The Iron Ghost by Jennifer Williams – Review

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I make no qualms squeeing about the books I love and this one is no exception
We rejoin the Blackfeather Three on their adventures for money and booze. Faced with insurmountable dangers at every corner. If you need a job done well then hire the Blackfeather Three.

Wydrin, the Copper Cat of Crosshaven, Sebastian the Ynnsmouth Knight, and Lord Aaron Frith are back and once again are making old Gods and demons quite cross, to say the least.

Our three heroes are given the task of retrieving a stolen item in the faraway city of Skaldshollow, but in a place of ancient magic the once feared Joah Demonsworn is making way for his return to cause bloody hell-up.

Reading Williams’ sequel to the fabulous The Copper Promise, was like visiting old friends. And I make no secret that I’m a bit of fanboy of Wydrin who, lets face it, is just awesome.

The Iron Ghost features new and old characters and a wonderful villain, in the form of Joah Demonsworn who, is absolutely wonderful to read, and at times really unnebyed me.

You can rely on Jennifer Williams to draw you into a fantastic world filled with strange monsters and incredible magic, and the Iron Ghost is no exception to this. The reader can expect to see stone creatures called Werkens who are controlled by individuals wielding magic from the mountain, and just wait until you meet one of them. There are weird spiders, giant millipedes.
And the Brood Sisters are back!

Of course there is a lot more that I’m not going to spoil for you but there are a few surprises in store and a couple of moments that made me cry. And many more moments that made me feel like a part of the Blackfeather Three.

“Never piss off a God. Thats what I always say.” – Wydrin

The Iron Ghost is an incredibly groovy sequel of what is a very wonderful and enjoyable series. Beautifully written, and beautifully paced.
And I cannot wait to rejoin Wydrin on her adventures in The Silver Tide.

The Iron Ghost is out now from http://www.headline.co.uk
You can find out more about the author here http://www.sennydreadful.co.uk and Jennifer Williams is on Twitter @sennydreadful

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The House Of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard -Review

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Paris.
The most romantic city in the world decimated by warring houses, and reduced to a shell of its former self. And yet life goes on and the great houses still vie for power.
Clinging to former glories is House Silverspires whose founder, Morningstar, has been missing for years, and the once great house is about to fall further still now that something out of the darkness is stalking its prey.
A powerful Fallen, an alchemist with an addiction, and a young man wielding spells from the Far East. These three very different people may be House Silverspires’ saviors.

Sound good?
Thought so. And look at that cover!

The House of Shattered Wings is a novel that I have been especially looking forward. Fallen angels, warring houses, a magic murder mystery in an urban backdrop.
From the start of this novel Aliette de Bodard draws the reader right into a Paris whose heartbeat can be felt on each page.
This is a novel that is not easy to put down. It requires a few cups of coffee, a healthy supply of biscuits and a few late nights. And my goodness is worth it.
Each wonderfully named chapter draws you in to the lives and dangerous times of the Annamite, Phillipe, the Fallen, Issabelle, and the alchemist and angel-essence addict, Madeline. As well as my personal favorite character Selene, the head of Silverspires. Each character Is wonderfully written and makes the reader feel a part of the story.

The House of Shattered Wings has some incredible moments that will leave you wanting more and I do so wish that I could talk about them but I really do not want to spoil some truly jaw dropping moments.

Aliette de Bodard’s writing is powerful and moving, and her villainous characters are crafted in such a way as to make the reader feel the tension fill the page as they enter a room. The way in which Claire of House Lazarus and Asmodeus of Hawthorn trade barbed words with Selene make the already precarious predicament of Silverspires, and the rest of the characters seem hopeless at times, and really makes for an exciting read.

The House of Shattered Wings is a thrilling, gripping read, that will leave you wanting another hit of angel essence.

The House Of Shattered Wings is out in the UK via Gollancz http://www.gollancz.co.uk August 18th 2015
You can learn more about the author here http://www.aliettedebodard.com and the author can be found on Twitter @aliettedb