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Cold Steel by

Book three in the Spiritwalker trilogy. Short, totally spoiler-free review is “aahhhhh, read it!” but three words may not be enough to …

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Cold Magic by

Book 1 in the Spiritwalker series Catherine Barahal is an orphan. Her mother and father died and she came to live with …

Code name Cerity - Elizabeth Wein

Code name Verity by

Received free from NetGalley “Verity” has been captured by the Germans. Held in a converted hotel in France she is tortured and …

A perfect spy - John le Carré

A perfect spy by

Group read with the Metafilter Book Club Magnus Pym is a British spy. But after the death of his father he suddenly …

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Hanna dir. by

Hanna is sixteen years old. She lives with her father in the woods in isolated Finland. And when we first meet her she is stalking a deer through the snow, shooting it with a bow and arrow before finishing the injured animal off with her knife. To say she hasn’t had the most normal of upbringings is not an exaggeration. Her father has trained her to survive, to adapt, fight, and to kill. Now that she is growing up she wants more. She wants to experience the rest of the world. But to do so she must first help kill her father’s old enemy.

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Poison Study by

Locked in darkness that surrounded me like a coffin, I had nothing to distract me from my memories. Vivid recollections waited to ambush me whenever my mind wandered.

The monarchy of Ixia has recently been overthrown by Commander Ambrose and is now ruled by the Code of Behaviour. Punishments are absolute; there is no leeway or excuse that will save you if you break the rules, whether you simply didn’t wear the correct uniform or killed someone. So Yelena expects nothing but a hanging after she killed the son of a high ranking General. But she is offered a slight chance when she is given the choice of either accepting her hanging or becoming the food-taster for the Commander. She accepts the position, and so is poisoned to ensure her loyalty, she’ll need access to the antidote that only Valek, the Commander’s second-in-command can provide.

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To say that there will be reduced blogging for the next two weeks or so. Possibly even none. Who knows, it is …