Fate Lashed by Josh Erikson

Upon reading Fate Lashed I can say that whether Josh Erikson is a talented writer is not a question anymore (if it ever was). Hero Forged was a strong debut and he was able to raise the bar with the second book. Fate Lashed has everything we loved before and then some more: action, intrigue, sarcasm, blood and death. Sprinkled with tiny bit of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and other references for good measure. The Ethereal Earth series is something every urban fantasy lover should read.

A Kingdom Under Siege by Jeffrey L. Kohanek

The final book in the Wardens of Issalia series, jumps right back into the action following An Imperial Gambit, where unfortunately, not everyone will make it to the end. But don’t worry, the author isn’t cruel enough to take our favorites out of the running (depending on who your favorites were that is).

What’s to come? – April 2019

So, this is a slow week, and I was supposed to write a review, but I just can't be arsed to do it right now, so decided I'll bring back the Sneak Peek instead. It's been a while I had these monthly posts, but life was quite hectic and in the end I usually ended up with totally different reading schedules, lol. Well, I'm not going to pretend that I'll stick to this list, though I most probably will this time around.

Monthly Wrap Up: March 2019

Well, March had been a busy month both for blogging and the fantasy community. The first anniversary of RockStarlit BookAsylum came and went, presenting me with the all time highest stats for March. I'd like to thank everyone who take part in the celebration even if just with checking my posts out, or sharing and liking. I couldn't have done it without you!

The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

A fellow blogger was reading this book and seemed to like it. It was right up my alley with it being historical fiction, set in Granada, 1492, so I went and requested a copy on Netgalley. I don't know if I had too high hopes for this one or expected something different, but reading The Bird King I found myself having pretty mixed feelings.

He Who Fights by Mike Morris

I did enjoy the journey and I quite liked a lot of the ideas in this story. And the fights. I really enjoyed the fights, and after my recent binge of fight movies, I felt I knew some of the moves they were pulling off, which is always cool. I will be curious to see where things go in later books, if there are any.

We Lie With Death by Devin Madson

We Lie With Death is cleverly written, intricate and addictive, merging genres like it's the most natural thing in the world, while handling topics with a sensitivity that shows Madson's genius. If you didn't read We Ride the Storm yet, start it now, because you don't want to miss We Lie With Death!

1 Year in the Asylum

RockStarlit BookAsylum celebrates its first anniversary! I tried to summarize this past year in one long blogpost with milestones, memories and a little sneak peek into the future 😉

And They Were Never Heard From Again by Benedict Patrick

And They Were Never Heard From Again is the perfect entry into the Yarnsworld created by the brilliant Benedict Patrick. If this little dark gem can't convince you to read any of his other books, then I don't know what will. It has everything that makes Patrick's works so charmingly unique and irresistible. And him one of my favorite authors to date.

The Woven Ring by M.D. Presley

All things said, there is a lot to like about The Woven Ring. It's an imaginative flintlock fantasy with the potential of growing into a fantastic series. Maybe it's a bit rough around the edges, but no one can say The Woven Ring doesn't set a pretty solid foundation for the future for when Sol finally comes to harvest. 

Monthly Wrap Up: February 2019

My favorite month is over 😦 Though, to be fair, I'm not really sad to sit it go, as this wasn't the best of the months, and didn't really have a happy birthday as I was supposed to do. Oh well, in retrospect, I'm slowly leaving behind the shitty days/weeks I had at the beginning of the year and I'm looking forward to the rest of the year. And let me tell you, I have some really awesome things coming up! But for the sake of this post, let's take a look back for a bit, as I/we had a quite productive month - even if it started a bit slow.

Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You by Scotto Moore

Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You is a quick paced read, perfect for a road trip or just a quiet afternoon with a book. If you look for something different, it has a strange mix of music, humor, horror, sci-fi, maybe a tinge of Cthulhu mythos. If you liked We Sould Our Souls, you might like Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You as well. 

The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang

Without Misaki this would have been a great book with some very cool fight scenes (I’m still in awe over the Matsuda brother’s Ice Dragon) and a good solid base for a later series. With her though - it became an outstanding piece of storytelling that needs to be experienced, and one that is going to stick with me for a long time.

Where Oblivion Lives by T. Frohock

Some books just click and this was one of those times. It wasn’t even that there is much in the way of my bullet-proof likes either - Angels are not an auto buy for me, and historical fantasy is probably closer to an auto-skip. But there was something about this story that resonated (a little pun intended) and part way through I knew I was going to have to go back and read the rest of the series, as soon as my schedule allowed.

Melokai by Rosalyn Kelly

I really wished I could like Melokai given some of my friends did, but I just couldn't. I gave it a fair chance, but at the end of the day, I just had to give up forcing myself to go on. 

Monthly Wrap Up: January 2019

Since I've whined enough how much my personal life sucked in January, this time I'll take mercy on you all. Reading wise it was a productive month, but a very mixed one. And since I'm very behind on reviews, not everything will be featured in this post.

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Even though I veered away from YA books in recent years, I don't mind picking up Gayle Forman's books every once in a while. Especially Where She Went, a heartwrenching, emotional read which will make you curse and smile and cry. A fast and sweet read for cold winter days. 

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