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    Terry Pratchett Blog Tour: Equal Rites review

    “This is a story about magic and where it goes and perhaps more importantly where it comes from and why, although it doesn’t pretend to answer all or any of these questions.  It may, however, help to explain why Gandalf never got married and why Merlin was a man. Because this is also a story about sex, although probably not in the athletic, tumbling, count-the-legs-and-divide-by-two sense unless the characters go totally beyond the author’s control. They might.” As Drum Billet feels the end of his life come near, he knows that its time to pass on his worth. In a small village called Bad Ass an either son is about…

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    True Fire – Gary Meehan

    “Megan had no trouble slipping away from the mil. Her grandfather was at the kitchen table, doing his accounts by the light of the single candle he permitted himself, while Gwyneth was in the living room, needing no light for what she was doing with Holt.”  While Megan is out of the house sneaking a meeting with Wade, her village is invaded and her life is turned upside down. Wade is killed in front of her and she sees her grandfather slaughtered; the witches have returned. Taking to the road she wants revenge, she wants to raise an army to fight against the witches, but in a world of deception…

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    House of Secrets – Chris Columbus & Ned Vizzini

    “Brendan Walker knew the house was going to be terrible.  The first tip-off was the super-cheerful tone the estate agent, Diane Dobson, used with his mother.  ‘It’s truly the most amazing house, Mrs Walker,’ Diane chirped on speaker. ‘The perfect place for a sophisticated family like yours. And its just gone through a major price reduction’ ‘Where is this house?’ Brendan asked. Aged twelve, he sat next to his sister, Cordelia, playing Uncharted on his much-loved PSP.” When the Walker family walked into 128 Sea Cliff Avenue they knew it was impressive, an unobstructed view of the Golden Gate Bridge, a price tag they could afford and all of the…

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    Beautiful Darkness – Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

    **This book is the second in the Caster Chronicles. This means that the review may contain spoilers from the previous book, Beautiful Creatures.**  “This town owned us, that was the good and the bad of it. It knew every inch of us, every sin, every secret, every scab. Which was why most people never bothered to leave, and why the ones who did never came back. Before I met Lena that would have been me, five minutes after I graduated from Jackson High. Gone. Then I fell in love with a Caster girl. She showed me there was another world within the cracks of our uneven sidewalks. One that had been…

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    Witch Finder – Ruth Warburton

    “Luke lifted his head and sniffed the dusk. The risk smell of roast chestnut pierced the cold foggy air, above the more familiar Spitalfields stink: horse manure, coal smoke, rubbish. Another day he might have searched his pockets for a farthing, bought a paper cone of hot, burst chestnuts and burnt his fingers as he ate. Not today. Not with his stomach churning like a wash tub and a fluttering sickness in his gut.”  When Witches killed his parents, Luke swore he would do anything to avenge their deaths. He has a gift and he plans to use it. His gift is that he can see magic, and the witches…

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    Tinder – Sally Gardner & Illustrated by David Roberts

    “Once in a time of war, when I was a soldier in the Imperial Army, I saw Death walking. He wore upon his skull a withered crown of white bone twisted with green hawthorn. His skeleton was shrouded with a tattered clock of gold and in his wake stood the ghosts of my comrades newly plucked. half-lived, from life. Many I knew by name.” When Otto defies death on the battlefield and is separated from the amry he was forced into he thinks his dangers are over. However lost in the forests of land unknown he can sense the presence of a beast others seem not to be able to,…

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    Under my Hat: Tales from the Cauldron – Edited by Jonathan Strahan

    A stellar cast of acclaimed fantasy writers weave spellbinding tales that bring the world of witches to life. Boasting over 70 awards between them, including a Newberry medal, five Hugo Awards and a Carnegie Medal, authors including Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix and Holly Black delve into the realms of magic to explore all things witchy. *** A collection of stories has never caught my attention as much as this one did. The list of impressive authors on the magical cover was enough to make me want to read the book and the first couple of stories were so impressive they forced me to carry on. Of course with a collection…

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    The Spook’s Mistake (Wardstone Chronicles #5) – Joseph Delaney

    “Carrying my staff, I went into the kitchen and picked up the empty sack. It would be dark in less than an hour but I’d just enough time to walk down to the village and collect the week’s provisions. All we had left was a few eggs and a small wedge of County cheese. Two days earlier The Spook had gone south to deal with a boggart. Annoyingly, this was the second time in a month that my master had gone off on a job without me.” Following the escape from The Fiend, Tom’s master had become very protective, taking to going out on jobs alone rather than taking his…

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    The Spook’s Battle – Joseph Delaney

    “The witch was chasing me through the dark wood, getting nearer and nearer by the second.  I ran fast, frantic to escape, weaving desperately, with branches whipping into my face and brambles clutching at my weary legs. The breath rasped harshly in my throat as I drove myself harder and harder towards the edge of the wood. Beyond that lay the slope leading up to the Spook’s western garden. If only I could reach that refuge, I’d be safe!” It is close to a year since Tom became the Spook’s Apprentice. Now that he has mastered the art of defence against boggarts, its on to witches, and there has been…

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    The Spook’s Curse – Joseph Delaney

    “When I heard the first scream, I turned away and covered my ears with my hands, pressing hard until my head hurt. At that moment I could do nothing to help. But I could still hear it, the sound of a priest in torment, and it went on for a long time before finally fading away. So I shivered in the dark barn, listening to the rain drumming on the roof, trying to gather my courage. It was a bad night and it was about to get worse.  Tom Ward has been the Spook’s apprentice for just over six months now. He has learnt a lot at the hands of…