Smugglivus 2010 – I Love This Series: The Moorehawke Trilogy by Celine Kiernan + Giveaway

A few months ago, Thea and I wrote a joint review The Poison Throne, the first book in the Moorehawke Trilogy by Celine Kiernan and posted the review over at Tor.com. I loved it (Thea not so much – which is fine, because this series has ANA written all over it) and vowed to read the other two books ASAP. I didn’t and that was only because I knew that I needed at least a good 10 free hours in order to do so: I had the feeling that once I started reading book 2, I wouldn’t stop until finishing book 3 as well. I was right: a couple of weeks ago I had a free weekend and found myself staying up until Sunday 4am to finish it all AND OH MY GOD, IT WAS SO WORTH IT.

Suffice it to say: in a perfect world, I would love all the books that I read as much I loved the Moorehawke trilogy. Furthermore, you know by now that I love Fantasy novels, LOVE them. But it is very, very rarely that they are character-driven and that is exactly the greatest strength of this series. I can always enjoy gritty, dark fantasy on an intellectual level but very rarely on an emotional one.

The beautiful Australian covers form a picture

The Moorehawke Trilogy is set in alternate Europe in what feels like the beginning of the Modern Era (circa 15th-16th century). Basically, in terms of plot and with as little in the way of spoilers as possible:

The protagonist-narrator, Wynter Moorehawke and her dying father, return home in The Poison Throne after a 5 year absence, eager to see her two childhood friends/brothers Razi and Alberon only to find the Kingdom in the throes of political and religious turmoil. The once kind and enlightened King Jonathon has become a tyrant who opened the doors to the Inquisition, subverting the previous order. Now, the Cats who used to communicate with people have been killed and the Ghosts of the Castle have been declared non-existent. Even more distressing is the political instability as Alberon, the official heir to the throne is nowhere to be seen and his half-brother (and bastard son), Razi has been proclaimed the new heir. The story follows Wynter and her father as well as Razi and his best friend Christopher as they are caught up in the middle of transition. After events in the end of book one, in The Crowded Shadows, the three amigos – Razi, Wynter and Christopher – set out (apart at first, together eventually) to find Alberon to try and make sense of what in the world is going on and why is he rebelling against his own father and what exactly is this Weapon that everybody seems to fear so much. And then finally in book 3, The Rebel Prince, they meet with Alberon and all of the plotlines come together and we learn the Truth, the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth.

Even more basically: book 1, is set at Court, is full of social intrigue and is effectively the Mystery book. Book two is a on-the road-book but also the Relationship book. Book three is set mostly at Alberon’s camp and is the Politics book.

But more to the point: none of what I said so far reveals what really is the heart and soul of this series: its characters, their diversity (Razi is Arab for example and there are secondary gay characters in an awesome loving relationship as well), their struggles, the relationships. They are all well-drawn, from the three main characters, to the villains, to the secondary characters.

Wynter, Razi and Christopher are all in a way reluctant heroes. Wynter would much rather be working than being at Court; Razi is a doctor and does not want to take his brother’s place much less be in charge of a whole Kingdom; Christopher has his own agenda but will put it aside due to his undying loyalty to Razi.

Chris and Wyn, by the author

They are all terrified by what is going on but they take upon themselves to do something: for their Kingdom, for their friends, for each other, for Alberon, who is absent and who needs to be heard. Razi and Christopher have been through a lot of stuff together before the story even starts; Razi and Wynter are like brother and sister and their relationship is awesome and heart-warming and then there is the equally awesome and heart-warming romance between Wynter and Christopher that develops over the course of the three books (the scene where he asks her name and we learn that Wynter is not her real name – and why she is called Wynter in the first place is all kinds of amazing).

More than the main trio and their relationship with each other though, there are other characters that shone through: Wyn’s father, Lorcan; Razi and Alberon’s; Alberon, who was a huge surprise in the way that he was not what I expected at all and it took some time to warm up to him; and dear lord, the plethora of characters in the Merron’s camp (where a great part of book 2 is set). The Merron are a nation (to which Christopher almost reluctantly belongs to) of nomads who have their own religious beliefs (you can read more about them in the author’s website) and I thought this part of the story was absolutely fascinating: it revealed more about Christopher, it revealed more about the world-building; this is where Razi falls in love too:

Razy and Embla, by the author.

