Sunday, October 23, 2022

Review: The Sister Wives by: Beatriz Williams

Title: The Sister Wives
Author: Beatriz Williams
Publisher: William Morrow
Format: Hardcover ( 389 p.) Personal Purchase


New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams brings us the blockbuster novel of the season—a spellbinding novel of romance, murder, class, power, and dark secrets set in the 1950s and ’60s among the rarified world of a resort island in the Long Island Sound . . .

In the summer of 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on elite, secretive Winthrop Island in Long Island Sound as a naive eighteen year old, still reeling from the loss of her father in the Second World War. Although a graduate of the exclusive Foxcroft Academy in Virginia, Miranda has always lived on the margins of high society. When her beautiful mother marries Hugh Fisher, whose summer house on Winthrop overlooks the famous lighthouse, Miranda is catapulted into a heady new world of pedigrees and cocktails, status and swimming pools. Isobel Fisher, Miranda’s new stepsister—all long legs and world-weary bravado, engaged to a wealthy Island scion—is eager to draw Miranda into the arcane customs of Winthrop society.

But beneath the Island’s patrician surface, there are really two clans--the summer families with their steadfast ways and quiet obsessions, and the working class of Portuguese fishermen and domestic workers who earn their living on the water and in the laundries of the summer houses.Uneasy among Isobel's privileged friends, Miranda finds herself drawn to Joseph Vargas, whose father keeps the lighthouse with his mysterious wife. In summer, Joseph helps his father in the lobster boats, but in the autumn he returns to Brown University, where he's determined to make something of himself. Since childhood, Joseph has enjoyed an intense, complex friendship with Isobel Fisher, and has a catastrophe that will shatter Winthrop’s hard-won tranquility and banish Miranda from the Island for nearly two decades.

Now, in the summer of 1969, Miranda returns at last, as a renowned Shakespearean actress hiding a terrible heartbreak. On its surface, the Island remains the same--determined to keep the outside world from its shores, fiercely loyal to those who belong. But the formerly powerful Fisher family is a shadow of itself, and Joseph Vargas has recently escaped the prison where he was incarcerated for the murder of Miranda’s stepfather eighteen years earlier. What’s more, Miranda herself is no longer a naive teenager, and she begins a fierce, inexorable quest for justice to the man she once loved . . . even if it means uncovering every last one of the secrets that bind together the families of Winthrop Island. 

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Miranda who has come back home having a career as an actress and married a big name in her world but all is not roses and sunshine.  Then we go back to when her mother married Hugh Fisher after Miranda's father died.  There she meets her new stepsister Isobel and also meets Joseph a local man who lives with his mother at the lighthouse.  Instantly she feels connected to him.

In the present the big mystery is why Joseph killed Miranda's stepfather and how she could still side with him.  Miranda knows there is more to this story then anyone knows and the answers seem to lie at the lighthouse.  

This book really grabbed you with the intrigue of the island and what happened so long ago and why.  I really enjoyed entering into Miranda's world and seeing where it would lead which was everywhere.  Definitely a great summer read for that next beach read!

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Review: The Golden Hour by: Beatriz Williams

Title: The Golden Hour
Author: Beatriz Williams
Publisher: William Morrow
Format: Hardcover (480 p.) Personal Purchase


The New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Wives and A Certain Age creates a dazzling epic of World War II-era Nassau—a hotbed of spies, traitors, and the most infamous couple of the age, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

The Bahamas, 1941. Newly-widowed Leonora “Lulu” Randolph arrives in Nassau to investigate the Governor and his wife for a New York society magazine. After all, American readers have an insatiable appetite for news of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, that glamorous couple whose love affair nearly brought the British monarchy to its knees five years earlier. What more intriguing backdrop for their romance than a wartime Caribbean paradise, a colonial playground for kingpins of ill-gotten empires?

Or so Lulu imagines. But as she infiltrates the Duke and Duchess’s social circle, and the powerful cabal that controls the islands’ political and financial affairs, she uncovers evidence that beneath the glister of Wallis and Edward’s marriage lies an ugly—and even treasonous—reality. In fact, Windsor-era Nassau seethes with spies, financial swindles, and racial tension, and in the middle of it all stands Benedict Thorpe: a scientist of tremendous charm and murky national loyalties. Inevitably, the willful and wounded Lulu falls in love.

