents will take him from the villages of Wessex to the royal court, to the hills of Rome – from exile to exaltation.

Through Dunstan’s vision, by his guiding hand, England may come together as one great country – or fall back into anarchy and misrule…

From one of our finest historical writers, Dunstan is an intimate portrait of a priest and performer, a visionary, a traitor and confessor to kings – the man who changed the fate of England.heart

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Clash of Eagles

by Alan Smale

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In a world where the Roman Empire never fell, a legion under the command of general Gaius Marcellinus invades the newly-discovered North American continent. But Marcellinus and his troops have woefully underestimated the fighting prowess of the Native American inhabitants. When Gaius is caught behind enemy lines and spared, he must reevaluate his allegiances and find a new place in this strange land.
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Rotherweird

by Andrew Caldecott

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The town of Rotherweird stands alone – there are no guidebooks, despite the fascinating and diverse architectural styles cramming the narrow streets, the avant garde science and offbeat customs. Cast adrift from the rest of England by Elizabeth I, Rotherweird’s independence is subject to one disturbing condition: nobody, but nobody, studies the town or its history.

For beneath the enchanting surface lurks a secret so dark that it must never be rediscovered, still less reused.

But secrets have a way of leaking out.

Two inquisitive outsiders have arrived: Jonah Oblong, to teach modern history at Rotherweird School (nothing local and nothing before 1800), and the sinister billionaire Sir Veronal Slickstone, who has somehow got permission to renovate the town’s long-derelict Manor House.

Slickstone and Oblong, though driven by conflicting motives, both strive to connect past and present, until they and their allies are drawn into a race against time – and each other. The consequences will be lethal and apocalyptic.

Welcome to Rotherweird!
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The Underground Railroad

by Colson Whitehead

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Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood – where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned and, though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.

In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor – engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven – but the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. Even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.

As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.
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The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy

by H. B. Lyle
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London 1909: The British Empire seems invulnerable. But Captain Vernon Kell, head of counter-intelligence at the War Office, knows better. In Russia, revolution; in Germany, an arms race; in London, the streets are alive with foreign terrorists. Kell wants to set up a Secret Service, but to convince his political masters he needs proof of a threat – and to find that, he needs an agent he can trust. The playing fields of Eton may produce good officers, but not men who can work undercover in a munitions factory that appears to be leaking secrets to the Germans.

Kell needs Wiggins. Trained as a child by Kell’s old friend Sherlock Holmes – he led a gang of urchin investigators known as the Baker Street Irregulars – Wiggins is an ex-soldier with an expert line in deduction and the cunning of a born street fighter. ‘The best’, says Holmes.

Wiggins turns down the job – he ‘don’t do official’. But when his best friend is killed by Russian anarchists, Wiggins sees that the role of secret agent could take him towards his sworn revenge.

Tracking the Russian gang, Wiggins meets a mysterious beauty called Bela, who saves his life. Working for Kell, he begins to unravel a conspiracy that reaches far beyond the munitions factory.
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Norse Mythology

by Neil Gaiman
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Introducing an instant classic—master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.
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Incendium

by A. D. Swanston
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Summer, 1572 and England is vulnerable. Fear of plague and insurrection taint the air, and heresy, fanaticism and religious unrest seethe beneath the surface of society. Rumour and mistrust lead to imprisonment, torture and sometimes murder. To the young lawyer Christopher Radcliff and his patron and employer, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, the prospects for peace are grave – and as Leicester’s chief intelligencer, he is charged with investigating both the rumours of rebellion at home and invasion from abroad.

But Radcliff’s own life is far from orderly. His relationship with the widow Katherine Allingham is somewhat turbulent and the cut-throat world of court politics leaves no room for indiscretions.

That the queen’s own cousin, the Duke of Norfolk, is found guilty of treason, it is a sign of just how deep the dissent goes. Jesuit priests have been sent to England in order to foment revolt but the threat of a Catholic uprising comes not just from within. Across the channel, France is caught up in a frenzy of brutal religious persecution and England’s other enemy of old, Spain, is making preparations to invade. England is a powder-keg, just waiting for a spark to ignite it – and then Christopher Radcliff hears word of a plot that could provide that spark. The word is ‘incendium’ – but what does it mean and who lies behind it? Suddenly Christopher Radcliff is caught up in a race against time…
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Eight Months on Gazzah Street

by Hilary Mantelheart

Frances Shore is a cartographer by trade, a maker of maps, but when her husband’s work takes her to Saudi Arabia she finds herself unable to map the Kingdom’s areas of internal darkness. The regime is corrupt and harsh, the expatriates are hard-drinking money-grubbers, and her Muslim neighbours are secretive, watchful. The streets are not a woman’s territory; confined in her flat, she finds her sense of self begin to dissolve. She hears whispers, sounds of distress from the ’empty’ flat above her head. She has only rumours, no facts to hang on to, and no one with whom to share her creeping unease. As her days empty of certainty and purpose, her life becomes a blank — waiting to be filled by violence and disaster.
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