Hello readers! Today I’m happy to shine the spotlight on The Lay of Lady Percival by Jennifer R. Povey. Check out the book details in this post.
The Lay of Lady Percival by Jennifer R. Povey Publication Date: September 20, 2019 Publisher: Aitune Press Genre: Fantasy
Persephone Caracti is a young Celtic woman living through the fall of the Roman Empire. As the eagles depart her lover, Arthur, leaves with them. He abandons her and their unborn child, only to return a few years later.
Now he is the one the Celts have chosen to lead them into battle. The pagan Celts demand that he marry a princess of Britain, but instead of choosing Persephone, who has his bastard child, he chooses the Christian Guinevere. This starts the compromise that builds Camelot but also sets the seeds of its fall.
As Guinevere proves unable to carry a child to term, Arthur chooses to acknowledge his bastard, Gwydion, but refuses to allow his ex lover to fight with them by virtue of her gender.
Persephone disguises herself as a man and earns her way into Arthur’s elite warband anyway, proving herself in and out of battle. She builds a strong friendship with young Galahad of Orkney, which almost blossoms into romance but not quite. The Saxons are defeated and Britain grows strong.
The seeds of disaster have already been sown. Morgan of Cornwall seduces Arthur, Guinevere has multiple affairs to take her mind off of her deteriorating marriage.
And Gwydion is never to be king of Britain.
Born in Nottingham, England, Jennifer R. Povey now lives in Northern Virginia, where she writes everything from heroic fantasy to stories for Analog. She has written a number of novels across multiple sub genres. Additionally, she is a writer, editor, and designer of tabletop RPG supplements for a number of companies. Her interests include horseback riding, Doctor Who and attempting to out-weird her various friends and professional colleagues.
Hello Readers! Today is my stop during the blog tour for Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Enlightened Cow by Columbkill Noonan, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. Please check out book details and my review of this book in this post.
Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Enlightened Cow by Columbkill Noonan 4th in series Publication Date: September 18th 2019 Publisher: Darkstroke Genre: mythology / cozy mystery / humor Pages: 205 Stars: ★★★★★
Rama, the Hindu god who maintains dharma, or the balance of all things, is in terrible trouble, and only Barnabas and Wilfred can save him! Private detectives to the gods, Barnabas Tew and Wilfred Colby, believed they’d discovered the secret to taking charge of their destinies. Unfortunately, they’re about to be taught a hard lesson: nothing is as it seems and taking control is easier said than done. Fresh off their most challenging case to date, the two detectives step into a cenote: an otherworldly portal that connects worlds and can take them anywhere if they how to use it. Each is hoping to be reunited with someone he left behind, but they soon realize that something has gone terribly, disastrously wrong. Instead of being reunited with their lady-loves, they find themselves in a Hindu temple, together with Kamadeva, the Hindu god of desire. Kamadeva asks them to save his friend Rama, who is in grave danger. It seems an innocent enough request, but Barnabas and Wilfred have learned that not everything is at it seems, and the right thing to do is not always so obvious. It doesn’t take long to discover that not all the gods want Rama saved, leaving the two detectives to make a terrible choice. The detectives have faced dangerous deities before, but the Hindu gods are different. Otherworldly, wise, and full of shadowy motivations, they all seek to manipulate the hapless detectives to suit their purposes. Can Barnabas and Wilfred see through the illusions and the lies to uncover the truth of the matter? Or will they fail, and choose the wrong side?
*** Note: I received e-copy from the author, as a part of Blog tour, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Rachel and author. ***
Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Enlightened Cow, fourth in Barnabas Tew series, was entertaining, humorous cozy mystery that revolved around two bumbling Victorian detectives plunged into Indian mythology with another mystery to solve for Indian God. It was about enlightenment on Karma, Dharma, eternal life and death cycle that of course, these two detectives had hard time to understand.
do I tell you about characters that
I haven’t said before in review of first 3 book?! Once again they were fun to
read. They were lovable and cutest detectives I ever read.
Barnabas was his usual bumbling, over-reactive, he might call himself ‘master of diversion and subterfuge’ but actually is ‘master of blunders’. However, at heart he was pure and courageous and his conscience was on right side. And he loved his assistant whom he gave credit time to time and even gave promotion in this book.
