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Epically brilliant and now I hate that book two won’t be out until next year!

54635924._SY475_The Fantastic Fluke by Sam Burns

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m in a sulk with Sam Burns because I’m not going to get book two in this series until next year! 😱

Which means, as you can probably guess, that this book was utterly brilliant.

It ticked every single box I have for what constitutes a first class urban fantasy/paranormal romance and then added a few more tricks besides.

First up, a novel way to use magic, not hugely different to others that have gone before, but enough that it intrigued me and I needed to know more.

It gave me Fluke, a perfectly perfect foxy familiar with a definite personality who gives Sage unconditional love and friendship.

Then there was Gideon, so swoony. A bonafide sharp shooter straight out of the 1800s, all brawn and muscle but plenty of brains.

Oh, and a ghost, who keeps being sent back to the material plain to train mages, only for them to keep getting murdered.

Which leads me to Sage. How I adored Sage. He’s struggled with so much in his almost 30 years but he still pushes on. I wanted to wrap him in cotton wool from the off.

With a sort of Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibe, without any blood suckers, and a touch of Scooby Doo-esque mystery, this was an epically entertaining read.

While I had eyeballed a likely villain from fairly early on, I was still fooled with a twist which came out of left field and only added to my excitement.

The final chapter though, while wrapping up a lot of the mystery of this instalment, had me wishing there wasn’t an ocean between me and said author and is why I’m now sulking 😁

It’s not a cliffhanger so much as a formal notice that “you ain’t read nothing yet!” and I cannot wait to find out more.

And, as a PS, how amazing is this cover by the incredibly talented Natasha Snow?! ❤

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

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What an amazingly satisfying conclusion to this fantasy tale

54612826._SY475_The Assassin’s Dragon by W.M. Fawkes & Sam Burns

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I need more stars!

***

Right, first things first. I am not ready to say goodbye to Tristram and Bet and all the rest of the cast of characters in the Fire and Valor Series, not by a long shot.

Things are wrapped up beautifully, all plot lines are given thoroughly satisfactory endings and I was only disappointed that I ran out of book!

I won’t be revealing any spoilers but I just want to say that the major twist was one I didn’t see coming for a long time until it all of a sudden pinged into view.

A really clever idea and I loved how, once it was revealed, all the hints and clues had been carefully laid down before that I could now see with the benefit of hindsight.

Tris and Bet are solid, their relationship is firmly established and I loved how at first Bet was uncomfortable with the respect being shown when they were at Tristram’s family home. There no-one knew of Bet the Assassin, the King’s Shadow, he was just Tris’ partner.

I’ve also really enjoyed the other two “main”relationships that have run paralleled to that of Tris and Bet. Here we see more of Sir Sidone and Rhiannon as well as the solidification of Maddox and Princess Gillian’s love. We also get closure for Rhys and Tris’ mother Elinor as well, which made me happy.

Dragonwise, yay! Lots of dragons, dragons becoming friends, dragons finding each other, dragons overcoming their hidebound arrogance and dragons realising working with the humans of Llangard is their only option for a long-term future.

Waverly and Sam individually are wonderful authors, but when they collaborate on high fantasy they take a lot of beating imho. This series has been a true delight for me.

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

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