Samhain Giveaway

Congratulations to Freda, the Mabon Giveaway winner! :)

For Samhain I'm giving away a copy of The Silent Grove (Dragon Age Graphic Novels #1) by David Gaider. You can read my review here. Giveaway is international and it ends on October 31. Please read the rules before entering. Good luck everyone! :)

There are 8 sabbats during the year and for every one I have a giveaway. As one sabbat is over the giveaway connected with it ends and a new one (connected with the next sabbat) starts. That’s why the giveaways last so long. I wanted continuity. Just to make things clear. :)
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Review: The Silent Grove (Dragon Age)

The Silent Grove (Dragon Age Graphic Novels #1) by David Gaider, Alexander Freed, Chad Hardin

Dragon Age: The Silent Grove is the perfect introduction to BioWare's dark fantasy universe. In this essential, canonical story from David Gaider, lead writer of the games, King Alistair, accompanied only by rogues Isabela and Varric, embarks on a quest deep inside the borders of Antiva - a nation of assassins. Together, they will encounter a prison break, dragons, the mysterious Witch of the Wilds, and one of the greatest secrets in the history of the world!
Dragon Age games are my favourite ones for many reasons. You can experience the most amazing world with rich history and various cultures, great plot, but more importantly you encounter absolutely wonderful characters. These characters are fleshed out and have real depth, there is ambiguity and complexity. Playing these games is like being an active participant in a high fantasy book/series, it's a great experience.
So far there are five Dragon Age novels, but I had to start with the graphic novels (this year seems to be a lot about graphic novels and comics for me).
I think you could read this book without ever playing any Dragon Age game, it would be still enjoyable, but you would miss little things and some references. So this graphic novel is more for fans I'm afraid.

I absolutely love the art, it's beautiful! The story is amazing as well, Alistair is a great character to follow. And Isabela and Varric are both rogues, my favourite class. There is something very romantic about rogues, they also tend to be the most ambiguous characters, which I always enjoy.
All in all this was a beautiful book and anyone would enjoy it, but I recommend it especially for the DA fans.


A Virago Book Every Month #ViragoBooks

Just a few weeks ago I realized how much I love and enjoy books published by Virago. I even tweeted that I want to own all of their books. :) Later I decided to buy at least one Virago book every month, but only under the condition that I actually read at least one of their books every month. So here I go, this is my new challenge. There is a page called Virago Challenge where I'll link all reviews and other posts connected with it.

In September I'm reading The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. I'm halfway through and this book is great, but seriously creepy and very unsettling!

In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at twenty to nine. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life?
Little does Dr Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become entwined with his. Prepare yourself. From this wonderful writer who continues to astonish us, now comes a chilling ghost story.

Let me know in case you want to join me! :)

Five Beautiful Books I've Bought Lately

It's been a while since I've done a book haul. But don't be fooled, I've been buying books like crazy. :)) Actually, there are way too many new books on my shelves and many of them have been talked and written about a lot. So here is just five of them, which aren't that hyped, but I believe they are great and special and overall amazing.

A Tale Without a Name by Penelope S. Delta

The kingdom used to be a place of paved roads and well-filled coffers, with joy and the good life all around. But the old king went the way of all flesh years ago, and now the kingdom is derelict, a land of wickedness and ruin. But a young prince and his sister begin to see what must be done, and-if they can-to restore what has been lost. For a hundred years A Tale Without a Name has been one of Greece's best-loved stories. This playful, wise fable is enchanting for readers of any age, as meaningful and moving now as when it was first written.

The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläine

Only nine people have ever been chosen by renowned children’s author Laura White to join “The Rabbit Back Literature Society,” an elite group of writers in the small town of Rabbit Back. Now a tenth member has been selected: Ella, a young literature teacher. Soon Ella discovers that the Society is not what it seems. What is its mysterious ritual known as “The Game”? What explains the strange disappearance that occurs at Laura White’s winter party? Why are the words inside books starting to rearrange themselves? Was there once another tenth member, before her? Slowly, as Ella explores the Society and its history, disturbing secrets that had been buried start to come to light...

Moss Witch and Other Stories by Sara Maitland 

Each story in this collection of short fiction fuses together specific pieces of scientific research with an ancient myth or folkloric archetype. In these stories, readers will encounter witches that can outwit botanists, religious soothsayers that read evolutionary biology in feverish dreams, and scientists who fall in love with the birds that they study.

A specially written afterword penned by a scientist follows each story, expanding upon the theory within the story, be it quantum mechanics, planetary physics, game theory, or nanotechnology.

Adeline by Norah Vincent

On 18 April 1941, twenty-two days after Virginia Woolf went for a walk near her weekend house in Sussex and never returned, her body was reclaimed from the River Ouse. Norah Vincent's Adeline reimagines the events that brought Woolf to the riverbank, offering us a denouement worthy of its protagonist.

With poetic precision and psychological acuity, Vincent channels Virginia and Leonard Woolf, T. S. and Vivienne Eliot, Lytton Strachey and Dora Carrington, laying bare their genius and their blind spots, their achievements and their failings, from the inside out. And haunting every page is Adeline, the name given to Virginia Stephen at birth, which becomes the source of Virginia's greatest consolation, and her greatest torment.

Intellectually and emotionally disarming, Adeline - a vibrant portrait of Woolf and her social circle, the infamous Bloomsbury Group, and a window into the darkness that both inspired and doomed them all - is a masterpiece in its own right by one of our most brilliant and daring writers.

Dragon Age: The World of Thedas Volume 2 by Ben Gelinas

Yes, I love Dragon Age!

BioWare's newest game Dragon Age: Inquisition will expand the universe of their epic series in profound ways. This comprehensive book of lore features exclusive art and information, exploring every corner of this dark fantasy masterpiece! Newcomers will appreciate how this volume covers everything they need to know about the world and characters of these smash-hit games! Dedicated fans will revel in the abundance of never-before-revealed secrets, the perfect companion to Dragon Age: The World of Thedas Volume 1! From heroes to villains, to songs and food, and everything in between, this book puts the breath and depth of this inimitable fantasy at your fingertips.