Spellbinding Books!

Queen of Rats by Chris R Sendrowski Dark, tense and intriguing. This latest novel from Sendrowski takes place in Alg, an area only previously mentioned in his tales of Retrac Daor. I loved this tale of revenge set mainly in the vast underground sewers of a 2,000 year old city. Ember is a fascinating character, accompanied by a huge cast of damaged, flawed heroes and villains. And King Garrowin bears an uncanny resemblance to dictators both past and present…If you’ve not yet set foot in Retrac Daor, this novel is a good place to start. And if you’ve already read the previous 3 tales, you won’t want to miss this one!

Into Eternity by Richard M Ankers A unique view of vampires. The tale of the hydrophobic vampire draws to a close. Everything about this series is unique; the narrative voice and style, the characters, the world, the exploration of vampire mythology and Eternals. A dying world full of stark colours and characters who are unpredictable. This is a meticulously designed plot executed professionally making this an effortless read. “We all have souls, Jean, some just take longer to find them.”

The Sound of Brilliance edited by Susi Bocks Wow! An eclectic mix of styles, subjects and writers. Precise, succinct, impactful. This anthology is one I will re-read again and again!

Revelation by Jane Dougherty Beautifully written climatic conclusion to the Pathfinders series. Dougherty’s imaginative powers continue to enthral the reader as her conceptualisation of Parasidio with a canker at its core plays out in a vivid, action-filled plot!

Stargazy Pie by Victoria Goddard Unusual, quirky fantasy with flavours of Jane Austen and hints of steampunk! Effortlessly written, intriguing and entertaining to read, this is one book I will re-read again and again.

Stellar Fusion by EL Strife An action-packed futuristic tale of discovery and identity. I enjoyed the way the narrator takes the reader straight into the story with no long info dumps to slow things down. Tense, climatic action results in an intriguing finale.

Ignition Point by Jami Gray A fast-paced novella about a magic wielding professional in the modern day. Neat writing with plenty of action and intrigue.


Cosmic Trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra & That Hideous Strength) by CS Lewis. This science fiction fairy tale enchants me still at 50 as it did when I first read it at 20. I love the incredible descriptions of the planets, Mars & Venus. I love the concepts of spirituality, masculine and feminine that pervade all 3 books. To read these stories is to discover that however dark evil is, good can be even more terrible than the bad!

Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier This author is one of those who influenced my writing, particularly the detailed descriptions of place and atmosphere that make you feel you’re really there. Frenchman’s Creek is as enchanting as it was when I read it in my early teens. This is romance without smut. A swash-buckling adventure for any age!

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier My mother read me this novel when I was 13 years old. Since then I’ve been hooked! I love this tale of intrigue and love, of poison and unclear, ulterior motives. I love the way the author explains nothing, simply leaving the reader to make up their own mind about what really happened. And du Maurier’s descriptions of the Cornish landscape are second to none. 

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

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13 Comments on “Spellbinding Books!”

  1. I haven’t read any of these books. I enjoy a good vampire tale, so Into Eternity sounds interesting to me! Good reviews.:-)

  2. Jami Gray Says:

    Much thanks for sharing, especially as I’m on such great company!

  3. Susi Bocks Says:

    Thanks for including The Sound of Brilliance featuring all the wonderful poets from The Short of It! I’m so happy you were a part of it!! ❤

  4. Thanks so much, Freya!

  5. Reblogged this on Richard M. Ankers – Storybook and commented:
    Lovely to be mentioned by the fabulous, Freya. 🙂

  6. Big thanks for the mention, Freya. 🙂

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