Wilfred was wise, clever, and perceptive one who could understand situation better, always knew how to correct his master’s blunder, knew Barnabas better than himself and yet so very humble. He loved Barnabas enough to follow him anywhere.
What I liked-
Writing was great, I loved British Victorian style in dialogues, expression of characters, situations and third person voice. All were described vividly. I said this before and I’m saying again, I want to see these books in movie. I loved setting and mythical part. As it was Indian mythology I knew about the God and their appearance and stories but the way author blended it with the current story was mind-blowing.
Book started with confusion and arguments between Barnabas and Wilfred over which world they have landed after plunging into cenote (that argument was almost 2-3 pages long! I tell you only these two can perform such lengthy arguments. They are quite expert in it and making you laugh over it). After solving a case for Mayan Goddess, they were shown how to travel between worlds by plunging into cenote focusing on the place they want to go. First time they were given a choice, but ended up in totally different world than they thought, India.
And to make situation even more hilarious that turned Barnabas redder than tomato, they were landed in home of Kamadeva. This time the case was to sop the death of Prince Rama. It looked quite simple, go to Rama’s abode, stop people from bringing any harm to him but well no case is as simple as that when it is in hands of Barnabas and Wilfred.
On the journey of solving the case,
tangled into series of unfortunate events. They were turned into fish, forced
to solve another case, made unlikely friends and ally, faced the sea monster, and
met an enlightening cow, Ganesha, and Shiva-the Destroyer.
Enlightening cow and crabby enlightened our two detectives about Karma, Dharma, incarnations, cycle of birth and rebirth, importance of death and personal and spiritual growth. But of course, it all was indecipherable for Barnabas and so any such enlightening topics were followed by long discussions, arguments, tantrums, emotional outburst, and his signature style ‘Good day’, more than often.
There were many laugh out loud
moments, howlers, funny situations and characters’ funny questions and dialogues. Most of the time
imagining Barnabas’ expressions, temper, and his obstinacy itself was
hilarious. I so enjoyed their diversion tactics. Best hysterical moment was
Barnabas’ reaction to Ganesha’s story and the way he perceive ‘Dal’ (it was
spelled ‘Dhal’ in book) as doll.
Coming to the mystery, it was most unusual than previous three books. They were given the task but on their way of solving the case, they got to know about surprising facts which were shocking for our detectives and ended up into doing exactly different, and messing it as well. They learned many things and the most important lesson for them was, results are not important it’s the journey you should enjoy.
Climax was fun and entertaining. I laughed so much at double j’accuse moments. End was blunderful and messy, but enlightening. Now I can say this series ended here because they are not going anywhere this time or are they? It was great installment of the series.
Overall, it was fun, comical, cozy, fast paced mystery with amusing dialogues and characters. I definitely recommend this book.
Columbkill Noonan is the author of the bestselling “Barnabas Tew” series, which features the bumbling-yet-lovable Victorian detective Barnabas and his trusty sidekick, Wilfred. Columbkill combines her love of mythology and her affinity for period fiction to craft unique cozy mysteries that will leave you guessing (and chuckling!) till the very end.
Anne of Windy Willows (Anne of Green Gables #4) by L.M. Montgomery Publication Date: June 4th 2015 (first published 1936) Publisher: Puffin Classics Penguin Random House Genre: Classics / Historical Fiction Pages: 432 Stars: ★★★★★ (4.5)
The fourth book about the red-haired Anne Shirley from Green Gables. Now a young woman and her romance with Gilbert Blythe beginning to flourish, Anne Shirley becomes Principal of Summerside High School. But Summerside is virtually ruled by the Pringle family, who don’t want Anne at the school. It takes all of Anne’s courage and tact, and the comfort she draws from the eccentric household at Windy Willows, to overcome local prejudice and confront the dreaded Pringles.
of Windy Willows was semi epistolary, historical fiction that revolved around
Anne’s three years as a Principal of Summerside High School, her sojourn in
Summerside, people she met and mini lessons she learned from her experiences-
all in letters she wrote to Gilbert. A new place, new stetting and lots of new
friends. It was about friendship, helping people of Summerside, and importance
of happiness, life, dresses and imagination.
was first person narrative. It was divided in 3 years of Anne’s
principalship in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. Do I have to tell anything
about author’s writing? It was poetic,
lyrical, atmospheric, and beautiful. Once again, author added a wonderful book
to series. I loved all character’s life story, dresses, setting, and that usual
effects of weather and atmosphere that was constant in whole Anne series so far.
been long since I read last book (in January) so I was little clueless when
Anne was offered job at Summerside High. But I didn’t dwell on it and plunged
into Anne’s beautiful new abode, Windy Willows, its occupants, students of
Summerside High, Pringles, impressive people in the town, and gossips.
