After the terrifying events on Mount Raksha, the witches have returned, and River has betrayed Kamzin to regain his dark powers. The witches’ next step: march on the Three Cities and take over the Empire—led by River’s brother, Esha.
If Kamzin is to save Azmiri and prevent the fall of the Empire, she must find a star that fell in the Ash Mountains to the north. Fallen stars have immense power, and if Kamzin and Lusha can find the star, they can use its magic to protect the Empire. To get there, Kamzin has allied with Azar-at, the dangerous and deceptive fire demon, who can grant her great power—in exchange for pieces of her soul. But River wants the star too, and as their paths collide in dangerous and unexpected ways, Kamzin must wrestle with both her guilt and her conflicted feelings for the person who betrayed her.
Facing dark magic, a perilous journey, and a standoff against the witches, can Kamzin, Lusha, and Tem find the star and save their Empire?
Ahhhhhhh, first dates. I think we can all agree that first dates can be exciting but also super awkward. I mean, there’s so much pressure! And spoiler alert: first dates are NEVER as perfect as they appear in the movies.
I can still remember mine – I was fourteen and the new guy I’d been crushing on invited me to the theater. Sounds pretty romantic right? Well, let me tell you – it wasn’t all smooth sailings! First, our seats were mixed up and we didn’t get to sit together [thankfully he pulled some strings]. Then, during intermission, I managed to thoroughly embarrass myself. Basically, the company had set out a small buffet and as I reached down my handbag slid off my arm and landed in a plate of fudge brownies, splattering me with chocolate. *Face palm*.
Honestly, I don’t even know how to begin this wrap-up. August has been an emotional roller coaster of highs and lows. Perpetual quarantine and a stage four lock down will do that to you. But it’s been tough – especially because I lost touch with my creative voice.
I am a writer. I’ve been writing since I could hold a pen – it’s always come as second nature to me. But what happens when you lose that part of yourself? How do you make like Ariel and find your voice again?
That was the question that plagued me [too soon?] this month. But, general lack of motivation and creativity aside, my August actually got off to a pretty spectacular start…
Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.
But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer ever known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin—not her older sister, Lusha, as everyone had expected—for his next expedition. This is Kamzin’s chance to prove herself—even though River’s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means climbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas. Then, Lusha sets off on her own mission to Raksha with a rival explorer, and Kamzin must decide what’s most important to her: protecting her sister from the countless perils of the climb or beating her to the summit.
The challenges of climbing Raksha are unlike anything Kamzin expected—or prepared for—with avalanches, ice chasms, ghosts, and other dangers at every turn. And as dark secrets are revealed, Kamzin must unravel the truth about their mission and her companions—while surviving the deadliest climb she has ever faced.
Coming to you live from quarantine, guess who’s back with yet another blog award? [You guys have honestly been WAY too good to me this year].
First of all, I have to send a BIG virtual hug to my good friend, Daria for nominating me. Daria is actually one of my closest friends on the interwebs [we’re both obsessed with stargazing and the city of Melbourne]. If you’re not already following, be sure to check out her reviews at Bookaholic’s Therapy. Thank you again for the nomination, Daria! 💙
When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.
This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting beautiful, mysterious Bella is both the most intriguing and unnerving event he has experienced in his long life as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he let himself fall in love with Bella when he knows that he is endangering her life?
In Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer transports us back to a world that has captivated millions of readers and, drawing on the classic myth of Hades and Persephone, brings us an epic novel about the profound pleasures and devastating consequences of immortal love.
Another month, yet another lock down. Welcome to my new normal.
So, the state of Victoria has officially declared a “state of disaster”. The retail and beauty industries have been shut down while other businesses have had to quickly adapt to the escalating situation. The economy is basically non-existent, Melbourne has a strict curfew and we’re all stuck at home for six weeks as coronavirus cases soar. To say these are unprecedented times would be the understatement of the century.
So, welcome to the post that literally nobody asked for – a day in my life during quarantine. I hope you’ll indulge me as I walk you through my in-depth daily routine in stage four lock down.
Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.
Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum; if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy her heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.
Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him – every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him – until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The Prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.
So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.
Another month, another lock down. I don’t know about you but I, for one, am seriously over 2020. I mean, who else feels like this has been a wasted year? *Sighs*.
[One day, we’re all going to shake our heads and laugh about this. Like “ah, that was so 2020!”]
This month the city of Melbourne and the metropolitan areas across Victoria were sent back into stage three lock down. Masks were decreed mandatory and visitors or gatherings were strictly prohibited as cases soared. Suffice to say, we’re all a little starved of human connection. But, bright side: I didn’t let lock down 2.0 stop me from me from having a good month.
Welcome back to another episode of Alexandra’s Bookish Bucket lists, a monthly series where I rave about all the things I want to do in my favorite fictional worlds. In this episode, we’re mounting ragwort steeds and leaving the mortal world behind as we enter the world of Faerie or, the Shifting Isles of Elfhame.
This post is officially dedicated to my good friend Carly from Reading is My Kind of Thing. Thank you so much for your support of this blog series and for requesting a Folk of the Air edition! I hope it meets your expectations and plunges you back into Holly’s whimsical fantasy world. 💙
For the basis of this post, I’ve centered my bucket list around The Cruel Prince, the first installment of the series. As always, you don’t need to worry about spoilers – this series focuses more on the world building and lore.