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Book Review: The Stolen Throne

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My thoughts on a Dragon Age novel: The Stolen Throne by David Gaider...'They howled again, and Loghain raised his voice even further. "Your prince is not here! But when he returns to us, we shall hand to him his stolen throne! Here at the River Dane is where the Dragon Age begins, my friends! Today they will hear us roar!"' After his mother, the beloved Rebel Queen, is betrayed and murdered by her own faithless lords, young Maric becomes the leader of a rebel army attempting to free his nation from the control of a foreign tyrant.
His countrymen live in fear; his commanders consider him untested; and his only allies are Loghain, a brash young outlaw who saved his life, and Rowan, the beautiful warrior maiden promised to him since birth. Surrounded by spies and traitors, Maric must find a way to not only survive but achieve his ultimate destiny: Ferelden's freedom and the return of his line to the stolen throne.The Stolen Throne is a medieval fantasy novel set in …

Book Review: Rise of the Loitador by Jack Vaughn

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My thoughts on Indie Author Jack Vaughn's latest novel..."I think we just witnessed the rise of the Loitadors."

Rise of the Loitador is a Sci-Fi novel about two twin siblings, Virote and Jillian, who are abducted and forced to take part in a deadly race...only to land themselves in deeper trouble, when they're sold to the Mauvian Nation to be trained as fierce fighters, called Loitadors. With their new-found friends, they must use their newly acquired skills and band together to regain their freedom, with the hope of returning home.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ My ReviewFound on my Goodreads profile
If you've seen any of my reviews before, or looked at the books on my 'read' list, you'll see that Sci-Fi isn't my go-to genre. I've read a previous work of Jack's before, and although I was excited to read this one, I was a little nervous as Sci-Fi just doesn't appeal to me like fantasy or romance does. But this book...It's definitely one of my favouri…

Dragon Age Challenge

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30 Day Dragon Age Challenge All rolled into one post...
So I've kind of let my blogging slip lately (sorry!). I've just been really busy with getting my novel query-ready. So, to get back into the blogging groove, I decided to blog about something I adore: Dragon Age.
As you can see on the right, BIRDOFTHEDAS created a 30 Day Dragon Age Challenge for lovers of the series, and as a lover myself, I've decided to give it ago. Except instead of doing it over 30 days, I thought I'd wrap all the answers together in one post.
So, without further ado, let's get started, shall we?Day 1 - Favourite game (Origins, 2, Inquisition, etc.)?
Thats a toughie. I love all three games (and can't wait for the fourth!), but if I had to chose...it would be Origins. Although it is the oldest, it's the best one in terms of choice, variety, replayability etc. I love the different origin stories you play through before the main game even beings, the choices - whether you could be go…

My February TBR

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Books I plan to read in February...

I love reading, but I've never read books with a goal to finish them. I've always read casually without a set time to finish them in. But that means it takes me a while to complete them because I'm so lacksey-daisy with picking them up. So this month I'm going to give myself a set time to finish the books I'm reading and plan to read.
So let's take a look at them, shall we?
What I'm currently reading...I'm reading The Mortal Instruments Book Four: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. The picture on the left is the actual cover of the book I own. It's quite bad, I know. I don't really like characters on the front of books.
This series, although intriguing and fast paced, has been a little hard for me to get through to be honest. It's very angsty, and I don't know if it's just me not being a teenager like those in the books, but it gets on my nerves a lot of the time. And don't get me started on…

The Indie Book Stigma

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Let's talk about the stigma surrounding Indie Books...
Books published by independent authors - Are they really so bad?There's a lot of prejudice towards books published independently. I myself believed the stigma for a while, having read a couple of indie books to find that they were incoherent, cheesy, boring, and even weird. After reading one or two books - which I won't name because it isn't fair to the authors, and some readers may like what I did not - I wholeheartedly believed the stigma and didn't delve into the world of indie books again for some time...until early last year.
Why is the stigma there?People come across some books which give indie authors a bad name. They lack a decent plot, the writing is terrible, and the covers are atrociously bad. You read one of those and assume that all indie books are that bad.
But are they all that bad?

The answer is: no.

In fact, you'd be surprised to learn that although there are a few terrible books, there are plen…