Then Nassau’s wealthiest man is murdered in one of the most notorious cases of the century, and the resulting coverup reeks of royal privilege. Benedict Thorpe disappears without a trace, and Lulu embarks on a journey to London and beyond to unpick Thorpe’s complicated family history: a fateful love affair, a wartime tragedy, and a mother from whom all joy is stolen.

The stories of two unforgettable women thread together in this extraordinary epic of espionage, sacrifice, human love, and human courage, set against a shocking true crime . . . and the rise and fall of a legendary royal couple.

My Thoughts: 

This book is intriguing to say the least we meet the King who abdicated his throne for a woman and we need Lulu who is there to write about the couple.  It brings us to Nassau in the Bahamas back during World War II and how the people lived and survived and what happens is so captivating it pulls you in along with a juice murder to boot.

I think anyone who loves historical fiction will love this book as it has you hooked until the last page and we see how it all plays out.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Review: A Killer Christmas Wish by: Lynn Cahoon

Title: A Killer Christmas Wish
Author: Lynn Cahoon
Publisher: Kensington 
Series: Cat Latminer Mystery #7
Format: e-book ( 174 p.) Personal Purchase


From NYT bestselling author, Lynn Cahoon, comes a new Cat Latimer mystery. Santa's on his way, but the house Cat shares with her best friend and a monthly writing retreat isn't even decorated yet.Christmas is coming early to Cat Latimer's Writers Retreat. Cat and the gang aren't feeling the Christmas spirit. First up on her to do list, the last retreat of the year. A group of non-fiction authors dying to get into the Covington library. When one writer is found dead before the first retreat session, Cat must find the killer before he puts her on his naughty list.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Cat, Seth, Shauna and Uncle Pete as they are ready for the newest retreat to begin.  Cat finds herself hearing more about her ex than she wanted.  Everywhere she turns it's something about Michael Latimer.  What she doesn't know is why someone is so interested with her ex?  

This retreat is all about non fiction which works well with the visit to Covington Library and the Professor who speaks to them.  Cat is also under a big deadline for her last Teen novel about Tori and magic.  She also is working on her wedding plans that don't seem to be going perfectly.

I love this series it's totally different then other series as the main thing is writers and writing retreats which has it's ups and downs.  Unfortunately someone winds up dead and this puts a major kink in the holiday cheer along with Seth being distant with Cat.  Does it have to do with the Michael talks or is it something else?

Check out this series if you haven't yet you are missing something that really pulls you in and won't let go until the end of the story and leaves you awaiting the next book!

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Title: Hollow: A Love a Life by: Jazalyn

Title: Hollow: A Love Like A Life
Author: Jazalyn
Publisher: self
Format: Kindle ( 169 p.) Author Req. Review


A ghost spirit of dark's universe falls in love with a ghost spirit of light's universe, and while they cannot meet, for they wander around separate realms and spacetimes, they live their love through a secret and sacred interaction.

My Review:

While the premise was very very good, there was a disjointed way the author wrote the poetry.  It would have done better as an actual story as the again, the premise is very well thought out and very interesting.

Friday, July 29, 2022

Title: Rose: Future Heart by: Jazalyn

Title: Rose Future Heart
Author: Jazalyn
Publisher: self
Format: kindle ( 225 p.) Author Req Review


A beautiful and charismatic but blowsy and lonely rose faces external turbulences and internal battles of life and love, but She overcomes them filtering the positiveness and the negativeness, and She becomes the future heart deep down inside She always was.


Beautiful written poetry that captures your heart and keeps you well engaged and feeling so many emotions while reading.  I don't want to give much away because I think you as a reader need to experience this book for yourself and I don't think I could do it justice.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Review: City of The Dead by: Jonathan Kellerman

Title: City of The Dead
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Series: Alex Deleware #37
Format: Hardcover ( 386 p.) NetGalley ARC


The past comes back to haunt psychologist Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis when they investigate a grisly double homicide and uncover an even more unspeakable motive in this riveting thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense.

Los Angeles is a city of sunlight, celebrity, and possibility. The L.A. often experienced by Homicide Lt. Detective Milo Sturgis and psychologist Alex Delaware, is a city of the dead.

Early one morning, the two of them find themselves in a neighborhood of pretty houses, pretty cars, and pretty people. The scene they encounter is anything but. A naked young man lies dead in the street, the apparent victim of a collision with a moving van hurtling through suburbia in the darkness. But any thoughts of accidental death vanish when a blood trail leads to a nearby home.

