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Feature book: Sorcery and Stardust

21 October 2020

Sorcery and Stardust by Samantha Marshall

Series: The Weaver’s War #1
Subgenre: speculative fiction
Release date: 31 May 2019
Publisher: self-published
Format: ebook and print
Length: 1114 pages
RRP: $3.50 (ebook); $38.96 (print)

A sorceress. A warrior. A space deer. (Okay, I stole that from the book blurb.)

I didn’t realise that this was over 1000 pages and it was the gift that kept on giving. Just when you thought ‘this is it, the cliffhanger is coming’ … we were taken on another mini adventure.

The world Samantha Marshall has built in this first of the series is colourful and full of different worlds, space travel, lots of different beings, magic, sorcery, power and mystery. The spaceship Arcana and Caelum own is particularly awesome.

The soul-merge between Arcana and Caelum happened 50 years before the book begins but is a marvellous device, I have never read in any other fantasy book. They are on a mission to find out what the deerkin’s dreams mean in relation to how they came to be created and flit about the galaxy. Arcana’s reputation is that of the greatest sorceress, greatly respected and envied. She has enormous power. She loves Caelum and her brother, Flare, and not too many other people. They rescue a man at a portal they also happen to visit on the same night he comes through it.

Enter Fenris. Tall, gorgeous, unknown, and not yet to be trusted. A warrior on a mission that clashes with what Arcana wants but she and Caelum find themselves trio-ing (well there are 3 of them!) up with him to try and save the galaxy and The Weaver in her Timeless Kingdom. Fenris is a Guardian of the Timeless Kingdom. There are awful guardians, and stalwart, faithful guardians, there are space pirates, sorcerers and warg (led by a very awful guardian). There is a hidebound Council on Arcana’s home world that really should be given a Darwin Award for their rank stupidity at times.

Arcana and Fenris fight their attraction—some not so cool things might happen if they get together—but we all know about sexual tension and how it rises…what happens once it turns into reality? You will have to read to find out if they get there in the first book or the second, but it is a heck of a ride and a meaty read.

reviewed by Sharon

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

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