A Book a Day…

Been in a bit of a writing slump lately so I’m gonna do a bit of a favourite books of 2016 review, get the wheels in my brain tuning again!

Now lets countdown my favourite’s from 2016!!

The Best Historical Fiction: The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins 

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Using inspiration from the bible and Irish history, Tompkins spins a fantasy tale about the loss of magic in Ireland and how it happened according to myth, legend, and religion. A great read for anyone who likes fantasy, faeries, and magic.

The Best Series: Shannara Chronicles

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Starting with the Sword of Shannara (1977) followed by The Elfstones of Shannara (1982) and The Wishsong of Shannara (1985), with the most recent book being published in 2016. Terry Brooks intertwines his fantasy stories of the land of Shannara with expertise to keep you interested for the original trilogy and want to read the remaining books that bounce back and forth to before and after the original trilogy and the series on Landover is also a must read. Containing gnomes, dwarves, dark forces, and heroes, this is a series that will keep you reading for at least a few months. And though I haven’t read them, The original Word and the Void is supposed to be amazing and I definitely have them on my to read list.

Read in this order:

  • Original trilogy (listed above)
  • Heritage of Shannara
    • The Scions of Shannara
    • The Druid of Shannara
    • The Elf Queen of Shannara
    • The Talismans of Shannara
  • Shannara Prequel
    • The First King of Shannara
  • The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara
    • Isle Witch
    • Antrax
    • Morgawr
  • High Druid of Shannara
    • Jarka Ruus
    • Tanequil
    • Straken
  • The Dark Legacy of Shannara
    • Wards of Faerie
    • Bloodfire Quest
    • Witch Wraith
  • Defenders of Shannara
    • The High Druids Blade
    • The Darkling Child
    • The Sorcerer’s Daughter
  • Pre-Shannara
    • Genesis of Shannara
      • Armageddons Children
      • The Elves of Cintra
      • The Gypsy Morph
    • Legends of Shannara
      • Bearers of the Black Staff
      • The Measure of the Magic
  • The Magic Kingdom of Landover
    • Magic Kingdom for Sale-Sold!
    • The Black Unicorn
    • Wizard at Large
    • The Tangle Box
    • Witches Brew
    • The Princess of Landover
    • Untitled Book forthcoming
  • The Fall of Shannara (Coming 2017 and on)
    • The Black Elfstone (June 2017 publishing date)
    • Book 2, 3, 4 forthcoming

The Best Author: Terry Goodkind 

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Another fantastic fantasy series (seeing a pattern of wizards, druids, and gnomes in my reading material yet?), about the destruction of worlds, a love story (though not too in your face), and a hero whose actually relatable and likeable. Terry Goodkind writes like lemonade on a hot day, like honey in your tea, like that first cup of coffee in the morning… okay I’ll stop with my crappy comparisons now. His writing is descriptive but doesn’t drag on, and you’ll be entranced with his storytelling power. The Sword of Truth series is my favourite but he has a bunch of other great reads.

Read in this order:

  • The Sword of Truth Series
    • Wizard’s First Rule
    •   Stone of Tears
    • Blood of the Fold
    • Temple of the Winds
    • Soul of the Fire
    • Faith of the Fallen
    • The Pillar’s of Creation
    • Naked Empire
    • Chainfire
    • Phantom
    • Confessor
    • The Omen Machine
    • The Third Kingdom
    • Severed Souls
    • Warheart

The All Time Favourite: Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling 

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Classic. I feel this is one that shouldn’t have to be explained, I reread this all the time.

Excited to read for 2017: The Elder Scrolls by Greg Keyes  

My best friend bought these for me and I could not be more excited to read them, they were only found on Amazon though I have never seen them in a Chapters or even a thrift store.

The Best Summer Read: Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon 

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Set in 1945 Scotland, Claire Randall walks through an ancient stone circle to war-torn 1743 Scotland. Such a good read, full of twists and turns and great history fiction, and a dose of my favourite thing, magic!

P.S. Do yourself a favour and watch the Outlander TV series. Gawking at James Fraser, played by Sam Heughan, is my favourite pastime. 57378560da39620b0ab8fec97be2e3cb.jpg

LOOK AT HIM

Read books in this order:

  • Outlander
  • Dragonfly in Amber
  • Voyager
  • Drums of Autumn
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes
  • An Echo in the Bone
  • Written in my Own Heart’s Blood

Great Female Lead: Green Rider by Kristen Britain 

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Karigan G’ladheon stumbles into her role by complete accident, making her all the more relatable, as she attempts to deliver a message to the king while pursued by assassins accidentally becoming part of the boy’s club called the Green Rider’s and caught up in complex and dangerous magic.

Read in this order:

  • Green Rider
  • First Rider’s Call
  • The High King’s Tomb
  • Blackveil
  • Mirror Sight
  • Firebrand

Great True Crime: The Run of His Life, The People vs. OJ Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin 

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If you like true crime this book will be your jam, straight facts, straight history, a great recall of the case. A definitive account. This was first published less than a year after the verdict and written by the foremost legal journalist of the time.

Best Classic: Dracula by Bram Stoker 

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula is literally one of the best book’s I have ever read, I own 2 copies. A Gothic horror written by this Irish author, introducing Count Dracula and Transylvania to the world.

The Best Mythology Fiction: The Goddess Collection: Volume 1 by PC Cast 

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A relatively easy read, containing Goddess Summoning #1-2, Goddess of the Sea and Goddess of Spring. I loved these so much, nice and easy to read, containing a bit of vanilla erotica as human’s struggle to adopt to their new goddess roles after swapping places with real goddesses.

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