Inside, a young woman lies butchered. The identity of the male victim and his role in the horror remain elusive, but that of the woman creates additional questions. And adding to the shock, Alex has met her while working a convoluted child custody case. Cordelia Gannett was a self-styled internet influencer who’d gotten into legal troubles by palming herself off as a psychologist. Even after promising to desist, she’s found a loophole and has continued her online career, aiming to amass clicks and ads by cyber-coaching and cyber-counseling people plagued with relationship issues.

But upon closer examination, Alex and Milo discover that her own relationships are troublesome, including a tortured family history and a dubious personal past. Has that come back to haunt her in the worst way? Is the mystery man out in the street collateral damage or will he turn out to be the key to solving a grisly double homicide? As the psychologist and the detective explore L.A.'s meanest streets, they peel back layer after layer of secrets and encounter a savage, psychologically twisted, almost unthinkable motive for violence and bloodshed.

This is classic Delaware: Alex, a man Milo has come to see as irreplaceable, at his most insightful and brilliant. 

My Review: 

This book brings Alex into a crazy investigation when a woman and a young man wind up dead with no idea what happened Alex helps the police figure out what happened.  The closer they look the more crazy these two people look like with their quirks and things they did.

I found myself falling fast into the world of Alex and how easy it was to travel with him as he does what he does.  I enjoyed it and I haven't read much by this author but I definitely plan to read more of this series so good.  It's great for fans of Alex Cross and Kay Scarpetta!

vViIrRuUsS: I Never Forget by: Jazalyn

Title: vViIrRuUsS: I Never Forget 
Author: Jazalyn
Publisher: self
Format: Kindle Edition ( 199 p.) Author Req. Review


A virus invades the lives of all humanity and causes a madness pandemic from the reminder of the past and the exposure of thoughts threatening to change everything, but then another virus attempts to erase the memories and recover the future, while a third virus scopes to save the new generations.

My Thoughts: 

This was great book dealing with the pandemic that may hit close to what we have been going through but it is different than a typical pandemic story being told in poetry which runs well as a story and pulls you in wanting you to continue to see where it goes!  Definitely a new poetry author to keep an eye on!

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Review: Paranormal Bounds by: Julie Catherine

Title: Paranormal Bounds
Author: Julie Catherine
Publisher: GCMW Publishing
Series: The High Council Witch Chronicles #1
Format: e-book ( 318 p.) Book Tour


When Mae Kingsley is forced to move into her family’s rundown lake house, she discovers small town living is not as simple as it seems. Bursts of violence, silent treatments, archaic rituals and two very cute guys with seriously mysterious motives all appear with the rising of the new moon.

But that’s nothing compared to the family secrets soon to be revealed. A box sealed in a vault, hidden rooms, naked swimming. There’s a trove of family revelations just beneath the floorboards, waiting to be exposed.

As the paranormal bonding season for the High Council Witches begins, Mae must quickly decide who to trust and who to fear before a deadly family tradition repeats itself and her chance to live a normal life completely disappears.

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Mae who with her aunt has spent alot of timing moving around and wind up back at the family home.  What she didn't count on so many secrets being hidden in this small sleepy town the big one having alot to do with the residents in town.  

Mae meets some interesting people in town where she is now going to school with the kids and finding out what the big deal with this town is.  Will she learn what her mother went through at her age or will she feel more isolated?

This book had so much going on with teens and the ups and downs along with the lineage that exists in the town where some are accepted as a towns member or will they move again?  Definitely a great series to start of with the book drags you in and doesn't let go!

Monday, March 28, 2022

Review: Murder Most Frothy by: Cleo Coyle

Title: Murder Most Frothy
Author: Cleo Coyle
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Format: Paperback  ( 247 p.) Personal Purchase


Clare Cosi’s new friend, millionaire David Mintzer, has an offer no New York barista could turn down: an all-expenses-paid summer away from the sticky city. At his Hamptons mansion, she’ll relax, soak up the sun, and, oh yes, train the staff of his new restaurant. So Clare packs up her daughter, her former mother-in-law, and her special recipe for iced coffee—for what she hopes will be one de-latte-ful summer…Soon, Clare tends the coffee bar at her first Hamptons gala. But the festivities come to a bitter end when an employee turns up dead in David’s bathroom—a botched attempt on the millionaire’s life. Thanks to the Fourth of July fireworks no one heard any gunshots, and the police are stuck in holiday traffic. Concerned for everyone’s safety, Clare begins to investigate. What she finds will keep her up at night—and it’s not the java jitters....