And it is all so heartbreaking and even more than that: there are huge plot twists in this part of the story and they are HORRENDOUS and it is even more awesome because even though these horrible things are perpetrated by the Merron people, still, the author makes it possible for the reader to understand WHY. This is no mean feat, because of what exactly I am talking about (clue: human sacrifice) .

Just to make things clear: when I say that the characters are what made this series for me, this does not mean that the series is plot-less – this is far from the truth. It is just that the religious, political, economical issues are all felt and lived by the characters and they are the ones to move the plot forward not the other way around in a well-balanced story. It is interesting to note that out of the three books, The Crowded Shadows is by far my favourite: it is possibly where one can argue, “nothing” really happens, to wit I would counter argue that in fact, it is the book where the MOST AWESOME things happen, but they are all of the emotional variety.

In the end, it was hard for me to side with one side or the other – which to me just shows how really COMPLEX the running of a freaking kingdom is and how there are no easy answers. And I appreciated how the author never once let me down in this regard.

And not even the appearance of a last-minute deus ex machina that nearly BROKE MY HEART, was enough to bring down this series. I fully understood the necessity of said deus ex machina, even if the HOW it happens was not to my own liking. My reaction though, is admittedly a part of my personal emotional investment in this series. It is interesting, how that same sequence of events though, holds what is the ultimate, finest moment of each character.

And I shall leave you with my MOST FAVOURITE scene, in which Wynter (have I told you how awesome she is?) tells Christopher:

You listen to me, Freeman Garron. I am telling you now, I love you.

‘I love you’, she insisted, her face very close to his.’To court I shall always be the Protector Lady Wynter Moorehawke. To Razi and Alberon I shall always be Wyn – Razi’s baby, Albi’s little sis. These things are what I am, Christopher, and I am proud of them. But I am also your Iseult. You are the only man to whom I shall ever be thus, and I shall never let that go. We shall find our place,’ she promised. ‘I’m not yet certain how we shall find it, or where it will be, but wherever it is, we shall be together, Christopher; and whatever we are doing, it will not involve me sitting in a tent waiting for my menfolk to change the world.’

It is stuff to warm up your soul, y’all.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Because I love this series so much and want people to read it, I am giving away the entire trilogy to one lucky winner. The contest is open to EVERYBODY, and will run until Saturday December 18 at 11:59 PM (PST). In order to enter, simply leave a comment here. ONE comment per person, please! Multiple comments will be automatically disqualified. Good luck!

137 Responses to “Smugglivus 2010 – I Love This Series: The Moorehawke Trilogy by Celine Kiernan + Giveaway”

  1. LizSara December 16, 2010 at 5:00 am #

    Loving the covers with the sketchwork on them – consider me entered

  2. Elizabeth Campbell December 16, 2010 at 5:00 am #

    I read a preview of The Poison Throne and you just reminded me that I need to make sure I read it – obviously winning copies would be fab, but either way, it’s going on my list!

  3. Poppy December 16, 2010 at 5:02 am #

    These looks so cool! I’d love to win :)

  4. Lesley D December 16, 2010 at 5:18 am #

    I’ve heard such great things about this series! I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Hannah December 16, 2010 at 5:28 am #

    Ah I have been wanting to read this forEVER! I would love to enter, thanks so much for the giveaway! (And reminding me that I want to read them; as if my TBR list wasn’t already ridiculously long!)

  6. KJ December 16, 2010 at 5:32 am #

    These sound great! consider me entered.

  7. Lisa December 16, 2010 at 5:44 am #

    I’m really interested in this series as I’ve read so many good things about it! I’d love to win!

  8. Chachic December 16, 2010 at 6:18 am #

    Oh wow, those Aussie covers look great! Thanks for the spoiler-free review. I believe I’ve seen reviews of the first book but I’ve avoided the ones for the latter books for fear of spoilers. I’d love to be entered in the giveaway. :)

  9. Jenn C. December 16, 2010 at 6:21 am #

    These look fantastic! I’m putting them on my library list right away (if they carry them).

  10. Ginny December 16, 2010 at 6:31 am #

    Sounds interesting. Love the beautiful Austrialian covers.

  11. Karissa December 16, 2010 at 6:32 am #

    Thanks for the contest, I have had this on my list to read for awhile! Please enter me :-)

  12. Lindsay December 16, 2010 at 6:33 am #

    I usually never enter contests, but you’ve sold me on this trilogy, so I’ll give it a whirl!

  13. Estara December 16, 2010 at 6:43 am #

    No entering for me, please, I already bought them all as ebooks ^^ – which means I was able to past the incredible Australian cover in, heh.