Throughout the book, one place
that I so loved was,
Windy Willows and Anne’s Tower room at Windy Willows. I can perfectly imagine
each room of the house, every corner and windows of Anne’s room where our
kindred spirit resided.
Let me tell about Anne and other characters, because without them you cannot just talk about book.
Anne– If I have commented on your blog
or anywhere in more than 2 sentences, it’s purely Anne effect. She was
catching. She wrote amazingly long letters, told her stories and experiences in
her refreshing, vivacious and infectious voice. It felt so good to see Anne
growing into wonderful woman. She was great throughout the book, I cannot
imagine from where she got patience! She handled some prickly and temperamental
characters so effortlessly. I loved her thoughts about all of them.
was wise, sensible, lil bit sensitive and as always dreamy. I loved her seeing
as teacher in Anne of Avonlea and I loved her even more in this book. But here
Anne faced bigger challenge- The Pringles who gave her tough time in her first
year. Pringles made her stay so difficult that she couldn’t see her job and
stay more than a year. But this is Anne we are talking about and it was certain
she was going to win them all sooner or later but what I was curious to know was,
there was Anne’s Kindred spirit that added mystery to story- Elizabeth. She was just like little
Anne we met in first book, living in imaginations, having dreams and giving
names to herself. It was kind of creative, you know, giving different names as
per moods. She was such an adorable kid, I couldn’t understand why her great-grandmother
and the Woman (their maid) treated her so strictly, how they could keep her in
house all the time and discourage her, keep her starved from life and
happiness! And why he father doesn’t know anything about it. I couldn’t wait to
see what Anne would do about it.
loved widows and Rebecca Dew,
occupants of Windy Willows. They were quirky and made fascinating trio. How can
the house be complete without ‘The Cat’. I liked the bickering between these
ladies. Even though there was generation gap and disagreements they loved and
took care of each other. I loved to see Anne becoming integral part of their
were all sort of Pringles who were great
to read. I liked Jane and her gang. And so many windows, cranky old people in
Summerside who were really amusing, specially Mrs. Gibson and what I tell you about twins of Mrs. Raymond! They were naughtiest twin, Davy felt rather
gentlemanly after reading them. Miss Minerva’s
haunted house and cursed family was nightmarish. I don’t know how Anne spent a
night there. I loved Katherine’s
development. She turned out totally different person by the end of the book and
became Anne’s best friend.
were all sort of characters with all
sort of personalities in this book. Some were lovely, some dreamy, sulky,
bad-tempered, nosey, cantankerous, chatty, lonely, romantic, worrier, tyrant,
ungrateful, sensitive and mischievous. Just
so many characters! They all were given a story even if it was just in one
or few lines which was plus point, but the drawback was I felt dizzy reading
about them all and trying to remember them. If I dare to list them all, I bet
it will fill 2-3 foolscap pages.
and there was wedding and Anne’s part in eloping lovebirds. Some stories were emotional
while some were comical. And there was lots of gossips and drama. I didn’t want
Anne leaving this amusing community after 3 years but I knew it was not
possible. I liked the way things turned out in all stories and things Anne
learned throughout the book.
the previous books were feel good and so was this one. You can enjoy this book
in any season. Just relax in sunshine, enjoy the flowery writing, dreamy Anne
and warmth of the story.
My only teeny weeny issue was there were too many characters. I know I should get used to it by now but this had more than previous books. And as I mentioned, it was overwhelming. But I’m rounding it to 5 star because I just love this series and Anne.
Overall, I just love Anne Shirley, L.M. Montgomery’s writing and her beautiful stories.
What do you think about the book and review? Have you read this book or any in this series or by other book by the same author? If so which character you loved most apart from Anne in this series? What do you love most about this series and Anne?