My Thoughts:

This book brings Clare, Joy, and Madame to the Hamptons for a summer away from the city, where they are assisting a friend of Clare's help teach his staff how to run a coffee shop.  What Clare didn't count on was someone trying to murder her friend David.  Who wants him out of the way and why?

Clare also didn't count on dealing with Joy and Madame and their summer flings.  Joy is still on the hot seat after her recent bust by her mother.  As Clare digs deeper into the life at the Hampton's the pressure is on to figure out what is going on and who has the most to lose?

I love this series it's like going back and seeing friends and finding out what they are up to now.  This one didn't disappoint in the least.

Monday, February 28, 2022

Review: Lattee Trouble by: Cleo Coyle

Title: Latee Trouble
Author: Clleo Coyle
Pubisher: Berley Prime Crime
Series: Coffeehouse Mystery #3
Format: Paperback ( 243 p.) Personal Purchase


Greenwich Village coffee shop manager and amateur sleuth Clare Cosi is faced with her most perilous mystery yet in Latte Trouble, the third Coffeehouse Mystery by Cleo Coyle (On What Grounds and Through the Grinder).

It's Fashion Week in New York City -- and Clare's shop, the historic Village Blend, is the location of a prestigious insider's party for loyal customer and iconic designer Lottie Harmon, who is about to launch a collection of coffee-inspired accessories aptly named Java Jewelry. But the event, which is attended by the city's most zealous fashionistas, goes terribly wrong when a customer is poisoned and dies from cyanide in his latte. A barista, who coincidentally was recently dumped by the victim, is arrested and charged with murder. But Clare knows in her heart that her employee is innocent and begins to investigate the people surrounding the enigmatic Lottie Harmon. When Clare uncovers a scheme to blackmail one of Lottie's business partners and then that partner suddenly turns up dead, she knows that there is trouble brewing

My Thoughts: 

Fashion Week has hit New York City and the Village Blend is hosting people for viewing coffee themed jewelry.  When someone gets poisoned and their local barista ends up in the hot seat Clare is determined to get to the bottom of it at all costs.  

This entails figuring out who was suppose to be poisoned, and why?  Also it entails Clare dealing with two rough cops who seem determined that Tucker the local barista is the culprit.  Prison is no place for someone like Tucker so Clare enlists the help of Madame to figure out what is going on.

When more people wind up sick or dead the pressure is on to figure out what is going on and why?  Which leads down a trip of memory lane to learn more about the history with some of the players attached to Lottie.   

This book was fabulous and totally addictive trying to figure it out,  reading how Clare gets to the bottom of it, and deals with her daughter who is hanging out with kids who do Cocaine.  What to do about her ex who seems to want to rekindle their relationship much to Clare dismay.  If you haven't read these books you are so missing out!  They are so much fun and make great stand alone to begin almost anywhere.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Review: Killing in a Koi Pond by: Jessica Fletcher & Terrie Farley Moran

Title: Killing in a Koi Pond
Author: Jessica Fletcher & Terrie Farley Moran
Publisher: Berkley Books
Series: Murder, She Wrote #53
Format: Paperback ( 288 p.) NetGalley


When a friend's husband dies while Jessica Fletcher is in town visiting, Jessica's vacation turns into a murder investigation in this latest entry in the long-running USA Today bestselling series.

After traveling to Bethesda for a mystery writers' conference, Jessica Fletcher decides she's earned a vacation and takes a train to Columbia, South Carolina, to visit her old college friend Dolores, who has recently married her third husband, Willis Nickens, a wealthy and cutthroat businessman. They've moved into an opulent historic home with plenty of space for guests, and Jessica is ready for a week of shopping, gossiping, and relaxing at the grand estate.

But the morning after she arrives, Jessica discovers Willis facedown in the koi pond, and despite what the police think, she's sure foul play is involved. She hadn't known Willis long, but it's clear to her that he didn't concern himself with making friends. The question isn't if her friend's husband was murdered but by whom.

My Thoughts:

Jessica is spending some time with her friend Dolores who she hasen't seen in a while and who has recently gotten married to Willis.  Jessica overhears something between Willis and his son in law and wonders what Willis is up to?  When Jessica goes running the next day she finds Willis dead in the Koi Pond who hated him so much to kill him?