    I’m looking forward to the holiday, because I might also get around to book two and three then.

    The artist, Elise Hurst, doesn’t just have a blog but you can buy art of hers, no prints of those covers, though.

  14. Andrea Chettle December 16, 2010 at 6:43 am #

    Great give away – thanks for making it international – please add my name to the draw!

  15. Lindsay Elizabeth December 16, 2010 at 6:48 am #

    Three new books?! Count me in!

  16. Sara S. December 16, 2010 at 7:08 am #

    Thanks for bringing this trilogy to my attention. I doubt my library has them, would love to win!

  17. Rachel December 16, 2010 at 7:11 am #

    These sound amazing– count me in!

  18. Cheri H. December 16, 2010 at 7:22 am #

    Looks awesome!

  19. Su December 16, 2010 at 7:53 am #

    Wow, thanks for this contest. Even if I don’t win, I think that excerpt just sold me on them. On the TBR list they go!

  20. Sandy G December 16, 2010 at 7:57 am #

    This sounds like a good series. I like alternate history stories.

  21. Ashleigh December 16, 2010 at 8:11 am #

    I’ve somehow never heard of these books before, but now I would love to read them! I just got finished with a pretty bad book and could use a few good ones.

  22. nicnix December 16, 2010 at 8:14 am #

    What an interesting series. Count me in please.:)

  23. Sarah December 16, 2010 at 8:20 am #

    This does sound like an amazing trilogy – thanks for sharing :)

  24. theresa_who December 16, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    You sold me on them! Can’t wait to win :D

  25. Veronica December 16, 2010 at 8:23 am #

    The first book is on my TBR list… winning the whole set would make this easier, haha! :) Here’s to hoping!

  26. Chrizette December 16, 2010 at 8:25 am #

    Please enter me as well :) Love the covers!

  27. Rene December 16, 2010 at 8:28 am #

    Thank you- I hadn’t heard of these, and win or not, definitely will check them out. The covers are fantastic. Love the author’s art, too.

    Thanks for doing this giveaway.

  28. Amanda Lee December 16, 2010 at 8:34 am #

    This sounds absolutely amazing, and those Australian covers are superb!

    You guys are the best. :)

  29. Amelia P. December 16, 2010 at 8:42 am #

    They look like interesting books! Never heard of them before, but would love a chance to win copies of them :)

  30. Noobling December 16, 2010 at 8:42 am #

    Wow, amazing giveaway! Please count me in. Thank you.

  31. kathybaug December 16, 2010 at 8:45 am #

    I would love to win these books! Thanks for the contest.

  32. Robin K December 16, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    I love the heroine cover!

  33. Eleanor December 16, 2010 at 9:02 am #

    I love reading your reviews, and this one was no exception. I am so excited about reading this trilogy that if I don’t win it I will just have to buy it.

  34. Hann1bal December 16, 2010 at 9:17 am #

    Sounds fascinating.

  35. Tina December 16, 2010 at 9:22 am #

    This sounds like an awesome series. I had seen these mentioned a few times on other blogs but I had not really been interested until I read your reviews. Thanks for introducing to a new trilogy :)

  36. raych December 16, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    Don’t enter me because I already own them BECAUSE THEY ARE FANTASTIC, I just wanted to come on here and shout about how fantastic these books are. Also I agree with Ana re: Crowded Shadows. Nothing happens! Still so great.

  37. Stacy December 16, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    Sounds like a great series! I would love to read these.

  38. Robyn B December 16, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    Enter me in, please! These books look intriguing. :D

  39. meredith g December 16, 2010 at 9:34 am #

    I have wanted to read this series for a while. I would love to win!

  40. shabbygeek December 16, 2010 at 9:36 am #

    I heard of this series from Adele over at Persnickety Snark. She sent me to the Australian cover art and gave high praises to the series. I was sold!

  41. Laura December 16, 2010 at 9:38 am #

    These books sound so good. I would love to toss my name in the hat for these. :-)

  42. Rebecca December 16, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    I love a good fantasy!

  43. CrystalGB December 16, 2010 at 10:03 am #

    These sound good. I love the covers.

  44. alana December 16, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    Fantasy will always be my favorite I think.

  45. brit December 16, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    Oh man, I’ve been wanting to read these. It would be fantastic to win them.

  46. jen December 16, 2010 at 10:30 am #

    these look really awesome, i’d love to try to win them before heading out to buy copies myself!

    the australian covers are soo great!

  47. Dana S December 16, 2010 at 10:36 am #

    Putting my name in for the contest. The books look to be awesome.

  48. Marie December 16, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    So Cool! love the Aus covers.

  49. Megan December 16, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    these sound awesome! i’d love to win!

  50. Michelle December 16, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    Thanks for this review! I’ve heard good things about the series, but it didn’t sound like it was my type. Knowing that the characters really feel like a part of the world, though, means that these are going straight to my TBR pile!

  51. Jennifer R December 16, 2010 at 11:43 am #

    You’ve sold me on this series. Please enter me to win!

  52. LiseO December 16, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    The way you talk about these books, one simply has to read the books! :D

  53. Mel S December 16, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    I’m a little Urban Fantasy’ed out so some good fantasy would go a long way! And a trilogy would keep me busy for a long time! :)

  54. Ceece December 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    These look amazing! I just had to enter.

  55. April December 16, 2010 at 12:12 pm #

    I loved reading this review and those illustrations by the author are gorgeous. I’ll definitely be giving these books a try.

  56. Sarah D. F. December 16, 2010 at 12:13 pm #

    This sounds like a great series!

  57. Rin December 16, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

    You’ve got me pumped for this series!

  58. Barb December 16, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

    Sounds like interesting series…and awesome looking covers.

  59. Dominique December 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    I think I’m taking a trip to the bookstore tonight… thanks for all the great recommendations!

  60. Marie December 16, 2010 at 12:43 pm #

    This series has been on my TBR list for awhile. Though I do wish the Australian cover art was used in the U.S. as well – the U.S. cover art isn’t bad, but the others are much more striking.

  61. Peta December 16, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    Sounds fabulous and the Australian cover art is gorgeous! Want. Want. Want.

  62. Ali December 16, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    I’d love to win these!

  63. Carolyn December 16, 2010 at 1:18 pm #

    This series sounds fantastic, I’ve been searching for a good fantasy series lately. Thanks for the contest!

  64. Lisa December 16, 2010 at 1:18 pm #

    Such a passionate endorsement! Can’t wait to dive into this trilogy! Thank you for entering me in the drawing. Happy Holidays!

  65. Jenni December 16, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    I’ve been wanting to get my hands on these books for over a year now! I would love to win these!

  66. Leah December 16, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    I have been wanting to read this trilogy for some time now. It looks wonderful. Great giveaway!!

  67. Amy December 16, 2010 at 1:53 pm #

    These books have been in my TBR pile for ages! I can’t wait to read them!

  68. Michelle M December 16, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    Wow, that artwork is lovely. It looks like this one needs to go on the list for sure! Thanks!

  69. Kate December 16, 2010 at 2:06 pm #

    This series sounds awesome, and the Australian covers are unbelievably gorgeous! Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

  70. Nicole December 16, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    Your excitement for them, has me really interested. Once my TBR pile shrinks these will be added.

  71. Carol Thompson December 16, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

    I love the special way Irish writers have with words so although I have not read any of Celine’s books, I would dearly like to try these.

    Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it up to worldwide entries.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail com

  72. mara December 16, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

    I love those Australian covers, I just wish shipping costs weren’t so expensive… Maybe I should check the Book Depository.

  73. Maya M. December 16, 2010 at 2:33 pm #

    This may be a first – I like the covers for both national editions. The series sounds great, and I’m hungering for some good fantasy after a very disappointing recent read erroneously described as fantasy romance. It was heavy duty romance with some fantasy elements tossed in.

  74. Kate N (YzhaBella) December 16, 2010 at 2:33 pm #

    This sounds like an amazing series! I’d love to get my greedy little hands on a copy! Thanks for the chance to win!

    Kate
    mleger0546 AT rogers DOT com

  75. J December 16, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

    This series sounds amazing. I’ll have to keep an eye out for them.

  76. pscott December 16, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    I’m sold on them. I’ll have to buy them as soon as I get my tbr pile down to a managable size.

  77. Michelle December 16, 2010 at 3:53 pm #

    Well, I have to say, after reading this review you have me completely sold on this series!

  78. Nicole December 16, 2010 at 3:57 pm #

    I’ve heard good things about this series, and I’d love to get a chance to read it. Thanks for the opportunity!

  79. katsie December 16, 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    These sound fascinating, I do hope I win. :)

  80. notunlikely December 16, 2010 at 4:18 pm #

    I find that picture of the combined Australian covers to be AMAZING.

