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Review: 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

Posted February 13, 2014 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup on January 1st 1970 Genres: Biography, Historical, Non-Fiction Format: E-Book Source: Own Copy Buy on Amazon Goodreads A film tie-in edition of this eloquent and powerful memoir, to accompany the major new film starring Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Perhaps the best written of all the slave narratives, Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing memoir about one of the darkest periods in American history. It recounts how Solomon Northup, born a free man in New York, was lured to Washington, D.C., in 1841 with the promise of fast money, then drugged and beaten and sold into slavery. He spent the next twelve years of his life in captivity on a Louisiana cotton plantation. I decided to read 12 Years a Slave before I saw the film, and I managed to read the whole book in one sitting on a train ride home. How can a book like this have disappeared from bookshelves? I am thankful to the film for bringing this story back from obscurity. Twelve Years a Slave conveys […]

Review: Blight of Mages by Karen Miller

Posted February 13, 2014 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: Blight of Mages by Karen Miller

A Blight of Mages by Karen Miller Published by Orbit on May 1st 2012 Genres: Fantasy, Fiction Pages: 767 Format: Paperback Source: Own Copy Buy on Amazon Goodreads Hundreds of years before the great Mage War, a land lies, unknowing, on the edge of catastrophe… Barl is young and impulsive, but she has a power within that calls to her. In her city, however, only those of noble blood and with the right connections learn the ways of the arcane. Barl is desperate to learn-but her eagerness to use her power leads her astray and she is banned from ever learning the mystic arts. Morgan holds the key to her education. A member of the Council of Mages, he lives to maintain the status quo, preserve the mage bloodlines, and pursue his scholarly experiments. But Barl’s power intrigues him-in spite of her low status. Together, he realizes they can create extraordinary new incantations. Morgan’s ambition and Barl’s power make a potent combination. What she does not see is the darkness in him that won’t be denied. A Blight of Mages […]

Review: The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

Posted February 10, 2014 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting Published by Allison & Busby on March 26th 2012 Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult Pages: 380 Format: Paperback Source: Own Copy Buy on Amazon Goodreads In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It’s there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she’s never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed. Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence […]