Review: The Demon King


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By: Cinda Williams Chima

My Rating: 5/5 stars

5-star-clipart-1.pngGenre: High fantasy, YA


Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for himself, his mother, and his sister Mari. Ironically, the only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell. For as long as Han can remember, he’s worn thick silver cuffs engraved with runes. They’re clearly magicked-as he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off.

Meanwhile, Raisa ana’Marianna, Princess Heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She’s just returned to court after three years of relative freedom with her father’s family at Demonai camp – riding, hunting, and working the famous Clan markets. Although Raisa will become eligible for marriage after her sixteenth name-day, she isn’t looking forward to trading in her…

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Review: Deathcaster


39320115Deathcaster (Shattered Realms #4)

By: Cinda Williams Chima

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

1483969.pngGenre: High Fantasy

Page Count: 656


Warrior Alyssa ana’Raisa would do anything to protect her home, the Fells, and her legacy, the Gray Wolf Line. But as a prisoner of Empress Celestine, Lyss is forced to turn her fearsome talents as an army commander against her beloved homeland. Refusal would swiftly lead to her death, and her death would end the Gray Wolf Line.


In Lyss’s absence, Fellsmarch Castle swarms with intrigue, deception, and a primordial threat. Destin Karn, a Southern spymaster with a hidden agenda of his own, might be the queendom’s only hope of defeating the forces aligned against the Seven Realms… as well as the enemies within the castle.


Master storyteller Cinda Williams Chima delivers spellbinding action, bittersweet reunions, and dazzling revelations in this indispensable…

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forever faithful – woman’s best friend

I'll Call It Like I See It

Charly has found her spot for my recovery

Greetings and salutations from Cardinal Drive in West Columbia, South Carolina, to all my friends and neighbors in real life and cyberspace, too.

For those of you who are keeping count with me, I am now 19 days out from my first hospital stay ever – and it was a doozie. Total knee replacement of my right knee with outpatient rehab twice a week and amazing caretaking by Pretty all the other days and nights, too.

Spike and Charly were quite undone by my overnight stay and ensuing intake of a substantial amount of pain pills plus mandatory trips to somewhere they weren’t allowed to go two days a week.

For the remainder of the time, however, they have become very protective of me 24/7. Charly now stays under my recliner when I raise my legs to watch tennis and/or Law and…

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Rosie’s #Bookreview #Spiritual #Memoir Bigger Than All The Night Sky by Rose Rosetree

Rosie Amber

Bigger than All the Night Sky: The Start Of Spiritual Awakening. A Memoir.Bigger than All the Night Sky: The Start Of Spiritual Awakening. A Memoir. by Rose Rosetree

3 stars

Bigger Than All The Night Sky is a memoir of Rose Rosetree about her spiritual awakening.

The book begins with Rose’s birth and takes us through to her twenty-fourth year. The memoir details Rose’s homelife, school years and her first years of marriage.

A couple of early sections stood out as interesting to me, the first being Rose’s memory of her own birth and how shocked she felt over the limitations of her earth body. The second was when Rose was five years old. During an operation, Rose’s spirit left her body and she recalled the meeting process that took place where she agreed to come to earth for this latest reincarnation.

The rest of the book was of less interest to me; I had little desire to read about the intricate…

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In A Vase On Monday – Pink and Green

Eliza Waters

IMG_4489IMG_4490I decided on a pink and green theme this week, using my late mother’s wine-colored, etched glass vase, presumably from the 1940s or 50s, with grapes and vines twirling around it in a decorative pattern.

IMG_4495I’ve used dark and light pink cosmos (C. bipinnatus ‘Sensation Mix’), pink zinnias (Z. elegans ‘County Fair Mix’), pink and white phlox (P. paniculata),  IMG_4491and white spider flower (Cleome hassleriana).

Lime green bracts of Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle,’IMG_4494along with green foliage of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) and zebra mallow (Malva sylvestris ‘Zebrina’) provide the greenery. For accent, I added panicles of fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides).

IMG_4492Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.

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In A Vase On Monday – Pure White and Yellow

Eliza Waters

img_4687I’ve been enjoying the purity of the white cosmos (C. bipinnatus ‘Sensation Mix’) in my garden, so I thought I’d make an arrangement using them along with white phlox (P. paniculata) and white spider flower (Cleome hassleriana). Yellow zinnias (Z. elegans ‘County Fair Mix’) and lemony calendula (C. officinalis) add to the fresh look.

img_4690My frosted, white glass vase, etched with ferns, is one of my versatile favorites. I picked it up at the free table at our transfer station a couple of years ago. (This past Saturday, we picked up a nearly new espresso maker. I love that place!)

img_4692Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens.

Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.

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