I very much enjoyed this book and found both the setting and the characters greatly compelling. Yet it’s so much more than just an exciting steampunk adventure done well. Josiah Bancroft depicts characters helplessly struggling amidst mysterious, invisible forces, their fight and efforts drawing us into the cold, muddy waters of alienation, isolation, uncertainty …

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Writing, when done well, is like playing a song on a remarkably complex instrument that would capture any reader’s heart. Sebastien de Castell is playing this instrument in Knight’s Shadow as if it was second nature to him. He has a way of storytelling, that doesn’t just have an emotional complexity to it, but a …

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  Time still heals all wounds, for now. But the world grows thin around this tome as the letters light up on the pages, their magic burning bright, casting long shadows toward the black void of Osheim. As the sun is setting on the Broken Empire, shading dreams into reality, there is still a little …

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Lately I find I’ve been reading fewer and fewer books by fewer and fewer authors. I’m getting more and more fussy with the quality of the writing and more and more impatient with stories that prove to be too slow in capturing my interest. In all honestly I fear I’m turning into a bit of …

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“I have learnt to spin words like dervishes, to bewitch and blur reality.” The Salt Road by Jane Johnson   I still remember that moment a few weeks back, my train approaching London King’s Cross Station, me closing the book around a hundred pages in and exiting the train carriage onto the platform. That was …

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“Once upon a time, we fought demons together. Now we are older, wiser. We give our demons different names. And no names at all. This is not a story about growing up. It is a story about thinking you had grown up already. And finding it wasn’t that simple after all.”   Hopeless, Maine, Inheritance …

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