While Dolores has her hands full with the police and trying to figure out who killed him.  Jessica is hot on the trail of another murderer who had the most to gain from his death?  Was it various people he had loans out of with?  Or maybe it was a business associate felt wronged?  Or was it his son-in-law Clancy who had his own issues?

I love MSW and this book didn't disappoint had all the ear markings of a fabulous episode if it was still on tv which Jessica working to help her friend and prove she had nothing to gain by his death.  Definitely an incredible page turner can't wait to see what is next with these amazing writers!

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Excerpt: The Iron Sword by: Julie Kagawa



The Missing King

I’ve lived a long life.

Not as long as some in Faery. Robin Goodfellow, for example, is older than me by several hundred years (though you wouldn’t know it by the way he acts). King Oberon, Queen Titania, and Queen Mab are older still, ancient beings with the power to rival anything in the Nevernever. I’m not as old or as powerful as the kings and queens of Faery, but even by fey standards, I’ve lived a goodly while. I’m known in the Nevernever; my name is recognized and even feared, by some. I’ve been to the farthest reaches of Faery. I have seen things no one else has. Nightmares, dragons, the End of the World. I’ve passed impossible tests, triumphed in unwinnable challenges, and killed unbeatable monsters.

None of it prepared me for being a father.

Meghan stared at Glitch, her face pale in the sickly light of the wyldwood. At the Iron faery who had just turned both our worlds upside down with his announcement.

Touchstone is no more. Prince Keirran, King of the Forgotten, has vanished.

“Explain, Glitch,” Meghan demanded. Her voice was calm, steely, though I caught the tremor beneath. “What do you mean, Keirran has vanished? What has happened to Touchstone?”

“Your Majesty.” Glitch bowed his head, the lightning in his hair flickering a subdued purple. “Forgive me, I only know what the messenger told us. That Touchstone has disappeared, and Prince Keirran is gone. I wish I could tell you more.”

Keirran. Fear twisted my insides. Not for me, but for the son who, despite all his assurances, couldn’t seem to keep himself out of trouble. Even before he was born, he had a prophecy hanging over his head that proclaimed him either a savior or a destroyer, and the entire Nevernever watched to see which he would become. For years, Meghan and I raised him with that knowledge, trying not to let it influence us, but knowing that one day, we would have to face the consequences of Keirran’s decision.

The prophecy finally came to a head when a powerful new foe rose up to threaten all of Faery. The Lady, the first queen of the Nevernever, furious that Faery had moved on without her, gathered the Forgotten to her side and waged war on all the courts. She promised them a new world, a world where humans would fear and worship the fey again, and where no faery would Fade away from being forgotten. She demanded the courts be dissolved, and that the rulers of Faery step down and acknowledge her as the true and only queen of the Nevernever. Naturally, the other rulers refused, and the war with the Forgotten began.

At that moment, Keirran made his choice, and it was Destroyer. He betrayed his court, turned his back on his family, and joined the Lady in her quest to conquer the Nevernever. And even though I had known it could happen, even though the prophecy had foretold it, it was still a devastating blow for both Meghan and myself. Keirran was stubborn, idealistic, and once he set his mind to something there was no changing it, but I hadn’t thought him capable of betraying his entire court.

Meghan took a quiet breath. I could sense the struggle within; the desire to know what had happened to our son, balanced against the duties and obligations of the Iron Queen. Faery wasn’t safe. We had just returned from the wyldwood, after battling a vicious new monster that nearly killed us all. I still ached, muscles battered and bruised, from the power of the creature’s attacks. There had been five of us: myself, the Iron Queen, Robin Goodfellow, an Iron faery named Coaleater and a Forgotten called Nyx, and even then we barely managed to bring down the creature. Only to discover the threat to the Nevernever was far from over. In fact, it was only beginning.

Meghan knew this. A shadow had fallen over Faery, the echo of a new prophecy hovering over it like a storm. The end has begun. Evenfall is coming. Faery and every living creature that exists under the sun are doomed.

I stepped close to Meghan and put my hands on her shoulders, feeling them tremble beneath my palms. Leaning in, I murmured, “I can find him, Meghan. If you need to return to Mag Tuiredh, I’ll take Puck and Grim, and we’ll go look for Keirran. Grim can lead us to Touchstone, and from there we’ll see what happened to the capital and where Keirran could have gone. You don’t have to come with us this time.”