  81. Jocelyn C. December 16, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    I really enjoyed the first book, and I’d be thrilled to win my own copies of the whole trilogy. Please enter me in your drawing.

    Thanks for the great blog–you’re one of my favorites. :)

  82. S.S. White December 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm #

    Please enter me in the contest. :)

  83. Breanne M. December 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm #

    I have the first book in my TBR pile but I think I need to move it up in the list – thanks for the contest!

  84. DeAnn Fontanella December 16, 2010 at 6:19 pm #

    I can’t wait to be the newest fan!!

  85. SaraC December 16, 2010 at 6:35 pm #

    These look great!

  86. Indigo December 16, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    Wicked cool! I would love a chance to read this series. Thanks for the giveaway. (Hugs)Indigo

  87. Linda Henderson December 16, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

    I haven’t read this series, but I would certainly love to. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  88. Doreen R December 16, 2010 at 8:59 pm #

    I would really enjoy this series. Thanks so much. :lol:

  89. Stephanie K. December 16, 2010 at 9:58 pm #

    I would love to try this series.

  90. Stephanie December 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    I’d love to win! :D

  91. miji December 16, 2010 at 10:23 pm #

    I would love to read it! ill try finding them after finals to read~!! (unless i win)
    its cute that she illustrates

  92. Tiffany M. December 16, 2010 at 10:37 pm #

    I’d love to win the trilogy, and I love the pictures. :)

  93. Cindy December 17, 2010 at 12:57 am #

    Great scene! I’d be very interested in reading this trilogy. Thank you for the giveaway ! :D

  94. Dovile December 17, 2010 at 12:57 am #

    Awesome, thanks!

  95. mo December 17, 2010 at 1:06 am #

    These books were amazing and display Celine Kiernan’s mastery of character development. She made you care for the characters, and invest in their outcome. And like you said Ana, her secondary characters were just as compelling as the main ones.

    I can’t wait to see what she has in store next.

  96. Aik December 17, 2010 at 1:09 am #

    This series sound awesome! And the covers sure are gorgeous!

  97. Courtney December 17, 2010 at 1:09 am #

    One comment. Yay…I hope I get them!

  98. clemmie3e December 17, 2010 at 1:11 am #

    Oh yes, please.

  99. Lucia December 17, 2010 at 2:15 am #

    This sounds so cool! I haven’t read the book, there is always some titles that I forget to put in my wishlist but I really like the post, so I guess I must read it! I’d love to win :)

  100. mikhaila December 17, 2010 at 2:45 am #

    I like the cover art, and i’d love to win them

  101. Margot December 17, 2010 at 3:14 am #

    Now this seems to be a great series. I’ve ran out of good fantasy titles to read so sign me up :D

  102. Robi December 17, 2010 at 3:35 am #

    The Australian covers are great, thank you to make this giveaway international.

  103. Maureen December 17, 2010 at 4:32 am #

    It looks like an amazing series.

  104. natalie23 December 17, 2010 at 6:07 am #

    I love the australian covers. I can’t wait to read this series, but my library only has the first in the series, so they are on my to buy list.

  105. Melissa (My World...in words and pages) December 17, 2010 at 6:25 am #

    Don’t enter me for the giveaway as I already have these books.

    I enjoyed reading this review! I loved the first two books of this series. They are wonderful character driven books. I fell in love with them and can’t even truly tell why. :) I have the third here on my shelves and can’t wait to get into it.

    The picture of Chris and Wyn hugging is a new one for me. :) I’ve seen a few others from the authors blog but some how I’ve missed this one. :)

    Great review!

  106. Nikki Egerton December 17, 2010 at 6:46 am #

    This trilogy sounds flipping amazing and I would love to win it. Character driven fantasy ftw!
    :o) xxx

  107. Jodie December 17, 2010 at 7:39 am #

    Soooo many comments. Crosses fingers for the win.

  108. Debra December 17, 2010 at 8:41 am #

    Enter me, please! This series sounds awesome.

  109. Arief Zainal December 17, 2010 at 8:45 am #

    Intriguing. I’m interested. Count me in!

  110. jennygirl December 17, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    Added this to my tbr forever ago so I would love to win this series. Thanks girls and Happy Holidays :)

  111. Victoria Zumbrum December 17, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    The whole series sounds really good. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read the entire series. Tore923@aol.com

  112. Maryam H December 17, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    These books look amazing!

  113. Sarah C. December 17, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    I love it when fantasy novels are character driven! Been stuck in a rut of fantasy novels that get bogged down in world building and general epicness. Not that I object to those things, but it’s hard to keep me reading unless I care about the characters.

