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Absorbing and utterly brilliant look at the Greek Pantheon

Prince of Death (Lords of the Underworld, #1)Prince of Death by Sam Burns & W. M. Fawkes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sam Burns just cemented her place as one of my favourite fantasy/paranormal authors with this brilliant collaboration with W. M. Fawkes.

Although the Greek Pantheon is a familiar sight in urban fantasy or paranormal stories, their interpretation looks at the Underworld and focuses on the family of Hades and Persephone, adding their own twist with the character of Lysandros, youngest child and only son.

Our other protagonist is professor of magic Theodore Ward, someone who considers himself to be useless as his magic is one of absorption and channelling.

I loved Theo, he’s one of those unassuming characters that sneaks up on you and quietly gets on with letting you come to your own conclusion that he’s actually very special.

Lysandros was a wonderful addition to the Pantheon, capable of giving and taking life but haunted by a mistake he made back in the days of the Roman Empire.

There’s all the sort of dodgy dealings and double-crossing that the Greek Gods and Goddesses are known for and, interestingly, Hermes appears again as a bit of a dick in this one. A role he’s also playing in the utterly sublime Soulbound series from Hailey Turner!

The big villain reveal, while it was actually totally obvious once the climax occurred, still managed to surprise me, and I loved how these two authors took a common theme and twisted it.

I am a fantasy and Sci-Fi girl at heart so I’ve been overjoyed this week with two very strong additions to my collection within the MM genre.

#ARC kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Everything I want from a Sci-Fi romance in one excellent story


Machine Metal Magic
by Hanna Dare

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh this book is everything I love in a Sci-Fi story – a dastardly villain, clever plot, a brilliant ship’s crew, marvellous adventures, strong commanding heroes with a soft side, and an element of suspense leading to a thrilling conclusion.

It’s my first book from Hanna Dare and I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish as the story unfolded into a quite clever and complex plot involving sentient and deadly AI, humans with the ability to directly communicate with technology, and a bunch of smugglers who got themselves mixed up in it all.

The characters were fabulously drawn, each unique and bringing a depth to the narrative. It reminded me a lot of both Farscape and Anne McCaffrey’s Brainship series, each having sentient ships with personalities of their own.

Jaime and Rylan’s romance was a classic frenemies one and I totally bought into it, each one finding an emotional strength in the other that they’d not realised they needed.

I also totally loved bounty hunter Xin, who almost stole the show in his brief appearance. I’d love to read more adventures with this motley crew!

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