“No.” She reached up and squeezed one of my hands. “I need to know what happened to Touchstone, why it suddenly vanished. If another one of those monsters is responsible for its destruction, you’ll need my help to take it down. Besides…” She paused, a shadow of pain crossing her face. “If something happened to Keirran, if one of those creatures got to him like they got to Puck, I want to know. I want to see it for myself. If both of us are there this time, maybe that will be enough to bring him back.”

My insides felt cold. The Monster we had fought and killed was unlike anything I had ever seen before: a physical manifestation of hate, rage, fear, and despair. It poisoned the land around it, tainting everything with dark glamour and negative emotions, and worst of all, it was able to bring out the shadow side of any living creature it touched. I had seen this firsthand with Puck, where he had been transformed into a faery consumed by jealous anger and vicious spite. The Robin Goodfellow of old. The Robin Goodfellow who was still furious with me for stealing away Meghan, who held a grudge for all the times I tried to kill him.

Not that I blamed him.

Fortunately, Puck had been able to fight through that darkness and return to his normal, carefree, irreverent self. But I knew what Meghan was thinking, and I shared her fear. Keirran had already shown himself capable of turning on and betraying everything he loved. Would we venture into the Between to find our son had turned into a soulless enemy once more?

I leaned close to Meghan, feeling her grip on my hand tighten. “We’ll find him,” I said quietly. “We’ll find him and whatever it takes, we’ll bring him home.”

She nodded once, then stepped away to gaze down at the still-kneeling Glitch. “You’ve done well,” she told the Iron lieutenant. “Return to Mag Tuiredh. Keep our people safe. I am going to search for Prince Keirran. I will return as soon as I am able.”

“Of course, Your Majesty,” Glitch said, though I knew he wanted to protest. The First Lieutenant never liked it when both rulers of Mag Tuiredh left the Iron Kingdom for unknown amounts of time. But he had been with Meghan long enough that he simply bowed his head and replied, “Good luck and safe travels to you both. I will keep the city safe until you return.”

Meghan turned, her gaze seeking the rest of the party behind us. Puck stood under a tree with his arms crossed, bright red hair making him stand out in the gloom. Beside him, a cloaked, hooded figure watched the proceedings silently, seeming to blend into the shadows. It took Meghan a moment to

locate her. “Nyx,” she said, “you are a Forgotten, and a member of Keirran’s court. Right now, it appears Touchstone has disappeared, and the Forgotten King has vanished. Can you part the Veil and take us into the Between?”

The silver-haired fey with the twilight skin and golden eyes raised her head, a steely expression on her face. “Yes, Your Majesty,” she answered. “If Keirran is in danger, I must find him right away. When do you wish to go?”

“Right now.” Meghan turned her gaze to the others, to Puck and Coaleater, watching intently. “This is an uncertain time for all of us,” she said. “Faery is under threat. Something is coming, and none of us know what it is or when it could arrive—only that it is close. The rulers and leaders of Faery must be made aware of this threat. Coaleater…” She glanced at the large Iron faery, who straightened as her gaze fell on him. “I know you want to help us find Keirran, but I need you to return to the Obsidian plains and warn Spikerail of what happened. He needs to be aware, and should the time come when we must call on the Iron herd, I want him to be prepared.”

“Yes, Your Majesty.” The big man bowed his head, and I saw the shadow of his real self behind him: a huge warhorse made of black iron and flickering flame. “The Iron herd will stand ready to aid you against all threats. You will have our support for as long as you need it.”

Meghan nodded gratefully, then turned to the red-haired fey beside him. “Puck?”

“Come on, princess.” Robin Goodfellow flashed his toothy smile. “You know where I stand. You don’t even have to ask.”

“I believe I will come as well.”

A fluffy gray cat sauntered into view, waving an exceptionally bushy tail. His golden eyes regarded us all with bored appraisal. “If Touchstone has disappeared, I would like to see it for myself,” Grimalkin said. “Someone with an ounce of intelligence should be there to make sense of things and point out the obvious. And to point you in the right direction should you become lost. Not that I doubt the Forgotten’s abilities, but you will need a guide should you happen to lose your way.”

The Iron Queen gave a decisive nod. “Then let us go,” she said. “I fear time is slipping away, and the longer we wait, the more difficult it will become to find Keirran. Nyx…” She gestured toward the Forgotten. “Whenever you are ready, take us into the Between.”