  114. Ddana December 17, 2010 at 11:50 am #

    I don’t usually read the full review, istead I skip to the rating and put the good ones in my “books to read” list. But this time I actually read the review and now I really want to read it now! …which is why I don’t read the reviews immediately since I don’t have the time or the money to read them all. I hope I win!!!

  115. Ellie December 17, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    Owwww, this books sound soooooo good!! Hope I win!!!! :mrgreen:

  116. Mollie December 17, 2010 at 12:13 pm #

    If I don’t win, I’ll definitely still be checking this series out!

    bookfaredelights at gmail dot com

  117. Claudia December 17, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    I just found The Book Smugglers today – what a great site!

    This series has been on my TBR list for a while now, I just haven’t had the time to get to it!
    ama_bling-bling AT hotmail D0T com

  118. Stephanie December 17, 2010 at 1:00 pm #

    Great giveaway, I am excited to read them.

  119. IsabeLeeta December 17, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    Interesting and diverse characters, adventure filled stories, romance, what’s not to love! I would love to have a copy of this trilogy. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  120. morganne December 17, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    Looks amazing! :lol:

  121. Amy C December 17, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    Christopher sounds like the kind of character I would love; I just hope he doesn’t die as all my favorite characters seem to do…

  122. jennifer December 17, 2010 at 6:59 pm #

    Hi! :P
    Looks like an insanely awesome trilogy :)

  123. tania December 17, 2010 at 7:46 pm #

    this sounds like a really cool series, very tamora pierce-ish. i can’t wait to read it!

  124. Eva SB December 17, 2010 at 8:30 pm #

    I love the time period. This looks like a great trilogy!

  125. Marlene Breakfield December 17, 2010 at 9:55 pm #

    These sound good. Please enter me in the giveaway.
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

  126. Amy C December 17, 2010 at 10:48 pm #

    I borrowed the first one and had a fantastic time reading it but I’ve never the chance to read the last two yet-and yet your review made me want to dash out to the bookstore this moment and purchase them- if not for the fact that most stores are closing at this time of day. So, giveaway is much anticipated!

  127. Stephanie December 17, 2010 at 11:00 pm #

    I’ve been a long time fan of sci-fi & fantasy since I was a teen in the 80s reading the wonderful works of Anne Maccaffery and Marion Zimmer Bradley, I read & re-read their books, and still recommend them today to those just discovering SF&F or looking for something excellent to read in the genre.

    Speaking of a recommendations, I’ve got a series for you, ladies, that I’d love to see you review. Piers Anthony’s INCARNATIONS OF IMMORTALITY Series:

    1. On a Pale Horse
    2. Bearing an Hourglass
    3. With a Tangled Skein
    4. Wielding a Red Sword
    5. Being a Green Mother
    6. For Love of Evil
    7. And Eternity Morrow

    I can’t give a decent synopsis as it’s been a few years, but I do remember the pleasure this series brought me. The many nights I stayed up late to read “just a little more.” Hope, if y’all read ‘em, they bring you as much joy as they gave me.

    Stephanie

    P.S. Love the content you guys post, the reviews rock! :D

  128. Sparkles December 18, 2010 at 12:53 am #

    Wow! They sound really interesting. Thank you for the giveaway. :D I hope I win it :mrgreen:

  129. Becky December 18, 2010 at 7:23 am #

    How generous to give away the entire series! I hope I win!

  130. CherylS22 December 18, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    I also love reading fantasy novels & would love to read this series. Thanks for the chance…..
    Happy Holidays!

  131. Lyl December 18, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

    This trilogy sounds amazing. Thanks for reviewing it and offering the giveaway!

  132. A'lina December 18, 2010 at 7:32 pm #

    Wow this sounds like a totally awesome trilogy! I can’t wait to read these! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  133. April (Good Books & Wine) December 18, 2010 at 7:38 pm #

    Those Australian covers are to die for!

    Also this series looks fabulous!

  134. Ashley December 19, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    Count me in – I love those Australian covers!

  135. Allison January 1, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    I just spent the last couple of days GLUED to this series…once I read this review I knew I had to start it immediately…and once I did, I got sucked in and couldn’t stop until I’d finished all three books.

    Such a brilliant series…it is really a gift when you find one like this that can so completely suck you in. Thanks for the rec!

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