Best Kept Secret (The Clifton Chronicles #3) by Jeffrey Archer Publication Date: March 6th 2013 Publisher: Pan Macmillan Genre: Historical Fiction Pages: 381 Stars: ★★★★☆ (4.5)
The third novel in Jeffrey Archer’s compelling saga, the Clifton Chronicles
1945. The vote in the House of Lords as to who should inherit the Barrington family fortune has ended in a tie. The Lord Chancellor’s deciding vote will cast a long shadow on the lives of Harry Clifton and Giles Barrington.
Harry returns to America to promote his latest novel, while his beloved Emma goes in search of the little girl who was found abandoned in her father’s office on the night he was killed.
When the General Election is called, Giles Barrington has to defend his seat in the House of Commons and is horrified to discover who the Conservatives select to stand against him. But it is Sebastian Clifton, Harry and Emma’s son, who ultimately influences his uncle’s fate.
In 1957, Sebastian wins a scholarship to Cambridge, and a new generation of the Clifton family march onto the page. After Sebastian is expelled from school, he unwittingly becomes caught up in an international art fraud involving a Rodin statue that is worth far more than the sum it raises at auction. Does he become a millionaire? Does he go to Cambridge? Is his life in danger?
Best Kept Secret was most dramatic in The Clifton Chronicles series so far. It revolved around Clifton and Barrington’s life after dispute on inheritance of Barrington estate. New phase, new obstacles, and new enemies in their life. There was bit of everything, family drama, rivalry, court room drama, revenge, family support and love, loss, suspense, entertainment, politics, money and art fraud.
What I Liked-
The writing was amazing, I’m getting used to author’s style
and I know what to expect from his books. Again the story was divided in time
period tht started from 1945 and ended in 1957 narrated by Harry, Sebastian,
Giles and Fisher. What I love most in
this series is narration from antagonist. It spiced up stories in each book and so in this.
Book started from where the previous one ended. There was little overview on what happened in previous books, enough to catch up if you are picking book after a little gap but I suggest you read this book in order to get the clear picture.
The prologue concluded who inherited the fortunes of Barrington estate, which was satisfactory and relief for readers. Emma and Harry started their new life, Harry’s was now popular author and was on his journey to Time’s bestselling author; Emma started looking for Jessica, her half-sister and was planning to adopt her; Giles was quite successful, going to fight election for MP and was engaged. You would think what can go wrong! But by this time I should have known Barringtons and Cliftons are never ever short of troubles. There was loss of beloved family member that sparked the fire of trouble. And that trouble came in form of Giles’ wife, Lady Virginia and old nemesis Fisher. Not just that but Harry and Emma were facing their own parental issues.
Virginia and Fisher was dangerous combination. I couldn’t wait to see what they were up to and how Giles and other family member were going to fight them. Things were getting so dramatic, juicier, and entreating. I literally couldn’t put down the book. And just when one problem was solved, Seb got himself into bigger trouble, was caught in net of criminal and art fraud. It was exciting to read how Emma and Harry were going to save their son and what would be Seb’s future.
Character were developed and were
growing wise and clever in as the series progressed by experiencing different phase and
problem in life. I loved Jessica and Seb’s bonding. Seb was much clever,
smarter and mature for his age. Martinez’s introduction and his life story was brilliant
and even Virginia was mind-blowing. Emma never cease to awe me. She was
fabulous in the book. Both old and new
characters shined throughout the book.
The setting was perfect and I loved historical aspects in the book. Harry’s narration told about the
publication industry, different publications styles in UK and US, mentions of
famous authors and actors of the era. Emma’s
narration told about the struggle of educated women, beginning of their rights
and position in various industry. Gile’s
story told about the politics, political system, thoughts about change in
divorce law, election battles, and voting system during that time. I’m not big fan
of politics but author’s writing style made it intriguing. Seb’s part dealt with art fraud which covered whole third half of
the book. This was big surprise and very exciting portion, and I could figure
out which secret title was referring to in this part. It will be best you don’t
know much about it.
Twist and turns, climax it all was great. There were many surprising, tense, and
edgier moments that kept me flipping pages. I can’t believe Clifton and
Barrington made a new enemy who was deadlier than Virginia and Fisher combination.
End was big cliffhanger. I can’t
wait to read what this new enemy is going to do to next.
Why 4.5 stars-
Just small issue- Things were overly dramatic at some points. Seb’s teen trouble was given a bit more portion. I must say I liked second book more than this one.
Overall, it was dramatic, entertaining, suspenseful family saga with many twists and turns and interesting historical aspects. I really enjoyed this book.
What do you think about the book and my review? Have you read this book already or any in this series or any book by Jeffrey Archer? Are you going to add it to TBR? Are you fan of historical fiction? Recommend your series favorite in this genre? Nothing Ventured, first in William Warwick series is released this month. The main character of this new series was mentioned throughout Clifton Chronicles. What do you think about it? Are you going to read it?
Hello Readers! I’m pleased to be part of blog tour for Song for a Lost Kingdom, Book II by Steve Moretti, organized by Digital Reads Blog Tours. Please check out the book details, snippet and book trailer below.
Lover Never Surrenders Song for a Lost Kingdom, Book II by Steve Moretti
Music is not bound by time.
And Adeena Stuart is not bound by anything that will stop her from saving the man she’s fallen in love with, even though he’s been dead for almost three hundred years.
In Book II of the Song for a Lost Kingdom trilogy, her music provides the portal to to James Drummond who is fighting along side Prince Charles Edward Stuart in the 1746 Jacobite uprising. Though their cause is doomed, and James is destined to die shortly after the Battle of Culloden, Adeena’s determination never wavers.
Left behind in the present, Adeena’s friends and families are equally determined to return her to 2019 before the expanding growth in her head becomes fatal and they lose her forever.
Throughout it all, the music sweeps across those in both the past and present in this novel of history, fantasy, romance and science fiction
Adeena collapsed onto the bed in
her private chamber at Hamilton Palace.
The recently widowed Lady Anne
Hamilton had shown her to the room and asked a servant to draw her a hot bath.
It was the best Christmas present anyone could possibly give her, she thought.
The cold from every part of her body ached for the balm of something warm.
A hot bath and clean clothes
awaited her and the thought of them made all her pains a bit more tolerable.
When the bath was ready, with
fragrant perfume and oils, and most importantly with steaming water, she let
herself enjoy the feeling that transcended any bathing experience she had ever
had before. It felt like a tiny part of the future had slipped back into the
As she closed her eyes she
thought of James and about her situation. For anyone knew, she was Katharine
Carnegie, sister of George and Sir James Carnegie. Her aunt was Lady Margaret
St. Clair, who still fought to retain her hold on Kinnaird Castle against the
attainder of her first husband’s estates and titles.
She wondered about Katharine
Carnegie. Have I become her? What happened to her or have we somehow switched
places in time? Are we the same person, the same soul, the same spirit?
It was the servant who had drawn
her bath, knocking on the door.
“When you are complete, I will
aid you to dress for dinner. Lady Anne has seated you with the Duke of Perth,”
the servant announced through the door.
“Thank you, I’ll be don.. uh
complete, in a few minutes. That work?”
There was a pause. Adeena
realized that sometimes her vocabulary confused those around her.
“I will return presently,” she
Presently? Adeena smiled.
She closed her eyes again. The
Duke of Perth, James Drummond – the man who perhaps loved Katharine and
perhaps, her. But he seemed to be keeping his distance. He was unlike any man
she had ever known in her own time. How much was him and who he was as a person?
Or was it just the culture and time they were in – 1745 Scotland?
It was probably impossible to
separate the two, and she had no plan for how she could save him from dying a
few days after his 33rd birthday, less than five months from today. Stories she
had listened to her from her grandmother, about the misery of ‘Ashlynne’ had
always gripped Adeena as a moving tale from a far away place and time. But now
she was in the story, not just listening to it.
Adeena had become the woman in
her grandmother’s dreams.
Katharine, not Ashlynne.
Determined, not afraid.
She would change history.
Or die trying.
I am an author in Ottawa, Canada. I have a varied background in business, journalism and education.
I love history, and the people
who have lived fascinating and sometimes very ordinary lives in extra-ordinary
times. I’m drawn to music and the arts, as well as scientific discovery,
politics and science fiction, especially time-travel.
My novels combine my interests in stories that put
characters within a realistic world that just happens to include elements that
challenge our perceptions of reality.
I am currently completing my first trilogy, Song for a Lost Kingdom, and will be
starting a new series in 2020.