Nyx immediately stepped forward. Closing her eyes, she put out a hand, fingers spread wide, as if searching for something that could only be felt. “Keirran showed me how to enter the Between,” she murmured, taking a few steps forward. “He said that only the Forgotten remember how to do it, and that the Lady gave him the gift when she was alive. You have to find a spot where the Veil is thin.”

“Like a trod?” Puck asked, referring to the magical paths that led into the Nevernever from the mortal realm.

“Similar,” Nyx murmured, still walking steadily forward with her hand up. We trailed the Forgotten as she continued to search. “The Veil is like a mist,” she went on, “constantly moving and changing. Those weak spots you find might not be there when you return to them. But, if you search long enough, you should be able to find… There.”

She stopped. Paused a moment. And then, as I had seen

Keirran do only once or twice before, pushed her fingers into the fabric of reality and drew it back like a curtain. A narrow gash appeared where she parted the Veil, and beyond that tear was darkness. A few tendrils of mist curled out of the hole and writhed away into nothing.

Standing at the mouth of the gash into the void, Nyx shook her head. “The Between,” she murmured. “It feels…different. Angrier than it was before. That’s not good.” She opened her eyes and looked back at us. I saw concern on her face, but it was overshadowed by a somber resolution. “Guard your emotions,” she warned. “Calm your mind, and your feelings. The Between can manifest physical representations of strong emotions. So, if you are not careful, we might be facing your worst fears, or the darkest parts of your anger.”

I took a furtive breath to quiet the tangle of emotions, searching for the cold, empty calm of the Winter prince. It didn’t come as easily as it did in the past. Before Meghan and Keirran, when I only had myself to worry about, I feared very little. I wasn’t afraid of venturing into the unknown. Whatever came at me, whatever monster, nightmare or horrific abomination I would face, the worst that could happen was that they would kill me. And I was exceedingly hard to kill. Fear for my own life had rarely been a concern.

Things were different now. I had a family. I had a wife, and a son; two people that meant more to me than anything, in any world. If they were in danger, my entire being was consumed with wanting to protect them, to utterly destroy whatever evil they faced so it could never threaten them again. I could feel that anger in me now, rising up to dominate my thoughts, and breathed deep to find my center. If Keirran was out there, we would find him, and I would cut down anything that stood in our way. Simple as that.

Puck gave a loud, noisy sigh and glanced at me. “Well, ice-boy,” he said, “here we go again. Another adventure through the worst Faery has to offer. Oh, wait, you’ve never been through the actual Between before, have you?” He grinned, green eyes shining with mischief as he stepped toward the gateway. “You’re in for all sorts of fun surprises.”

Review BK Tour: The Iron Sword by: Julie Kagawa

THE IRON SWORD by Julie Kagawa

On sale: February 1, 2022

ISBN: 978-1335418647

Inkyard Press

Teen & Young Adult; Epic Fantasy

$19.99 / $24.99 CAN

304 Pages


As Evenfall nears, the stakes grow ever higher for those in Faery…

Banished from the Winter Court for daring to fall in love,
Prince Ash achieved the impossible and journeyed to the End of the World to earn a soul and keep his vow
to always stand beside Queen Meghan of the Iron Fey.

Now he faces even more incomprehensible odds. Their son, King Keirran of the Forgotten, is missing.
Something more ancient than the courts of Faery and more evil than anything Ash has faced in a
millennium is rising as Evenfall approaches. And if Ash and his allies cannot stop it, the chaos that has
begun to divide the world will shatter it for eternity.

My Review:

This book follows Puck, Ash and Meghan once again as they travel to the mortal world. They have to figure
where their son went and what happened to the Forgotten. All is not as it seems when they wind up at Ethan's
house and learn of what is happening in the human world.

They have to rally all the fae together to deal with the Evenfall that is rising regardless of what that entails which
in this book is alot almost too much. We see some old friends and meet some new ones as we see where
this series is taking us.

I love this series and going back to Nevernever and seeing how everyone is doing and where they are in life
even seeing old friends who have tons of history and how that history leads the three characters on a wild
journey no one could predict would they go on! Can't wait to see what is next for them!


Born in Sacramento, CA, Julie Kagawa moved to Hawaii at the age of nine.

There she learned many things; how to bodyboard, that teachers scream when you

put centipedes in their desks, and that writing stories in math class is a great way to kill time.

Her teachers were glad to see her graduate.

Julie now lives is Louisville, KY with her husband and furkids. She is the international and NYT bestselling

author of The Iron Fey series. Visit her at

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